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Esporte Clube Vitória logo.svg
Full name Esporte Clube Vitória
Nickname(s) Leão da Barra ("Lion from Barra")
Founded 1899
Ground Estádio Barradão, Salvador, Brazil
(Capacity: 32,000)
Chairman Jorge Sampaio
Head coach Ricardo Silva
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, 13th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

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 (Manoel Barradas, capacity 32,000[1]). They play in red and black horizontal striped shirts, black shorts and black socks. The stripes have changed over time: they have been sometimes vertical, horizontal, wide and narrow.



The club was founded on May 13, 1899, by the brothers Artur and Artêmio Valente. They were from a traditional Bahian family and discovered football during their studies in England. Initially, however, Vitória was a cricket club named Club de Cricket Victoria.

On May 22, 1901, Vitória played its first football match, at Campo da Pólvora, against International Sport Club, a team whose players were English seamen. Vitória beat International 3-2. Two months after that match, Vitória changed its original colors, which were black and white, to red and black, which are still in use.

On September 13, 1903, Vitória beat Paulista settlement São Paulo-Bahia 2-0. This match was the club's first professional match.

In 1908, Vitória won its first title ever, the Campeonato Baiano.

In 1998, the Vitória S/A was founded (short for Vitória Sociedade Anônima), which is an incorporated company created to manage the club's professional football businesses.

In 2004, Vitória, after a poor campaign, was relegated to the Brazilian Second Division.

In 2005, the club competed in the Brazilian Second Division finishing 17th and so was relegated to the Third Division.

In 2006, Vitória was sub-champion of the Third Division, being promoted to the Brazilian Second Division.

In 2007, Vitória played the Brazilian Second Division and was promoted back to the Brazilian First Division after finishing in 4th place. This means the club managed to return from the lowest Brazilian division to its original place in the First Division in only two years.



Major competitions

Other competitions

  • Torneio Maria Quitéria: 1996

Youth competitions

Current squad

First team

No. Position Player
1 Colombia GK Julián Viáfara
2 Brazil DF Apodi
3 Brazil DF Wallace
4 Brazil DF Anderson Martins
5 Brazil MF Vanderson
7 Brazil MF Carlos Alberto
8 Brazil MF Bida
9 Brazil FW Edson
10 Brazil MF Ramon
11 Brazil MF Jackson
12 Brazil GK Gléguer (on loan from Bragantino)
13 Brazil DF Nino Paraíba
14 Brazil DF Marco Aurélio
15 Brazil DF Ernandes
16 Brazil MF Uelliton
17 Brazil MF Leandro Domingues
18 Brazil FW Adriano
20 Brazil MF William
No. Position Player
21 Brazil DF Luiz Henrique
22 Brazil GK Thiago Régis
23 Brazil FW Roger (on loan from São Paulo)
25 Brazil DF Robson
26 Brazil FW Leandrão (on loan from Internacional)
27 Brazil MF Magal
28 Brazil MF Gil
30 Brazil DF Elkeson
31 Brazil MF Elton
32 Brazil FW Robert
33 Brazil DF Leandro (on loan from FC Porto)
34 Brazil FW Neto Berola
37 Brazil FW Itacaré
38 Brazil DF Reniê
41 Brazil DF Fabio Ferreira
44 Brazil GK Bagio
99 Brazil FW Derlei

2008 Season transfers

List of Brazilian football transfers 2008


The club's mascot is a lion named Lelê Leão (Lion), and according to Vitória's official site, his objective is to stimulate the club's supporters and players on match days.

Notable coaches



External links


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