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Tragedy in the Vulture's Nest: The preventable death of 10 rising stars at Flamengo

Vinicius Vital cries during the funeral of his friend Arthur Vinicius, one of 10 young soccer players who lost their lives after the fire at Flamengo.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Fifteen-year-old Christian Esmerio's funeral on a 95 degree Sunday packed the humble chapel at Rio's Iraja cemetery well beyond capacity, with photographers and television crews jostling for space along cracked sidewalks.

Burials in front of the media are rare here. Most people laid to rest are fameless residents of the working-class suburbs, where Esmerio was born to a 20-year-old recent high school graduate and a 23-year-old street vendor. But Esmerio, a goalkeeper,...

Chaos as police fire grenades before Vasco da Gama vs. Fluminense

A brawl erupted outside the Maracana stadium at the Guanabara Cup final between Vasco de Gama and Fluminese in Brazil.

Brazilian football had another day of unprecedented chaos on Sunday when fans were allowed into the Maracana Stadium midway through the first half after a judge lifted a ban imposed when rival sides could not agree in which end their fans would sit.

The gates were opened around 30 minutes into a Rio state championship final to allow thousands of Vasco da Gama supporters, and a few from rivals Fluminense, into the ground.

Police had earlier fired pepper spray and percussion grenades in and around...

First funeral held for victims of Flamengo training academy fire

ESPN Brazil reporter Debora Gares joins Get Up to provide the latest from Flamengo's training center where a fire killed 10 teens.
A fire on Friday left 10 people dead and three people injured at Flamengo's training centre in Rio de Janeiro.

The funerals for the teenagers who died in the fire that swept through Flamengo's training ground in Rio de Janeiro started to take place on Sunday, while the club defended itself over the cause of the blaze that broke out in the unauthorized lodgings.

Ten boys aged between 14 and 16 were killed on Friday morning when a fire that started in an air conditioning unit ripped through the makeshift dormitory at Flamengo's training ground on the edge of Rio.

Three others were injured, one of them seriously.

The...