Ituano FC

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Ituano
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Full nameItuano Futebol Clube
Nickname(s)Galo (Rooster)
Rubro-Negro (Scarlet-Black)
FoundedMay 24, 1947; 71 years ago (1947-05-24)
GroundNovelli Júnior, Itu, Brazil
Capacity18,000
PresidentJuninho Paulista
Head coachVinicius Bergantin
LeagueCampeonato Paulista

Ituano Futebol Clube, also known as Ituano Sociedade Civil de Futebol Ltda, or Ituano as they are usually called, is a Brazilian football club from Itu in São Paulo, founded on May 24, 1947. The team plays in black and red stripe shirts with white shorts and socks. In 2014, Ituano won the São Paulo State League for the second time.

History[edit]

The club was founded on May 24, 1947, by employees of Estrada de Ferro Sorocabana (Sorocabana Railroad), based in Itu. When founded the club was originally known as Associação Atlética Sorocabana. In the 1960s, the club changed its name to Ferroviário Atlético Ituano and in the 1990s the club again changed its name, this time to Ituano Futebol Clube.

In 1977 a group of sportsmen of Itu unified the football of the city around Ferroviário Atlético Ituano (FAI) and reactivated the Liga Ituana de Futebol (Ituano Football League). In 1978 the club played in Série A3 the third level of the São Paulo state professional football championship. They were promoted to the Campeonato Paulista, the top-flight professional football league in São Paulo in 1989 after clinching the Série A2 championship.

In 2002, Ituano became one of the few teams from outside the São Paulo metroplex area to win the Campeonato Paulista.

Juninho Paulista, a former player from the club's academy and former Brazilian international, became the club's president in 2010. Juninho joined in a player-president capacity helping the team avoid relegation on the final day of the 2010 season with the decisive goal in a 3–2 victory.[1]

In 2014, Ituano wins the Campeonato Paulista, defeating the storied Santos Futebol Clube on penalty kicks.

Stadium[edit]

Ituano's stadium is Estádio Novelli Júnior, inaugurated in 1947. The stadium has a capacity of 18,000 people.

Mascot[edit]

The club mascot is a cock wearing the team kit. The nickname was received in 1957 when Sorocabana played against Club Atlético Ituano (Third Division champions in 1954–55, who have no connection with the current Ituano FC). On this occasion Sorocabana lost the match but the supporters said that the team had fought like a cock and from there the club received its nickname.

Rivalries[edit]

Ituano's biggest rival is Paulista Futebol Clube and they contest the Briga de Galo. Other major rivals are Ponte Preta and São Bento, representing the cities of Campinas and Sorocaba, respectively.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 4 February 2019

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 Busatto
Brazil GK Pegorari
Brazil GK Júnior
Brazil DF Ricardo Silva
Brazil DF Léo Santos
Brazil DF Rafael Pavani
Brazil DF Mateus
Brazil DF Fellipe
Brazil DF Salomão
Brazil DF Choco
Brazil DF Jonas
Brazil DF Peri
Brazil MF Kaio Nunes
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Guilherme Nascimento
Brazil MF Gabriel Baralhas
Brazil MF Bassani
Brazil MF Paulinho Dias
Brazil MF Marcos Serrato
Brazil MF Corrêa
Brazil FW Morato
Brazil FW Alemão
Brazil FW Ramon
Brazil FW Claudinho
Brazil FW Gui Mendes
Brazil FW Martinelli
Brazil FW Marcelinho

Honours[edit]

National[edit]

State[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://archive.is/20130628035013/http://terceirotempo.bol.uol.com.br/quefimlevou/qfl/sobre/juninho-paulista-2223.html. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 2, 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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