From: Lleo Subject: C.R.Vasco da Gama Date: 21/08/2001 Today is a great day for supporters of the greatest club in Rio de Janeiro. Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama is completing 103 years. From that Sunday, August 21st 1898, till now cruising through history. The black and white colors that changed Rio de Janeiro football as early as the 20s are alive and well. I won't bore anyone with an endless list of titles, that aren't really anything more than numbers to those who don't care about Brasilian football. And anyway, Vasco's greatness is not based in its trophy room, but in its history, that dates from that valiant little club who was cast aside for winning the league with the "wrong" players in the 20s (and whose answer was to build Latin America's biggest stadium at the time), which went on to become one of Brasil's greatest clubs. I can't do justice to a list of all-time greats, as I actually couldn't get to see many of them, but the ones I saw were impressive enough: Roberto Dinamite, Romario, Bebeto, Edmundo, Juninho Pernambucano, Carlos Germano, among many others. Currently, Vasco is under the rule of one of the main reasons of Brasil's football decadence, Eurico Miranda, who brought us a sad spot up there in the "Brasil's most hated clubs" list. The current team is not good, I doubt we'll make the 2nd round of this edition of the Brazilian league (if we don't end up fighting relegation). Notwithstanding these drawbacks, the downward curve that follows such a successful period as 1997-2000, Vasco always fought its way through difficulties. We may not have the deepest trophy room (that is São Paulo's honour), or the highest # of supporters (I must hand it to you know who), but who can give it a flying fuck? At the end of the day, it all comes down to within the 4 lines, which is where Vasco built its greatness. Shines high the Cruz de Malta... Ok, enough chest-thumping for today. -- Lléo "Vamos todos cantar de coração A cruz de malta é o meu pendão..."