Avaí Futebol Clube (Portuguese pronunciation: [avaˈi]) is a Brazilian football team from Florianópolis in Santa Catarina, founded on September 1, 1923. Their home stadium is Estádio Aderbal Ramos da Silva, also known as Ressacada, with a capacity of 17,800.[2] They play in blue and white shirts, shorts and socks. Their best known supporter is tennis player Gustavo Kuerten.[3]

Full nameAvaí Futebol Clube
Nickname(s)Leão da Ilha (Lion of the Island)
Time da Raça (Team of Bravery)
FoundedSeptember 1, 1923; 96 years ago (1923-09-01)
GroundEstádio da Ressacada, Florianópolis, Brazil
PresidentFrancisco José Battistotti
Head coachAugusto Inácio
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série B
Campeonato Catarinense
2019Série A, 20th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season


The club was founded after a businessman called Amadeu Horn gave football kits to a group of boys. The boys played a match against a team called Humaitá, and won. On September 1, 1923, at Amadeu Horn's house, the club was founded, known as Avahy Football Club at the time. The team was named Avahy after the Battle of Avay, in the Paraguayan War. In the following year, it became the first Santa Catarina State Championship champion.

Avaí has played in the Brazilian First Division ("Série A") eight times: 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2015. In 1998, they won their only national title, the Brazilian Third Division ("Série C"). From 1999 to 2008 and from 2012 to 2014, they played in the Série B with their best campaigns being the third place attained in 2004 (when Avaí reached the Final Four, but could not be promoted to the First Division because only the two best placed teams were promoted) and 2008.

In 2008 they finished 3rd in the championship and were promoted to the First Division for the first time in 30 years. In its first year playing in Série A, Avaí finished in 6th place, thus qualifying for the Copa Sudamericana. The team eventually was relegated in 2011, and returned to the Série A in 2014, when the team won the promotion in the last round. Avaí won the most Santa Catarina State Championship titles in the 20th Century (13), and is currently the all-time record state champions (16), just ahead of cross-bridge rivals Figueirense (15).


Avaí's greatest rival is Figueirense.

Club colors and nicknameEdit

The club colors are blue and white, and it is known as "The Lion of the Island" (because 90% of the Florianópolis territory is established on an island).



Brazilian Serie C: 1998

Santa Catarina State Championships:Edit

1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1973, 1975, 1988, 1997, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2019


  • Santa Catarina State Championships: 5
1981, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008
  • Santa Catarina State Second Division: 1


  • Santa Catarina State Championship: 1
  • Saudades Cup Championship: 1


  • Santa Catarina State Championship: 1

Competitions recordEdit

Série AEdit

Year Position Year Position
1974 39th 2010 15th
1976 36th 2011 20th
1977 43rd 2015 17th
1979 90th 2017 18th
2009 6th 2019 20th

Série BEdit

Year Position Year Position Year Position Year Position
1980 61st 1999 8th 2004 3rd 2012 7th
1984 32nd 2000 15th 2005 8th 2013 10th
1986 24th 2001 4th 2006 13th 2014 4th
1988 12th 2002 6th 2007 15th 2016 2nd
1989 83rd 2003 11th 2008 3rd 2018 3rd

Série CEdit

Year Position
1987 13th
1995 58th
1996 34th
1997 6th
1998 1st

Copa do BrasilEdit

Year Position Year Position
1989 18th 2010 13th
1998 38th 2011 4th
1999 23rd 2013 33rd
2000 59th 2014 25th
2007 16th

Copa SudamericanaEdit

Year Position
2010 14th

  • 9 seasons in Série A
  • 19 seasons in Série B
  • 5 seasons in Série C


Avaí's stadium is Estádio Aderbal Ramos da Silva (though it's mostly referred to as Ressacada), and it was opened in 1983. It has a maximum capacity of 17,800 people, but its record crowd was 33,000 at the Catarinense Championship final. Before 1983, Avaí's stadium was Estádio Adolfo Konder (which has been subsequently demolished).

First team squadEdit

As of 25 January 2020[4][5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Lucas Frigeri
2   DF Arnaldo
3   DF Betão
4   DF Zé Marcos
5   MF Marcinho
6   DF Capa
7   MF Pedro Castro
8   MF Bruno Silva
9   FW Gastón Rodríguez (on loan from Racing)
10   MF Valdívia (on loan from Internacional)
11   FW Rildo
17   MF Renato
18   MF Jean
19   FW Getúlio (on loan from Paços de Ferreira)
20   MF Wesley
21   FW Kelvin
22   DF Iury
23   DF Igor Fernandes
No. Position Player
25   GK Cláudio Vitor
28   FW Daniel Amorim
30   FW Vinícius Jaú
33   DF Rafael Pereira
34   DF Matheus Cabral
36   DF Ramon
38   MF Gustavo Poffo
39   FW Jonathan
47   MF Da Silva (on loan from Internacional)
63   DF Eduardo Kunde
79   FW Alexandre Alemão
80   DF Airton
83   GK Glédson
97   FW Lourenço
98   MF Wesley Soares
99   FW Matheus Lucas
  MF Adryan (on loan from Sion)
  FW Rômulo

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  DF Maurício (on loan to Sobradinho until 31 December 2019)
No. Position Player
  MF Matheus Barbosa (on loan to Água Santa until 31 May 2020)

Technical staffEdit

Position Name Nation
Head coach Augusto Inácio  


  1. ^ http://www.avai.com.br/o-clube/estadio/
  2. ^ Ressacada at Avaí FC's official website
  3. ^ "Big names, big passions". FIFA. February 27, 2009. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  4. ^ "Avai FC". Soccerway. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  5. ^ "ELENCO PROFISSIONAL". Avaí. Retrieved January 18, 2019.

External linksEdit

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