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Santos logo.svg
Full name Santos Futebol Clube
Nickname(s) Peixe (Fish)
Santástico (Santastic)
Alvinegro praiano(Beach black-and-white)
Founded 1912
Ground Vila Belmiro, Santos, Brazil
(Capacity: 20,120)
Chairman Brazil Luis Álvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro
Head coach Brazil Dorival Júnior
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, 12th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Santos Futebol Clube, usually known simply as Santos, is a Brazilian football team from the city Santos, State of São Paulo. It has been nicknamed Peixe (literally, "Fish") for decades, but the usual mascot is a whale. The nickname evokes that the city of Santos is a seaport, when all other big clubs from the state of São Paulo are from inland Brazil. A fan of Santos FC is known as a Santista. Santos is one of the most successful football teams of the 20th century in the Americas.



Santos FC was founded as Santos Foot-Ball Club on April 14, 1912, the initiative of three sports enthusiasts from Santos: Raimundo Marques, Mário Ferraz de Campos, and Argemiro de Souza Júnior. The club won its first state tournament in 1935, and then again in 1955.

They play in an all-white strip, with an alternative kit with black and white vertical stripes and black shorts. However, according to the club's statute, the team's first choice kit is a striped shirt with white shorts and white socks.



(chosen as "Athlete of the Century" by the IOC in 1999) started his career with the team in 1956, at the age of 15, and remained with Santos for 17 years. With him, Santos became a record holder Club winning two Copa Libertadores and two Intercontinental Cups in 1962 and 1963; six National Championships, five being in a row (Taça Brasil 1961-65) — still a national record — and one Robertão" (1968); which, with the addition of the two National titles from Post-Pelé era (2002 and 2004) make Santos FC the Brazilian team with the most national cups with eight.

The favorite every day activity of the little boy Edson Arantes do Nascimento was to put his soccer shoes on to play soccer. The skinny 11-year-old was already admired at that time. He ruled over himself and over the ball. Dribbling, heading, goal kicking. At that time not one of the supporters in the city of Bauru could ever imagine that the skinny boy Dico, as he was originally nicknamed by his family, would one day become Pelé, the greatest athlete of all times. Years later, playing for Santos Futebol Clube he would become known as “The King”.

The dream of that little boy from the state of Minas Gerais, originally from Três Corações, was to be a soccer player just like his father. However life surprised Dondinho (Pelé’s father) by giving him the one who went far beyond just playing the game. He overcame obstacles to follow his dream and to fulfill a promise made to his father: to win a World Cup.

“In the 50’s Brazil was defeated by Uruguay and my dad was really moved by that. When I saw him in tears, I told him not to cry because one day I’d win the World Cup for him.” He won not only one, but three World Cups. Pelé collected more than 50 titles and 1281 goals during his glorious career.

When he was 5 his family moved to the state of São Paulo and by then Dondinho was playing for Bauru Atlético Clube (BAC). Following the magnificent footsteps of his father, the little Dico was already a shining star in the amateur teams of that area such as Ameriquinha and Baquinho. His closeness to the ball made him become a top scorer, and a new nickname was born: Pelé.

In a short space of time the puny boy’s way would take a new direction. At the age of 17 Pelé was spotted by Waldemar de Brito, who would invite him to join the team he was managing: Clube Atlético de Bauru. This very same person who spotted Pelé was the one who would take him to Santos Futebol Clube years later. Playing for Santos Futebol Clube, Pelé won both, Intercontinental Cup and Taça Libertadores da América, twice in a row during a period in which he led one of the greatest soccer teams in history.

On January 20, 1998, Santos became the first team in football history to pass the 10,000-goal mark. More recently, on October 26, 2005, Geílson scored the team's 11,000th goal, the first scored in the team's away match against Vasco da Gama at the Estádio São Januário. Santos went on to win the match 3-1.

Youth Department

The main goal of the Youth Division Department at Santos Futebol Clube is to discover talented players to play for Santos’ first team. Throughout the years Peixe has always been presenting outstanding players to Brazilian soccer such as: Pelé, Pepe, Coutinho, Clodoaldo, Pita, Juary, Elano, Alex, Diego, Robinho and many others.

It hasn’t been any different lately. The Santista team which won Brazilian Championship in 2002 and 2004 was composed by players that blossomed at the Youth division team. It only happened due to the club’s policy that values the talents discovered there.

Many of the Brazilian Champions of 2004 came from the Youth teams from Peixe; eight athletes out of all that formed team: Domingos (Under-17 Paulista Champion, 2001), Leonardo (Under-17 World Champion – National Team 2003), Elano (Brazilian Champion, 2002), Robinho (Brazilian Champion, 2002), Deivid (discovered in 2000). In Santos’ first team for the 2007/2008 season players such as Renatinho, Felipe, Marcelo, Adriano, and Carlinhos, all came from the youth teams, in which they won the U-17 Campeonato Paulista (state competition) in 2004.

Whenever one works hard, being rewarded is just a consequence. So, titles came as a consequence of hard work. Here we name just some of the most significative ones: U-17 Campeonato Paulista 2001 and 2004, Copa Federação Paulista (Copa FPF) 2004- Santos B.

The Youth Divisions Department has the experience of several outstanding players from the past like Chico Formiga (soccer supervisor), Abel Verônico (coordinator), Rubens Salles and Urubatão Calvo Nunes (scouts).

Santos Futebol Clube is responsible for over 100 young athletes in 5 different categories: U-11, U-13, U-15, U-17, U-20. These young athletes stay in two modern dormitories, which are located inside Urbano Caldeira Stadium, with living room, recreation room and cafeteria. The athletes also have medical, odontological and psychological assistance. The club’s work of physiology directed towards its youth divisions is also a pioneer one within Brazilian soccer scene.

As Santos is widely known all over the world its youth teams are often invited to participate in championships and friendly matches in other countries. One of the most important titles won by Santos’ U-20 team was the Turin Tournament. This competition took place in Italy and Santos’ team became the champion after playing against very strong opponents from Italy and other countries.

Trying to always get the very best in each athlete during their way to becoming professionals the club developed the Centro de Desenvolvimento à Performance ao Futebol (Center of Performance Development to Soccer). The aim of this center is to set a pattern in physical preparation for all youth teams, including futsal. This project starts at the very first category, the youngest one, for boys over 6 years old and it covers a total of 270 young athletes.

Corroborating to this project, the club has also remodeled the gym that is used by the youth teams. This gym is located on the third floor at Vilabelmiro Stadium, and it is equipped with top-notch technology similar to that available for Santos’ first team (photo). In this room there is also equipment for physio and other medical activities.

All this structure is set so that the young athletes from Santos’ youth teams can have an excellent performance during the matches. The education of the athlete is also considered very important and, due to that, the club created the Centro de Estudos Luiza Neófiti (Luiza Neófiti Study Center) which is also on the third floor at Vila Belmiro Stadium. The aim of this center is to help the young athletes reinforcing the topics learned at school.

The Golden Years

The club enjoyed its zenith in the 1960s, when having players like Pelé, Coutinho, and Pepe[1] and won:

  • 8 State championships;
  • 6 National championships;
  • 2 Continental Championships (Copa Libertadores); and
  • 2 Intercontinental Cups
  • Several other informal (not officially organized by FIFA) short-term international tournaments, a very common event on the 1960s. The present FIFA Club World Cup's format, for example, resemble much of them. These tournaments had as lead entrants, the European, and South American Champions.

Congo pauses their Civil War for Santos

In 1969, Kinshasa (the former Belgian Congo) and Brazzaville (the former French Congo) governments were engaged in a war when Santos arrived at the Kinshasa airport heading to Brazzaville, where it would play against the Congo-Brazzaville national team. On January 19, 1969, Santos beat the Congo-Brazzaville national team 3-2.[2] On January 21, 1969, to be allowed to return to Kinshasa, Santos had to play against a Congo-Kinshasa national team, which the club won 2-0.[2] On January 23, 1969, Santos played against a Kinshasan club called the Leopards, losing 2-0. After that match, they returned to Brazil.[2]


In 1974, team superstar Pelé officially retired from professional football.

From then onwards, Santos won:

  • 2 Brazilian Championships (2002 and 2004);
  • 4 State championships (1978, 1984, 2006, and 2007) &
  • 1 Continental championship - The Copa Conmebol, precursor of the current Copa Sudamericana (1998).


FC Santos' home stadium is the Urbano Caldeira (also known as the Vila Belmiro), inaugurated on October 12, 1916. It has a capacity of 20,120, but its record attendance is 32,989 people in a game against Corinthians in 1964.[3]

First team squad

Competitions: Campeonato Paulista, Copa do Brasil, Campeonato Brasileiro, Copa Sudamericana.
As of February 2010, according to combined sources on the official website[4].

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Felipe
Brazil GK Fábio Costa
Brazil GK Rafael
Brazil GK Vladimir
Brazil DF George Lucas
Brazil DF Maranhão
Brazil DF Pará
3 Brazil DF Léo
Brazil DF Anderson Planta
2 Brazil DF Edu Dracena
6 Brazil DF Durval
Brazil DF Bruno Rodrigo
Brazil DF Bruno Aguiar
Brazil DF Rafael Caldeira
Brazil DF Luciano Castan
Brazil MF Rodrigo Mancha
Brazil MF Elivelton
5 Brazil MF Arouca (on loan from São Paulo)
Brazil MF Roberto Brum
Brazil MF Germano Schweger
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Jefferson
Brazil MF Alan Santos
Brazil MF Serginho
Venezuela MF Breitner
Brazil MF Wesley
11 Brazil MF Paulo Henrique Ganso
15 Brazil MF Madson
10 Brazil MF Giovanni
8 Brazil MF Marquinhos
Brazil MF Patrik
Brazil MF Alan Patrick
Brazil MF Zezinho
7 Brazil FW Robinho (on loan from Manchester City)
9 Brazil FW André
17 Brazil FW Neymar
18 Brazil FW Zé Eduardo
Brazil FW Maikon Leite
Brazil FW Gil
Brazil FW Caio




World Championship
Continental championships
  • Libertadores Cup: 1962 and 1963.
  • World Cup Winners' Cup: 1968.
  • Recopa Sul-Americana (Supercup of the Continental Champions of South America): 1968.
  • Conmebol Cup: 1998.

National competitions

Regional competitions

  • Torneio Rio-São Paulo: 1959, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1997.
  • Paulista Championship: 1935, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1978, 1984, 2006 and 2007.
  • FPF Cup: 2004
  • Taça Cidade de São Paulo: 1949 and 1970
  • Torneio Início da FPF: 1984
  • Torneio FPF: 1952
  • Torneio LPF: 1937
  • Santos City Championship: 1913 and 1915
  • Torneio Início da APEA: 1928
  • Taça Santos: 1952
  • Taça Cidade de Santos: 1996
  • Rio-São Paulo Champions Cup: 1957

Youth competitions

  • Copa São Paulo de Juniores: 1984
  • Porto Seguro Cup: 2008
  • Campeonato Paulista sub-20: 1979, 2007 and 2008
  • Campeonato Paulista sub-17: 2001 and 2004
  • Campeonato Paulista sub-15: 2008
  • Campeonato Paulista sub-13: 2008

Friendly tournaments

  • Torneio Vencedores da América : 1983;
  • Troféu Teresa Herrera : 1959;
  • Torneio Hexagonal do Chile : 1965, 1970 e 1977;
  • Torneio Octogonal do Chile (Taça Nicolau Moran) : 1968;
  • Super Copa Americana : 1990;
  • Torneio de Valencia : 1959;
  • Torneio Cidade de Barcelona : 1983;
  • Torneio de Nova Iorque : 1966;
  • Torneio Internacional da FPF : 1956;
  • Troféu Dr. Mario Echandi : 1959;
  • Torneio Pentagonal do México : 1959;
  • Troféu Gialorosso : 1960;
  • Torneio de Paris : 1960, 1961;
  • Torneio Itália : 1961;
  • Torneio Quadrangular de Roma/Florença : 1968;
  • Torneio de Caracas : 1965;
  • Torneio Quadrangular de Buenos Aires : 1965;
  • Torneio Pentagonal de Buenos Aires : 1968;
  • Torneio Triangular do México : 1977;
  • Torneio Cidade de Marseille : 1987;
  • Torneio de Kingstone : 1971;
  • Torneio da Costa Rica : 1961;
  • Kirim Cup : 1985;
  • Torneio Cidade de Turim (Sub-20) : 2007, 2008;
  • Taça Laudo Natel : 1975;
  • Copa Denner : 1994;
  • Quadrangular de Belo Horizonte : 1951;
  • Taça Governador da Bahia : 1975;
  • Torneio Amazonia : 1968;
  • Torneio de Cuiabá : 1969;


  1. ^ "Santos 2003 supera versão de 1965" (in Portuguese). Pelé.net. 2003-05-29. Retrieved 2008-09-17. 
  2. ^ a b c "Breve trégua para o Rei desfilar" (in Portuguese). Jornal Ìrohìn. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Estádio Urbano Caldeira" (in Portuguese). Templos do Futebol. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  4. ^ Santos official website (Portuguese)

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