América Futebol Clube (SP)

For other clubs with similar names, see América Football Club.
Full name América Futebol Clube
Founded 1946 (1946)
Ground Teixeirão
Ground Capacity 36,426
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.[1]

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.[1]

In 1957, the club won its first title, the Campeonato Paulista Second Level, finishing ahead of São Bento. The club was promoted to the following year's first level.[2]

In 1978, América competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A for the first time, finishing in 38th position.[3]

In 1980, the club competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A for the second time, finishing in the 32nd position.[4]

In 2006, América won the Copa São Paulo de Juniores, beating Comercial of Ribeirão Preto in the final.[5]

Current squad (selected)

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

No. Position Player
Brazil GK Wágner
Brazil DF Giba
Brazil MF Everton
Brazil MF Rodrigo Costa
Brazil MF Marquinhos
Brazil MF Tiago Gaúcho
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Roberto
Brazil FW Manoel
Brazil FW Michel
Brazil FW Romário



Main article: Teixeirão

América's home stadium is Estádio Benedito Teixeira, usually known as Teixeirão,[6] inaugurated in 1996, with a maximum capacity of 36,426 people.[7]

The club also owns a training ground, named Centro de Treinamento Sami Gorayb, and nicknamed Toca do Rubro (meaning Red's Burrow).[8]

Club colors

América's official club colors are red and white. The club's home kit is composed of a red shirt, white short and red socks.[6]


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 .[9]


América's mascot is a red devil, called Diabo.[10]


  1. 1 2 (Portuguese) Club history at América Futebol Clube (SP) official website Archived January 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. 1957 Campeonato Paulista Second Level at RSSSF
  3. 1978 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A at RSSSF
  4. 1980 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A at RSSSF
  5. 2006 Copa São Paulo de Juniores at RSSSF Archived December 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. 1 2 (Portuguese) América (SP) at Arquivo de Clubes
  7. Archived March 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. Especial Placar – 500 Times do Brasil, São Paulo: Editora Abril: 2003.
  9. (Portuguese) América's official anthem at the club's official website Archived November 29, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 – Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.

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