Bangu Atlético Clube

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Logo: Bangu AC
Full nameBangu Atlético Clube
FoundedApril 17, 1904; 115 years ago (1904-04-17)
StadiumProletário Guilherme da Silveira Filho,
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
PresidentBrazil Jorge Varela
Head coachBrazil Ado
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série D
Campeonato Carioca
WebsiteClub website
Estádio Proletário Guilherme da Silveira Filho
Estádio Proletário Guilherme da Silveira Filho
Stadium exterior
Team photo from the 2010 season
Team photo from the 2007 season

Bangu Atlético Clube, or Bangu as they are usually called, is a Brazilian football club from the Bangu district in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro state, founded on April 17, 1904. The club competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A several times, finishing as runner-up in 1985.

Their home stadium is the Estadio Moça Bonita, which has a capacity of 15,000.


The club has its origins in Fábrica Bangu (Bangu Factory), located in Bangu neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro.[1] Some Britons that worked at the factory, especially Thomas Donohoe, introduced football to the factory workers by bringing footballs to the place and organizing the first football match in Brazil.[1] In December 1903, Andrew Procter suggested the foundation of a club, when he realized how enthusiastic his colleagues were for football.[1] The club was founded on April 17, 1904 as Bangu Atlético Clube.[1] Bangu was the first football club in Brazil to feature black and mulatto players.

In 1933, Bangu won its first state championship.[2]

In 1966, Bangu won its second state championship in a game played in the world's largest stadium filled with over 120,000 fans, the Maracana. They beat powerhouse Flamengo 3–0 in a game remembered by a big brawl caused by Flamengo's players, in which several players got ejected afterwards.[2] In 1967, Bangu, as the Houston Stars, represented the city of Houston in the United Soccer Association.[3] The club finished with four victories, four draws and four defeats, but led the competition's attendance, with an average of 19,000 supporters per match.[4]

In 1985, Bangu was the runner-up of Campeonato Brasileiro, gaining the right to compete in the following year's Copa Libertadores.[5]

In 2004, Bangu was relegated to the Campeonato Carioca Second Level,[6] returning to the first level in 2009, after winning the 2008 second level.[7]





Bangu's stadium is Estádio Guilherme Da Silveira Filho, popularly known as Moça Bonita, built in 1947, with a maximum capacity of 15,000 people.[8]


Bangu's biggest rivals are América, Ceres, and Campo Grande.

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 José Canto
2 Brazil DF Kelvin
3 Brazil DF Michel
4 Brazil DF Anderson Penna
5 Brazil MF Josiel
6 Brazil DF Dieyson
8 Brazil MF Serginho
9 Brazil FW Anderson Lessa
10 Brazil FW Robinho
11 Brazil FW Pingo
12 Brazil GK Jefferson Paulino
13 Brazil DF Jeferson
14 Brazil DF Gláuber
No. Position Player
15 Brazil FW Rhainer
16 Brazil FW Jairinho
17 Brazil DF Ronaldo
18 Brazil FW Felipe Adão
19 Brazil MF Felipe Dias
20 Brazil MF Marcos Júnior
21 Brazil MF Tchô
22 Brazil MF Léo Lisboa
23 Burkina Faso FW Yaya Banhoro
Brazil GK Célio Gabriel
Brazil FW Bruno Luiz
Brazil MF Sidney
Brazil MF Alex


Bangu's mascot is a beaver, known as castor in Portuguese.[9] Castor de Andrade, a banker of Jogo do Bicho (illicit game in Brazil) financially supported the club for several years.[9] The mascot was created in Castor de Andrade's era.[10]

Notable coaches[edit]

Bangu's top scorers[edit]

  1. Ladislau da Guia – 215 goals
  2. Moacir Bueno – 162 goals
  3. Nívio – 130 goals
  4. Menezes – 119 goals
  5. Zizinho – 115 goals
  6. Paulo Borges – 105 goals
  7. Arturzinho – 93 goals
  8. Marinho – 83 goals
  9. Luís Carlos – 81 goals
  10. Décio Esteves and Luisão – 71 goals

Most matches played[edit]

  1. Ubirajara Motta – 280 matches
  2. Ladislau da Guia – 256 matches
  3. Zózimo – 256 matches
  4. Serjão – 249 matches
  5. Nilton dos Santos – 232 matches
  6. Moacir Bueno – 231 matches
  7. Décio Esteves – 221 matches
  8. Gilmar – 221 matches
  9. Luisão – 220 matches
  10. Luiz Antônio da Guia – 216 matches


  1. ^ a b c d "Fundação" (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on November 2, 2008. Retrieved November 15, 2008.
  2. ^ a b "Rio de Janeiro State – List of Champions". RSSSF. September 27, 2008. Archived from the original on March 21, 2008. Retrieved November 15, 2008.
  3. ^ "Houston Dynamo: History of Soccer in Houston". Archived from the original on January 29, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2008.
  4. ^ "The Year in American Soccer – 1967". Sover. August 15, 2008. Archived from the original on November 2, 2008. Retrieved November 15, 2008.
  5. ^ "Brazil 1985 (Taça de Ouro)". RSSSF. May 18, 2000. Archived from the original on December 4, 2007. Retrieved November 15, 2008.
  6. ^ "Rio de Janeiro State League 2004". RSSSF. November 15, 2008. Archived from the original on February 22, 2008. Retrieved November 15, 2008.
  7. ^ "Bangu está de volta à elite do futebol do Rio de Janeiro" (in Portuguese). UOL. November 5, 2008. Retrieved November 15, 2008.
  8. ^ "Moça Bonita" (in Portuguese). Templos do Futebol. Retrieved November 15, 2008.
  9. ^ a b "Símbolos" (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on November 2, 2008. Retrieved November 15, 2008.
  10. ^ "O chefão de Bangu – Castor, acima do bem e do mal" (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on November 2, 2008. Retrieved November 15, 2008.

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