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Ceará Sporting Club, or Ceará as they are usually called, is a Brazilian football team from Fortaleza
Fortaleza
Fortaleza is the state capital of Ceará, located in Northeastern Brazil. With a population close to 2.5 million , Fortaleza is the 5th largest city in Brazil. It has an area of and one of the highest demographic densities in the country...

 in Ceará
Ceará
Ceará is one of the 27 states of Brazil, located in the northeastern part of the country, on the Atlantic coast. It is currently the 8th largest Brazilian State by population and the 17th by area. It is also one of the main touristic destinations in Brazil. The state capital is the city of...

, founded on June 2, 1914.

Ceará is one of the most traditionally successful clubs in the Northeast region of Brazil
Brazil
Brazil , officially the Federative Republic of Brazil , is the largest country in South America. It is the world's fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population with over 192 million people...

 alongside Bahia
Esporte Clube Bahia
Esporte Clube Bahia , known familiarly as Bahiaço, is a Brazilian professional football club, based in Salvador, Bahia. They play in the Campeonato Baiano, Bahia's state league, and the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Brazil's national league. Bahia was a founding member of the Clube dos 13 group...

, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Futebol Clube
Santa Cruz Futebol Clube, or simply Santa Cruz is a Brazilian football club in Recife, Pernambuco.-Early history:On February 3, 1914, eleven young men aging from 14 to 16 years founded a football society...

, Sport
Sport Club do Recife
Sport Club do Recife, more popularly known as Sport in Recife or Sport Recife in Northeastern Brazil, is a football team from Recife, Pernambuco.-1905 - Foundation:...

, Náutico
Clube Náutico Capibaribe
Clube Náutico Capibaribe, also known as Náutico, is a Brazilian sports club, including a professional football team, in Recife, Pernambuco....

, Vitória
Esporte Clube Vitória
Esporte Clube Vitória, usually known simply as Vitória, is a Brazilian football team from Salvador in Bahia, founded on May 13, 1899.Vitória's home games are played at the club's own stadium . They play in red and black horizontal striped shirts, black shorts and black socks...

 and their city rivals Fortaleza
Fortaleza Esporte Clube
Fortaleza Esporte Clube, usually known as Fortaleza, is primarily a football club, but is active in other sports such as futsal, handball and basketball. Fortaleza Esporte Clube is based in Fortaleza, capital of the State of Ceará, Brazil...

. They use the material from Brazilian brand Penalty
Penalty (Brazilian sports manufacturer)
Cambuci is a sporting goods company established in 1970 in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, the company operates as Penalty.Active in many sports, the Penalty manufactures from shoes, apparel, balls and sports accessories for team sports such as soccer, volleyball, basketball, handball, futsal,...

.

History


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
Lilac (color)
Lilac is a color that is a pale tone of violet that is a representation of the average color of most lilac flowers. It might also be described as light purple. The colors of some lilac flowers may be equivalent to the colors shown below as pale lilac, rich lilac, or deep lilac...

.

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
Campeonato Cearense
The Campeonato Cearense is the football league of the state of Ceará, Brazil.-Format:The Cearense Championship has three divisions with the following division and format :First DivisionThe ten clubs play two legs...

, the same year of the inauguration of Presidente Vargas
Estádio Presidente Vargas (Ceará)
The Estádio Presidente Vargas, nicknamed PV, is a football stadium located in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of América Football Club , Fortaleza Esporte Clube, Ceará Sporting Club, Ferroviário Atlético Clube and Associação...

 stadium. From 1961 to 1963, the club was three times consecutive state champion. In 1969, Ceará won the Northeast Cup
Copa Norte-Nordeste
Copa Norte-Nordeste was a football competition disputed between clubs from the North and Northeast regions of Brazil, and was an evolution of previous similar tournaments. The competition was contested between 1968 and 1970, by the state champions of those Brazilian regions...

.

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

In 1985, Ceará finished in Brazilian League
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
The Campeonato Brasileiro de Clubes da Série A , popularly known as the Brasileirão , is a professional football league at the top of the Brazilian football league system held annually since 1959. Contested by twenty clubs, it operates a system of promotion and relegation with the Série B...

 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 Brazilian Cup
Copa do Brasil
The Copa Kia do Brasil, commonly known as Copa do Brasil , is a knockout competition played by 64 association football teams, representing all 26 Brazilian states plus the Federal District...

. In the final, the club was beat by Grêmio
Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense
Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, commonly known as just Grêmio , is a Brazilian professional association football team based in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul founded by English and German immigrants on September 15, 1903. Major titles captured by Grêmio include one Intercontinental Cup, two Copa...

. In 1995, Ceará disputed Copa CONMEBOL
Copa CONMEBOL
The Copa CONMEBOL was an annual football cup competition organized by CONMEBOL between 1992 and 1999 for eligible South American football clubs. During its time of existence, it was the third most prestigious South American club football contest after the Copa Libertadores and Supercopa...

, the club's first international championship, becoming the only club of Ceará State
Ceará
Ceará is one of the 27 states of Brazil, located in the northeastern part of the country, on the Atlantic coast. It is currently the 8th largest Brazilian State by population and the 17th by area. It is also one of the main touristic destinations in Brazil. The state capital is the city of...

 to play an International Tournament. In 1996, the team administrator was Forró
Forró
Forró is a kind of Northeastern Brazilian dance as well as a word used to denote the different genres of music which accompanies the dance. Both are much in evidence during the annual Festa Junina , a part of Brazilian traditional culture which celebrates some Catholic saints...

 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 Flamengo
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo , also known as Flamengo and familiarly as Mengão, is a Brazilian sports club based in the Flamengo bairro, Zona Sul, Rio de Janeiro, best known for its professional football team...

'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
Fluminense Football Club
Fluminense Football Club is a sports club based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Founded in the beginning of the 20th century as a single-sport institution, Fluminense is today an umbrella organization for several teams in more than 16 different sport activities. The most popular endeavor of Fluminense,...

. 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 Brazilian League
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
The Campeonato Brasileiro de Clubes da Série A , popularly known as the Brasileirão , is a professional football league at the top of the Brazilian football league system held annually since 1959. Contested by twenty clubs, it operates a system of promotion and relegation with the Série B...

, after finishing in 3rd place at the 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
Campeonato Brasileiro Série B 2009
In 2009, the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, the second level of the Brazilian League, was contested by 20 clubs from May 8 to November 29, 2009. Top four teams in the table would eventually qualify to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A to be contested in 2010, meanwhile the bottom four would be...

.

In 2010, Ceará finished the Brazilian League
2010 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
The 2010 Campeonato Brasileiro de Clubes da Série A was the 40th season of the Série A, the top-level of professional football in Brazil. It began on May 8 and ended on December 5. Flamengo came as the defending champion having won the 2009 season.-Format:...

 in the 12th position, achieving a place in the 2011 Copa Sudamericana
2011 Copa Sudamericana
The 2011 Copa Sudamericana de Clubes is the 10th edition of CONMEBOL's secondary international club tournament. The winner will qualify for the 2012 Copa Libertadores, the 2012 Recopa Sudamericana, and the 2012 Suruga Bank Championship...

.

In 2011, Ceará reached the Brazilian Cup
2011 Copa do Brasil
The 2011 Copa do Brasil was the 23rd edition of the Copa do Brasil, Brazil's national football cup tournament. It began on February 16 and ended on June 8...

 semifinals. Ceará notoriously ended Ronaldinho
Ronaldinho
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira , commonly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Flamengo and the Brazilian national team as an attacking midfielder or forward. He is a two-time winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year, awarded to the best player over the year...

's Flamengo
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo , also known as Flamengo and familiarly as Mengão, is a Brazilian sports club based in the Flamengo bairro, Zona Sul, Rio de Janeiro, best known for its professional football team...

'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
Coritiba Foot Ball Club
Coritiba Foot Ball Club, commonly known as Coritiba, is a Brazilian football team from Curitiba, Paraná. It's the state's oldest football team and the best classified in the CBF and FIFA classifications. Coritiba has been champion in Paraná State for 35 times, more times than the sum of all the...

 in the semifinals.

Football

  • Campeonato Cearense
    Campeonato Cearense
    The Campeonato Cearense is the football league of the state of Ceará, Brazil.-Format:The Cearense Championship has three divisions with the following division and format :First DivisionThe ten clubs play two legs...

    : 40 (1)
"1915,1916,1917,1918,1919,1922, 1925, 1931, 1932, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1948, 1951, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2011

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

  • Copa Norte-Nordeste
    Copa Norte-Nordeste
    Copa Norte-Nordeste was a football competition disputed between clubs from the North and Northeast regions of Brazil, and was an evolution of previous similar tournaments. The competition was contested between 1968 and 1970, by the state champions of those Brazilian regions...

    : 1
1969

  • Copa do Brasil
    Copa do Brasil
    The Copa Kia do Brasil, commonly known as Copa do Brasil , is a knockout competition played by 64 association football teams, representing all 26 Brazilian states plus the Federal District...

    : 0
Runners-up (1): 1994
Copa do Brasil 1994
The Copa do Brasil 1994 was the 6th staging of the Copa do Brasil.The competition started on February 18, 1994 and concluded on August 10, 1994 with the second leg of the final, held at the Estádio Olímpico Monumental in Porto Alegre, in which Grêmio lifted the trophy for the second time with a 1-0...

Semi-Finals (2): 2005
Copa do Brasil 2005
The Copa do Brasil 2005 was the 17th staging of the Copa do Brasil.The competition started on February 2, 2005 and concluded on July 22, 2005 with the second leg of the final, held at the Estádio São Januário in Rio de Janeiro, in which Paulista lifted the trophy for the first time after a 0-0 draw...

, 2011
2011 Copa do Brasil
The 2011 Copa do Brasil was the 23rd edition of the Copa do Brasil, Brazil's national football cup tournament. It began on February 16 and ended on June 8...


  • Copa Verão do Recife: 1
1997

Ceará Sporting Club, or Ceará as they are usually called, is a Brazilian football team from Fortaleza
Fortaleza
Fortaleza is the state capital of Ceará, located in Northeastern Brazil. With a population close to 2.5 million , Fortaleza is the 5th largest city in Brazil. It has an area of and one of the highest demographic densities in the country...

 in Ceará
Ceará
Ceará is one of the 27 states of Brazil, located in the northeastern part of the country, on the Atlantic coast. It is currently the 8th largest Brazilian State by population and the 17th by area. It is also one of the main touristic destinations in Brazil. The state capital is the city of...

, founded on June 2, 1914.

Ceará is one of the most traditionally successful clubs in the Northeast region of Brazil
Brazil
Brazil , officially the Federative Republic of Brazil , is the largest country in South America. It is the world's fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population with over 192 million people...

 alongside Bahia
Esporte Clube Bahia
Esporte Clube Bahia , known familiarly as Bahiaço, is a Brazilian professional football club, based in Salvador, Bahia. They play in the Campeonato Baiano, Bahia's state league, and the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Brazil's national league. Bahia was a founding member of the Clube dos 13 group...

, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Futebol Clube
Santa Cruz Futebol Clube, or simply Santa Cruz is a Brazilian football club in Recife, Pernambuco.-Early history:On February 3, 1914, eleven young men aging from 14 to 16 years founded a football society...

, Sport
Sport Club do Recife
Sport Club do Recife, more popularly known as Sport in Recife or Sport Recife in Northeastern Brazil, is a football team from Recife, Pernambuco.-1905 - Foundation:...

, Náutico
Clube Náutico Capibaribe
Clube Náutico Capibaribe, also known as Náutico, is a Brazilian sports club, including a professional football team, in Recife, Pernambuco....

, Vitória
Esporte Clube Vitória
Esporte Clube Vitória, usually known simply as Vitória, is a Brazilian football team from Salvador in Bahia, founded on May 13, 1899.Vitória's home games are played at the club's own stadium . They play in red and black horizontal striped shirts, black shorts and black socks...

 and their city rivals Fortaleza
Fortaleza Esporte Clube
Fortaleza Esporte Clube, usually known as Fortaleza, is primarily a football club, but is active in other sports such as futsal, handball and basketball. Fortaleza Esporte Clube is based in Fortaleza, capital of the State of Ceará, Brazil...

. They use the material from Brazilian brand Penalty
Penalty (Brazilian sports manufacturer)
Cambuci is a sporting goods company established in 1970 in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, the company operates as Penalty.Active in many sports, the Penalty manufactures from shoes, apparel, balls and sports accessories for team sports such as soccer, volleyball, basketball, handball, futsal,...

.

History


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
Lilac (color)
Lilac is a color that is a pale tone of violet that is a representation of the average color of most lilac flowers. It might also be described as light purple. The colors of some lilac flowers may be equivalent to the colors shown below as pale lilac, rich lilac, or deep lilac...

.

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
Campeonato Cearense
The Campeonato Cearense is the football league of the state of Ceará, Brazil.-Format:The Cearense Championship has three divisions with the following division and format :First DivisionThe ten clubs play two legs...

, the same year of the inauguration of Presidente Vargas
Estádio Presidente Vargas (Ceará)
The Estádio Presidente Vargas, nicknamed PV, is a football stadium located in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of América Football Club , Fortaleza Esporte Clube, Ceará Sporting Club, Ferroviário Atlético Clube and Associação...

 stadium. From 1961 to 1963, the club was three times consecutive state champion. In 1969, Ceará won the Northeast Cup
Copa Norte-Nordeste
Copa Norte-Nordeste was a football competition disputed between clubs from the North and Northeast regions of Brazil, and was an evolution of previous similar tournaments. The competition was contested between 1968 and 1970, by the state champions of those Brazilian regions...

.

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

In 1985, Ceará finished in Brazilian League
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
The Campeonato Brasileiro de Clubes da Série A , popularly known as the Brasileirão , is a professional football league at the top of the Brazilian football league system held annually since 1959. Contested by twenty clubs, it operates a system of promotion and relegation with the Série B...

 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 Brazilian Cup
Copa do Brasil
The Copa Kia do Brasil, commonly known as Copa do Brasil , is a knockout competition played by 64 association football teams, representing all 26 Brazilian states plus the Federal District...

. In the final, the club was beat by Grêmio
Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense
Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, commonly known as just Grêmio , is a Brazilian professional association football team based in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul founded by English and German immigrants on September 15, 1903. Major titles captured by Grêmio include one Intercontinental Cup, two Copa...

. In 1995, Ceará disputed Copa CONMEBOL
Copa CONMEBOL
The Copa CONMEBOL was an annual football cup competition organized by CONMEBOL between 1992 and 1999 for eligible South American football clubs. During its time of existence, it was the third most prestigious South American club football contest after the Copa Libertadores and Supercopa...

, the club's first international championship, becoming the only club of Ceará State
Ceará
Ceará is one of the 27 states of Brazil, located in the northeastern part of the country, on the Atlantic coast. It is currently the 8th largest Brazilian State by population and the 17th by area. It is also one of the main touristic destinations in Brazil. The state capital is the city of...

 to play an International Tournament. In 1996, the team administrator was Forró
Forró
Forró is a kind of Northeastern Brazilian dance as well as a word used to denote the different genres of music which accompanies the dance. Both are much in evidence during the annual Festa Junina , a part of Brazilian traditional culture which celebrates some Catholic saints...

 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 Flamengo
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo , also known as Flamengo and familiarly as Mengão, is a Brazilian sports club based in the Flamengo bairro, Zona Sul, Rio de Janeiro, best known for its professional football team...

'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
Fluminense Football Club
Fluminense Football Club is a sports club based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Founded in the beginning of the 20th century as a single-sport institution, Fluminense is today an umbrella organization for several teams in more than 16 different sport activities. The most popular endeavor of Fluminense,...

. 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 Brazilian League
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
The Campeonato Brasileiro de Clubes da Série A , popularly known as the Brasileirão , is a professional football league at the top of the Brazilian football league system held annually since 1959. Contested by twenty clubs, it operates a system of promotion and relegation with the Série B...

, after finishing in 3rd place at the 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
Campeonato Brasileiro Série B 2009
In 2009, the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, the second level of the Brazilian League, was contested by 20 clubs from May 8 to November 29, 2009. Top four teams in the table would eventually qualify to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A to be contested in 2010, meanwhile the bottom four would be...

.

In 2010, Ceará finished the Brazilian League
2010 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
The 2010 Campeonato Brasileiro de Clubes da Série A was the 40th season of the Série A, the top-level of professional football in Brazil. It began on May 8 and ended on December 5. Flamengo came as the defending champion having won the 2009 season.-Format:...

 in the 12th position, achieving a place in the 2011 Copa Sudamericana
2011 Copa Sudamericana
The 2011 Copa Sudamericana de Clubes is the 10th edition of CONMEBOL's secondary international club tournament. The winner will qualify for the 2012 Copa Libertadores, the 2012 Recopa Sudamericana, and the 2012 Suruga Bank Championship...

.

In 2011, Ceará reached the Brazilian Cup
2011 Copa do Brasil
The 2011 Copa do Brasil was the 23rd edition of the Copa do Brasil, Brazil's national football cup tournament. It began on February 16 and ended on June 8...

 semifinals. Ceará notoriously ended Ronaldinho
Ronaldinho
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira , commonly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Flamengo and the Brazilian national team as an attacking midfielder or forward. He is a two-time winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year, awarded to the best player over the year...

's Flamengo
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo , also known as Flamengo and familiarly as Mengão, is a Brazilian sports club based in the Flamengo bairro, Zona Sul, Rio de Janeiro, best known for its professional football team...

'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
Coritiba Foot Ball Club
Coritiba Foot Ball Club, commonly known as Coritiba, is a Brazilian football team from Curitiba, Paraná. It's the state's oldest football team and the best classified in the CBF and FIFA classifications. Coritiba has been champion in Paraná State for 35 times, more times than the sum of all the...

 in the semifinals.

Football

  • Campeonato Cearense
    Campeonato Cearense
    The Campeonato Cearense is the football league of the state of Ceará, Brazil.-Format:The Cearense Championship has three divisions with the following division and format :First DivisionThe ten clubs play two legs...

    : 40 (1)
"1915,1916,1917,1918,1919,1922, 1925, 1931, 1932, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1948, 1951, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2011

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

  • Copa Norte-Nordeste
    Copa Norte-Nordeste
    Copa Norte-Nordeste was a football competition disputed between clubs from the North and Northeast regions of Brazil, and was an evolution of previous similar tournaments. The competition was contested between 1968 and 1970, by the state champions of those Brazilian regions...

    : 1
1969

  • Copa do Brasil
    Copa do Brasil
    The Copa Kia do Brasil, commonly known as Copa do Brasil , is a knockout competition played by 64 association football teams, representing all 26 Brazilian states plus the Federal District...

    : 0
Runners-up (1): 1994
Copa do Brasil 1994
The Copa do Brasil 1994 was the 6th staging of the Copa do Brasil.The competition started on February 18, 1994 and concluded on August 10, 1994 with the second leg of the final, held at the Estádio Olímpico Monumental in Porto Alegre, in which Grêmio lifted the trophy for the second time with a 1-0...

Semi-Finals (2): 2005
Copa do Brasil 2005
The Copa do Brasil 2005 was the 17th staging of the Copa do Brasil.The competition started on February 2, 2005 and concluded on July 22, 2005 with the second leg of the final, held at the Estádio São Januário in Rio de Janeiro, in which Paulista lifted the trophy for the first time after a 0-0 draw...

, 2011
2011 Copa do Brasil
The 2011 Copa do Brasil was the 23rd edition of the Copa do Brasil, Brazil's national football cup tournament. It began on February 16 and ended on June 8...


  • Copa Verão do Recife: 1
1997

Ceará Sporting Club, or Ceará as they are usually called, is a Brazilian football team from Fortaleza
Fortaleza
Fortaleza is the state capital of Ceará, located in Northeastern Brazil. With a population close to 2.5 million , Fortaleza is the 5th largest city in Brazil. It has an area of and one of the highest demographic densities in the country...

 in Ceará
Ceará
Ceará is one of the 27 states of Brazil, located in the northeastern part of the country, on the Atlantic coast. It is currently the 8th largest Brazilian State by population and the 17th by area. It is also one of the main touristic destinations in Brazil. The state capital is the city of...

, founded on June 2, 1914.

Ceará is one of the most traditionally successful clubs in the Northeast region of Brazil
Brazil
Brazil , officially the Federative Republic of Brazil , is the largest country in South America. It is the world's fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population with over 192 million people...

 alongside Bahia
Esporte Clube Bahia
Esporte Clube Bahia , known familiarly as Bahiaço, is a Brazilian professional football club, based in Salvador, Bahia. They play in the Campeonato Baiano, Bahia's state league, and the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Brazil's national league. Bahia was a founding member of the Clube dos 13 group...

, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Futebol Clube
Santa Cruz Futebol Clube, or simply Santa Cruz is a Brazilian football club in Recife, Pernambuco.-Early history:On February 3, 1914, eleven young men aging from 14 to 16 years founded a football society...

, Sport
Sport Club do Recife
Sport Club do Recife, more popularly known as Sport in Recife or Sport Recife in Northeastern Brazil, is a football team from Recife, Pernambuco.-1905 - Foundation:...

, Náutico
Clube Náutico Capibaribe
Clube Náutico Capibaribe, also known as Náutico, is a Brazilian sports club, including a professional football team, in Recife, Pernambuco....

, Vitória
Esporte Clube Vitória
Esporte Clube Vitória, usually known simply as Vitória, is a Brazilian football team from Salvador in Bahia, founded on May 13, 1899.Vitória's home games are played at the club's own stadium . They play in red and black horizontal striped shirts, black shorts and black socks...

 and their city rivals Fortaleza
Fortaleza Esporte Clube
Fortaleza Esporte Clube, usually known as Fortaleza, is primarily a football club, but is active in other sports such as futsal, handball and basketball. Fortaleza Esporte Clube is based in Fortaleza, capital of the State of Ceará, Brazil...

. They use the material from Brazilian brand Penalty
Penalty (Brazilian sports manufacturer)
Cambuci is a sporting goods company established in 1970 in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, the company operates as Penalty.Active in many sports, the Penalty manufactures from shoes, apparel, balls and sports accessories for team sports such as soccer, volleyball, basketball, handball, futsal,...

.

History


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
Lilac (color)
Lilac is a color that is a pale tone of violet that is a representation of the average color of most lilac flowers. It might also be described as light purple. The colors of some lilac flowers may be equivalent to the colors shown below as pale lilac, rich lilac, or deep lilac...

.

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
Campeonato Cearense
The Campeonato Cearense is the football league of the state of Ceará, Brazil.-Format:The Cearense Championship has three divisions with the following division and format :First DivisionThe ten clubs play two legs...

, the same year of the inauguration of Presidente Vargas
Estádio Presidente Vargas (Ceará)
The Estádio Presidente Vargas, nicknamed PV, is a football stadium located in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of América Football Club , Fortaleza Esporte Clube, Ceará Sporting Club, Ferroviário Atlético Clube and Associação...

 stadium. From 1961 to 1963, the club was three times consecutive state champion. In 1969, Ceará won the Northeast Cup
Copa Norte-Nordeste
Copa Norte-Nordeste was a football competition disputed between clubs from the North and Northeast regions of Brazil, and was an evolution of previous similar tournaments. The competition was contested between 1968 and 1970, by the state champions of those Brazilian regions...

.

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

In 1985, Ceará finished in Brazilian League
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
The Campeonato Brasileiro de Clubes da Série A , popularly known as the Brasileirão , is a professional football league at the top of the Brazilian football league system held annually since 1959. Contested by twenty clubs, it operates a system of promotion and relegation with the Série B...

 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 Brazilian Cup
Copa do Brasil
The Copa Kia do Brasil, commonly known as Copa do Brasil , is a knockout competition played by 64 association football teams, representing all 26 Brazilian states plus the Federal District...

. In the final, the club was beat by Grêmio
Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense
Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, commonly known as just Grêmio , is a Brazilian professional association football team based in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul founded by English and German immigrants on September 15, 1903. Major titles captured by Grêmio include one Intercontinental Cup, two Copa...

. In 1995, Ceará disputed Copa CONMEBOL
Copa CONMEBOL
The Copa CONMEBOL was an annual football cup competition organized by CONMEBOL between 1992 and 1999 for eligible South American football clubs. During its time of existence, it was the third most prestigious South American club football contest after the Copa Libertadores and Supercopa...

, the club's first international championship, becoming the only club of Ceará State
Ceará
Ceará is one of the 27 states of Brazil, located in the northeastern part of the country, on the Atlantic coast. It is currently the 8th largest Brazilian State by population and the 17th by area. It is also one of the main touristic destinations in Brazil. The state capital is the city of...

 to play an International Tournament. In 1996, the team administrator was Forró
Forró
Forró is a kind of Northeastern Brazilian dance as well as a word used to denote the different genres of music which accompanies the dance. Both are much in evidence during the annual Festa Junina , a part of Brazilian traditional culture which celebrates some Catholic saints...

 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 Flamengo
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo , also known as Flamengo and familiarly as Mengão, is a Brazilian sports club based in the Flamengo bairro, Zona Sul, Rio de Janeiro, best known for its professional football team...

'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
Fluminense Football Club
Fluminense Football Club is a sports club based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Founded in the beginning of the 20th century as a single-sport institution, Fluminense is today an umbrella organization for several teams in more than 16 different sport activities. The most popular endeavor of Fluminense,...

. 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 Brazilian League
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
The Campeonato Brasileiro de Clubes da Série A , popularly known as the Brasileirão , is a professional football league at the top of the Brazilian football league system held annually since 1959. Contested by twenty clubs, it operates a system of promotion and relegation with the Série B...

, after finishing in 3rd place at the 2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
Campeonato Brasileiro Série B 2009
In 2009, the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, the second level of the Brazilian League, was contested by 20 clubs from May 8 to November 29, 2009. Top four teams in the table would eventually qualify to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A to be contested in 2010, meanwhile the bottom four would be...

.

In 2010, Ceará finished the Brazilian League
2010 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
The 2010 Campeonato Brasileiro de Clubes da Série A was the 40th season of the Série A, the top-level of professional football in Brazil. It began on May 8 and ended on December 5. Flamengo came as the defending champion having won the 2009 season.-Format:...

 in the 12th position, achieving a place in the 2011 Copa Sudamericana
2011 Copa Sudamericana
The 2011 Copa Sudamericana de Clubes is the 10th edition of CONMEBOL's secondary international club tournament. The winner will qualify for the 2012 Copa Libertadores, the 2012 Recopa Sudamericana, and the 2012 Suruga Bank Championship...

.

In 2011, Ceará reached the Brazilian Cup
2011 Copa do Brasil
The 2011 Copa do Brasil was the 23rd edition of the Copa do Brasil, Brazil's national football cup tournament. It began on February 16 and ended on June 8...

 semifinals. Ceará notoriously ended Ronaldinho
Ronaldinho
Ronaldo de Assis Moreira , commonly known as Ronaldinho or Ronaldinho Gaúcho, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Flamengo and the Brazilian national team as an attacking midfielder or forward. He is a two-time winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year, awarded to the best player over the year...

's Flamengo
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo
Clube de Regatas do Flamengo , also known as Flamengo and familiarly as Mengão, is a Brazilian sports club based in the Flamengo bairro, Zona Sul, Rio de Janeiro, best known for its professional football team...

'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
Coritiba Foot Ball Club
Coritiba Foot Ball Club, commonly known as Coritiba, is a Brazilian football team from Curitiba, Paraná. It's the state's oldest football team and the best classified in the CBF and FIFA classifications. Coritiba has been champion in Paraná State for 35 times, more times than the sum of all the...

 in the semifinals.

Football

  • Campeonato Cearense
    Campeonato Cearense
    The Campeonato Cearense is the football league of the state of Ceará, Brazil.-Format:The Cearense Championship has three divisions with the following division and format :First DivisionThe ten clubs play two legs...

    : 40 (1)
"1915,1916,1917,1918,1919,1922, 1925, 1931, 1932, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1948, 1951, 1957, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2011

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

  • Copa Norte-Nordeste
    Copa Norte-Nordeste
    Copa Norte-Nordeste was a football competition disputed between clubs from the North and Northeast regions of Brazil, and was an evolution of previous similar tournaments. The competition was contested between 1968 and 1970, by the state champions of those Brazilian regions...

    : 1
1969

  • Copa do Brasil
    Copa do Brasil
    The Copa Kia do Brasil, commonly known as Copa do Brasil , is a knockout competition played by 64 association football teams, representing all 26 Brazilian states plus the Federal District...

    : 0
Runners-up (1): 1994
Copa do Brasil 1994
The Copa do Brasil 1994 was the 6th staging of the Copa do Brasil.The competition started on February 18, 1994 and concluded on August 10, 1994 with the second leg of the final, held at the Estádio Olímpico Monumental in Porto Alegre, in which Grêmio lifted the trophy for the second time with a 1-0...

Semi-Finals (2): 2005
Copa do Brasil 2005
The Copa do Brasil 2005 was the 17th staging of the Copa do Brasil.The competition started on February 2, 2005 and concluded on July 22, 2005 with the second leg of the final, held at the Estádio São Januário in Rio de Janeiro, in which Paulista lifted the trophy for the first time after a 0-0 draw...

, 2011
2011 Copa do Brasil
The 2011 Copa do Brasil was the 23rd edition of the Copa do Brasil, Brazil's national football cup tournament. It began on February 16 and ended on June 8...


  • Copa Verão do Recife: 1
1997


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

Stadium


Ceará's home venue is Estádio Carlos de Alencar Pinto
Estádio Carlos de Alencar Pinto
The Estádio Carlos de Alencar Pinto, better known as Vovozão, is a football stadium located in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. It is currently used mostly for training and is the home stadium of Ceará Sporting Club.-References:...

, with capacity for 3,000 people, but the team only plays at Castelão Stadium
Castelão (Ceará)
The Estádio Plácido Aderaldo Castelo, also known as the Castelão or Gigante da Boa Vista, is a football stadium that was inaugurated on November 11, 1973 in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil, with a maximum capacity of 60,326 people. The stadium is owned by the Ceará state Government, and is the home...

 which has a 60,326 supporters, and at Presidente Vargas Stadium
Estádio Presidente Vargas (Ceará)
The Estádio Presidente Vargas, nicknamed PV, is a football stadium located in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of América Football Club , Fortaleza Esporte Clube, Ceará Sporting Club, Ferroviário Atlético Clube and Associação...

, which has a 22,228 capacity.

Rivals


Ceará's greatest rival is Fortaleza
Fortaleza Esporte Clube
Fortaleza Esporte Clube, usually known as Fortaleza, is primarily a football club, but is active in other sports such as futsal, handball and basketball. Fortaleza Esporte Clube is based in Fortaleza, capital of the State of Ceará, Brazil...

. 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
Ferroviário Atlético Clube
Ferroviário Atlético Clube, or Ferroviário as they are usually called, is a Brazilian football team from Fortaleza in Ceará, founded on May 9, 1933...

, 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.

Mascot


The team mascot, an old man known as "Vovô" ("Grandpa") dressing Ceará uniform was designed by Cearense
Ceará
Ceará is one of the 27 states of Brazil, located in the northeastern part of the country, on the Atlantic coast. It is currently the 8th largest Brazilian State by population and the 17th by area. It is also one of the main touristic destinations in Brazil. The state capital is the city of...

 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 trainning 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 June 22, 2011, according to combined sources on the official website.


Youth players able to play in the first team



Youth and reserve players with first team experience



Out on loan


First-team staff

As of October 24, 2011.
Position Name Nationality
Head coach Dimas Filgueiras
Assistant coach Anderson Silva

Squad changes in 2011


In Ânderson Luis
Ânderson Luis de Azevedo Rodrigues Marques
Anderson Luís de Azevedo Rodrigues Marques known for his given names Anderson Luís is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Ceará.-Biography:...

 — Grêmio Barueri — Free transfer Clebão — São Carlos FC
São Carlos Futebol Clube
São Carlos Futebol Clube, usually called São Carlos FC, or São Carlos, as they are usually called, is a Brazilian football team from São Carlos in São Paulo state, founded on 25 November 2004....

 — Free transfer Daniel Marques
Daniel Marques da Silva
Daniel Marques Silva , or simply Daniel Marques, is a Brazilian football central defender, who plays for Ceará Sporting Club.-External links:**...

 — Grêmio Barueri — Free transfer Diego Macedo
Diego Macedo
Diego Macedo Prado dos Santos is a Brazilian footballer, who currently plays for Clube Atlético Bragantino.-Career:...

 — Atlético Mineiro
Clube Atlético Mineiro
Clube Atlético Mineiro , are a Brazilian football club based in Belo Horizonte, the oldest in the city. Founded in 1908, they play in the Campeonato Mineiro and Campeonato Brasileiro Série A or Brasileirão. Atlético Mineiro have been Brazilian champions once, state winners a record 40 times and...

 — Free transfer Diego Sacoman
Diego Alessandro Aparecido Sacoman Silva
Diego Alessandro Aparecido Silva Sacomano , aka Diego Sacomano, is a Brazilian footballer, born in Guarulhos, São Paulo, who plays central and left back. He currently plays for Ceará Sporting Club on loan from Corinthians Paulista....

 — Corinthians
Sport Club Corinthians Paulista
Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, commonly just known as Corinthians , is a Brazilian football club based in the city of São Paulo. They play in the São Paulo state league, as well as the Brasileirão, Brazil's top national league...

 — Loan Edmílson — Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza, S.A.D. is a Spanish association football team from Zaragoza in Spain. Founded on 18 March 1932, Real Zaragoza have spent the majority of their 78 year history in the Spanish top-flight. Real Zaragoza are Spain's 9th highest ranked team in overall league points...

 — Free transfer Fernando Henrique
Fernando Henrique dos Anjos
Fernando Henrique dos Anjos, or simply Fernando Henrique , is a Brazilian goalkeeper who currently plays for Ceará.For eight years since 2003, he spent his career playing for Fluminense.-Career:...

 — Fluminense
Fluminense Football Club
Fluminense Football Club is a sports club based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Founded in the beginning of the 20th century as a single-sport institution, Fluminense is today an umbrella organization for several teams in more than 16 different sport activities. The most popular endeavor of Fluminense,...

 — Free transfer Iarley — Corinthians
Sport Club Corinthians Paulista
Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, commonly just known as Corinthians , is a Brazilian football club based in the city of São Paulo. They play in the São Paulo state league, as well as the Brasileirão, Brazil's top national league...

 — Loan Juliano Belletti
Juliano Belletti
Juliano Haus Belletti , is a former Brazilian footballer. He was awarded the Silver Ball by Placar for his consistently great performances for Atlético Mineiro during the 1999 Brazilian Série A...

 — Free transfer Juninho
Renato Agostinho de Oliveira Júnior
Renato Agostinho de Oliveira Júnior or simply Juninho , is a Brazilian central defender. He currently plays for Salgueiro Atlético Clube.-Contract:*Fortaleza 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008...

 — Itumbiara
Itumbiara Esporte Clube
Itumbiara Esporte Clube, usually known simply as Itumbiara is a Brazilian football club from Itumbiara, Goiás state. The club competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in 1979 and won the state championship in 2008.-History:...

 — Free transfer Júnior
José Júnior
José Luiz Guimarães Sanabio Júnior, or simply Júnior, is a Brazilian football striker playing for Esporte Clube Bahia of the Brazilian Série A.-Biography:...

 — Vitória
Esporte Clube Vitória
Esporte Clube Vitória, usually known simply as Vitória, is a Brazilian football team from Salvador in Bahia, founded on May 13, 1899.Vitória's home games are played at the club's own stadium . They play in red and black horizontal striped shirts, black shorts and black socks...

 — Free transfer Leandro Chaves — Figueirense
Figueirense Futebol Clube
Figueirense Futebol Clube, also known as Figueirense, is a Brazilian football team in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina.-History:In 1921, the club was founded as Figueirense Foot-ball Club. The club is named Figueirense after the neighborhood where it is located, in Centro neighborhood). Figueirense...

 — Free transfer Luizinho
Luiz Henrique Corrêa de Araújo
Luiz Henrique Corrêa de Araújo or Luizinho is an end or side playing in Ceará Sporting Club.-Career:It began on Social Esportiva Vitória, then went to the Fabriciano and was loaned to various clubs and other Ceará, before returning in mid-2010 to Ceará.-External links:*...

 — Gama
Sociedade Esportiva do Gama
Gama is a Brazilian football team from Gama in Distrito Federal, founded on November 15, 1975.Gama greatest rival is Brasiliense.Their home stadium is the Bezerrão stadium, capacity 25,000. They play in green shirts, white shorts and green socks....

 — Loan return Marquinhos
Marcos Antônio da Silva Gonçalves
Marcos Antônio da Silva Gonçalves, mostly known as Marquinhos is a Brazilian football player.In 2008 he was discovered in Vitória's youth squads and made his debut in the Campeonato Baiano...

 — Desportivo Brasil
Desportivo Brasil
Desportivo Brasil Participações Ltda., commonly known as Desportivo Brasil is a Brazilian football club based in Porto Feliz, São Paulo state.-History:Traffic Group founded Desportivo Brasil on November 19, 2005, and it manages the club since then...

 — Loan Murilo
Murilo Bedusco dos Santos
Murilo Bedusco dos Santos or simply Murilo , is a Brazilian right back. He currently plays for Associação Atlética Ponte Preta.-Contract:*Toledo Colônia Work-PR 8 January 2008 to 30 April 2008...

 — Paraná
Paraná Clube
Paraná Clube is a Brazilian football team. It was established on December 19, 1989, in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil. Its uniform is composed of a blue/red shirt, white shorts and white socks....

 — Free transfer Osvaldo
Osvaldo Lourenço Filho
Osvaldo Lourenço Filho, known as Osvaldo is a Brazilian footballer, currently playing for Ceará Sporting Club....

 — Al-Ahli Dubai — Free transfer Rodrigo Fuska
Rodrigo José Pereira
Fuska real name Rodrigo José Pereira is a Brazilian footballer.-Biography:Fuska started his career at Grêmio Barueri, which he played 3 times in Campeonato Brasileiro Série B 2007. In August 2008 he was loaned to Boavista F.C...

 — Sport Barueri
Sport Club Barueri
Sport Club Barueri is a Brazilian football club based in Barueri, São Paulo state, also known as Sport Barueri. The team plays in Paulista Série B .-History:...

 — Free transfer Sergio Mota
Sergio Mota
Sergio Mota Mello or simply Sérgio Mota , is a Brazilian attacking midfielder. He currently plays forTerengganu...

 — São Paulo — Loan Thiago Humberto
Thiago Humberto
Thiago Humberto Gomes, usually known as Thiago Humberto , is an Brazilian football attacking midfielder, who plays for Ceará Sporting Club on loan from Internacional in the Brazilian Série A.-Titles:...

 — Internacional
Sport Club Internacional
Sport Club Internacional is a Brazilian football team and multi-sport club from Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, founded on April 4, 1909, and are one of the only five clubs to have never been relegated, along with Santos, São Paulo, Flamengo and Cruzeiro. They play in red shirts, white shorts and...

 — Loan Thiago Matias — Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Futebol Clube
Santa Cruz Futebol Clube, or simply Santa Cruz is a Brazilian football club in Recife, Pernambuco.-Early history:On February 3, 1914, eleven young men aging from 14 to 16 years founded a football society...

 — Free transfer

Out Anderson
Anderson Grasiane De Matos Silva
Anderson Silva de Mattos Grasiane, better known as Anderson , is a Brazilian footballer who acts as a defender. He currently plays for Atlético Goianiense on loan from Ceará Sporting Club.-External links:*...

 — Atlético Goianiense
Atlético Clube Goianiense
Atlético Clube Goianiense, usually known as Atlético Goianiense or just Atlético, is a Brazilian football team from the city of Goiânia, Goiás state. Atlético Goianiense is the oldest Goiânia city football club. The club is the first team of its state to win a national competition, which was the...

 — Loan Arlindo Maracanã
Luis Arlindo de Jesus dos Santos
Arlindo Luis Jesus dos Santos, better known as Arlindo Maracanã or Maracanã is a Brazilian footballer who acts as right back.-Career:...

 — Released Diguinho
Rodrigo Andrade da Silva
Rodrigo Andrade da Silva, commonly known as Diguinho , is a Brazilian attacking midfielder. He currently plays for Botafogo.-Flamengo and America:...

 — Botafogo
Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas
Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas , also known as Botafogo and familiarly as Estrela Solitária, is a Brazilian sports club based in Botafogo, neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, best known for its football team. They play in the Campeonato Carioca, Rio de Janeiro's state league, and the Campeonato...

 — Loan return Fuska
Rodrigo José Pereira
Fuska real name Rodrigo José Pereira is a Brazilian footballer.-Biography:Fuska started his career at Grêmio Barueri, which he played 3 times in Campeonato Brasileiro Série B 2007. In August 2008 he was loaned to Boavista F.C...

 — Released Iarley — Corinthians
Sport Club Corinthians Paulista
Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, commonly just known as Corinthians , is a Brazilian football club based in the city of São Paulo. They play in the São Paulo state league, as well as the Brasileirão, Brazil's top national league...

 — Loan return Juliano Belletti
Juliano Belletti
Juliano Haus Belletti , is a former Brazilian footballer. He was awarded the Silver Ball by Placar for his consistently great performances for Atlético Mineiro during the 1999 Brazilian Série A...

 — Retired Juninho
Renato Agostinho de Oliveira Júnior
Renato Agostinho de Oliveira Júnior or simply Juninho , is a Brazilian central defender. He currently plays for Salgueiro Atlético Clube.-Contract:*Fortaleza 1 January 2008 to 31 December 2008...

 — Salgueiro
Salgueiro Atlético Clube
Salgueiro Atlético Clube is a Brazilian football soccer club, founded in 1972, on Salgueiro city .-Achievements: Pernambuco Championship Second level: 1 Copa Pernambuco: 1* Copa Integração: 1-Appearances in competitions:...

 — Free transfer Júnior — Bahia
Esporte Clube Bahia
Esporte Clube Bahia , known familiarly as Bahiaço, is a Brazilian professional football club, based in Salvador, Bahia. They play in the Campeonato Baiano, Bahia's state league, and the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Brazil's national league. Bahia was a founding member of the Clube dos 13 group...

 — Free transfer Luizinho
Luiz Henrique Corrêa de Araújo
Luiz Henrique Corrêa de Araújo or Luizinho is an end or side playing in Ceará Sporting Club.-Career:It began on Social Esportiva Vitória, then went to the Fabriciano and was loaned to various clubs and other Ceará, before returning in mid-2010 to Ceará.-External links:*...

 — Gama
Sociedade Esportiva do Gama
Gama is a Brazilian football team from Gama in Distrito Federal, founded on November 15, 1975.Gama greatest rival is Brasiliense.Their home stadium is the Bezerrão stadium, capacity 25,000. They play in green shirts, white shorts and green socks....

 — Loan Misael
Misael Silva Jansen
Misael Silva Jansen, or simply Misael , is a forward who is currently playing for Sport Club do Recife on loan from Ceará Sporting Club.-Career:...

 — Vasco da Gama
Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama
Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama |Rowing Club]]), usually known as Vasco da Gama or simply Vasco, is a famous and traditional Brazilian multisports club from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, founded on August 21, 1898...

 — Loan Pablo
Pablo Nascimento Castro
Pablo Nascimento Castro is a Brazilia footballer who plays for Campeonato Brasileiro Série A side Ceará. He is a central defender.-External links:*...

 — Tiradentes
Associação Esportiva Tiradentes
Associação Esportiva Tiradentes, commonly known as Tiradentes, is a Brazilian football club based in Fortaleza, Ceará state. They competed in the Série C once.-History:...

 — Loan Patrick
Patrick de Souza Conceição
Patrick de Souza Conceicao , or simply known as Patrick, is known as a right back who last played for Ceará.-External links:*...

 — Released Preto
Jonathan Antenor de Moura Almeida
Jonathan Antenor de Moura Almeida, better known as Preto is a Brazilian footballer who acts as a striker. Currently plays for Icasa on loan from Ceará Sporting Club.-External links:*...

 — Icasa — Loan

Noted players

Josimar
Josimar
Josimar Higino Pereira more commonly known as Josimar, was a Brazilian footballer. He played right-back mainly with Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas and the Brazilian national team. He is currently assistant coach at Botafogo.-International career:Josimar won 16 caps with the Brazilian national team,...

 (1992) Iarley (2001–02), (2011) Mota
João Soares da Mota Neto
João Soares da Mota Neto , also known as Mota, is a Brazilian football striker, who plays for Pohang Steelers since 2010.-Career:...

 (1997–98), (2002–03), (2009) Sérgio Alves Gildo Tiquinho

Former coaches

Ferdinando Teixeira (2005-06) Lula Pereira (2008) Edmundo Oliveira (2009) Ruy Scarpino (2009) Zé Teodoro (2009) Dimas Filgueiras (2010) Vágner Mancini (2011) Estevam Soares
Estevam Soares
Estevam Soares is a Brazilian football head coach, who last managed Série A club Ceará Sporting Club.- References :...

 (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
Santos Futebol Clube
Santos Futebol Clube is a Brazilian professional football club based in Santos, São Paulo They play in the Campeonato Paulista and the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the highest professional leagues in São Paulo state and Brazil, respectively....

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


External links