Volta Redonda FC

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Volta Redonda
Full nameVolta Redonda Futebol Clube
Nickname(s)Voltaço
Esquadrão de Aço (Steel Squadron)
Founded9 February 1976; 47 years ago (1976-02-09)
GroundEstádio Raulino de Oliveira
Capacity20,255
PresidentFlávio Horta
Head coachRogério Corrêa
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série C
Campeonato Carioca
2022
2022 [pt]
Série C, 7th of 20
Carioca Série A2, 1st of 12 (champions)
WebsiteClub website

Volta Redonda Futebol Clube, commonly referred to as Volta Redonda, is a Brazilian professional club based in Volta Redonda, Rio de Janeiro founded on 9 February 1976. It competes in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C, the third tier of Brazilian football, as well as in the Campeonato Carioca, the top flight of the Rio de Janeiro state football league.

In 2016, Volta Redonda won the Serie D undefeated, becoming one of only five clubs in Brazil to have a perfect season since the national championship was created in 1971.

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

In 1975, the only professional team of the city of Volta Redonda was Clube de Regatas do Flamengo of Volta Redonda (not be confused with Clube de Regatas do Flamengo of Rio de Janeiro city), commonly known as Flamenguinho, and Guarani Esporte Clube. In the same year, the states of Rio de Janeiro and Guanabara fused. Because of the fusion of the two states, the Federação Carioca de Futebol ("Carioca Football Federation", Rio de Janeiro city football federation) and Federação Fluminense de Desportos ("Fluminense Sporting Federation", federation of the interior cities of today's Rio de Janeiro state) also fused.

At a meeting between the president of Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN), Volta Redonda city mayor Nelson Gonçalves, Doctor Guanayr and Admiral Heleno Nunes (president of CBD, Confederação Brasileira de Desportos), Doctor Guanayr defended the idea that Flamenguinho should represent the city in Campeonato Carioca, but Admiral Heleno Nunes decided that a new club should be created with the name Volta Redonda Futebol Clube and the team colors should be the same colors of Volta Redonda Municipality: black, yellow and white.

On February 9, 1976, Volta Redonda Futebol Clube was officially founded, and their first season was in the 1976 Série A, where they finished 35th out of 54 teams.

The club won their first Copa Rio in 1994, winning the following edition as well. In 1995, the club finished runner-up in Serie C, losing the finals to XV de Novembro (Piracicaba)

2005 Campeonato Carioca[edit]

In 2005, the club won the Taça Guanabara (the first turn of Campeonato Carioca), after defeating strong teams such as Vasco da Gama. This title qualified the team to play in the finals of Campeonato Carioca, against the winners of Taça Rio (the second turn of Campeonato Carioca), Fluminense. In the first match, Volta Redonda beat Fluminense by 4–3, needing only a draw in the second match to win the competition. However, the second match ended 3–1 to Fluminense, and Fluminense won the title 6–5 on aggregate.

2006 Copa do Brasil[edit]

In 2006, Volta Redonda reached the quarterfinals of Copa do Brasil. In the first stage, the club beat América Mineiro. In the second stage, Volta Redonda defeated first division club Atlético Paranaense. In the third stage, 15 de Novembro of Campo Bom was beaten by Volta Redonda. On May 4, at Estádio São Januário, Volta Redonda was defeated by Vasco da Gama 2–1 and eliminated of the competition where Vasco was later a finalist. In the first leg, played on April 27, Volta Redonda and Vasco drew 0–0, concluding their best Copa do Brasil campaign.

2016 Campeonato Brasileiro Série D[edit]

In 2016, Volta Redonda rose with one of the most impressive campaigns in the Série D, beating Fluminense de Feira twice and finishing undefeated, thus gaining access to the 2017 Série C.[1] In the finals, they beat CSA 4–0.[2]

In 2022, Volta Redonda won the Copa Rio for the first time in 15 years, gaining access to the 2023 Copa do Brasil.

Stadium[edit]

Estádio Raulino de Oliveira

Volta Redonda's stadium is the Estádio Raulino de Oliveira. The stadium has a maximum capacity of 20,255 people.

Rivalries[edit]

Volta Redonda's biggest rival is Barra Mansa, with whom he plays the Clássico do Sul Fluminense (Rio de Janeiro's South derby).

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 8 November 2023

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 Avelino
GK Brazil BRA Jefferson (on loan from Náutico)
DF Brazil BRA Sanchez Costa (on loan from Santa Cruz de Natal)
DF Brazil BRA Daniel Felipe
DF Brazil BRA Gabriel Bahia (on loan from Bandeirante)
DF Brazil BRA Marcão
DF Brazil BRA Marco (on loan from Portuguesa)
DF Brazil BRA Marcos Bebê
DF Brazil BRA Michel Custódio
DF Brazil BRA Raphinha
DF Brazil BRA Matheus Santos
DF Brazil BRA Ricardo Sena
DF Brazil BRA Wellington Silva
MF Brazil BRA Berguinho
MF Brazil BRA Hugo Borges
MF Brazil BRA Bruno Barra
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Brazil BRA Danrley
MF Brazil BRA Emerson Júnior
MF Brazil BRA Júlio Cesar (on loan from Atlético Mineiro)
MF Brazil BRA Henrique Silva
FW Brazil BRA Douglas Skilo
FW Brazil BRA Ítalo
FW Brazil BRA Luizinho
FW Brazil BRA Macário
FW Brazil BRA Marquinhos
FW Brazil BRA MV
FW Brazil BRA Rhyan
FW Brazil BRA Samuel Granada (on loan from Fluminense)
FW Brazil BRA Gabriel Sathler
FW Brazil BRA Wandson (on loan from Atlético Cearense)
FW Brazil BRA Wellisson (on loan from Azuriz)

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
MF Brazil BRA Luigi Corso (at Cruzeiro-RS until 31 December 2023)
MF Brazil BRA Dudu (at Vitória until 30 November 2023)
MF Brazil BRA Evertton Araújo (at Flamengo until 31 December 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Brazil BRA Pedro Thomaz (at Linense until 31 December 2023)
FW Brazil BRA Kauan Cristian (at Goytacaz until 31 December 2023)

Honours[edit]

National[edit]

Winners (1): 2016

State[edit]

Winners (5): 1994, 1995, 1999, 2007, 2022
Winners (4): 1987, 1990, 2004, 2022
Winners (1): 2005
Winners (1): 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dija Baiano desequilibra, Voltaço derrota Flu de Feira e garante acesso". Globoesporte.com. 3 September 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  2. ^ "É campeão! Voltaço goleia o CSA e comemora título inédito da Série D". Globoesporte.com. 1 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.

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