Guaratinguetá Futebol

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Full name Guaratinguetá Futebol Ltda.
Nickname(s) Garça
O Orgulho do Vale
Founded October 1, 1998; 20 years ago (1998-10-01)
Stadium Ninho da Garça, Guaratinguetá, São Paulo state
Ground Capacity 15,769
Head coach João Telê
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série C
2014 2013 Série B, 17th (relegated)
Website Club home page
Estádio Municipal Décio Vitta

Guaratinguetá Futebol Ltda., usually known simply as Guaratinguetá, is a Brazilian football club from Guaratinguetá, São Paulo state.


On October 1, 1998,[1] the club was founded as Guaratinguetá Esporte Clube by a group including Doctor Mário Augusto Rodrigues Nunes (nicknamed Marinho).[2]

On November 4, 1999, the Consórcio de Guaratinguetá (Guaratinguetá Consortium) was created, to co-manage the club with C.S.R Futebol e Marketing, owned by the entrepreneur Carlos Arini and by the football players César Sampaio and Rivaldo.[2]

On November 26, 1999, the club joined the São Paulo Football Federation, competing in the Campeonato Paulista Série B2 in the following year.[2]

In 2002, the Consórcio de Guaratinguetá ended, and the club was owned by the entrepreneurs Odário Mardegan Durães and Elmiro Aparecido de Faria.[2]

Since 2004, the club has been owned by the entrepreneur Sony Alberto Douer. In 2005, he and the entrepreneur Carlos Arini founded Sony Sports, a company created to manage the club. Some time later, the entrepreneurs Clementino Bolan and Gustavo Gazzolla joined Sony Sports. The club then received its current name, Guaratinguetá Futebol, after it became a limited company.[2]

In 2006, Guaratinguetá was eliminated in the Campeonato Paulista Série A2 semifinal stage, but was second in its group, and was therefore promoted to the following year's Campeonato Paulista Série A1.[3]

In 2007, the club competed in the Campeonato Paulista Série A1 for the first time. Guaratinguetá was defeated by São Caetano 2-0 at the Anacleto Campanella stadium in its debut in the competition.[4]

On October 15, 2010, the club announced its move from Guaratinguetá to Americana,[5] and their change of name to Americana Futebol.

On November 28, 2011, after more than a year in Americana, the club's administrator, Sony Sports, announced the team's return to Guaratinguetá to compete in the 2012 Campeonato Paulista and other competitions, as Americana city and its main stadium, Estádio Décio Vitta was not able to support the club and the city's club, Rio Branco, and also because most of the supports of the club live in Guaratinguetá.[6]

Club colors

The club colors are red and white. The home kit is all red and the away kit is all white.[7]


Guaratinguetá's home stadium is Estádio Municipal Professor Dario Rodrigues Leite,[8] nicknamed Ninho da Garça, meaning Heron's Nest,[7] with a maximum capacity of 15,769 people.[9]

The club also trains at a training ground named Centro de Treinamento Dario Rodrigues Leite.[10]


Americana's anthem authors are Cláudio Braga and Marcelo Betti.[11]


The club's mascot is an eagle. The animal is also depicted in the club's logo.[12]

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 Cleiton
Brazil GK Felipe Alves
Brazil GK Gisiel
Brazil GK Sidney
Brazil DF André Castro
Brazil DF Didi
Brazil DF João Paulo
Brazil DF Rodrigo Sabiá (on loan from Grêmio)
Brazil DF Velicka
Brazil MF Guilherme Camacho
Brazil MF Carlos Magno
Brazil MF Danilo
Brazil MF Dewide
Brazil MF Eduardo
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Francis
Brazil MF Gomes (on loan from Corinthians)
Brazil MF Marquinhos
Brazil MF Matheus
Brazil MF Nenê
Brazil MF Tiaguinho
Brazil MF Ytalo
Brazil FW Boituva
Brazil FW Bruno Paulo
Brazil FW Leandro Love
Brazil FW Léo Mineiro
Brazil FW Nádson
Brazil FW Rafinha
Brazil FW Tchê Tchê



  1. Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 (Portuguese) Club history at Guaratinguetá Futebol's official website
  3. 2006 Campeonato Paulista Série A2 at RSSSF
  4. (Portuguese) São Caetano vence o Guaratinguetá por 2 a 0 - (January 17, 2007)
  5. (Portuguese) Guaratinguetá oficializa mudança para cidade de Americana - (October 15, 2010)
  6. "É Oficial! Americana volta para Guaratinguetá" (in Portuguese). Futebol Interior. Retrieved December 2, 2011. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. 7.0 7.1 (Portuguese) Profile at Guaratinguetá's official website
  8. (Portuguese) Guaratinguetá Futebol at Times Brasileiros
  9. "CNEF - Cadastro Nacional de Estádios de Futebol" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Confederação Brasileira de Futebol. Retrieved December 2, 2011. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Especial Placar - 500 Times do Brasil, São Paulo: Editora Abril: 2003.
  11. (Portuguese) Club's anthem at Guaratinguetá's official website
  12. (Portuguese) Time de Guaratinguetá anuncia mudança para Americana