Comercial Futebol Clube (Ribeirão Preto)

Comercial Futebol Clube (SP), commonly referred to as Comercial de Ribeirão Preto or simply as Comercial, is a professional association football club based in the city of Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brazil. The team participates in the Campeonato Paulista Série A3, the third tier of the São Paulo state football league.

Comercial de Ribeirão Preto
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Full nameComercial Futebol Clube
Nickname(s)Bafo, Leão do Norte
FoundedOctober 10, 1911; 109 years ago (1911-10-10)
GroundPalma Travassos
Capacity18,277[1]
PresidentAdemir Chiari
Head coachFahel Júnior
LeagueCampeonato Paulista Série A3
2019Paulistão A3, 7th
WebsiteClub website

The club's home colours are white and black and the team mascot is a lion.  

HistoryEdit

On October 10, 1911, some business owners from Ribeirão Preto founded Commercial Football Club and the club soon became very wealthy. The field from Estádio da Rua Tibiriçá was one of the first in Brazil to receive grass, because the club's supporters complained of the dust in the air during the games. In 1936, the club has experienced a financial crisis and the Football Department was closed.[2] In 1956, Commercial merged with Paineiras and become Comercial Football Club, entering the second division from Campeonato Paulista that same year.[3]

In 1958, Comercial won its first title, the Campeonato Paulista Second Level, beating Corinthians of Presidente Prudente in the final. The club was promoted to the following year's first level.[4]

In 1978, the club competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A for the first time. The club finished in the 42nd position.[5]

In 1979, the club competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A for the second time. The club finished in the 14th position, ahead of clubs like Grêmio, Fluminense and Botafogo (RJ).[6]

Current squadEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   BRA João Guilherme
GK   BRA Marcelo Henrique
DF   BRA Léo Carioca
DF   BRA Dourado
DF   BRA Everton Morelli
DF   BRA Willian Luiz Antonio Bernardo da Silva
DF   BRA Bruno Alves
DF   BRA Luiz Eduardo
DF   BRA Luanderson
MF   BRA Gimenez
MF   BRA Léo Japa
MF   BRA Matheus Magagnin
MF   BRA Lucas Sorriso
MF   BRA Zé Artur
MF   BRA Thiago Silva
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   BRA Richard
MF   BRA Marcos Rinaldi
MF   BRA Matheus Rinaldi
MF   BRA Patrick
MF   BRA Vitor
MF   BRA Mirray
MF   POL Roger Guerreiro
FW   BRA Edson
FW   BRA Paulo Henrique
FW   BRA Cassiano Bodini
FW   BRA Igor Carioca
FW   BRA Rodrigo Jesus
FW   BRA Charles
FW   BRA Felipe Napolitano
FW   BRA Marques

AchievementsEdit

StadiumEdit

Comercial's home stadium is Estádio Dr. Francisco de Palma Travassos, nicknamed Jóia (Jewel),[7] inaugurated in 1964, with a maximum capacity of 35,000 people.[8]

The club also owns a training ground, named Centro de Treinamento Francisco de Palma Travassos.[9]

The derbyEdit

Comercial's rival is Botafogo (SP). The match between the two clubs is nicknamed Come-Fogo (truncation of Comercial and Botafogo). It is one of the oldest Brazilian derbies and some matches have had an attendance of over 30,000 people. Famous footballers, like Sócrates, Raí and Zé Mário played the derby. The derby is disputed not only in football, but also in basketball.[10]

Club colorsEdit

The club's official club colors are black and white. The club's home kit is all white.[11]

MascotEdit

Comercial's mascot is a lion, called Leão, which is the Portuguese word for lion.[12]

NicknameEdit

The club is nicknamed Bafo, meaning Breath,[9] and Leão do Norte, meaning Lion of the North.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CNEF - Cadastro Nacional de Estádios de Futebol" (PDF). Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (in Portuguese).
  2. ^ (in Portuguese) Comercial Futebol Clube (Ribeirão Preto) at Jornal Tribuna de Ribeirão Preto Archived August 5, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 – Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.
  4. ^ 1958 Campeonato Paulista Second Level at RSSSF
  5. ^ 1978 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A at RSSSF Archived December 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ 1979 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A at RSSSF Archived October 31, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ (in Portuguese) Comercial Futebol Clube (SP) at Arquivo de Clubes Archived January 1, 2013, at archive.today
  8. ^ (in Portuguese) Estádio Dr. Francisco de Palma Travassos (Jóia) at Templos do Futebol
  9. ^ a b Especial Placar – 500 Times do Brasil, São Paulo: Editora Abril: 2003.
  10. ^ "Basquete 'apaga' futebol em Ribeirão Preto – Francanet (October 16, 2006)". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. Retrieved January 8, 2007.
  11. ^ (in Portuguese) Comercial Futebol Clube (SP) at Futebol Interior Archived January 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ (in Portuguese) Comercial Futebol Clube (SP) at Times Brasileiros Archived July 24, 2006, at the Wayback Machine

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