Fortaleza Esporte Clube

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Full nameFortaleza Esporte Clube
Nickname(s)Leão do Pici (Lion of the Pici)
Clube da Garotada (Club of the Youth)
Tricolor de Aço (Steel Tricolor)
FoundedOctober 18, 1918; 102 years ago (1918-10-18)
PresidentMarcelo Paz
Head coachMarcelo Chamusca
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Cearense
Série A, 9th
Cearense, 1st
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Fortaleza Esporte Clube, usually known as Fortaleza, is primarily a football club, but is active in other sports such as futsal, handball and basketball. Fortaleza Esporte Clube is based in Fortaleza, capital of the State of Ceará, Brazil. The club was founded on October 18, 1918.[2]

Fortaleza is one of the most traditional[clarification needed] clubs in the Northeastern region of Brazil alongside Bahia, Vitória, Santa Cruz, Sport, Náutico and Ceará, its biggest rival. The club's colors are red, blue and white.


On 23 February 1912, Alcides Santos founded a club called Fortaleza, and participated shortly after in the founding of the Stella Foot-Ball Club. Finally on 18 October 1918 Fortaleza Sporting Club is born, first denomination of the Fortaleza Esporte Clube. Its colors represent the colors of the French flag, since the founder spent time in France and decided to put the colors of the European country in the Brazilian club.

In 1920, they participated in the foundation of the Associação Cearense de Desportos. That same year they got their first Cearense Championship title.

In 1951 , the Municipality of Fortaleza decided to renovate the Presidente Vargas Stadium. The idea of having a private stadium was reborn in the board since it had its own stadium during the 1920s.

In 1957, the club acquired from the land in Bairro do Pici from Mrs. Hedwing, which during the Second World War was where the American military base was in Fortaleza, called Post Command ( Command Post), hence the name Pici, transfers it to the Club of Gentilândia in exchange for the new neighborhood. It changed its name to Leão do Pici, a reference to the neighborhood where the Parque dos Campeonatos is located.

The Alcides Santos Stadium opened its doors in June 1962, beating Usina Ceará in the inaugural match.


  • Home Uniform: Blue and red shirt with blue pants and white socks.
  • Away uniform: White and blue shirt with blue pants and blue socks.

Uniform Evolution[edit]



  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
    • Player with most goals scored: Rinaldo (23 goals)
    • Player with most goals scored in a single tournament: Rinaldo (16 goals), in 2005
  • All divisions taken in consideration
    • Player with most goals scored: Rinaldo (43 goals); in 2004 (14), 2005 (16), 2006 (11) and 2008 (2)
  • Topscorers in national competitions (cups and leagues)
  • Best Série A right-back (Bola de Prata award): Louro, in 1974


Fortaleza mascot Juba

In the 1960s a journalist popularized the Leão, a name that came from the times of Praça dos Leões. The mascot's name is Juba.

Club Structure[edit]


The Fortaleza Esporte Clube has its headquarters in the district of Pici, which consists of the Manoel Guimarães administrative headquarters, stadium Alcides Santos stadium, indoor trophies, Hotel Ribamar Bezerra (used for athletes), Otoni Diniz accommodation, dressing rooms, fitness center, and a modern medical department.

Castelão (Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil)


They play their games at Alcides Santos Stadium, with capacity for 8,300 people, Estadio Castelão, which can hold 63,903 supporters and Estádio Presidente Vargas, which has a capacity of 20,600.

Past presidents[edit]

  • Alcides Santos
  • João Gentil
  • João César
  • Ney Rebouças
  • Aírton França Rebouças
  • Péricles Mulatinho
  • José Atanásio dos Santos
  • José Nestor Falcão
  • Osvaldo Azim
  • Ezequiel Menezes
  • Jorge Mota (1999—03)
  • Clayton Alcântara Veras (2004)
  • Ribamar Bezerra (2005—06)
  • Marcello Desidério (2007—08)
  • Lúcio Bonfim (2008—09)
  • Renan Vieira (2010)
  • Paulo Arthur Magalhães (2011)
  • Osmar Baquit (2011—14)
  • Jorge Mota (2015—17)
  • Luis Eduardo Girão (2017)
  • Marcelo Paz (2017—present)

Current squad[edit]

As of 19 November 2020[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Brazil BRA Marcelo Boeck
2 DF Brazil BRA Tinga
3 DF Colombia COL Juan Quintero (3rd captain)
4 DF Brazil BRA Roger Carvalho
5 MF Brazil BRA Juninho (4th captain)
6 DF Brazil BRA Carlinhos
8 MF Brazil BRA Derley
9 FW Brazil BRA Wellington Paulista (captain)
11 FW Brazil BRA Osvaldo
12 GK Brazil BRA Felipe Alves
13 MF Brazil BRA Gabriel Dias
14 MF Brazil BRA Ronald (on loan from Juventus Jaraguá)
15 MF Brazil BRA Felipe
17 FW Brazil BRA David
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 FW Brazil BRA Romarinho
23 GK Brazil BRA Max Walef
25 DF Brazil BRA Paulão (vice-captain)
26 DF Brazil BRA Jackson (on loan from Bahia)
28 MF Brazil BRA Marlon
29 FW Brazil BRA Bergson
30 DF Brazil BRA Bruno Melo
32 MF Argentina ARG Mariano Vázquez
33 DF Brazil BRA Wanderson (on loan from Bahia)
38 MF Brazil BRA João Paulo (on loan from Tombense)
57 FW Brazil BRA Yuri César (on loan from Flamengo)
88 MF Brazil BRA Luiz Henrique
91 FW Brazil BRA Éderson

Reserve team[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF Brazil BRA Wendew
18 MF Brazil BRA Miguel
34 GK Brazil BRA Kennedy
44 DF Brazil BRA Diguinho
No. Pos. Nation Player
77 FW Brazil BRA Igor Torres (on loan from Taboão da Serra)
87 MF Brazil BRA Samuel
DF Brazil BRA João Paulo
MF Brazil BRA Geílson

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. Pos. Nation Player
MF Brazil BRA Matheus Vargas (on loan at Atlético Goianiense until 31 December 2020)
FW Brazil BRA Edson Cariús (on loan at Al-Jabalain until 30 June 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Brazil BRA Gustavo Coutinho (on loan at Cabofriense until 31 January 2021)
FW Brazil BRA Tiago Orobó (on loan at Ponte Preta until February 2021)

Technical staff[edit]


League Cup Ceará 2010


  • 2018
  • 1970
  • 1920, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1933, 1934, 1937, 1938, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1953, 1954, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1992, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020
  • Torneio Início do Ceará: 12
  • 1925, 1927, 1928, 1933, 1935, 1948, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1977
  • Copa dos Campeões Cearenses: 2
  • 2016, 2017


  • Copa Cearense Master: 1
  • 2016
  • Copa Cearense de Futebol Cinquentão Masters 50: 1
  • 2017


  1. ^ "CNEF - Cadastro Nacional de Estádios de Futebol" (PDF) (in Portuguese). January 18, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "Fortaleza". Albion Road. Archived from the original on September 21, 2008. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  3. ^ "Elenco" [Squad] (in Portuguese). Fortaleza EC. Retrieved January 18, 2020.

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