FM19 League & Club Info: Brazil Serie C

Welcome back to our Football Manager 2019: League & Club Info A-Z. In this post we will be focusing on the Brazilian 3nd Tier: Campeonato Brasileiro Série C.

Campeonato Brasileiro Série C

After the 1980 re-organisation – discussed in the previous post – the third level was inaugurated in 1981 under the name Taca de Bronze, with no effective promotion or relegation to or from the second tier. Olaria, as the champions of Taca de Bronze 1981, would be promoted to the Taca de Prata. However, the club was in the Rio de Janeiro State 2nd Level, and, due to this was ineligible to play in the higher levels of the Brazilian Championship. From 1982 until 1986 no third level was played. From 1988 until 1992, the first level was renamed first division and CBF alternated between having two small inferior division (second and third) or one large one (second).

In 1993 the CBF re-organised 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 divisions of 1994. From 1994 on, the divisional structure consisted of three levels (expanded, in 2009, to four levels, with promotion and relegation in all directions and participation to the third level in principle open to any interested team.) From 2004 on, the third level participants turned to be defined by the final placings in state competition.

From 2004 to 2008, the state championships and cups were used as qualifying tournaments to the third level, which was no longer open to interested teams. In 2009, the CBF created the fourth level, leaving the third level with 20 participants and promotion and relegation both to and from the second and fourth levels.

Competition Format

Unlike the first and second divisions, the Série C is not played in a double round robin system, arguably because many participating teams lack the financial conditions to travel long distances. Thus, the tournament is organised in regional groups and the table prevents teams from distant states from playing each other in the initial rounds.

Until 2008, any professional team could apply, but only 64 teams would take part in the tournament. The teams that had been relegated from the Série B in the previous year were joined by teams qualified for each federation state. Qualification rules varied, some federations used the state tournaments as qualification tournaments, others organised exclusive qualification tournaments to the Série C.

Beginning in 2009, the Série C was reduced from 64 teams to 20 and the new Campeonato Brasileiro Série D is the qualifier for Brazilian league football. In its current format the 20 teams are divided into two groups and each team plays all opponents from its own group on a home and away basis. The top four teams in each group qualify for a knock out stage and the four semi-finalists are promoted to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. The bottom two teams of each group are relegated to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série D.

League Rules

There are currently 20 clubs in the Serie C. With the league running from May until October each clubs plays twice once and home and once away for a total of 18 games apiece across the season. 

In the group stage, each group was played on a home-and-away round-robin basis. The teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss). If tied on points, the following criteria would be used to determine the ranking: 1. Wins; 2. Goal difference; 3. Goals scored; 4. Head-to-head (if the tie is only between two teams). If tied on aggregate, the away goals rule would be used (except if both teams shared the same stadium); 5. Fewest red cards; 6. Fewest yellow cards; 7. Draw in the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation (Regulations Article 15). The top four teams of each group advanced to the quarter-finals of the knockout stages.

Starting from the quarter-finals, the teams played a single-elimination tournament with the following rules:

  • Each tie was played on a home-and-away two-legged basis, with the higher-seeded team hosting the second leg (Regulations Article 17).
  • If tied on aggregate, the away goals rule would not be used, extra time would not be played, and the penalty shoot-out was used to determine the winner (Regulations Article 16).

Starting from the semi-finals, the teams were seeded according to their performance in the tournament. The teams were ranked according to overall points. If tied on overall points, the following criteria would be used to determine the ranking: 1. Overall wins; 2. Overall goal difference; 3. Draw in the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation (Regulations Article 17).

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 35 players and a minimum squad size of 20 players. Players can usually be registered between May and July.

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 C transfer windows run from January to July 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: First Group Stage A

ABC Futebol Clube

The team was founded on June 29, 1915, on avenida Rio Branco, at Colonel Avelino Alves Freire home, president of Associação Comercial do Rio Grande do Norte (Commerce Association of Rio Grande do Norte). The club colours would be black and white, with the team shirt composed of black and white vertical stripes. The team was named ABC, in reference to the recently signed pact by Argentina, Brazil and Chile. The team incorporated on December 13, 1927, when the Potiguar Football League registered the club charter.

ABC’s first interstate match was in 1917, defeating Santa Cruz of Recife, Pernambuco 2–1. ABC is in the Guinness Book for having won ten consecutive state championships from 1932 to 1941, sharing this record with América Mineiro, that won ten consecutive titles from 1916 to 1925. The team also is the team with the most state championship titles in Brazil, holding 54 titles.

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Atlético Acreano

The club was founded in 1952, under the name “Beirut” for Syrian-Lebanese traders. Among them are Augusto Hidalgo de Lima, Foch Jardim, Roberto Sanches Mubárac, Lourival Pinho, Pereira de Lima, Goldwasser Pereira Santos, Sílvio Ferrante, Mário D’Avila Maciel, Rufino Farias Vieira, Fernando Andrade Pessoa, among others.

Several other families had an important passage and that are parts of the club’s history, such as Diógenes, Pinho, Ribeiro, Frota, and Patriota. With great values, Atlético Acreano began to dominate the Segundo Distrito. The passion that the blue and white team caused, soon received the slogan “Glória de um Povo, orgulho de Uma Cidade”. (The glory of a people, proud of a city).

The club have won the Campeonato Acriano on no less that 8 occasions: 1952, 1953, 1962, 1968, 1987, 1991, 2016 and 2017.

Club Website: Is no longer operational but the archived version is here.

Botafogo Futebol Clube (PB)

On September 28, 1931, the club was founded at Centro de João Pessoa, João Pessoa city, by Beraldo de Oliveira, Manoel Feitosa, Livonete Pessoa, José de Melo, Edson de Moura Machado and Enock Lins, all of them Botafogo of Rio de Janeiro supporters. Beraldo de Oliveira was chosen as the club’s first president. In 1932, Botafogo played its first match, against São Bento. The Liga Suburbana match ended in a 2–2 draw. In 1936, Botafogo won its first professional title, the Paraíba state championship.

In 1976, the club debuted the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A for the first time. Botafogo was eliminated in the second round, and finished in 25th position. In 1985, Botafogo finished 19th in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, which is the club’s all-time best position in the competition. In 1989, Botafogo debuted Copa do Brasil’s first edition. The team was knocked out in the first round by Cruzeiro, after two draws, on the away goals rule (the first leg, in João Pessoa was 1–1, and the second leg, in Belo Horizonte, ended 0–0). The 2011 season saw Botafogo, for the first time in their history, the club advanced to the Copa do Brasil’s second round after beating Vitória 3–1 on aggregate. Belo was knocked out in the second round by Caxias, after losing 4–1 on aggregate. Botafogo’s first national title is the Série D, which was won in 2013, when they beat Juventude in the final.

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Associação Desportiva Confiança

On May 1, 1936, was founded in Aracaju a club called Associação Desportiva Confiança, after Epaminondas Vital and Isnard Cantalice watched a volleyball match between Cotinguiba and Aracaju at Bairro Industrial (Industrial Neighborhood, in English). Joaquim Sabino Ribeiro Chaves, Epaminondas Vital and Isnard Cantalice then founded a basketball and volleyball club at Bairro Industrial. In 1949, the club competed in its first football competition, earning the nickname Dragão do Bairro Industrial, meaning Industrial Neighborhood Dragon, and playing in blue and white colours.

On May 1, 1955, Confiança, through its paranymph, called Joaquim Sabino Ribeiro Chaves, built its stadium, named Proletário Sabino Ribeiro. In 1976, the club played for the first time in the Campeonato Brasileiro First Division. In 1989, the club competed in the first edition of Copa do Brasil, being eliminated in the first round by Bahia after two 0–1 defeats. In 2004, Confiança competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C, being eliminated in the third stage by Villa Nova.

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Cuiabá Esporte Clube

The club was founded on December 12, 2001 by the retired footballer Gaúcho. In 2001, the club emerged to compete for the Amateur Championships of base category, bringing in its coat of arms or obelisk of the geodesic center of the city, that is located in the Square Pascoal Moreira Cabral, and was well-known like Countryside of Ourique, place formerly used for the Excursions and religious events. Being in a central location, a Legislative Assembly was built, being replaced by the City Council of Cuiabá. A marble structure of a little more than 20 meters high constructed by the artisan Júlio Caetano demarcates the exact location of the geodesic center of South America. One piece recalls a geographical delimitation by Marshal Cândido Mariano da Silva Rondon in 1909.

In the following years, due to Gaúcho’s dissatisfaction with the Federação Mato-Grossense de Futebol and a financial crisis after the club not renewing the contract with their sponsor, Cuiabá closed its football department in 2006. Cuiabá reopened its football department in 2009, competing in the Campeonato Mato-Grossense Second Level. The club has six state titles and one Copa Governador do Mato Grosso. In 2015, Cuiabá won the greatest title in its history to date. After losing the first match to the Remo by 4–1, it obtained a historic turnaround and won by 5–1, obtaining the title of Copa Verde of that year. With the title, the club secured a place in the Copa Sudamericana the following year and participated for the first time in an international competition. In the dispute, the Cuiabá was eliminated in the second round for Chapecoense.

Club Website: Is no longer operational but the archived version is here.

Globo Futebol Clube

The club was founded on the idea of the businessman Marconi Barretto that sought to honor Germany, using their colours, and the founder of Rede Globo de Televisão, Roberto Marinho, for those with admiration. Besides businessman and president, Marconi Barretto is also a photographer recognised by the world and extracted from one of the photos, the inspiration for the club crest, which has the eagle mascot.

Created on October 18, 2012, the team start in professional football in the second half of 2013 conquering, under a foundation year, first place in the Second Division of the Campeonato Potiguar. In 2014, he was champion of Copa FNF. In the same year, the team won the First Round of the Campeonato Potiguar. The achievement came after the victory by 1-0 against Potiguar de Mossoró. With that, Globo qualified for the 2015 Copa do Nordeste, and also for being the best ranked in the Campeonato Potiguar won a place in the 2014 Campeonato Brasileiro Série D. Globo played the Campeonato Brasileiro Série D until 2017, when they gained access to penalties on the URT, winning the game back 1-0, and on penalties for 3-2.

Club Website: Is no longer operational but the archived version is here.

Clube Náutico Capibaribe

Officially, the Capibaribe Nautical Club was founded on April 7, 1901. In practice, however, it had existed since 1898, when two rival groups of Recife boatmen decided to join forces, creating a single society. In 1905, it was the turn of the players to enter the field, debuting in soccer, a sport in which the institution also became traditional, especially with the vice-championship of the Brazil Cup of 1967 and with the hex campeonato Pernambuco, between 1963 and 1968.

The origin of the club dates back to 1897, when a group of rowing practitioners participated in the reception of the Pernambuco troops who had fought in the Canudos War. On November 21 of that year, the rowers, led by João Victor da Cruz Alfarra, held a great regatta on the Rio Capibaribe. The competition drew attention in Recife and, consequently, rowing became a popular modality. 

The nautical origin never ceased to have a prominence in the trajectory of the club. Between 1905 and 1906, however, she began to share space with football. It was at this time that a group of Englishmen formed the first team to fight for the sport, playing on Sundays, in the Santana field or in the Derby Campina. However, the Nautico’s first official confrontation only occurred in 1909. 

The Timbu, a mascot adopted by the club, became known nationally in the 1960s. And it was not for nothing. Almost fifty years later, the brand continues being an exclusive of Nautical in the state of Pernambuco and players like Bita, Nino, Nado, Lala, Gena, Ivan Brondi and Salomão, idols of the cheer cheer.

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Clube do Remo

Clube do Remo was founded on February 5, 1905, as Grupo do Remo. The founders, before founding Remo, had abandoned Sport Club do Pará. On February 14, 1908, Remo was closed, after the club’s general assembly. On March 29, 1908, Remo’s partners and Sport Club do Pará made a deal, and Remo was officially extinct in 1908. On August 15, 1911, Remo was reorganised following the initiative of Antonico Silva, Cândido Jucá, Carl Schumann, Elzaman Magalhães, Geraldo Motta, Jayme Lima, Norton Corlett, Oscar Saltão, Otto Bartels and Palmério Pinto.

n 1950, Remo held a tour to Venezuela at the invitation of the football federation of the country to compete in the Caracas International Tournament, which, according to some publications, may have been the precursor of the Little World Cup, played between the 1950s and 1960s. The team held five matches, getting four wins (La Salle, Unión, Military School and Deportivo Italia) and only one loss to Loyola, considering the higher strength of the Venezuelan football at the time. Remo is still seeking official recognition of the title by the CONMEBOL. If accepted, will be the first international title in club history.

Remo also has great campaigns on the national scene. His most outstanding campaigns were the 7th place in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in 1993 and the semifinals in the Copa do Brasil in 1991 – these results represent the best performance of a northern team in the history of both competitions. In 2005, the club won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C. This was the club’s first national title. The club also has three titles in the Taça Norte and 1 Torneio Norte-Nordeste, as well as being one of the largest state winners.

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Salgueiro Atlético Clube

The Salgueiro Athletic Club was founded on March 23, 1972 under the name Club Atlético de Salgueiro . The team was amateur and only on March 23, 2005 came the professionalisation, with the team debuting the Pernambucano Serie A2 Championship (April 02 to July 17), achieving 2nd place and rising to the 1st division of Pernambucano football. That same year they also conquered the Pernambuco Cup title .

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Santa Cruz Futebol Clube

On February 3, 1914, eleven young men aging from 14 to 16 years founded a football society. Because the boys used to play football on the streets by the yard of the Santa Cruz Church, the club was named after that church, which is situated on Santa Cruz Street in Recife. The first official meeting of the members was at 2 Mangueira St. At this meeting they decided the position of each member, the name of the club “Santa Cruz Foot-Ball Club”, and the society’s colours. The original colours were black and white. Some time after, the colour pattern was changed because another local team (Sport Club Flamengo) already had those colours. Therefore the club included the red colour by suggestion of Teófilo Batista de Carvalho, also known as Lacraia. Lacraia has participated in all major early events of Santa Cruz’s history, except the foundation.

Many people came to see the first match at Derby plains. The “team of boys” as Santa Cruz was called at the time beat Rio Negro (Black River) by 7–0. Rio Negro demanded revenge in another match. Curiously, the terms of the revenge stated that Sílvio Machado (he scored five goals in the first match) could not play. Despite that, Santa Cruz accepted the challenge. Carlindo, who substituted Sílvio Machado, scored six goals and Santa Cruz won again by 9–0. A subsequent victory over the Western Telegraph Company team, very famous at the time, made the popularity of Santa Cruz increase even more.

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The Clubs: First Group Stage B

Botafogo Futebol Clube (SP)

In the beginning of the century, the city of Ribeirão Preto had very bitter disputes between football clubs. Every neighborhood had at least one club representing it. In Vila Tibério, there were at least three clubs: União, Paulistano Tiberense and Ideal Futebol Clube. As a result, the neighborhood could never achieve good results in the championships played in the city. In 1918, representatives of Ideal, through meetings hosted at the “Bar Piranha”, proposed a merger of the clubs in the neighborhood. Besides the members of the boards of the three clubs, employees from the old Mogiana Railroad, and employees from the Antarctica Paulista Company participated in the meeting.

Botafogo’s debut was in Franca, against local club Esporte Clube Fulgêncio. The match ended 1-0 in favor of the team from Ribeirão Preto. The first title of Botafogo was the São Paulo State Countryside Championship in 1927. In 1956, the club won the Ribeirão Preto Centennial Cup, beating Commercial in the final 4-2. Botafogo also won the Undefeated Cup after a series of 19 games unbeaten. In the same year, the team was also champion of the Second Division of the São Paulo State Championship.

In 1962, the club toured in Argentina, where they won nine games, drew three games and lost two games. Among them, a loss to Boca Juniors 1-2 at La Bombonera, and a victory over Estudiantes de La Plata 5-2. After this trip, the club became known as the “Panther of America.” In the year 1977, Botafogo won the São Paulo City Cup (first stage of the São Paulo State Championship), playing the final against São Paulo Futebol Clube, and beating the opponent team after normal time and overtime. The game ended 0-0 giving the title to Botafogo, as the club have done better a campaign in the competition.

In the 1990s, the club was runners-up twice, thus being promoted twice in the national league pyramid: the Série C in 1996, and Série B in 1998. In the following year, Botafogo was relegated and in 2000 competed in the Copa João Havelange, in the Yellow Module (equivalent to the Série B). In 2001, Botafogo was São Paulo State Championship’s runners-up, an extraordinary achievement for a countryside club, playing in one of the most competitive leagues in the football world. In 2002,it was relegated again, this time to the Série C. Botafogo was relegated to the São Paulo State Championship Série A3 in 2005 because of problems fielding a player without registration with the Federação Paulista de Futebol, the famous “tapetão.” In the following year, they won access to the São Paulo State Championship Série A2 after winning the Série A3.

In 2008, the club returned to the elite of São Paulo state soccer, having played in the Série A1 in 2009, when they finished in the 15th place. In 2010 Bota qualified for the Série D, which is the fourth level of the national championship, and won the São Paulo State Countryside Championship, defeating São Caetano 1-0 in the final.

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Clube Atlético Bragantino

On January 8, 1928, former Bragança Futebol Clube members founded the Clube Atlético Bragantino. In 1949, the club played in the Campeonato Paulista Second Division for the first time. In 1965, the Bragantino was promoted to the Campeonato Paulista First Division for the first time. However, in 1966, the club was relegated to the Campeonato Paulista Second Division.

In 1988, the Bragantino was the Campeonato Paulista Second Division champion. In 1989, the club was promoted to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A for the first time after winning the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. In 1990, the Bragantino defeated the Novorizontino to win the Campeonato Paulista First Division. The final was nicknamed the caipira final (final caipira, in Portuguese language).

In 1991 the club was the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A runner-up. In the final, the Bragantino was defeated by the São Paulo. In 1992 the club competed in the Copa CONMEBOL, debuting in international competitions. In 1993 the Bragantino competed in the Copa CONMEBOL for the second time. In 1995 the club was relegated to the Campeonato Paulista Second Division. In 1996 the Bragantino competed in the Copa CONMEBOL for the third time.

In 1998 the club was relegated to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. In 2002, after a poor campaign, the Bragantino were relegated to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C. In 2005 the club was promoted to the Campeonato Paulista First Division. In 2007 the Bragantino won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C thus being promoted to the following year’s Campeonato Brasileiro Série B.

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Joinville Esporte Clube

Joinville was founded on January 29, 1976, after América-SC football department and Caxias football department fused. Both clubs were based in Joinville city. The club’s Golden Age was in the 1980s, when the club won eight state championships in a row. Joinville’s largest win was on October 31, 1976, when the club beat Ipiranga of Tangará 11–1 at Estádio Municipal de Tangará.

The club won the Copa Santa Catarina in 2009, and then the Recopa Sul-Brasileira in the same year, after beating Serrano Centro-Sul 3–2 in the final.[1] They won the Copa Santa Catarina again in 2011. Joinville also won the Série C in 2011, after beating CRB 3–1 and 4–0 in the final.[2] The club won the Copa Santa Catarina for the third time in 2012. In 2014, the club won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, returning to the Série A after 29 years of absence.

Joinville were relegated to the Serie B in 2015–16 after coming in last place in the Serie A, and then relegated once again to Serie C in 2016-17.

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Sociedade Desportiva Juazeirense

The club made its debut in the footballing competition for the Bahia Championship of the Second Division in the year of 2008, when it reached the semifinal of the competition. The following year, it went beyond and stayed with the vice-championship, which at the time did not give access to the Baiano soccer elite.

Two years later, however, came access with the right to the first title of the Cancão. In an impeccable championship, Juazeirense eliminated Jequié in the semifinal and was champion of the Second Division of 2011 on the Itabuna. And since it got to the state elite the team has been making beautiful and consolidating itself as the greatest strength of the state interior. 

An escalation that began in 2013, when Cancão first arrived in the state semifinal, a fact that was repeated two more times in 2015 and 2016. Of these campaigns the club was accredited for the dispute of two Copas do Nordeste (2016 and 2017) and a Copa do Brasil – ended up being eliminated by Botafogo in the second phase, in 2016. 

Also in 2016, came the first good campaign in the D series. The team has reached the round of 16. More experienced, the Cancão then achieved the much-awaited C Series access in the 2017 season. “We have the real notion of what it is like to be the representative of a historic city like Juazeiro in the state football elite. This responsibility only strengthens us to want more, “said the founder and president of the club, State Representative Roberto Carlos.

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Luverdense Esporte Clube

It was early January 2004. A suggestion, accompanied by an invitation to compete for that year’s Professional State Championship, then-president of the Football Matogrossing Federation, Carlos Orione, made to the then mayor of Lucas do Rio Verde at the time, Otaviano Pivetta, gave the kick off. People from the society were invited to make Lucas do Rio Verde represent their city on the soccer scene. Luverdense Esporte Clube was founded there, on January 24, 2004.

In its first competition, the State Championship 2004, Verdão finished the first phase in fourth place in a group with seven teams. In the second round, the Luverdense finished in sixth place among eight teams and only one behind the qualifying zone for the third stage. At the end of the match, the team won four games, drew seven and lost eight, scoring 25 goals and suffering 27 in 19 matches, finishing the 9th overall in 14 clubs.

The first title came even in the year of birth, in the Governor’s Cup (current FMF Cup). Ten teams competed in the competition. In the first phase, Verdão confronted Sinop and Cuiabá. It was two wins, both against Sinop, and two draws, against Cuiabá. The team qualified for the second phase, where they once again faced Cuiabá, in addition to Juventude, Primavera do Leste, and Vila Aurora, in Rondonópolis. In this stage, were four victories of Verdão and only a tie, again against the team of the capital.

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Operário Ferroviário Esporte Clube

Operário Ferroviário Esporte Clube is a sports association of the city of Ponta Grossa, in the state of Paraná, founded on May 1, 1912, being the second oldest club in the state. The Operário Ferroviário Esporte Clube is the club of a passionate crowd that represents the city of Ponta Grossa and the region of the Campos Gerais of the State of Paraná in all Brazil.

The name chosen by consensus among the founders was Foot-ball Club Operário Ponta-grossense, with its first board of directors being elected in April 1913. This name would only last until 1914, moving to Operário Foot-ball Club. From the mid-1920s, the new name change, now for Operário Sport Club, was probably motivated to attract more new members, capitalizing on resources to become a social club. Only in 1933, after the incorporation of the railroad social club, which had never entered into official sportive activity, was the definitive name: Operário Ferroviário Esporte Clube.

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Tombense Futebol Clube

The club formed gradually on the initiative of boys from 13 to 14 years old on 07 September 1914. The leadership was the father of one of them, Mr. Vieira, a respected and respected man in the village, considered by all as the true and responsible founder of Tombense Soccer Club. This is the background for the emergence of the team of colours in our small and quiet city of a passionate and faithful crowd, for Clube that always prioritised the seriousness of always investing in new talent. In the era of football amateurism, Tombense shone when they won the championship of the Minas Gerais forest in 1935, against the Tupi de Juiz de Fora, in a final game held in Carangola, a neighboring town of Tombos.

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Tupi Football Club

On May 16, 1912, Antônio Maria Júnior and four other people founded Tupi Football Club. In 2001, Tupi won its first title, which was the Campeonato Mineiro Second Level (actually the tournament is the First Division Module II of the Minas Gerais State Championship), finishing ahead of Nacional de Uberaba in the final stage, which was a group stage competed by six clubs.[3] In 2008, Tupi won the Taça Minas Gerais. In the final, they beat América Futebol Clube (MG) (América Mineiro) in a 4−3 aggregate result. They won the Série D in 2011, after they beat Santa Cruz in the final. In 2015 the club finished 3rd in the Campeonato Brasileiro – Série C (third tier), qualifying for the Campeonato Brasileiro – Série B (second tier) in 2016.

Club Website: Is no longer operational but the archived version is here.

Volta Redonda Futebol Clube

In 1975, the only professional team of the city of Volta Redonda was Flamengo Regatta Club of Volta Redonda (not be confused with Flamengo Regatta Club of Rio de Janeiro city), commonly known as Flamenguinho. In the same year, the states of Rio de Janeiro and Guanabara fused. Because of the fusion of the two states, the Carioca Football Federation (“Carioca Football Federation”, Rio de Janeiro city football federation) and Fluminense Sporting Federation (“Fluminense Sporting Federation”, federation of the interior cities of today’s Rio de Janeiro state) also fused.

At the meeting between the president of Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN), Volta Redonda city mayor Nelson Gonçalves, Doctor Guanayr and Admiral Heleno Nunes (president of CBD, Brazilian Sporting Confederation), Dr. Guanayr defended the idea that Flamenguinho should represent the city in Carioca Championship , but Admiral Heleno Nunes decided that the new team should be named Volta Redonda Futebol Clube and the team colours should be the same colours of Volta Redonda Municipality: black, yellow and white.

On February 9, 1976, Volta Redonda Futebol Clube was founded at the meeting of the Rio de Janeiro Football Federation, with the presence of the board of directors of the Flemish Regatta Club of Volta Redonda, of the Commercial Athletic Association and representatives of the City Hall of the city of Volta Redonda.

Club Website: (Currently Down)

Ypiranga Futebol Clube (RS)

The origins of Ypiranga Futebol Clube refer to the rivalry with Italo-Brasileiro, then the only club in the city of Erechim. In 1924, a match between Ítalo-Brasileiro and Douradense, a team of the Golden Line, was being played in the field where today is located the Júlio de Castilhos square in the center of Erechim. A group of people who had recently arrived in the city showed support for the Douradense – a fact that caused a general confusion at the end of the match.

The following day, gathered in the party hall of the Hotel Central, installed on Mauricio Cardoso Avenue, the soccer enthusiasts group decided to create a new club. Its patriotic motivation gave to the new union the green and yellow colours, as well as a name that made reference to the independence of the country: on the 18 of August of 1924, was born Ypiranga Futebol Clube.

Keeping in the first division of Rio Grande do Sul during the seventies, the club came to paralyse its activities at the end of the decade. His return to the elite of the gaucho football happened with the bicampeonato of the Second Division, conquered in 1989. With good campaigns in the decade of 1990, in 1994 the club won the title of champion of the Interior, made repeated in 2009, soon after the tri championship of the Division Access in 2008. In 2010 and 2011, the club made its first appearances in the Brazil Cup, facing respectively Avaí and Coritiba. In 2014, the fourth title in the Access Division brought the club back to the first division of soccer in Rio Grande do Sul.

The year 2015 was even better: a beautiful campaign in the Campeonato Gaúcho gave the club the chance to play in the Brazilian Championship Series D. And with a lot of strength, Ypiranga was among the four best and won the place to compete in Serie C of the Brazilian Championship in 2016. And in early 2016, another great news: the club inherited a spot for the Brazil Cup .

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