Tigers to host Brazilian U19 Club Squad
July 14, 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - University of Memphis men's soccer coach Richie Grant has announced that the Tigers will play host to the under-19 squad of Brazilian club team Botafogo, August 24, at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
Botafogo is one of the most storied club teams in the world, having placed 12th in FIFA's `Clubs of the Century' poll conducted in December 2000. Currently, the senior club is two-time defending Guanabara Cup Champions and is tied for eighth in the race for the Brazilian championship.
As a top exporter of talent, many Brazilian greats have passed through Botafogo over the years, including former stars Garrincha and Amarildo. To date, Botafogo has contributed the most player's to the Brazilian national team, with 97 Fogão footballers having played for the national team, including 46 in the World Cup.