The clubs first shield was the one from Club de Regatas Botafogo, which, even though wasnt official, was quite used popularly. In this shield, were represented the star (already considered Botafogo top symbol at the time), the paddles and the clubs entwined initials CRB.
On the uniform, though, the athletes did not wear this shield. The star was represented above the entwined letters CRB.
In 1919, however, the star increased in size and the monogram was put inside of it.
Parallel to that, in 1904, emerged Botafogo Football Club and along with it, a new shield. Designed in nankeen ink by Basílio Viana Júnior, one of the clubs founders, it was inspired by a Swiss shield, had a white background, black outline and, at the center, the BFC monogram, the initials of the club.
In 1942, with the merger and the appearance of Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, the shield was altered to become the one known today. It remained with the BFCs Swiss shape, but in the place of the letters, it got the famous Lonely Star. Other changes occurred on the background, that became black and the outline that was formed by a single black line, started having two outlines: the inner one in white and the outer one in black.
The shell Botafogo is not only appreciated by his fans. For more than once, the club was awarded, worldwide, for its beautiful shell. It is noteworthy, therefore, some of these awards: In 1998, during the IV Brazilian Graphic Design Biennial, held in São Paulo, the designers had already sentenced the shell Botafogo as what is most beautiful in the world. To be able to measure the importance of its emblem, the Graphic Designers Association (ADG Brazil) held a show entitled '50 Brazilian Projects'. Among the fifty projects (logos, posters, book covers, magazines,mrecords etc). Only three were related to Brazilian soccer: the poster of the World Cup 1950, the silhouette, stylized by Aloisio Magalhães, Pelé giving their famous bike, and the symbol of the Botafogo Football and Tank, 1942. The Japanese magazine T Sports Magazine published in its issue of December 2008 a list of the 100 most beautiful shells football world. The jury, composed of members from 15 countries (Brazil, England, Italy, France, Germany, Argentina, USA, Russia, Serbia, Chile, Iran, Mexico, Morocco, Spain and Japan - with five members on the jury ). In this competition , there was no reference to the occupation of the voters, which in no way diminishes or denies the victory of Botafogo sometimes named the worlds most beautiful shell. In the election of the 100 most beautiful Japanese magazine T Magazine, the top ten were, in this order: Botafogo (Brazil) , Liverpool (England), Sampdoria (Italy), Olympique Marseille (France ), Oulu (Finland ), Boca Juniors (Argentina), Falkirk (Scotland), Ghuangzhou GPC (China), Air India (India) and Galatasaray (Turkey).
Currently, outside the headquarters of General Severiano, there is a statue nicknamed "Manequinho", which is part of alvinegro folklore. Listed in 2002 as cultural heritage, represents a good-natured way, a boy urinating. It is a reproduction of the statue Manneken Pis, the Square of Brussels, Belgium. With one meter high, was carved originally by Belmiro de Almeida, in 1908, and was installed in the Praça Marechal Floriano, in Rio de Janeiro until 1927 that occasion, was transferred, it is considered disrespectful to morality, to Botafogo Beach, near the seat of Moorish Botafogo Mar. The image became associated with the Glorious when, in commemoration of the Carioca Championship of 1957, a fan dressed scultura with Botafogo shirt. The Alvinegros then began to consider it a symbol of the club. In all the achievements of securities, Manequinho gets lovingly team uniform. In 1990, vandals stole and destroyed the monument. A replica, written by Amadeu Zani, was installed at the site to replace it. In 1994, the statue was moved to the square in front of the headquarters of General Severiano. In 2008, after another act of vandalism, the Manequinho had part of his penis stolen. The statue was restored and again in early November of that same year, Botafogo took official possession and custody of the monument.
Another mascot Botafogo is recognized by the dog. Its origin is in the office of President, and very superstitious, Carlito Rocha. The little dog named Tootles, who belonged to Botafogo defender Macaé, was considered a symbol of the conquest of the undefeated 1948 state championship. The alvinegro mutt was taken by Carlito to all games in the competition and Botafogo in 19 games were 17 wins and two draws, ending a fast 13 without achievements and making the crowd Botafogo won the nickname "cachorrada ". Currently, two canine mascots are guaranteed attendance in games where the stove is the principal in the Estádio Nilton Santos! Tootles and Biruta are always there to cheer the kids alvinegra!
Innovating by embracing noble causes for solidarity, Botafogo adopted the Star Solidarity Campaign, an initiative welcomed by fans of the club. In his first year as an official partner of the campaign in 2009, Botafogo encouraged his fans to donate blood in Hemorio. Athletes of the club were on site to receive Botafogo donors. Even Estádio Nilton Santos, one of the biggest idols of Botafogo, joined the campaign. The result could not be different: the Solidarity Star was successful Hemorio. The place was fully decorated with flags and mblemas and the club and had massive participation of Botafogo fans, who collaborated donating blood and milk powder. This year, in partnership with the NGO Viva Rio, the club also through the "Star Solidarity" grossed bottles of mineral water to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. At the end of the derby against Vasco, were collected approximately 1,500 liters of mineral water.
In 2004, the Alvinegro celebrated its centenary in football by launching an exclusive line in celebration, prepared by the designer Ruy Osvaldo Junior. In addition to this line of sports equipment, the club adopted a shield in allusion to the date, which was stamped on all shirts and other products of game that year.
A Mística da Camisa 7
There, in Botafogo, more important than the shirt number 7 Although there is a current that consider the mystique of 7 shirt from Garrincha, the story began to be built in 1948, sheeted by the Paraguayan striker. The player was largely responsible for the Carioca title that year, after winning a victory over Vasco Express from Victoria. In the 60s, wore the shirt the biggest playmaker the clubs history and one of the greatest football of all time: Manuel Francisco dos Santos, or simply Garrincha. Mane, as it was also known, enchanted even opposing fans. It was not uncommon to see rival fans intoxicated with confusing dribbling Angel Legs Pies. Botafogo, Garrincha won numerous titles, among which, one should highlight the Campeonato Carioca 1962, when he scored twice, securing the title on the biggest rival Flamengo. Already the Brazilian national team, Mane was champion in 1958 and 62, being directly responsible for this achievement, since Pelé, due to an injury early in the contest, would not act further in the tournament. In the quarter-finals, after scoring twice and declare victory over England, the English newspapers surrendered and declared: Mane Garrincha is an alien. In its passage through the Glorious, Garrincha scored 249 goals in 579 games. Since then, the shirt was always reserved for the player differentiated from alvinegro squad. Already in the 70s, the club a great crop of candidates to honor saw emerge. Jairzinho, the Hurricane 70 World Cup and one of the great idols of Botafogo, scored 189 goals for Alvinegro. Rogério was also one of the attackers who kept alive the mystique of the shirt. Only in 1989, after long title drought, the shirt chose Mauritius to be a member of alvinegra history. It fell to the striker decide the match against Flamengo and resonate at Maracanã cry for so long contained in one of the most important titles of the centennial history of Botafogo. Six years later, Tulio Wonder inherited the responsibility and the honor of wearing the shirt 7 And with it, won the top scorer of the Brazilian Championship 1995, won by Botafogo. The mystique, which has thousands of devotees, is still valid today. The honor, as we saw, is granted to few. However, these few, properly chosen by the jacket, are secured success.
Estádio Nilton Santos
In 2007, Botafogo won the bidding for the administration of the Municipal Nilton Santos Olympic Stadium for 20 years; The stadium was built to host the Pan American Games 2007, held in the city of Rio de Janeiro, and is the most modern stadium in Latin America. In 2009, the company hired Botafogo Pepira Ventures to assist the club in the commercial exploitation and advertising of the stadium. One of the measures adopted by the company was the adoption of a new name:. Estádio Nilton Santos The name adopted in Latin intends to internationalize the brand.