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About Paysandu

Paysandu Sport Club is a Brazilian football (soccer) club located in Belém, Pará. Paysandu is also known as Papão da Curuzu (or simply Papão, which means Bogeyman in Portuguese language) because it won several titles in the 1940s and Curuzu from the name of the street where Paysandu's stadium sits.

Paysandu is a club in Northern Brazil, having won 43 State Leagues, 1 Regional League (Copa Norte in 2002) and 3 national titles (Brazilian League Second Division in 1991 and 2001 and the Brazilian Champions' Cup in 2002). However, they have recently fallen on hard times, suffering successive promotion and relegation in 2005 and 2006. They will play in the country's third level, Campeonato Brasileiro Série C, in 2007.

Paysandu attracted the world's attention in 2003 after the campaign in the Copa Libertadores, beating several traditional South American teams such as Cerro Porteño and Boca Juniors (at Estadio Alberto J. Armando).


On February 2, 1914, members of Norte Club protested against a decision of the football federation of Pará benefiting Clube do Remo by terminating the team and refounding it as Paysandu Foot-Ball Club.

In 1920, the club won its first Campeonato Paraense title.

From 1920 to 1923 the club was state champion for four times in a row .

From 1927 to 1929 the club was state champion for three times in a row .

In 1939 the club was again state champion. In that season, the team was nicknamed Esquadrão de Aço (meaning Steel Squadron).

From 1942 to 1945, again the club was four times in a row state champion.

In 1948, the club was nicknamed Papão da Curuzu, after Curuzu Street ("Rua Curuzu"), by the journalist Everando Guilhon. Curuzu Street has been the address for the club headquarters.

From 1961 to 1963 the club was again state champion for three times in a row.

From 1965 to 1967, the club was again state champion for three times in a row.

In 1971 and in 1972 the club was state champion for two times in a row.

From 1980 to 1982 the club was again state champion for three times in a row.

In 1991 Paysandu was the champion of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B.

From 2000 to 2002 Paysandu was again state champion for three times in a row.

In 2001, Paysandu was again the champion of the Campeonato Brasileiro Second Division.

In 2002 the club was champion of Copa Norte, and, later, champion of Copa dos Campeões.

In 2003, Paysandu was eliminated by Boca Juniors of Argentina on the second leg of a match for Copa Libertadores de América. That was the club's first participation in the competition.

In 2005, after a poor campaign, finishing in 21st place, the club descended to the Campeonato Brasileiro Second Division. They would descend still further, to Série C, after a 17th-place finish in 2006.

List of titles

National titles

- Campeonato Brasileiro Série B: 2

- Copa dos Campeões: 1

Regional titles

- Copa Norte: 1

State titles

- Campeonato Paraense: 44

Friendly titles

- Paramaribo International Tournament: 1


- Pedro Iarley
- José Róbson do Nascimento
- Vandick José de Oliveira Lima


Paysandu's stadium is Leônidas Castro (Curuzú). Mangueirão, built in 1978, with a maximum capacity of 45,007 people, holds some matches.

Traditional Home Kit

This traditional kit, composed of a blue and white vertical striped shirt, white shorts and white socks was designed by Hugo Leão, the first president of the club, on February 10, 1914. This kit was approved without a dissentient vote by the General Assembly of the club on February 19, 1914.


The club is nicknamed Papão da Curuzu. Papão (or Bicho-Papão) is a legendary creature similar to the boogeyman and is also the mascot of the club.


The current logo of Paysandu is composed of two yellow stars, representing the two Brazilian Second Division titles, won in 1991 and in 2001; a winged foot, representing that the strength of Paysandu Sport Club cannot be reached by any other teams; and the flag of the state of Pará, representing the 2002 Copa dos Campeões title. The stars and the flag are located above the badge.


The club's lyrics was made by the local poet José Simões, in the beginning of the 1920s.

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