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Sport Club Recife logo.png
Full name Sport Club do Recife
Nickname(s) Leão (Lion),
Papai da Cidade (City Daddy),
O Leão da Ilha (The Lion of the Island),
Leão do Norte (Northern Lion)
Founded May 13, 1905
Ground Ilha do Retiro, Recife
(Capacity: 35,000)
Chairman Brazil Sílvio Alexandre Guimarães
Acting head coach Brazil Givanildo Oliveira
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
2009 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, 20th (relegated)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

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

On May 13, 23 people gathered at the local Trade Workers Association (Associação dos Empregados do Comércio, in Portuguese) founded the club and chose Guilherme de Aquino Fonseca as its first President. Club meetings took place for a while at the Association's main hall. They were Nautico's players. Nautico, at that time, didn't accept black people in the team, and Guilherme and his friends didn't agree with this idea. So they founded Sport to make their dreams come true.

1905 - First Match

The same year Sport played their first football match against a team called English Eleven. The match ended in a draw, with Torquato Gonçalves scoring the first goal for the newly created club. The club's starting eleven were L. F. Lathan; L. Parrot and E. Nosworthy; A. G. Silva, Colander and Ramiro; Guilherme Fonseca, Coimbra, Alberto Amorim, J. Gonçalves and Torquatro Gonçalves.

1905 Sport's team
Invitation for the first match

1916 - First state title

One year after the local league was created, Sport took part for the first time, and won, the Pernambuco state championship in 1916. The final match was played on December 16 and Sport defeated Santa Cruz 4-1 (Mota 2, Asdrúbal and Vasconcelos).

Sport's squad that year was Cavalcanti, Briant and Paulino; Town, Robson and Smerthurst; Asdrúbal, Mota, Anagam, Vasconcelos and Smith.

1950 - FIFA World Cup

During the 1950 FIFA World Cup, Sport's stadium, Ilha do Retiro, hosted the match between (Chile and United States). Chile won 5-2. It was the only World Cup match played in Pernambuco.

1987 - National Champions

Sport were considered the 1987 national champions by the CBF, after Copa União winners and runner-ups Flamengo and Internacional, backed by the Club of 13, declined to play in a run-off organized by the CBF between the best two teams in the Copa União and the best two in a tournament between those teams that had been excluded from the new league. Sport then went on to beat Guarani at home by 1-0, after drawing 1-1 in Campinas.

The controversy persists to this day, with Flamengo having been declared the national champions in 1988 by the National Sports Council (the entity legally in charge of settling the dispute, before the 1988 Constitution), most of the media and the public opinion, whereas Sport was granted the same recognition by the CBF and by a Federal judge years later.

For more information see Copa União.

2006 - Return to Brazilian's premier league

In 2006, after five years in Série B (the Brazilian second division), Sport finished second, with an 18-10-10 record. Sport had the same number of points as state rivals Náutico, but a better goal average (+21 against +16), thus being promoted to the elite division. The Pernambuco side has been playing the Série A since 2007.

2008 - Winner of Brazilian Cup

On June 11, 2008, Sport became the first club from Northeastern Brazil to win the Brazil Cup, a knock-out tournament along the lines of European national cups, such as the FA Cup.

Previous to the finals, Sport had beaten traditional powerhouses of Brazilian football such as Internacional, Palmeiras and Vasco da Gama. In the final round, Sport was defeated by Corinthians in Morumbi 3-1, but became champions on the away goal rule, after beating the Corinthians side 2-0 in Recife.

The finals were marred by controversy since Sport directors and fans alleged the media from Southeastern Brazil took sides with Corinthians and delivered a biased report.


Sport's main rivals are the other two main sides in Recife: Náutico and Santa Cruz.

Náutico is the oldest club in Recife, whereas Sport is second only to Náutico. A derby between the two clubs is called "o Clássico dos Clássicos" ("the derby of all derbies").

Sport and Santa Cruz are the two most popular football clubs in Pernambuco, so that a match between the two sides is called "o Clássico das Multidões" ("the derby of multitudes").

Sport's first derby against Náutico was played in 1909, with an attendance of around 4,000 people.

The team also claims to have rivals outside its region, mainly Flamengo due to Copa União controversy. Due to a series of recent important matches, local supporters regarded both Palmeiras and Corinthians as Sport rivals, but the future frequency of those clashes remains in doubt now that Sport has been relegated to the second division. Those claims notwithstanding, neither Flamengo, Palmeiras or Corinthians supporters consider Sport to be a major rival.


  • Campeonato Pernambucano:
    • Winners (38): 1916, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1928, 1938, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1948, 1949, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

(1) (main article: Copa União) In 1987, Brazilian football running body, the CBF, was undergoing severe financial difficulties and therefore announced it would not be able to organize a national championship. In response to that, the 13 most popular football clubs in Brazil decided to organize their own league, the Copa União, with no CBF interference (a move not unlike the creation of club-run football leagues all over Europe). The Club of 13 was created to run the league, which was played by 16 teams (three other clubs were invited). In a first moment the CBF agreed to grant the title of national champions to the winners of the Copa União, but changed course later, due to resistance from smaller clubs and to the prospect of forever losing control of the national championship. The CBF then organized its own championship with teams that had been excluded from the Copa União and announced it would grant the title of national champions to the eventual winners of a run-off between the two best teams of the Copa União (which it dubbed the "Green Module") and the two best teams of its own championship (which it called the "Yellow Module"). All of the members of the Club of 13 rejected the move and announced none of them would play this run-off. Flamengo eventually beat Internacional in the Copa União final match and were considered the national champions by the Club of 13, most of the national media and the public opinion. The CBF insisted on having the run-off, but neither Flamengo nor Internacional showed up. Sport Club Recife eventually beat Guarani Futebol Clube and was considered the national champions by the CBF, who appointed both clubs to represent Brazil in next year's Copa Libertadores de América. Flamengo were considered the national champions by the National Council of Sports, the entity legally in charge of settling the dispute in 1988, before the 1988 Constitution. Years later Sport were considered the national champions by a Federal judge. The controversy remains to this day, with most of the public opinion and the media considering Flamengo to have won the national title on six occasions.

Current squad

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 Saulo
2 Brazil DF Júlio César
3 Brazil DF Igor
4 Brazil DF Gerson Barbosa (on loan from São Caetano)
5 Brazil DF César Lucena (captain)
6 Brazil DF Dutra
7 Brazil MF Zé Antônio (on loan from BK Häcken)
8 Brazil MF Eduardo Ramos (on loan from São Caetano)
9 Brazil FW Ciro
10 Brazil MF Juninho
11 Brazil FW Nádson
12 Brazil GK Thiago
13 Brazil DF Eduardo Ratinho (on loan from Corinthians)
14 Brazil DF André Luiz
15 Brazil DF Daniel
16 Brazil MF Isael (on loan from Grêmio)
17 Brazil FW Dairo
No. Position Player
18 Brazil FW Everton Felipe
19 Brazil MF Luciano Henrique
24 Brazil MF Odair
27 Brazil MF Elizeu
32 Brazil FW Everton Heleno
42 Brazil MF Adriano
45 Brazil DF Madson
Brazil GK Magrão
Brazil DF Dirlei (on loan from Paraná)
Brazil DF Elias
Brazil DF Jackson
Brazil DF Juliano
Brazil DF Montoya
Brazil MF Alessandro
Brazil MF Kássio
Brazil MF Ricardinho (on loan from Avaí)
Brazil FW Wilson

Out on loan

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
Brazil GK Cléber (to Botafogo de Ribeirão Preto)

Noted players

Famous supporters

  • Jarbas Vasconcelos, Brazilian politician, formerly governor of Pernambuco state and currently senator
  • Ariano Suassuna, one of the greatest writers of Brazil
  • João Paulo, Brazilian politician and former Mayor of Recife
  • Joanna Maranhão, Brazilian swimmer
  • Jaqueline, Brazilian volleyball player
  • Lenine, Brazilian composer and singer
  • Keila Costa, Brazilian long jump and triple jump Olympic athlete


Sport Recife's stadium is Estádio Ilha do Retiro, inaugurated in 1937, with a maximum capacity of 35,000 people.


Sport's first badge

Like other football clubs in Brazil, Sport is supported by many groups of ultras ("torcidas organizadas", in Portuguese). Those groups usually have a drum section and wave large flags during matches (and especially after goals).

The largest and most famous is the yellow-clad Torcida Jovem (Young Ultras), which occupies a large part of the stands behind the northern goal in Ilha do Retiro. Jovem is a boisterous group that usually sings obscene chants at every derby. At the beginning of each match, Torcida Jovem lifts an enormous banner that stretches across the stands from side to side and top to bottom. Torcida Jovem is very controversial -- they are blamed for all types of problems on match days, from vandalism to armed robbery.

Treme Terra (Earthshaker) is a small group that plays frevo during matches. During home games Treme Terra is in the member's section, to the right of the Torcida Jovem. Treme Terra gave rise to one of Sport's most famous individual fans, Dona Maria José. As of 2007, dona Maria José has been dressing uniquely in red and black for over thirty years. During matches, she dances frevo in front of Treme Terra's band. She is immensely popular and before and after every match she is asked for many photos.

Gang da Ilha (the Island Gang) is second only to the Torcida Jovem among Sport ultras. The Gang and its drum section stand to the left of the Torcida Jovem, opposite Treme Terra.

O Bafo do Leão (The Lion's Breath) occupies the stands at midfield, to the left of the Gang da Ilha. Like the Gang and the Torcida Jovem, O Bafo has a large drum section.

Os Leões da Ilha (The Island Lions) takes the far end of the field, to the left of O Bafo, and nearest to the visiting support.

There is one more organized group that, like the aforementioned ones, is represented in parties and parades, and sells t-shirts, but does not seem to have a drum section or a large presence at matches.: the Máfia Rubro-Negra (The Red and Black Mafia). When they do wave flags in matches, they are usually standing between the Gang da Ilha and the Bafo do Leão, but they do not appear at every game.

Although the group is still small compared to the Ultras, Sport also has a Barra Brava named Brava Ilha ("Brave Island"), formed in 2006.

These groups are neither completely official nor unofficial -- they have supply rooms in the stadium itself, but were formed independently by supporters.

Sport Recife fans have a good relationship mainly with São Paulo, Cruzeiro, Internacional and Vitória fans.

Symbols and club name

  • The colors of Sport Recife, black and red, represents the fighting spirit and the determination of the club's supporters.
  • Sport Recife's mascot is a lion which represents the royalty of the club in the Northeast Region sportive scenery.
  • Sport is not a word in Portuguese and the club are so named as they were founded by a Brazilian, Guilherme de Aquino, who studied in England by that time.

External links


Fan sites

Simple English

Sport Recife
Full nameSport Club do Recife
GroundIlha do Retiro, Recife
(Capacity 35,000)
ChairmanSílvio Guimarães
ManagerPericles Chamusca
LeagueSérie A
2008Série A, 11th

Sport Recife is a football club which plays in Brazil.

League title

  • Série A : 1
    • 1987



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