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Fluminense Football Club commonly known Fluminense and referred to as Flu, is a Brazilian professional football club based in Laranjeiras, a bairro in the city of Rio de Janeiro. It plays in the Campeonato Carioca, the State of Rio de Janeiro's premier state league, as well as the Brasileirão, the top tier of the Brazilian football league system. Fluminense is the reigning Brazilian champion, having won the 2012 Brasileirão. The club was founded on July 21, 1902 by the sons of Carioca aristocrats, being led by Oscar Cox, a Brazilian sportsman, in the bairro of Flamengo, a direct contrast between the aristocratic founders and the modest ground it was founded on. Cox was elected as the club's first president. Fluminense is a demonym for people who reside in the State of Rio de Janeiro. Although football is the club's original endeavor, the club is today an umbrella organization for several teams in more than 16 different sport activities. The club is one of Brazil's most successful clubs, having won the Brasileirão on four occasions. Fluminense has also won one Copa do Brasil. They have won the Campeonato Carioca 31 times and the Torneio Rio – São Paulo on two occasions. The club managed to perform a double in 1984 and 2012, winning both the Carioca and the Brasileirão. Fluminense was also runner-up in the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Flu play their home games at the Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, better known as the Maracanã, which currently holds up to 78,838 spectators. Fluminense's home kit is maroon-and-green vertical striped shirts, with white shorts, accompanied by white socks; this combination has been used since 1920. Adidas are the kit manufacturers. Fluminense holds many long-standing rivalries, most notably against Botafogo, Flamengo, and Vasco da Gama. It has contributed the fifth-most players to Brazil's national football team.




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