Comercial Futebol Clube (Ribeirão Preto)

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Comercial
Full name Comercial Futebol Clube
Nickname(s) Bafo, Leão do Norte
Founded October 10, 1911
Stadium Francisco de Palma Travassos
Ground Capacity 35,000
President Brenno Augusto Martins
Head coach Amauri Knevitz
League Campeonato Paulista – Série A3
2015 17th (relegated)
Website Club home page

Comercial Futebol Clube (SP), usually known simply as Comercial (or as Comercial de Ribeirão Preto), is a traditional Brazilian football club from Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo state.

History[edit]

On October 10, 1911, some business owners from Ribeirão Preto founded Commercial Football Club and the club soon became very wealthy. The field from Estádio da Rua Tibiriçá was one of the first in Brazil to receive grass, because the club's supporters complained of the dust in the air during the games. In 1936, the club has experienced a financial crisis and the Football Department was closed.[1] In 1956, Commercial merged with Paineiras and become Comercial Football Club, entering the second division from Campeonato Paulista that same year.[2]

In 1958, Comercial won its first title, the Campeonato Paulista Second Level, beating Corinthians of Presidente Prudente in the final. The club was promoted to the following year's first level.[3]

In 1978, the club competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A for the first time. The club finished in the 42nd position.[4]

In 1979, the club competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A for the second time. The club finished in the 14th position, ahead of clubs like Grêmio, Fluminense and Botafogo (RJ).[5]

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
Brazil GK João Guilherme
Brazil GK Marcelo Henrique
Brazil DF Léo Carioca
Brazil DF Dourado
Brazil DF Everton Morelli
Brazil DF Willian
Brazil DF Bruno Alves
Brazil DF Luiz Eduardo
Brazil DF Luanderson
Brazil MF Gimenez
Brazil MF Léo Japa
Brazil MF Matheus Magagnin
Brazil MF Lucas Sorriso
Brazil MF Zé Artur
Brazil MF Thiago Silva
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Richard
Brazil MF Marcos Rinaldi
Brazil MF Matheus Rinaldi
Brazil MF Patrick
Brazil MF Vitor
Brazil MF Mirray
Poland MF Roger Guerreiro
Brazil FW Edson
Brazil FW Paulo Henrique
Brazil FW Cassiano Bodini
Brazil FW Igor Carioca
Brazil FW Rodrigo Jesus
Brazil FW Charles
Brazil FW Felipe Napolitano
Brazil FW Marques

Achievements[edit]

Stadium[edit]

Comercial's home stadium is Estádio Dr. Francisco de Palma Travassos, nicknamed Jóia (Jewel),[6] inaugurated in 1964, with a maximum capacity of 35,000 people.[7]

The club also owns a training ground, named Centro de Treinamento Francisco de Palma Travassos.[8]

The derby[edit]

Comercial's rival is Botafogo (SP). The match between the two clubs is nicknamed Come-Fogo (truncation of Comercial and Botafogo). It is one of the oldest Brazilian derbies and some matches have had an attendance of over 30,000 people. Famous footballers, like Sócrates, Raí and Zé Mario played the derby. The derby is disputed not only in football, but also in basketball.[9]

Club colors[edit]

The club's official club colors are black and white. The club's home kit is all white.[10]

Mascot[edit]

Comercial's mascot is a lion, called Leão, which is the Portuguese word for lion.[11]

Nickname[edit]

The club is nicknamed Bafo, meaning Breath,[8] and Leão do Norte, meaning Lion of the North.[2]

References[edit]

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