Associação Atlética Ponte Preta
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|Full name||Associação Atlética Ponte Preta|
|Founded||August 11, 1900|
|Stadium||Estádio Moisés Lucarelli,
|President||Márcio Della Volpe|
|Head coach||Guto Ferreira|
|League||Campeonato Brasileiro Série A|
|2014||Série B, 2nd (Promoted)|
|Website||Club home page|
Associação Atlética Ponte Preta (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐsosjɐˈsɐ̃w ɐˈtlɛtʃikɐ ˈpõtʃi ˈpɾetɐ]), commonly known as Ponte Preta, is a Brazilian football club located in Campinas, São Paulo. Ponte Preta is also known as Macaca. Ponte Preta's biggest rival is from the same city: Guarani. The games between Ponte Preta and Guarani are known as derby (dérbi in Portuguese). They are known as "pontepretanos". Ponte Preta is one of the oldest football teams established in Brazil still in activity, founded on August 11, 1900, the oldest being Sport Club Rio Grande, of Rio Grande do Sul.
- 1 History
- 2 Achievements
- 3 Achievements time line
- 4 Stadium
- 5 Supporters
- 6 Rivalry
- 7 Symbols
- 8 Ultras
- 9 Placar magazine's Silver Ball Prize winners while playing on Ponte Preta
- 10 Basketball
- 11 Current squad
- 12 Head coaches
- 13 See also
- 14 References
- 15 External links
Ponte Preta was founded on August 11, 1900 by Colégio Culto à Ciência students Miguel do Carmo (nicknamed "Migué"), Luiz Garibaldi Burghi, (nicknamed "Gigette") and Antonio de Oliveira (nicknamed "Tonico Campeão"), nearby a black painted wood railroad bridge, so the name Ponte Preta (which means "black bridge", in English). Ponte Preta's first president was Pedro Vieira da Silva.
Ponte Preta is recognized, by FIFA, as one of the first teams in the Americas to accept black players, since its foundation in 1900. It is also the first countryside team to play a national competition, in 1970.
Ponte Preta lost the Campeonato Paulista final to Corinthians in 1977 in a controversial game that ended in a 2–1 final score. Rui Rey, an important piece of the Ponte Preta team, was shown a red card early in the game. Ponte Preta were considered the favorites for the championship that year.
On November 27, 2013, at Romildo Ferreira stadium, Ponte Preta reached the 2013 Sudamericana final defeating São Paulo 4–2 (aggregate). It was a historical time for the club which was playing its first international cup.
- Winners (2): 1981, 1982
- Winners (1): 1969
- Winners (2): 2009, 2013
Achievements time line
Ponte Preta's stadium is Estádio Moisés Lucarelli, also known as "Majestoso", or "Estádio Majestoso" (Portuguese for Majestic Stadium), built in 1948, by its own fan's material and work.
Its maximum capacity is of 19,722 people, nowadays. The biggest public in it was in a State's Championship in 1970, against Santos, with an official public of 33,000, but it is said that there were about 40,000 people, as the gates were broken down.
Its nickname is "Majestoso", meaning the "Majestic One" because it was the third largest stadium in Brazil at the time of its inauguration (only smaller than Pacaembu, in São Paulo and São Januário, in Rio de Janeiro).
In Majestoso's entrance hall there is a bust of the stadium's founder, Moisés Lucarelli (after whom the venue is named) facing the outside. In 2000, after a long series of defeats some superstitious fans argued that the founder ought to see the team playing and the bust was rotated 180 degrees. As the team's performance did not improve noticeably, the statue was put back in its original position.
Associação Atlética Ponte Preta's biggest rival is from the same city: Guarani. The games between Ponte Preta and Guarani, known as derby (dérbi in Portuguese), are usually preceded by a week of tension, provocations and also fights in the city of Campinas.
It is a centenary rivalry (the first being held in 24 March 1912), the greatest in Brazil's countryside and one of the most intense in the whole country.
The club's mascot is a female monkey (Macaca) wearing Ponte Preta's home kit. It was initially intended as a derogatory term, reflecting the racism against the club (one of the first Brazilian teams to accept blacks, having been even refused participation in championships due to this) and its fans. This co-option of a derogatory term as team mascot was copied by Palmeiras fans, who adopted the pig as their mascot instead of taking offense from it, and other teams.
Placar magazine's Silver Ball Prize winners while playing on Ponte Preta
- 1977 - Oscar and Polozzi (defenders)
- 1978 - Odirlei (left back)
- 1980 - Carlos (goalkeeper)
- 1981 - Zé Mario (defensive midfielder)
- 1982 - Carlos (goalkeeper) and Juninho Fonseca (defender)
- 2000 - Mineiro (defensive midfielder)
Ponte Preta had one of the most powerful teams in the history of Brazilian female Basketball during the early 1990s, winning the World Club Championship twice.
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.
- Ricardinho – Head coach
- Alexandre – Coach
- André Luiz – Coach
- André Dias – Goalkeeping Coach
- Eduardo Frattini – Goalkeeping Coach
- Juninho – Fitness Coach
- Lucas Benchimol – Fitness Coach
- Thiago Santa Maria – Fitness Coach
- Ricardo Garcia Sandoval – Physiotherapist
- Eduardo Bassi – Physiotherapist
- Rodrigo Machado Iralah – Physiotherapist
- O Início de uma Paixão: a fundação e os primeiros anos da Associação Atlética Ponte Preta, José Moraes dos Santos Neto, Editora Komedi, 2000
- História da Associação Atlética Ponte Preta, em sete volumes: 1900-2000, Sérgio Rossi, R. Vieira Gráfica, 2001
- (Portuguese) Official website