Associação Cultural Esporte Clube Baraúnas

Associação Cultural Esporte Clube Baraúnas, or Baraúnas as they are usually called, is a Brazilian football team from Mossoró in Rio Grande do Norte, founded on January 14, 1960.

Full nameAssociação Cultural
Esporte Clube Baraúnas
Leão do Oeste
FoundedJanuary 14, 1960 (62 years ago) (1960-01-14)
GroundNogueirão, Mossoró, Brazil
ChairmanJoão Dehon da Rocha
ManagerHugo Sales
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série D
2013Série C, 20th (relegated)


In 1924, Baraúnas was initially a carnival block (meaning bloco carnavalesco in Portuguese).[1]

Some of the members of this block, on January 14, 1960,[2] founded Esporte Clube Baraúnas.[3]

In 1966, Esporte Clube Baraúnas changed its name to Associação Cultural Esporte Clube Baraúnas.[3]

In 1989, Baraúnas competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, being eliminated in the first stage.[4]

In 1998, the club competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C, being eliminated in the first stage.[5]

In 2005, Baraúnas competed in the Copa do Brasil for the first time. In the first stage, the club beat América Mineiro, in the second stage, the club beat Vitória, in the third stage, Baraúnas beat Vasco da Gama, but in the quarterfinals, the club was eliminated by Cruzeiro.[6]

In 2006, Baraúnas won its first state championship, beating its rival, Potiguar de Mossoró, in the final. Baraúnas' Luciano Paraíba was the competition's top goalscorer, with 11 goals.[7]



  • Etevaldo (1960s)
  • Romildo (1980s)
  • Cícero Ramalho (1990s and 2000s)
  • Isaías (1990s and 2000s)
  • Nildo (1990s and 2000s)

Current squadEdit

First TeamEdit

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 Érico
GK   BRA Jefferson
DF   BRA Pedrosa
DF   BRA Nildo
DF   BRA Johnson
DF   BRA Robert
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   BRA Rogerinho
MF   BRA Everton
MF   BRA Fidélis
MF   BRA Wilker
FW   BRA Cristiano
FW   BRA Léo Guerreiro


Baraúnas' home stadium is the Nogueirão stadium,[2] which has a maximum capacity of 25,000 people.[8]


Baraúnas' greatest rival is Potiguar de Mossoró. The derby is known as Potiba.[2]


The club's mascot is a lion called "Leão da doze". Doze anos (Twelve years, in English) is the name of the neighborhood where the club is located.[9]


Olismar Lima and Francisco Diógenes are the creators of the official anthem's lyrics, and Maestro Batista and Francisco Diógenes are the music authors.[10]


  1. ^ Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.
  2. ^ a b c "Baraúnas at Arquivo de Clubes". Archived from the original on 2009-05-29. Retrieved 2006-08-25.
  3. ^ a b History at the fansite
  4. ^ 1989 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B at RSSSF Archived 2008-09-07 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ 1998 Campeonato Brasileiro Série C at RSSSF Archived 2007-10-08 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ 2005 Copa do Brasil at RSSSF Archived 2007-02-20 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ 2006 Campeonato Potiguar at RSSSF Archived February 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Nogueirão stadium at Templos do Futebol
  9. ^ Especial Placar - 500 Times do Brasil, São Paulo: Editora Abril: 2003.
  10. ^ Anthem at the fansite

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