|Full name||Esporte Clube Santo André|
|Nickname(s)||Ramalhão ("Big Ramalho”, João Ramalho's nickname)|
|Founded||September 18, 1967|
|Ground||Bruno José Daniel, Santo André|
|President||Jairo Aparecido Livólis|
|Head coach||Fernando Marchiori|
|Série A-1, 16th (relegated) |
Copa Paulista, ongoing
Santo André greatest rival is São Caetano, the other team in ABC region. The club's mascot name is Ramalhão ("Big Ramalho") after the bandeirante João Ramalho. João Ramalho founded the city of Santo André in 1553.
Santo André was founded on September 18, 1967, by people that wanted to have a team in their city representing the professional football of the Municipality.
The first Santo André directorship was elected on October 4, 1967, and was composed by the following members: Newton Brandão, the President; Wigand dos Santos, Antonio Ferreira dos Santos and Hildebrando Mota Carneiro, the vice-presidents; Nelson Cerchiari and Durval Daniel, secretaries; Matheus Guimarães Jr. and João Manha, the treasurers.
The first official match of the club took place on April 8, 1968, at Américo Guazzelli stadium in a friendly match against Santos. Pelé did not play, but watched the game and participated in the festivities. Santo André won 2 - 1.
In 1984 Santo André were invited to play in Série A based on their State Championship performance. The team reached the third round (ranked 10th overall), but were not invited to compete the following year as the criteria changed.
In 2004, Santo André won their first national title when they defeated Flamengo in the Copa do Brasil final, gaining the right to compete in the following year's Copa Libertadores de América. Their first season in Série B was over before it started as the team was docked 12 points for playing an ineligible player. This meant at the time of the Copa do Brasil success their point tally on the local tournament was negative. The team recovered to comfortably avoid relegation.
In 2008 Santo André were runners-up to Corinthians in the Série B and thus earned promotion to Série A. After a hard-fought campaign Santo André were relegated back to Série B on the last day of the season.
The 2010 Paulista State Championship proved to be a highly successful campaign. The team finished second in the table behind Santos after a mid season seven match winning streak put them in a commanding position. In the playoffs Santo André overcame Grêmio Prudente, before facing the all conquering Santos team who had scored nearly 100 goals already in all competitions. The first game ended in a 3-2 victory for Santos despite Santo André having a man sent off. The second match on May 2, 2010, proved to be an epic encounter as Santo André leveled the tie in the first minute, before being pegged back. A thrilling game finally ended 3-2 to Santo André (5-5 on aggregate) and saw three red cards given to Santos, and one to Santo André. Despite hitting the post twice, Santo André could not break down a professional Santos rear guard action. Santos thus won the title due to their superior overall record.
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Santo André's stadium is Estádio Bruno José Daniel, inaugurated in 1969, with a maximum capacity of 18,000 people.
|Novo Horizonte (GO)||0 - 5||Santo André|
|Santo André||3 - 0||Atlético Mineiro|
|Atlético Mineiro||2 - 0||Santo André|
|Guarani||1 - 1||Santo André|
|Santo André||0 - 0||Guarani|
|Santo André||3 - 3||Palmeiras|
|Palmeiras||4 - 4||Santo André|
|Santo André||3 - 4||15 de Novembro|
|15 de Novembro||1 - 3||Santo André|
|Santo André||2 - 2||Flamengo|
|Flamengo||0 - 2||Santo André|