Criciúma Esporte Clube

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Full name Criciúma Esporte Clube
Nickname(s) Tigre (Tiger)
Criciúma Dortmund
Founded May 13, 1947 (67 years ago) (1947-05-13)
Stadium Heriberto Hülse, Criciúma
Ground Capacity 28,749
President Antenor Angeloni
Head coach Wagner Lopes
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
2013 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, 15th

Criciúma Esporte Clube, also known simply as Criciúma, is a Brazilian football club from Criciúma, Santa Catarina. The club won the Copa do Brasil in 1991, the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B in 2002, and the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C in 2006, being thus the most winning team from Santa Catarina state.


Criciúma Esporte Clube was founded on May 13, 1947, as Comerciário Esporte Clube; however the club folded due to a financial crisis in the 1960s. The club refounded in 1976 by some of the original Comerciário Esporte Clube members. In 1978 the club was renamed as Criciúma Esporte Clube, and its current colors black, yellow and white were adopted in 1984. The present colors of Criciúma Esporte Clube are the reason why the club is called Tigre (meaning Tiger).

The club's greatest feat was winning the 1991 Copa do Brasil under coach Felipe Scolari, later World Cup winner with Brazil, which qualified Criciúma to the following year's Copa Libertadores.

In the following years the club was not very successful, and was relegated to the Série B. In 2005, Criciúma, after a very poor campaign, was relegated to the Brazilian Série C. In 2006, Criciúma won the Série C, as was promoted back to the Série B.

After a period of crisis in the club, in 2012 the club regained forces and after being in the first four places the entire championship returned to the Série A.


Criciúma has won three national level championships. Winning the 1991 Copa do Brasil qualified the club to the 1992 Copa Libertadores where Criciúma finished in the 5th place, surpassing even the expectations of its fans. These achievements make Criciúma one of the most successful teams from Santa Catarina.

Winner (1): 1991
Winner (1): 2002
Runner-up (1): 2012
Winner (1): 2006
Winners (10): 1968 (1), 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2005, 2013
Runners-up (7): 1982, 1987, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008
Winner (1): 1993
Runner-up (1): 1998
1 Champion in 1968 as Comerciário Esporte Clube


Criciúma's stadium is Estádio Heriberto Hülse, built in 1955, with a maximum capacity of 19,900 people.

Current squad[edit]

As of August 20, 2014 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 Bruno
Brazil GK David
Brazil GK Rodrigo Galatto
Brazil GK Luiz (on loan from São Caetano)
Brazil DF Alcides (on loan from Ferroviária)
Brazil DF Ronaldo Alves (on loan from Internacional)
Brazil DF Fábio Ferreira
Brazil DF Gualberto (on loan from Penapolense)
Brazil DF Rafael Donato (on loan from Cruzeiro)
Brazil DF Joílson
Brazil DF Heitor
Brazil DF Luís Felipe (on loan from Benfica)
Brazil DF Cortez (on loan from São Paulo)
Brazil DF Eduardo
Brazil DF Giovanni
Brazil DF Maicon Silva (on loan from Londrina)
Brazil MF Cléber Santana
Brazil MF João Vitor
Brazil MF Martinez
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Maylson (on loan from Grêmio)
Brazil MF Rodrigo Souza (on loan from Cruzeiro)
Brazil MF Serginho (on loan from Atlético Mineiro)
Brazil MF Higor (on loan from Fluminense)
Brazil MF Paulo Baier (captain)
Brazil MF Rafael Costa
Brazil MF Ricardinho
Brazil MF Ronaldo Mendes
Brazil MF Wellington Bruno
Brazil FW Bruno Lopes
Brazil FW Cristiano
Brazil FW Danilo Alves
Brazil FW Lucca
Brazil FW Maurinho
Brazil FW Michael (on loan from Fluminense)
Brazil FW Silvinho
Brazil FW Souza
Brazil FW Zé Carlos

Head coaches[edit]

1991 Copa do Brasil[edit]

Criciúma won the Copa do Brasil 1991, playing the following matches:

Stage Match 1st Leg 2nd Leg
First Round Ubiratan - Criciúma 1–1 1–4
Second Round Criciúma - Atlético-MG 1–1 1–0
Quarterfinals Goiás - Criciúma 0–0 0–3
Semifinals Remo - Criciúma 0–1 0–2
Final Grêmio - Criciúma 1–1 0–0

Competitions record[edit]

First Division (Serie A)[edit]

Year Position Year Position
1979 67th 1995 16th
1986 9th 1996 21st
1987 6th 1997 24th
1988 23rd 2003 14th
1993 23rd 2004 21st
1994 20th 2013 15th

Second Division (Serie B)[edit]

Year Position Year Position
1980 54th 1992 3rd
1981 30th 1998 6th
1982 38th 1999 18th
1983 47th 2000 14th
1986 1st 2001 22nd
1987 6th 2002 1st
1989 5th 2005 21st
1990 7th 2007 7th
1991 35th 2008 18th
2011 14th 2012 2nd

Third Division (Serie C)[edit]

Year Position Year Position
2006 1st 2009 15th
2010 3rd

Brazilian Cup[edit]

Year Position Year Position
1990 4th 1999 18th
1991 1st 2002 17th
1992 7th 2003 17th
1994 23rd 2006 15th
1996 6th 2008 13th
2009 26th

Libertadores Cup[edit]

Year Position
1992 5th

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