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Ceará Sporting Club, or Ceará, as they are usually called, is a Brazilian football team from Fortaleza in Ceará, founded on June 2, 1914 by Luís Esteves Júnior e Pedro Freire. Ceará is one of the most traditionally successful clubs in the Northeast region of Brazil alongside Bahia, Santa Cruz, Sport, Náutico, Vitória and their city rivals Fortaleza.

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 (105 years ago) (1914-06-02)
GroundVovozão, Fortaleza, Brazil
Capacity60,037
PresidentRobinson de Castro
Head coachEnderson Moreira
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Cearense
2018Série A, 15th
WebsiteClub website
Team photo from the 1915 season

Contents

HistoryEdit

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.

From 1915 to 1919, Ceará was five time consecutive champion of the Torneios Metropolitanos. 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 notoriously 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.

AchievementsEdit

FootballEdit

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
2014
1969
2015
Runners-up (1): 1994

StadiumEdit

 
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,[1] and at Presidente Vargas Stadium, which has a 22,228 capacity.

SponsorsEdit

RivalsEdit

Ceará's greatest rival is Fortaleza. It is the biggest derby in Fortaleza city. It has been played 511 times, with Ceará winning 121 times, Fortaleza winning 189 times and 176 draws.

Ceará's second biggest rival is Ferroviário, the third biggest club of Fortaleza city. This derby has been played 272 times, with 64 wins for Ceará, 123 wins for Ferroviário and 85 draws.

MascotEdit

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 31 August 2019[2]

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 França
2   DF Cristovam (on loan from Paraná)
3   DF Valdo
4   DF Eduardo Brock (on loan from Goiás)
6   DF João Lucas
7   FW Mateus Gonçalves (on loan from Zacatepec)
8   MF Ricardinho
10   MF Felipe Silva
11   MF Fernando Sobral
12   GK Diogo Silva
13   DF Luiz Otávio (on loan from Angra dos Reis)
18   MF Auremir
19   MF Fabinho
21   MF Juninho Quixadá
22   DF Samuel Xavier (captain)
27   MF Wescley
No. Position Player
30   MF Chico
31   GK Matheus Cabral
36   DF Tiago Alves
37   FW Rick
44   DF Charles
45   MF Lima (on loan from Grêmio)
46   DF Thiago Carleto
55   MF William Oliveira
70   FW Romário
77   FW Bergson
82   FW Leandro Carvalho
87   FW Alex Amado
88   MF Pedro Ken
89   MF Thiago Galhardo
91   GK Richard
98   FW Felippe Cardoso (on loan from Santos)

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
  FW Eduardo (on loan to Santa Cruz de Natal until 31 December 2019)
  FW Vitor Feijão (on loan to Guarani until 31 December 2019)
  FW João Paulo (on loan to Figueirense until 31 December 2019)

ManagersEdit