Associação Atlética Aparecidense

Associação Atlética Aparecidense, commonly referred to as Aparecidense, is a Brazilian professional club based in Aparecida de Goiânia, Goiás founded on 22 October 1985. It competes in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C, the third tier of Brazilian football, as well as in the Campeonato Goiano, the top flight of the Goiás state football league.

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Full nameAssociação Atlética Aparecidense
Nickname(s)Camaleão (Chameleon)
Founded22 October 1985; 36 years ago (1985-10-22)
GroundEstádio Annibal Batista de Toledo
PresidentElvis Carlos Mendes
Head coachThiago Carvalho
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série C
Campeonato Goiano
Série D, 1st of 68 (promoted)
Goiano, 9th of 12
WebsiteClub website


Aparecidense was founded on 22 October 1985.[1] The club played their first professional competition in 1992, playing in the Campeonato Goiano Second Level. In 1995, after finishing second, they achieved promotion to the Campeonato Goiano.

After finishing in the 13th place in the 1997 Goiano, Aparecidense did not play in the 1998 Second Division, only returning in 1999. Despite finishing fifth and achieving promotion as eight teams were promoted, the club went into inactivity, only returning in 2002 but in the Campeonato Goiano Third Level, which they finished champions.

The club finished second in the 2004 Second Division, achieving promotion back to the top tier of the Goiano. They did not play in the 2007 Goiano, being immediately relegated and having their spot given to Canedense.

Back to action in 2008, Aparecidense immediately returned to the top tier after finishing second. Relegated after finishing last in the 2009 Goiano, the club won the Second Level in 2010 and returned to the first division.

The club first reached a national competition in 2012, when they played in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série D after Itumbiara withdrew from the competition. They made national and international headlines in September of the following year, in a Série D knockout match against Tupi, when club physiotherapist Ramildo Fonseca entered the pitch to make a double save in the last minute, keeping the score at 2–2 so Aparecidense advanced on away goals. The club was knocked out of the competition as punishment.[2]

Aparecidense reached the Campeonato Goiano finals in 2015, but lost the title to Goiás. From that year onwards, the club featured regularly in the Série D, and also knocked out Série A sides Sport Recife and Botafogo in the 2016 and 2018 editions of the Copa do Brasil. They again lost the title of the Goiano to Goiás in 2018.

On 16 October 2021, after a 2–1 aggregate win over Uberlândia, Aparecidense achieved a first-ever promotion to the Série C in their history.[3]


Winners (1): 2021
Winners (1): 2010
Winners (1): 2002


Associação Atlética Aparecidense play their home games at Estádio Annibal Batista de Toledo.[1] The stadium has a maximum capacity of 8,000 people.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Placar Guia 2011 (1350-C): 79. January 2011.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  2. ^ "Brazilian physio Ramildo Fonseca gets his club Aparecidense thrown out of league after goal-line clearance". Metro. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Campinense e Aparecidense garantem vaga na semi da Série D e acesso à Série C em 2022" [Campinense and Aparecidense assure a spot in the Série D semifinals and promotion to the Série C in 2022] (in Brazilian Portuguese). ESPN Brasil. 16 October 2021. Retrieved 17 October 2021.