América Football Club


América Football Club

Football club infobox
clubname = América


fullname = América Football Club
nickname = "Diabo (Devil)",
"Mecão" and "Rubro Carioca"
founded = 1904
ground = Giulite Coutinho,
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
capacity = 16,000 | chairman = flagicon|BRA Reginaldo Mathias dos Santos
manager = flagicon|BRA Gaúcho
league = Campeonato Brasileiro Série C
season = 2007
position = Eliminated in third stage
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América Football Club, or América as it is usually called, is a traditional Brazilian football team from Rio de Janeiro in Rio de Janeiro state, founded on September 18, 1904. The club competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A several times and won the state championship seven times.

Its home stadium is the Giulite Coutinho stadium, capacity 16,000. They play in red shirts, white shorts and red socks.

Famous football anthem composer Lamartine Babo was a supporter of América. [ [http://www.e-biografias.net/modules/news/article.php?storyid=245 E-Biografias] ] América's mascot is a devil. América also sponsors a beach American football team, the América Red Lions.pt icon cite web | title = Histórico Red Lions | url=http://www.redlions.com.br/historia.php | accessdate = 2008-07-08 | publisher=América Red Lions ]

History

On September 18, 1904, Alberto Koltzbucher, Alfredo Guilherme Koehler, Alfredo Mohrsted, Gustavo Bruno Mohrsted, Henrique Mohrsted, Jayme Faria Machado and Oswaldo Mohrsted founded América Football Club.pt icon cite web | title = América Football Club | url=http://www.campeoesdofutebol.com.br/hist_americarj.html | accessdate = 2008-06-02 | publisher=Campeões do Futebol ]

In 1905, América, together with Bangu, Botafogo, Petrópolis, Fluminense and Futebol Atlético Clube founded Liga de Football do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro Football League), which was the first football federation of Rio de Janeiro. In 1913, the club won the state championship for the first time.pt icon cite web | title = Rio de Janeiro Championship 1913 | url=http://paginas.terra.com.br/esporte/rsssfbrasil/tables/rj1913.htm | accessdate = 2008-06-02 | publisher=RSSSF Brasil ]

In 1971, the club competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A's first edition, finishing in the 11th place.pt icon cite web | title = Brazil 1971 Championship - Primeiro Campeonato Nacional de Clubes | url=http://paginas.terra.com.br/esporte/rsssfbrasil/tables/br1971.htm | accessdate = 2008-06-02 | publisher=RSSSF Brasil ]

In 2006, América was the runner-up of Taça Guanabara. América played the final against Botafogo.pt icon cite web | title = Rio de Janeiro State League 2006 | url=http://paginas.terra.com.br/esporte/rsssfbrasil/tables/rj2006.htm | accessdate = 2008-06-02 | publisher=RSSSF Brasil ]

Achievements

*Campeonato Carioca:
** Winners (7): 1913, 1916, 1922, 1928, 1931, 1935, 1960

*Tournament of the Champions:
** Winners (1): 1982

*Taça Guanabara:
** Winners (1): 1974

*Taça Rio:
** Winners (1): 1982

*Zona Sul of Taça Brasil:
** Winners (1): 1961

*Taça Ioduran (Rio-São Paulo):
** Winners (1): 1917

*Torneio Extra:
** Winners (1): 1938

*Torneio Extra Carlos Martins da Rocha:
** Winners (1): 1952

*3rd phase of Campeonato Carioca:
** Winners (1): 1955

*Torneio Ary Barroso:
** Winners (1): 1965

*Torneio Jayme de Carvalho:
** Winners (1): 1976

Noted players

*flagicon|GER flagicon|BRA Alex Kamianecky
*flagicon|BRA Aymoré Moreira
*flagicon|BRA Belfort Duarte
*flagicon|BRA Bráulio
*flagicon|BRA Danilo Alvim
*flagicon|BRA Djalma Dias
*flagicon|BRA Edu
*flagicon|BRA Ivo Wortman
*flagicon|BRA Jorginho
*flagicon|BRA Luisinho
*flagicon|BRA Robert da Silva Almeida

Top goalscores

#Luisinho Lemos : 311 goals .
#Edu : 212 goals .
#Maneco : 187 goals .
#Plácido: 167 goals .
#Carola : 158 goals .
#Chiquinho : 102 goals .

Best attendances

#América - Fluminense, 0-2, 141,689 (120.178 people seated), June 9, 1968
#América - Flamengo, 1-4, 139,599, April 4, 1956
#América - Vasco, 1-2, 121,765, January 28, 1951
#América - Flamengo, 1-0, 104,532, April 25, 1976
#América - Flamengo, 5-1, 100,000, April 1, 1956
#América - Fluminense, 2-1 98,099, December 18, 1960
#América - Fluminense, 1-0, 97,681, September 22, 1974
#América - Fluminense, 0-1, 96,035, April 27, 1975
#América - Flamengo, 1-1, 93,393, May 19, 1969
#América - Fluminense, 2-0, 92,516, March 17, 1956

Mascot

One controversial aspect about the club is the official mascot: the Diabo (devil), depicted as a red demon complete with horns, pointy beard, curled moustache, a long fat arrow-pointed tail, hooved feet and a black cape. The club's old stadium was nicknamed "Caldeirão do Diabo" ("Devil's Cauldron"). As of 2006 some of the club's fans, supported by the Evangelical Christian then-manager Jorginho, tried to replace the devil with the bald eagle, claiming that the devil was unlucky. But, since the devil is a traditional part of the club's life, it is not yet certain whether the old mascot will actually be ousted.pt icon cite web | title = Sou crente mas não sou bobo | url=http://www.atletasdecristo.org/index.php?page=textos.php&cn=60&id=823 | accessdate = 2008-06-02 | publisher=Atletas de Cristo do Brasil ]

Clubs named after América

América is one of the Brazilian teams with more clubs named after it, copying even its symbols. Some of its clones are: América of Natal, América of São José do Rio Preto, América of Três Rios, América of Amazonas, América of Ceará, among others are named after América Football Club.cite book | first = | last = | title = Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 1 | publisher = Aretê Editorial S/A | location = Rio de Janeiro | year = 2001 | pages = pp. 120| id = ISBN 8588651017]

References

External links

* [http://www.america-rj.com.br/ Official Site]
* [http://www.americafootballclub.com/ History, news and fans]


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