Criciúma Esporte Clube

Criciúma Esporte Clube, commonly referred to as Criciúma, is a Brazilian professional club based in Criciúma, Santa Catarina founded on 13 May 1947.

Full nameCriciúma Esporte Clube
Nickname(s)Tigre (Tiger)
Founded13 May 1947; 75 years ago (1947-05-13)
GroundHeriberto Hülse
PresidentAnselmo Freitas
Head coachCláudio Tencati
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série B
Campeonato Catarinense 2nd Division
Série B, 8th of 20
Catarinense, 11th of 12 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website

Criciúma is the most successful team from Santa Catarina, having won the 1991 Copa do Brasil, the 2002 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, and the 2006 Campeonato Brasileiro Série C.


Criciúma Esporte Clube was founded on May 13, 1947, as Comerciário Esporte Clube; however the club folded due to a financial crisis in the 1960s. The club refounded in 1976 by some of the original Comerciário Esporte Clube members. In 1978 the club was renamed as Criciúma Esporte Clube, and its current colors black, yellow and white were adopted in 1984. The present colors of Criciúma Esporte Clube are the reason the club is called Tigre (meaning Tiger).

The club's greatest feat was winning the 1991 Copa do Brasil under coach Felipe Scolari, later World Cup winner with Brazil, which qualified Criciúma to the following year's Copa Libertadores.

In the following years the club was not very successful, and was relegated to the Série B. In 2005, Criciúma, after a very poor campaign, was relegated to the Brazilian Série C. In 2006, Criciúma won the Série C, as was promoted back to the Série B.

After a period of crisis in the club, in 2012 the club regained forces and after being in the first four places the entire championship returned to the Série A.


Criciúma has won three national level championships. Winning the 1991 Copa do Brasil qualified the club to the 1992 Copa Libertadores where Criciúma finished in the 5th place, surpassing even the expectations of its fans. These achievements make Criciúma one of the most successful teams from Santa Catarina.

Winner (1): 1991
Winner (1): 2002
Runner-up (1): 2012
Winner (1): 2006
Winners (10): 1968 (1), 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2005, 2013
Runners-up (7): 1982, 1987, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008
Winner (1): 1993
Runner-up (1): 1998
Winner (1): 2022

1 Champion in 1968 as Comerciário Esporte Clube


Criciúma's stadium is Estádio Heriberto Hülse, built in 1955, with a maximum capacity of 19,900 people.

Current squadEdit

As of 22 February 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
GK   BRA Alisson
GK   BRA Breno
GK   BRA Gustavo
GK   BRA Kauã
DF   BRA Gustavo Brandão
DF   BRA Rodrigo
DF   BRA Wellington Tim
DF   BRA Zé Marcos
DF   BRA Claudinho
DF   BRA Daniel
DF   BRA Guilherme
DF   BRA Hélder Santos
DF   BRA Cristovam
MF   BRA Arilson
MF   BRA Eliel
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   BRA Léo Costa
MF   BRA Léo Gonçalves
MF   BRA Marquinhos Gabriel
MF   BRA Renan Areias
MF   BRA Rômulo
MF   BRA Fellipe Mateus
MF   BLR Renan Bressan
MF   BRA Rodrigo Souza
MF   BRA Varolo
FW   BRA Caio Dantas
FW   BRA Eduardo
FW   BRA Lohan
FW   BRA Lucas Xavier
FW   BRA Rafael Bilú
FW   BRA Tiago Marques

Head coachesEdit

1991 Copa do BrasilEdit

Criciúma won the Copa do Brasil 1991, playing the following matches:

Stage Match 1st Leg 2nd Leg
First Round Ubiratan – Criciúma 1–1 1–4
Second Round Criciúma – Atlético Mineiro 1–0 1–0
Quarterfinals Goiás – Criciúma 0–0 0–3
Semifinals Remo – Criciúma 0–1 0–2
Final Grêmio – Criciúma 1–1 0–0

Competitions recordEdit

First Division (Serie A)Edit

Year Position Year Position
1979 67th 1995 16th
1986 9th 1996 21st
1987 6th 1997 24th
1988 23rd 2003 14th
1993 23rd 2004 21st
1994 20th 2013 15th
2014 20th

Second Division (Serie B)Edit

Year Position Year Position
1980 54th 1992 3rd
1981 30th 1998 6th
1982 38th 1999 18th
1983 47th 2000 14th
1986 1st 2001 22nd
1987 6th 2002 1st
1989 5th 2005 21st
1990 7th 2007 7th
1991 35th 2008 18th
2011 14th 2012 2nd
2015 12th 2016 8th
2017 13th 2018 14th
2019 19th

Third Division (Serie C)Edit

Year Position Year Position
2006 1st 2009 15th
2010 3rd 2020

Brazilian CupEdit

Year Position Year Position
1990 4th 1999 18th
1991 1st 2002 17th
1992 7th 2003 17th
1994 23rd 2006 15th
1996 6th 2008 13th
2009 26th

Libertadores CupEdit

Year Position
1992 5th


External linksEdit