Centro Sportivo Alagoano

Centro Sportivo Alagoano, commonly referred to as CSA, is a Brazilian professional football club based in Maceió, Alagoas. It competes in the Série C, the third tier of Brazilian football, as well as in the Campeonato Alagoano, the top flight of the Alagoas state football league.

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Full nameCentro Sportivo Alagoano
Nickname(s)Azulão do Mutange (Mutange's Big Blue)
Azulão das Alagoas (Alagoas' Big Blue)

Alviceleste (The White & Blue)
Papão de Títulos (Boogeyman of Titles)
Orgulho Alagoano (Alagoas' Pride)
Todo Poderoso (The Almighty)
Founded7 September 1913; 109 years ago (1913-09-07)
GroundRei Pelé
ChairmanRafael Tenório
Head coachAlberto Valentim
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série C
Campeonato Alagoano
Série B, 17th of 20 (relegated)
Alagoano, 3rd of 8
WebsiteClub website

Founded on 7 September 1913, the home stadium is the Gustavo Paiva stadium, which has a capacity of 9,000.[1] CSA's greatest rival is CRB.

In 1976, Fernando Collor de Mello, who later was elected president of Brazil, was the club's chairman.[2] Brazilian singer Djavan played for CSA as a midfielder before he decided to become a singer.[3]


On 7 September 1913, the same day of the anniversary of the Brazilian Independence from Portugal, the club was founded as Centro Sportivo Sete de Setembro. In 1914, Centro Sportivo Sete de Setembro was renamed to Centro Sportivo Floriano Peixoto, after Floriano Peixoto, who was Brazil's second president, and was a Paraguayan War hero. Four years later, in 1918, the club was renamed to its current name, Centro Sportivo Alagoano.

In 1928, the club won its first title, the state championship of Alagoas.

In 1980, the club was the runner-up of the Brazilian Second Division. In the final, Londrina of Paraná state and CSA drew 1–1 in Maceió, in the first leg, and in the second leg, in Londrina city, Londrina beat the club 4–0. In 1982, the club was again finalist of the Brazilian Second Division. CSA was defeated by Campo Grande, of Rio de Janeiro. In the first leg, in Maceió, CSA won 4–3. In the second leg, in Rio de Janeiro, Campo Grande won 2–1. In the tie-breaker match, Campo Grande won 3–0. In 1983, the club reached again the Brazilian Second Division final. CSA was defeated by Juventus, of São Paulo. In the first leg, in Maceió, CSA won 3–1. In the second leg, in São Paulo, Juventus won 3–0. In the tie-breaker match, Juventus won 1–0.

In 1999, CSA competed in Campeonato do Nordeste, being eliminated by Bahia in the semifinals. Eventually, Vitória, Bahia, and Sport Recife (respectively the winner, the runner-up and the third placed teams in Campeonato do Nordeste) declined successively to dispute Copa CONMEBOL, so CSA was invited to the competition. CSA, surprisingly, reached the competition final, but was defeated by Talleres, of Argentina. In the first leg, in Maceió, the club won 4–2. In the second leg, in Córdoba, Talleres won 3–0. However, the competition's top goalscorer was CSA's Missinho.

The MutangeEdit


The Mutange was inaugurated on 22 November 1922, having been considered for many years in the modern state stadium, including the only game with football matches, and was held in 1951 the first international game in Alagoas, O CSA 1 x 1 Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield. Currently, the Centro Sportivo Alagoano started to play their matches in Estádio Rei Pelé Trapichão (property of the state government) and transformed the Mutange into a training center.

The brand of rivalryEdit

The brand of rivalry. In the 1930s, CSA sent CRB an "invitation letter" to compete in a friendly game. The Pajuçara club accepted the challenge, but in "Oficio-respuesta" requested permission to include in its team some former players, since the game was friendly. The CSA, however, did not accept a proposal, this ignited a rivalry between the two clubs. Since then, as hostilities have increased, becoming uncontrollable, especially because explored in chronicles of newspapers, spreading statements of the two presidents. The newspaper "Correio da Tarde" published everything that said Osório Gatto of the CSA. The newspaper of Alagoas, in turn, published the remarks of Ismael Acioli of the CRB. And a simple "invitation" to a friendly match turned into a personal war. When he became acquainted in the chronicles, from a direct phrase of the blue president, Ismael Acioli judged and decided to take personal satisfaction. Warned by friends of the "Correio da Afarde" of the intentions of Ismael Acioli, Osório Gatto tried to prevent himself, armed with a revolver. The two president meeting was held in the middle of the Commerce Street of the Capital. Even before any dialogue, the CSA president pulled the gun and shot the president of the CRB. One of the hotels in the city of Ismael, with discount for all guests. And the war did not end there. While hospitalized, Ismael Acioli received unrestricted support from all factions of the club he led. So much so that unanimously, the entire regateana board publicly promised that if Ismael Acioli died, no blue-eyed board member would be alive to tell the story. Ismael Acioli recovered gradually, stayed to normal life. But got caught in one of the legs and a bullet that run. Only years later, the two sportsmen, in a fortuitous encounter, finally embraced with commotion, from the time of the two clubs are eternal rivals.

1931 - The rivalry on CSA's birthdayEdit

A growing rivalry between CSA and CRB culminated in a fact that occurred in 1931. To attend his birthday party, the Blues invited America's time from Recife to a friendly game. Tininho, a skilled player of the CSA, was also a true leader within the club. Often, it turns into time coach. For all these qualities, Tininho was respected by the leaders and loved by the fans.

With an intention to strengthen a team, Tininho invited two players from the CRB to join CSA in the game against America. Zequito Porto and Fonseca were the guests. They remembered and felt dressed in a blue shirt. On September 7, no Mutange, before the game, attended the locker room of the CSA, the players Zequito and Fonseca who were received by Tininho. The azulina board has already found itself in the chairs that stood in the bleachers of the Mutange. Upon learning of the news, the leaders sent Tininho to inform that he did not agree with the presence of the players of the CRB. They even claimed they feared a reaction from the crowd. Pressed on all sides, Tininho showed why he was a leader, and decided - "Either they accept Zequito and Fonseca or I will not play either." This statement added to the confusion. But because of the Azulino captain who took full responsibility, the two CRB players played and helped the CSA beat America by 4x2. Two of the goals were scored by Fonseca. Zequito Porto never denied that he was proud to wear a traditional rival shirt. A rivalry at the time did not allow such things to happen. But, he managed to break this taboo.

1945 - 22 x 0: the great routEdit

One of the biggest routines of Brazilian football and, certainly, a bigger one of Alagoan football, had a participation of the CSA. It happened in the league championship of 1945 - CSA 22 x 0 Esporte.

The CSA attempted to transfer the game to accept an invitation and play on Garanhuns. The 'Esporte' did not accept. The control of field was of the team of Zé Rodrigues that took the game to the field of the Severiano Gomes Stadium | Pajuçara]. The CSA tried to take the match to the Mutange, even offering all the income for the 'Esporte' . The red club also did not accept. It was commented at the time that leaders and players of the Azulino club made a pact to make as many goals as possible within the game. In the week of the game, the Feather Court of the Federation suspended four players of the Esporte. They had been involved in the violent match against Olavo Bilac the previous Sunday. Leaders of the club of Zé Rodrigues came to think about delivering the points. They ended up giving up.

On 28 January 1945, at Estádio Severiano Gomes Filho, they played 'Esporte Clube Maceió' and CSA. Zé Rodrigues, who had problems in the formation of his team, was forced to put in the field four athletes who had played in the preliminary match: Orlando, Foot of Samba, Mudico and Laurinho. Even so, the CSA players did not forgive. They made 7 goals in the first half and 15 in the second.

1952 - The Game of the XaxadoEdit

The classic against the CRB of the afternoon of 1952 entered a history of Alagoan football and became known as "Game of the Xaxado". Xaxado is the name of a musical rhythm of northeastern Brazil and, at the time, it was a song of the moment of the stops of success. All Brazil danced the xaxado with Luiz Gonzaga.

The CSA beat their most traditional opponents on the score of 4-0. A great performance by the team made a blue crowd cheer and shout, rhythmically, a word "xaxado". Curiously, the CSA applied a thrashing just on no birthday day.


First team squadEdit

As of 13 May 2022

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 Jean (on loan from Atlético Mineiro)
2 DF   BRA Lucas Marques
3 DF   BRA Werley
4 DF   BRA Anderson Martins
5 MF   BRA Geovane
6 DF   BRA Ernandes
7 FW   BRA Felipe Augusto
8 MF   BRA Yann Rolim (on loan from Barra-SC)
9 FW   BRA Lucas Barcellos
12 GK   BRA Gabriel Bubniack
13 DF   BRA Wellington
14 DF   BRA Cedric
15 MF   BRA Giva
16 MF   BRA William
18 MF   BRA Luiz Henrique (on loan from Moreirense)
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW   BRA Didira
20 FW   BRA Lourenço
22 MF   BRA Bruno Mota
23 DF   BRA Lucão
25 FW   BRA Bruno Mezenga (on loan from Ferroviária)
26 DF   BRA Diego Renan
27 MF   BRA Gabriel
28 FW   BRA Dalberto
30 DF   BRA Douglas Nascimento
99 FW   BRA Rodrigo Rodrigues
GK   BRA Fintelman
GK   BRA Pedro Caracoci
DF   BRA Marcel (on loan from FC Cascavel)
MF   BRA Gabriel Tonini (on loan from Caldense)
FW   BRA Clayton

Professional Football and Board Department 2016Edit

Updated January 1, 2016:[4]

Board of Directors
Name Function
Rafael Tenório President
Geraldo Lessa General Vice President
Fabiano Melo Superintendent of Sports
José Pereira Administrative Superintendent
Raimundo Tavares Pres. Of the Deliberative Council
Augusto Farias Vice of the Deliberative Council
Emerson Júnior Press officer


Professional FootballEdit

Competition Titles Seasons
  Campeonato Brasileiro Série C 1 2017
Competition Titles Seasons
  Alagoano Football Championship 40 1928, 1929, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1949, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2008, 2018, 2019, 2021
  Torneio Início of Alagoas 14 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1933, 1935, 1940, 1946, 1949, 1957, 1961, 1965 and 1972
Other Achievements
Competition Titles Seasons
Alagoas League - 2nd Division 2 2005 and 2010
Pro-Caixa Olympic Tournament 1 1929
Great Football Festival 1 1932
Women's Cultural and Civic Association Tournament 1 1935
FAD Cup 1 1936
Mário Lima Tournament 1 1956
Alfredo Júnior Tournament 1 1975
Alagoas Cup 1 2006
Wassil Barbosa Trophy 1 2010
Noel Alves Cup 1 2015

Featured CampaignsEdit

Centro Sportivo Alagoano
Tournament Champion Runner-up Third place Fourth place
Brazilian Championship – Serie B 0 (Does not have) 4 (1980, 1982, 1983, 2018) 0 (Does not have) 0 (Does not have)
Brazilian Championship - Serie D 0 (Does not have) 1 (2016) 0 (Does not have) 0 (Does not have)
Northeast Cup 0 (Does not have) 0 (Does not have) 1 (2010) 1 (1999)
CONMEBOL Cup 0 (Does not have) 1 (1999) 0 (Does not have) 0 (Does not have)

Youth categoriesEdit


  • Under-20: 2012, 2013
  • Under-20: 2005, 2010


  • Under-18: 2009, 2011


  • Under-17: 2015


  • Under-15: 2006, 2007, 2009


The club's motto, União e Força, displayed in the logo, means Union and Strength. CSA's mascot is called Azulão, a type of bird.

1999 Copa CONMEBOLEdit

The club competed in Copa CONMEBOL in 1999, and played the following matches:

First Stage

CSA –   Vila Nova 2–0; 0–2 (pens: 4–3)

Second Stage

  Estudiantes de Mérida – CSA 0–0; 1–3


  São Raimundo – CSA 1–0; 1–2 (pens: 4–5)


CSA –   Talleres de Córdoba 4–2; 0–3


  1. ^ (in Portuguese) Futebol na Rede Archived 2008-01-17 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ (in Portuguese) Guia dos Curiosos
  3. ^ (in Portuguese) Terra Canal Pop Archived September 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Board of Directors". Retrieved January 1, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  • Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 – Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.

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