Agremiação Sportiva Arapiraquense
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|Full name||Agremiação Sportiva Arapiraquense|
|Nickname(s)||Alvinegro (Black and white)
Asa Gigante (can mean giant wing or giant ASA, club's acronym)
|Founded||September 25, 1952|
|Stadium||Municipal Coaracy da Mata Fonseca|
|President||José dos Santos|
|Head coach||Beto Almeida|
|League||Campeonato Brasileiro Série C|
|2013||Série B, 20th (relegated)|
|Website||Club home page|
Agremiação Sportiva Arapiraquense, usually known by the acronym ASA (which means "Wing", in Portuguese), sometimes called "ASA de Arapiraca", is a Brazilian football club from Arapiraca, Alagoas state.
On September 25, 1952, the club was founded as Associação Sportiva Arapiraquense by entrepreneurs and city authorities, after the city's previous club, called Ferroviário de Arapiraca, folded. Antônio Pereira Rocha was the club's first president.
In 1953, ASA participated in its first professional competition, the Campeonato Alagoano. ASA reached the competition's final, but its opponent, Ferroviário, refused to play against ASA, so, ASA was declared the champion by the Alagoas Football Federation. That was also the club's first title.
On September 4, 1977, the club was renamed to its current name, Agremiação Sportiva Arapiraquense.
In 1979, ASA competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, finishing in the 40th place. Due to the club's good campaign, it was nicknamed the Ghost of Alagoas (Fantasma das Alagoas, in Portuguese).
In 1982, the green color was adopted as one of the club's colors. However, that color was quickly discarded.
In the 2000s, the club was very successful in the state championship, winning the competition in 2000, 2001, 2003 and in 2005. In 2000, ASA competed in Copa João Havelange's Green Module (which is the competition's equivalent of a third division). The club was eliminated in the first stage. In 2001, the club competed in the Copa do Brasil for the first time. ASA was eliminated by Vitória in the first round. In 2002, ASA competed again the Copa do Brasil. In the first round, the club surprisingly beat Palmeiras, but was defeated by Confiança in the second round. ASA finished in the second place in the Série C in 2009, losing to América Mineiro in the final.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- 1953, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2011
- Série C: 0
- Runners-up (1): 2009
ASA's official anthem lyrics were composed by Pedro de França Reys, and the music by Jovelino José de Lima.
Due to its colors, ASA is nicknamed Alvinegro, meaning The White-and-Black.
- Club history at the official website
- Arquivo de Clubes
- 1979 Campeonato Brasileiro at RSSSF
- Campeonato Alagoano at RSSSF
- 2000 Copa João Havelange at RSSSF
- 2001 Copa do Brasil at RSSSF
- 2002 Copa do Brasil at RSSSF
- "América-MG vence o ASA e conquista o título da Série C" (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. September 19, 2009. Retrieved September 19, 2009.
- Templos do Futebol
- Club symbols at the official website
- Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.
- O que é ser Alvinegro? - ASA's official website
- (Portuguese) ASA's official website