Sampaio Corrêa Futebol Clube

Sampaio Corrêa Futebol Clube, commonly referred to as Sampaio Corrêa, is a Brazilian professional club based in São Luís, Maranhão founded on 25 March 1923. It competes in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C, the third tier of Brazilian football, as well as in the Campeonato Maranhense, the top flight of the Maranhão state football league.

Sampaio Corrêa
Full nameSampaio Corrêa Futebol Clube
FoundedMarch 25, 1923; 101 years ago (1923-03-25)
PresidentSérgio Frota
Head coachMárcio Fernandes
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série C
Campeonato Maranhense
2023 [pt]
Série B, 17th of 20 (relegated)
Maranhense, 3rd of 8
WebsiteClub website

The club's colors are yellow, green and red. Sampaio Corrêa's nickname is Bolivianos (meaning Bolivians) because its colors are similar to the Bolivian ones. The club is also nicknamed Tricolor de Aço (meaning Steel Tricolour). The club's mascot is a shark.

It has a fierce rival with Moto Club which is considered one of the biggest in Brazil.

Sampaio Corrêa is the top ranked team from Maranhão in CBF's national club ranking, at 32nd overall.[1]



On March 25, 1923, the club was founded as Associação Sampaio Corrêa Futebol Clube. Abrahão Andrade was the Sampaio Corrêa's first president. The club is named after a seaplane called Sampaio Corrêa II, which visited the city of São Luís on December 12, 1922, and was commanded by two pilots, the Brazilian Euclides Pinto Martins and the American Walter Hinton. On April 26, 1925, the club played its first official match. Sampaio Corrêa beat Luso Brasileiro 1–0. The goal was scored by Lobo.

On December 17, 1972, the club won the Campeonato Brasileiro Second Division, after beating Campinense in the final. However, there was no promotion to the first division.

In 1997, the club won the Campeonato Brasileiro Third Division, after beating Francana 3–1 in the last match, and was promoted to the following year's Second Division. In 1998, Sampaio Corrêa won the Copa Norte, beating São Raimundo-AM in the final. In the same year, the club reached Copa CONMEBOL's semi-final round. Sampaio Corrêa beat América de Natal in the first round, Deportes Quindío of Colombia in the second round, and was eliminated by Santos in the semi-finals.

Sampaio Correa returned to the Serie B for its 2014 season, after finishing fourth in the first stage of the 2013 Série C and eventually reaching the final, losing to Santa Cruz 2–1 on aggregate. However, the club later suffered two more relegations, in 2016 and 2018. The club had a good 2020 season, finishing sixth and just four points from promotion. In the 2022 season, Sampaio finished fifth, only four points from promotion behind traditional Rio based club Vasco, whom were defeated twice by Sampaio Correa, 3–1 in Sao Luis and 3–2 in Rio. Other highlights of the campaign include a 4–1 victory against Sport, and a 2–1 victory over traditional powerhouse Gremio.



Its home matches are usually played at Castelão stadium, which has a maximum capacity of 40,000 people.

Current squad


According to the official website.[1]

As of 24 October 2023

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 Thiago Braga
GK   BRA Carlos Eduardo
GK   BRA Erikson
GK   BRA Luiz Daniel
DF   BRA Alyson
DF   BRA Fábio Aguiar
DF   BRA Ícaro
DF   BRA Rafael Jansen
DF   BRA Leonan (on loan from Capivariano)
DF   BRA Lucas Mota
DF   BRA Pará
DF   BRA Mateus Pivô
DF   BRA Samuel Santos
DF   BRA Vitinho (on loan from Grêmio)
MF   BRA Claudinei
MF   BRA Eloir
MF   BRA Ferreira
MF   BRA Luiz Otávio (on loan from Tombense)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   BRA Maurício
MF   BRA Nadson Mesquita
MF   BRA Mikael
MF   BRA Paraíba
MF   BRA Patrick Allan
MF   BRA Riquelmo (on loan from Fortaleza)
MF   BRA Rodrigo Souza (on loan from Criciúma)
MF   BRA Robinho (on loan from Cascavel)
FW   BRA Vinícius Alves (on loan from Atlético Cearense)
FW   BRA Henrique
FW   BRA João Diogo
FW   BRA Getterson
FW   BRA (on loan from Botafogo)
FW   BRA Pimentinha
FW   BRA Gabriel Silva
FW   BRA Thiaguinho (on loan from Flamengo)
FW   BRA Ytalo (on loan from Red Bull Bragantino)

Out on loan


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 Wesley Dias (at Botafogo-PB until 30 November 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   BRA Gabriel Popó (at Sousa until 30 November 2023)

First-team staff

Position Name Nationality
Manager Felipe Surian   Brazil
Assistant manager Rainer Oliveira   Brazil
Assistant manager Marcelo Mendes   Brazil
Assistant manager Rafael Gatti   Brazil








  • Campeonato Maranhense
    • Winners (37): 1933, 1934, 1940, 1942, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2024
  • Copa FMF
    • Winners (11): 1973, 1976, 1983, 1984, 1990, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013


  1. ^ "RNC - Ranking Nacional dos Clubes 2022" (PDF). CBF. December 16, 2021.