Coritiba Foot Ball Club

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Full name Coritiba Foot Ball Club
Nickname(s) Coxa (Thigh)
Glorioso (Glorious)
Vovô Coxa (Grandfather Coxa)
Coxa-Branca (White-Thigh)
Founded October 12, 1909; 106 years ago (1909-10-12)
Ground Couto Pereira, Curitiba, Brazil
Ground Capacity 41,936 (Since 2014)
President Rogério Bacellar
Head coach Pachequinho
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Paranaense
2014 Brasileirão, 14th
Paranaense, 3rd
Website Club home page
Estádio Couto Pereira
One hour before the match between Coritiba and Ceará in the 2007 Campeonato Brasileiro

Coritiba Foot Ball Club, commonly known as Coritiba or "Coxa Branca", is a Brazilian football club from Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil. Founded in 1909, it is the oldest football club in the state. Coritiba have won the State Championship in Paraná State 37 times – more than both of its main rivals combined (Atlético Paranaense have 22 titles and Paraná Clube have 7). Coritiba has won the Brazilian Championship once, and the club holds the world record for consecutive victories in all competitions, winning 24 matches in a row between February and May 2011.[1]

Coritiba is the first club from southern Brazil to have won a national title, the 1973 Torneio do Povo, and is also the first southern club to have competed in both main continental competitions – the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana. Coritiba was both the first club from Paraná to have won the Série A (the main title in Brazil), and to reach the semifinals in the second main competition in the country – the Copa do Brasil – in 1991, 2001, 2009, and to reach the finals in 2011 and 2012.

Coritiba is the only club who have six consecutive Paraná State League titles, between 1971 and 1976. As of 2013, they are the titleholders in this competition having won it four times consecutively: 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Coritiba is also the club with the most appearances in this championship.

The club are currently in first place on the FPF ranking , 14th place on the CBF ranking, 83rd place on the Conmebol ranking and 125th on the international IFFHS ranking. The club has more than 30,000 members[citation needed].

As of 2013, Coritiba has partnerships (including loans and exchanges of youth players) with Porto and Benfica of Portugal, Chivas Guadalajara of Mexico, Daegu of South Korea and VVV-Venlo of the Netherlands. Coritiba is the first football club in the south of Brazil to begin to embrace American football. The Coritiba Crocodiles were formed through a fusion between Coritiba and the Barigui Crocodiles, and are the one time Brazilian champions, five times state champions and have twice won the southern conference.



In 1909, a group of young men met in the Clube Ginástico Teuto-Brasileiro Turnverein (German-Brazilian Gymnastics Club Turnverein – "Turnverein" being the German word for gymnastics club), where the German immigrant community of Curitiba gathered to play a variety of sports. In July of that year, a prominent member of the club, Frederico "Fritz" Essenfelder arrived with a leather ball in hand. He explained to his friends that it was a football and he explained the rules of this new game. Fritz and his friends within the club started organizing matches in the field of the Quartel da Força Pública (Public Force Headquarters).[2]

Later, an invitation came to play a match against a club of workers, many of them British, from the Ponta Grossa railway. On October 12, 1909, Fritz called a meeting in the old Theatro Hauer (Hauer Theatre) to arrange the first match. A decision was made to form a club, the first in the State, and to call it Teuto-Brasileiro.

The First Match[edit]

On October 23, 1909, in Ponta Grossa, the club had its first official match. The opponents were Clube de Foot Ball de Tiro Pontagrossense, made up of employees from the South American Brazilian Engineering Company. The match was won by Tiro Pontagrossense, with a 1-0 scoreline, the goal being scored by Elias Mota.

Coritiba's team for the first match was: Arthur Iwersen, Erothildes Carlberg, Leopoldo Obladen, Arthur Hauer, Alfredo Labsch, Alfredo Hauer, Walter Dietrich, Teodoro Obladen, Carlos Schleker, Roberto Juchks, Fritz Essenfelder, Johann Maschke, Waldemar Hauer, Alvin Hauer and Rudolf Kaastrup.

Club Foundation[edit]

After the match in Ponta Grossa, the club's founders and members were excited by the new game, and decided to dedicate their club exclusively to football. There were already more than 50 players, many of them not of German descent, yet the Clube Ginástico Teuto-Brasileiro Turnverein did not allow non-German members; this led to the formation of a separate club (after many discussions held at Teatro Hauer throughout December 1909). Finally, on January 30, 1910, the independent Coritibano Foot Ball Club was formed. The name was chosen as this is what the team had played as at their first match in Ponta Grossa.

The first club meeting was held on April 21, 1910, after they had acquired all of the rules of the sport (from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo). During this meeting, the first Board of Directors was formed, naming João Viana Seiler as president, Arthur Hauer as vice-president, José Júlio Franco and Leopoldo Obladen as first and second secretary respectively, and Walter Dietrich and Alvim Hauer as first and second treasurer respectively. Fritz was named captain of the team. It was also during this meeting that the name of the club was changed once again, this time to Coritiba, after the old name of the capital of Paraná. This was to avoid confusion with a social club in the city called Coritibano. The foundation of Coritiba Foot Ball Club effectively launched organized football in the state of Paraná.

1910s and 1920s[edit]

The search for a football ground began and the Hipódromo do Guabirotuba (Guabirotuba Horse Racing Track) was chosen. It was also the home of the Jockey Clube do Paraná until 1955. Bleachers were needed to accommodate spectactors and, after the new stadium was retrofitted for football, it was named Prado de Guabirotuba. The inauguration took place on in June 12, 1910, before a match against Ponta Grossa Foot Ball Club (the new name of Clube de Foot Ball de Tiro Pontagrossense). Coritiba won the match 5–3. It was the first football match in Curitiba and was viewed by 200 spectators. Coritiba went on to play at Prado de Guabirotuba until 1917.

In 1915, Coritiba started competing in both the Campeonato da Cidade (City Championship) and the Campeonato Paranaense state championship. Coritiba won both championships the next year. On July 2, 1916, Coritiba defeated Spartano in the Campeonato Paranaense state championship by 7 goals to the opponent's nought. That year, star player José Bermudes – better known as Maxambomba – became the first player from a Paraná team to be selected for the Brazilian national squad. Coritiba won the Torneio Afonso Camargo (Afonso Camargo Championship) and, in 1917, the club started playing at their new stadium Parque da Graciosa in Juvevê, where they played until 1932.

In 1920, Coritiba won the Torneio Início and, in 1921, they won it again along with the Torneio da Cruz Vermelha and the Torneio de Tiradentes. On August 15, 1921, the club beat a team from São Paulo, Seleção Paulista, 1–0. The team from São Paulo formed the backbone of the Brazilian national side, so this victory put football in the State of Paraná on the national map. The forward Maxambomba and the midfielder Gonçalo Pena were both selected for the Brazilian national team who played in the 1921 South American Championship (now called the Copa América).

In 1924, the great state rivalry between Coritiba and Clube Atlético Paranaense began. On June 8 of that year, Coritiba beat Atlético 6–3, with four goals by Ninho. On November 7, 1926, Coritiba beat Paraná Sports 13–1, the largest goal difference in the history of the Campeonato Paranaense state championship. Staco scored five goals. In 1927, with Antônio Couto Pereira as president, Coritiba soundly won the Campeonato Paranaense by winning eight of their nine matches. Staco scored seven goals in a 9–0 victory over Savoia. In the same year, the club won both the Campeonato da Cidade and the Taça Fox.

1930s and 1940s[edit]

In 1930, Coritiba won the Torneio Início. On November 23, Coritiba beat their arch-rivals Atlético-PR by 7–4, the highest scoring match in the competition. The following year, Coritiba won the Campeonato Paranaense and the Campeonato da Cidade. In the 1931 edition of theCampeonato Paranaense, history was made during a match against Palestra Itália. Moaçir Gonçalves was a player-manager for Coritiba and he became the first black player for a team from the state capital. There were many black players in the 1930s in Brazil, but Curitiba was a city dominated demographically by German, Polish and Ukrainian immigrants so black players were rare. With his team trailing 3–1, Moaçir Gonçalves substituted himself in and Coritiba won 5–4.[3]

Another notable character that season was José Fontana, a young ball boy for Coritiba nicknamed Rei dos Vagabundos (King of Bums) due to his lazy attitude. During training for a Sunday match, the regular goalkeeper was late and the coach, Pizzatto, put the sixteen-year-old Fontana in the net. He astonished everyone with his performance and he was promptly registered as a player by the next match. He debuted against Atlético-PR in Baixada, and Coritiba won 1–0. José Fontana was selected as Man of the Match and went on to be known as 'King'. He became the first goalkeeper from Paraná state to be selected for the national side.[4]

In 1932, Coritiba won both the Torneio Inicio and the Torneio dos Cronista Esportivos. On August 7, 1932, Coritiba beat Atlético-PR 6–1, away from home and with a reserve team. On November 19, Coritiba inaugurated its new Belfort Duarte stadium. The inaugural match was against América-RJ, a team from Rio who were the holders of the Campeonato Carioca. Coritiba won 4–2 and began a long period of success, winning many titles including Campeonato da Cidade (1933, 1935 and 1939), Campeonato Paranaense (1933, 1935 and 1939), Torneio Arthur Friedenreich (1934) and Torneio Início (1939)

On January 23, 1941, Coritiba played its first match against a foreign team, drawing with Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata of Argentina at Belfort Duarte. On February 1, 1942, Neno scored seven goals in a 10–2 victory over Jacarezinho. On March 18, the club played a friendly against Avaí and won 4–1, the first match played at night under floodlights in the state of Paraná. In 1943, Coritiba won both the Torneio Imprensa and Torneio Luis Aranha. 1944 saw Coritiba win the Torneio Getúlio Vargas and, in the following year, the Torneio da Cidade de Curitiba. During this time Couto Pereira left the presidency of the club after two terms (a total of thirteen years). In 1946 and 1947, won the Campeonato da Cidade and were twice champions in the Campeonato Paranaense. Also in 1947, Coritiba won all four categories of the Campeonato Paranaense (aspirant, amateur, juvenile and professional) and was dubbed Campeoníssimo or 'Super Champion'. On July 12, 1949, Coritiba played its first match against a club from outside of continental America. They beat Rapid Vienna of Austria 4–0 in Vila Capanema. Rapid Vienna was the Austrian champion at the time.

1950s and 1960s[edit]

The 1950s was a successful decade for Coritiba. The club won the Torneio Triangular de Curitiba in 1950, and the Torneio Quadrangular Interestadual and Torneio Quadrangular de Londrina in 1953. They won the Campeonato Paranaense six times: 1951, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1957 and 1959

In 1960, Coritiba won the Campeonato Paranaense again. In that year, the club lost the famous coin game to Grêmio for the title of Taça Brasil. After three draws between the clubs, the title was decided with the flip of a coin. In 1967, Evangelino da Costa Neves became the new president of Coritiba and he stayed at the helm for more than twenty years. On August 6, Coritiba defeated Atlético de Madrid of Spain in Belfort Duarte 3–2, with three goals from Walter. On December 12, Coritiba beat the Hungarian national side 1–0 at Belfort Duarte.

In 1968, Coritiba ended a draught of eight years without titles when they became champion of the Campeonato Paranaense, also winning the Torneio Internacional de Verão. On June 2, Coritiba played Napoli of Italy, at Belfort Duarte. On November 13, Coritiba played the Brazilian national team, losing 2–1.

In 1969, Coritiba embarked on its first international tour, playing friendlies in Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, the Netherlands and Belgium, and participating in the III Torneio Cidade de Murcia (III Tournament in Murcia), in Spain. The club won the Pierre Colon Cup in France as well. Coritiba played against the likes of Valencia of Spain, Borussia Dortmund of Germany, Bordeaux of France, Feyenoord of the Netherlands, FK Austria Wien of Austria, Levski of Bulgaria, and Anderlecht of Belgium.

  • Krüger, the "Flecha Loira": A life dedicated of Coritiba.[5]
  • Fedato, the "Estampilla Rubia": He was the biggest defender of history of Coritiba and Paraná soccer.[6]
  • Duílio: He was the best scorer of history of Coritiba and Campeonato Paranaense.[7]
  • Miltinho: During 13 years, he was titular of Coritiba and all of Paraná state team[8]


In 1970, in order to rally their fans and boost their finances for an expansion of the Belfort Duarte Stadium, the president Evangelino adopted the strategy used by rivals Atlético-PR, making some major signings. The first wave included players like Rinaldo (Palmeiras), Joel Mendes (Santos) and Hidalgo (XV de Piracicaba). The club embarked on another international tour, this time playing against clubs in France, Yugoslavia, Algeria, Romania and Portugal, as well as the Algerian national side and Sporting Lisbon. Coritiba won the Torneio Internacional de Verão in 1970 and 1971.

In 1971, Coritiba started what is known as The Golden Decade, winning six consecutive state championships in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1976) – a record in Parana state football history. On January 18, 1971, Coritiba played the French national side, who had just beaten Argentina, at Belfort Duartew and won 2–1.

In 1972, on a third international tour, the club played friendlies in Algeria and Morocco, and took part in a tournament in Turkey. On this tour, Coritiba played against Fenerbahçe, as well as the national sides of both Turkey and Morocco. Returning undefeated to Coritiba, they received the Fita Azul. In the same year, Coritiba played Benfica from Portugal, and the national sides of both Hungary and Congo at Belfort Duarte.

In 1973, Coritiba won the Torneio do Povo, becoming the first team from southern Brazil to win a national title. On June 18, Coritiba beat the Paraguayan national side 1–0 at Belfort Duarte. Coritiba won the Quadrangular de Goiás in 1975 and Taça Cidade de Curitiba/Taça Clemente Comandulli in 1976 and 1978. In 1977, the name of the Belfort Duarte stadium was changed to Major Antônio Couto Pereira, and, in 1978 and 1979, Coritiba won two Campeonatos Paranaense. The club ended the 1970s with eight state championships and, in 1979, finished third in the national Brasileirão.

  • Jairo, the "Pantera": He was the player who wear shirt of club more time.[9]


In 1980, Coritiba finished fourth in the Brasileirão, beating both Ferroviário and Desportiva with a 7–1 scoreline. After this, however, Coritiba encountered both an administrative and a financial crisis, leaving the team without any important titles until 1985.

In 1981, the club won a Quadrangular do Trabalhador, and due the poor campaigns in Campeonato Paranaense, participated in 1981 and 1983 Taça da Prata, the second division of Brasileirão. In 1983, they beat Torneio Ak-Waba, from the Ivory Coast. In this tournament, Coritiba played against the Bulgarian national team twice, because the Bulgarians, not disheartened after losing the first match 2–0, challenged Coritiba for to a rematch. This ended in a 1-1 draw. In 1984, Coritiba moved back to the Brasileirão and took part in Campeonato Brasileiro, finishing in eighth place.

1985 – Brasileirão champion[edit]

1985 saw the most glory for football both in Coritiba and Paraná thus far. Discredited, the club, commanded by Ênio Andrade, supplanted the challenges and beat the Brazilian team, winning in penalties against Bangu in Estádio do Maracanã. Fans of Vasco, Flamengo, Fluminense, and Botafogo attended to support Bangu, totalling more than 91,000 fans.

In the same year as their national title, Coritiba also won the Torneio Maurício Fruet, as well as participating in two friendly games against Cerro Porteño. They drew 0-0 in their first friendly, hosted in Assuncion (Paraguay), but won the second 2–0 in Couto Pereira.

In 1986, Coritiba played Copa Libertadores da America, becoming the first team from the state to win the competition. In this year, Coritiba won the Campeonato Paranaense. In 1987, Coritiba were invited to join Clube dos 13 and participate in Copa União (União Cup).

In 1989, Coritiba won the Campeonato Paranaense. In this year, they played a good campaign in Brasileirão, but refused to agree to a change in the calendar of play which meant the club were to play the day before playing Vasco da Gama – their main opponent in their group. Coritiba therefore did not go to the match against Santos, supposed to be held in Juiz de Fora, and was punished by CBF with an automatic loss of 1–0, the loss of five points and thus fell to Série B. In June 18, Coritiba beat the Japanese national team 1-0 in Couto Pereira.


In the year of 1990, the drama of the previous year was still being felt. The club entered a new crisis, which eventually spanned the first half of the decade. Nevertheless, Coritiba made a good performance in Copa do Brasil of 1991, reaching the semi-finals. After two years in Série B, in 1992, Coritiba moved once again up a division, falling yet again in 1993. In 1995, with a lose to Matsubara, Evangelino Neves was pressed to leave the club. Édison Mauad, Sérgio Prosdócimo and Joel Malucelli assumed presidency and fought to beat public doubts about the club. They were successful, and Coritiba moved back up to Série A.

In the state competiton, however, Coritiba's winning spell was over. They came close in 1995 in an exciting final against rival Paraná (team), but unfortunately Coritiba eventually lost the match, held in Pinheirão, 1–0. The team came close again in 1996, but did not reach the final.

In 1997, Coritiba were the champions of the Festival Brasileiro de Futebol. Although the championship was not as highly regarded as others they had previously won, the club were struggling so the title was very well celebrated by the Coritiba fans. In the next year, January 19, Coritiba won 3–1 in a friendly against the Jamaican national team, who a month later participated in the World Cup. In the 1998 Brasileirão, Coritiba produced a great performance, ending the first phase in third place. In the knockout phase though, they were eliminated by Portuguesa, ending the competition in sixth place.

In 1999, Coritiba returned to the Campeonato Paranaense, winning after nine years without a state title.


In 2001, Coritiba had a good first semester, becoming vice-champion of Copa Sul-Minas (South-Minas Cup), and reaching the semi-finals of the Copa do Brasil. But in the Campeonato Paranaense, the club were eliminated in the semi-finals, yet again for Paraná state. Fernando Miguel scored a goal for Coritiba in the 93rd minute (48th minute of the second half).

In 2002, after a bad beginning, Coritiba improved throughout the season. They did, however, lose against Gama.

In 2003, as well as being unbeaten champions of Campeonato Paranaense, they were fifth in Brasileirão,and were allowed to play in the Libertadores da América the next year.

In 2004, they won the Campeonato Paranaense again and participated in the Sul-Americanas and Libertadores da América cups.

In 2005, after a bad campaign in the Campeonato Brasileiro, the team fell to Série B of the competition. In that year, Coritiba had the fourth highest average attendance of the tournament, with 18,688 per match.

2006 brought coach Marcio Araújo to Coritiba, and later Estevam Soares. After eliminations from the Campeonato Paranaense and Copa do Brasil, Estevam was fired, and was replaced by Paulo Bonamigo. During Campeonato, Coritiba won a number of rounds, but ended the championship in sixth place, so did not move up to Série A.

In 2007, Guilherme Macuglia was the new boss. He was in command during the Campeonato Paranaense, Copa do Brasil, and for part of the Campeonato Brasileiro. In July 2007, Renê Simões was hired as the new boss after the sacking of Macuglia. During this period, the players were revealed: people like defender Henrique, the midfielders Marlos and Pedro Ken, and striker Keirrison, as well as players such as Gustavo, Túlio and goalkeeper Edson Baston. In November 3, with four games to spare, Coritiba were back up to Série A of Brasileirão, drawing with Vitória, in Couto Pereira. On November 24, in their last game, with a victory against Santa Cruz in Estádio do Arruda (Arruda Stadium), Coritiba were champions of Serie B in 2007.

In 2009, Coritiba fell to Série B. But in 2010, Coritiba were back to to Série A, and Coritiba did not fall again.


In 2010, Coritiba won the Campeonato Paranaense, and the Coritiba fans celebrated the title early against their greatest rival with a 2–0 victory in Couto Pereira. There were goals from Marcos Aurélio and Geraldo. During the Campeonato Brasileiro, Coritiba were not the favorite for the title, because they had lost in Couto Pereira for 10 games. When they returned to Couto Pereira they were first in table. They won again on September 18, with a victory of 2–0 against Portuguesa, with 30,414 fans making a big party.

On November 9, 2010, three games early, Coritiba were back to Série A after a 3-2 win against Duque de Caxias in São Januária. On November 20, with a draw against Icasa in Romeirão, Coritiba were champions of Série B one game early.

On April 24, 2011, the club needed only a draw to win the state championship title a game early, and pulled it off: Coritiba were champion of Campeonato Paranaense again, after defeating Atlético Paranaense 3–0, in a game in Arena da Baixada. The two-time state champions were unbeaten, with only two draws.

On April 28, with a 1-0 win against Caxias in an official game for the 8th-finals of Copa do Brasil of 2011, the club entered the history of Brazilian soccer after beating the record for consecutive wins, replacing Palmeiras in 1996, who made 21 victories. With a win against Cianorte, ending the Campeonato Paranaense of 2011 unbeaten, and having thrashed Palmeiras 6–0 for the Copa do Brasil, Coritiba made 24 consecutive victories and 29 undefeated games.

Coritiba qualified in the 2011 Copa do Brasil final, after defeating Ceará. In the final, against Vasco da Gama, they were defeated 1–0 in the first leg, and won 3–2 in the second leg, but did not win the cup because of the away-goals rule.

In 2012, Coritiba won again the Campeonato Paranaense and were the three times champion. They were once again rated in the final of the Copa do Brasil. But, in the national tournament, they drew 2-1 against Palmeiras. Coritiba almost lost the first match 2–0, in Barueri.

Other sports[edit]

Although best known for football, Coritiba is the first team in Southern Brazil who also support American Football. With a partnership between Coritiba and the Barigui Crocodiles, the Coritiba Crocodiles were founded. Coritiba Crocodiles are the four times state champions and two times south conference champions.

Club records[edit]

Match Records[edit]

Record Opponent Scoreline Date Location
First Match Tiro Pontagrossense 0-1 October 23, 1909 Ponta Grossa
First Official Match Ponta Grossa 5-3 June 12, 1910 Ponta Grossa
Biggest Win (National Competitions) Ferroviário 7-1 April 16, 1980 Couto Pereira
Desportiva-ES 7-1 May 4, 1980 Couto Pereira
Palmeiras 6-0 May 5, 2011 Couto Pereira
Heaviest Defeat (National Competitions) Grêmio 5-0 February 29, 1984 Olímpico
Palmeiras 5-0 August 17, 1996 Parque Antártica

Other Records[edit]

  • First goal scorer: Fritz Essenfelter
  • Most appearances (any competition): 440 by Jairo (1971–77), (1984–87)
  • Record goal scorer: 202 by Duílio Dias (1954–64)
  • Consecutive victories[10]):Coritiba has the Guinness Book worldwide record of consecutive victories (24), achieved between February and May 2011.

Kit manufacturers[edit]

Shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Shirt Sponsors
2013 Brazil Caixa
Brazil Pro Tork
Brazil Netshoes
United States Coca-Cola
2012 Brazil BMG
Brazil IRA Motoparts
Brazil Netshoes
Brazil Limagrain-Guerra
United States Coca-Cola
2011 Brazil BMG
Brazil IRA Motoparts
Brazil JMalucelli
Brazil Limagrain-Guerra
United States Coca-Cola
2010 Brazil BMG
Brazil IRA Motoparts
2009 Brazil Positivo Informática
Brazil Lupo
2007–2009 Brazil Previsul Seguradora
2007 Brazil Mastercorp Ribbons
2006 Brazil Radial
Brazil Vale Fértil
2004–2005 Brazil Claro
2001–2002 Italy Tim
1995–2000 Japan Sanyo
1994 Brazil Renner Herrmann S.A.
1993 Brazil Bauducco
1987–1991 United States Coca-Cola
1987 Brazil Müller
1986 Brazil Romani S.A.
1985 Brazil Britânia


2007, 2010
1916, 1927, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1989, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
1976, 1978


Estádio Couto Pereira is Coritiba's home stadium.

  • Name: Estádio Major Antônio Couto Pereira
  • Capacity: 37,182 (biggest in Paraná State)
  • Address: Rua Ubaldino do Amaral, 37
  • Record attendance: (General) – 70,000 (Pope John Paul II, 1980) [5], (Game) – The stadium's attendance record in a football match currently stands at 65,943, set on May 15, 1983 when Atlético-PR played against Flamengo (2–0).
  • Field dimensions: 109,00m x 72,00m
  • Year opened: 1932

The stadium was founded as Belfort Duarte. Couto Pereira was the president of the club and he was responsible for the stadium being built. When he died in 1977, the stadium name was changed to Couto Pereira.


Coritiba's biggest rivals are from the same city: Clube Atlético Paranaense and Paraná Clube. The games between Coritiba and Atlético-PR are called "Atlé-Tiba" whilst the games between Coritiba and Paraná are known as "Para-Tiba".

Highest scores[edit]

Coritiba biggest victories[edit]

Against Paraná State Teams[11]
Day Score Against Place Championship
November 7, 1926 13–1 Paraná (PR) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Paranaense (1926)
June 21, 1952 11–0 Bloco Morgenau (PR) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Paranaense (1952)
August 28, 1965 11–0 Olímpico (PR) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Paranaense (1965)
June 27, 1953 10–0 Britânia (PR) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Paranaense (1953)
March 17, 1940 10–0 Pinheiral (PR) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Paranaense (1939)
August 11, 1929 10–0 Paranaense (PR) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Paranaense (1929)
September 8, 1929 10–1 Aquibadan (PR) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Paranaense (1929)
February 1, 1942 10–2 Jacarezinho (PR) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Paranaense (1941)
February 9, 1947 10–2 Palmeiras (PR) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Paranaense (1946)
February 9, 1957 10–2 Palestra Itália (PR) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Paranaense (1957)
March 11, 2000 9–0 Francisco Beltrão (PR) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Paranaense (2000)
January 2, 1927 9–0 Savóia (PR) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Paranaense (1926)
June 23, 1946 9–1 Água Verde (PR) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Paranaense (1946)
March 9, 1957 9–1 Bloco Morgenau (PR) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Paranaense (1957)
December 4, 1960 9–1 Iraty (PR) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Paranaense (1960)
Against other teams[11]
Day Score Team Place Championship
August 16, 1995 8–0 Ferroviária (SP) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Brasileiro Série B (1995)
April 16, 1980 7–1 Ferroviário (CE) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Brasileiro (1980)
May 4, 1980 7–1 Desportiva (ES) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Brasileiro (1980)
February 27, 2008 6–0 Tuna Luso (PA) Curitiba (PR) Copa do Brasil (2008)
May 5, 2011 6–0 Palmeiras (SP) Curitiba (PR) Copa do Brasil (2011)
August 28, 1960 5–0 Paula Ramos (SC) Curitiba (PR) Taça Brasil (1960)
November 12, 1979 5–0 Mixto (MT) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Brasileiro (1979)
November 26, 1995 5–0 Mogi Mirim (SP) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Brasileiro Série B (1995)
August 10, 2003 5–0 Flamengo (RJ) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Brasileiro (2003)
June 14, 2009 5–0 Flamengo (RJ) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Brasileiro (2009)
September 11, 2011 5–0 Botafogo (RJ) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Brasileiro (2011)
May 1, 1981 5–1 Cruzeiro (MG) Curitiba (PR) Torneio Dia do Trabalhador (1981)
January 30, 1999 5–1 Criciúma (SC) Criciúma (SC) Copa Sul Brasileira (1999)
November 28, 2004 5–1 Vitória (BA) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Brasileiro (2004)
October 27, 2006 5–1 Vila Nova (GO) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Brasileiro Série B (2006)
November 22, 2008 5–1 Santos (SP) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Brasileiro (2008)
October 12, 2010 5–1 América (RN) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Brasileiro Série B (2010)
October 19, 2010 5–1 Vila Nova (GO) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Brasileiro Série B (2010)
June 5, 2011 5–1 Vasco (RJ) Curitiba (PR) Campeonato Brasileiro (2011)

The 24 consecutive wins – 2011[edit]

Matches Date opponent Competition
1 February 3 Coritiba 5–0 Iraty Campeonato Paranaense
2 February 6 Rio Branco 1–4 Coritiba Campeonato Paranaense
3 February 10 Corinthians-PR 1–2 Coritiba Campeonato Paranaense
4 February 13 Coritiba 3–0 Roma Campeonato Paranaense
5 February 16 Ypiranga 0–1 Coritiba Copa do Brasil
6 February 20 Coritiba 4–2 Atlético-PR Campeonato Paranaense
7 February 24 Coritiba 2–0 Ypiranga Copa do Brasil
8 February 27 Cianorte 1–2 Coritiba Campeonato Paranaense
9 March 6 Coritiba 3–2 Operário Campeonato Paranaense
10 March 9 Paranavaí 0–3 Coritiba Campeonato Paranaense
11 March 13 Coritiba 4–2 Paraná Campeonato Paranaense
12 March 17 Atlético-GO 1–2 Coritiba Copa do Brasil
13 March 20 Cascavel 0–3 Coritiba Campeonato Paranaense
14 March 23 Coritiba 2–0 Arapongas Campeonato Paranaense
15 March 26 Iraty 2–4 Coritiba Campeonato Paranaense
16 March 30 Coritiba 3–1 Atlético-GO Copa do Brasil
17 April 2 Coritiba 6–2 Rio Branco Campeonato Paranaense
18 April 10 Coritiba 1–0 Corinthians-PR Campeonato Paranaense
19 April 14 Coritiba 4–0 Caxias Copa do Brasil
20 April 17 Roma 1–4 Coritiba Campeonato Paranaense
21 April 24 Atlético-PR 0–3 Coritiba Campeonato Paranaense
22 April 27 Caxias 0–1 Coritiba Copa do Brasil
23 May 1 Coritiba 2–0 Cianorte Campeonato Paranaense
24 May 5 Coritiba 6–0 Palmeiras Copa do Brasil

Ten top attendances in Couto Pereira[edit]

  1. Coritiba 3-0 Atlético-PR, 68,311 people, in 05/21/1980, Campeonato Paranaense
  2. Coritiba 0-2 Flamengo, 58,311 people, in 11/21/1983, Campeonato Brasileiro
  3. Coritiba 2-0 Colorado-PR, 53,571 people, in 09/16/1979, Campeonato Paranaense
  4. Coritiba 3-0 Atlético-PR, 52,028 people, in 05/01/1990, Campeonato Paranaense
  5. Coritiba 1-0 Corinthians, 51,662 people, in 05/11/1980, Campeonato Brasileiro
  6. Coritiba 1-1 Vasco, 50,582 people, in 12/12/1979, Campeonato Brasileiro
  7. Coritiba 0-0 Atlético-PR, 47,307 people, in 12/13/1978, Campeonato Paranaense
  8. Coritiba 2-0 Paranavaí, 47,208 people, in 03/23/2003, Campeonato Paranaense
  9. Coritiba 0-0 Atlético-PR, 46,217 people, in 12/10/1978, Campeonato Paranaense
  10. Coritiba 2-2 Flamengo-RJ, 45,458 people, 11/09/1988, Campeonato Brasileiro

Current squad[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 8 September 2015

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 Vaná
3 Brazil DF Luccas Claro
4 Brazil DF Rafael Marques
5 Brazil MF Alan Santos
6 Paraguay MF Lucho Cáceres
7 Brazil FW Negueba
8 Brazil MF Lúcio Flávio
9 Brazil FW Keirrison
11 Brazil FW Michel
12 Brazil GK William Menezes
13 Brazil DF Ivan
14 Brazil DF Bonfim
15 Brazil DF Leandro Silva
17 Brazil FW Evandro
18 Brazil MF Misael
19 Brazil FW Wallyson
20 Brazil MF Rodolfo (on loan from Flamengo)
21 Brazil DF Walisson Maia
23 Brazil MF Hélder
26 Brazil MF Ruy
27 Brazil DF Rodrigo Ramos
28 Brazil DF Juninho
No. Position Player
29 Brazil GK Bruno
30 Brazil DF Carlinhos
31 Brazil MF João Paulo
35 Brazil MF Ícaro
37 Brazil MF Thiago Lopes
38 Brazil GK Samuel
39 Brazil GK Rafael Martins
40 Brazil DF Norberto
46 Brazil DF Eberson
52 Brazil FW Kléber
55 Brazil DF Juan
65 Brazil MF Esquerdinha
66 Brazil DF Henrique
70 Brazil MF Fabrício Baiano
80 Brazil FW Marcos Aurélio
84 Brazil GK Wilson
88 Brazil MF Rosinei
89 Brazil FW Thiago Galhardo
91 Brazil FW Henrique Almeida
94 Brazil FW Paulinho (on loan from Grêmio)
95 Brazil FW Mateus Oliveira
99 Brazil FW Rafhael Lucas

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 Tadeu (at Maringá)
Brazil DF Chico (at Turkey Gaziantepspor)
Brazil DF Dener (at Chapecoense)
Brazil DF Diogo (at Goias)
Brazil DF Reginaldo (at ABC)
Brazil DF Rhuan (at Maringá)
Brazil DF Fernando Timbó (at United States Austin Aztex)
Argentina MF Darío Bottinelli (at Chile Universidad Católica)
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Gil (at Chapecoense)
Brazil MF Guaraci (at United States Austin Aztex)
Brazil MF Luizinho (at Georgia (country) FC Shukura)
Brazil MF Thiago Primão (at Atlético-GO)
Brazil FW Anderson Aquino (at Santa Cruz)
Brazil FW Anderson Bartola (at Santo André)
Brazil FW Felipe Bezerra (at Georgia (country) FC Shukura)
Brazil FW Paulo Victor (at Georgia (country) FC Shukura)


Current technical staff[edit]

Name Position
Brazil Pachequinho Head coach
Brazil Tcheco Assistant Coach
Brazil Marcelo Serrano Assistant Coach
Brazil Alexandre Lopes Fitness Trainer
Brazil Glydiston Ananias Fitness Trainer
Brazil Carlos Pracidelli Goalkeeper Coach

Managers (1998 – present)[edit]

Past managers (1971–1997)[edit]


Greats squads of Coritiba[edit]

Some magazines polled for the best Coritiba team of all time, composed of the best Coritiba players of all time. Only two players were present in all polls, Fedato and Miltinho. Jairo, Hildago, Nilo, Krügger and Zé Roberto appear in two of three lists:[12]

Grandes Times Brasileiros (1971) 
Joel – Tonico, Fedato, Pescuma, Carazzai – Miltinho, Hidalgo, Tião Abatiá – Baby, Ivo, Ronald
Lance! – Especial (2005) 
Jairo – Hermes, Fedato, Oberdan, Nilo – Miltinho, Hidalgo, Alex, Krügger – Zé Roberto, Aladim
Placar – Especial (2009) 
Jairo – Ninho, Fedato, Pizzatinho, Nilo – Miltinho, Zé Roberto, Krügger – Lela, Duílio, Pachequinho



The current and official orthography of the city was established in 1919, ten years after the foundation of club. In the name of an old and honored tradition, the club keep its original name. The same happened to the words "foot ball" and "club", because the English does not have a Portuguese equivalent.

The word "Curitiba" had many orthographies throughout history, such as Coritiba and Curityba.


The club colors are green and white, the colors of the flag of Paraná state.

Founded on October 12, 1909, Coritiba was the oldest "green and white" team in Brazilian soccer, and one of the oldest of world.


The club's logo is a green globe with the initials CFC in white across the center, along with twelve white stylized pine seeds. The logo's colors, green and white, are the same as Paraná state flag's.

Coritiba's first logo was very simple: a white background inside a green circle, with the initials CFC in green.

The team kit[edit]

Coritiba's first kit was used from 1909 to 1916, and was composed of green and white vertical stripes.

Coritiba's second kit, used from 1916 to 1976 was an all-white one.

The current home kit is composed of a white shirt, with two green parallel horizontal stripes and black shorts and white socks. The away kit is composed of a green and white vertical stripes shirt, black shorts and green socks. These kits were adopted in 1976.


The official club anthem lyrics were composed by Cláudio Ribeiro, and the music by Homero Rébuli. There is also an unofficial anthem, called Coritiba Eterno Campeão (Coritiba Eternal Champion), which was composed (both the lyrics and the music) by Francis Night. A third anthem, whose lyrics were composed by Vinicius Coelho, with music by Sebastião Lima, is also call the team the "eternal champion".


The club's mascot is an old man nicknamed Vovô Coxa (Grandpa Coxa), and represents the club's tradition of being the oldest football club of Curitiba.


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