Centro Sportivo Alagoano

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CSA
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Full name Centro Sportivo Alagoano
Nickname(s) Azulão do Mutange (Mutange's Big Blue)
Azulão das Alagoas (Alagoas' Big Blue)
Founded September 7, 1913; 101 years ago (1913-09-07)
Ground Mutange, Maceió, Brazil
Estádio Rei Pelé, Maceió, Brazil
Ground Capacity 4,000 (Mutange)[1]
30,000 (Rei Pelé)[2]
Chairman Jorge VI
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série D
2010 Campeonato Brasileiro Série D, eliminated in second stage
Website Club home page

Centro Sportivo Alagoano, (also known as "CSA" or "Alagoano" by non-Brazilians) is a Brazilian football team from Maceió in Alagoas, founded on September 7, 1913. It is the biggest club in the state of Alagoas, and the largest fan base.

The home stadium is the Gustavo Paiva stadium, which has a capacity of 4,000.[1] CSA's greatest rival is CRB.

In 1976, Fernando Collor de Mello, who later was elected president of Brazil, was the club's chairman.[3] Brazilian singer Djavan played for Alagoano as a midfielder before he decided to become a singer.[4]

History[edit]

On September 7, 1913, the same day of the anniversary of the Brazilian Independence from Portugal, the club was founded as Centro Sportivo Sete de Setembro. In 1914, Centro Sportivo Sete de Setembro was renamed to Centro Sportivo Floriano Peixoto, after Floriano Peixoto, who was Brazil's second president, and was a Paraguayan War hero. Four years later, in 1918, the club was renamed to its current name, Centro Sportivo Alagoano.

In 1928, the club won its first title, the state championship of Alagoas.

In 1980, the club was the runner-up of the Brazilian Second Division. In the final, Londrina of Paraná state and CSA drew 1-1 in Maceió, in the first leg, and in the second leg, in Londrina city, Londrina beat the club 4-0. In 1982, the club was again finalist of the Brazilian Second Division. CSA was defeated by Campo Grande, of Rio de Janeiro. In the first leg, in Maceió, CSA won 4-3. In the second leg, in Rio de Janeiro, Campo Grande won 2-1. In the tie-breaker match, Campo Grande won 3-0. In 1983, the club reached again the Brazilian Second Division final. CSA was defeated by Juventus, of São Paulo. In the first leg, in Maceió, CSA won 3-1. In the second leg, in São Paulo, Juventus won 3-0. In the tie-breaker match, Juventus won 1-0.

In 1999, CSA competed in Campeonato do Nordeste, being eliminated by Bahia in the semifinals. Eventually, Vitória, Bahia, and Sport Recife (respectively the winner, the runner-up and the third placed teams in Campeonato do Nordeste) declined successively to dispute Copa CONMEBOL, so, CSA was invited to the competition. CSA, surprising, reached the competition final, but was defeated by Talleres, of Argentina. In the first leg, in Maceió, the club won 4-2. In the second leg, in Córdoba, Talleres won 3-0. However, the competition's top goalscorer was CSA's Missinho.

Achievements[edit]

1928, 1929, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1949, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1965, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2008
Runners-up (1): 1999
Runners-up (3): 1980, 1982, 1983

Symbols[edit]

The club's motto, União e Força, displayed in the logo, means Union and Strength. CSA's mascot is called Azulão, a type of bird.

1999 Copa CONMEBOL[edit]

The club competed in Copa CONMEBOL in 1999, and played the following matches:

First Stage

CSA - Brazil Vila Nova 2-0 0-2 (pens: 4-3)

Second Stage

Venezuela Estudiantes de Mérida - CSA 0-0 1-3

Semi-Finals

Brazil São Raimundo - CSA 1-0 1-2 (pens: 4-5)

Final

CSA - Argentina Talleres de Córdoba 4-2 0-3

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (Portuguese) Futebol na Rede
  2. ^ www.fussballtempel.net
  3. ^ (Portuguese) Guia dos Curiosos
  4. ^ (Portuguese) Terra Canal Pop
  • Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.

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