Paraná Clube

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Full name Paraná Clube
Nickname(s) Tricolor da Vila Capanema
Founded December 19, 1989; 25 years ago (1989-12-19)
Stadium Estádio Vila Capanema, Curitiba, Brazil
Ground Capacity 20,000 (Durival de Brito)
President Luiz Carlos Casagrande
Head coach Nedo Xavier
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
2014 Série B, 11th
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.

Apart from football, other sports practiced at the club are bowling, futsal, martial arts, tennis, volleyball and weight-lifting.[1]


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,[2] and Emerson de Andrade was chosen as the director of football.[3]

The club's first match was played on February 4, 1990, when Coritiba beat Paraná 1–0 at the Estádio Couto Pereira.[2][4]

In 1991, two years after the club's foundation, Paraná won its first state championship. Later, Paraná would win five state championships in a row, from 1993 to 1997.[5]

In 1992, the club won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, gaining the right to compete in the following year's Série A.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

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.[citation needed]

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.[10]


Vila Capanema Stadium
Vila Capanema Stadium

Paraná Clube's official stadium is Estádio Durival Britto e Silva, also known as Vila Capanema. They occasionally used to play at the Pinheirão.[11] Vila Olímpica also belongs to Paraná Clube but it is only used for training:[12]



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.[2]


Paraná's flag is rectangular, divided in two equal parts vertically. The right side is red and the left side is blue.[2]


The mascot of Paraná Clube is an azure jay, a common bird in Paraná state. The bird is also the symbol of Paraná state.[2]


The Paraná Clube anthem was written by João Arnaldo and Sebastião Lima.[2]


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.[2]


Their biggest rivals are from the same city: Atlético-PR and Coritiba.[2]


Paraná Clube fans.

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Paraná's top-three attendances in Campeonatos Brasileiros[edit]

  1. Paraná – Corinthians 0–0, 41,955, November 2, 1994.
  2. Paraná – Palmeiras 2–4, 36,233, September 24, 1994.
  3. Paraná – São Paulo 2–2, 35,336, October 16, 1994.


1992, 2000 (1)
1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2006
Runners-up (4): 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007
Runners-up (1): 1999
1In 2000, Paraná Clube won the Yellow Module of the Copa João Havelange. This title is not recognized by the CBF.[13]

Current squad[edit]

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 Marcos
2 Brazil DF Adriano
3 Brazil MF Jean
4 Brazil DF Cleiton
5 Brazil MF Leandro Vilela
6 Brazil DF Yan
7 Brazil MF Ricardo Conceição
8 Brazil MF Rodrigo Tosi
9 Brazil FW Rossi
10 Brazil MF Lúcio Flávio
11 Brazil MF Lucas Sotero
12 Brazil GK Jociel Henrique
13 Brazil DF Bruninho
14 Brazil DF Arilton
16 Brazil MF Marcos Serrato
20 Brazil MF Marcos Paulo
No. Position Player
22 Brazil GK Murilo Prates
25 Brazil MF Rubinho
33 Brazil FW Carlinhos
40 Brazil GK Wendel
44 Brazil MF Ricardinho
89 Brazil FW Yan Philippe
99 Brazil FW Paulo Henrique
Brazil DF Luis Felipe
Brazil DF Renan
Brazil DF Zé Roberto
Brazil MF Alex Brilhante
Brazil MF Lucas Pará
Brazil MF Rafael Costa
Brazil MF Washington Santana
Brazil FW Henrique (on loan from Mineiro B)
Brazil FW Maiquinho

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 DF Alisson (to Botafogo-RJ)

Technical staff[edit]



  1. ^ Esportes at Paraná Clube
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 1. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. pp. 220–221. ISBN 85-88651-01-7. 
  3. ^ "História – Primeira equipe" (in Portuguese). Paraná Clube official website. Retrieved 2008-06-07. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Equilíbrio marca confronto entre Coritiba e Paraná" (in Portuguese). UOL Esportes. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Paraná State – List of Champions". RSSSF Brasil. Archived from the original on 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  6. ^ "Brazil 1992 Championship – Second Level (Divisão Classificatória)" (in Portuguese). RSSSF Brasil. Archived from the original on 2007-12-10. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  7. ^ "Brazil 2000 Championship – Copa João Havelange". RSSSF Brasil. Retrieved 2008-06-07. [dead link]
  8. ^ Terra Esportes
  9. ^ "História – 16/08/2006 – Campeonato Paranaense de Futebol Profissional – Série Ouro 2006" (in Portuguese). Federação Paranaense de Futebol official website. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  10. ^ "Copa Libertadores de América 2007". RSSSF Brasil. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  11. ^ a b
  12. ^ "Patrimônio" (in Portuguese). Paraná Clube official website. Archived from the original on 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  13. ^ a b "CNEF – Cadastro Nacional de Estádios de Futebol" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Brazilian Football Confederation. Retrieved January 21, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Vila Olímpica" (in Portuguese). Templos do Futebol. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 

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