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About Ceará

Ceará Sporting Club, or Ceará, as they are usually called, is a Brazilian Football League Teams from Fortaleza in Ceará, founded on June 2, 1914.

Ceará is one of the most traditionally successful clubs in the Northeast region of Brazil alongside Esporte Clube Bahia, Santa Cruz Futebol Clube, Sport Club do Recife, Clube Náutico Capibaribe, Esporte Clube Vitória and their city rivals Fortaleza Esporte Clube. They use the material from Brazilian brand Penalty (Brazilian sports manufacturer).


On June 2, 1914, the club was founded as Rio Branco Football Club by Gilberto Gurgel, Walter Barroso, Raimundo Justa, Newton Rôla, Bolívar Purcell, Aluísio Mamede, Orlando Olsen, José Elias Romcy, Isaías Façanha de Andrade, Raimundo Padilha, Rolando Emílio, Meton Alencar Pinto, Gotardo Morais, Artur de Albuquerque, Luís Esteves Júnior, Cincinato Costa, Carlos Calmon and Eurico Medeiros. As Rio Branco Football Club, the team colors were white and Lilac (color).

In 1915, on their first birthday, the club changed its name to Ceará Sporting Club.

From 1915 to 1919, Ceará was five time consecutive champion of the Torneios Metropolitanos. In 1941, Ceará won the Campeonato Cearense, the same year of the inauguration of Estádio Presidente Vargas (Ceará) stadium. From 1961 to 1963, the club was three times consecutive state champion. In 1969, Ceará won the Copa Norte-Nordeste.

In 1970, ended the seven-year titleless state championship period. In 1971, Ceará was the last placed team in Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 1971 first edition. From 1975 to 1978, the club was four times in a row state champion.

In 1985, Ceará finished in Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 7th position. This is the best participation of a team of Ceará State in Brazilian Championships all time. In 1994, the club was the Runner-up of Copa do Brasil. In the final, the club was beat by Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense. In 1995, Ceará disputed Copa CONMEBOL, the club's first international championship, becoming the only club of Ceará to play an International Tournament. In 1996, the team administrator was Forró bands businessman Emanuel Gurgel. The team changed its home shirt to an all black one. Because of this, the team was nicknamed "Urubu do Nordeste" (Northeast Vulture), a reference to Clube de Regatas do Flamengo's mascot, a vulture. From 1996 to 1999, the club was four times in a row state champion.

In 2002, Ceará won the state championship after 3 years. In 2005, Ceará reached Brazilian Cup semi-final. The club was defeated by Fluminense Football Club. In 2006, the club won the state championship after 4 years without winning the competition.

After 17 years of absence, Ceará was promoted back to the 2010 edition of the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, after finishing in 3rd place at the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B 2009.

In 2010, Ceará finished the 2010 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in the 12th position, achieving a place in the 2011 Copa Sudamericana.

In 2011, Ceará reached the 2011 Copa do Brasil semifinals. Ceará notoriously ended Ronaldinho's Clube de Regatas do Flamengo's unbeaten streak in the previous round at the away game, and drew the home game, eliminating the Rio de Janeiro team in a notorious upset. Ceará, however, was defeated by Coritiba Foot Ball Club in the semifinals.



- Campeonato Cearense: 40 ( 1)

- Liga Metropolitana Cearense: 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919

- Copa Norte-Nordeste: 1

- Copa do Brasil: 0

- Copa Verão do Recife: 1

1: Liga Metropolitana Cearense was considered by the local federation as State League ("Campeonato Cearense").


- Campeonato Cearense de Futsal: 3


Ceará's home venue is Estádio Carlos de Alencar Pinto, with capacity for 3,000 people, but the team only plays at Castelão (Ceará) which has a 60,326 supporters, and at Estádio Presidente Vargas (Ceará), which has a 22,228 capacity.


Penalty (Brazilian sports manufacturer), Neo Química


Ceará's greatest rival is Fortaleza Esporte Clube. It is the biggest derby in Fortaleza city. It was played 511 times, and Ceará won it 174 times, Fortaleza won 156 times and there were 176 draws.

Ceará's second biggest rival is Ferroviário Atlético Clube, the third biggest club of Fortaleza city. This derby was played 272 times, with 123 wins for Ceará, 64 wins for Ferroviário and there also 85 draws.


The team mascot, an old man known as "Vovô" ("Grandpa") dressing Ceará uniform was designed by Ceará cartoonist Mino for the "Ceará: Paixão Total" Project ("Ceará: Full Passion" Project).

The team mascot appeared in late 1919, when Meton de Alencar Pinto, former president of Ceará SC, coached young players of America Football Club, a small club from the city, in the Porangabussu training center. Meton, who used to call the kids as "my grandsons", asked them to "go easy on grandpa". Afterwards, the nickname started to apply to the team of Ceará as well, helped by the seniority of the club; Ceará Sporting Club was the first football team founded in the state.

First-team squad

As of January 2012, according to combined sources on the official website.

Ceará Youth Team

Youth players able to play in the first team

Youth and reserve players with first team experience

Out on loan

First-team staff

Squad changes in 2012

- Anderson Grasiane De Matos Silva — Atlético Goianiense — Loan return
- Luís Dialisson de Souza Alves — Cruzeiro Esporte Clube — Loan
- Bruno Farias Araújo — Fluminense Football Club — Loan
- Éderson Alves Ribeiro Silva — Atlético Paranaense — Loan
- Misael Silva Jansen — Sport Club do Recife — Loan return
- João Soares da Mota Neto — Free transfer
- Paulo Sérgio Rocha — Guaratinguetá Futebol — Free transfer
- Ricardo César Dantas da Silva — América Futebol Clube (RN) — Free transfer
- Jonathan Antenor de Moura Almeida — Associação Desportiva Recreativa e Cultural Icasa — Loan return
- Rogério Miranda Silva — Free transfer
- Romano Rodrigues — Associação Portuguesa de Desportos — Loan
- Sodinha — Udinese Calcio — Free transfer

- Anderson Grasiane De Matos Silva — Fluminense Football Club — Free transfer
- Anderson Luís de Azevedo Rodrigues Marques — Desportivo Brasil — Loan return
- Thiago Xavier Rosa — Esporte Clube Bahia — Free transfer
- Marcos Paulo Segobe da Silva — Free agent
- Diego Salgado Costa de Menezes — Free agent
- Diego Alessandro Aparecido Sacoman Silva — Sport Club Corinthians Paulista — Loan return
- Manoel Dionantan Paiva Rodrigues — Associação Desportiva Bahia de Feira — Loan
- Douglas Silva Delfino — Free agent
- Edmílson (footballer born 1976) — Free agent
- Egídio Pereira Júnior — Clube de Regatas do Flamengo — Loan return
- Enrico Cardoso Nazaré — Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama — Loan return
- Fabrício Manini — Free agent
- Rodrigo José Pereira — Free agent
- Pedro Iarley Lima Dantas — Sport Club Corinthians Paulista — Loan return
- José Júnior — Esporte Clube Bahia — Free transfer
- Marcelo Nicácio — Litex Lovech — Free transfer
- Michel Miguel da Silva — Esporte Clube Vitória — Free transfer
- Osvaldo Lourenço Filho — Al-Ahli Dubai — Loan return
- Pablo Nascimento Castro — Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense — Free transfer
- Roger Rodrigues da Silva — Kashiwa Reysol — Loan return
- Rudnei da Rosa — Sport Club Corinthians Paulista — Free transfer
- Thiago Humberto — Sport Club Internacional — Loan return
- Wellington da Silva Vicente — Iraty Sport Club — Loan return
- Washington Luiz Mascarenhas Silva — Free agent

Noted players

- Josimar (1992)
- Pedro Iarley Lima Dantas (2001–02), (2011)
- João Soares da Mota Neto (1997–98), (2002–03), (2009)
- Sérgio Alves
- Gildo (footballer)
- Tiquinho (Brazilian footballer)

Former coaches

- Ferdinando Teixeira (2005–06)
- Lula Pereira (2008)
- Edmundo Oliveira (2009)
- Ruy Scarpino (2009)
- Zé Teodoro (2009)
- Dimas Filgueiras Filho (2010)
- Vágner Mancini (2011)
- Estevam Soares (2011)

Logo evolution

The first logo was the club's first as Ceará Sporting Club, and was used from 1915-54.

The second logo was used from 1955–69 and was inspired by the Santos Futebol Clube logo.

The third logo was used from 1970-03.

The fourth logo is the current team logo, and was adopted in 2003. The logo is a restylized version of the previous logo created by Adman Orlando Mota. This logo introduced the white stars and the foundation date.

Ultras groups


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