History of Santos FC
The history of Santos Futebol Clube goes from the football club's founding in 1912 and up to current time. Santos FC, also known simply as "Santos" and familiarly as "Peixe", is based in Santos, São Paulo, Brazil. The team was founded in on April 14, 1912, by the initiative of three sports enthusiasts from Santos by the names of Raimundo Marques, Mário Ferraz de Campos, and Argemiro de Souza Júnior. In 1962, the club participated in their first of many South American competitions, and has since amassed seven CONMEBOL trophies and a quadruple. In 1971, Santos co-founded the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the top-tier in Brazilian football, along with a string of other clubs.
Birth of Santos Foot-ball Clube (1894–1912)
Football was introduced to Brazil by a Scottish expatriate named Thomas Donohue, with the first football match played in Brazil in April 1894, played on a pitch marked out by Donohue next to his workplace in Bangu. In the 1870s, like many other British workers, a Scottish expatriate named John Miller, worked on the railway construction project in São Paulo with other European immigrants. In 1884, Miller sent his 10-year-old son Charles William Miller to Bannister School in Southampton, England to be educated. Charles was a skilled athlete who quickly picked up the game of football at the time when the Football League was still being formed, and as an accomplished winger and striker Charles held school honours that gained him entry into the Southampton Football Club team, and later into the County team of Hampshire. On his return to Brazil, Charles brought two footballs and a set of Hampshire FA rules in his suitcase. He then taught the rules of the game to players in São Paulo.
Henrique Porchat de Assis introduced football to the city of Santos at the Instituto Presbiteriano Mackenzie. Although water sports such as rowing were the most practiced activity by the city's youth, the introduction of football by Porchat de Assis quickly became the top event in Santos. Santos was growing in wealth, with its port growing as one of the largest in the world with coffee, a major product in those times, being the most exported product. Combined with plans from the city of to form a state-wide competition, the socialites of Santos created two football clubs to represent them: Clube Atlético Internacional and Sport Club Americano. The first football match in Santos was played on November 1, 1902 with Porchat de Assis as one of the spectators.
However, Atlético Internacional dissolved in 1910 due to growing debts and extremely poor results which included not scoring a single goal during the 1908 season. With the Serra do Mar, a 1,500 km long system of mountain ranges and escarpments in Southeastern Brazil, separating São Paulo and Santos by 76 km, Americano found participating in the Paulista tournament a long and expensive journey. This prompted the club members to move the club to the city of São Paulo. This left Santos with no representatives left, which many Santistas, particularly the city students, being left dissatisfied at this turn of events. A meeting to create a football team was advertised to take place at the headquarters of the Concordia Club (located in Rosario Street No. 18, at the top of the old bakery and Switzerland confectionery, currently Avenida João Pessoa) The meeting, which lasted 14 hours, was spearheaded by three sportsmen from the city: Raymundo Marques Francisco, Mário Ferraz de Campos and Argemiro de Souza Junior.
During the meeting, there was doubt as to the name that should be given to the club. Several suggestions emerged: África Futebol Clube, Associação Esportiva Brasil, Concórdia Futebol Clube, among others. But the participants hailed unanimously at the proposal of Edmundo Jorge de Araujo: Santos Foot-Ball Club. Thus, the club was formally born at 2:00 pm on April 14, 1912, 12 hours and 20 minutes before the Titanic would sink into the Atlantic Ocean. The club's first president was Sizino Patuska (who had participated in the founding of Atlético Internacional and was the founder of Americano). The first field for Santos was the Campo da Ana Costa, Atlético Internacional's former playing field.
The first years (1913-1917)
The first game took place on June 23, 1912 against a local opponent named Thereza Team which Santos won 2-1, with goals scored by Anacleto Ferramenta and Geraule Ribeiro. Santos formation then was Fauvel, Simon, Ari, Bandeira, Ambrósio, Oscar, Bulle, Geraule, Esteves, Fontes and Anacleto. For the first official game on September 15, the opponent was Santos Athletic Club, also known at the time as the ‘Clube dos Ingleses’. Santos first official goal in the history of the club was scored by Arnaldo Silveira. In the beginning of 1913, Santos received an invitation from the São Paulo Football League to compete in the state championship. This was Santos’ first official competition and the debut happened on June 1, against Germânia. The result was not a very good one, as the team was defeated 8-1. Santos formation at that match was Durval Damasceno, Sebastião Arantes, Sydnei Simonsen; Geraule Ribeiro, Ambrósio Silva, José Pereira da Silva; Adolfo Millon, Nilo Arruda, Anacleto Ferramenta, Harold Cross and Arnaldo Silveira. In 1913, the Campeonato Santista de Futebol took place for the first time, and the teams taking part of it were Santos, América, Escolástica Rosa and Atlético. The Alvinegro (the “black and white” as Santos is also called by fans) was crowned the champion, having six victories in six games, 35 goals for and only seven against. This was the very first achievement in the history of the club.
Three weeks later, on June 22, Santos won their first match in an official competition against a team who would become the club greatest rival, Corinthians. Santos won 6-3 in a full Parque São Jorge, Corinthians’ home.
The Golden Years
- 2 Intercontinental Cups;
- 1 Recopa Intercontinental;
- 3 Continental Championships (Copa Libertadores);
- 8 National Championships;
- 19 State Championships.
The club also won other informal (not officially organized by FIFA) short-term international tournaments, of which there were several in the 1960s. The present FIFA Club World Cup's format, for example, is similar to some of them. These tournaments had as marquee entrants the European and South American champions.
The two Congo states pause their Civil War for Santos
In 1969, Kinshasa (the former Belgian Congo) and Brazzaville (the former French Congo) governments were engaged in a war when Santos arrived at the Kinshasa airport heading to Brazzaville, where it would play against the Republic of Congo national team. On January 19, 1969, Santos beat the Republic of Congo national team 3–2. On January 21, 1969, in order to be allowed to return to Kinshasa, Santos was told that it would have to play against a Democratic Republic of Congo national team, which the club did, and won 2–0. On January 23, 1969, Santos played against a club from Kinshasa named the Leopards, losing 2–0. After that match, they returned to Brazil.
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