Esporte Clube Noroeste

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Not to be confused with Real Noroeste Capixaba Futebol Clube.
Noroeste
Esporte Clube Noroeste logo.gif
Full name Esporte Clube Noroeste
Nickname(s) Norusca
Founded September 1, 1910 (104 years ago) (1910-09-01)
Stadium Alfredo de Castilho, Bauru
Ground Capacity 18,840
President Damião Garcia
Website Club home page

Esporte Clube Noroeste, usually known simply as Noroeste, is a Brazilian football (soccer) club based in Bauru, as of 2012 competing in the São Paulo State second division (Campeonato Paulista Série A2). Named after a now-defunct railway, Noroeste is a very traditional team within São Paulo state. Their home ground is "Alfredo de Castilho" stadium (supports approximately 18,840 people).

History[edit]

Noroeste was founded at the same day as Corinthians, the second most popular club in Brazil. It was founded on September 1, 1910, the club became professional only in 1948. Before that year, it won the Campeonato do Interior, then-most prestigious tournament among São Paulo countryside teams, in 1943.

Ten years later (1953), Noroeste were promoted to Campeonato Paulista (state championship) first division. Until 1966, they played against many of the best teams of country, including legendary Pelé's Santos. After that year, Noroeste has built a history of promotions and relegations to the 1980s. The club reached Campeonato Brasileiro (national first division) once, in 1978.

The 1990s marked the worst period of Noroeste history. They were relegated to Campeonato Paulista Série A-3 (state third division) twice (1994 and 1999) and come back to Série A-1 (state first division) only in 2005.

At 2006 season, Noroeste finished Campeonato Paulista in fifth position, the best in whole club history. They were in Copa do Brasil (Brazil Cup) for first time, but lost to 15 de Novembro (Campo Bom) yet on early stages. On Série C (national third division), Noroeste reached third phase, but failed to promote.

2007 season ended with a good general performance for the club, despite first round disqualification in Série C. Noroeste finished 7th on Campeonato Paulista, their third best effort ever. The club was second to Guaratinguetá in Campeonato do Interior and advanced to second round in Copa do Brasil, where runners-up Figueirense defeated them.

Stadium[edit]

Noroeste plays their home matches on "Alfredo de Castilho" stadium. Today's maximum attendance is of 18,840. Public record was 22,863 in a Campeonato Paulista match against Palmeiras.

Achievements[edit]

Rivals[edit]

Noroeste main rivals are Marília and XV de Jaú.

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