América Futebol Clube (MG)

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América
Badge of América Futebol Clube
Full name América Futebol Clube
Nickname(s) Coelho (Rabbit)
Founded April 30, 1912; 102 years ago (1912-04-30)
Stadium Estádio Independência, Belo Horizonte
Ground Capacity 23,018
Chairman Brazil Marcos Salum
Head coach Brazil Givanildo Oliveira
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
2013 Série B, 9th
Website Club home page

América Futebol Clube (also known as América Mineiro or simply América) is a traditional Brazilian football team from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, founded on April 30, 1912 and hosts its games at Estádio Independência.

History[edit]

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.[1] In the first meeting, the founders decided that the name of the club would be América Foot-Ball Club,[2] and the colors would be green and white.[1] The first matches were played on the mayor's field.[1] In 1913, América and Minas Gerais Futebol Clube fused, and the club changed its colors to green, white and black.[3] Between 1916 and 1925, the team won ten state championships in a row.[3]

In 1933, as a protest to the professionalization of Brazilian football, the club changed its colors to red and white.[1] In 1943, the club professionalized its football division, and returned to its previous colors.[1] In 1948, América won its first state championship as a professional club.[3]

In 1997, América won the Série B for the first time,[4] and in 2000, the club won the Copa Sul-Minas first edition, beating Cruzeiro in the final.[5] In 2004, after a poor performance in the Série B, América was relegated to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C,[6] and in 2007, the club finished in Campeonato Mineiro's last position, and was relegated to the following year's Campeonato Mineiro Second Division.[7] América won the Série C in 2009, beating ASA in the final.[8] The following year, the team was fourth at Série B and returned to the top level of the Brazilian championship after 10 years.[9] On June 14, 2013 América signed a cooperation contract with the Tahitian Football Federation, to develop under-20 national players.[10]

Achievements[edit]

Professional competitions[edit]

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

Youth competitions[edit]

Winner (1): 2011
Winner (1): 1996
Winner (1): 2000, 2014
Runner-up (1): 1995

Current squad[edit]

As of December 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Brazil GK Fernando Leal
Brazil GK Glauco
Brazil GK Glaycon
Brazil GK João Ricardo
Brazil DF Anderson Conceição
Brazil DF André
Brazil DF Bernardo
Brazil DF Bryan
Brazil DF Carlos Renato
Brazil DF Danilo
Brazil DF Patrick
Brazil DF Robertinho
Brazil DF Wesley Ladeira
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Diego Henrique
Brazil MF Jardson Coelho
Brazil MF Júnior Lemos
Brazil MF Kaio
Brazil MF Leandro Guerreiro
Brazil MF Pedrinho
Brazil MF Thiago Santos
Brazil FW Bruno Savio
Brazil FW Disney
Brazil FW Henrique
Brazil FW Rodrigo Silva
Brazil FW Rubens

First-team staff[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Head coach Moacir Júnior  Brazil

Notable players[edit]

Derbies[edit]

América's greatest rivals are Cruzeiro and Atlético Mineiro.[11] The derby between América and Atlético Mineiro is known as O Clássico das Multidões (The Derby of the Masses),[2] and was first played on November 15, 1913, in a friendly game that ended in a 1–1 draw.[12]

Symbols[edit]

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.[13] América's mascot, was created by the cartoonist Fernando Pierucetti, and is a red-eyed white cartoon rabbit with clearly protruding teeth.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "América Mineiro" (in Portuguese). Arquivo de Clubes. Archived from the original on September 7, 2008. Retrieved August 28, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b "América x Atlético" (in Portuguese). Clássicos do Futebol Brasileiro. Retrieved August 28, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 1. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. p. 118. ISBN 85-88651-01-7. 
  4. ^ "Brazil 1997 Championship – Second Level (Série B)" (in Portuguese). RSSSF. February 18, 2000. Retrieved August 28, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Copa Sul-Minas 2000" (in Portuguese). RSSSF. August 25, 2008. Retrieved August 28, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Brazil 2004 Championship – Second Level (Série B)" (in Portuguese). RSSSF. December 5, 2004. Retrieved August 28, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Minas Gerais State Championship 2007" (in Portuguese). RSSSF. May 30, 2007. Retrieved August 28, 2008. 
  8. ^ "América-MG vence o ASA e conquista o título da Série C" (in Portuguese). UOL Esporte. September 19, 2009. Retrieved September 19, 2009. 
  9. ^ América-MG segura empate, no sufoco, e garante retorno à Série A, em 2011 UOL Esporte
  10. ^ América e Taiti iniciam parceria Três atletas sub-20 devem fazer período de adaptação no clube
  11. ^ "De férias, Alex Mineiro pode voltar ao futebol brasileiro" (in Portuguese). Último Segundo iG. December 15, 2006. Retrieved August 28, 2008. [dead link]
  12. ^ "América x Atlético – Resultadoa" (in Portuguese). Clássicos do Futebol Brasileiro. Retrieved October 6, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Hinos do América" (in Portuguese). América Futebol Clube (MG) official website. Archived from the original on March 29, 2008. Retrieved August 28, 2008. 

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