Esporte Clube Vitória


Full name Esporte Clube Vitória
Nickname(s) Leão da Barra (Barra's Lion)
Rubro-negro (Red and black)
Founded May 13, 1899 (1899-05-13)
Stadium Barradão, Salvador, 35,632 capacity
President Carlos Sérgio Falcão
Head coach Argel Fucks
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
2015 Série B, 3rd (promoted)
Website Club home page

Esporte Clube Vitória, usually known simply as Vitória, is a Brazilian football team from Salvador in Bahia, founded on May 13, 1899. The team plays in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and the Campeonato Baiano, respectively top divisions of national and state football.

Vitória's home games are played at the club's own stadium, Manoel Barradas, capacity 35,632.[1] The team plays in red and black horizontal striped shirts, black shorts and black socks. The stripes have changed over time: they have been sometimes vertical, horizontal, wide and narrow.

The youth system of the club is one of the most successful of the world, holding, between 1995 and 2000, at its peak, at least 21 international titles.[2] Recent names that started playing in the club are Bebeto, Vampeta, Dida, Júnior, Hulk, David Luiz, Dudu Cearense, Marcelo Moreno, Gabriel Paulista and others.

The rivals of Vitória are Esporte Clube Bahia. Their matches are known as Ba–Vi ("Ba" from Bahia and "Vi" from Vitória). It is one of the most intense rivalries in the country.


The club was founded on May 13, 1899, by the brothers Artur and Artêmio Valente, along with seventeen other young fellows. They were from an old Bahia family, and discovered football during their studies in England. Initially Vitória was a cricket club, named Club de Cricket Victoria, because all of them lived at the Vitória neighborhood, in Salvador.

On May 22, 1901, Vitória played its first football match, at Campo da Pólvora, against International Sport Club, a team whose players were English seamen. Vitória beat International 3–2. Two months after that match, Vitória changed its original colors, which were black and white, to red and black, which are still in use.

1908 Bahia State Champions – Milzen, Álvaro Tarquinio e Mario Pereira; A. C. Martins, Adriano Porto e Noé Nunes; Armando Gordilho, Oscar Alves, Fernando Alves, C. Muller, R. Mc. Nair, Oscar Luz, A. Galeão e Alfredo Seixas.

On September 13, 1903, Vitória beat a club formed by people from São Paulo state, São Paulo Bahia Football Club 2–0 in the club's first official match. In 1908, Vitória won its first title ever, the Campeonato Baiano. They won the next year as well.

From 1910 to 1952, they didn't win any titles because they were still an amateur club. In 1953, the club turned professional, and won its third Baiano honor. Bahia was dominating the state championship, and Vitória only won titles in 1955, 1957, 1964, 1965, 1972, 1980, 1985 and 1989.

The club was runner-up in the 1993 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A to Palmeiras, with an extremely small payroll. Vitória was champion of Bahia in 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000, becoming the top club of the state for the first time. In the 1999 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Vitória reached the semifinals.

In the 2000s, the Campeonato Baiano trophy was won by Vitória eight out of ten years.

In 2004 Vitória, after a poor campaign, was relegated to the Brazilian Second Division. In 2005, the club competed in the Brazilian second division, finishing 17th, and so was relegated to the Third Division for the first time in its history.

In 2006, Vitória was runner-up of the third division, and was promoted to the Brazilian second division. In 2007, the club was promoted back to the first division after finishing in fourth place. This meant the club had managed to return from the lowest Brazilian national division to its original place in the first division in only two years.


The club's mascot is a lion named Lelê Leão (Lion), and according to Vitória's official site, his objective is to stimulate the club's supporters and players on match days.

Competitions record

The competitions record of Vitória's last ten seasons:

Year Campeonato Baiano Campeonato Brasileiro Copa do Brasil Copa do Nordeste Copa Sudamericana
Pos G W D L Division Pos G W D L Pos G W D L Pos G W D L Pos G W D L
200110514Série A16º2799914º631215636-----
200212732Série A10º251141025º4121191234-----
200314923Série A16º4615112084045320-----
2004141031Série A23º461392410514----------
200514950Série B17º2176823º4103----------
2006342185Série C3218596321----------
2007282062Série B381851526º4121----------
2008281648Série A10º381571626º3201----------
2009261934Série A13º38139168242-----14º4112
2010221444Série A17º3891514127141694316º2101
2011221444Série B381791246º2011----------
2012251384Série B3821899441----------


Many kinds of shirts have been worn by Vitória's players over the years.



Domestic competitions

Winners (5): 1976, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2010
Runners-up (3): 1998, 2000, 2002
Winners (28): 1908, 1909, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1964, 1965, 1972, 1980, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2016
Runner-up (1): 2010
Runner-up (1): 1993
Runner-up (1): 1992
Runner-up (1): 2006

Other competitions


Youth competitions

1996, 1997
1995, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006
1997, 1998
1997, 1998
1996, 1997
1997, 1999

Current squad

As of 16 September 2016[3]

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

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Fernando Miguel (captain)
2 Brazil DF Diogo Mateus (on loan from Internacional)
3 Brazil DF Victor Ramos
4 Brazil DF Ramon
5 Brazil MF Amaral
6 Brazil DF Vinícius
7 Brazil FW Marinho (on loan from Cruzeiro)
8 Brazil MF Willian Farias (on loan from Cruzeiro)
9 Brazil FW Kieza
10 Colombia MF Sherman Cárdenas (on loan from Atlético Nacional)
11 Brazil MF Tiago Real (on loan from Palmeiras)
12 Brazil GK Ronaldo
13 Brazil MF Serginho (on loan from Santos)
14 Brazil MF José Welison
15 Brazil MF Flávio
16 Brazil DF Euller
17 Brazil MF Vander
18 Brazil FW Gabriel
19 Brazil FW Rafaelson
No. Position Player
20 Brazil FW Alípio (on loan from Luverdense)
21 Brazil DF Josué
22 Brazil FW Dagoberto
23 Brazil GK Caique
25 Brazil DF Kanu
26 Brazil DF Diego Renan (on loan from Cruzeiro)
27 Brazil FW David
28 Brazil FW Nickson
29 Brazil MF Marcelo
30 Brazil MF Leandro Domingues
31 Brazil FW William Henrique
32 Brazil DF Norberto
33 Brazil DF Guilherme Mattis (on loan from Bragantino)
34 Brazil GK Wallace
36 Bolivia FW Rodrigo Ramallo
37 Brazil DF Bruno Bispo
39 Brazil FW Zé Eduardo
Brazil DF Henrique Souza

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
  Bolivia GK Guillermo Vizcarra (on loan to Oriente Petrolero)
  Brazil DF Mansur (on loan to Atlético Mineiro)
  Brazil DF Maracás (on loan to América-RN)
  Brazil DF Romário (on loan to Londrina)
  Brazil MF Leílson (on loan to Londrina)
No. Position Player
  Brazil MF Arthur Maia (on loan to Chapecoense)
  Brazil MF Darlan (on loan to Getafe B)
  Brazil FW Élton (on loan to JEF United)
  Brazil FW Rômulo (on loan to América-RN)
  Brazil FW Willie (on loan to Red Bull Brasil)




  2. "Principais Títulos Internacionais" (in Portuguese). Retrieved November 30, 2010.
  3. Vitória Official Website (in Portuguese)
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