Esporte Clube Santo André

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Santo André
Esporte Clube Santo André
Full name Esporte Clube Santo André
Nickname(s) Ramalhão ("João Ramalho's nickname")
Founded September 18, 1967; 46 years ago (1967-09-18)
Stadium Bruno José Daniel, Santo André
Ground Capacity 18,000
President Celso Luiz de Almeida
Head coach Dedimar
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série D
2012 Série C, Group B, 9th (relegated)

Esporte Clube Santo André, also known as Santo André, is a Brazilian football team from Santo André, São Paulo state.

Santo André greatest rival is São Caetano, the other team in ABC region. The club's mascot name is Ramalhão ("Big Ramalho") after the bandeirante João Ramalho. João Ramalho founded the city of Santo André in 1553.

History[edit]

Santo André was founded on September 18, 1967 by people that wanted to have a team in their city representing the professional football of the Municipality.

The first Santo André directorship was elected on October 4, 1967 and was composed by the following members: Newton Brandão, the President; Wigand dos Santos, Antonio Ferreira dos Santos and Hildebrando Mota Carneiro, the vice-presidents; Nelson Cerchiari and Durval Daniel, secretaries; Matheus Guimarães Jr. and João Manha, the treasurers.

The first official match of the club took place on April 8, 1968 at Américo Guazzelli stadium in a friendly match against Santos. Pelé did not play, but watched the game and participated in the festivities. Santo André won 2 - 1.

In 1984 Santo André were invited to play in Série A based on their State Championship performance. The team reached the third round (ranked 10th overall), but were not invited to compete the following year as the criteria changed.

Santo André next made headlines in 2003 when the team finished as runners-up to Ituano in Série C and thus were promoted to Série B.

In 2004, Santo André won their first national title when they defeated Flamengo in the Copa do Brasil final, gaining the right to compete in the following year's Copa Libertadores de América. Their first season in Série B was over before it started as the team was deducted 12 points for playing an ineligible player. This meant at the time of the Copa do Brasil success their point tally on the local tournament was negative. The team recovered to comfortably avoid relegation.

In 2008 Santo André were runners-up to Corinthians in the Série B and thus earned promotion to Série A. After a hard fought campaign Santo André were relegated back to Série B on the last day of the season.

The 2010 Paulista State Championship proved to be a highly successful campaign. The team finished second in the table behind Santos after a mid season seven match winning streak put them in a commanding position. In the playoffs Santo André overcame Grêmio Prudente, before facing the all conquering Santos team who had scored nearly 100 goals already in all competitions. The first game ended in a 3-2 victory for Santos despite Santo André having a man sent off. The second match on May 2, 2010 proved to be an epic encounter as Santo André leveled the tie in the first minute, before being pegged back. A thrilling game finally ended 3-2 to Santo André (5-5 on aggregate) and saw three red cards given to Santos, and one to Santo André. Despite hitting the post twice, Santo André could not break down a professional Santos rear guard action. Santos thus won the title due to their superior overall record.

Santo André slipped into free fall and were relegated to Série C in 2010 and almost relegated to the Série D in 2011.

Achievements[edit]

2004
Runners-up (1): 2008
Runners-up (1): 2003
2003
2003
Runners-up (1): 2010
1975, 1981, 2008

Squad[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 Adilson
Brazil GK Rodrigo Viana
Brazil DF Fabio Vinicius
Brazil DF George
Brazil DF Júnior Paulista
Portugal DF Káká
Brazil DF Luiz Antônio
Brazil DF Márcio Careca
Brazil DF Nequinha
Brazil DF Otávio Silva
Brazil DF Rayan
Brazil DF Rodrigo Heffner
Brazil DF Rogélio
Brazil MF Alan
Brazil MF Chiquinho
Brazil MF Cláudio Britto
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Danilo Cruz
Brazil MF Dedé
Brazil MF Elvis
Brazil MF Felipe Hereda
Brazil MF Jardel
Brazil MF Juninho
Brazil MF Leandrinho
Brazil MF Luciano Henrique
Brazil MF Ramalho
Brazil FW Carlinhos
Brazil FW Diego Biro
Brazil FW Fábio Santos
Brazil FW Gustavinho
Brazil FW Luiz Ricardo
Brazil FW Willian Xavier

Former coaches[edit]

  • Sérgio Guedes

Stadium[edit]

Santo André's stadium is Estádio Bruno José Daniel, inaugurated in 1969, with a maximum capacity of 18,000 people.

2004 Copa do Brasil[edit]

Home Score Away
First Phase
Novo Horizonte (GO) 0 - 5 Santo André
Second Phase
Santo André 3 - 0 Atlético Mineiro
Atlético Mineiro 2 - 0 Santo André
Third Phase
Guarani 1 - 1 Santo André
Santo André 0 - 0 Guarani
Quarterfinals
Santo André 3 - 3 Palmeiras
Palmeiras 4 - 4 Santo André
Semifinals
Santo André 3 - 4 15 de Novembro
15 de Novembro 1 - 3 Santo André
Final
Santo André 2 - 2 Flamengo
Flamengo 0 - 2 Santo André


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