Botafogo Futebol Clube (PB)

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Botafogo PB emblem
Full name Botafogo Futebol Clube
Nickname(s) Belo
Founded September 28, 1931 (85 years ago) (1931-09-28)
Stadium Almeidão
Ground Capacity 25,770
President Nelson Lira
Head coach Itamar Schülle
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série C
2013 Série D, 1st (promoted)

Botafogo Futebol Clube, usually known as Botafogo, or as Botafogo da Paraíba, is a Brazilian football club from João Pessoa, Paraíba state. The club won the Série D once.


On September 28, 1931, the club was founded at Centro de João Pessoa, João Pessoa city,[1] by Beraldo de Oliveira, Manoel Feitosa, Livonete Pessoa, José de Melo, Edson de Moura Machado and Enock Lins, all of them Botafogo of Rio de Janeiro supporters.[2] Beraldo de Oliveira was chosen as the club's first president.[3]

In 1932, Botafogo played its first match, against São Bento. The Liga Suburbana match ended in a 2–2 draw.[3]

In 1936, Botafogo won its first professional title, the Paraíba state championship.[4]

In 1976, the club disputed the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A for the first time. Botafogo was eliminated in the second round, and finished in 25th position.[5]

In 1985, Botafogo finished 19th in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, which is the club's all-time best position in the competition.[6]

In 1989, Botafogo disputed Copa do Brasil's first edition. The team was knocked out in the first round by Cruzeiro, after two draws, on the away goals rule (the first leg, in João Pessoa was 1–1, and the second leg, in Belo Horizonte, ended 0–0).[7]

The 2011 season saw Botafogo, for the first time in their history, the club advanced to the Copa do Brasil's second round after beating Vitória 3–1 on aggregate. Belo was knocked out in the second round by Caxias, after losing 4–1 on aggregate. Botafogo's first national title is the Série D, which was won in 2013, when they beat Juventude in the final.

Current squad 2013[edit]


Major competitions
  • Série D: 2013
  • Campeonato Paraibano (28): 1936, 1937 (undefeated), 1938, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949 (undefeated), 1953 (undefeated),1954, 1955, 1957 (undefeated), 1968, 1969, 1970 (undefeated), 1975, 1976 (undefeated), 1977, 1978, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2013, 2014, 2017.
  • Copa Paraíba (1): 2010
  • Torneio Início do Campeonato Paraibano (13): 1937, 1940, 1941, 1946, 1949, 1967, 1970, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1991 and 1992.
Minor competitions
  • Copa Verão: 2002
  • I Torneio Carlos Pereira de Carvalho: 1972
  • Taça ACEP: 1981
  • Torneio 1° de Dezembro: 1999
  • Torneio Aloizio Lira: 1963
  • Torneio Cidade de João Pessoa: 1966
  • Torneio da Amizade João Pessoa/Campina Grande: 1955
  • Torneio da Amizade: 1963
  • Torneio Eunice Weaver: 1945
  • Torneio Extra da FPF (Big Five): 1947
  • Torneio Governador Ernani Sátiro: 1971
  • Torneio Heleno Nunes: 1978
  • Torneio Paraiba/Pernambuco: 1953, 1954 and 1967
  • Torneio Paraíba/Rio Grande do Norte: 1964 and 1983
  • Torneio Paralelo (involving Northeastern Region clubs not participating in the Campeonato Brasileiro: 1975)
  • Torneio Quadrangular "Saudade de Nininho": 1969
  • Torneio Quadrangular Edme Tavares: 1970
  • Torneio Quadrangular Festival da Bola: 1967
  • Torneio Quadrangular Governador Ivan Bichara: 1976
  • Torneio Quadrangular Governador José Américo de Almeida: 1951 and 1955
  • Torneio Quadrangular Juscelino Kubitcheck: 1958
  • Torneio Quadrangular Prefeito Damásio Franca: 1969
  • Torneio Raiff Ramalho: 1978
  • Torneio Seletivo para a Série C (Série C Qualification Tournament): 1999

National competitions record[edit]

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A record[edit]

Year Position
1976 25th
1977 57th
1978 25th
1979 38th
1980 20th
1985 19th
1986 60th

Copa do Brasil[edit]

Year Round
1989 round of 32
1998 round of 32
1999 round of 64
2000 round of 32
2001 round of 64
2002 round of 64
2003 round of 64
2004 round of 64
2006 round of 64
2011 second phase
2014 second round
2015 first round
2016 round of 16


Estádio José Américo de Almeida Filho

Botafogo's home matches are usually played at Almeidão stadium, which has a maximum capacity of 40,000 people. Its official name is Estádio José Américo de Almeida Filho.[8]

The club also owns a training ground named CT Maravilha do Contorno. The total training ground area is 10 ha.[1]


Botafogo's most important rivals are Treze, Campinense and Auto Esporte.[9] The João Pessoa derby between Botafogo and Auto Esporte is commonly known as Botauto.[10]

Other sports[edit]

Besides football, Botafogo also has other sports sections, such as futsal[11] and basketball.[12]


The club's logo was inspired by Botafogo of Rio de Janeiro one. However, Botafogo da Paraíba's star is red. The star is red because, in 1976, the radio announcer Ivan Tomaz decided that the club's logo should have the same colors of Paraíba state flag, black and red.[13]

Club colors[edit]

Botafogo's colors are red, black and white.[14]


The club is nicknamed Belo, meaning beautiful in Portuguese. This nickname was created by Antônio de Abreu e Lima, a club's counselor, after the club scored a goal considered very beautiful by him.[13]


Botafogo da Paraíba's mascot is a sheriff.[2]

Ultra groups[edit]

  • Torcida Jovem do Botafogo (TJB)
  • Torcida Organizada Fogomania (TOF)
  • Torcida Organizada Império Alvi-Negro (TOIAN)


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