Fortaleza Esporte Clube

Fortaleza Esporte Clube, usually known as Fortaleza, is primarily a football club, but is active in other sports such as futsal, handball and basketball. Fortaleza Esporte Clube is based in Fortaleza, capital of the State of Ceará, Brazil. The club was founded on October 18, 1918.[2]

Fortaleza logo.svg
Full nameFortaleza Esporte Clube
Nickname(s)Leão do Pici (Lion of the Pici)
Rei Leão do Brasil (Lion King of Brazil)
Clube da Garotada (Club of the Youth)
Tricolor de Aço (Steel Tricolor)
FoundedOctober 18, 1918; 102 years ago (1918-10-18)
PresidentMarcelo Paz
Head coachJuan Pablo Vojvoda
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Cearense
Série A, 16th of 20
Cearense, 1st of 10 (champions)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Fortaleza is one of the most traditional[clarification needed] clubs in the Northeastern region of Brazil alongside Bahia, Vitória, Santa Cruz, Sport, Náutico and Ceará, its biggest rival. The club's colors are red, blue and white.


On 23 February 1912, Alcides Santos founded a club called Fortaleza, and participated shortly after in the founding of the Stella Foot-Ball Club. Finally on 18 October 1918 Fortaleza Sporting Club is born, first denomination of the Fortaleza Esporte Clube. Its colors represent the colors of the French flag, since the founder spent time in France and decided to put the colors of the European country in the Brazilian club.

In 1920, they participated in the foundation of the Associação Cearense de Desportos. That same year they got their first Cearense Championship title.

In 1951 , the Municipality of Fortaleza decided to renovate the Presidente Vargas Stadium. The idea of having a private stadium was reborn in the board since it had its own stadium during the 1920s.

In 1957, the club acquired from the land in Bairro do Pici from Mrs. Hedwing, which during the Second World War was where the American military base was in Fortaleza, called Post Command ( Command Post), hence the name Pici, transfers it to the Club of Gentilândia in exchange for the new neighborhood. It changed its name to Leão do Pici, a reference to the neighborhood where the Parque dos Campeonatos is located.

The Alcides Santos Stadium opened its doors in June 1962, beating Usina Ceará in the inaugural match.


  • Home Uniform: Blue and red shirt with blue pants and white socks.
  • Away uniform: White and blue shirt with blue pants and blue socks.

Uniform EvolutionEdit



  • Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
    • Player with most goals scored: Rinaldo (23 goals)
    • Player with most goals scored in a single tournament: Rinaldo (16 goals), in 2005
  • All divisions taken in consideration
    • Player with most goals scored: Rinaldo (43 goals); in 2004 (14), 2005 (16), 2006 (11) and 2008 (2)
  • Topscorers in national competitions (cups and leagues)
  • Best Série A right-back (Bola de Prata award): Louro, in 1974


Fortaleza mascot Juba

In the 1960s a journalist popularized the Leão, a name that came from the times of Praça dos Leões. The mascot's name is Juba.

Club StructureEdit


The Fortaleza Esporte Clube has its headquarters in the district of Pici, which consists of the Manoel Guimarães administrative headquarters, stadium Alcides Santos stadium, indoor trophies, Hotel Ribamar Bezerra (used for athletes), Otoni Diniz accommodation, dressing rooms, fitness center, and a modern medical department.

Castelão (Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil)


They play their games at Alcides Santos Stadium, with capacity for 8,300 people, Estadio Castelão, which can hold 63,903 supporters and Estádio Presidente Vargas, which has a capacity of 20,600.

Past presidentsEdit

  • Alcides Santos
  • João Gentil
  • João César
  • Ney Rebouças
  • Aírton França Rebouças
  • Péricles Mulatinho
  • José Atanásio dos Santos
  • José Nestor Falcão
  • Osvaldo Azim
  • Ezequiel Menezes
  • Jorge Mota (1999—03)
  • Clayton Alcântara Veras (2004)
  • Ribamar Bezerra (2005—06)
  • Marcello Desidério (2007—08)
  • Lúcio Bonfim (2008—09)
  • Renan Vieira (2010)
  • Paulo Arthur Magalhães (2011)
  • Osmar Baquit (2011—14)
  • Jorge Mota (2015—17)
  • Luis Eduardo Girão (2017)
  • Marcelo Paz (2017—present)

Current squadEdit

As of 4 May 2021[3]

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 Marcelo Boeck
2 DF   BRA Tinga (captain)
3 DF   COL Juan Quintero
4 DF   BRA Jackson
5 DF   BRA Marcelo Benevenuto (on loan from Botafogo)
6 DF   BRA Carlinhos
7 FW   BRA Robson
8 MF   BRA Luiz Henrique
9 FW   BRA Wellington Paulista (vice-captain)
10 MF   BRA Lucas Crispim
11 FW   BRA Osvaldo
12 GK   BRA Felipe Alves
13 MF   BRA Éderson (on loan from Corinthians)
14 MF   BRA Ronald
15 MF   BRA Felipe
16 MF   BRA Jussa (on loan from Oeste)
17 FW   BRA David
18 FW   BRA Wellington Nem
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF   BRA Isaque (on loan from Grêmio)
20 FW   BRA Romarinho
21 FW   BRA Gustavo Coutinho
22 DF   BRA Yago Pikachu
23 GK   BRA Max Walef
26 MF   BRA Gustavo Blanco (on loan from Atlético Mineiro)
29 DF   BRA Daniel Guedes (on loan from Santos)
30 DF   BRA Bruno Melo
32 MF   ARG Mariano Vázquez
33 DF   BRA Wanderson (on loan from Bahia)
38 DF   BRA João Paulo
40 DF   BRA Vitor Ricardo
77 FW   BRA Igor Torres
96 MF   BRA Matheus Vargas
97 MF   BRA Pablo Gabriel
99 MF   BRA Lucas Alisson
GK   BRA Kennedy
DF   BRA Titi

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
25 DF   BRA Alix (on loan from Cabofriense)
FW   BRA Willian Santos

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
MF   BRA Juninho (on loan at América Mineiro until 31 December 2021)
FW   BRA Bergson (on loan at Johor Darul Ta'zim until 31 July 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   BRA Edson Cariús (on loan at Remo until 30 November 2021)

Technical staffEdit


League Cup Ceará 2010


  • 2018
  • 1970
  • 1920, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1933, 1934, 1937, 1938, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1953, 1954, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1992, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020
  • Torneio Início do Ceará: 12
  • 1925, 1927, 1928, 1933, 1935, 1948, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1977
  • Copa dos Campeões Cearenses: 2
  • 2016, 2017


  • Copa Cearense Master: 1
  • 2016
  • Copa Cearense de Futebol Cinquentão Masters 50: 1
  • 2017


  1. ^ "CNEF - Cadastro Nacional de Estádios de Futebol" (PDF) (in Portuguese). January 18, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "Fortaleza". Albion Road. Archived from the original on September 21, 2008. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  3. ^ "Elenco" [Squad] (in Portuguese). Fortaleza EC. Retrieved January 18, 2020.

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