Paraná Clube

Paraná Clube is a Brazilian professional association football club in Curitiba, Paraná which currently plays in Série C, the third tier of Brazilian football, as well as in the Campeonato Paranaense, the top division of the Paraná state football league. They are not to be confused with Parana who are their sister team set up as a feeder and play in their own league. Established on December 19, 1989, in the Vila Capanema district, it is one of several Brazilian clubs called Tricolor da Vila ("tricolored of the town") by its fans because it has three team colors. Paraná's three colors are red, white and blue. Apart from football, other sports sponsored at the club are bowling, futsal, martial arts, tennis, volleyball and weight-lifting.[1]

Full nameParaná Clube
Nickname(s)Tricolor da Vila (Tricolor of the Town)
Founded19 December 1989; 31 years ago (1989-12-19)
GroundEstádio Vila Capanema
PresidentLuiz Carlos Casagrande
Head coachSílvio Criciúma
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série D
Campeonato Paranaense
Série C, 18th (relegated)
Paranaense, 7th
WebsiteClub website


On December 19, 1989, Paraná Clube was founded by the merger of EC Pinheiros (three times winner of the state championship (1967 as Savóia FC Água Verde, 1984, 1987)), and Colorado EC (winner of one state championship (1980)). Rubens Minelli was hired as the club's first manager,[2] and Emerson de Andrade was chosen as the director of football.[3]

The club's first match was played on February 4, 1990, when Coritiba beat Paraná 1–0 at the Estádio Couto Pereira.[2][4]

In 1991, two years after the club's foundation, Paraná won its first state championship. Later, Paraná would win five state championships in a row, from 1993 to 1997.[5]

In 1992, the club won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, gaining the right to compete in the following year's Série A.[6] After 8 years, Paraná Clube won another national championship. In 2000, Paraná beat AD São Caetano to win the Yellow Module of the João Havelange Cup. This cup replaced the Campeonato Brasileiro (all levels), which had been suspended for one year.[7]

In 2003, Paraná Clube and L.A. Sports, which is a sports marketing company, started a partnership to help Paraná Clube keep its youth academy, and sign new players. In 2005, Paraná Clube created an investment fund to replace L.A. Sports, and, because of this, the partnership was not renewed.[8]

On April 9, 2006, Paraná Clube won the Paraná State League for the 7th time after beating ADAP of Campo Mourão 3–0 in the Maringá and drawing 1–1 at Pinheirão Stadium. The attendance of the final match was 25,306 supporters.[9]

Paraná Clube's stadium is the Estádio Durival Britto e Silva, also known as the Vila Capanema. It underwent a modernization in 2006, when more than 60 skyboxes were built, as well as new bathrooms and snack bars. The capacity of the "new" Vila Capanema rose to 20,083 spectators, and the inaugural match was held on September 20, 2006 when Paraná beat Fortaleza 2–0 in the Campeonato Brasileiro.[citation needed]

In 2007, Paraná played its first Copa Libertadores de América match. In the first stage, Paraná eliminated Cobreloa from Chile, winning the first leg 2–0 in Calama and drawing 1–1 in Curitiba. In the group stage, composed by Parana Clube, Flamengo, Union Maracaibo and Real Potosi, the club finished in second place. Paraná was eliminated in the Round of 16 by Libertad, of Paraguay.[10]

After 10 years in the second division, Paraná gained access to the first division of the Brazilian Championship, defeating CRB 1-0 for the 37th round of Serie B 2017.[11]


Vila Capanema Stadium
Vila Capanema Stadium

Paraná Clube's official stadium is Estádio Durival Britto e Silva, also known as Vila Capanema. They occasionally used to play at the Pinheirão.[12] Vila Olímpica also belongs to Paraná Clube but it is only used for training:[13]



The club's logo has a stylized conifer cone format, in red, with a white contour, which contains an azure jay and a white pine. The club's name is written in blue, as is the word Brasil. The word Clube is written in white.[2]


Paraná's flag is rectangular, divided in two equal parts vertically. The right side is red and the left side is blue.[2]


The mascot of Paraná Clube is an azure jay, a common bird in Paraná state. The bird is also the symbol of Paraná state.[2]


The Paraná Clube anthem was written by João Arnaldo and Sebastião Lima.[2]


Paraná Clube's colors are red, blue and white. The red color was Colorado's main color, the blue color was Pinheiros' main color, and white was a color adopted by both teams.[2]


Their biggest rivals are from the same city: Atlético-PR and Coritiba.[2]


1992, 2000 (1)
1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2006
Runners-up (4): 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007
Runners-up (1): 1999
1In 2000, Paraná Clube won the Yellow Module of the Copa João Havelange. This title is not recognized by the CBF.[16]

Current squadEdit

As of 12 November 2020

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 Filipe (on loan from Corinthians)
GK   BRA Marcos (on loan from Goiás)
DF   BRA Fabrício (captain)
DF   BRA Guilherme Lacerda
DF   COL Haiderson Hurtado
DF   BRA Lucas Santana
DF   COL Luis Salazar
DF   BRA Philipe Maia
DF   BRA Roberto (on loan from Internacional)
DF   BRA Paulo Henrique
DF   BRA Toninho Paraíba
DF   BRA Jean Victor (on loan from Boavista)
DF   BRA Juninho
MF   BRA Bruno Xavier
MF   BRA Gabriel Kazu (on loan from Tombense)
MF   BRA Gabriel Pires
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   BRA Guilherme Biteco
MF   BRA Higor Meritão (on loan from Ferroviária)
MF   BRA Jhony Douglas
MF   BRA Kaio (on loan from Grêmio)
MF   BRA Karl
MF   BRA Luan
MF   BRA Michel (on loan from Cruzeiro)
MF   BRA Thiago Alves
MF   BRA Vitinho
FW   BRA Andrey
FW   BRA Bruno Nunes
FW   BRA Keslley (on loan from Tombense)
FW   BRA Léo Castro (on loan from Ferroviária)
FW   BRA Lucas Sene
FW   BRA Marcelo (on loan from Cruzeiro)
FW   BRA Matheus Matias (on loan from Corinthians)
FW   BRA Wandson (on loan from Atlético Cearense)

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 Gabriel
MF   BRA Kriguer

Technical staffEdit



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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 1. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. pp. 220–221. ISBN 85-88651-01-7.
  3. ^ "História – Primeira equipe" (in Portuguese). Paraná Clube official website. Archived from the original on 27 November 2007. Retrieved 7 June 2008.
  4. ^ "Equilíbrio marca confronto entre Coritiba e Paraná" (in Portuguese). UOL Esportes. Retrieved 7 June 2008.
  5. ^ "Paraná State – List of Champions". RSSSF Brasil. Archived from the original on 4 June 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2008.
  6. ^ "Brazil 1992 Championship – Second Level (Divisão Classificatória)" (in Portuguese). RSSSF Brasil. Archived from the original on 10 December 2007. Retrieved 7 June 2008.
  7. ^ "Brazil 2000 Championship – Copa João Havelange". RSSSF Brasil. Archived from the original on 3 December 2007. Retrieved 7 June 2008.
  8. ^ Terra Esportes
  9. ^ "História – 16/08/2006 – Campeonato Paranaense de Futebol Profissional – Série Ouro 2006" (in Portuguese). Federação Paranaense de Futebol official website. Archived from the original on December 16, 2007. Retrieved June 7, 2008.
  10. ^ "Copa Libertadores de América 2007". RSSSF Brasil. Retrieved 7 June 2008.
  11. ^ "Paraná wins CRB, results help, and team guarantees early access to Serie A (in portuguese)". Globo Esporte. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Abandoned stadium: Pinheirão Stadium".
  13. ^ "Patrimônio" (in Portuguese). Paraná Clube official website. Archived from the original on 15 May 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2008.
  14. ^ "CNEF – Cadastro Nacional de Estádios de Futebol" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Brazilian Football Confederation. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 10, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  15. ^ "Vila Olímpica" (in Portuguese). Templos do Futebol. Retrieved 23 September 2008.
  16. ^ (in Portuguese) "Campeões" (in Portuguese). CBF. Archived from the original on 14 October 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2009.

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