América Futebol Clube (RN)
|Full name||América Futebol Clube|
|Nickname(s)||Mecão (Big America)
|Founded||July 14, 1915|
|Stadium||Arena das Dunas (América Arena starting in December 2016)|
|Capacity||31,375 (25,000 for América Arena)|
|Head coach||Flávio Araújo|
|League||Campeonato Brasileiro Série D
|Série C, 17th (Relegated)
|Website||Club home page|
América is the only Potiguar club that have won an interstate tournament. The team won Campeonato do Nordeste (Brazilian Northeast Championship) in 1998, defeating Esporte Clube Vitória by a 3-1 score in the final match. It is the only Football Team in Rio Grande do Norte to obtain titles outside the state as in 1973, became the undefeated winner of Taça Almir de Albuquerque, which involved teams from North-Northeast of Brazil and is the only club from Rio Grande do Norte to participate in an international championship, the Copa Conmebol in 1998.
The team was founded on July 14, 1915. The first official match played in the state of Rio Grande do Norte was América 3-0 ABC, on June 22, 1919 valid for the first Campeonato Potiguar de Futebol, organized at that time by the Liga de Desportos Terrestres. The club's first title came in 1919. The club won the Liga de Desportos Terrestres, defeating Centro Esportivo Natalense and ABC, becoming the first Campeonato Potiguar champions.
On November 7, 1928, through Law 707 the club was the first to be recognized as a State Public Utility instrument.
América had been licensed team of the Federação Norteriograndense de Futebol (FNF) for 5 years, between 1960 and 1965, thus the team did not participate in official competitions. Instead, the team committed to the construction of its official ground at Rodrigues Alves Avenue, bourough of Tirol, Natal.
In 1974 América was crowned undefeated state champions, playing 20 matches with 12 wins and 8 ties. In 1975, América won the Torneio Norte-Nordeste. Between 1987 and 1992, América won 5 state championships, only losing in 1990.
In 1996, the team from Rio Grande do Norte was runner-up of the Brazilian Championship Second Division and became eligible to participate in the First Division in the following year. In its return to the main division, América ended in 17th place, ahead of other powerful teams, such as Corinthians and Fluminense. In 1998, however, the club failed to remain in the First Division. In 1998, América achieved its greatest glory, becoming champions of Campeonato do Nordeste, defeating Vitória-BAin the final match on July 4, 3-1, with goals from Biro-Biro, Paulinho Kobayashi and Carioca. América's team at that time consisted of the following players: Gabriel; Gilson, Paulo Roberto (André), Lima and Rogerinho; Montanha, Carioca, Biro-Biro and Moura; Paulinho Kobayashi and Leonardo (Vanderlei).
In October, 2003 the city counsellor Hermano Morais published in the Diário Oficial do Município, the Law n° 5.493, recognizing América Futebol Clube, as an instrument of the City's Public Utility.
In 2005, the club was promoted to the Campeonato Brasileiro Second Division, after finishing in second in the third division. América had the best forward of the competition, Paulinho Marília, who scored 10 goals.
On November 25, 2006, América once again managed to qualify for the Brazilian Championship First Division, after a 2-2 tie with champions Atlético Mineiro, at Mineirão, with a record crowd of 74,694 (largest crowd of the year in Brazil), fighting back after conceding two early goals. At the end of the game, América crossed the stadium applauded by Atlético's fans. The club finished in fourth in the Campeonato Brasileiro Second Division.
In the following year, América was relegated after a disastrous performance in the Série A, obtaining only 17 points out of 114 possible points, and finishing the championship 24 points behind the second-to-last placed team, Paraná, in which, to date is the worst campaign of a team in the Série A since 2003, when the round-robin format was established. After two seasons struggling against relegation in the Série B, América eventually was relegated to the Série C in 2010, but gained promotion to the Série B again in 2011.
Current Squad 2016
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- 1919, 1920, 1922, 1926, 1927, 1930, 1931, 1943, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1967, 1969, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1996, 2002, 2003, 2012, 2014, 2015.
- Taça Almir / Norte-Nordeste: 1
- Copa RN: 3
- 2006, 2012, 2013
- Runners-up (1): 1996
- Runners-up (1): 2005
The team are now playing in a new 10,000 capacity stadium named Barrettão in the town of Ceará-Mirim while the new stadium is built for the World Cup. The Machadao stadium was demolished in 2011.
América's home stadium was the Estádio Dr. João Cláudio Vasconcelos Machado (Machadão) stadium, which had a maximum capacity of 35,000 fans.
On June 10, 2006, América beat, by 3-1, its greatest rival, ABC Futebol Clube, in the first derby match played at ABC's own stadium. The derby is known as O Grande Clássico (The Great Derby).
National championships participations
In national championships, organized by CBF, América participated on:
- 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1997, 1998, 2007
- 1972, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
- 1987, 1988, 1990, 2005, 2011, 2015, 2016
- Brazilian Cup: 20
- 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
América only did not participate in a Brazilian Championship in 1971 and 1992 and is second the best ranked team of Rio Grande do Norte, according to CBF's ranking, América is the 36th best club of Brazil, with 3944 points. The club was the first team in Brazil to obtain two consecutives promotions. In 2005, América was promoted to Série B (2nd division) and in 2006, América was promoted for Série A (1st division).
The first color used by América was blue, that was changed in 1920 to the current Red and white. The first mascot was the "Red Devil", inspired in America-RJ. In the mid of 90's, the mascot was changed to a dragon.