Nacional Futebol Clube

Nacional Futebol Clube, commonly referred to as Nacional, is a Brazilian professional club based in Manaus, Amazonas founded on 13 January 1913.

Nacional
Nacional Futebol Clube logo.svg
Full nameNacional Futebol Clube
Nickname(s)Naça
Leão da Vila Municipal (Municipal Village Lion)
Clube da Estrela Azul (Blue Star Club)
Leão do Amazonas (Amazonas' Lion)
Founded13 January 1913; 109 years ago (1913-01-13)
GroundArena da Amazônia
Capacity44,000
PresidentNazareno Pereira
Head coachGilmar Popoca
LeagueCampeonato Amazonense
2021Amazonense, 5th of 9
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

On January 13, 1913, Nacional Futebol Clube was founded. The club was initially named Eleven Nacional.[1]

On February 8, 1914, Nacional played the first Campeonato Amazonense match, against Manaós Sporting.[2]

On July 8, 1930,[3] Nacional Futebol Clube former members who were dissatisfied with the club founded Nacional Fast Clube.[4]

In 1975, Nacional finished in Campeonato Brasileiro Série A's 16th position, ahead of clubs such as Vasco da Gama, Atlético Mineiro and Santos.[5] In 1984, during a trip to Morocco, in North Africa, Nacional won the King of Morocco Cup, in Rabat.[2]

In 1985, Nacional competed for the last time the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. The club finished in the 18th position, ahead of clubs like Fluminense, Grêmio and São Paulo.[6] The club competed in 1992 in Copa do Brasil for the first time, being eliminated by Vasco da Gama in the first round. The first leg, in Manaus, ended in a 1–1 draw. In the second leg, in Rio de Janeiro, Vasco beat Nacional 5–0.[7]

HonoursEdit

Winners (43): 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1922, 1923, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1945, 1946, 1950, 1957, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015

StadiumEdit

Nacional's home stadium is the Arena da Amazônia, opened in 2014, with a maximum capacity of 41,000 people. The stadium was built on the site of the old Vivaldao, which was demolished in order to construct a new stadium for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Only one training ground is owned by the club. Campo de Treinamento Barbosa Filho is located in Manaus.[8]

RivalsEdit

Nacional's biggest rivals are Rio Negro and São Raimundo (AM).[9]

The derby against Rio Negro is called Rio-Nal, and is a traditional city derby, considered one of the biggest derbies of the city.[9]

The derby against São Raimundo is the second biggest derby of the city, and it started due to the good performance of São Raimundo in recent years.[9]

SymbolsEdit

The club's mascot is called Leão Azul, meaning "blue lion".[8] Nacional is nicknamed Naça, which is the diminutive form of the name Nacional, Leão Azul (Blue Lion)[10] and Time da Estrela Azul (Blue Star Team).[2] The club colors are blue and white.[1]

Ultra groupsEdit

  • Torcida Organizadas do Nacional
  • Torcida Organizada Leões da Amazônia
  • Torcida Organizada Naça Gol
  • Torcida Organizada Naçacanagem
  • Torcida Organizada Narraça
  • Torcida Organizada Selva Azul

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