Nova Iguaçu Futebol Clube

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Nova Iguaçu
Full nameNova Iguaçu Futebol Clube
Nickname(s)Carrossel da Baixada
Founded1 April 1990; 28 years ago (1990-04-01)
GroundEstádio Jânio Moraes, Nova Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil
PresidentJânio Moraes
Head coachMarcelo Salles
LeagueCampeonato Carioca 2019
WebsiteClub website
Team photo from the 2010 season
Team photo from the 2008 season
Club directors

Nova Iguaçu Futebol Clube, or Nova Iguaçu as they are usually called, is a Brazilian football team from Nova Iguaçu in Rio de Janeiro, founded on April 1, 1990.

Nova Iguaçu greatest rival is from the same city: Artsul.

Home stadium is the Jânio Moraes stadium, capacity 16,000. They play in orange shirts, white shorts and orange socks.


Nova Iguaçu Futebol Clube was founded on April 1, 1990, by the initiative of 25 self-employed persons, led by Jânio Moraes. The foundation project was idealized in 1988/1989, by Jânio Moraes, and supported by the 25 self-employed people.[1] 1994 World Cup champion Zinho is one of the founders of the club and was a director-partner of the club.[2]

In 1994, only four years after the club's foundation, Nova Iguaçu won the Campeonato Carioca Third Level, and gained promotion to the state championship second level.[3]

In 2005, after a successful campaign, Nova Iguaçu won the Campeonato Carioca Second Level and was promoted to the 2006 Campeonato Carioca First Division.[4]

On January 14, 2006, Nova Iguaçu played their first ever Campeonato Carioca first division match, against the major club Flamengo, at Estádio Raulino de Oliveira, where the club won 1-0. However, Flamengo's players were youngsters.[5]

On June 21, 2008, the club won the Copa Rio for the first time, after beating Americano 3-2 at Estádio Godofredo Cruz, Campos dos Goytacazes, home of the opponent club.[6]


Major competitions[edit]

Other competitions[edit]

  • Copa João Ellis Filho:
    • Winners (1): 2005
  • Olimpíada da Baixada Fluminense:
    • Winners (1): 2005
  • Campeonato Iguaçuano:
    • Winners (1): 2005
  • Segundo Turno do Estadual de Profissionais do Módulo Especial:
    • Winners (1): 1996
  • Primeiro Turno de Profissionais da Série Intermediária:
    • Winners (1): 1995

Youth competitions[edit]

  • Volta Redonda Youth Tournament:
    • Winners (1): 1991
  • Torneio Otávio Pinto Guimarães de Juniores:
    • Winners (1): 1996
  • Juniores da Série Intermediária:
    • Winners (1): 1995
  • AERJ Youth Championship:
    • Winners (1): 1992


Estádio Giulite Coutinho

Nova Iguaçu's home stadium is Estádio Jânio Moraes, also known as Estádio Laranjão, inaugurated in 2009, with a maximum capacity of 5,000 people.

Nova Iguaçu's previously home stadium was Estádio Giulite Coutinho,[7] also known as Estádio Édson Passos, inaugurated in 2000, with a maximum capacity of 16,000 people.[8]

Current squad[edit]

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 Jefferson
Brazil GK Caio Borges
Brazil DF Murilo Henrique
Brazil DF Lucas
Brazil DF Rafael Caldeira
Brazil DF Alex Augusto
Brazil DF Wallace
Brazil DF Raphael Neuhaus
Brazil DF Paulo Vitor
Brazil DF Thiago Ryan
Brazil MF Andrezinho
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Rodrigo Yuri
Brazil MF Julinho
Brazil MF Caio Cezar
Brazil MF Dieguinho
Brazil MF Wescley
Brazil MF Paulo Henrique
Brazil FW Edu
Brazil FW Bruno Veiga
Brazil FW Marquinhos do Sul
Brazil FW Flávio Carioca
Brazil FW Lucas Campos

Club colors and nickname[edit]

The club is affectionately known as "Carrossel da Baixada" (Baixada's Carrousel), in reference to the team color (orange), similar to the color of the Netherlands' 1974 World Cup team (known as the Dutch Carrousel).[9] The color adopted by the club was orange, in honor to the period (in the 1930s) when Nova Iguaçu city was one of the biggest orange exporters in the world (the fruit still is one of the city symbols).[1]


  1. ^ a b "Nova Iguaçu Futebol Clube, nascido para brilhar" (in Portuguese). Nova Iguaçu Futebol Clube official website. Retrieved 2008-05-25.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Zinho estréia no Nova Iguaçu neste sábado" (in Portuguese). Terra. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
  3. ^ "Rio de Janeiro - List of Champions Third Level". RSSSF Brasil. Archived from the original on June 2, 2008. Retrieved May 25, 2008.
  4. ^ "Rio de Janeiro State League 2005 - 2nd level". RSSSF Brasil. Archived from the original on June 2, 2008. Retrieved May 25, 2008.
  5. ^ "Flamengo perdeu a única partida que fez contra o Nova Iguaçu" (in Portuguese). O Globo. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
  6. ^ "Nova Iguaçu em festa". Lance!. Rio de Janeiro: Areté Editorial S/A (3871): 12. 2008.
  7. ^ "Nova Iguaçu Futebol Clube" (in Portuguese). FFERJ official website. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved May 25, 2008.
  8. ^ "Estádio Giulite Coutinho" (in Portuguese). América Football Club official website. Archived from the original on April 24, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
  9. ^ "Aldeense é campeão carioca de futebol" (in Portuguese). São Pedro da Aldeia City Hall. Retrieved 2008-05-25.[dead link]

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