Ceará Sporting Club

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Ceará
Ceará Sporting Club
Full name Ceará Sporting Club
Nickname(s) Vozão (Big Grandpa)
Vovô (Grandpa)
Alvinegro Cearense (Black and White from Ceará)
and O Mais Querido (The Dearest)
Founded June 2, 1914 (100 years ago) (1914-06-02)
Stadium Estádio Presidente Vargas (Ceará) (most matches), Fortaleza, Brazil
Ground Capacity 20,600
President Evandro Leitão
Head coach PC Gusmão
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
2014 Série B, 7th
Website Club home page
Team photo from the 1915 season

Ceará Sporting Club, or Ceará, as they are usually called, is a Brazilian football team from Fortaleza in Ceará, founded on June 2, 1914. Ceará is one of the most traditionally successful clubs in the Northeast region of Brazil alongside Bahia, Santa Cruz, Sport, Náutico, Vitória and their city rivals Fortaleza.

History[edit]

On June 2, 1914, the club was founded as Rio Branco Football Club by Luiz Esteves Junior and Pedro Freire. Later, some of their friends also joined: Gilberto Gurgel, Walter Barroso, Raimundo Justa, Newton Rôla, Bolívar Purcell, Aluísio Mamede, Orlando Olsen, José Elias Romcy, Isaías Façanha de Andrade, Raimundo Padilha, Rolando Emílio, Meton Alencar Pinto, Gotardo Morais, Artur de Albuquerque, Cincinato Costa, Carlos Calmon and Eurico Medeiros. As Rio Branco Football Club, the team colors were white and lilac. In 1915, on their first birthday, the club changed its name to Ceará Sporting Club.

From 1915 to 1919, Ceará was five time consecutive champion of the Torneios Metropolitanos. In 1941, Ceará won the Campeonato Cearense, the same year of the inauguration of Presidente Vargas stadium. From 1961 to 1963, the club was three times consecutive state champion. In 1969, Ceará won the Northeast Cup.

In 1970, ended the seven-year titleless state championship period. In 1971, Ceará was the last placed team in Campeonato Brasileiro Série A first edition. From 1975 to 1978, the club was four times in a row state champion.

In 1985, Ceará finished 7th in the Brazilian League. This is the best league position of a team from Ceará State in the Brazilian Championships. In 1994, the club finished Brazilian Cup runners-up, beaten by Grêmio in the final. In 1995, Ceará participated in the Copa CONMEBOL, the club's first international championship, becoming the only club of Ceará State to play an iInternational tournament. In 1996, the team administrator was Forró bands businessman Emanuel Gurgel. The team changed its home shirt color to all black. Because of this, the team was nicknamed "Urubu do Nordeste" (Northeast Vulture). From 1996 to 1999, the club was state champion four times in a row .

In 2002, Ceará won the state championship, for the first time in three years. In 2005, Ceará reached the Copa do Brasil semifinals. The club was defeated by Fluminense. In 2006, the club won the state championship after 4 years without winning the competit

In 2010, after a 17 year absence, Ceará was promoted back to the Brazilian League, after finishing third in the 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. They finished in 12th position, achieving a place in the 2011 Copa Sudamericana.

In 2011, Ceará reached the 2011 Copa do Brasil semi-finals. Ceará notoriously ended Ronaldinho's Flamengo's unbeaten streak in the previous round winning the away game, and drew the home game, eliminating the Rio de Janeiro team in a notorious upset. Ceará, however, was defeated by Coritiba in the semi-finals.

Achievements[edit]

Football[edit]

1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1922, 1925, 1931, 1932, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1948, 1951, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
1964 1969
1969
Runners-up (1): 1994
Semi-Finals (2): 2005, 2011
1997
1: Liga Metropolitana Cearense was considered by the local federation as State League ("Campeonato Cearense").[1]

Futsal[edit]

2002, 2003, 2004

Stadium[edit]

Ceará at the Estádio Governador Plácido Aderaldo Castelo (Castelão)

Ceará's home venue is Estádio Carlos de Alencar Pinto, capacity 3,000, but the team also plays at Castelão Stadium which has a capacity of 60,326,[2] and at Presidente Vargas Stadium, which has a 22,228 capacity.

Sponsors[edit]

Penalty, Neo Química

Rivals[edit]

Ceará's greatest rival is Fortaleza. It is the biggest derby in Fortaleza city. It has been played 511 times, with Ceará winning 174 times, Fortaleza winning 156 times and 176 draws.

Ceará's second biggest rival is Ferroviário, the third biggest club of Fortaleza city. This derby has been played 272 times, with 123 wins for Ceará, 64 wins for Ferroviário and 85 draws.

Mascot[edit]

The team mascot, an old man known as "Vovô" ("Grandpa") dressing Ceará uniform was designed by Cearense cartoonist Mino for the "Ceará: Paixão Total" Project ("Ceará: Full Passion" Project).

The team mascot appeared in late 1919, when Meton de Alencar Pinto, former president of Ceará SC, coached young players of America Football Club, a small club from the city, in the Porangabussu training center. Meton, who used to call the kids as "my grandsons", asked them to "go easy on grandpa". Afterwards, the nickname started to apply to the team of Ceará as well, helped by the seniority of the club; Ceará Sporting Club was the first football team founded in the state.

First-team squad[edit]

As of March 2014, according to combined sources on the official website.[3]

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

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Luís Carlos
2 Brazil DF Samuel Xavier
3 Brazil DF Diego Ivo
4 Brazil DF Wellington Carvalho (on loan from Fluminense)
5 Brazil MF João Marcos
6 Brazil DF Vicente
7 Brazil MF Michel
8 Brazil MF Ricardinho
9 Brazil FW Magno Alves
10 Brazil FW Lulinha
11 Brazil MF Leandro Brasília
12 Brazil GK Tiago
No. Position Player
14 Brazil FW Bill
16 Brazil MF Everton
18 Brazil MF Felipe Amorim (on loan from Goiás)
19 Brazil FW Assisinho
20 Brazil DF Marcos
22 Brazil GK Gustavo
23 Brazil DF Vítor
24 Brazil DF Caio Vinícius
29 Brazil FW Robério
33 Brazil DF Sandro
50 Brazil MF Eduardo
95 Brazil FW Robinho

Ceará youth team[edit]

Youth players able to play in the 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 Gustavo
No. Position Player
Brazil FW Robério

Youth and reserve players with first team experience[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 FW Gabriel
No. Position Player

Out on loan[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 MF Eusébio (loan to Atlético-GO)
No. Position Player

First-team staff[edit]

As of March 1, 2014.
Position Name Nationality
Head coach Sérgio Soares  Brazil
Assistant coach Dimas Filgueiras  Brazil
Assistant coach Denys Facincani  Brazil
Physical coach Alcino Rodrigues  Brazil
Physical coach Reverson Pimentel  Brazil
Goalkeeping coach Chico  Brazil

Logo evolution[edit]

Ceara logo history.png

The first logo was the club's first as Ceará Sporting Club, and was used from 1915-54.

The second logo was used from 1955–69 and was inspired by the Santos logo.

The third logo was used from 1970-03.

The fourth logo is the current team logo, and was adopted in 2003. The logo is a restylized version of the previous logo created by Adman Orlando Mota. This logo introduced the white stars and the foundation date.

Ultras groups[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Portuguese: http://www.futebolcearense.com.br/clube.asp?id=41
  2. ^ "Estádio Castelão". SESPORTE. Retrieved 2008-09-12. [dead link]
  3. ^ Ceará official website (in Portuguese)

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