Rio Branco Sport Club

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Rio Branco
Rio branco sport club logo.jpg
Full name Rio Branco Sport Club
Nickname(s) Leão da Estradinha (Lion of the Estradinha)
Founded 1913
Ground Estradinha
Ground Capacity 8,000
President Thiago Campos
Head coach Ary Marques

Rio Branco Sport Club, usually known simply as Rio Branco, is a Brazilian football club from Paranaguá, Paraná state.


On October 13, 1913, Rio Branco Sport Club was founded by Anibal José de Lima, Raul da Costa Pinto, Euclides de Oliveira, Manoel Victor da Costa, Antônio Gomes de Miranda, José de Oliveira, Antônio Ferrer da Rosa and Jarbas Nery Chichorro.[1]

In 1915, Rio Branco disputed the first Campeonato Paranaense. The club finished in the last position of all the six participating teams.[2]

In 1956, Rio Branco professionalized its football section, and disputed the Campeonato Paranaense Divisão Especial (which was the second division).[1] Its first professional match was played against Água Verde. Rio Branco won 3-2.[3]

In 1996, Rio Branco disputed the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C. The club was eliminated by Figueirense in the third stage.[4]

In 2000, the club disputed the Copa João Havelange. The club was in the White module, which was the equivalent of a third level. Rio Branco was eliminated in the second stage.[5]

In 2005, the club was administered by four entrepreneurs, Mário Roque, José Carlos Possas, José Manuel Chaves and Marquinhos Roque.[1]



Rio Branco's home stadium is Estádio da Estradinha (its official name is Estádio Nelson Medrado Dias),[1] inaugurated in 1927, with a maximum capacity of 8,000 people.[6]


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 Rodrigo Café
Brazil GK Thiago Rodrigues
Brazil DF Ricardo Ehle
Brazil DF Marcelo Mineiro
Brazil DF Carlão
Brazil DF Fabinho
Brazil DF Grafite
Brazil MF Duda
No. Position Player
Brazil MF James Dens
Brazil MF Júnior Capixaba
Brazil MF Dudu
Brazil MF Williames
Brazil MF Bismarck
Brazil FW Renan Potiguar
Brazil FW Fumaça


The club's mascot is a lion.[7]


Rio Branco is nicknamed Leão da Estradinha, meaning Lion of the Little Road.[7] This nickname is due to the club's brave playstyle.[8] Estradinha is the name of the club's neighborhood.[3]

Club colors[edit]

The club colors are red and white.[9]

Ultra groups[edit]

There are several ultra groups supporting the club:[10]

  • Mancha Vermelha
  • Os Fanáticos do Leão
  • Torcida Fiel do Leão


  • Rio Branco Sport Club is the third oldest Paraná state club, only behind Coritiba, founded in 1909, and Operário-PR, founded in 1912.[11]
  • Rio Branco and Coritiba are the only state clubs which did not change their names or colors.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e (Portuguese) Rio Branco Sport Club at Arquivo de Clubes
  2. ^ 1915 Campeonato Paranaense at RSSSF
  3. ^ a b (Portuguese) History at the fansite
  4. ^ 1996 Campeonato Brasileiro Série C at RSSSF
  5. ^ 2000 Copa João Havelange at RSSSF
  6. ^ (Portuguese) Estádio da Estradinha at Templos do Futebol
  7. ^ a b Especial Placar - 500 Times do Brasil, São Paulo: Editora Abril: 2003.
  8. ^ (Portuguese) Rio Branco at FutebolPR
  9. ^ Club info at Federação Paranaense de Futebol (Paraná Football Federation)
  10. ^ (Portuguese) Ultra groups at the fansite
  11. ^ Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.

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