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|Full name||Petare Fútbol Club|
Los del bloque
|Founded||August 18, 1948|
|Ground||Estadio Olímpico (Caracas)
|2016||19th, Primera División (Relegated)|
Petare Fútbol Club (until summer 2010 called Deportivo Italia Fútbol Club and known as Deportivo Petare Fútbol Club until summer 2015) is a Venezuelan football club based in Caracas. Formed in 1948 as "Deportivo Italia F.C.", the club after fifty years merged with "Deportivo Chacao F.C." in 1998, and was called Deportivo Italchacao for eight years. The club has won the Primera División Venezolana five times and the Copa de Venezuela three times.
Deportivo Petare was founded on August 18, 1948 with the name "Deportivo Italia" by nine Italian immigrants: Carlo Pescifeltri, Lorenzo Tommasi, Bruno Bianchi, Giordano Valentini, Samuel Rovatti, Angelo Bragaglia, Giovanni de Stefano, Giuseppe Pane and Alfredo Sacchi.
The golden years of the team were those of the "D'Ambrosio era", that lasted from 1958 to 1978.
The D'Ambrosio golden era
In 1958 Mino D'Ambrosio together with his brother Pompeo D'Ambrosio (who managed the financial side) took control of Deportivo Italia.
Deportivo Italia won the Venezuelan First Division tournament four times (1961, 1963, 1966 and 1972) and the Copa Venezuela three times (1961,1962 and 1970), and was runner up in the first division in 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1971 and in the Copa Venezuela in 1976.
The famous "Little Maracanazo"
Deportivo Italia was Venezuela's Champion of the 1971 season. They traveled to the Maracanã Stadium and surprisingly took home a 1:0 victory. The goal was scored by central defender Tenorio.
...the night of March 3, 1971 will never be forgotten by the fans of Fluminense, who followed the match against Deportivo Italia by radio and television. More than 26,000 people went to the Maracanã. The modest Venezuelan team, thrashed in their own field in the previous match, did what no none could do for over a year, not even the powerful Brazilian teams: defeat Fluminense in their Maracanã. That fateful night, Deportivo Italia achieved the most enjoyable victory in the Venezuelan national football history, beating the Brazilian champion in the largest stadium in the world...
Santander Laya-Garrido, who wrote the book Los Italianos forjadores de la nacionalidad y del desarrollo economico en Venezuela, said that since then no other Venezuela football team has obtained a similar international result. Until now the "Little Maracanazo" is the top international victory in the history of football in Venezuela.
In the summer of 1998 Deportivo Italia merged with Deportivo Chacao with the new team being known as Deportivo ItalChacao.
Deportivo Italia FC again
For the 2006/2007 season the team returned to its original name Deportivo Italia Fútbol Club. In 2008, with manager Eduardo Saragó, Deportivo Italia won the Torneo Apertura, beating Aragua FC (0–2) on November 30. This gave them a berth to the 2010 Copa Libertadores.
Name change: Deportivo Petare
Deportivo Italia changed their name to "Deportivo Petare" in the summer of 2010 as a result of an alliance with the Sucre Municipality in the Mranda state and private entrepreneurs, turning into a social project based in Petare looking to bring opportunities for the community's youth to develop into professional footballers. The rebranded club also hoped to appeal to Petare's residents given that the club's attendance numbers were among the worst of the league, in spite of its performances. There is an ongoing dispute because of the strong opposition from the Italian community in Caracas. Five years later, with the arrival of a new Board and still wishing to link the Petare community to the club, the club changed its name again, dropping the word "Deportivo".
- Professional Era (5): 1961, 1963, 1966, 1972, 1999 (as Deportivo Italchacao)
- 1961, 1962, 1970
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- es:Copa de Campeones de América 1964
- Mikael Jönsson and Roberto Lahsen (2 November 2007). "Venezuela 1998/99". RSSSF. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
- Video about the strong opposition to the name change
- "Deportivo Petare FC". Soccerway. Retrieved 29 October 2013.