Vasco da Gama

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Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈklubi dʒi ʁeˈgatɐʃ ˈvaʃku dɐ ˈgɐ̃mɐ]), also known as Vasco da Gama or simply Vasco, is a Brazilian professional sports club based in Rio de Janeiro, in the neighborhood of Vasco da Gama.

Although it competes in a number of different sports, Vasco is mostly known for its football team. It currently plays in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, the second tier of Brazilian football league system and in the Campeonato Carioca, the state of Rio de Janeiro's premier state league.

Vasco was founded on August 21, 1898 as a rowing club, (the professional football department was created on November 26, 1915), by Portuguese immigrants, and still has a strong fanbase among the Portuguese community of Rio de Janeiro. With more than 8 million supporters, Vasco is the fifth-most supported club in Brazil according to many studies.

The club's home stadium is São Januário, which has a capacity of 21,880, making it the third biggest in Rio de Janeiro after Maracanã and Engenhão. Some matches (especially the city derbies) are played at the Maracanã, which has a much larger capacity.

Vasco is named after Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. The club's kits consist of black shirts with a white diagonal sash that contains a cross pattée, black shorts and black socks with white stripes.