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. It competes in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, the second tier of Brazilian football, as well as in the Campeonato Potiguar, the top flight of the Rio Grande do Norte state football league.

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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; 107 years ago (1915-06-29)
PresidentBira Marques
Head coachFernando Marchiori
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série B
Campeonato Potiguar
Série C, 2nd of 20 (promoted)
Potiguar, 1st of 8 (champions)
WebsiteClub website

ABC is the top ranked team from Rio Grande do Norte in CBF's national club ranking, at 44th overall.[1]


At precisely 13 hours on June 29, 1915, a group of young men belonging to the elites of the state of Rio Grande do Norte met in Rio Branco Avenue, in the back of the Carlos Gomes Theatre, now known as the Alberto Maranhão Theatre, to decide about the creation of the first football club of the state. The club's foundation ceremony occurred in the house of Avelino Alves Freire, a respected merchant in the state.

The first subject to decide in the meeting was the name of the club. One of the founders, José Pinheiro, gives the idea of calling the new club as ABC Futebol Clube in which it was unanimously approved. The name ABC is given in honour of the pact of fraternal friendship which was diplomatically supported by three countries: Argentina, Brazil, and Chile, called the ABC Pact, whose letters refer to the initials of the three countries.

The team incorporated on December 13, 1927, when the state's 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 57 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.[2]


The club owns Estádio Maria Lamas Farache, nicknamed Frasqueirão, which has a maximum capacity of 18,000.[3]


As of January 22, 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
1 GK   BRA Simão
4 DF   BRA Wálber (on loan from Atlético-PR)
5 MF   BRA Daniel
7 MF   BRA Matheus Anjos
8 MF   BRA Jailson
9 FW   BRA Felipe Garcia
10 MF   BRA Allan Dias
11 FW   BRA Fábio Lima
12 GK   BRA Matheus Refundini
14 MF   BRA Wellington Reis
15 DF   BRA Afonso
16 MF   BRA Raphael Luz
17 DF   BRA Richardson
18 FW   BRA Paulinho Moccelin
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 MF   BRA Walfrido
21 MF   BRA Thallyson
22 GK   BRA Welligton
26 DF   BRA Jhonnathan (on loan from Santos)
27 DF   BRA Italo Cabelinho
33 DF   BRA Daniel Vançan
51 DF   BRA Alemão
55 MF   BRA Bruno Lima
64 DF   BRA Márcio Azevedo
75 FW   BRA Maycon Douglas (on loan from Tombense)
88 FW   BRA Romário
96 MF   BRA Gustavo Hebling
99 DF   BRA Marquinho Carioca


Winners (1): 2010

Runner-up: Boa Esporte

Winners (57): 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, 2022


  1. ^ "RNC - Ranking Nacional dos Clubes 2022" (PDF). CBF. 16 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Brazil 2010 – Third Level (Série C)" (in Portuguese). RSSSF Brasil. 20 November 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "CNEF – Cadastro Nacional de Estádios de Futebol" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Confederação Brasileira de Futebol. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 3 January 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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