Associação Atlética Internacional (Limeira)

Associação Atlética Internacional, commonly referred to as simply Inter de Limeira, is a Brazilian association football club in Limeira, São Paulo. They currently play in the Série D, the fourth tier of Brazilian football, as well as in the Campeonato Paulista, São Paulo's premier state league.

Inter de Limeira
Full nameAssociação Atlética Internacional
Nickname(s)Leão da Paulista (Paulista Lions)
FoundedOctober 5, 1913; 108 years ago (1913-10-05)
GroundEstádio Major José Levy Sobrinho
Head coachDyego Coelho
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série D
Campeonato Paulista
2021Paulista, 7th of 16

The club's home colours are black and white and the team mascot is a lion.


On October 2, 1913, at Teatro da Paz (meaning Peace Theater) members of an amateur football club called Barroquinha decided to professionalise their club, and established a monthly fee to be paid by its members and associates.[1] On October 5, 1913,[2] Associação Atlética Internacional was officially founded. The club was named after a São Paulo city club named Internacional (not to be confused with the still active Internacional of Porto Alegre).[3] According to some fans, the club is named to honor the several immigrant communities in Limeira, like the German, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese communities.[1]

In 1926, Internacional won its first title, the São Paulo Countryside Cup.[4]

In 1982, the club contested the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A for the first time. Inter de Limeira finished in the 23rd position, ahead of big clubs like Cruzeiro and Atlético Paranaense.[5]

In 1986, Internacional, managed by Pepe,[6] won the Campeonato Paulista. It was the first time that a countryside club won the competition.[6] In the semifinals, Inter de Limeira beat Santos, and in the final, the club defeated Palmeiras.[7]

In 1988, Inter de Limeira won its first national title, the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. In the final four, the club finished ahead of Náutico of Pernambuco state, Ponte Preta of São Paulo state and Americano of Rio de Janeiro state. The club was promoted to the following year's Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.[8]


1986, 1988
1978, 1996, 2004


Inter de Limeira's home stadium is Estádio Major José Levy Sobrinho, also known as Limeirão,[2] inaugurated in 1977, with a maximum capacity of 23,475 people.[9]

Notable managersEdit

Club colorsEdit

Internacional's colors are black and white.[2]


The club's anthem was composed by Joel Navarini, and it is called "Avante Leão!" (meaning "Go ahead Lion!").[10]


The club is nicknamed Leão da Paulista (meaning "Lion of Paulista"). The nickname appeared after a match between Internacional and Comercial-Ribeirão Preto of Ribeirão Preto. Comercial is nicknamed Leão, and after a successful trip when the club remained undefeated, the club was beaten by Inter de Limeira, which then adopted the nickname.[3]


Inter de Limeira's mascot is called Leão, meaning lion.[6] He is usually depicted wearing the club's home or away kit.[11]


  1. ^ a b "History at Internacional's fansite". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved August 17, 2006.
  2. ^ a b c "Internacional at Arquivo de Clubes". Archived from the original on January 1, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2006.
  3. ^ a b Club history and trivia at Futebol Interior Archived June 25, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Titles at Internacional's fansite". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved August 17, 2006.
  5. ^ 1982 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A at RSSSF Archived February 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b c Especial Placar - 500 Times do Brasil, São Paulo: Editora Abril: 2003.
  7. ^ 1986 Campeonato Paulista at RSSSF Archived February 20, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ 1988 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B at RSSSF Archived December 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Estádio Major José Levy Sobrinho at Templos do Futebol
  10. ^ "Anthem at Internacional's fansite". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved August 17, 2006.
  11. ^ Mascot depicted in Internacional's fansite[permanent dead link]

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