Nacional Futebol Clube

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Full name Nacional Futebol Clube
Nickname(s) Naça
Leão da Vila Municipal (Lion of the Vila Municipal)
Founded January 13, 1913 (105 years ago) (1913-01-13)
Ground Arena da Amazônia
Capacity 41,000
President Roberto Peggy
Head coach Arthur Bernardes
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série D
Campeonato Amazonense
2016 Série D, 37th
Website Club website

Nacional Futebol Clube, usually known simply as Nacional, is a traditional Brazilian football club from Manaus, Amazonas state. Nacional is the oldest club of Amazonas state.[1]


On January 13, 1913, Nacional Futebol Clube was founded. The club was initially named Eleven Nacional.[2]

On February 8, 1914, Nacional played the first Campeonato Amazonense match, against Manaós Sporting.[3]

On July 8, 1930,[4] Nacional Futebol Clube former members who were dissatisfied with the club founded Nacional Fast Clube.[5]

In 1975, Nacional finished in Campeonato Brasileiro Série A's 16th position, ahead of clubs such as Vasco da Gama, Atlético Mineiro and Santos.[6] In 1984, during a trip to Morocco, in North Africa, Nacional won the King of Morocco Cup, in Rabat.[3]

In 1985, Nacional competed for the last time the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. The club finished in the 18th position, ahead of clubs like Fluminense, Grêmio and São Paulo.[7] The club competed in 1992 in Copa do Brasil for the first time, being eliminated by Vasco da Gama in the first round. The first leg, in Manaus, ended in a 1–1 draw. In the second leg, in Rio de Janeiro, Vasco beat Nacional 5–0.[8]


1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1922, 1923, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1945, 1946, 1950, 1957, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015


Nacional's home stadium is the Arena da Amazônia, opened in 2014, with a maximum capacity of 41,000 people. The stadium was built on the site of the old Vivaldao, which was demolished in order to construct a new stadium for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Only one training ground is owned by the club. Campo de Treinamento Barbosa Filho is located in Manaus.[9]


Nacional's biggest rivals are Rio Negro and São Raimundo (AM).[10]

The derby against Rio Negro is called Rio-Nal, and is a traditional city derby, considered one of the biggest derbies of the city.[10]

The derby against São Raimundo is the second biggest derby of the city, and it started due to the good performance of São Raimundo in recent years.[10]


The club's mascot is called Leão Azul, meaning "blue lion".[9] Nacional is nicknamed Naça, which is the diminutive form of the name Nacional, Leão Azul (Blue Lion)[1] and Time da Estrela Azul (Blue Star Team).[3] The club colors are blue and white.[2]

Ultra groups[edit]

  • Torcida Organizadas do Nacional
  • Torcida Organizada Leões da Amazônia
  • Torcida Organizada Naça Gol
  • Torcida Organizada Naçacanagem
  • Torcida Organizada Narraça
  • Torcida Organizada Selva Azul


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