Associação Atlética Ponte Preta

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Ponte Preta
Full name Associação Atlética Ponte Preta
Nickname(s) Macaca (she-monkey)
Founded August 11, 1900; 118 years ago (1900-08-11)
Stadium Estádio Moisés Lucarelli,
Campinas, Brazil
Ground Capacity 19,722
President Vanderlei Pereira
Head coach Vinícius Eutrópio
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Paulista
Série A, 11th
Paulista, 5th
Website Club home page
Estádio Moisés Lucarelli

Associação Atlética Ponte Preta (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐsosjɐˈsɐ̃w ɐˈtlɛtʃikɐ ˈpõtʃi ˈpɾetɐ]), commonly known as Ponte Preta, is a Brazilian football club located in Campinas, São Paulo. Ponte Preta is also known as Macaca. Ponte Preta's biggest rival is from the same city, Guarani, against whom matches are known as derby (dérbi in Portuguese). They are known as "pontepretanos". Ponte Preta is the oldest football team established in Brazil still in activity, founded on August 11, 1900, the oldest being Sport Club Rio Grande, of Rio Grande do Sul.


Ponte Preta was founded on August 11, 1900 by Colégio Culto à Ciência students Miguel do Carmo (nicknamed "Migué"), Luiz Garibaldi Burghi, (nicknamed "Gigette") and Antonio de Oliveira (nicknamed "Tonico Campeão"), nearby a black painted wood railroad bridge, so the name Ponte Preta (which means "black bridge", in English). Ponte Preta's first president was Pedro Vieira da Silva.

Ponte Preta is recognized, by FIFA, as one of the first teams in the Americas to accept black players, since its foundation in 1900. It is also the first countryside team to play a national competition, in 1970.

Pelé's last match in Brazil was against Ponte Preta. On September 2, 1974, at Vila Belmiro stadium, Santos defeated Ponte Preta 2–0.

Ponte Preta lost the Campeonato Paulista final to Corinthians in 1977 in a controversial game that ended in a 2–1 final score. Rui Rey, an important piece of the Ponte Preta team, was shown a red card early in the game. Ponte Preta were considered the favorites for the championship that year.

The club finished in the third position in the 2011 Série B, and gained promotion to the 2012 Série A.[1]

On November 27, 2013, at Romildo Ferreira stadium, Ponte Preta reached the 2013 Sudamericana final defeating São Paulo 4–2 (aggregate). It was a historical time for the club which was playing its first international cup. The final was against Lanús, a Traditional Argentine team, and Ponte Preta reached the vice championship.


Copa São Paulo de Juniores:

  • Winners (2): 1981, 1982

Campeonato Paulista Série A2:

  • Winners (1): 1969

Campeonato Paulista do Interior:

  • Winners (2): 2009, 2013

Achievements time line

  • 1912: Champions - Liga Campineira de Futebol
  • 1928: Champions - Campeonato Paulista da Divisão Principal - 2º quadro (L.A.F.)
  • 1929: Champions - Campeonato Paulista da Divisão Principal - 2º quadro (L.A.F.)
  • 1951: Champions - State Amateur Championship (45 games unbeaten)
  • 1969: Champions - Campeonato Paulista - Divisão de Accesso
  • 1970: Runner-up Campeonato Paulista
  • 1977: Runner-up Campeonato Paulista
  • 1979: Runner-up Campeonato Paulista
  • 1981: Champions - Campeonato Paulista Championship First Stage
  • 1981: Runner-up - Campeonato Paulista
  • 1981: Third placed - Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
  • 1981: Champions - Copa São Paulo de Juniores
  • 1982: Champions - Copa São Paulo de Juniores


Ponte Preta's stadium is Estádio Moisés Lucarelli, also known as "Majestoso", or "Estádio Majestoso" (Portuguese for Majestic Stadium), built in 1948, by its own fan's material and work.

Its maximum capacity is of 19,722 people, nowadays. The biggest public in it was in a State's Championship in 1970, against Santos, with an official public of 33,000, but it is said that there were about 40,000 people, as the gates were broken down.

Its nickname is "Majestoso", meaning the "Majestic One" because it was the third largest stadium in Brazil at the time of its inauguration (only smaller than Pacaembu, in São Paulo and São Januário, in Rio de Janeiro).

In Majestoso's entrance hall there is a bust of the stadium's founder, Moisés Lucarelli (after whom the venue is named) facing the outside. In 2000, after a long series of defeats some superstitious fans argued that the founder ought to see the team playing and the bust was rotated 180 degrees. As the team's performance did not improve noticeably, the statue was put back in its original position.


Ponte Preta supporters are known as "pontepretanos". A club from Maceió, Alagoas, adopted a similar name and colors as the Campinas club. There is a Norwegian futsal club named after Ponte Preta.[2]


Associação Atlética Ponte Preta's biggest rival is from the same city: Guarani. The games between Ponte Preta and Guarani, known as derby (dérbi in Portuguese), are usually preceded by a week of tension, provocations and also fights in the city of Campinas.

It is a centenary rivalry (the first being held on 24 March 1912), the greatest in Brazil's countryside and one of the most intense in the whole country.


The club's mascot is a female monkey (Macaca) wearing Ponte Preta's home kit. It was initially intended as a derogatory term, reflecting the racism against the club (one of the first Brazilian teams to accept blacks, having been even refused participation in championships due to this) and its fans. This co-option of a derogatory term as team mascot was copied by Palmeiras fans, who adopted the pig as their mascot instead of taking offense from it, and other teams.


Placar magazine's Silver Ball Prize winners while playing on Ponte Preta


Ponte Preta had one of the most powerful teams in the history of Brazilian female Basketball during the early 1990s, winning the World Club Championship twice.[3]

Current squad

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 Ivan
Brazil GK Marcelo Lomba (on loan from Bahia)
Brazil GK Matheus Inácio
Brazil GK João Carlos
Brazil DF Tiago Alves (on loan from Palmeiras)
Brazil DF Diego Ivo
Brazil DF Renato Chaves (on loan from Atlético-PR)
Brazil DF Ferron
Brazil DF Gilson (on loan from Cruzeiro)
Brazil DF Jeferson Recife
Brazil DF Fabio Ferreira
Brazil DF Malcoon
Brazil MF Fernando Bob
Brazil MF Elton
Brazil MF Juninho
Brazil MF Josimar
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Vítor Xavier
Brazil MF Nathan
Brazil MF Serrato
Brazil MF Adrianinho
Brazil MF Bady
Brazil MF Clayson
Brazil MF Felipe
Brazil MF Léo Costa
Brazil FW Biro Biro (on loan from Fluminense)
Brazil FW Borges
Brazil FW Diego Oliveira
Brazil FW Felipe Azevedo
Brazil FW Cesinha
Brazil FW Keno

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
Brazil GK Bruno Fuso (on loan to Villa Nova-MG)
Brazil DF Jonathan (on loan to Água Santa)
Brazil DF Renan Luis (on loan to Rio Claro)
Brazil MF Alef (on loan to France Olympique de Marseille)
Brazil MF Bruno Silva (on loan to Chapecoense)
Brazil MF Ferrugem (on loan to Japan Vissel Kobe)
Brazil FW Ademir (on loan to Cuiabá)
No. Position Player
Brazil FW Alexandro (on loan to United Arab Emirates Emirates Club)
Brazil FW Rafael Ratão (on loan to Penapolense)
Brazil FW Rildo (on loan to Corinthians)
Brazil FW Rossi (on loan to Paraná)
Brazil FW Silvinho (on loan to Criciúma)
Brazil FW Wanderson (on loan to Paraná)

Head coaches

See also



  1. "Náutico e Ponte Preta estão na Série A" (in Portuguese). Correio de Uberlândia. November 19, 2011. Retrieved December 7, 2011. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Ponte Preta Norway". Indoor Football. Retrieved December 7, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Ponte Preta Official Website


  1. O Início de uma Paixão: a fundação e os primeiros anos da Associação Atlética Ponte Preta, José Moraes dos Santos Neto, Editora Komedi, 2000
  2. História da Associação Atlética Ponte Preta, em sete volumes: 1900-2000, Sérgio Rossi, R. Vieira Gráfica, 2001

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