Esporte Clube Juventude

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Full nameEsporte Clube Juventude
Founded29 June 1913; 110 years ago (1913-06-29)
GroundAlfredo Jaconi
PresidentWalter Dal Zotto Jr
Head coachThiago Carpini
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série B
Campeonato Gaúcho
Série A, 20th of 20 (relegated)
Gaúcho, 3rd of 12
WebsiteClub website
Estádio Alfredo Jaconi in Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Esporte Clube Juventude, also known as Juventude (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒuvẽˈtud(ʒ)i]), is a Brazilian football team in Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul. The club currently competes in the second tier of Brazilian football, the Série B, as well as in Campeonato Gaúcho Série A, the first level of the Rio Grande do Sul state football league. Major titles won by the club include the 1999 Copa do Brasil and the 1994 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. Juventude also competes in the top tier state league of Rio Grande do Sul, having won it once, in 1998. Their greatest rival is Caxias, with whom it contests the Caxias do Sul derby, also known as CaJu.


Juventude was founded on June 29, 1913, by 35 youngsters from Caxias do Sul, descendants of Italian immigrants, being one of the first football clubs in that community. Antônio Chiaradia Neto was chosen as the club's first president.

On July 20, 1913, Juventude played its first game, against Serrano, from the city of Carlos Barbosa, Rio Grande do Sul. The game ended 4–0 in favor of Juventude.

On March 8, 1915, Juventude lost its first game ever. Fußball, from the nearby town of Montenegro, beat Juventude 4–1, ending a 23-game invincibility streak.

On October 10, 1919, Juventude joined the Rio Grande do Sul state football association

In 1920, the club became professional after signing some Uruguayan players.

On December 11, 1975, the first match against Caxias was played, which ended 1–0 to Juventude. The goal was scored by Da Silva. This match is known as the Ca-Ju derby.

On May 25, 1993, Juventude signed a partnership with Parmalat, bringing more investment to the club.

On December 4, 1994, Juventude won the second division of Campeonato Brasileiro, which was the first national title won by the club, gaining promotion to the first division.

On June 7, 1998, Juventude won the Campeonato Gaúcho without losing a single match.

On June 27, 1999, Juventude won its most important national title, the Copa do Brasil, gaining the right to contest the Copa Libertadores in the following year.

In 2000, Juventude played the Copa Libertadores for the first time, but the club was eliminated in the first stage.

Finally in 2013 Juventude finished Série D as 2nd and promoted to Série C for 2014 season. They ascended again to the Série B in 2017.[1]

Juventude returned to the top division of Brazilian Football Série A after a 13-year absence by finishing 3rd in the 2020 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. In 2021, they finished in 16th in the tournament, ensuring they remain in Série A for the 2022 championship.


Juventude's stadium is Estádio Alfredo Jaconi, inaugurated in 1975, with a maximum capacity of 23,519 people.





2011, 2012
1975, 1976

B team[edit]



The club's official anthem lyrics were composed by Ernani Falcão, and the music by Rodolfo Storchi.

There is another anthem, which is an unofficial one, and was composed (both the lyrics and the music) by Paulo Gazola, and is called Hino da Volta do Ju, meaning Anthem of Ju's Return.

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 March 2023[2]

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 Thiago Couto (on loan from São Paulo)
2 DF Brazil BRA Daniel Guedes
3 DF Brazil BRA Zé Marcos
4 DF Brazil BRA Danilo Boza
5 MF Brazil BRA Jean Irmer
6 MF Brazil BRA Vitinho (on loan from Red Bull Bragantino)
7 MF Brazil BRA Emerson Santos
8 MF Brazil BRA Wesley Hudson
10 MF Brazil BRA Fernando Boldrin
11 FW Brazil BRA David (on loan from Fortaleza)
12 GK Brazil BRA Léo Vieira
16 MF Brazil BRA Jadson
18 MF Brazil BRA Gabriel Tota
19 FW Brazil BRA Gabriel Aires
20 DF Guatemala GUA Gerardo Gordillo
22 DF Brazil BRA Dani Bolt (on loan from Athletico Paranaense)
23 DF Brazil BRA Walce (on loan from São Paulo)
No. Pos. Nation Player
26 MF Brazil BRA Pará
28 DF Brazil BRA Alan Ruschel
29 FW Brazil BRA Ruan
31 FW Brazil BRA Geuvânio
32 FW Brazil BRA Victor Andrade
30 FW Brazil BRA Rafinha
33 FW Brazil BRA Echaporã (on loan from Atlético Mineiro)
36 MF Brazil BRA Vini Paulista
39 FW Brazil BRA Daniel Cruz (on loan from Athletico Paranaense)
44 MF Brazil BRA Mandaca (on loan from Corinthians)
77 MF Brazil BRA Pedro Arthur
88 DF Uruguay URU Felipe Carvalho
92 GK Brazil BRA Mário
99 GK Brazil BRA Lucas Wingert
FW Brazil BRA Luiz Fernando
MF Brazil BRA Matheus Vargas (on loan from Fortaleza)

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
36 DF Brazil BRA Da Rocha

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
GK Brazil BRA William (at Aimoré until 30 April 2023)
MF Brazil BRA Kelvi (at Paysandu until 30 November 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Brazil BRA Weliton (at Flamengo until 31 January 2024)

Technical staff[edit]


  1. ^ "Juventude segura pressão do Fortaleza e sobe para a Série B do Brasileiro". UOL Esporte (in Portuguese). September 9, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ "Plantel profissional" [First-team squad] (in Brazilian Portuguese). EC Juventude. Retrieved May 13, 2021.

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