|Full name||Paraná Clube|
|Nickname(s)||Tricolor da Vila Capanema|
|Founded||December 19, 1989|
|Stadium||Estádio Vila Capanema, Curitiba, Brazil|
|Capacity||20,000 (Durival de Brito)|
|Head coach||Luciano Gusso|
|League||Campeonato Brasileiro Série B|
|Website||Club home page|
Paraná Clube is a Brazilian football club, established on December 19, 1989, in Curitiba, Paraná. It is one of the several Brazilian clubs called Tricolor da Vila ("tricolored of the town") by its fans, because of its three colors and reside in the district of Vila Capanema.
On December 19, 1989, Paraná Clube was founded by the merger of Esporte Clube Pinheiros (three times winner of the state championship (1967 as Savóia FC Água Verde, 1984, 1987)), and Colorado Esporte Clube (winner of one state championship (1980)). Rubens Minelli was hired as the club's first manager, and Emerson de Andrade was chosen as the director of football.
In 1992, the club won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, gaining the right to compete in the following year's Série A. After 8 years, Paraná Clube won another national championship. In 2000, Paraná beat Associação Desportiva São Caetano to win the Yellow Module of the João Havelange Cup. This cup replaced the Campeonato Brasileiro (all levels), which had been suspended for one year.
In 2003, Paraná Clube and L.A. Sports, which is a sports marketing company, started a partnership to help Paraná Clube keep its youth academy, and sign new players. In 2005, Paraná Clube created an investment fund to replace L.A. Sports, and, because of this, the partnership was not renewed.
On April 9, 2006, Paraná Clube won the Paraná State League for the 7th time after beating ADAP of Campo Mourão 3–0 in the Maringá and drawing 1–1 at Pinheirão Stadium. The attendance of the final match was 25,306 supporters.
Paraná Clube's stadium is the Estádio Durival Britto e Silva, also known as the Vila Capanema. It underwent a modernization in 2006, when more than 60 skyboxes were built, as well as new bathrooms and snack bars. The capacity of the "new" Vila Capanema rose to 20,083 spectators, and the inaugural match was held on September 20, 2006 when Paraná beat Fortaleza 2–0 in the Campeonato Brasileiro.
In 2007, Paraná played its first Copa Libertadores de América match. In the first stage, Paraná eliminated Cobreloa from Chile, winning the first leg 2–0 in Calama and drawing 1–1 in Curitiba. In the group stage, the club finished in second place. Paraná was eliminated in the Round of 16 by Club Libertad, of Paraguay.
- Estádio Durival Britto e Silva (Vila Capanema): capacity 20,000 spectators.
- Estádio Erton Coelho de Queiroz (Vila Olímpica): capacity 18,500 spectators.
- 1992, 2000 (1)
- 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2006
- Runners-up (4): 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007
- Copa Sul: 0
- Runners-up (1): 1999
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Head Coach : Dado Cavalcanti
- Assistant Coaches : Ednélson, Wilton Bezerra
- Goalkeeping Coach : Renato Secco
- Fitness Coach : Fred Pozzebon
- Club Doctor : Roberto Tauchmann
- Physiotherapists : Cid, Fernandinho
- Masseurs : Gegê, Gilmar, Olison
The club's logo has a stylized conifer cone format, in red, with a white contour, and inside there are an azure jay and a white pine. The club's name is written in blue, as well as the word Brasil. The word Clube is written in white.
Paraná's flag is rectangular, divided in two equal parts vertically. The right side is red and the left side is blue.
The Paraná Clube anthem was written by João Arnaldo and Sebastião Lima.
Paraná Clube's colors are red, blue and white. The red color was Colorado's main color, the blue color was Pinheiros' main color, and white was a color adopted by both teams.
- Sebastião Lazaroni (1989)
- Rubens Minelli
- Vanderlei Luxemburgo (1995)
- Antônio Lopes (1996)
- Geninho (2000)
- Caio Júnior (2006)
- Ricardinho (2012)
Paraná Clube fanbase is distributed mostly in Curitiba and its metropolitan area, as well as Paraná state coast. According to recent polls made by Curitiba's newspaper Gazeta do Povo, Paraná Clube has more than 300,000 fans in the city (almost 15%). The number of fans outside Curitiba is unknown.
Paraná's average attendance is around 12,000 fans per game, which is almost the same number as the general average of the Campeonato Brasileiro in 2006.
Torcida Fúria Independente, also called T.F.I., founded on September 29, 1993, is an organized supporters' group. Another organized supporters' group are Sangue Jovem Paraná, Tricolores do Tarumã, Torcida Desorganizada, and Torcida Virtual Paran@utas, an internet organized supporters' group of Paraná Clube.
Paraná's top-three attendances in Campeonatos Brasileiros
- Paraná – Corinthians 0–0, 41,955, November 2, 1994.
- Paraná – Palmeiras 2–4, 36,233, September 24, 1994.
- Paraná – São Paulo 2–2, 35,336, October 16, 1994.
- Esportes at Paraná Clube
- Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 1. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. pp. 220–221. ISBN 85-88651-01-7.
- "História – Primeira equipe" (in Portuguese). Paraná Clube official website. Retrieved 2008-06-07.[dead link]
- "Equilíbrio marca confronto entre Coritiba e Paraná" (in Portuguese). UOL Esportes. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
- "Paraná State – List of Champions". RSSSF Brasil. Archived from the original on 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
- "Brazil 1992 Championship – Second Level (Divisão Classificatória)" (in Portuguese). RSSSF Brasil. Archived from the original on 2007-12-10. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
- "Brazil 2000 Championship – Copa João Havelange". RSSSF Brasil. Retrieved 2008-06-07.[dead link]
- Terra Esportes
- "História – 16/08/2006 – Campeonato Paranaense de Futebol Profissional – Série Ouro 2006" (in Portuguese). Federação Paranaense de Futebol official website. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
- "Copa Libertadores de América 2007". RSSSF Brasil. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
- "Patrimônio" (in Portuguese). Paraná Clube official website. Archived from the original on 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2008-06-07.
- "CNEF – Cadastro Nacional de Estádios de Futebol" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Brazilian Football Confederation. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
- "Vila Olímpica" (in Portuguese). Templos do Futebol. Retrieved 2008-09-23.