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In an attempt to raise the theme amongst us, I'm posting today a (not
so good) Brazilian fan flag, from a photograph I found somewhere. The flag
is horizontally divided green-yellow-blue-yellow-green in proportions 1:1:2:1:1,
all in dark shades, with the blue stripe charged with a horizontal line
of three white stars at the hoist and the word "BRASIL" in big letters
in the fly. What would the stars mean? Three World Cups. (Are there now
Jorge Candeias, 27 April 1998
The national team doesn't have a specific flag and there are no official
team supporter flags.
Lucosta, 12 January 1999
It seems like some of these are inspired by Brazilian state flags [e.g.,
Corínthians and Bahia]. When it comes to sport clubs,
I think there is a general tendency that there is a wide range of more or less official supporter flags.
Supporter clubs might have their own set flags, e.g.
Elias Granqvist, 13 March 2002
I've noticed that many Brazilian clubs [e.g., Atlético Mineiro,
Flamengo, and Naútico]
like the horizontal-stripes-and-canton-with-badge design. There is also a
real fondness for about two or three color combinations that show up
over and over: black and white, green and white, and red and black.
In addition, I think I've found four categories of Brazilian club flags
that I can identify:
As a diehard football (soccer) fan, I remember a Brazilian custom of teams' exchanging
small flags before matches. It used to be done by the teams' skippers in the center of the pitch just
before the coin toss and kick off. They would hold the small flag with the
left hand, shake hands with the right hand and then take the small flag from
the opposing skipper. It was then given to someone to be taken away.
I remember this was done for local derbys and interstate and
international matches. In Portuguese these pennants are known
as flâmulas. I think they had something related to the match written on them along with the
team's logo or symbol.
Fernando, 7 August 2002
Flâmula is the Brazilian word. In Portugal these
banners are called galhardetes, and the action Fernando describes is so
noticeable and usual that it got into the everyday speech as an idiomatic
sentence. We use the term troca de galhardetes (literally, "pennant
exchange") as a way to describe a somewhat tense exchange of
(sometimes double-edged) compliments between rivals.
Jorge Candeias, 8 August 2002
Many Brazilian football clubs are named some variant of clube de regatas, or regatta club. This is because the clubs began as rowing clubs and only later took up football. That is also why the flags of Flamengo and Corinthians, among others, have crossed oars or anchors as part of their badges.