Associação Atlética Ponte Preta

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Associação Atlética Ponte Preta
Full name Associação Atlética Ponte Preta
Nickname(s) Macaca (she-monkey)
Founded August 11, 1900; 116 years ago (1900-08-11)
Stadium Estádio Moisés Lucarelli,
Campinas, Brazil
Ground Capacity 19,722
President Vanderlei Pereira
Head coach Gilson Kleina
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Paulista
Série A, 8th
Paulista, first stage
Website Club home page
Estádio Moisés Lucarelli

Associação Atlética Ponte Preta (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐsosjɐˈsɐ̃w ɐˈtlɛtʃikɐ ˈpõtʃi ˈpɾetɐ]), commonly known as Ponte Preta, is a Brazilian football club located in Campinas, São Paulo. Ponte Preta is also known as Macaca. Ponte Preta's biggest rival is from the same city, Guarani, against whom matches are known as derby (dérbi in Portuguese). They are known as "pontepretanos". Ponte Preta is the second oldest football team established in Brazil still in activity, founded on August 11, 1900, the oldest being Sport Club Rio Grande, of Rio Grande do Sul.


Ponte Preta was founded on August 11, 1900 by Colégio Culto à Ciência students Miguel do Carmo (nicknamed "Migué"), Luiz Garibaldi Burghi, (nicknamed "Gigette") and Antonio de Oliveira (nicknamed "Tonico Campeão"), nearby a black painted wood railroad bridge, so the name Ponte Preta (which means "black bridge", in English). Ponte Preta's first president was Pedro Vieira da Silva.

Ponte Preta is recognized, by FIFA, as one of the first teams in the Americas to accept black players, since its foundation in 1900. It is also the first countryside team to play a national competition, in 1970.

Pelé's last match in Brazil was against Ponte Preta. On September 2, 1974, at Vila Belmiro stadium, Santos defeated Ponte Preta 2–0.

Ponte Preta lost the Campeonato Paulista final to Corinthians in 1977 in a controversial game that ended in a 2–1 final score. Rui Rey, an important piece of the Ponte Preta team, was shown a red card early in the game. Ponte Preta were considered the favorites for the championship that year.

The club finished in the third position in the 2011 Série B, and gained promotion to the 2012 Série A.[1]

On November 27, 2013, at Romildo Ferreira stadium, Ponte Preta reached the 2013 Sudamericana final defeating São Paulo 4–2 (aggregate). It was a historical time for the club which was playing its first international cup. The final was against Lanús, a Traditional Argentine team, and Ponte Preta reached the vice championship.


Copa São Paulo de Juniores:

  • Winners (2): 1981, 1982

Campeonato Paulista Série A2:

  • Winners (1): 1969

Campeonato Paulista do Interior:

  • Winners (2): 2009, 2013

Achievements time line[edit]

  • 1912: Champions - Liga Campineira de Futebol
  • 1928: Champions - Campeonato Paulista da Divisão Principal - 2º quadro (L.A.F.)
  • 1929: Champions - Campeonato Paulista da Divisão Principal - 2º quadro (L.A.F.)
  • 1951: Champions - State Amateur Championship (45 games unbeaten)
  • 1969: Champions - Campeonato Paulista - Divisão de Accesso
  • 1970: Runner-up Campeonato Paulista
  • 1977: Runner-up Campeonato Paulista
  • 1979: Runner-up Campeonato Paulista
  • 1981: Champions - Campeonato Paulista Championship First Stage
  • 1981: Runner-up - Campeonato Paulista
  • 1981: Third placed - Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
  • 1981: Champions - Copa São Paulo de Juniores
  • 1982: Champions - Copa São Paulo de Juniores


Ponte Preta's stadium is Estádio Moisés Lucarelli, also known as "Majestoso", or "Estádio Majestoso" (Portuguese for Majestic Stadium), built in 1948, by its own fan's material and work.

Its maximum capacity is of 19,722 people, nowadays. The biggest public in it was in a State's Championship in 1970, against Santos, with an official public of 33,000, but it is said that there were about 40,000 people, as the gates were broken down.

Its nickname is "Majestoso", meaning the "Majestic One" because it was the third largest stadium in Brazil at the time of its inauguration (only smaller than Pacaembu, in São Paulo and São Januário, in Rio de Janeiro).

In Majestoso's entrance hall there is a bust of the stadium's founder, Moisés Lucarelli (after whom the venue is named) facing the outside. In 2000, after a long series of defeats some superstitious fans argued that the founder ought to see the team playing and the bust was rotated 180 degrees. As the team's performance did not improve noticeably, the statue was put back in its original position.[citation needed]


Ponte Preta supporters are known as "pontepretanos". A club from Maceió, Alagoas, adopted a similar name and colors as the Campinas club. There is a Norwegian futsal club named after Ponte Preta.[2]


Associação Atlética Ponte Preta's biggest rival is from the same city: Guarani. The games between Ponte Preta and Guarani, known as derby (dérbi in Portuguese), are usually preceded by a week of tension, provocations and also fights in the city of Campinas.

It is a centenary rivalry (the first being held on 24 March 1912), the greatest in Brazil's countryside and one of the most intense in the whole country.


The club's mascot is a female monkey (Macaca) wearing Ponte Preta's home kit. It was initially intended as a derogatory term, reflecting the racism against the club (one of the first Brazilian teams to accept blacks, having been even refused participation in championships due to this) and its fans. This co-option of a derogatory term as team mascot was copied by Palmeiras fans, who adopted the pig as their mascot instead of taking offense from it, and other teams.


Placar magazine's Silver Ball Prize winners while playing on Ponte Preta[edit]


Ponte Preta had one of the most powerful teams in the history of Brazilian female Basketball during the early 1990s, winning the World Club Championship twice.[3]

Current squad[edit]

As of 12 May 2017

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Brazil GK Aranha
Brazil GK Ivan
Brazil GK João Carlos
Brazil DF Fábio Ferreira
Brazil DF Kadu (on loan from Grêmio)
Brazil DF Luan Peres (on loan from Ituano)
Brazil DF Marllon
Brazil DF Rodrigo
Brazil DF Reynaldo
Brazil DF Yago (on loan from Corinthians)
Brazil DF Artur (on loan from Internacional)
Brazil DF Emerson
Brazil DF Fernandinho
Brazil DF Jeferson
Brazil DF João Lucas
Brazil DF Nino Paraíba
Brazil MF Elton
Portugal MF Fábio Braga
Brazil MF Fernando Bob (on loan from Internacional)
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Jádson
Brazil MF João Vitor
Brazil MF Naldo (on loan from Joinville)
Brazil MF Wendel
Brazil MF Matheus Jesus
Brazil MF Matheus Cassini (on loan from Palermo)
Brazil MF Ravanelli
Brazil MF Renato Cajá
Brazil MF Xuxa
Brazil FW Claudinho
Qatar FW Emerson
Brazil FW Erick Salles
Brazil FW Léo Artur
Brazil FW Lins
Brazil FW Lucca (on loan from Corinthians)
Brazil FW Negueba
Brazil FW Ramon
Brazil FW William Pottker
Brazil FW Yuri

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 MF Felipe Menezes (on loan to Ceará)
Brazil MF Renê Júnior (on loan to Bahia)
Brazil MF João Guima (on loan to Penapolense)
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Léo Cereja (on loan to Audax)
Brazil MF Marcos Serrato (on loan to Vila Nova)
Brazil FW Rhayner (on loan to Kawasaki Frontale)

Head coaches[edit]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Náutico e Ponte Preta estão na Série A" (in Portuguese). Correio de Uberlândia. November 19, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ponte Preta Norway". Indoor Football. Retrieved December 7, 2011. 
  3. ^ Ponte Preta Official Website Archived December 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.


  1. O Início de uma Paixão: a fundação e os primeiros anos da Associação Atlética Ponte Preta, José Moraes dos Santos Neto, Editora Komedi, 2000
  2. História da Associação Atlética Ponte Preta, em sete volumes: 1900-2000, Sérgio Rossi, R. Vieira Gráfica, 2001

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