América Futebol Clube (SP)

América Futebol Clube (SP), also known as América de Rio Preto or simply América, is a Brazilian football team based in São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo. Founded in 1946, it plays in Campeonato Paulista Segunda Divisão.

América de Rio Preto
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Full nameAmérica Futebol Clube
Nickname(s)Diabo (Devil)
FoundedJanuary 28, 1946
LeagueCampeonato Paulista Segunda Divisão
2020Segunda Divisão, 22nd

It was named after America from Rio de Janeiro, even copying their team badge.


On January 28, 1946, at Hotel São Paulo, Antônio Tavares Pereira Lima, an Estrada de Ferro Araraquarense (EFA, Araraquara city Railroad) engineer, Vitor Buongermino and 53 local sportsmen and columnists of two local newspapers (A Folha de Rio Preto and A Notícia) founded the club to rival the city's only team at the time, Bancários. The club was named América Futebol Clube. The other suggested names were Dínamo and Flamengo.[1]

On March 17, 1946, América played its first match. América beat Ferroviária of Araraquara 3–1. América's first goal ever was scored by Quirino. América's starting eleven were Bob, Hugo and Edgar, De Lúcia, Quirino and Miguelzinho, Morgero, Dema, Pereira Lima, Fordinho and Birigui. Nelsinho substituted Pereira Lima during the match.[1]

In 1957, the club won its first title, the Campeonato Paulista Second Level, finishing ahead of São Bento. The club was promoted to the following year's first level.[2]

In 1978, América competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A for the first time, finishing in 38th position.[3]

In 1980, the club competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A for the second time, finishing in the 32nd position.[4]

In 2006, América won the Copa São Paulo de Juniores, beating Comercial of Ribeirão Preto in the final.[5]

Current squad (selected)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
GK   BRA Wágner
DF   BRA Giba
MF   BRA Everton
MF   BRA Rodrigo Costa
MF   BRA Marquinhos
MF   BRA Tiago Gaúcho
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   BRA Roberto
FW   BRA Manoel
FW   BRA Michel
FW   BRA Romário



América's home stadium is Estádio Benedito Teixeira, usually known as Teixeirão,[6] inaugurated in 1996, with a maximum capacity of 36,426 people.[7]

The club also owns a training ground, named Centro de Treinamento Sami Gorayb, and nicknamed Toca do Rubro (meaning Red's Burrow).[8]

Club colorsEdit

América's official club colors are red and white. The club's home kit is composed of a red shirt, white short and red socks.[6]


The club's official anthem lyrics was composed by Walter Benfatti and the music's author was Roberto Farath. There is another anthem, created to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary. This anthem lyrics was composed by José Celso Colturato Barbeiro and the music by Edson Crepaldi and Fernando Marques Alves .[9]


América's mascot is a red devil, called Diabo.[10]


  1. ^ a b (in Portuguese) Club history at América Futebol Clube (SP) official website Archived January 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ 1957 Campeonato Paulista Second Level at RSSSF
  3. ^ 1978 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A at RSSSF Archived December 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ 1980 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A at RSSSF Archived May 2, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ 2006 Copa São Paulo de Juniores at RSSSF Archived December 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b (in Portuguese) América (SP) at Arquivo de Clubes Archived January 17, 2013, at
  7. ^ Archived March 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Especial Placar – 500 Times do Brasil, São Paulo: Editora Abril: 2003.
  9. ^ (in Portuguese) América's official anthem at the club's official website Archived November 29, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 – Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.

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