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Botafogo Futebol Clube (SP)

Botafogo FC
Full nameBotafogo Futebol Clubе
Nickname(s)Pantera (Panther)
Botinha (Little Bota)
FoundedNovember 12, 1918 (100 years ago) (1918-11-12)
GroundSanta Cruz, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil
PresidentGerson Engracia Garcia
Head coachHemerson Maria
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série B
Campeonato Paulista

Série C, Semi-finals (promoted)
Paulistão, 8th

Botafogo Futebol Clube is a Brazilian association football club based in Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo state, founded on October 12, 1918. The club currently competes in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B after achieving promotion in 2018, and in the Campeonato Paulista.


In the beginning of the century, the city of Ribeirão Preto had very bitter disputes between football clubs. Every neighborhood had at least one club representing it. In Vila Tibério, there were at least three clubs: União, Paulistano Tiberense and Ideal Futebol Clube. As a result, the neighborhood could never achieve good results in the championships played in the city. In 1918, representatives of Ideal, through meetings hosted at the "Bar Piranha", proposed a merger of the clubs in the neighborhood. Besides the members of the boards of the three clubs, employees from the old Mogiana Railroad, and employees from the Antarctica Paulista Company participated in the meeting.

There was a consensus regarding the formation of a new club that would represent the neighborhood, but the choice of the name did not reach a conclusion. After a heated discussion, one member was quoted as saying: "Either you define the name or just 'put fire' (Bota Fogo) in everything and end this story ..." Because of what that member said, the club's name discussion had an unexpected conclusion. The threat of the incendiary leader ended up helping in the choice of name. The proposal was accepted, and in 1918 the club was named Botafogo Futebol Clube (contrary to popular belief, Botafogo of Ribeirão Preto was not inspired by Botafogo Football Club of Rio de Janeiro, defunct in 1942).

Botafogo's debut was in Franca, against local club Esporte Clube Fulgêncio. The match ended 1-0 in favor of the team from Ribeirão Preto. The first title of Botafogo was the São Paulo State Countryside Championship in 1927. In 1956, the club won the Ribeirão Preto Centennial Cup, beating Commercial in the final 4-2. Botafogo also won the Undefeated Cup after a series of 19 games unbeaten. In the same year, the team was also champion of the Second Division of the São Paulo State Championship.

Estádio Santa Cruz, owned by Botafogo de Ribeirão Preto, a major stadium of Brazil

In 1962, the club toured in Argentina, where they won nine games, drew three games and lost two games. Among them, a loss to Boca Juniors 1-2 at La Bombonera, and a victory over Estudiantes de La Plata 5-2. After this trip, the club became known as the "Panther of America."

In the year 1977, Botafogo won the São Paulo City Cup (first stage of the São Paulo State Championship), playing the final against São Paulo Futebol Clube, and beating the opponent team after normal time and overtime. The game ended 0-0 giving the title to Botafogo, as the club have done better a campaign in the competition.

In the 1990s, the club was runners-up twice, thus being promoted twice in the national league pyramid: the Série C in 1996, and Série B in 1998. In the following year, Botafogo was relegated and in 2000 competed in the Copa João Havelange, in the Yellow Module (equivalent to the Série B). In 2001, Botafogo was São Paulo State Championship's runners-up, an extraordinary achievement for a countryside club, playing in one of the most competitive leagues in the football world. In 2002,it was relegated again, this time to the Série C. Botafogo was relegated to the São Paulo State Championship Série A3 in 2005 because of problems fielding a player without registration with the Federação Paulista de Futebol, the famous "tapetão." In the following year, they won access to the São Paulo State Championship Série A2 after winning the Série A3.

In 2008, the club returned to the elite of São Paulo state soccer, having played in the Série A1 in 2009, when they finished in the 15th place. In 2010 Botafogo won the São Paulo State Countryside Championship, defeating São Caetano 1-0 in the final and qualified for the Série D, the fourth level of the national championship, but failed to advance from the group stage.

After two years failing to grab a spot at Série D, Botafogo qualified again in 2013, but once again did not make past the group stage. After missing the 2014 edition, Botafogo was back in 2015 and won the title, achieving promotion to 2016 Campeonato Brasileiro Série C. In 2016, Botafogo achieved the quarter-finals after finishing 3rd in Group B, but lost to ABC. In 2017, they failed to advance to the knockout stage after finishing 6th due to goal difference in Group B.

In the 2018 edition, Botafogo finished 1st in Group B and achieved promotion to Campeonato Brasileiro Série B after defeating Botafogo-PB in the penalty shootout at the quarter-finals. They lost to Cuiabá in the next round, as all the semifinalist were already promoted.

Current squad

As of 26 May 2019[1]

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 Rodrigo Viana
2 Brazil DF Lucas (on loan from Palmeiras)
3 Brazil DF Naylhor
4 Brazil DF Plínio
5 Brazil MF Willian Oliveira
6 Brazil DF Pará
7 Brazil MF Marlon Freitas (on loan from Fluminense)
8 Brazil MF Nádson
9 Brazil FW Bruno Moraes
10 Brazil MF Wellington Bruno
11 Brazil FW Júlio César (on loan from Chapecoense)
17 Brazil DF Vinícius Freitas (on loan from Chapecoense)
18 Brazil MF Higor Meritão (on loan from Associação Ferroviária)
19 Brazil FW Henan
20 Brazil GK João Vitor
22 Brazil MF Jonata Felipe
No. Position Player
25 Brazil MF Dodô
26 Brazil DF Luiz Otávio (on loan from Chapecoense)
28 Brazil FW Erick Luis
29 Brazil MF Luketa
32 Brazil DF Lucas Mendes
44 Brazil DF Matheus Ribeiro
46 Brazil DF Bruno José (on loan from Internacional)
53 Brazil DF Didi
66 Brazil DF Leonan (on loan from Atlético-MG)
74 Brazil DF Leandro Amaro
75 Brazil FW Gustavo Schutz
84 Brazil GK Tiago Cardoso
89 Brazil GK Darley (on loan from Tombense)
94 Brazil MF Murilo (on loan from Linense)
98 Brazil FW Felipe Saraiva (on loan from Ponte Preta)
99 Brazil FW Rafael Costa


  • The average number of players developed by Botafogo who played for the Brazilian team in World Cups is superior to the average number of players developed by big clubs, such as Palmeiras and Atlético Mineiro. Seven players were called -up: Tim (1938), Baldochi (1970), Sócrates (1982–1986), Raí (1994), Cicinho (2006) and Doni (2010).
  • Players Raí and Zé Mário were called up to the Brazilian soccer team while still playing for Botafogo. Zé Mário was a great player. The Brazilian national team doctors discovered he had a serious illness (leukemia). On June 8, 1977, he played in the Brazil and England friendly game at the Maracanã, and also played against São Paulo on June 12. Shortly afterward, he died. Zé Mario was one of the best players in the 1977 Botafogo team, getting the attention of Osvaldo Brandão, who was the coach of the Brazilian national team at the time. He certainly would have played the World Cup in Argentina in 1978 if he was alive. Botafogo fans still remembers him.

Botafogo-SP players who played for the Brazilian national team

Brazil Paulo Egídio Brazil Zé Mario
Brazil Baldocchi (Three times champion of the world in 1970) Brazil Geraldão
Brazil Sócrates Brazil Boiadeiro
Brazil Eurico Brazil Raí (Champion of the world in 1994)
Brazil Doni Brazil Leandro
Brazil Cicinho Brazil Diego Alves
Brazil Bordon Brazil Lucas
Brazil Paulo Cesar Camassuti Brazil Marquinhos (Brazil Under-17)
Brazil Tim Brazil Silva Batuta

Players of Brazil and other countries that played in the club

Paraguay Aguilera Brazil Mário Sérgio
Brazil Palinha Bolivia Pablo Escobar
Brazil Nélio Brazil Biro-Biro
Brazil Edson Abobrão Brazil Mauricinho
Brazil Chicão Equatorial Guinea André Neles
Brazil Ivan Brazil Dario Alegria
Brazil Polozzi Brazil Peu
Trinidad and Tobago Zé Luiz


Botafogo de Riberião Preto's stadium is Estádio Santa Cruz, inaugurated in 1968, with a maximum capacity of 50,000 people.


Botafogo de Ribeirão Preto's greatest rival is Comercial, which is also a Ribeirão Preto club. The derby between the two clubs is known as Come-Fogo.


  • Botafogo is the most supported club in its region, with about three million inhabitants, and a proven 68% (survey conducted by Sports Brunoro in 1998). It has the third largest private stadium in Brazil, "Santa Cruz", and the thirty-seventh in the world with a capacity of 50,000 people.
  • The club was the inspiration for the founding of the Botafogo of Cordinhã, Portugal in 1971. Besides adopting the name, the Portuguese club has a similar logo as Botafogo de Ribeirão Preto's and sport club Paulistinha city São Carlos, Brazil.
  • The fan club, Fiel Força Tricolor (or FFT), founded in 1992, has one of the largest flags in Brazil, and the eighth largest in the world, measuring 135x33 meters, 90% painted. In 2008, the FFT participated in the carnival parade as a block of Ribeirão Preto, celebrating the 90th anniversary of the founding of Botafogo. The current president of the FFT is Andrew Trinity fans.
  • In 2009, there is more of a fan club Botafogo FC Called Youth Force, the new group of fans will be present at all club games. Founded by former president of Tri Márcio True Terror Force, the Youth Force comes as a further incentive to the club, always striving for peace in stages.


The panther has as main features the strength and flexibility in the animal world. In the football field, Botafogo won the nickname "Pantera da Mogiana (Mogiana's Panther)" after beating clubs from that region of São Paulo state. They won the Campeonato do Interior in 1927, making justice to the club's nickname.


State competitions

Brazilian Championships

International tournaments

  • Argentina Sesquicentenário da Argentina: 1972
  • Argentina Torneio Internacional da Argentina: 4 times — 1962, 1969, 1971, 1972
  • Argentina Liga Desportiva da Argentina: 1984
  • Guatemala Pentagonal of Guatemala: 1966
  • Costa Rica Torneio Carmencita Granados in Costa Rica: 1984
  • Costa Rica Copa Damian Castillo Duran in Costa Rica: 1982

State tournaments

  • São Paulo (state) Taça dos Invictos: 1956 — 19 games unbeaten
  • São Paulo (state) Vicente Feola: 1976
  • São Paulo (state) Taça do Centenário de Ribeirão Preto: 1956

Featured competitions

CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation) Ranking


  • Luiz Pereira 2010/2011
  • Virgílio Pires Martins 2008/2009
  • Luiz Pereira 2006/2007
  • Walcris da Silva 2002/2005
  • Luiz Carlos Bianchi 2002
  • Ricardo Christiano Ribeiro 1998/2001
  • Laerte Alvez (1994–1997)
  • José Antonio Montefeltro 1990/1993
  • Osvaldo Silva 1986/1989
  • Faustino Jarruche 1984/1985
  • Miguel Mauad Neto 1982/1983
  • Benedito Sciência da Silva 1980/1981
  • Atílio Benedini Neto 1976/1979
  • Faustino Jarruche 1974/1975
  • Ricardo Christiano Ribeiro 1972/1973
  • Walter Strambi 1970/1971
  • Osvaldo Silva 1969
  • Farjala Moisés/Osvaldo Silva 1968
  • Francisco Oranges 1967
  • Waldomiro da Silva 1956/1966
  • João Rucian Ruiz 1955
  • Costábile Romano 1953/1954
  • Luiz Manoel Marinho 1952
  • Costábile Romano 1949/1951
  • Osvaldo de Abreu Sampaio/Durvalino Cened 1948
  • Domingos Baptista Spinelli 1947
  • José Elias de Almeida 1944/1946
  • Arthur Fernandes de Oliveira 1942/1943
  • Mario Marques 1941
  • Adelmo Silva 1940
  • Francisco Prata 1939
  • Edison Dutra Barroso 1938
  • Adriano dos Santos 1937
  • Luiz Pereira 1936
  • José de Magalhães 1935
  • Adriano dos Santos 1934
  • Francisco Prata 1931/1933
  • Antonio Augusto da Silva 1929/1930
  • Adriano dos Santos 1925/1928
  • Francisco Prata 1924
  • Alvino Grotax 1922/1923
  • José Novas 1920/1921
  • Pedro Aguiar / Egydio Cabral 1919
  • Joaquim Gagliano 1918


  1. ^ "Numeração do Tricolor Para a Série b Está Definida" (in Portuguese). Botafogo Futebol Clube (SP) Official Site. Retrieved May 1, 2019.

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