Author: Graham Tower
Published: 18:17 05/07/2013
Rio de Janeiro’s oldest rivals meet in the Classico Volvo, watch Botafogo v Fluminense live stream at 22:30 (BST) on Sunday 7th July.
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The ‘Grandpa Derby’ dates back to the early 1900s and the rivalry between the clubs I so strong they still argue about a title won in 1907.
There was no argument about which club won the 2012 Serie-A crown, Fluminense finished five points clear of Atletico Miniero to win the title for the fourth time. Botafogo finished seventh but more recenty won the 2013 Rio State Championship with a 100% record, beating Fluminense 1-0 in the final at Taca Rio in May.
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Oswaldo de Oliveira’s team came into the new Serie-A season in confident mood and have started well with 10 points from five games. O Glorioso are one point ahead of the defending champions who are struggling to find the winning touch away from home. Fluminense have won all three home games to date but have failed to win a point on the road in two attempts.
The drought could be set to change at the weekend, as the last five Serie-A games between the derby rivals at the Olympic Stadium have resulted in a draw.
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