ABC Futebol Clube

ABC Futebol Clube, commonly referred to as ABC, is a Brazilian professional club based in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte founded on 29 June 1915.

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Full nameABC Futebol Clube
Nickname(s)O Mais Querido (The Most Beloved)
Elefante da Frasqueira (Frasqueira's Elephant)
O Clube do Povo (The People's Club)
Campeão das Multidões (Crowd Champions)
Founded29 June 1915; 106 years ago (1915-06-29)
PresidentBira Marques
Head coachMoacir Júnior
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série C
Campeonato Potiguar
Série D, 3rd of 68 (promoted)
Potiguar, 2nd of 8
WebsiteClub website

ABC is the Brazilian club that has won most state championships, with 56. It is as well together with América Futebol Clube (MG) the club who won most consecutive state championships (10 titles) between the years of 1932 and 1941. Among the Nordeste, it is the sixth-best ranked nationally of CBF, being the first among Rio Grande do Norte, in 31º[1] position. There is another interesting fact about the 56 state championships ABC have, this number places ABC as the club in the world with most championships in the same competition, overcoming the Rangers F.C., from Scotland, that has 55 Scottish Championships. This puts ABC as the biggest champion in the world.[2][3]

ABC is one of the two clubs in Rio Grande do Norte, and one of the few in Nordeste that owns a stadium, the Frasqueirão, which was constructed to be the new house of the club, was open on January 22, 2006.

According to Datafolha, it is among the most fans in Brazil, being the biggest in Rio Grande do Norte. In this research, the club appears as the 27th biggest for fans in Brazil.[4]

The Potiguar historian Luís da Câmara Cascudo created an anthological phase about the team:

Numa cidade chamada Natal existe um povo chamado ABC.
In a city called Natal, there is a people called ABC

On July 21, 2008, it was sanctioned a law in the Natal city, the law n. 9.107/2008, in which it is defined the day June 29 of each year as "ABC FC Commemorative Day", honoring, this way, its foundation.


On June 29, 1915, precisely at 13 hours, some young of Rio Grande do Norte high society met in Rio Branco Avenue, in the back of the Carlos Gomes Theater, today Alberto Maranhão Theatre, to decide about the creation of the first football club of Rio Grande do Norte. The meeting to officially the club foundation occurred in the Avelino Alves Freire house, Avelino was a respected merchant and president of the Merchant Association of Rio Grande do Norte.

The first subject to decide in the meeting was the name of the club. One of the founders, José Potiguar Pinheiro, gives the idea of calling the new club as ABC Futebol Clube in which it was unanimously approved. The name ABC is an honor given to the pact of fraternal friendship, diplomatically supported among the countries Argentina, Brazil, and Chile, which aimed the mutual cooperation of those countries, the friendship was confirmed with the sign in Pacto do abc, whose letters refer to the initials of the three countries.

The team incorporated on December 13, 1927, when the Potiguar Football League registered the club charter.

ABC's first interstate match was in 1917, defeating Santa Cruz of Recife, Pernambuco 2–1.

ABC is in the Guinness Book for having won ten consecutive state championships from 1932 to 1941, sharing this record with América Mineiro, that won ten consecutive titles from 1916 to 1925. The team also is the team with the most state championship titles in Brazil, holding 56 titles.

In 1979, Rivelino played for ABC in a 1–1 friendly match against Vasco da Gama. In the same year ABC played against the Brazil Olympic team, losing 1–0.

The club won the Série C in 2010 after beating Ituiutaba in the final.[5]


The club owns Estádio Maria Lamas Farache, nicknamed Frasqueirão, which has a maximum capacity of 18,000.[6]


As of April 26, 2015

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   BRA Gilvan
GK   BRA Saulo (on loan from Sport)
GK   BRA Willian
DF   BRA Ednei
DF   BRA Kelvin
DF   BRA Leandro Amaro
DF   BRA Leonardo Luiz
DF   BRA Luizão
DF   BRA Mael (on loan from Internacional)
DF   BRA Marcílio
DF   BRA Rafael
DF   BRA Reginaldo (on loan from Coritiba)
DF   BRA Rodrigo Biro (on loan from Ponte Preta)
DF   BRA Suéliton
MF   BRA Cleyton (on loan from Santa Rita-AL)
MF   BRA Daniel Amora
MF   BRA Dedé
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   BRA Edno
MF   BRA Erivélton
MF   BRA Fábio Bahia
MF   BRA Jandson
MF   BRA Jardel
MF   BRA Jeferson Paulista (on loan from Botafogo)
MF   BRA Marcel
MF   BRA Márcio Passos
MF   BRA Michel
MF   BRA Nem (on loan from Figueirense)
MF   BRA Rafael Miranda
MF   BRA Rafinha (on loan from Atlético-PR)
MF   BRA Ronaldo Mendes (on loan from Penapolense)
MF   BRA Wellington Bruno (on loan from Penapolense)
FW   BRA Fabinho Alves
FW   BRA Rafael Oliveira

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   BRA Tonhão (to Cruzeiro)
DF   BRA José Vinícius (to Fluminense)
MF   BRA Ítalo (to Cruzeiro)
MF   BRA Moisés (to Santa Cruz-RN)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   BRA Alvinho (to Campinense)
FW   BRA Berguinho (to Fluminense)
FW   BRA João Paulo (to Botafogo-PB)


Winners (1): 2010
Winners (56): 1920, 1921, 1923, 1925, 1926, 1928, 1929, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020


  1. ^ "Ranking Da CBF 2020" (PDF). CBF. 2020.
  2. ^ "ABC chega a 55 títulos no Rio Grande Norte e estabelece 'recorde mundial' | Blog de Esportes" (in Portuguese). Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  3. ^ "Com o título, ABC se torna o maior campeão do mundo em uma mesma competição". Tribuna do Norte (in Portuguese). Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  4. ^ "Datafolha coloca o ABC como a 27ª maior torcida do Brasil – Tribuna do Norte". February 11, 2009. Archived from the original on February 11, 2009. Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "Brazil 2010 – Third Level (Série C)" (in Portuguese). RSSSF Brasil. November 20, 2010. Retrieved November 22, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "CNEF – Cadastro Nacional de Estádios de Futebol" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Confederação Brasileira de Futebol. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  • Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 – Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.
  • Especial Placar – 500 Times do Brasil, São Paulo: Editora Abril: 2003.

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