Esporte Clube Taubaté
|Full name||Esporte Clube Taubaté|
|Nickname(s)||Burro da Central, Alvi Azul and Gigante do Vale|
|Founded||November 1, 1914|
|Chairman||Ary Kara José|
|League||Campeonato Paulista Série A3|
The idea of founding a football club in Taubaté appeared when the football fans José Pedro de Oliveira, Jayme Tindal and Frederico Livrero had a meeting at Associação Comercial, and they decided to study the viability of founding a football club in the city. At that meeting they decided that the name of the club would be Sport Club Taubaté.
On October 25, 1914, the colors of the club were chosen: blue and white. On November 1, 1914, the club was founded as Sport Club Taubaté.
The first match of the club was on December 25, 1914, against AA Palmeiras at Estádio da Praça Monsenhor Silva Barros (known also as Campo do Bosque) in Taubaté. The match ended with a defeat by 1-6. The players of Taubaté were Paulinho, Luiz Simi, Paiva; Synésio, Sérgio Areão, Hugo; Paulo Silva, Waldemiro, Renato Granadeiro (captain), Abreu and Jacinto. Irito also played.
The club won the following titles:
- Campeonato Paulista do Interior: 1919, 1926, 1942
- Campeonato Paulista Série A-2: 1954 and 1979
- Campeonato Paulista A-3: 2003 and 2015
- Campeonato Paulista de Juniores - 2ª Divisão: 1985
Symbols and colors
The club's mascot is a donkey, known as Burro da Central (burro means donkey in Portuguese). In 1954, the club played the Campeonato Paulista second division final against Comercial of Ribeirão Preto and fielded an ineligible player in the match. Because of this mistake, the press of São Paulo nicknamed the club Burro (Donkey) not just meaning for donkey but for being dumb because of this mistake.
The blue color of the club represents the infinity of the sky, and the white color represents peace.