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; 94 years ago (1923-09-01)
Stadium Estádio Dr. Aderbal Ramos da Silva (Ressacada), Florianópolis, Brazil
Ground Capacity 17,800[1]
President Francisco José Battistotti
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
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 12 September 2017

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
2 Brazil DF Leandro Silva
3 Brazil DF Betão
4 Brazil DF Alemão
5 Brazil MF Luan
6 Brazil DF Capa
7 Brazil FW Rafinha
9 Brazil FW Júnior Dutra
10 Brazil MF Marquinhos (Captain)
11 Brazil FW Rômulo
13 Brazil DF Maicon
14 Brazil DF Léo Felipe
15 Brazil DF Maurício
16 Brazil DF Henrique
19 Brazil GK Léo Lopes
20 Colombia MF Bryan Urueña
21 Brazil MF Luanzinho
22 Brazil GK Douglas (on loan from Corinthians)
23 Japan FW Toshi
26 Brazil MF Pedro Castro (on loan from Tombense)
28 Brazil FW Willians Santana
No. Position Player
30 Brazil FW Maurinho
31 Brazil DF Diego Tavares (on loan from Paraná)
32 Brazil MF Ferdinando
32 Brazil GK Matheus
33 Brazil DF Gustavo
36 Brazil DF Lucas Lovat
38 Brazil GK Vitor Prada
51 Colombia DF Luis Salazar
55 Brazil MF Juan
77 Brazil MF Caio César
80 Brazil DF Airton
81 Brazil FW Vitor
87 Brazil DF Gustavo Santos
90 Brazil DF João Paulo
93 Brazil MF Judson
94 Brazil MF Lucas Otávio (on loan from Santos)
96 Brazil FW Deivid
97 Brazil MF Lourenço
98 Brazil FW Santarém
99 Cameroon FW Joel (on loan from Cruzeiro)
Brazil FW André Moritz

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)
Brazil MF Lucas de Sá (on loan to Tombense)
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Renato Júnior (on loan to Camboriú)
Brazil FW Vinícius Baiano (on loan to Fortaleza)

Technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Brazil


External links[edit]

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