The actions carried on by the CRFB include to research, identify and digitalize collections and make them public, among other activities. Our first honored person is Mário Américo. The exhibition tells some of this character's stories, remembered through his work gear, newspapers clippings and photos that now belong to his grandson, Mário Américo Netto.
Not only due to his technical skills, Mário is one of the few characters that can be proud of closely following seven World Cups beside great stars, different coaches, countries and teams. He had witnessed the backstage of those championships, and was confidant of athletes and a hilarious character in the world of football.
"Little black Mário", as he was known, started to receive drum classes by the musician João Lombriga and then has joined some orchestras as a teenager. The artistic carrier ended eary, for he was forced to leave the group due to the notice gave by the Juvenile Court as he was found playing at late nights.
The new professional enterprise made Mário promisse himself that he would become the best football masseur ever.
He had learned his first techniques with Giovani, masseur of Madureira team, who was about to retire.
He had bought books, consulted with other professional masseurs and in less than a year he was in charge of the club's Masseur post.
At the club, Mário met at the trials Jair da Rosa Pinto who later would join the legendary trio with Isaías and Lelé: "The Three Stoges".
Jair suffered from a cronic muscle sprain in his right thigh and so his massages were intensified and adapted to every type of field, weather and marking defender.
Mário Américo has learned about anatomy and physilogy with the physicians Ségio Blumer (from the Sport Club Corinthians Paulista and Nilton de Paes Barreto.
Major Rolim allowed the new masseur to attend faculty classes in exchange of boxing lessons to the teachers.
At Vasco da Gama
During the 1940s, he joined Vasco da Gama. At São Janupario stadium, he was close to the routine of the major clubs from Rio: dealt with directors, managers, doctors, seasoned players, rookies, black magic, furious wives and, whenever necessary, he would fix an umbrella to earn some extra month at the end of the month.
2014 Carnival Theme of Banda Grone's, paying homage to Mário Américo.
Original Version - 2014
Curatorship: Content work group from Football Museum
Collection's owner: Mário Américo Neto
Digitalizing: Rogério Alonso
Research and Texts Aira Bonfim
Google Edition: Aira Bonfim, Bruna Gottardo AND Pedro Sant'Anna
Text reviewer and translator: Tikinet
Video editor: Bruna Gottardo
Reviewed Version - 2018
Coordination: Camila Aderaldo
Adaptation, google edition and translation: Ana Letícia de Fiori