Ceará Sporting Club, or simply Ceará, is a Brazilian professional football club from the city of Fortaleza, capital city of the Brazilian state of Ceará.

Ceará
Ceará Sporting Club logo
Full nameCeará Sporting Club
Nickname(s)Vozão (Big Grandpa)
Vovô (Grandpa)
Alvinegro Cearense (Black and White from Ceará)
O Mais Querido (The Dearest)
FoundedJune 2, 1914; 110 years ago (1914-06-02)
GroundCastelão
Capacity63,903[1]
PresidentJoão Paulo Silva
Head coachVagner Mancini
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série B
Campeonato Cearense
2023
2023
Série B, 11th of 20
Cearense, 2nd of 10
WebsiteClub website
Team photo from the 1915 season

Founded on June 2, 1914, Ceará is one of the most traditionally successful clubs[citation needed] in the Northeast region of Brazil alongside Bahia, Santa Cruz, Sport, Náutico, Vitória and their city rivals Fortaleza.

Ceará is the most popular team in the state, proven in several research and communication vehicles. It also has an advantage in direct confrontations, with 203 wins, 211 draws and just 184 victories over its rival. It is the pioneering and most traditional team in its state and one of the largest in its region.

History

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On June 2, 1914, the club was founded as Rio Branco Football Club by Luiz Esteves Junior and Pedro Freire. Later, seventeen members joined the club. As Rio Branco Football Club, the team colors were white and lilac. In 1915, on their first birthday, the club changed its name to Ceará Sporting Club, and later won their first title in 1922.

In 1941, Ceará won the Campeonato Cearense, the same year of the inauguration of Estadio Presidente Vargas. From 1961 to 1963, the club was three times consecutive state champion. In 1969, Ceará won the Northeast Cup. In 1964, Ceara finished third in Serie A, their best campaign in the top flight to date.

In 1970 the club ended a seven-year state championship title drought. In 1971, Ceará was the last placed team in Campeonato Brasileiro Série A first edition. From 1975 to 1978, the club was state champion four times in a row.

In 1985, Ceará finished seventh in the league, their second best ever position In 1994, the club finished as Brazilian Cup runners-up, beaten by Grêmio in the final. In 1995, Ceará participated in the Copa CONMEBOL, the club's first international championship, becoming the only club of Ceará State to play an international tournament. In 1996, the team administrator was Forró bands businessman Emanuel Gurgel. The team changed its home shirt color to all black. Because of this, the team was nicknamed "Urubu do Nordeste" (Northeast Vulture). From 1996 to 1999, the club was state champion four times in a row .

In 2005, Ceará reached the Copa do Brasil semifinals, where the club was defeated by Fluminense.

In 2010, after a 17-year absence, Ceará was promoted back to the Brazilian League, after finishing third in the 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. In their first campaign back, Ceara had a great start, unbeaten for eight matches and kicking off their campaign with a win against champions Fluminense. However, their form began to drop with a run of only one victory in twelve matches, including a heavy 5–0 loss to Avaí. Ceara eventually finished in 12th position, achieving a place in the Copa Sudamericana.

In the 2011 Copa Sudamericana, they were eliminated by Sao Paulo in the first round, despite having won the first leg. Later that year, Ceará reached the Copa do Brasil semi-finals. Vozao ended Ronaldinho's Flamengo's unbeaten streak in the quarter-finals with a victory in the Engenhao, then drew the home game, eliminating the Rio de Janeiro team in a notorious upset. Ceará, however, was defeated by Coritiba in the semi-finals. Also that year, they won their first Campeonato Cearense in five years, paving the way for four consecutive state titles from 2011 to 2014. However, the club was relegated from the Serie A. After having began the season poorly, a run of four wins in seven matches seemed to steer the club to safety in the ninth position after a win against Athletico Paranaense, but then a spell with only one win in thirteen matches, including four successive defeats brought them into the relegation zone, and their relegation was confirmed with a loss to Bahia.

In February 2014, the Cidade Vozao – Luis Campos Training center was inaugurated. This is where the club houses its youth teams and where the first-team trains.[2]

In 2015, Ceara won their first Copa do Nordeste, eliminating Vitoria on away goals before defeating Bahia over two legs. However, the team struggled in Série B, only finishing two points above the relegation zone. In 2018, they achieved promotion and finished 15th in the league that season. In 2020, the club won their second Copa do Nordeste, finished eleventh in Serie A, and gained qualification to the Copa Sudamericana, their first in a decade.

In 2021, they finished eleventh again, and qualified for the 2022 Copa Sudamericana, where they had a great campaign, winning all matches in the group stage which included powerhouse Independiente de Avellaneda, then beating The Strongest 5–1 on aggregate before losing to finalists São Paulo on penalties in the quarter-finals. However, the Copa Sudamericana campaign put stress on the squad and they were not able to keep up with the pace of the league, causing relegation after a seventeenth-placed finish.

Honours

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National

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runner-up: 1994

Regional

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Winners (3): 2015, 2020, 2023
Winners (1): 1969

State

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Winners (46): 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1922, 1925, 1931, 1932, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1948, 1951, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2024
Winners (1): 2014

Friendly tournaments

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Winners (1): 2016

Stadium

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Ceará supporters at the Estádio Governador Plácido Aderaldo Castelo (Castelão)

Ceará's home venue is Estádio Carlos de Alencar Pinto, capacity 3,000, but the team also plays at Estadio Castelão for big games and finals, which has a capacity of 60,326,[3] and at Presidente Vargas Stadium, which has a 22,228 capacity.

Rivals

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Ceará's greatest rival is Fortaleza, and the match between the two clubs is known as Clássico Rei. It has been played 603 times, with Ceará winning 213 times, Fortaleza winning 187 times and 203 draws. Ceará's second biggest rival is Ferroviário, the third biggest club of Fortaleza city, and the match is known as Clássico da Paz. This derby has been played 302 times, with 140 wins for Ceará, 71 wins for Ferroviário and 91 draws.

Mascot

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The team mascot, an old man known as "Vovô" ("Grandpa") dressing Ceará uniform was designed by Cearense cartoonist Mino for the "Ceará: Paixão Total" Project ("Ceará: Full Passion" Project).

The team mascot appeared in late 1919, when Meton de Alencar Pinto, former president of Ceará SC, coached young players of America Football Club, a small club from the city, in the Porangabussu training center. Meton, who used to call the kids as "my grandsons", asked them to "go easy on grandpa". Afterwards, the nickname started to apply to the team of Ceará as well, helped by the seniority of the club; Ceará Sporting Club was the first football team founded in the state.

Supporters

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Ceara is the best supported club in the state, and third in the Northeast, behind Bahia and Sport, according to a recent study by GloboEsporte.com.[4][5][6] Vozao has approximately 1.6 million supporters.[5]

Logo evolution

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The first logo was the club's first as Ceará Sporting Club, and was used from 1915 to 1954.

The second logo was used from 1955 to 1969 and was inspired by the Santos logo.

The third logo was used from 1970 to 2003, which removed the ball found in the top left corner of the previous logo, and added a white outline.

The fourth logo is the current team logo, and was adopted in 2003. The logo is a restyled version of the previous logo created by Adman Orlando Mota. This logo introduced the white stars and the foundation date.

Players

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First-team squad

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As of 7 May 2024

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   BRA Richard
2 DF   BRA Raí Ramos (on loan from São Paulo)
4 DF   BRA David Ricardo
5 MF   BRA Jean Irmer
6 DF   POR Rafael Ramos (on loan from Corinthians)
7 FW   URU Facundo Castro
8 MF   BRA Patrick de Lucca (on loan from Vasco da Gama)
10 MF   ARG Lucas Mugni
11 FW   BRA Aylon
12 GK   BRA Maycon Cleiton (on loan from Red Bull Bragantino)
13 DF   BRA Luiz Otávio
16 FW   BRA Erick Pulga
17 FW   BRA João Victor
19 DF   GHA Stanley Boateng
21 DF   BRA Paulo Victor (on loan from Internacional)
22 GK   BRA Fernando Miguel (captain)
24 MF   GHA Steve Nufour
No. Pos. Nation Player
26 MF   BRA Richardson
27 MF   BRA Bruninho (on loan from Atlético Mineiro)
28 MF   PAR Jorge Recalde
31 FW   URU Facundo Barceló
40 DF   BRA Ramon Menezes
42 DF   BRA Matheus Felipe (on loan from Athletico Paranaense)
43 FW   BRA Daniel
55 DF   BRA Jonathan
73 FW   BRA Saulo Mineiro
77 FW   BRA Janderson
79 DF   BRA Matheus Bahia (on loan from Bahia)
82 FW   BRA Caio Rafael
88 MF   BRA Caio
89 FW   BRA Cléber
94 GK   BRA Bruno Ferreira
97 MF   BRA Lourenço
99 MF   BRA Guilherme Castilho
DF   BRA Gabriel Lacerda

Youth team

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
29 DF   BRA Jotavê
37 FW   BRA Pablo
No. Pos. Nation Player
45 FW   BRA Kaique Barbosa
96 DF   BRA Yago

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   BRA Kelvyn (on loan at Chapecoense until 30 November 2024)
DF   BRA Willian Formiga (on loan at CRB until 30 November 2024)
MF   BRA Léo Rafael (on loan at Ferroviário until 31 October 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   BRA Edison Negueba (on loan at Maringá until 30 November 2024)
FW   BRA Pedrinho (on loan at Avaí until 30 November 2024)
FW   BRA Zé Roberto (on loan at Sport Recife until 30 November 2024)

Staff

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Current staff

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As of 5 January 2023[7]
Position Name
Coaching staff
Head coach   Vagner Mancini
Assistant head coach   Marcos Valadares
Assistant head coach   Régis Angeli
Goalkeepers trainer   Everaldo Santana
Goalkeepers trainer   Handerson Santos de Souza
Performance analyst   Alcino Rodrigues
Performance analyst   Tadeu Alves
Medical staff
Fitness coach   Valdir Nogueira de Oliveira Júnior
Fitness coach   Eduardo Ballalai
Fitness coach   Roberto Farias
Doctor   Joaquim Garcia
Doctor   Leandro Rêgo
Doctor   Daniel Gomes
Doctor   Pedro Guilme
Physiotherapist   Adolfo Bernardo
Physiotherapist   Lucas Freire
Physiotherapist   Perez Maciel
Physiotherapist   Matheus Carneiro

Managers

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Ultras groups

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References

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  1. ^ "CNEF - Cadastro Nacional de Estádios de Futebol" (PDF) (in Portuguese). January 18, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "Com grande festa, "Cidade Vozão – CT Luis Campos" será inaugurada hoje". CearaSC.com (in Brazilian Portuguese). February 22, 2014. Retrieved November 28, 2023.
  3. ^ "Estádio Castelão". SESPORTE. Archived from the original on October 10, 2008. Retrieved September 12, 2008.
  4. ^ "Flamengo tem maior torcida do estado do CE; Ceará é 2º, Fortaleza vem em 3º, diz pesquisa exclusiva". ge (in Brazilian Portuguese). November 20, 2019. Retrieved November 12, 2023.
  5. ^ a b "Ceará mantém a maior torcida entre clubes do estado, segundo ranking nacional". OneFootball (in Brazilian Portuguese). November 12, 2023. Retrieved November 12, 2023.
  6. ^ "Quais são as maiores torcidas de futebol no Brasil?". Olympics.com. September 4, 2023.
  7. ^ "Comissão Técnica Profissional". cearasc.com (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved August 25, 2022.
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