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Full name Associação Portuguesa de Desportos
Nickname(s) Lusa
Founded 1920
Ground Canindé, São Paulo, Brazil
(Capacity: 25,470)
Chairman Manuel da Lupa
Manager Paulo Bonamigo
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, 5th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Associação Portuguesa de Desportos, usually called Portuguesa or Lusa, is a sports club, and a traditional Brazilian football team from São Paulo in São Paulo state, founded on August 14, 1920 by the Portuguese population of the city.



On August 14, 1920 (the same day of the 1385 Battle of Aljubarrota), the five Paulista clubs representing the Portuguese community of São Paulo (Lusíadas Futebol Club, Portugal Marinhense, Associação Cinco de Outubro, Associação Atlética Marquês de Pombal and Esporte Club Lusitano) met at Salão da Câmara Portuguesa de Comércio to merge, and founded Associação Portuguesa de Esportes, and they chose the colors of Portugal: green and red.

In 1940, the club changed its name to Associação Portuguesa de Desportos, which remains up to now. In 1956, Portuguesa bought the Canindé stadium from São Paulo.

Portuguesa is among the five most traditional teams in the city of São Paulo and the country. In 2008 the club will participate on the São Paulo State Championship Série A1 (First Division), Campeonato Brasileiro Série A (First Divistion) and the Copa do Brasil (Brazilian Cup).


1935/36 (organized by APEA)


Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, Santos Futebol Clube, São Paulo Futebol Clube, Guarani Futebol Clube and Clube Atlético Juventus.


Portuguesa's stadium is Estádio do Canindé, built in 1956, with a maximum capacity of 25,470 people,[1] following the current FIFA safety rules (The stadium was first build for a maximum capacity of 27,500 thousand).

Logo history

1923-2005 logo

The club's first logo, introduced on August 14, 1920 (during the club's foundation) was a Portuguese shield. This logo was chosen to homage Portugal.

The club's second logo, introduced in 1923 had a Cross of Avis bordered by a red contour. The Cross of Avis represents the Portuguese independence from the Castile Kingdom, which happened after the Battle of Aljubarrota, on August 14, 1385.

In 2005, the club's logo design was modernized. Also it was added a golden contour around the red contour.

Team colors

Portuguesa's first kit, introduced on September 20, 1920, was an all-red shirt, with white shorts and red socks with two horizontal green lines. The goalkeeper kit was completely white. On March 26, 1923, the club's kit was changed. The club played in red and green vertical striped shirts. The team kit was later changed again. The red and green stripes were changed to horizontal ones, and the away kit was composed of an all-white shirt, red shorts and red socks.

The mascots

Portuguesa's first mascot was a Portuguese girl named Severa. She was named after the 1930s fado singer Dima Tereza who were nicknamed A Severa, after the Portuguese fado singer Maria Severa Onofriana.

In 1994, Portuguesa changed its mascot. The club's unique original mascot was replaced by a lion wearing the club's home kit. The lion is one of the most common Brazilian football club's mascots.

The anthems

There are two club's anthems. The first anthem, called Hino Rubro-verde (Portuguese for Red and green Anthem) is the old one, and was composed by Archimedes Messina and Carlos Leite Guerra.

The second anthem, called Campeões (Portuguese for Champions) is the current club's anthem, and was composed by Roberto Leal and Márcia Lúcia.

Current squad


First-team squad

As of February 16, 2009

No. Position Player
Brazil GK Dida
Brazil GK Fábio
Brazil GK Lúcio
Brazil GK Vitor
Brazil DF Alex Bruno
Brazil DF Bruno Rodrigo
Brazil DF Ediglê
Brazil DF Rafael Dias
Brazil DF César Prates
Brazil DF Fernandinho
Brazil DF Wilton Goiano
Brazil DF Athirson
Brazil DF Guigov
Brazil MF Erick
Brazil MF Acleisson
Brazil DF Thiago Gomes
Brazil MF Rai
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Ygor
Brazil MF Jefferson
Brazil MF Fellype Gabriel
Brazil MF Héverton
Brazil MF Miltinho
Brazil MF Preto
Brazil MF Sandro Costa
Brazil MF Ralph
Brazil MF Leonardo Sacramento
Brazil MF Marcos Antonio
Brazil MF Fernando
Brazil FW Edno
Brazil FW Fabricio Carvalho
Brazil FW Rogério
Brazil FW Christian
Uruguay FW Biscayzacú

Famous players

Famous managers


  1. ^ "Portuguesa" (in Portuguese). Pelé.net. Retrieved 2008-12-01.  
  • Lusa, uma História de Amor - Orlando Duarte, Livraria Teixeira, 2000.

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