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Vasco da Gama
Full name Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama
Nickname(s) Gigante da Colina (Giant of the Hill)
Almirante (Admiral)
Cruzmaltino (Maltese Cross)
Trem Bala da Colina (Bullet Train of the Hill)
Expresso da Vitória (Victory Express Train)
Founded August 21, 1898; 124 years ago (1898-08-21) (Rowing Club)
November 5, 1915; 107 years ago (1915-11-05) (Football Club)
Stadium Estádio Vasco da Gama (São Januário)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ground Capacity 21,880
President Eurico Miranda
Football Manager Anderson Barros
Head Coach Zé Ricardo
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Carioca
2017 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, 6th
Vasco em 1934
Team photo from the 1934 season

Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama was founded in August 21, 1898 (although the professional football department started on November 5, 1915), by Portuguese immigrants, and it is still traditionally supported by the Portuguese community of Rio de Janeiro. It is one of the most popular clubs in Brazil, with more than 20 million supporters.

Its statute defines the club as a "sportive, recreative, educational, assistant and philanthropic non-profit organization of public utility".

Their home stadium is São Januário, with a capacity of 21,880, the third biggest in Rio de Janeiro (after Maracanã and Engenhão), but some matches (especially the city derbies) are played at the Maracanã (capacity of about 80,000). They play in black shirts with a white diagonal sash that contains a Cross pattée (famously, though mistakenly, identified as a Maltese cross), black shorts and black socks.

The club is named after the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama.

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