The Mad Grandma | Botafogo’s 83-Year-Old Superfan


When Botafogo plays at Estádio Nilton Santos, they have a guaranteed presence: Luzia Moraes, Vó da Loucos, or the Grandmother of the Mad. Her passion for Botafogo goes back over 80 years. Some say she morphs into another person at the stadium, which speaks to the power of fandom and the visceral experience of attending a match. Luiza has 3 children, 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and a legion of other "grandchildren" in the Torcida of Botafogo.