Flamengo launch vending machines selling replica shirts in underground stations in Rio

FLAMENGO fans can now buy replica shirts from vending machines in underground stations in Rio de Janeiro.

The Brazilian club have followed in the footsteps of rivals Gremio – who launched similar machines at an airport in January.

Fans will be able to pay for their purchase on a credit or debit card
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Fans will use the LED display to pick what they want to buy
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Fans will use the LED display to pick their product before paying with a credit or debit card.

The vending machine will stock shirts for children and adults – but cannot be customised with a name or number.

After the payment has gone through, the shirt will be released in an exclusive box.

Flamengo are planning to install the equipment at stations, supermarkets and airports in the city.

The machines have been designed to look like the Flamengo’s home shirt – so they will be instantly recognisable for fans.

Gustavo Figueiredo, Licencing manager of Flamengo, said: “The machine was developed with state-of-the-art technology featuring a LED display for product choice and a product inventory monitoring application for tenants.

“In principle, it will be made available to franchisees in the network that focus on small towns and retail spaces.”

The first machine was installed at the Jardim Oceanico subway station in Barra da Tijuca in the west of Rio de Janeiro.

But the idea was met with mixed reviews when an image of the vending machine did the rounds on Twitter.

One fan said: “Not sure about that, I’m gutted when a Twix gets stuck and I have to rock it…”

While one said: “Would take at least five strapping lads to tip that vending machine for a freebie.”

But one claimed: “That’s class, I was at a Flamengo game in the Maracana last November and bought their jersey from the club shop stalls.”

The club are planning to install the machines across the city
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