América Futebol Clube (MG)
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|Full name||América Futebol Clube|
|Founded||April 30, 1912|
|Stadium||Estádio Independência, Belo Horizonte|
|Head coach||Givanildo Oliveira|
|League||Campeonato Brasileiro Série B|
|2014||Série B, 5th|
|Website||Club home page|
América Futebol Clube (also known as América Mineiro or simply América) is a Brazilian football club from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, founded on April 30, 1912. It hosts its games at Estádio Independência, being the only professional club in Belo Horizonte to have its own stadium.
The club is one of the most traditional and successful teams from Minas Gerais. It was once considered one of the two main forces in the state (together with Atlético Mineiro). However, because of many ups-and-downs and few accomplishments along the 20th century, the club was replaced by Cruzeiro as the antagonist to Atlético, now being considered the 'third power' in the state.
América has won 15 state championships. The first 10 of them were in a row between 1916 and 1925, being the national record of successive accomplishments (together with ABC). Recently, its major accomplishments were the Brazilian Second Division in 1997, South-Minas Cup in 2000, and Brazilian Third Division in 2009.
On April 30, 1912, a group of young men who played football purely for the love of the game, decided to turn their team into a football club. In the first meeting, the founders decided that the name of the club would be América Foot-Ball Club, and the colors would be green and white. The first matches were played on the mayor's field. In 1913, América and Minas Gerais Futebol Clube fused, and the club changed its colors to green, white and black. Between 1916 and 1925, the team won ten state championships in a row.
In 1933, as a protest to the professionalization of Brazilian football, the club changed its colors to red and white. In 1943, the club professionalized its football division, and returned to its previous colors. In 1948, América won its first state championship as a professional club.
In 1997, América won the Série B for the first time, and in 2000, the club won the Copa Sul-Minas first edition, beating Cruzeiro in the final. In 2004, after a poor performance in the Série B, América was relegated to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C, and in 2007, the club finished in Campeonato Mineiro's last position, and was relegated to the following year's Campeonato Mineiro Second Division. América won the Série C in 2009, beating ASA in the final. The following year, the team was fourth at Série B and returned to the top level of the Brazilian championship after 10 years. On June 14, 2013 América signed a cooperation contract with the Tahitian Football Federation, to develop under-20 national players.
- Winner (1): 1997
- Winner (1): 2009
- Winner (1): 2000
- Winners (15): 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1948, 1957, 1971, 1993, 2001
- Runners-up (14): 1915, 1930, 1931, 1942, 1948, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1973, 1992, 1995, 1999, 2012
- Winner (1): 2005
- Runners-up (3): 1977, 1980, 1984
- Winner (1): 2011
- Winner (1): 1996
- Winner (1): 2000, 2014
- Runner-up (1): 1995
As of December 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Out on loan
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|Head coach||Moacir Júnior||Brazil|
- Toninho Cerezo
- Éder Aleixo
- Álvaro Santos
- Spencer Coelho
- Gilberto Silva
- Juca Show
- Satyro Tabuada
- William Morais
- Esio Vieira
América's greatest rivals are Cruzeiro and Atlético Mineiro. The derby between América and Atlético Mineiro is known as O Clássico das Multidões (The Derby of the Masses), and was first played on November 15, 1913, in a friendly game that ended in a 1–1 draw.
The club's official anthem was composed by Vicente Motta. There are also two other anthems. The unofficial anthem, which was composed by Fernando Brant and Tavinho Moura, and the supporters anthem, whose lyrics were composed by Márcio Dias Vianna and it was sung by Fernando Ângelo. América's mascot, was created by the cartoonist Fernando Pierucetti, and is a red-eyed white cartoon rabbit with clearly protruding teeth.
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- América-MG segura empate, no sufoco, e garante retorno à Série A, em 2011 UOL Esporte
- América e Taiti iniciam parceria Três atletas sub-20 devem fazer período de adaptação no clube
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- (Portuguese) Official website