The Brazilian Football League is highly regionalised because of the vast size of the country. The structure of the league has changed frequently from year to year as different configurations are experimented with. Now, the league has the same configuration of European leagues. Football is by far the most popular sport in Brazil and many of the world's best football players come from the country.
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo is a Brazilian multisport club located in Rio de Janeiro. Despite not being the club's official name, Flamengo has become the term used by most to refer not just to the football team, but also the entire sporting association. Other nicknames used by fans include "Fla", "Mengo", and "Mengão" (which means Big Mengo), as well descriptions of the club's official colors, rubro-negro, which translates to "the scarlet-blacks" or "the scarlet and black.
Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, a Brazilian sports club, based in São Paulo, São Paulo State, Brazil, most known for its football team. Corinthians was founded in 1910 by a group of laborers - mainly of Portuguese, Italian and Spanish descent - hoping to create a popular club in the city of São Paulo to play against the elite clubs that already existed. They are named after English amateur team Corinthian F.C. , which had played a number of exhibition matches during a tour of Brazil.
Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, usually called Palmeiras, is a Brazilian football team from São Paulo. The team was founded on August 26, 1914, as Società Sportiva Palestra Italia but changed to the current name on September 14, 1942. It is one of the most popular, traditional and successful Brazilian clubs with almost 17 million supporters. Palmeiras won 10 national competitions, record in Brazil. The most important titles have been 6 national league titles, 4 national cups.
Santos Futebol Clube, usually known simply as Santos, is a Brazilian football team from the city Santos, State of São Paulo. It has been nicknamed Peixe (literally, "Fish") for decades, but the usual mascot is a whale. The nickname evokes that the city of Santos is a seaport, when all other big clubs from the state of São Paulo are from inland Brazil. A fan of Santos FC is known as a Santista. The best soccer team of 20th century in the Americas.
The Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, commonly called Estádio do Maracanã ("Maracanã Stadium"), is an open-air stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Owned by the Rio de Janeiro State Government, it is named after the Maracanã neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro. It was opened in 1950 to host the FIFA World Cup. Since then, it has mainly been used for football matches between the major football clubs in Rio de Janeiro, including Botafogo, Flamengo, Fluminense and Vasco da Gama.
Estádio Caio Martins, sometimes called Estádio Mestre Ziza, is a football (soccer) stadium in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. The stadium holds 15,000 people. It was built in 1941. The stadium is owned by the Rio de Janeiro state government. Its formal name honors Caio Vianna Martins. In 1938 15-year-old Scout Martins, along with many other passengers, was seriously injured in a train accident, but refused the offer of a stretcher, saying that others needed it more than he.
Castle Rackrent, a short novel by Maria Edgeworth published in 1800, is often regarded as the first historical novel, the first regional novel in English, the first Anglo-Irish novel, the first Big House novel and the first saga novel. It is also widely regarded as the first novel to use the device of a narrator who is both unreliable and an observer of, rather than a player in, the actions he chronicles.
Fa jin, fajin, or fa chin (fā jìn, 發勁) is a term used in some Chinese martial arts, particularly the neijia (internal) martial arts, such as Xingyiquan, T'ai Chi Chuan, Baguazhang and Bak Mei. It means to issue or discharge power explosively, and is not specific to any particular striking method. Jìn (勁), or "power", is often confused by Westerners with the related concept of jīng (精), which literally means "essence."