Flamengo was founded by three youths on November 17, 1895 as a rowing club. Rowing was a elite sport in Rio de Janeiro in the late nineteenth century and became popular among young guys who were hoping to get attention of the ladies of high society of the city.
Flamengo started with football when a group of football players, unhappy in Fluminense FC, broke away from them after a dispute with the board. Players, including Alberto Borghert, decided to join Flamengo because Borghert, who was the and is, today, the most spectacular victory in their history defeating Club Mangueira 16-2
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