Avaí FC

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Full name Avaí Futebol Clube
Nickname(s) Leão da Ilha (Lion of the Island)
Time da Raça (Team of Bravery)
Founded September 1, 1923; 95 years ago (1923-09-01)
Ground Estádio da Ressacada, Florianópolis, Brazil
Capacity 17,800[1]
President Francisco José Battistotti
Head coach Geninho
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
Campeonato Catarinense
2017 Série A, 18th (relegated)
Website Club website
Current season

Avaí Futebol Clube (Portuguese pronunciation: [avaˈi]) is a Brazilian football team from Florianópolis in Santa Catarina, founded on September 1, 1923. Their home stadium is Estádio Aderbal Ramos da Silva, also known as Ressacada, with a capacity of 17,800.[2] They play in blue and white shirts, shorts and socks. Their best known supporter is tennis player Gustavo Kuerten.[3]


The club was founded after a businessman called Amadeu Horn gave football kits to a group of boys. The boys played a match against a team called Humaitá, and won. On September 1, 1923, at Amadeu Horn's house, the club was founded, known as Avahy Football Club at the time. The team was named Avahy after the Battle of Avay, in the Paraguayan War. In the following year, it became the first Santa Catarina State Championship champion.

Avaí has played in the Brazilian First Division ("Série A") eight times: 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2015. In 1998, they won their only national title, the Brazilian Third Division ("Série C"). From 1999 to 2008 and from 2012 to 2014, they played in the Série B with their best campaigns being the third place attained in 2004 (when Avaí reached the Final Four, but could not be promoted to the First Division because only the two best placed teams were promoted) and 2008.

In 2008 they finished 3rd in the championship and were promoted to the First Division for the first time in 30 years. In its first year playing in Série A, Avaí finished in 6th place, thus qualifying for the Copa Sudamericana. The team eventually was relegated in 2011, and returned to the Série A in 2014, when the team won the promotion in the last round. Avaí won the most Santa Catarina State Championship titles in the 20th Century (13), and is currently the all-time record state champions (16), just ahead of cross-bridge rivals Figueirense (15).


Avaí's greatest rival is Figueirense.

Club colors and nickname[edit]

The club colors are blue and white, and it is known as "The Lion of the Island" (because 90% of the Florianópolis territory is established on an island).



  • Santa Catarina State Championships: 5
1981, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008
  • Santa Catarina State Second Division: 1


  • Santa Catarina State Championship: 1
  • Saudades Cup Championship: 1


  • Santa Catarina State Championship: 1

Competitions record[edit]

Série A[edit]

Year Position Year Position
1974 39th 2010 15th
1976 36th 2011 20th
1977 43rd 2015 17th
1979 90th 2017 18th
2009 6th

Série B[edit]

Year Position Year Position Year Position Year Position
1980 61st 1999 8th 2004 3rd 2012 7th
1984 32nd 2000 15th 2005 8th 2013 10th
1986 24th 2001 4th 2006 13th 2014 4th
1988 12th 2002 6th 2007 15th 2016 2nd
1989 83rd 2003 11th 2008 3rd

Série C[edit]

Year Position
1987 13th
1995 58th
1996 34th
1997 6th
1998 1st

Copa do Brasil[edit]

Year Position Year Position
1989 18th 2010 13th
1998 38th 2011 4th
1999 23rd 2013 33rd
2000 59th 2014 25th
2007 16th

Copa Sudamericana[edit]

Year Position
2010 14th

  • 9 seasons in Série A
  • 19 seasons in Série B
  • 5 seasons in Série C


Avaí's stadium is Estádio Aderbal Ramos da Silva (though it's mostly referred to as Ressacada), and it was opened in 1983. It has a maximum capacity of 17,800 people, but its record crowd was 33,000 at the Catarinense Championship final. Before 1983, Avaí's stadium was Estádio Adolfo Konder (which has been subsequently demolished).

First team squad[edit]

As of 28 April 2018[4]

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 Kozlinski
3 Brazil DF Betão
4 Brazil DF Alemão
5 Brazil MF Luan
6 Brazil MF Pedro Castro
7 Brazil FW Rafinha
8 Colombia MF Bryan Urueña
9 Brazil FW Rômulo
10 Brazil MF Marquinhos (Captain)
11 Brazil FW Maurinho
13 Brazil GK Léo Lopes
14 Brazil DF Fabian
15 Brazil DF Gustavo
16 Brazil GK Rubinho
17 Brazil MF Menezes
19 Brazil DF Renato
20 Brazil MF Lucas de Sá
21 Brazil MF Luanzinho
22 Brazil GK Cláudio Vitor
No. Position Player
23 Brazil GK Aranha
25 Paraguay FW Guillermo Beltrán
26 Brazil DF Kunde
27 Brazil FW Rodrigão (on loan from Santos)
29 Brazil FW Vitor
30 Brazil FW André Moritz
34 Brazil DF Maurício
35 Brazil FW Alisson
36 Brazil DF Lucas Lovat
55 Brazil MF Marcinho
66 Brazil DF Capa
80 Brazil DF Airton
87 Argentina MF Alejandro Martinuccio
90 Brazil DF João Paulo
93 Brazil MF Judson
94 Brazil MF Matheus Barbosa
97 Brazil MF Lourenço
98 Brazil DF Guga
99 Brazil FW Getúlio

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 GK Duda (on loan to Glória)
Brazil MF Braga (on loan to Guarani-SC)
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Renato Júnior (on loan to Camboriú)
Brazil FW Vinícius Baiano (on loan to Fortaleza)

Technical staff[edit]

Position Name Geninho Head coach Brazil


  1. ^ http://www.avai.com.br/o-clube/estadio/
  2. ^ Ressacada at Avaí FC's official website
  3. ^ "Big names, big passions". FIFA. February 27, 2009. Retrieved March 22, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Avai FC". Soccerway. Retrieved 10 May 2018. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 27°40′00″S 48°31′54″W / 27.66667°S 48.53167°W / -27.66667; -48.53167