From: milivella on

> On Jul 2, 9:36 pm, milivella <milive...(a)> wrote:
> > 1948. Or: The first international title for a Brazilian club
> > This conquer represented the first international title for the
> > Brazilian football, including clubs and national teams.
>  But the Brazilian national team had won the Copa America twice before
> then (1919 and 1922). So it wasn't if you include national teams.

It looks like I should copy-*check*-paste...

Thanks for the spotting, Mark! :)

From: Clément on
"milivella" escreveu:
> Werner Pichler:
>> Well according to this
>> it was indeed in 1960 for the inauguration of the stadium
>> in Bodens(tm).
> Note to self: strike "can search Google" out of CV.

Well... you most certainly *can* search Google. That, or you are secretly in
Brazil doing field research. =)

You are setting the bar very high for my Calcio Catania research. Will I be
up to it?


Luiz Mello

From: milivella on
9. From our virtus come our names

Throughout its history, many nicknames for Vasco were in vogue.

In the 1920s and 1930s, the press often referred to the XI vascaíno as
the Camias Pretas (Blackshirts), because back then so was the uniform
of the football team.

The nickname of Gigante da Colina (Hill Giant), which is still used,
arose from the São Januário stadium being located in an area
topographically high. However, there are those who deny that São
Januário is on a hill, preferring to assign the name to a geographical
mistake, because there was a hill São Januário (now demolished), but
that was in the center of town, so far away from São Januário street,
the main access road to the stadium. Indeed, for some time, until
nearly the end of the 1930s, the stadium, whose official name was
always Vasco da Gama Stadium, was often called the Rua Abílio Stadium,
which back then was how was named the General Almério de Moura street,
where is the beautiful facade.

The famous epithet Expresso da Vitória (Victory Express) came in 1945
when Vasco, with a very strong team, won the Carioca championship
unbeaten. The Expresso dominated Carioca football for years, until
1952. Often, Vasco departed on long trips and left a mixed or reserve
team, nicknamed Expressinho, playing tournaments in Rio, or other less
important friendlies.

In the 1940s, the Argentine cartoonist Lorenzo Molas, who worked for
the Jornal dos Sports, was charged with creating mascots of the clubs
in Rio. Molas, which incidentally was a vascaíno fan, designed a
Portuguese Admiral to symbolize Vasco. Thus, Vasco has also been
called Almirante (Admiral), a name which was very popular in the 50s.

During the 1968 Roberto Gomes Pedrosa Tournament Vasco was having a
good campaign and went on to become the only club in Rio with a chance
to rank among the four finalists (which actually did happen). Jornal
dos Sports, trying to create the Carioca crowd around Vasco as its
representative in the competition, started lovingly referring to the
team as Vasquinho (Little Vasco) - a team that, in spite of not having
any super-star, was likeable and fearless. But since in the country
the fad of using augmentative for everything from pharaonic works of
government, such as stadiums (Mineirão) and overpasses (Minhocão) to
soccer teams was spreading, Vasco did not escape the rule, receiving
the nickname Vascão (Big Vasco) in 1970, the year they regained the
title in Rio after a long fasting.

Also during the 1960s, the opposing fans, with pejorative intent,
invented the nickname Bacalhau (cod). The nickname was tapped by the
cartoonist Henfil, whose cartoons then appeared daily on page 2 of the
Jornal dos Sports, to name his character which was a supporter of
Vasco, a bald and mustachioed Portuguese. The cruzmaltina crowd
eventually adopted the nickname with pride, and applied it to those
who embody the true vascaíno spirit as Edmundo, who at the time of his
return to Vasco in 1996 was promoted from Animal to Bacalhau.

During the 1975 championship, especially in the third round, Vasco won
several matches of the turn, in a overwhelming way. Then came the name
Vascão Vira-Vira (Big Vasco Bottom-up), who is still revived at every
heroic turn.

The name Machão da Gama (Macho da Gama) was created in 1977 by sport
commentator José Carlos Araújo, who had just taken the leadership of
Sports Radio Nacional. That year, Vasco formed a great team that won
the state championship displaying high quality, but without forsaking
drive and courage. However, the notion that Vasco was a team of males
have had at least since 1974, as evidenced by the headline that the
Jornal dos Sports printed in bold letters, celebrating the victory
over Cruzeiro in the final of the Campeonato Brasileiro: VASCO MACHÃO,

From: milivella on
10. First

Vasco has been the first Rio club to...

- win the Rio league with black players in the team (1923)

- tour Europe (1931)

- win undefeated in the professional era (1945)

- win the Brazilian league (1974)


Here I stop. Neither because there aren't hundreds of things to say
about Vasco (I just chose some oddities, there were far more
substantial things to say) nor because I am not enjoying the search,
but because... if I write everything now, what will I do the next time
I'll lose a bet against Luiz? :)