Ituano FC

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Ituano
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Full name Ituano Futebol Clube
Nickname(s) Galo (Rooster)
Rubro-Negro (Scarlet-Black)
Founded May 24, 1947; 67 years ago (1947-05-24)
Stadium Novelli Júnior, Itu, Brazil
Ground Capacity 18,000
President Juninho Paulista
Head coach Doriva

Ituano Futebol Clube, also known as Ituano Sociedade Civil de Futebol Ltda, or Ituano as they are usually called, is a Brazilian football team from Itu in São Paulo, founded on May 24, 1947. The club plays in black and red stripe shirts with white shorts and socks. In 2014, Ituano won, for second time, São Paulo State League.

History[edit]

The club was founded on May 24, 1947 by employees of Estrada de Ferro Sorocabana (Sorocabana Railroad), based in Itu. When founded the club was originally know as Associação Atlética Sorocabana. In the 1960s, the club changed its name to Ferroviário Atlético Ituano and in the 1990s the club again changed its name, this time to Ituano Futebol Clube.

In 1977 a group of sportsmen of Itu unified the football of the city around Ferroviário Atlético Ituano (FAI) and reactivated the Liga Ituana de Futebol (Ituano Football League). In 1978 the club played in Série A3 the third level of the São Paulo state professional football championship. They were promoted to the Campeonato Paulista, the top-flight professional football league in São Paulo in 1989 after clinching the Série A2 championship.

In 2002, Ituano became one of the few teams from outside the São Paulo metroplex area to win the Campeonato Paulista.

Juninho Paulista, a former player from the club's academy and former Brazilian international, became the clubs president in 2010. Juninho joined in a player-president capacity helping the team avoid relegation on the final day of the 2010 season with the decisive goal in a 3-2 victory.[1]

In 2014, Ituano wins the Campeonato Paulista, defeating the storied Santos Futebol Clube on penalty kicks.

Titles[edit]

National[edit]

2003

State[edit]

2002, 2014
1989
2002

Stadium[edit]

Ituano's stadium is Estádio Novelli Júnior, inaugurated in 1947. The stadium has a maximum capacity of 18,000 people.

Mascot[edit]

The club mascot is a rooster wearing the team kit. The nickname was received in 1957 when Sorocabana played against Club Atlético Ituano (Third Division champions in 1954-55, who have no connection with the current Ituano FC). On this occasion Sorocabana lost the match but the supporters said that the team had fought like a rooster and from there the club received its nickname.

Rivalries[edit]

Ituano's biggest rival is Paulista Futebol Clube and they contest the Briga de Galo. Other major rivals are Ponte Preta and São Bento, representing the cities of Campinas and Sorocaba, respectively.

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