Sao Paulo: Botafogo were relegated to the Brazilian second division for only the second time in 110 years on Sunday after losing 2-0 against Santos, their 22nd defeat of a troubled season.
"Sadly, Botafogo will play in Serie B next season. There have been a lot of problems, mistakes and defeats. The club asks fans for their forgiveness," said a statement on the club`s Twitter feed.
Plagued by financial problems, Botafogo, nicknamed "Lone Star", are famed in Brazil for being the club of legendary player Garrincha.