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Fluminense FC

Fluminense
Fluminense fc logo.svg
Full nameFluminense Football Club
Nickname(s)Tricolor
Flu
Fluzão (Big Flu)
Nense
Pó de Arroz (Rice Powder)
Time de Guerreiros (Team of Warriors)
Fluzudo
Founded21 July 1902; 118 years ago (1902-07-21)
StadiumMaracanã
Capacity78,639[1]
PresidentMário Bittencourt
Head coachOdair Hellmann
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Carioca
2019
2020
Série A, 14th
Carioca, 2nd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Fluminense Football Club (Brazilian Portuguese: [flumi'n?si 'fut?ibow kl?b]), known simply as Fluminense, is a Brazilian sports club best known for its professional football team that competes in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the first tier of Brazilian football and the Campeonato Carioca, the state league of Rio de Janeiro. The club is based in the neighbourhood of Laranjeiras, in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

The club was founded on 21 July 1902 and Oscar Cox was its first elected president[]. Fluminense have since been crowned national champions four times, most recently in the 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the team have also won the 2007 Copa do Brasil, the 1999 Campeonato Brasileiro Série C and the 1952 edition of Copa Rio (or Copa Rio Internacional). Its best international performances are a second place at the 2008 Copa Libertadores and a second place at the 2009 Copa Sudamericana. In 1949, Fluminense became the first football club to receive the Olympic Cup, awarded annually by the International Olympic Committee to an institution or association with a record of merit and integrity in actively developing the Olympic Movement.

Fluminense is a demonym for people indigenous to the state of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. Although football was its original endeavour, the club is today an umbrella organisation for several teams in more than 16 different sport activities.[]

Fluminense's traditional home kit consists of garnet, white and green vertical striped shirts, white shorts and white socks, an outfit which has been in use since 1920.[] Umbro is the current kit manufacturer.

The club holds several long-standing rivalries with other clubs, most notably with Flamengo (Clássico Fla-Flu), as well as with Botafogo (Clássico Vovô) and Vasco da Gama (Clássico dos Gigantes).

The club was the birthplace of the Brazil national football team, where the canarinhos have played their first ever match, scored their first ever goal and lifted their first ever trophy.[] It has contributed the fifth-most players to the national team among all Brazilian clubs.[2]

History

Fluminense Football Club was founded on 21 July 1902 in the neighbourhood of Flamengo in the city of Rio de Janeiro by a group of young football enthusiasts led by Oscar Cox, a Brazilian of English descent whom had come into contact with the sport whilst studying in Europe.[3]

Oscar Cox, founder of Fluminense

The first official match was played against now defunct Rio Football Club, and Fluminense won 8-0.[4] The club's first title came in 1906, when Fluminense won the Campeonato Carioca.[4]


In 1911, disagreement between Fluminense players led to the formation of Flamengo's football team.[4] The so-called Fla-Flu derby is considered one of the biggest in the history of Brazilian football.[5] Three years later, in Fluminense's stadium, the Brazil national football team debuted, against touring English club Exeter City.[4] It was also there that they won their debut title, in 1919.[6]

By 1922, Fluminense had 4,000 members, a stadium for 25,000 people, and facilities that impressed clubs in Europe.[7]

The team that won its first Campeonato Carioca, in 1906
Preguinho, a Fluminense notable player

The following years saw an expansion of the club's hegemony in Rio. Fluminense would remain unsurpassed in terms of state championships until 2009.[8] International acclaim came in 1949 with the awarding of the Olympic Cup, and was further fostered in 1952 with Fluminense's World-wide honour, the Copa Rio. The club established itself regionally with victory in two Torneio Rio-São Paulo cups in 1957 and 1960.[4] National honors followed in 1970, 1984, 2010 and 2012 with Taça de Prata and Série A cups, respectively,[4] also taking the Cup in Brazil in 2007 and the Brasileirão Série C in 1999.

From the 1950s, with the creation of the Rio-São Paulo Tournament, the forerunner of what eventually would become the national championship, Fluminense established itself regionally by winning the tournament title in the years of 1957 and 1960.

From the 1960s, the first national championships began to be played in Brazil. Fluminense's first national title came in 1970; at that time, Brazil had the best players in world football, and all of them played in Brazilian clubs. Although its squad was not counted among the main contenders of the season in Brazil, Fluminense won the Brazilian championship and surpassed the great strengths of the time in Santos, Palmeiras and Cruzeiro.

Stained glass windows in Fluminense's headquarters

In the 1970s, Fluminense signed several famous players like Roberto Rivellino. This time, called "maquina tricolor", they won the state championship in the years of 1975 and 1976. In the national championship, Fluminense lost in the semifinal matches to Internacional in 1975 and Corinthians in 1976.

Fluminense again became Brazilian champions in 1984. This time, they won the state Championship in the years of 1983, 1984 and 1985 with players like Romerito, Ricardo Gomes, Deley, and the "Casal Vinte": Assis and Washington.

At the end of the 1980s, Copa do Brasil was created, inspired by the Cup tournaments played in European countries. Fluminense reached the final of the Copa do Brasil for the first time in 1992, but lost to Internacional de Porto Alegre.

A disastrous campaign led to the club's relegation from Brasileirão Série A in 1996. A set of off-field political manoeuvres, however, not performed by Fluminense, allowed Fluminense to remain in Brazil's top domestic league,[9] only to be relegated the next year.[10] Completely out of control the club was relegated from Série B to Série C in 1998.[11] In 1999, Fluminense won the Série C championship and were to be promoted to Série B when they were invited to take part in Copa João Havelange,[12] a championship that replaced the traditional Série A in 2000. In 2001, it was decided that all clubs which took part in Copa João Havelange's so-called Blue Group should be kept in Série A.[13]

In 2002, 2005 and 2012, Fluminense won the Campeonato Carioca again. In 2005 Fluminense reached the final of the Copa do Brasil again, but lost to Paulista Futebol Clube.

In 2007, Fluminense won the Copa do Brasil, after beating Figueirense in the final, and was admitted to the Copa Libertadores again after 23 years.[4][14] The club's campaign saw them reach the final and included remarkable matches against Arsenal de Sarandí, São Paulo and Boca Juniors.[15][16][17] Fluminense lost the final to LDU Quito in a penalty shootout.[18]

After signing 27 players and going through 5 different managers in 2009, Fluminense found themselves struggling to avoid another relegation from Série A.[19] With less than one-third of the championship left, the mathematical probability of the club's relegation was 98%.[20] At this point, manager Cuca decided to dispense with some of the more experienced players and gave Fluminense's youngsters a chance.[21] That, along with Fred's recovery from a serious injury and substantial support from the fans, allowed not only a sensational escape from relegation, but also placed Fluminense in the final of the Copa Sudamericana.[22][23] For the second year in a row, the club contested a continental cup. In a repeat of the previous year's Copa Libertadores, Fluminense lost the final to LDU Quito.[24]

The Flu players before playing the 2008 Copa Libertadores final match

In 2010, Fluminense won the Brazilian championship for the third time in their history, marking their third national championship after 1970 and 1984. It was also the fourth title for coach Muricy Ramalho in a decade: Ramalho had won the title three times in a row with São Paulo from 2006 to 2008. Darío Conca was named the Brazilian Championship's Player of the Season, while Fred and Washington were decisive players in Fluminense's winning campaign.

On 23 May 2012, Fluminense lost the semifinal qualification match to Boca Juniors from Argentina, for the continental club football cup, Copa Libertadores.[25] Later that year, on 11 November, they won their fourth Brazilian championship after defeating the near-relegated Palmeiras 3-2.[26] Fluminense won the Série A for the fourth time on 11 November 2012.[27]

In December 2013, a draw with Bahia in the last round of the 2013 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A had Fluminense mathematically relegated to Série B. However, irregular lineups by Portuguesa and Fluminense's main rivals Flamengo in their matches against Grêmio and Cruzeiro respectively caused both teams to lose 4 points after a trial in STJD (Brazil's governing football jury). That allowed Fluminense to stay in Série A, with Portuguesa being relegated instead and Flamengo ending the championship as the last non-relegated club.

Performance

Rio-São Paulo Tournament in the Fluminense Trophy Room
Ball used in the first ever match of the Brazi national team at Fluminense
Fluminense shirt (2017-19)

Fluminense have taken part in 47 of the 49 official Serie A championships organized in Brazil since 1971.[28]

Year Position Participants Year Position Participants
1971 16 20 1981 11 44
1972 14 26 1982 5 44
1973 23 40 1983 18 44
1974 24 40 1984 1 41
1975 3 42 1985 22 44
1976 4 54 1986 6 48
1977 26 62 1987 7 16
1978 22 74 1988 3 24
1979 52 94 1989 15 22
1980 11 44 1990 15 20
Year Position Participants Year Position Participants
1991 4 20 2001 3 28
1992 14 20 2002 4 26
1993 28 32 2003 19 24
1994 15 24 2004 9 24
1995 4 24 2005 5 22
1996 23Decrease 24 2006 15 20
1997 25Decrease 26 2007 4 20
1998 Série B Decrease 2008 14 20
1999 Série C Increase 2009 16 20
2000 3 25 2010 1 20
Year Position Participants Year Position Participants
2011 3 20 2018 12 20
2012 1 20 2019 14 20
2013 15 20
2014 6 20
2015 13 20
2016 13 20
2017 14 20

Records

Fluminense fans display a luminous mosaic in Maracanã.
Fans of Fluminense at the Maracanã

Highest attendances - Maracanã[29]

¹: 177,656 paying, a record for persons present at Maracanã stadium.

Highest average attendance at public competition for Fluminense

  • Largest average attendance in the Copa Libertadores (RJ): 52,801 (49,011 paying, 2008)
  • Largest average attendance in the Copa Sudamericana (RJ): 29,357 (27,318 paying, 2009)
  • Largest average attendance in international tournaments (RJ): 48,797 (37,541 paying, Copa Rio, 1952)
  • Largest average attendance in national championships (RJ): 43,541 paying (1976)
  • Largest average attendance in the Tournament Roberto Gomes Pedrosa (RJ): 40,408 paying (1970)
  • Largest average attendance in the Brazil Cup (RJ): 27,123 paying (2007)
  • Largest average attendance in the Rio-São Paulo Tournament (RJ): 33,018 paying (1960)
  • Largest average attendance in the state championship: 47,814 paying (1969, all stages)
  • Largest average attendance in the state championship in the Maracana Stadium: 93,560 paying (1969, 10 matches)

Support

Fluminense supporters in 2017

The supporters of Fluminense Football Club are usually related to the upper classes of Rio de Janeiro.[30] However, the popularity of the club reaches beyond the city limits. Recent polls have estimated the number of supporters to be between 1.3% and 3.7% of the Brazilian population.[31] Considering a population of 185 million people,[32] that would account for numbers between 2.73 and 6.84 million.

The best attendance ever observed in a match of Fluminense was registered on 15 December 1963 in a rally against Flamengo. On that day, an impressive number of 194,000 people showed up at Maracanã stadium.[33] This occasion remains as the stadium's record for a match between clubs.[34]

Notable supporters of Fluminense include composers Cartola and Chico Buarque,[35][36]FIFA president of honor João Havelange,[5] musician Ivan Lins,[37] poet and actor Mário Lago,[38] journalist and songwriter Nelson Motta,[39] dramatist, journalist and writer Nelson Rodrigues,[39]1970 FIFA World Cup winner Gérson, Paris Saint-Germain central defender Thiago Silva, Left-back legend Marcelo, former Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil, Silvio Santos, the owner of SBT, the second largest Brazilian television network,[40] and the Academy Award nominee Fernanda Montenegro.[41]

Honours

Some of the trophies won by Fluminense, exhibited at the club: (left): Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and Copa Brasil; (right) Copa Rio 1952
1999 Brasileirão Série C.
2016 Primeira Liga

National

Regional

Worldwide


State

Fluminense main derbies

  • Fla-Flu, also called Derby of Crowds ('Clássico das Multidões'),[42] played with Flamengo;
  • Giants' Derby ('Clássico dos Gigantes'); played with Vasco da Gama;
  • Grandpa Derby ('Clássico Vovô'), played with Botafogo. The name comes from being the two oldest practicing football clubs among the great clubs of Rio de Janeiro, and this is also the oldest classic in Brazil, because its first game was on October 22, 1905, friendly that the Fluminense won by 6-0.

According to the fluzao.info site, the average paying public at the principal classics of Fluminense played in the Estádio do Maracanã is 60,107 against Flamengo, 43,735 against Vasco, 34,359 against Botafogo, 25,127 against America and 22,527 against Bangu (1950-2010). These statistics could be about 20% higher, given the issues of the distribution of gratuities at Maracanã.[43]

Corinthians vs Fluminense, interstate derby

The derby against Corinthians is perhaps the most representative among the various confrontations with big Brazilian clubs played by Fluminense, given the fact that these clubs often intersect at decisive moments in their seasons.[44]

Statistics

Fluminense idols honored by the club (1902-2002)
Records.[45]

Players with most appearances

Top goalscorers

Waldo in Maracanã.

Coaches with most games

Coaches featured in the Club Trophy Room

Sponsors

Companies that Fluminense Football Club currently has sponsorship deals with include:

Players

Current squad

As of 30 September 2020[46]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW Brazil BRA Felippe Cardoso (on loan from Santos)
20 MF Brazil BRA Yago Felipe
21 DF Brazil BRA Igor Julião
25 MF Brazil BRA Hudson (on loan from São Paulo)
26 DF Brazil BRA Digão
27 GK Brazil BRA Muriel
30 MF Brazil BRA Miguel
31 DF Brazil BRA Calegari
33 DF Brazil BRA Nino
34 FW Brazil BRA Luiz Henrique
35 MF Brazil BRA André
40 DF Brazil BRA Luan
70 FW Brazil BRA Caio Paulista (on loan from Tombense)
77 MF Brazil BRA Nenê (vice-captain)

Reserve team

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
22 MF Brazil BRA Dodi
36 MF Brazil BRA Paulo Victor
37 MF Brazil BRA Gabriel Capixaba
38 FW Brazil BRA Matheus Pato
No. Pos. Nation Player
41 MF Brazil BRA Mateus Nascimento
42 DF Brazil BRA Wisney
44 DF Brazil BRA Higor
-- MF Brazil BRA Zé Ricardo

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
-- DF Brazil BRA Nathan Ribeiro (on loan at Coritiba until 31 December 2020)
-- DF Brazil BRA Reginaldo (on loan at CRB until 31 January 2021)
-- DF Brazil BRA Mascarenhas (on loan at Vitória de Guimarães until 30 June 2021)
-- DF Brazil BRA Marlon Xavier (on loan at Trabzonspor until 30 June 2021)
-- DF Brazil BRA Orinho (on loan at Oeste until 31 January 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
-- MF Brazil BRA Caio (on loan at Oeste until 31 January 2021)
-- FW Brazil BRA Pablo Dyego (on loan at CRB until 31 January 2021)
-- FW Brazil BRA Lucas Barcellos (on loan at Figueirense until 31 January 2021)
-- FW Brazil BRA Robinho (on loan at Bashundhara Kings until 30 June 2021)

First-team staff

As of 25 November 2020
Position Name Nationality
Head coach Odair Hellmann  Brazilian
Assistant coaches Edevaldo de Freitas  Brazilian
Daniel Cerqueira  Brazilian
Marcão  Brazilian
Technical assistant Marco Salgado  Brazilian
Fitness coaches Marcos Seixas  Brazilian
Marcelo Chirol  Brazilian
Gabriel Pinho  Brazilian
Goalkeeper coaches André Carvalho  Brazilian
João Carlos Gonçalves  Brazilian

Head coaches

See also

Notes

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