América Futebol Clube (SP)
|Full name||América Futebol Clube|
|League||Paulista Série B|
|2014||Campeonato Paulista Série A3, 18th (relegated)|
América Futebol Clube (SP), usually known simply as América (or as América-SP, or América (SP)), is a Brazilian football club from São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo state. It was named after America from Rio de Janeiro, even copying their team badge.
On January 28, 1946, at Hotel São Paulo, Antônio Tavares Pereira Lima, an Estrada de Ferro Araraquarense (EFA, Araraquara city Railroad) engineer, Vitor Buongermino and 53 local sportsmen and columnists of two local newspapers (A Folha de Rio Preto and A Notícia) founded the club to rival the city's only team at the time, Bancários. The club was named América Futebol Clube. The other suggested names were Dínamo and Flamengo.
On March 17, 1946, América played its first match. América beat Ferroviária of Araraquara 3–1. América's first goal ever was scored by Quirino. América's starting eleven were Bob, Hugo and Edgar, De Lúcia, Quirino and Miguelzinho, Morgero, Dema, Pereira Lima, Fordinho and Birigui. Nelsinho substituted Pereira Lima during the match.
In 1978, América competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A for the first time, finishing in 38th position.
Current squad (selected)
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Campeonato Paulista Série A2:
- Winners (3): 1957, 1963, 1999
- Copa São Paulo de Juniores:
- Winners (1): 2006
América's home stadium is Estádio Benedito Teixeira, usually known as Teixeirão, inaugurated in 1996, with a maximum capacity of 36,426 people.
The club's official anthem lyrics was composed by Walter Benfatti and the music's author was Roberto Farath. There is another anthem, created to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary. This anthem lyrics was composed by José Celso Colturato Barbeiro and the music by Edson Crepaldi and Fernando Marques Alves .
América's mascot is a red devil, called Diabo.
- (Portuguese) Club history at América Futebol Clube (SP) official website Archived January 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- 1957 Campeonato Paulista Second Level at RSSSF
- 1978 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A at RSSSF
- 1980 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A at RSSSF
- 2006 Copa São Paulo de Juniores at RSSSF Archived December 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- (Portuguese) América (SP) at Arquivo de Clubes
- www.america-sp.com.br Archived March 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Especial Placar – 500 Times do Brasil, São Paulo: Editora Abril: 2003.
- (Portuguese) América's official anthem at the club's official website Archived November 29, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 – Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.
- (Portuguese) América's official website