Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense

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Grêmio
Grêmio's logo
Full name Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense
Nickname(s) Imortal (Immortal)
Tricolor (Tricolour)
Founded 15 September 1903; 111 years ago (1903-09-15)
Stadium Arena do Grêmio
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Ground Capacity 55,662
President Fábio Koff
Head Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
2013 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season
Team photo from 1903

Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɡɾẽmju ˌfutʃˈbɔw ˌpoɾtw ɐlɛˈɡɾẽsi]), commonly known as just Grêmio, is a Brazilian professional association football team based in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, that plays in the Campeonato Gaúcho and the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the highest professional leagues in Rio Grande do Sul state and Brazil, respectively.

Grêmio was founded by English and German immigrants on 15 September 1903. Major titles captured by Grêmio include one Intercontinental Cup, two Copa Libertadores de América, two Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and four Copa do Brasil.[1] Grêmio plays in a tricolor (blue, black and white) striped shirt, black shorts and white socks, as first kit.

History[edit]

The beginning[edit]

Grêmio state champion in 1931

On September 7, 1903 Brazil's first football team, Rio Grande, played an exhibition match in Porto Alegre. An entrepreneur from Sorocaba, São Paulo named Cândido Dias was besotted with the sport and went to the ground to watch the match. During the match, the ball deflated. As the only owner of a football in Porto Alegre, he lent his ball to the players, and the match resumed. After the match, he talked to the players about how to found a football club. On September 15, 1903, 32 people, including Cândido Dias, met at Salão Grau restaurant in the city and founded Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense. Carlos Luiz Bohrer was elected as first president.[2]

The new club's first match took place on March 6, 1904, against Fuss Ball Porto Alegre, the first of two matches played that day. Grêmio won the first match 1–0. Unfortunately, newspaper reports of the time do not record the name of the player who scored the first goal in the club's history. The trophy Grêmio won that day, the Wanderpreis, still exists and is displayed at the club's museum. Five months later, Grêmio opened its first stadium, named Baixada.

In the early years of Grêmio's history, football was not a very popular game in Brazil and few teams existed. On July 18, 1909, Grêmio beat Internacional 10–0 on the latter's debut. Grêmio's goalkeeper Kallfelz reportedly left the field and went to talk with fans during the match. Even now this victory is remembered with pride by the Gremistas (Grêmio supporters). The match was the starting point for a strong rivalry which lives on to this day. Gre–Nal is the name given to this city derby.

Grêmio was one of the founding members of Porto Alegre's football league in 1910, and in 1911 won the city league for the first time. On August 25, 1912, in a city league match, Grêmio beat Sport Clube Nacional of Porto Alegre 23–0. Sisson scored 14 goals in the match in Grêmio's biggest ever win.

In 1918, Grêmio was one of the founders of Fundação Rio-Grandense de Desportes (later known as Federação Gaúcha de Futebol), a club federation which organized the first state championships of Rio Grande do Sul. The first championship was scheduled for 1918, but the Spanish flu epidemic forced the whole event to be postponed until 1919. In 1921, a year after the arrival of legendary goalkeeper Eurico Lara, Grêmio won its first state championship.

Grêmio enjoyed many pioneering moments in the 20th century. On July 7, 1911 Grêmio beat Uruguay's national team 2–1. In 1931, Grêmio became one of the first teams in Brazil to play matches at night after installing floodlights at its Estádio Baixada. On May 19, 1935, Grêmio became the first team from Rio Grande do Sul to beat a team from the state of São Paulo (considered the strongest Brazilian league at the time) when it defeated Santos 3–2. Grêmio was also the first club outside Rio de Janeiro state to play at the Maracanã Stadium, defeating Flamengo 3–1 in 1950.

During this period, Grêmio started to earn a reputation abroad. In 1932 it played its first international match in Rivera (Uruguay). In 1949, the match against Uruguay's Nacional ended in a 3–1 win for Grêmio and the players received a hero's welcome on their return to Porto Alegre. In that same year, Grêmio played for the first time in Central America. During the years 1953–1954, Grêmio travelled to Mexico, Ecuador and Colombia, an achievement dubbed "the conquest of the Americas". On February 25, 1959, Grêmio defeated Boca Juniors 4–1 in Buenos Aires, becoming the first foreign team to beat Boca at La Bombonera Stadium. And in 1961, Grêmio went for its first (and very successful) European jaunt, playing 24 games in 11 countries: France, Romania, Belgium, Greece, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Denmark, Estonia and Russia.

Professionalism at the club[edit]

The Gremistas (Grêmio fans) were growing in number. 1946 saw the first appearance of the famous statement "com o Grêmio onde o Grêmio estiver" ("with Grêmio wherever Grêmio may be"), which was later incorporated at Grêmio's official anthem. This phrase was created by Salim Nigri, one of the most famous and revered Grêmio fans. It celebrates the Gremistas reputation for attending all Grêmio matches, regardless of the difficulties and obstacles, making long trips to follow their team wherever they played.

In the late 1950s, Grêmio joined the Taça Brasil, as the Brazilian league was known at the time. The team reached the Taça Brasil semifinals in 1959, 1963 and 1967. In 1968, the team won its first international title in a friendly cup with teams from Brazil and Uruguay. In 1954, Grêmio first played at what was the biggest private stadium in Brazil at the time, the Olímpico Stadium.

In 1971, the Taça Brasil championship was replaced by the Campeonato Brasileiro, which is the top football showcase in Brazil today. The first goal ever scored in the Campeonato Brasileiro was by Grêmio player Néstor Scotta, an Argentine, in a match against São Paulo at Estádio do Morumbi.[3] Grêmio maintained a series of respectable results in Campeonato Brasileiro, usually staying at the top half of the league table.

Valdir Espinosa and the Intercontinental Cup 1983[edit]

The greatest period in Grêmio's history came in the 1980s, coinciding with the completion in July 1980 of their new stadium, the Olímpico Monumental. On May 3, 1981, Grêmio won its first Campeonato Brasileiro after defeating São Paulo in the final at the Morumbi Stadium in São Paulo. The scores in the two-leg final were 2–1 at Olímpico and 1–0 for Grêmio at Morumbi. The winning goal was scored by striker Baltazar. Earlier, on April 26, 1981 Olímpico had its biggest attendance ever, when 98,421 fans watched Grêmio lose to Ponte Preta 0–1 in the Campeonato Brasileiro semi-final. This record will never be beaten, as the Olímpico Monumental was later rebuilt and now holds no more than 50,000 people.

1983 was the most successful year in Grêmio's history. First, Grêmio won the South-American Copa Libertadores, after a consistent yet eventful campaign. One of the matches of the triangular semi-final, the 3–3 draw against Estudiantes at Jorge Luis Hirschi Stadium, became legendary for its belligerence on and off the pitch, and is dubbed the "Batalha de La Plata" ("Battle of La Plata"), in reference to the hometown of Estudiantes. In the finals, Grêmio beat the 1982 South America and World champions Peñarol from Uruguay, with a 1–1 draw in Montevideo and a 2–1 win in Porto Alegre. The winning goal was scored by César just before the end of the match. A year later, Grêmio was runner-up in the Copa Libertadores final, being defeated by Argentina's Independiente.

Also in 1983, Grêmio won the Intercontinental Cup after defeating Hamburger SV of Germany 2–1. Renato scored both goals, and Uruguayan defender De León and goalkeeper Mazaropi were also regarded as heroes of this victory. In Porto Alegre, Grêmio's fans began the chant: "The Earth is Blue". Another chant created by Grêmio's fans when the club won the World Club title was "Nada Pode Ser Maior" ("Nothing Can Be Greater"). Soon after winning the Intercontinental Cup, Grêmio beat America of Mexico in Los Angeles, and won the Los Angeles Cup.

In 1989, Grêmio won the first Copa do Brasil, a Brazilian knockout cup featuring football teams from all around the country. After humiliating Flamengo – the best supported football team in Brazil – with a 6–1 win in the second leg of the semifinals, Grêmio defeated Sport Recife in the final, with a 0–0 draw in Recife and a 2–1 win in Porto Alegre.

In 1991, after a poor season, Grêmio was relegated for the first time to the Brazilian Second Division of Campeonato Brasileiro, but gained immediate promotion back to the Campeonato Brasileiro's elite in the following season (1993). After this return to top form, 1994 saw Grêmio win its second Copa do Brasil, defeating Ceará in the two-leg final (0–0 and 1–0), the solitary goal scored by striker Nildo. The club then started its Tokyo Project.

Luiz Felipe Scolari won the Libertadores 1995, the Campeonato Brasileiro 1996 and other important competitions

Luiz Felipe Scolari and the Libertadores 1995[edit]

In May 1995, under head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, Grêmio was runner-up in the Copa do Brasil, losing the final match to Corinthians 0–1 at Olímpico Monumental. In August, a few days after beating arch-rivals Internacional for the state title with a reserve squad, the club won the Copa Libertadores for the second time. In the finals, Grêmio defeated Atlético Nacional of Colombia, by winning 3–1 in Porto Alegre and drawing 1–1 in Medellín. The tournament was marked by the matches against Palmeiras in the quarter-finals. Palmeiras had perhaps the best squad on the competition, with players such as Rivaldo, Cafu, Edmundo, César Sampaio, Antônio Carlos, Roberto Carlos and Mancuso, but was beaten by Grêmio on the 1st leg in an epic 5–0 match with a hat-trick from Jardel in the 2nd half. In the 2nd match Palmeiras beat Grêmio in another incredible match by a 5–1 score, which wasn't quite enough for Palmeiras!

In the World Club tournament, Grêmio had a player sent off and was eventually defeated by Ajax Amsterdam of the Netherlands in the penalty shootout. Early 1996 saw Grêmio win the Recopa Sudamericana, beating Argentina's Independiente 4–1.

On December 15, 1996, Grêmio won its second Campeonato Brasileiro, after defeating Portuguesa in the final. Portuguesa won the first match at home 2–0, and therefore Grêmio was forced to win the final match at Porto Alegre for the same score or more. Grêmio got to 2–0, with midfielder Ailton scoring the second goal a few minutes before the final whistle. Grêmio won the title due to their higher finish in the league.

In 1997, Grêmio won its third Copa do Brasil title. In the finals against Romário's Flamengo, Grêmio won on away goals after a 0–0 draw in Porto Alegre and a 2–2 in Rio de Janeiro. Four years later, in 2001, Grêmio won its fourth Copa do Brasil, defeating Corinthians. The first leg of the final, in Porto Alegre, finished with the score of 2–2. The second game in São Paulo ended with a 3–1 Grêmio victory, in a match which is regarded by many as one of the finest in Grêmio's history.

Batalha dos Aflitos and the Libertadores 2007[edit]

In 2004, after performing poorly for two consecutive seasons in the Série A, Grêmio finished bottom of the league and was once again relegated to Campeonato Brasileiro's Second Division. Grêmio's task was much more difficult this time, with only two clubs able to qualify for promotion to the First Division. On November 26, 2005, at Estádio dos Aflitos, Recife, Grêmio had four players sent off and two penalty kicks against them. The first penalty was shot off the post by Bruno Carvalho in the first half when Grêmio still had 11 players on the field; the second was saved by goalkeeper Galatto after Grêmio had been reduced to 7 men. Grêmio beat Náutico by 1–0, with Anderson the scorer. With this victory, Grêmio won the Série B of the Campeonato Brasileiro and were promoted back to the Série A. That crucial match is referred to by fans as "The Battle of the Aflitos" ("A Batalha dos Aflitos", "Aflitos" being the name of Náutico's home field), because all the incidents both on and off the pitch resembled a true battle. The match became so legendary for Grêmio supporters that two movies and a book were made to tell the story.

On April 9, 2006, at Estádio Beira-Rio, Grêmio won the state championship against Internacional, preventing its rival from winning a fifth title in a row. Playing away, Grêmio managed to obtain a 1–1 draw at the last match, enough to secure the title. Grêmio players said after the match that there were more than 50,000 Internacional fans in Beira Rio's Stadium, and they could still hear the noise made by 6,000 Gremistas, which was an extra source of motivation. In 2007, at Estádio Olímpico Monumental, Grêmio won the state championship (Campeonato Gaúcho) once again, against Juventude. In the semifinals against Caxias, Grêmio suffered a 3–0 defeat in the first match, but managed to score a 4–0 win at Olímpico to qualify to the final.

Also in 2007, Grêmio reached the final of the 2007 Copa Libertadores, after a series of dramatic games against the top clubs in South America. Even after a 3–0 defeat at the away match, Gremistas formed huge lines to buy tickets for the final game in Porto Alegre, with some of the fans queuing for four days or more. In the 2007 Série A, Grêmio came sixth in the league table.

Recent history[edit]

In 2008, after the sudden firing of their new head coach Vagner Mancini, the club hired Celso Roth. Within a month they had prematurely dropped out of both the domestic cup (Copa do Brasil) and their state championship (Campeonato Gaúcho). This led to the team going through a state of crisis and, soon after, major renovation. They were expected to be on the bottom half of the Campeonato Brasileiro's table, and maybe even relegated, but managed to finish in second place. For many supporters, even that was considered a failure as in the first half of the championship, the team was considered the best of the country, and more than 10 points ahead of their rivals. But unexpected loses during the final games of the season lost the championship.

In 2009, giving priority to the 2009 Copa Libertadores, the team played most of the state championship matches with the reserve squad. This and some controversial attitudes of coach Celso Roth led to several poor results, notably three losses to their main rival Internacional. In April, after the premature loss of the state championship, Celso Roth was fired.

In 2010 coach Paulo Silas was hired, leading to the conquest of Campeonato Gaúcho. In this year Grêmio also had a fairly good cup run,being defeated only by Santos of Neymar at the Semifinals. In mid-2010 Silas was replaced due to bad results at the Brazilian Championship,leading to the signing of former idol Renato Portaluppi as the club's coach. Grêmio then went on to win major games in the season resulting in the classification to Copa Libertadores in the following year.

In 2011 the club had a poor Libertadores run,followed by similar disappointments at the Regional and National Championships.

2012 marked the last year of the club's former stadium, Olímpico Monumental. The expectations by the fans were high but were not matched by the team's performance. Grêmio did however qualify to Libertadores the following year.

For the year 2014, once again qualified for the Copa Libertadores de América, the club signed with Enderson Moreira as the new manager.[4] However, after major campaign in the group stage, Grêmio failed in the competition and was eliminated for San Lorenzo in the Round of 16.[5] A few days before, the club was defeated 6-2 on aggregate to their biggest rival, the Internacional, in the finals of Campeonato Gaúcho.[6] With nothing more than regular campaign at the beginning of the Série A, the president Fábio Koff brought Luis Felipe Scolari as the new coach of the team, after it was eliminated with Brazil national team in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[7] Also signed with Giuliano, the biggest hiring of the club in the year.[8] In September 2014, Grêmio were disqualificated from competing in the Copa do Brasil due to a case of racism by a small group of supporters against Santos goalkeeper Aranha, in the first match of the club in the competition.[9] It was the first time in the history of the Grêmio who was eliminated of a competition for cases involving racism.

Symbols[edit]

Stars[edit]

According to the club the gold star represents the victory in the World Club Championship; the silver one represents the two South American competition victories; and the bronze one represents the National competitions. There is also a gold star in Grêmio's flag that represents a player Everaldo, a star from the 1970s who was the first Gaúcho (person from Rio Grande do Sul) to become a world champion with the Brazilian national team.

Flag[edit]

The first club flag was unveiled by the club for the first time during the opening ceremony for the Baixada stadium. At that time, it had a horizontal stripe of blue, black and white, with a medallion on the left top corner. The Brazilian Flag was the inspiration for the Tricolor's standard from 1918 to 1944.

Anthem[edit]

Grêmio's anthem is one of the most critically well-acclaimed amongst all Brazilian clubs because, other than the anthems of the clubs from Rio de Janeiro (all composed by Lamartine Babo), it is the only football anthem composed by a renowned composer, Lupicínio Rodrigues. Featuring a vivid and playful melody, the anthem features the famous verses: Até a pé nós iremos / para o que der e vier / mas o certo é que nós estaremos / com o Grêmio onde o Grêmio estiver (Even on foot we shall go / against all obstacles / but it is for sure we will be / with Grêmio wherever Grêmio may be). Grêmio fans are very fond of their faith, even when the club is not doing well, and boast that Grêmio, as the anthem hints, has never played without supporters somewhere in the world.

Eurico Lara, a goalkeeper who played for the club in the 1920s and in the 1930s, is mentioned in the anthem, where he is called the immortal idol (or craque imortal, in Portuguese).

Team kit[edit]

Grêmio has as its primary colors blue, black and white, that make their kits unusual among of football, because few clubs in the world often use the junction of these three colors. Their nickname tricolor (tricolour) originated from the use of these colors. However, it is not since its foundation, in 1903, which uses these colors in your kits. The first uniform of Grêmio was inspired by the garments of English club Exeter City. At the time, the original kit included black cap, striped shirt in blue and havana (a variation of brown), white tie, shorts and socks black. Subsequently, the uniform was changed to blue and black, due to the lack of fabric color havana. Soon after, vertical white stripes were included in the kit, creating a pattern that is used to the present day. The definition on the Grêmio colors were included in the statute of the club, not allowing the creation of match kits in colors other than these:

  • Home colors – Vertical stripes of light blue and black, with white piping;
  • Away colors – White with blue and black detail;
  • Alternative colors – Black or blue with white details.

A special feature of the club is the general preference by the supporters for the simple and traditional kits without adding new colors and designs, something that has become common in modern football. Currently, Grêmio usually launch a full collection of kits once a year, usually in the second quarter, including also goalkeeper, training and travel kits. However, his third shirt begins to be sold only in the second half of the year. When qualify for the Copa Libertadores de América, the club also launches home and away kits at the beginning of the year to compete in the continental tournament, changing little from those used at present. Occasionally, the Grêmio also launches commemorative and retro kits to important years in the history of the club, such as 1981 and 1983.

2014 Home
2014 Away
Goalkeeper 1
Goalkeeper 2
Goalkeeper 3
Goalkeeper 4
Training 1
Training 2

Sponsorship[edit]

Category Product Enterprise
Master Banking Brazil Banrisul
Diamond Sports equipment Brazil Topper
Diamond Mobile Italy TIM
Diamond Health Brazil Unimed
Diamond Housewares Brazil Tramontina
Gold Soft drink United States Coca-Cola
Gold Sports drink United States Gatorade
Gold Beer Brazil Brahma
Gold Health Brazil Hospital Mãe de Deus
Silver Automotive Germany Volkswagen
Silver Electronics Japan Canon
Silver Menswear Brazil Spirito Santo
Silver Cinematography Brazil GNC Cinemas
Silver Education Brazil Grupo Unificado

It was in the early 1980s, the Grêmio received its first official sponsor, with the Brazilian Olympikus providing sports equipment. The partnership lasted until early 1983, when, on account of the brilliant moment that had been living in your history, the Grêmio has signed a contract with a German Adidas to supply. However, the partnership was short-lived, as in 1985, with the end of the contract with Adidas, has emerged a new supplier, returning to the national level with the Penalty. In 1987, for the first time in its history the Grêmio signed a sponsorship agreement for stamping the belly region, with Coca-Cola. This turn in their campaigns unprecedentedly exchange their traditional red logo for black, because this color belong to the International, its biggest rival, and be vetoed at Grêmio.

Sponsorship of the Penalty and Coca-Cola persisted with the Grêmio for nearly a decade until, in 1995, the soft drink brand left the main sponsor of the shirts, which has been assumed by Brazilian Tintas Renner, until 1997. During 1998, was the time of General Motors assume this position, exposing numerous names of vehicles throughout the partnership. At the beginning of the 21st century, the Penalty leaves the club, with the Italian Kappa providing sports equipment.

In 2001, for payment of debts, the Grêmio closes an agreement with the state government of Rio Grande do Sul, exposing Banrisul banking mark on his shirt. However, after payment, is Banrisul who assumes the payments and becomes the master sponsor of the club. In 2005 the contract with Kappa came to an end, from this time the sports provision for the responsibility of another German in club history, the Puma. Also from this era, Grêmio open more spaces for smaller sponsors, with the first being Tramontina, Unimed, TIM and the return of Coca-Cola. In 2011, once again changing the supplier of sports equipment occurs, this time taking the Brazilian Topper, under the value of €4.8 million per season, which operates in the South American market, with a contract until the end of 2014. Beginning in 2015 season, the British company Umbro will supply sports equipment of Grêmio, paying the value of €6 million per year.[10]

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Arena do Grêmio

Grêmio's original stadium was the Estádio Olímpico Monumental, as it is called today. It was inaugurated on September 19, 1954 as Estádio Olímpico. At the time it was the largest private stadium in Brazil. Estádio Olímpico's first game was between Grêmio and Nacional from Uruguay; Grêmio won by a score of 2–0, with both goals scored by Vítor. In 1980 a second tier was added to the Olímpico, and the stadium was renamed the Olímpico Monumental. The first game at the renamed Olímpico Monumental was played on June 21, 1980, when Grêmio beat Vasco da Gama by a score of 1–0. Estádio Olímpico Monumental has an attendance record of 98,421 people for the game against Ponte Preta on April 26, 1981. Estádio Olímpico Monumental has 40 luxury booths which hold 10 people, and 5 booths which hold 20 people. It also has 140 places in a Tribune of Honor. It has 28 seats reserved for handicapped fans, 22 of which have space for people accompanying them. The Estádio Olímpico Monumental's Parking lot has space for 700 vehicles.

In 2012, Grêmio moved into their new stadium, Arena do Grêmio, a big multi-use stadium in Porto Alegre. Its capacity is 55,662 and is one of the most modern venues in South America.

Training centre[edit]

Main article: CT Luiz Carvalho

The first location beyond the stadiums used by Grêmio for training was the additional field built next door of Estádio Olímpico Monumental. However, it can not be characterized exactly one training centre. In 2000 we completed the construction of the first training centre of the club, the CT Hélio Dourado, in Eldorado do Sul, in the metropolitan region of Porto Alegre, but, because of its location somewhat away, ended up being designed only for club's Academy.

In 2014 was finished the construction of the new training center of the Grêmio, the CT Luiz Carvalho, located next to the Arena do Grêmio, in Porto Alegre. It is adjacent to the Guaíba River, and has one of the most beautiful views of the city with the stadium and a cable-stayed bridge in the background.

Supporters[edit]

The Grêmio has around 8 million fans in the country, meaning that, in terms of ranking, the club is the 6th most supporters in the Brazil. However, among all the Brazilian football fans, the supporters of Grêmio are considered the most fanatical of the country. This is one of the reasons why the Grêmio is one of the clubs with more associates on the world, reaching the milestone of 78,000 people.

Geral do Grêmio[edit]

The largest group of Grêmio supporters is Geral do Grêmio, the first and largest Brazilian barra brava,[11] movement similar to European ultras, but with unique characteristics of Latin America. The group was created during the year 2001 with Grêmio fans watching games from the seats behind the southern goal at Estádio Olímpico Monumental (an area of the stands called "Geral", as in "generic", where tickets had lower costs). Over the following years, more people joined the movement, and they decided to collectivelly call themselves by the name of the area from where they watched the games. A unique and traditional feature of the crowd is running down the stand (a movement called the "avalanche"), pressing against the fence when a goal is scored as a way to also embrace the players in celebration.

Being a barra brava, the Geral do Grêmio has differences with the ultras. On games they bring a band consisting of percussion and blowing instruments, dictating the rhythm of the chants throughout the game, never stopping or sitting. Banners and flags are exhibited in the length of the sector in which they are located inside the stadium, bringing a unique identity to their supporters. Also, wherever possible, they use flare, smoke bombs, fire extinguishers, among other materials to encourage the team on the field. In the Arena do Grêmio, which opened in December 2012, the lower northern stand was built with no chairs, with the Geral crowd and its "avalanche" celebration in mind. Later the avalanche celebration was made impossible by the addition of security metal bars.

Rivalries[edit]

Main article: Gre–Nal

As the years went on, Grêmio and another important Brazilian football club, Internacional, started to form a rivalry. Soon the games between these two clubs got their own name, Gre–Nal, and resulted in record attendance. Now the games fill the streets of Porto Alegre with football-crazed fans. The rivalry is now so ingrained that for many gaúchos and portoalegrenses blue is the opposite color of red, much like in video game culture.

In 1935, Eurico Lara, who was Grêmio's goalie, conceded a penalty kick. When the Internacional player was about to kick it, Lara's brother stopped the game and reminded him of his doctor's recommendation that he didn't overexert himself. He didn't listen. Soon the Internacional player took the shot. Lara caught it, but as soon as he did he fell sideways and didn't move. He was substituted after the wondrous save, and Grêmio won the game. But unfortunately he died two months later as a result from the fatigue from that game. Lara has been immortalized in the club anthem.

Honours[edit]

Intercontinental[edit]

1983
Runner-up: 1995

Continental[edit]

1983, 1995
Runner-up: 1984, 2007
1996

National[edit]

1981, 1996
Runner-up: 1982, 2008, 2013
2005
1989, 1994, 1997, 2001
Runner-up: 1991, 1993, 1995
1990

Regional[edit]

1999
  • Campeonato Sul-Brasileiro: 1
1962

State[edit]

1921, 1922, 1926, 1931, 1932, 1946, 1949, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2010
Runner-up: 1919, 1920, 1925, 1930, 1933, 1935, 1961, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1991, 1992, 1997, 2000, 2009, 2011, 2014
2006

City[edit]

1911, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1926, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1946, 1949, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A record[edit]

Year Position Year Position Year Position Year Position Year Position
1971 6th 1981 1st 1991 14th 2001 5th 2011 12th
1972 10th 1982 2nd 1992 4th 2002 3rd 2012 3rd
1973 5th 1983 14th 1993 13th 2003 20th 2013 2nd
1974 5th 1984 3rd 1994 14th 2004 24th
1975 15th 1985 23rd 1995 15th 2005 3rd
1976 6th 1986 14th 1996 1st 2006 3rd
1977 13th 1987 5th 1997 15th 2007 6th
1978 6th 1988 4th 1998 8th 2008 2nd
1979 22nd 1989 11th 1999 18th 2009 8th
1980 6th 1990 3rd 2000 4th 2010 4th

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 19 October 2014.[12]

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 Marcelo Grohe
2 Brazil DF Pará
3 Brazil DF Pedro Geromel
4 Brazil DF Rhodolfo (vice-captain)
5 Brazil DF Werley
6 Brazil MF Fellipe Bastos (on loan from Vasco da Gama)
7 Brazil FW Dudu (on loan from Dynamo Kyiv)
8 Brazil MF Edinho
9 Argentina FW Hernán Barcos (captain)
10 Brazil MF Zé Roberto
11 Argentina MF Alan Ruiz (on loan from San Lorenzo)
12 Brazil GK Leonardo
15 Brazil DF Bressan
16 Paraguay MF Cristian Riveros
No. Position Player
17 Brazil MF Ramiro
18 Argentina DF Matías Rodríguez (on loan from Sampdoria)
19 Brazil MF Matheus Biteco
20 Brazil DF Saimon
21 Brazil DF Breno
23 Brazil FW Everton
24 Brazil GK Tiago Machowski
26 Brazil FW Luan
28 Brazil FW Lucas Coelho
33 Brazil MF Walace
40 Brazil GK Jakson Follmann
77 Brazil FW Fernandinho
88 Brazil MF Giuliano
Brazil DF Gabriel (on loan from Lajeadense)

For recent transfers, see 2014 Grêmio F.B.P.A. transfers and loans.

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 GK Gustavo Busatto (at Icasa)
13 Brazil DF Moisés (at Goiás)
Brazil DF Douglas Grolli (at Chapecoense)
Brazil DF Gerson (at Atenas)
22 Brazil DF Guilherme Tinga (at Boa Esporte)
Argentina DF Robertino Canavesio (at Sarmiento)
Brazil DF Rodrigo Sabiá (at Guaratinguetá)
Brazil DF Rafael Thyere (at Atlético Goianiense)
Brazil DF Tony (at Santa Cruz)
Brazil DF Cleylton (at Novo Hamburgo)
Brazil DF Matheus Barbosa (at Botafogo-SP)
Brazil MF Souza (at São Paulo)
Brazil MF Léo Gago (at Bahia)
Brazil MF Adriano (at Vitória)
Brazil MF Marco Antônio (at Figueirense)
Brazil MF Felipe Nunes (at Portuguesa)
No. Position Player
Uruguay MF Maxi Rodríguez (at Vasco da Gama)
Brazil MF Wangler (at Náutico)
Brazil MF Émerson Santos (at Santa Cruz)
Brazil MF Rondinelly (at Luverdense)
Brazil MF Natan (at ASA)
Brazil MF Guilherme Amorim (at Londrina)
Brazil MF Everton Júnior (at Atlético Sorocaba)
Bolivia FW Marcelo Moreno (at Cruzeiro)
Brazil FW Yuri Mamute (at Botafogo)
Brazil FW Bergson (at Chapecoense)
Brazil FW Everaldo (at Figueirense)
30 Brazil FW Kléber (at Vasco da Gama)
Brazil FW Júnior Viçosa (at Atlético Goianense)
Brazil FW Paulinho (at Londrina)
Brazil FW Gustavo Xuxa (at Novo Hamburgo)
Brazil FW Paulista (at Novo Hamburgo)

Out of squad[edit]

The players are presented here under current contract with the club. However, are above the age for the academy, are not in the plans of the first team squad and are not on loan.

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 Lima
Brazil DF Carlos Alexandre
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Mateus Magro

Reserves and Academy[edit]

The academy players presented here are giving their first appearances in the first team squad of the club.

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

No. Position Player
14 Brazil MF Leandro Canhoto
25 Brazil FW Erik
29 Brazil FW Nicolas Careca
No. Position Player
32 Brazil MF Ânderson Balbino
34 Brazil FW Ronan (on loan from Fluminense)
35 Brazil FW Marcos Paulo

For more details on the academy squads, see Grêmio F.B.P.A. Academy.

Club officials[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

Date Manager Titles
1903–1920 Germany Mordiehck and Schuback 1911, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1920 Campeonato Citadino de Porto Alegre
1920–1931 Brazil Lagarto 1921, 1922 Campeonato Gaúcho
1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1926, 1930, 1931 Campeonato Citadino de Porto Alegre
1931–1944 Brazil Telêmaco de Lima 1931, 1932 Campeonato Gaúcho
1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939 Campeonato Citadino de Porto Alegre
1945 Unknown
1946–1949 Brazil Otto Bumbel 1946, 1949 Campeonato Gaúcho
1946, 1949 Campeonato Citadino de Porto Alegre
1950–1953 Unknown
1954 Hungary László Székely
1955–1961 Brazil Oswaldo Rolla 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960 Campeonato Gaúcho
1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960 Campeonato Citadino de Porto Alegre
1961–1962 Brazil Ênio Rodrigues 1962 Campeonato Sul-Brasileiro
1962 Campeonato Gaúcho
1962–1963 Brazil Sérgio Moacir 1963 Campeonato Gaúcho
1964–1965 Brazil Carlos Froner 1964, 1965 Campeonato Gaúcho
1966 Brazil Luís Engelke 1966 Campeonato Gaúcho
1967 Brazil Carlos Froner 1967 Campeonato Gaúcho
1968–1969 Brazil Sérgio Moacir 1968 Campeonato Gaúcho
1970 Brazil Carlos Froner
1971 Brazil Otto Glória
1972 Brazil Daltro Menezes
1973 Brazil Milton Kuelle
1974 Brazil Sérgio Moacir
1975 Brazil Ênio Andrade
1976 Brazil Oswaldo Rolla
1976 Brazil Paulo Lumumba
1977–1978 Brazil Telê Santana 1977 Campeonato Gaúcho
1979 Brazil Orlando Fantoni 1979 Campeonato Gaúcho
1980 Brazil Paulinho de Almeida 1980 Campeonato Gaúcho
1980 Brazil Oberdan Vilain
1981–1982 Brazil Ênio Andrade 1981 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
1983 Brazil Valdir Espinosa 1983 Intercontinental Cup
1983 Copa Libertadores
1984 Brazil Carlos Froner
1984 Brazil Chiquinho
1985 Brazil Rubens Minelli 1985 Campeonato Gaúcho
1986 Brazil Valdir Espinosa 1986 Campeonato Gaúcho
1987 Uruguay Juan Mujica
1987 Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari 1987 Campeonato Gaúcho
1988 Brazil Otacílio Gonçalves 1988 Campeonato Gaúcho
1989 Brazil Rubens Minelli
1989 Brazil Cláudio Duarte 1989 Copa do Brasil
1989 Campeonato Gaúcho
1990 Brazil Paulo Sérgio Poletto
1990 Brazil Evaristo de Macedo 1990 Supercopa do Brasil
1990 Campeonato Gaúcho
1991 Brazil Cláudio Duarte
1991 Brazil Dino Sani
1992 Brazil Ernesto Guedes
1992 Brazil Cláudio Garcia
1993 Brazil Sérgio Cosme
1993 Brazil Cassiá 1993 Campeonato Gaúcho
1993–1996 Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari 1995 Copa Libertadores
1996 Recopa Sudamericana
1996 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
1994 Copa do Brasil
1995, 1996 Campeonato Gaúcho
1997 Brazil Evaristo de Macedo 1997 Copa do Brasil
1997 Brazil Hélio dos Anjos
1997–1998 Brazil Sebastião Lazaroni
1998 Brazil Edinho
1998–1999 Brazil Celso Roth 1999 Copa Sul
1999 Campeonato Gaúcho
1999 Brazil Cláudio Duarte
2000 Brazil Emerson Leão
2000 Brazil Antônio Lopes
2000 Brazil Celso Roth
2001–2003 Brazil Tite 2001 Copa do Brasil
2001 Campeonato Gaúcho
2003 Uruguay Darío Pereyra
2003 Brazil Nestor Simionato
2003–2004 Brazil Adílson Batista
2004 Brazil José Luiz Plein
2004 Brazil Cuca
2004 Brazil Cláudio Duarte
2005 Uruguay Hugo de León
2005–2007 Brazil Mano Menezes 2005 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
2006, 2007 Campeonato Gaúcho
2008 Brazil Vágner Mancini
2008–2009 Brazil Celso Roth
2009 Brazil Paulo Autuori
2010 Brazil Paulo Silas 2010 Campeonato Gaúcho
2010–2011 Brazil Renato Portaluppi
2011 Brazil Julinho Camargo
2011 Brazil Celso Roth
2012 Brazil Caio Júnior
2012–2013 Brazil Vanderlei Luxemburgo
2013 Brazil Renato Portaluppi
2014 Brazil Enderson Moreira
2014– Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari

References[edit]

Websites[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 – Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.
  • Especial Placar – 500 Times do Brasil, São Paulo: Editora Abril: 2003.

External links[edit]