|Full name||Paraná Clube|
|Nickname(s)||Tricolor da Vila Capanema|
|Founded||December 19, 1989|
|Ground||Estádio Vila Capanema and
Estádio Vila Olímpica, Curitiba, Brazil
(Capacity: 20,083 (Durival de Brito),
18,500 (Vila Olímpica))
|League||Campeonato Brasileiro Série B|
|2009||Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, 10th|
It is one of the several Brazilian teams called Tricolor ("tri-colored") by its fans, because of its three colours.
On December 19, 1989, Paraná Clube was founded after Esporte Clube Pinheiros, three times winner of the state championship (1967 as Savóia FC Água Verde, 1984, 1987), and Colorado Esporte Clube, one state championship (1980), fused. Rubens Minelli was hired as the club's first manager, and Emerson de Andrade was chosen as the director of football.
In 1992, the club won the Campeonato Brasileiro Second Division, gaining the right to compete in the following year's first division.[5 ] After 8 years, Paraná Clube won another national championship. In 2000, Paraná beats Associação Desportiva São Caetano down and celebrated the title of the Yellow Module of João Havelange Cup. This cup replaced the Campeonato Brasileiro (all levels), because it was suspended by Brazilian Justice.
In 2003, Paraná Clube and L.A. Sports, which is a sporting marketing company, started a partnership. The partnership's purpose was to help Paraná Clube keep its youth academy. Another purpose of the partnership was to help Paraná Clube sign new players. In 2005, Paraná Clube created an investment fund to replace L.A. Sports, and, because of this, the partnership was not renewed.
On April 9, 2006, Paraná Clube won Paraná State League for the 7th time in its history after beating ADAP of Campo Mourão 3-0 in Maringá and drawing 1-1 at Pinheirão Stadium. The attendance of the final match was 25,306 supporters.
Paraná Clube stadium is Estádio Durival Britto e Silva, aka Vila Capanema which suffered a strong modernization in 2006 where more than 60 skyboxes were edificated as well as new facilities, bathrooms and snack bars. The capacity of the "new" Vila Capanema rose to 20,083 spectators according to a new count. The inaugural match of the "new" Vila Capanema, occurred on Sept. 20th, 2006 when Paraná beat Fortaleza 2-0 for the Campeonato Brasileiro.
In 2007, Paraná played its first Copa Toyota Libertadores de America match. In the first stage, Paraná eliminated Cobreloa from Chile winning the first leg by 2-0 in Calama and drawing 1-1 in Curitiba. In the group stage, the club finished in the second place. Paraná was eliminated in the Round of 16 by Club Libertad, of Paraguay.
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
The club's logo has a stylized conifer cone format, in red, with a white contour, and inside there are an azure jay and a white pine. The club's name is written in blue, as well as the word Brasil. The word Clube is written in white.
Paraná's flag is rectangular, divided in two equal parts vertically. The right side is red and the left side is blue.
The Paraná Clube anthem was written by João Arnaldo and Sebastião Lima.
Paraná Clube's colors are red, blue and white. The red color was Colorado's main color, the blue color was Pinheiros' main color, and white was a color adopted by both teams.
Paraná Clube fanbase is distributed mostly in Curitiba and its metropolitan area, as well as Paraná state coast. According to recent polls made by Curitiba's newspaper Gazeta do Povo, Paraná Clube has more than 300,000 fans in the city (almost 15%). The number of fans outside Curitiba is unknown.
Paraná's average attendance is around 12,000 fans per game, which is almost the same number as the general average of the Campeonato Brasileiro in 2006.
Torcida Fúria Independente, also called T.F.I., founded on September 29, 1993, is an organized supporters' group. Another organized supporters' group are Torcida Esquadrão Tricolor (also Força do Sul), Tricolores do Tarumã, Torcida Desorganizada, and Torcida Virtual Paran@utas, an internet organized supporters' group of Paraná Clube.