Ceará Sporting Club

Ceará Sporting Club, or Ceará, as they are usually called, is a Brazilian football team from the city of Fortaleza, capital city of the Brazilian state of Ceará, founded on June 2, 1914 by Luís Esteves and Pedro Freire. 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 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; 107 years ago (1914-06-02)
PresidentRobinson de Castro
Head coachTiago Nunes
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Cearense
Série A, 11th of 20
Cearense, 2nd of 10
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Team photo from the 1915 season


On June 2, 1914, the club was founded as Rio Branco Football Club by Luiz Esteves Junior and Pedro Freire. Later, some of their friends also joined: Gilberto Gurgel, Walter Barroso, Raimundo Justa, Newton Rôla, Bolívar Purcell, Aluísio Mamede, Orlando Olsen, José Elias Romcy, Isaías Façanha de Andrade, Raimundo Padilha, Rolando Emílio, Meton Alencar Pinto, Gotardo Morais, Artur de Albuquerque, Cincinato Costa, Carlos Calmon and Eurico Medeiros. 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.

In 1941, Ceará won the Campeonato Cearense, the same year of the inauguration of Presidente Vargas stadium. From 1961 to 1963, the club was three times consecutive state champion. In 1969, Ceará won the Northeast Cup.

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

In 1985, Ceará finished 7th in the Brazilian League. This is the best league position of a team from Ceará State in the Brazilian Championships. In 1994, the club finished 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 2002, Ceará won the state championship, for the first time in three years. In 2005, Ceará reached the Copa do Brasil semifinals. The club was defeated by Fluminense. In 2006, the club won the state championship after 4 years without winning the competit

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. They finished in 12th position, achieving a place in the 2011 Copa Sudamericana.

In 2011, Ceará reached the 2011 Copa do Brasil semi-finals. Ceará ended Ronaldinho's Flamengo's unbeaten streak in the previous round winning the away game, and drew the home game, eliminating the Rio de Janeiro team in a notorious upset. Ceará, however, was defeated by Coritiba in the semi-finals.


Winners (2): 2015, 2020
Winners (1): 1969
Winners (45): 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


Ceará 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 Castelão Stadium which has a capacity of 60,326,[2] and at Presidente Vargas Stadium, which has a 22,228 capacity.


Ceará's greatest rival is Fortaleza. It is the biggest derby in Fortaleza city. It has been played 574 times, with Ceará winning 193 times, Fortaleza winning 176 times and 205 draws. [3][circular reference] Ceará's second biggest rival is Ferroviário, the third biggest club of Fortaleza city. This derby has been played 297 times, with 138 wins for Ceará, 69 wins for Ferroviário and 90 draws. [4][circular reference]


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.

Logo evolutionEdit


The first logo was the club's first as Ceará Sporting Club, and was used from 1915–54.

The second logo was used from 1955–69 and was inspired by the Santos logo.

The third logo was used from 1970–03.

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

First-team squadEdit

As of 27 January 2022[5]

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 João Ricardo
2 DF   BRA Nino Paraíba
3 DF   BRA Messias
5 MF   BRA William Oliveira
6 DF   BRA Bruno Pacheco
7 MF   BRA Richardson
8 MF   BRA Fernando Sobral
9 FW   BRA Jael
10 FW   COL Stiven Mendoza
13 DF   BRA Luiz Otávio
14 DF   BRA Lucas Ribeiro (on loan from 1899 Hoffenheim)
15 DF   BRA Gabriel Lacerda
19 MF   BRA Marlon
21 MF   BRA Geovane
25 MF   BRA Richard
27 DF   BRA Buiú
29 MF   BRA Vina
No. Pos. Nation Player
33 DF   BRA Victor Luis (on loan from Palmeiras)
40 FW   BRA Vítor Jacaré
44 DF   BRA Marcos Victor (on loan from Floresta)
45 FW   BRA Lima
50 GK   BRA Vinicius Machado
63 FW   BRA Zé Roberto
67 GK   BRA André Luiz
70 DF   BRA Kelvyn
80 MF   BRA Léo Rafael
88 DF   BRA Michel Macedo
89 FW   BRA Cléber
90 FW   BRA Gabriel Santos (on loan from Caldense)
91 GK   BRA Richard
97 FW   BRA Erick
99 FW   BRA Iury Castilho
DF   BRA Igor
MF   BRA Wescley

Reserve 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
12 GK   BRA Davi Schneider
18 MF   BRA David
No. Pos. Nation Player
52 FW   BRA João Victor

Out on loanEdit

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 Alan Uchôa (on loan at CRB until 30 November 2022)
DF   BRA Alessandro (on loan at Botafogo-PB until 30 November 2022)
DF   BRA Natan (on loan at Figueirense until 30 November 2022)
MF   BRA Marthã (on loan at CRB until 30 November 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   BRA Pedro Naressi (on loan at Sport Recife until 30 November 2022)
MF   BRA Oliveira (on loan at Cruzeiro until 31 December 2022)
FW   BRA Leandro Carvalho (on loan at Al Qadisiyah until 30 June 2022)


Ultras groupsEdit


  1. ^ "CNEF - Cadastro Nacional de Estádios de Futebol" (PDF) (in Portuguese). January 18, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "Estádio Castelão". SESPORTE. Archived from the original on October 10, 2008. Retrieved September 12, 2008.
  3. ^ pt:Clássico-Rei
  4. ^ pt:Clássico da Paz (Fortaleza)
  5. ^ "Elenco Profissional". Ceara. Retrieved March 11, 2021.

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