Between March 18th and 20th, 1980, Bob Marley visited Rio de Janeiro to promote the opening of the Brazilian branch of Ariola Records, the multinational that at that moment owned Island Records, the label that marketed Bob records worldwide.
The three days were busy with odd press conferences, street markets visits, sporting gear stores shopping and sushi&juices-based diet. Marley´s trip will always be remembered for the legendary football match played in a little football pitch property of Chico Buarque, a Brazilian music star, also a football fan and amateur player. Toquinho -a close friend and also a famous Brazilian musician- also joined. They called recording industry executives, musicians -the Wailer Junior Marvin included- and some local friends. Julio Cesar Caju -a world champion with the Brazil national team in the 1970 World Cup played as well.
TEAM. On top, Marvin and Toquinho. Below, Chico Buarque and Bob, in the far right.
The match ended 3-0 for Bob´s team, who scored the third goal. That night a show was scheduled in a party to honour him and there was a great fuzz whether if Bob was going to play, but migration authorities denied him a working visa, so to avoid any problems he cancelled his performance and just enjoyed the party.
There´s hardly any footage of that legendary trip, but we found some images of the match. Here they are. Enjoy.