Cuiabá Esporte Clube

Cuiabá Esporte Clube, commonly referred to as Cuiabá, is a Brazilian professional club based in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso founded on 12 December 2001.

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Full nameCuiabá Esporte Clube
Nickname(s)Dourado (Golden Dourado Fish)
Auriverde da Baixada (Green-Gold from the Lowland)
Founded12 December 2001; 19 years ago (2001-12-12)
GroundArena Pantanal
PresidentAlessandro Dresch
Head coachJorginho
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Mato-Grossense
Série B, 4th of 20 (promoted)
Mato-Grossense, 1st of 10 (champions)
WebsiteClub website


The club was founded on 12 December 2001 by former player Gaúcho,[1] who was the manager in the club's amateur era. In 2003, they took part of their first professional tournament, the Campeonato Mato-Grossense, and lifted the trophy after defeating Barra do Garças in the finals.[1]

Cuiabá also played in the 2003 Série C, being knocked out by Palmas. In 2004, the club again won the Mato-Grossense, but was kocked out in both the 2004 Copa do Brasil and 2004 Série C.

In December 2006, after a disappointing ninth position in the year's Mato-Grossense, Cuiabá closed their football department.[2] The club only returned to an active status in 2009, after being acquired by the Grupo Dresch,[3] and competed in the Campeonato Mato-Grossense Segunda Divisão, where they finished second and achieved promotion back to the top tier.

In 2011, Cuiabá lifted the Mato-Grossense after seven years. They also played in that year's Série D, and achieved promotion after finishing third.[4] In the following year, they lost the Mato-Grossense on penalties to Luverdense, and managed to avoid relegation from the Série C.

The club won two consecutive Mato-Grossense titles in 2013 and 2014, and avoided relegation from the Série C. In 2014, the club left their stadium Estádio Eurico Gaspar Dutra and moved to the Arena Pantanal, built for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

In 2015, Cuiabá won the greatest title in its history to date. After losing the first match to the Remo by 4–1, it obtained a historic turnaround and won by 5–1, obtaining the title of Copa Verde of that year. With the title, the club secured a place in the Copa Sudamericana the following year and participated for the first time in an international competition. Cuiabá was eliminated in the second round by Chapecoense.

In 2018 and 2019, Cuiabá won two consecutive Mato-Grossense titles without a single defeat, and was promoted to the Série B in 2019. In 2021, the club was promoted to the Série A for the first time in their history after finishing in 4th place, and became the first team from Mato Grosso to play in the first division since CEOV's participation in the 1986 edition.[5]


Since 2010 when Cuiabá began to invest more in its cast and was gaining prestige in its city earning local titles and having access to the third national division, quickly was gaining strength of the local press and of the inhabitants of the region, and with that strength increased very much their number of fans. In 2011 was founded its first organized fans, who had a reputation at all home games for being very festive, colorful and noisy.


Cuiabá play their home games at Arena Pantanal. The stadium, which was built for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, has a maximum capacity of 42,968 people. Before the construction of the new stadium, the club played their home games at Estádio Eurico Gaspar Dutra, with a capacity of 4,500 people.


One of the biggest rivalries is against Luverdense. This game is considered to be the greatest derby in Mato Grosso today because the two teams are the largest forces in state football, as well as being a team match between the capital and the interior of Mato Grosso.

Another rival is the Mixto, who contest a local derby with Cuiabá.


First team squadEdit

As of 7 October 2021[6]

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 Carlos
GK   BRA Matheus Nogueira
GK   BRA Rafael Bretas
GK   BRA Walter (on loan from Corinthians)
DF   BRA Alan Empereur
DF   BRA Anderson Conceição
DF   BRA Marllon
DF   BRA Paulão
DF   BRA João Lucas (on loan from Flamengo)
DF   URU Lucas Hernández (on loan from Atlético Mineiro)
DF   BRA Lucas Ramon (on loan from Red Bull Bragantino)
DF   BRA Uendel
MF   BRA Auremir
MF   BRA Camilo (on loan from Lyon)
MF   BRA Pepê
MF   BRA Rafael Gava
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   BRA Uillian Correia
MF   BRA Yuri (on loan from Fluminense)
MF   BRA Lucas Cardoso
MF   BRA Max (on loan from Flamengo)
MF   COL Yesus Cabrera
FW   BRA Clayson (on loan from Bahia)
FW   BRA Danilo Gomes (on loan from São Paulo)
FW   BRA Élton
FW   BRA Felipe Marques
FW   BRA Guilherme Pato (on loan from Internacional)
FW   BRA Gustavo Nescau
FW   BRA Jenison
FW   BRA Jonathan Cafu (on loan from Corinthians)
FW   BRA Osman
FW   BRA Rafael Elias (on loan from Palmeiras)

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
GK   BRA Peruchi
DF   BRA Guilherme Brandão
DF   BRA Joaquim
DF   BRA Athirson
DF   BRA Caio César
DF   BRA Léo Herrero
DF   BRA Vitor Hugo
MF   BRA Gabriel Pierini
MF   BRA Juliano
MF   BRA Marcos
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   BRA Mateus Anjos
MF   BRA Rikelme
MF   BRA Vitor Assoni
FW   PAR Alan Mendez
FW   BRA Caio Mota
FW   BRA Dener
FW   BRA Raul
FW   BRA Victor Kawã
FW   BRA Whevertton Pop

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 Alexandre Melo (at CRB until 30 November 2021)
FW   BRA Josiel (at Ponte Preta until 30 November 2021)

First-team staffEdit

As of 22 April 2021
Position Name Nationality
Head coach Jorginho   Brazilian
Assistant coach Luiz Fernando Iubel   Brazilian
Fitness coach Jorge Soter   Brazilian
Rafael Fragoso   Brazilian
Goalkeeper coach William Castro   Brazilian
Silvio Ben-Hur   Brazilian


Winners (2): 2015, 2019
Winners (10): 2003, 2004, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
Winners (2): 2010, 2016


  1. ^ a b "Nossa História" [Our history] (in Portuguese). Cuiabá EC. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  2. ^ "Cuiabá desiste, antes do Mato-grossense começar" [Cuiabá quit before the Mato-Grossense begin] (in Portuguese). Gazeta Digital. December 20, 2006. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  3. ^ "Bicampeão Cuiabá retorna ao futebol em 2009" [Two times champion Cuiabá return to football in 2009] (in Portuguese). Show do Esporte. April 4, 2009. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  4. ^ "Cuiabá vence o independente e sobe para a Série C do Brasileiro" [Cuiabá defeat Independente and is promoted to the Brasileirão Série C] (in Portuguese). Olhar Direto. October 16, 2011. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  5. ^ "Cuiabá será 1º time do Mato Grosso a jogar a Série A do Brasileiro desde 1986" [Cuiabá will be the 1st team from Mato Grosso to play in the Brasileiro Série A since 1986] (in Portuguese). CNN Brazil. January 22, 2021. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  6. ^ "Elenco" [Squad] (in Portuguese). Cuiabá EC. Retrieved July 3, 2021.

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