Associação Atlética Portuguesa (RJ)

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Portuguesa
Logo: Associação Atlética Portuguesa (RJ)
Full name Associação Atlética Portuguesa
Nickname(s) Lusa
Founded 1924
Ground Estádio Luso-Brasileiro,
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ground Capacity 30,000
Chairman Antônio Augusto de Abreu
Manager Rubens Filho
League -
2008 -

Associação Atlética Portuguesa, or Portuguesa as they are usually called, is a traditional Brazilian football team from Rio de Janeiro in Rio de Janeiro, founded on December 17, 1924.

History[edit]

The club was founded on December 17, 1924 by a group of empty bags businessmen. After travelling to Santos, they played there a football match against a Santos' group of empty bags businessmen. The match ended 1-1. After returning to Rio de Janeiro, they decided to found a football club. Portuguesa is named after Associação Atlética Portuguesa Santista, a football club from Santos.Portuguesa has a great memory of when they beat the most famous team of Europe in 1969 (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol)by 2x1. One of the most noticed players at that game is Escurinho a part of his career played on Fluminense Football Club (Rio de Janeiro) and the Brazilian National Team. Some Europe teams thought about buying Escurinho but they had given up because of his age (39 years old). The current president Antonio Augusto de Abreu as been in charge as chairman of Portuguesa for more than 10 years, The 2010 elections decided that João Maria do Rego Gonçalves will take the charge as chairman through 2011-2013.

Stadium[edit]

Portuguesa's home stadium is Estádio Luso-Brasileiro, built in 1965, with a maximum capacity of 30,000 people. Portuguesa's stadium is sometimes used by two first division teams from Rio de Janeiro, Flamengo and Botafogo.

Symbols[edit]

The team mascot is a zebra.

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