FM19 League & Club Info: Brazil Serie B

Welcome back to our Football Manager 2019: League & Club Info A-Z. In this post we will be focusing on the Brazilian 2nd Tier: Campeonato Brasileiro Série B.

Campeonato Brasileiro Série B

The official second level of the Brazilian structure was played for the first time in in 1971 when the CBD (the Brazilian FA) inaugurated the real and official Brazilian Championship. The first two champions were Villa Nova AC (Nova Lima, MG) and Sampaio Correa FC (Sao Luis, MA).

As there was not performance based criterion defining the teams in the first level there was no promotion or relegation. Between 1973 and 1979 teams were invited to play at the first level based mainly on political, criteria and no second division was disputed.

When the CBD was changed into the CFB and many other sports federations in 1980, the Brazilian championship was reorganised and the number of teams at the first level (Taca de Ouro) was reduced from 96 teams in 1979 to 40 in 1980. The new second level (Taca de Prata) was debuted from 1980 to 1983 and qualified four teams for the second stage of the first division championship in the same year, and concluded with the remaining teams, with one more earning promotion (except in 1983).

In 1982 and 1983, the eliminated teams from the first stage of the first division were relegated to the second level. In 1984, the second division champions qualified for the third stage of the first division championship and earned promotion for 1985. In 1985, under the name of Taca CBF, the second level only qualified the champions to the 1986 first level.

In 1993, the CBF reorganised the lower divisions. The first level had been extended to 32 teams, and all other interested teams played qualifying tournaments to form the second and third division of 1994. From 1994 until present day the divisional structure consists of three levels, with promotion and relegation between the three and participation in the third level open to any interested team.

Competition Format

There are currently 20 clubs in the Serie B. With the league running from May until December each clubs plays twice once and home and once away for a total of 38 games apiece across the season. As usual, teams receive 3 points for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss. The league standings are based upon total points, victories, goal difference and goal scored. A system of promotion and relegation exists between Serie A, Serie B and Serie C. The four lowest placed teams in Serie A are relegated to Serie B and the top four teams in Serie B are promoted to Serie A. The four lowest placed teams in Serie B are relegated to Serie C and four promoted from Serie C to Serie B.

League Rules

Each match day squad can have no more than 5 foreign players as well as no more than 5 players on youth contracts. 12 substitutes can be named with a maximum of 3 used. Players also need to be registered in order to be eligible to play in this competition. The league stipulates a maximum squad size of 40 players and a minimum squad size of 25 players. Players can usually be registered between May and September.

The league sorting rules are based on this order: Games Won, Goal Difference, Goals Scored, Results Between Teams, Number of Red Card and finally Number of Yellow Cards. The league also included prize money for the top 4 teams. £75,000 for first place and £37,500 for each of second, third and fourth places.

In terms of contract renewals, players under the age of 24 must be offered similar terms before the first Saturday in May or seven days after their last match in the season (whichever comes later) otherwise no compensation will be due if they sign for other clubs. There is a £45 minimum wage rule for full time players over the age of 16.

Serie B transfer windows run from December to September for domestic transfers only, beginning of January to the end of April for foreign transfers only; and 15th July to the 15th August also for foreign transfers only. Players of Haitian nationality are treated as non-foreign.

The Clubs

Atlético Clube Goianiense

Founded on April 2, 1937 with roots in the neighborhood of Campinas and having a Dragon as a mascot, Atlético Goianiense is a pioneer in Goiânia football and was the first club to win a state title in 1944. Over the years, the Dragon has won four national titles. The first was the National Integration Tournament, which was played by 16 teams from different Brazilian states in 1971. Atletico was still a two-time C-Serie champion in 1990 and 2008. The biggest title in the club’s history ended in 2016. In a campaign magnificent from start to finish, Rubro-negro was crowned Brazilian Serie B champion. With the title winning last year, Atletico became the greatest Brazilian Champion of the Midwest.

However, the club went through difficulties at the beginning of the 21st century due to bad administrations and came close to its end, including with the demolition and abandonment of the stadium Antonio Accioly. In 2003, for the first time in its history, the club fell to the second division of the Goiano Championship, from where it could not leave the following year. 

In 2005, with the help of true supporters, including the current president Maurício Sampaio (at the time acting as vice), the current president of the Council, Jovair Arantes , former presidents like  Wilson Carlos and Valdivino de Oliveira and other important benefactors, the club resurfaced, Antônio Accioly stadium was rebuilt and the Dragon was the champion of the access division, achieving a return to the elite of Goian football. Two years later, after 19 years of fasting, Atlético returned to win a state title in a campaign that was marked in memory of the black red fan. 

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Avaí Futebol Clube

The history of Avaí Futebol Clube began in 1923 when the merchant Amadeu Horn met a group of boys who used to play ball in Rua Frei Caneca, in the district Pedra Grande (now Agronomica), in Florianópolis. The merchant, in love with football, decided to fulfill the dream of the boys and decided to present them with a complete set of “suits” as they were called at the time the uniforms. The material contained, in addition to ball and cleats, blue and white striped tees, shorts and blue socks. A curiosity that perhaps some fans do not know is that the colours were chosen in homage to the Rowing Club, Riachuelo.

On September 1, 1923, in a meeting at the house of Mr. Amadeu Horn, the young athletes decided, together with the merchant, to found a football club. The name of the new team would be “Independence” and would have Mr. Amadeu Horn as its president.

When everything was already decided, Mr. Arnaldo Pinto de Oliveira arrived at the meeting bringing new ideas and ended up influencing the participants to change the name of the team that was being founded. Mr. Arnaldo’s argument was that Independência would be a tricky name for the fans to shout in support of the team and until they finished speaking “Independencia” the other team would have already drawn the game. As he was reading a book on the history of Brazil, he proposed the name Avahy, in reference to the Battle of Avahy.

At this point, everyone supported the idea and started shouting Avahi, Avahi, Avahi! And in this way, enthusiastic and convinced, began the story filled victories and achievements of the then Avahi Foot-ball Club.

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Boa Esporte Clube

The club was founded on April 30, 1947, in Ituiutaba city, as Ituiutaba Esporte Clube. They won the Campeonato Mineiro Second Level in 2004, and the Taça Minas Gerais in 2007. They lost the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C to ABC Futebol Clube in 2010. During the 2011 season, the club played in Varginha, adopting the name Boa Esporte Clube, and will return to Ituiutaba after the new stadium is built. As Boa Esporte Clube, they won the Campeonato Mineiro Second Level in 2011. They were the surprise winners of the 2016 Série C.

In March 2017, the club came to international media attention for their signing of Bruno Fernandes de Souza. Bruno was convicted of dismembering his mistress, Eliza Samudio, in 2010 and feeding her remains to his pet dogs, in a dispute over child support. In March 2013, he was sentenced to 22 years, however, he was granted release on appeal.[3] This signing led to multiple sponsors, such as Gois and Silva, dropping the club and has led to protests and outrage in Brazil. Bruno’s signing while awaiting appeal has led to various Human Rights organizations to protest that clubs like Boa Esporte do not value women or abuses against them by players.

The club have won a variety of honours including Serie C in 2016, Campeonato Mineiro Second Level in 2004 and 2011 as well as the Taca Minas Gerais in 2007 and 2012.

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Grêmio Esportivo Brasil

Grêmio Esportivo Brasil was founded after a dispute between players and directors of Sport Club Cruzeiro do Sul, which was supported and managed by employees of Cervejaria Haertel. On September 7, 1911, the Brazilian Independence anniversary, the club was founded at Santa Cruz street, in the residence of José Moreira de Brito, father of one of the former members of Cruzeiro do Sul, after a meeting between him and the other former members. The colours chosen were yellow and green, which are the colours of Brazil. Later, the club changed its colours to red and black, after Clube Diamantinos, a defunct club. The colours were also changed because EC Pelotas, rival of Brazil has similar colours.

The greatest moment in the club’s history came during the 1985 Brazilian League, when Brasil managed to reach the semifinals after moving past giants such as Flamengo. However, the club from Pelotas did not manage to defeat Bangu from Rio de Janeiro and ended up missing the glory of taking part in the final match. The following years were not nearly as successful. Even though the club was frequently invited to take part in the Brazilian League due to their fanatic crowd, performances were usually disappointing. In the league of Rio Grande do Sul, the club spent a few years in the second division. In 2004, Brazil won the second division of the regional league, the first title in many years.

On January 16, 2009 the team bus plunged 130 ft into a ravine in Rio Grande do Sul when returning from a friendly match against Santa Cruz. Striker Claudio Milar, defender Regis and goalkeeping coach Giovani were killed in the accident caused by the driver losing control when making a turn, more than 20 others were injured.

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Coritiba Foot Ball Club

In 1909, a group of young men met in the Clube Ginástico Teuto-Brasileiro Turnverein (German-Brazilian Gymnastics Club Turnverein – “Turnverein” being the German word for gymnastics club), where the German immigrant community of Curitiba gathered to play a variety of sports. In July of that year, a prominent member of the club, Frederico “Fritz” Essenfelder arrived with a leather ball in hand. He explained to his friends that it was a football and he explained the rules of this new game. Fritz and his friends within the club started organizing matches in the field of the Quartel da Força Pública (Public Force Headquarters). Later, an invitation came to play a match against a club of workers, many of them British, from the Ponta Grossa railway. On 12 October 1909, Fritz called a meeting in the old Theatro Hauer (Hauer Theatre) to arrange the first match. A decision was made to form a football club, and he would call it Teuto-Brasileiro. Teuto-Brasileiro would be the first football club in the state of Paraná.

The current and official name of the city of Curitiba was established in 1919, ten years after the foundation of club, which was actually called Coritiba. Because of tradition, the club kept its original name along with the words “foot ball” and “club”. The name “Curitiba” had gone through many orthographies throughout history, such as Coritiba and Curityba due to cultural diversities throughout the city. The club colours are green and white, the colours of the Paraná state flag. Founded on 12 October 1909, Coritiba is the oldest “green and white” team in Brazilian football. The club’s logo is a green globe with the initials CFC in white across the centre, along with twelve white stylised pine seeds. The logo’s colours, green and white, are the same as Paraná state flag’s. Coritiba’s first logo was simple: a white background inside a green circle, with the initials CFC in green.

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Clube de Regatas Brasil

Its history began in the year 1911, with the foundation in Maceió, of the Club Alagoano de Regatas. The jewel for members was a thousand reis and the monthly fee of five hundred thousand reis. Its headquarters was located at Rua do Comércio, 138. Although it was called Clube Alagoano de Regatas, there were no yoles, no boats, no rowers. He had a handful of brave boys who wanted to create a sports club in Alagoas.

However, the small revenue from jewelry and tuition prevented the club’s progress. Among its founders were young Lafaiete Pacheco, Antônio Bessa, Celso Coelho and Alexandre Nobre. In an attempt to raise the club’s revenue, Lafaiete Pacheco tried his teammates to increase tuition, but the idea was not accepted by the majority. From this lack of understanding, the Clube de Regatas Brasil was born.

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Criciúma Esporte Clube

Criciúma Esporte Clube was founded on May 13, 1947, as Comerciário Esporte Clube; however the club folded due to a financial crisis in the 1960s. The club re-founded in 1976 by some of the original Comerciário Esporte Clube members. In 1978 the club was renamed as Criciúma Esporte Clube, and its current colours black, yellow and white were adopted in 1984. The present colours of Criciúma Esporte Clube are the reason why the club is called Tigre (meaning Tiger).

The club’s greatest feat was winning the 1991 Copa do Brasil under coach Felipe Scolari, later World Cup winner with Brazil, which qualified Criciúma to the following year’s Copa Libertadores. In the following years the club was not very successful, and was relegated to the Série B. In 2005, Criciúma, after a very poor campaign, was relegated to the Brazilian Série C. In 2006, Criciúma won the Série C, as was promoted back to the Série B. After a period of crisis in the club, in 2012 the club regained forces and after being in the first four places the entire championship returned to the Série A.

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Centro Sportivo Alagoano

On September 7, 1913, the same day of the anniversary of the Brazilian Independence from Portugal, the club was founded as Centro Sportivo Sete de Setembro. In 1914, Centro Sportivo Sete de Setembro was renamed to Centro Sportivo Floriano Peixoto, after Floriano Peixoto, who was Brazil’s second president, and was a Paraguayan War hero. Four years later, in 1918, the club was renamed to its current name, Centro Sportivo Alagoano. In 1928, the club won its first title, the state championship of Alagoas.

n 1980, the club was the runner-up of the Brazilian Second Division. In the final, Londrina of Paraná state and CSA drew 1–1 in Maceió, in the first leg, and in the second leg, in Londrina city, Londrina beat the club 4–0. In 1982, the club was again finalist of the Brazilian Second Division. CSA was defeated by Campo Grande, of Rio de Janeiro. In the first leg, in Maceio, CSA won 4–3. In the second leg, in Rio de Janeiro, Campo Grande won 2–1. In the tie-breaker match, Campo Grande won 3–0. In 1983, the club reached again the Brazilian Second Division final. CSA was defeated by Juventus, of São Paulo. In the first leg, in Maceio, CSA won 3–1. In the second leg, in São Paulo, Juventus won 3–0. In the tie-breaker match, Juventus won 1–0.

n 1999, CSA competed in Campeonato do Nordeste, being eliminated by Bahia in the semifinals. Eventually, Vitória, Bahia, and Sport Recife (respectively the winner, the runner-up and the third placed teams in Campeonato do Nordeste) declined successively to dispute Copa CONMEBOL, so CSA was invited to the competition. CSA, surprisingly, reached the competition final, but was defeated by Talleres, of Argentina. In the first leg, in Maceio, the club won 4–2. In the second leg, in Córdoba, Talleres won 3–0. However, the competition’s top goalscorer was CSA’s Missinho.

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Figueirense Futebol Clube

The club was founded as Figueirense Football Club on June 12, 1921. The club is named Figueirense after the neighborhood where it is located, in Centro neighborhood). Figueirense means “from Figueira”. Figueirense was one of the founders of the defunct Liga Catarinense de Desportos Terrestres, organized on April 12, 1923. In 1932 the team won their first state championship. From 1935 to 1937, Figueirense was three times in a row Catarinense champion. In 1939, Figueirense won again the state championship, that was end of the Golden Decade of the club.

In 1972, was the end of the 30-year state championship titleless period. In 1973, Figueirense was the first team of Santa Catarina state in Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. In 1974, the team won Catarinense again. In 1994, the 17-year state championship titleless period ended. In 1995, Figueirense was Torneio Mercosul champion (not to be confused with Copa Mercosur) at Santa Catarina. It was the club’s first (and only) international title.

In 2001, the club was Campeonato Brasileiro Second Division runner-up, and was promoted to the following year’s First Division. From 2002 to 2004, Figueirense was three times in a row Campeonato Catarinense champion. In 2008, Figueirense won the Copa São Paulo de Juniores for the first time after beating Rio Branco-SP 2–0 in the final. In the 2008 edition of Serie A, Figueirense finished in 17th place, being relegated to Serie B the following year.

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Fortaleza Esporte Clube

Speaking of the origins of Fortaleza Esporte Clube necessarily means speaking of the greatest sportsman from Ceará of all time: Alcides de Castro Santos. In 1912, he founded a club also called Fortaleza, which later came to have its activities closed. He then participated in the founding of the Stella Foot-Ball Club in 1915. Stella was the name of a Swiss college where they studied the children of some noble representatives of the high society of Fortaleza. This club had a close connection with Fortaleza Esporte Clube, mainly due to the presence of Alcides Santos in the formation of the two, and Fortaleza was founded on 10/18/1918. As a great sportsman, he also stimulated and participated in the founding of clubs such as Riachuelo, Tabajara and Maranguape, all before 1918. He was linked to Fortaleza Esporte Clube in its first 20 years of history.

Alcides Santos was born on 04/11/1889, son of the politician and professor Agapito dos Santos. He studied in Europe where he brought his passion for the Breton sport. He was a prosperous merchant, being a partner and founder of several companies in Ceará, as well as the first representative of Ford Company in Brazil. He was founder of the Ceará Philatelic and Numismatics Society. He bought and donated the field of Alagadiço (near where today is the Church of São Gerardo, in the city of Fortaleza), in addition to building the Campo do Prado (where the Federal Technical School is located – now IFCE) and donating it to ADC (Associação Desportiva Cearense, founded on 03/23/1920 under his leadership). He brought the first athlete from out of state to play officially in Fortaleza – Nelsindo in 1919. In addition, he was a rowing athlete of Flamengo, when his family lived in Rio de Janeiro, accompanying his father, then federal deputy.

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Goiás Esporte Clube

Goiás Esporte Clube was born from a dream, which took its first steps towards reality on the night of April 6, 1943, on the sidewalk of 23rd Street, Centro de Goiânia, under a public lighting pole. It was in this place that a group of friends, who had the dream in common, began to organize the club that today, 75 years, has become one of the main of the Country and arguably the largest of the Midwest. The first years were difficult, although some details already foresaw the future victorious. Events such as the 3rd place in the 1944 Goiano Championship, the first in history, just behind Atlético and Goiânia, the two forces of the season. Or the conquest, in the field, of the title of 1951, later lost in court to Goiânia. Either way, if the future would be brilliant, the first two decades required the founders’ dedication, perseverance and determination.

The first game in the history of Goiás was against Atletico Goianiense and, still without financial resources, the new club used in the confrontation shirts with horizontal stripes in green and white, donated by America Mineiro. But as the miners could only give nine shirts, the team’s uniform had to be completed with white shirts. The game took place at the Olympic Stadium, on Avenida Paranaíba. At that time, the team performed their training on a dirt field attached to the stadium of Paranaíba Avenue, and sent their games in the grass field of the former Olympic. In 1960, however, the board negotiated the purchase of an area in a region of the city then known as Fazenda Macambira. This area is now the headquarters of Serrinha, where the Hailé Pinheiro Stadium is erected, among other improvements. The region is at present one of the most noble and valued points of Goiânia. And the 1960s, which began promisingly, would in fact be the beginning of the change in club status.

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Guarani Futebol Clube

Guarani Futebol Clube was founded on April 1, 1911, in the city of Campinas, São Paulo, as Guarany Foot-Ball Club, by the initiative of 12 Gymnasio do Estado (currently known as Culto à Ciência) students, including Pompeo de Vito, Hernani Felippo Matallo and Vicente Matallo.[2] Those students usually played football at Praça Carlos Gomes. Vicente Matallo became Guarani’s first president. Guarani was officially founded on April 1, 1911, however to avoid jokes being made by the supporters of rival teams due to the association with April Fool’s Day, the directors of Guarani changed the official foundation date to April 2, 1911. Guarani was named after maestro Antônio Carlos Gomes’ ópera “Il Guarany”. Antônio Carlos Gomes was born in Campinas, Brazil, and is one of the most distinguished nineteenth century classical composers.

In 1949, Guarani won Campeonato Paulista Second Division, gaining the right to play in the first division in the following year. As of 2012, Guarani is the only Brazilian country side team to have won the national championship (not counting Santos, since despite the fact Santos is not a state capital, it is located in the coastline). The club won Campeonato Brasileiro in 1978, after defeating Palmeiras. In 1979, the club was a semi-finalist in the Copa Libertadores, but was eliminated by Club Olimpia, which would later become the champion. This was Guarani’s best performance in international competitions to date. In 2016, Guarani qualified for playoff semi finals of 2016 Campeonato Brasileiro Série C, thus ensuring return to Serie B after four-year absence.

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Esporte Clube Juventude

Juventude was founded on June 29, 1913, by 35 youngsters from Caxias do Sul, descendants of Italian immigrants, being one of the first football clubs in that community. Antônio Chiaradia Neto was chosen as the club’s first president. On July 20, 1913, Juventude played its first game, against Serrano, from the city of Carlos Barbosa, Rio Grande do Sul. The game ended 4–0 in favor of Juventude. On March 8, 1915, Juventude lost its first game ever. Fußball, from the nearby town of Montenegro, beat Juventude 4–1, ending a 23-game invincibility streak. On October 10, 1919, Juventude joined the Rio Grande do Sul state football association. In 1920, the club became professional after signing some Uruguayan players. On December 11, 1975, the first match against Caxias was played, which ended 1–0 to Juventude. The goal was scored by Da Silva. This match is known as the Ca-Ju derby. On December 4, 1994, Juventude won the second division of Campeonato Brasileiro, which was the first national title won by the club, gaining promotion to the first division. On June 7, 1998, Juventude won the Campeonato Gaúcho without losing a single match. On June 27, 1999, Juventude won its most important national title, the Copa do Brasil, gaining the right to contest the Copa Libertadores in the following year. In 2000, Juventude played the Copa Libertadores for the first time, but the club was eliminated in the first stage. Finally in 2013 Juventude finished Série D as 2nd and promoted to Série C for 2014 season. They will compete in the Série B in 2017.[

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Londrina Esporte Clube

Londrina was founded by a group of sportsmen who, after watching a friendly match between Nacional and Vasco da Gama in Rolândia, decided that they did not want to go to Rolândia to watch football. Instead, they founded a club in Londrina, their own city. The club, named Londrina Futebol e Regatas, was founded on April 5, 1956. They chose blue and white to be Londrina’s colours. In 1969, Londrina Futebol e Regatas merged with Paraná Esporte Clube, founded in 1942, forming Londrina Esporte Clube. Red and white, the colours for the city of Londrina, became the new club’s colours. In 1972, Carlos Antônio Franchello returned to the presidency of the club, and restored blue and white as the club’s colours. In 2008, Londrina won the Copa Paraná for the first time, after beating Cianorte in the final. The club also competed in the same season’s Recopa Sul-Brasileira. Londrina was eliminated in the Recopa Sul-Brasileira in the semifinals after a penalty shootout, by Brusque.

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Oeste Futebol Clube

The club was founded on January 25, 1921 by two brothers from Rio de Janeiro. One was a supporter of Flamengo, while the other was a supporter of Fluminense. A training match against an amateur club from the municipality of Fazenda Itaquerê was set to decide if the club would be named Flamengo or Fluminense. With a victory, the club would be named Flamengo, while if defeated the club would be named Fluminense. The club beat their opponents 3–0, but adopted the name Oeste Futebol Clube, after the Center-West region of São Paulo state, while Flamengo’s colours were chosen.

The club competed in the Campeonato Paulista Série A1 for the first time in 2004, after winning the Série A2 in the previous season. The club returned to the Série A1 in 2009, after being defeated by Santo André in the Série A2 final in 2008. Oeste won the 2012Série C after beating Icasa in the final. In 2016, they sealed a partnership with Grêmio Osasco Audax, 2016 Campeonato Paulista A1 runners-up, for the 2016 Serie B, which included mixing players from both teams in one squad and playing home games at Audax’s stadium in Osasco. In 2017, Oeste was relocated definitely to the city of Barueri], since the Estádio Municipal dos Amaros wasn’t allowed to host Série B matches due to its limitations, and the City Hall of Itápolis, owners of the stadium, couldn’t reach an agreement with the club.

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Paysandu Sport Club

On February 2, 1914, members of Norte Club protested against a decision of the football federation of Pará benefiting Remo by terminating the team and refounding other team. Unanimously, the assembly chose Hugo Leão to chair the meeting. As leader of the movement, he proposed the name of Paysandu Foot-Ball Club for the new club. The name was chosen as a tribute to the unfortunate event in Paysandú, a Uruguayan city, which would take the start of the war against Paraguay.

In February 1914, the newspaper O Estado do Pará made the call for the meeting of a new club. The call by the newspaper had an effect, causing those who attended the meeting; 42 athletes, many of whom had built the Norte Club, in addition to other different associations. Choosing the name, the assembly elected the first president, Deodoro de Mendonça, who headed the board during the year 1914. It was also chosen the committee to draft the Statutes of the Club, relapsing choosing the names of Mendonça Deodoro, Eurico Amanajás and Arnaldo Morais. To write the status of the club assembly chose the following commission: Deodoro de Mendonça, Eurico Amanajás and Arnaldo Moraes. The second meeting was held on the scheduled date, February 10, 1914 at the same location of the first and with the presence of large number of participants. He was sworn in the elected board, increasing the number of members to 100 and were considered founding partners, more than 15 new members who joined the Paysandu. At the third meeting, on 19 February 1914, the Paysandu, of “Foot-Ball” went to “Sport Club”. To be read to the assembly, an office requesting membership of Paysandu the Pará’s Football League, the idea of change, which, after heated debates, put to a vote, was approved by a majority vote. And so came the Paysandu Sport Club.

In 1991 and 2001, Paysandu was the champion of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. In 2002 the club was champion of Copa Norte, and, later, champion of Copa dos Campeões. In 2003, Paysandu was eliminated by Boca Juniors on the second leg of a match for Copa Libertadores, after winning the first leg in La Bombonera. That was the club’s first participation in the competition. In 2016, the club was champion of Copa Verde, conquering their second regional title.

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Associação Atlética Ponte Preta

The year was 1900, and in the city of Campinas, a group of students from the Cult of Science College spent their afternoons playing ball in improvised fields of a neighborhood with a curious name: Ponte Preta. The neighborhood had been baptized by a wooden bridge made by the railroad, and to be better preserved it had been treated with tar.

The young students who decided to start a club on 11 August had no doubts about naming it with the same name as the neighborhood. There, the Athletic Association Ponte Preta appeared, the first club in Brazil in uninterrupted operation and owner of the biggest fans in the country. The founders and patrons of the AAPP were: Captain João Vieira da Silva, Theodor Kutter, Hermenegildo Wadt and Nicolau Burghi.

Over time, Ponte Preta strengthened regional football and became one of the great Brazilian clubs, enjoying international recognition for the formation of athletes that marked the season.

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Sampaio Corrêa Futebol Clube

The Sampaio Corrêa Futebol Clube was founded on March 25, 1923, in the residence of Inácio Coxo , located on one of the streets of the Lira District, which give access to the Rua do Passeio (São Pantaleão Neighborhood). It all started when a group of young fighters decided to create the Association Sampaio Corrêa Futebol Clube, being chosen and composed its first Board of Directors by the sportsmen.

The name Sampaio Corrêa appeared in homage to the Hidroação Sampaio Corrêa II, that pointed in the city of São Luís, in the Beach of the Caju, current Beira Mar Avenue, on December 12, 1922, under the command of the Brazilian pilot Pinto Martins and the American Walter Hinpton. The two attempted to make the first air connection between the Americas, taking flight from the United States to Brazil.

The official club uniform was inspired by the Fluminense shirt from Rio de Janeiro, and styled by Gervásio Sapateiro in yellow, green and red. The shorts were khaki and gray, based on the overalls and leggings of pilots Walter Hinpton and Pinto Martins, who also wore green / yellow and red / white shirts inspired by the Brazilian and North American flags.

Throughout its history the Sampaio Corrêa was known by diverse denominations. First it was AURIRUBRO, due to the shirt being yellow with red details; later like Tricolour of Saint Pantaleão, Squadron of Steel, Tricolour of Steel, Most Beloved of the City, Beloved Bolivia and Tubarão.

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Esporte Clube São Bento

According to historical records, Esporte Clube São Bento was founded on September 14, 1913, in the city of Sorocaba, in the interior of the state of São Paulo. Born under the name of Sorocaba Athletic Club, the association adopted the current denomination on October 18, 1914. The motivation for such a change may have been two factors: a tribute to the club namesake in the city of São Paulo, and featured at the time , or the club’s training in a field located at the back of the São Bento Monastery in the central part of the city.

In 1963, Azulão obtained access to the Special Division of Football Paulista, after winning the title of the First Division, current Series A2. The final was played in three games against America, the decisive match being held at the Pacaembu stadium in Sao Paulo on the night of February 22, 1963.

In 2014, the club returned to a brilliant year. Being among the best teams in the Campeonato Paulista A2 Series, the team guaranteed their return to the elite and currently plays the A1 Paulista Championship. From then on, São Bento returned to national competitions, in the D series, C series, until access to the B series in 2017, joining the list of the 40 largest teams in Brazil.

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Vila Nova Futebol Clube

In 1943 the club was founded as Vila Nova Futebol Clube. Three years later, in 1946, the club changed its name to Operário. In 1949 the club changed its name to Araguaia, then in 1950 it was renamed to Fênix Futebol Clube and in 1955 the club changed its name to its current name, Vila Nova Futebol Clube. In 1961 Vila Nova won their first state championship. In 1977 the team debuted in Campeonato Brasileiro and finished in 55th place. From 1977 to 1980, Vila Nova was state champion in four successive seasons.

In 1996 the club won the Campeonato Brasileiro Third Division without losing a single match. In 1999, Vila Nova competed for the first time in an international competition, the Copa CONMEBOL but was eliminated in the first round, becoming the first Goiás state team to play in an international competition. In 2000, the club won the Campeonato Goiano Second Division after being excluded from the league as a result of forfeiting the final match, and in 2001 and 2005, the club won the Campeonato Goiano. In 2006, it was relegated to the Série C, returning to the Série B in the following year. In 2011, the team was relegated again to the Série C, being promoted to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B in 2013. However, in 2014, it was relegated in the state championship.

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