Associação Cultural Esporte Clube Baraúnas

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Full name Associação Cultural
Esporte Clube Baraúnas
Nickname(s) Leão
Leão do Oeste
Founded January 14, 1960 (54 years ago) (1960-01-14)
Ground Nogueirão, Mossoró, Brazil
Ground Capacity 25,000
Chairman João Dehon da Rocha
Manager Hugo Sales
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série D
2013 Série C, 20th (relegated)

Associação Cultural Esporte Clube Baraúnas, or Baraúnas as they are usually called, is a Brazilian football team from Mossoró in Rio Grande do Norte, founded on January 14, 1960.


In 1924, Baraúnas was initially a carnival block (meaning bloco carnavalesco in Portuguese).[1]

Some of the members of this block, on January 14, 1960,[2] founded Esporte Clube Baraúnas.[3]

In 1966, Esporte Clube Baraúnas changed its name to Associação Cultural Esporte Clube Baraúnas.[3]

In 1989, Baraúnas competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, being eliminated in the first stage.[4]

In 1998, the club competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C, being eliminated in the first stage.[5]

In 2005, Baraúnas competed in the Copa do Brasil for the first time. In the first stage, the club beat América Mineiro, in the second stage, the club beat Vitória, in the third stage, Baraúnas beat Vasco da Gama, but in the quarterfinals, the club was eliminated by Cruzeiro.[6]

In 2006, Baraúnas won its first state championship, beating its rival, Potiguar de Mossoró, in the final. Baraúnas' Luciano Paraíba was the competition's top goalscorer, with 11 goals.[7]



  • Etevaldo (1960s)
  • Romildo (1980s)
  • Cícero Ramalho (1990s and 2000s)
  • Isaías (1990s and 2000s)
  • Nildo (1990s and 2000s)

Current squad[edit]

First Team[edit]

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 Érico
Brazil GK Jefferson
Brazil DF Pedrosa
Brazil DF Nildo
Brazil DF Johnson
Brazil DF Robert
No. Position Player
Brazil DF Rogerinho
Brazil MF Everton
Brazil MF Fidélis
Brazil MF Wilker
Brazil FW Cristiano
Brazil FW Léo Guerreiro


Main article: Nogueirão

Baraúnas' home stadium is the Nogueirão stadium,[2] which has a maximum capacity of 25,000 people.[8]


Baraúnas' greatest rival is Potiguar de Mossoró. The derby is known as Potiba.[2]


The club's mascot is a lion called "Leão da doze". Doze anos (Twelve years, in English) is the name of the neighborhood where the club is located.[9]


Olismar Lima and Francisco Diógenes are the creators of the official anthem's lyrics, and Maestro Batista and Francisco Diógenes are the music authors.[10]


  1. ^ Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.
  2. ^ a b c Baraúnas at Arquivo de Clubes
  3. ^ a b History at the fansite
  4. ^ 1989 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B at RSSSF
  5. ^ 1998 Campeonato Brasileiro Série C at RSSSF
  6. ^ 2005 Copa do Brasil at RSSSF
  7. ^ 2006 Campeonato Potiguar at RSSSF
  8. ^ Nogueirão stadium at Templos do Futebol
  9. ^ Especial Placar - 500 Times do Brasil, São Paulo: Editora Abril: 2003.
  10. ^ Anthem at the fansite

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