Esporte Clube Juventude

Esporte Clube Juventude, also known as Juventude, is a Brazilian football team in Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul. The club currently competes in the top tier of Brazilian football, the Série A, as well as in Campeonato Gaúcho Série A, the first level of the Rio Grande do Sul state football league. Major titles won by the club include the 1999 Copa do Brasil and the 1994 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. Juventude also competes in the top tier state league of Rio Grande do Sul, having won it once, in 1998. Their greatest rival is Caxias, with whom it contests the Caxias do Sul derby, also known as CaJu.

Full nameEsporte Clube Juventude
Founded29 June 1913; 109 years ago (1913-06-29)
GroundAlfredo Jaconi
PresidentWalter Dal Zotto Jr
Head coachCelso Roth
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série B
Campeonato Gaúcho
Série A, 20th of 20 (Relegated)
Gauchão, 3rd of 12
WebsiteClub website


Juventude was founded on June 29, 1913, by 35 youngsters from Caxias do Sul, descendants of Italian immigrants, being one of the first football clubs in that community. Antônio Chiaradia Neto was chosen as the club's first president.

On July 20, 1913, Juventude played its first game, against Serrano, from the city of Carlos Barbosa, Rio Grande do Sul. The game ended 4–0 in favor of Juventude.

On March 8, 1915, Juventude lost its first game ever. Fußball, from the nearby town of Montenegro, beat Juventude 4–1, ending a 23-game invincibility streak.

On October 10, 1919, Juventude joined the Rio Grande do Sul state football association

In 1920, the club became professional after signing some Uruguayan players.

On December 11, 1975, the first match against Caxias was played, which ended 1–0 to Juventude. The goal was scored by Da Silva. This match is known as the Ca-Ju derby.

On May 25, 1993, Juventude signed a partnership with Parmalat, bringing more investment to the club.

On December 4, 1994, Juventude won the second division of Campeonato Brasileiro, which was the first national title won by the club, gaining promotion to the first division.

On June 7, 1998, Juventude won the Campeonato Gaúcho without losing a single match.

On June 27, 1999, Juventude won its most important national title, the Copa do Brasil, gaining the right to contest the Copa Libertadores in the following year.

In 2000, Juventude played the Copa Libertadores for the first time, but the club was eliminated in the first stage.

Finally in 2013 Juventude finished Série D as 2nd and promoted to Série C for 2014 season. They ascended again to the Série B in 2017.[1]

Juventude returned to the top division of Brazilian Football Série A after a 13-year absence by finishing 3rd in the 2020 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. In 2021, they finished in 16th in the tournament, ensuring they remain in Série A for the 2022 championship.


Juventude's stadium is Estádio Alfredo Jaconi, inaugurated in 1975, with a maximum capacity of 23,519 people.


2011, 2012


The club's official anthem lyrics were composed by Ernani Falcão, and the music by Rodolfo Storchi.

There is another anthem, which is an unofficial one, and was composed (both the lyrics and the music) by Paulo Gazola, and is called Hino da Volta do Ju, meaning Anthem of Ju's Return.

Current squadEdit

As of 31 March 2023[2]

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 Thiago Couto (on loan from São Paulo)
2 DF   BRA Daniel Guedes
3 DF   BRA Zé Marcos
4 DF   BRA Danilo Boza
5 MF   BRA Jean Irmer
6 MF   BRA Vitinho (on loan from Red Bull Bragantino)
7 MF   BRA Emerson Santos
8 MF   BRA Wesley Hudson
9 FW   BRA Rodrigo Rodrigues
10 MF   BRA Fernando Boldrin
11 FW   BRA David (on loan from Fortaleza)
16 MF   BRA Jadson
18 MF   BRA Gabriel Tota
19 FW   BRA Gabriel Aires
20 DF   GUA Gerardo Gordillo
22 DF   BRA Dani Bolt (on loan from Athletico Paranaense)
23 DF   BRA Walce (on loan from São Paulo)
26 MF   BRA Pará
No. Pos. Nation Player
28 DF   BRA Alan Ruschel
29 FW   BRA Ruan
30 FW   AUS Rafinha
33 FW   BRA Echaporã (on loan from Atlético Mineiro)
39 FW   BRA Daniel Cruz (on loan from Athletico Paranaense)
44 MF   BRA Mandaca (on loan from Corinthians)
47 FW   BRA Vini Paulista
50 DF   BRA Guilherme Guedes
70 FW   BRA Samuel Granada (on loan from Fluminense)
77 MF   BRA Pedro Arthur
88 DF   URU Felipe Carvalho
92 GK   BRA Mário
99 GK   BRA Lucas Wingert
GK   BRA Léo Vieira
DF   BRA Douglas
DF   BRA Romário
FW   BRA Élton
FW   BRA Luiz Fernando

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
36 DF   BRA Da Rocha

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
GK   BRA William (at Aimoré until 30 April 2023)
MF   BRA Kelvi (at Paysandu until 30 November 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   BRA Weliton (at Flamengo until 31 January 2024)

Technical staffEdit


  1. ^ "Juventude segura pressão do Fortaleza e sobe para a Série B do Brasileiro". UOL Esporte (in Portuguese). September 9, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ "Plantel profissional" [First-team squad] (in Brazilian Portuguese). EC Juventude. Retrieved May 13, 2021.

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