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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
image by Eugene Ipavec, 17 June 2009
I found the official flag of the CBF (Confederação Brasileira de Futebol),
Brazilian Football Confederation in English. The flag is on a yellow
background and with the coat of arms (see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CBF_logo.svg ) of the CFB.
Source: El Colombiano ( http://www.elcolombiano.com.co/ ) newspaper, page 3B published on June 6, 2009
See also the CBF (official website): http://www.cbf.com.br/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_Football_Confederation.
Esteban Rivera, 10 June 2009
image by Tomislav Šipek, 24 March 2019
image by Tomislav Šipek, 24 March 2019I am not 100% sure about the number of stars. Some colleagues, like Jose Luis Brugues, believe there should be 27 stars, representing the 26 states, plus the federal district. I find that impossible, as the stars are not distributed on three equal lines (9+9+9). The lines are distributed as in the USA canton, and, therefore, I find it more likely to make 26 stars (9+8+9). Also note that CBD is now CBF.
There should be 64
stars on the Blue Brazil National Team Flag. Each star represents a victory a
title or trophy won.
Alex da Silva, 21 January 2010
Note the reference to the name change from CBD to CBF, however the flag image it
accompanies already has CBF. That, together with this information that the stars
should be equal to the number of victories makes me wonder: How many designs of
this flag would have existed?
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 21 January 2010
Here are some photos showing the flag - it's not clear though how
many stars on it.
Aleksandar Nemet, 21 January 2010
http://www.cbf.com.br/fotos/pres1805_3.jpg shows three rows of stars. At
first sight they would appear to be nine stars each, but top and bottom row seem
to have wider spacing. 8+9+8= 25 stars, laid out to have straight edges? Also:
We see the reverse, and the lettering CBF on the cross is in obverse there.
Plus, the central cross is a straight, and very wide, cross paty, not a legged
cross paty as we have it. The cross is somewhat transparent (whether by design
or material, I don't know) and thus demonstrates quite clearly that the lines of
the cross throughout continue without interruption, again different from the
flag we have.
The image at http://www.cbf.com.br/fotos/rtt2108.jpg shows a part of the flag which clearly shows the stars in straight columns of three stars, with nine columns visible. If the three partly visible columns on either side have no unseen exceptions, this pattern would form three rows of at least nine stars; 27 stars.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 21 January 2010
There has been only one design of this flag. This flag is not one
that people have seen. The only time it is flown is when the Brazilian National
Team travels. It is the flag that flies at the team hotel and training compound.
This flag just represents the national the CBF. When the team is away from the
training facilities the Brazilian flag is used as a national rallying symbol.
Alexandre da Silva, 22 January 2010
The flag of Brazilian Football
Confederation is blue with 27 stars (for 27 Brazilian football federations). I'm
not sure for status of yellow flag, but probably, only for presenting 5 World
Cup wins. For blue flag with 26 stars I only can say then this flag can be used
between 1979-1990. Before 1979 name of CBF was CBD (Confederaçăo Brasileira de
Desportos, Brazilian Confederation of Sports), and in 1990 is founded the latest
football federation in Brazil.
Tomislav Šipek, 24 March 2019
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:
A sports shop had on sale [at the time of the World Cup] Brazilian flags with
18 green stars in a circle inside the yellow lozenge,
going around the outside of the blue sphere.
Ron Peters, 26 May 2006
It's very likely that this is a
football fan flag, made to be flown during the world championship. Many
countries have "football" variations of their national flags, and green stars on
yellow are a common symbol in Brazilian national football, derived, I believe,
from the symbol of the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol - see
Jorge Candeias, 2 June 2006
This is Brazil's 18th appearance in the
Ned Smith, 2 June 2006
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.