Joinville Esporte Clube, JEC or simply Joinville as they are usually called, is a Brazilian football team from Joinville in Santa Catarina. They have the largest number of supporters in the State. Founded on January 29, 1976. They won the Série C once and they have the largest sequence of consecutive state titles, eight (1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985).
Joinville is the third most successful club in Santa Catarina in terms of state championship titles (12), behind Avaí (15) and Figueirense (15).
Joinville was founded on January 29, 1976, after América Futebol Clube football department and Caxias Futebol Clube football department fused. Both clubs were based in Joinville city. The club's Golden Age was in the 1980s, when the club won eight state championships in a row.
Joinville's greatest rivals are Avaí, Figueirense and Criciúma.With this last one making the greatest classic of the state.
The matches between Criciúma and Joinville Esporte Clube are called Interior Classic, by the media and fans of these clubs and others . This brings together the two most successful teams of the state.