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América Football Club
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Confederation:

CONMEBOL

League:

Flag of Brazil Campeonato Brasileiro Série A

Game debut:

FIFA Soccer 95

America Football Club, or America-RJ as it is usually called, is a Brazilian football club from Rio de Janeiro in Rio de Janeiro state, which was founded on September 18, 1904. The club competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A several times, winning the state championship seven times. The club's home stadium is the Estádio Giulite Coutinho, which has a capacity of 16,000. They play in red shirts, white shorts and red socks. The biggest rival of the club is Bangu. The football anthem composer Lamartine Babo was a supporter of America. America's mascot is a devil. America also sponsors a beach American football team, the America Red Lions.

On September 18, 1904, Alberto Koltzbucher, Alfredo Guilherme Koehler, Alfredo Mohrsted, Gustavo Bruno Mohrsted, Henrique Mohrsted, Jayme Faria Machado and Oswaldo Mohrsted founded America Football Club. In 1905, America, together with Bangu, Botafogo, Petrópolis, Fluminense and Futebol Atlético Clube founded Liga de Football do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro Football League), which was the first football federation of Rio de Janeiro. In 1913, the club won the state championship for the first time. For the 1971 season, the club competed in the national Championship's first edition, finishing in 11th place. The yellow star just above their emblem represents their win in the Tournament of the Champions (Torneio dos Campeões) in 1982, which was a tournament organized by CBF to serve as a preview to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A tournament. Flamengo declined the invitation so America, the team with the best record after the selected teams, was invited to fill the spot. America won the tournament by beating Guarani in overtime at Maracanã stadium. In 2006, America was the runner-up of Taça Guanabara. America played the final against Botafogo. In 2008, America suffered a major blow by being relegated to the Second Division of the Campeonato Carioca. However, they won the Second Division in 2009, thus being promoted to the first level in 2010. However, the club were relegated again in 2011 and continues playing the Second Division in 2015, returns to the elite of the Campeonato Carioca after five years vying for the Serie B, after beating the Americano.

HonorsEdit

National
Campetition Titles Seasons
Flag of Brazil Torneio dos Campeões 1 1982
Regionals
Campetition Titles Seasons
Flag of Brazil Taça Ioduran 1 1917
Flag of Brazil Taça Brasil - Zona Sul 1 1961
State
Campetition Titles Seasons
Flag of Brazil Campeonato Carioca 7 1913, 1916, 1922, 1928, 1931, 1935 and 1960
Flag of Brazil Campeonato Carioca – Série B 2 2009, 2015
Flag of Brazil Taça Guanabara 1 1974
Flag of Brazil Taça Rio 1 1982
Flag of Brazil Torneio Início 1 1949
Flag of Brazil Troféu João Ellis Filho 1 2010

Other state titlesEdit

  • Third Stage of the Campeonato Carioca: 1955
  • Taça Jayme de Carvalho: 1976
  • Rio de Janeiro Extra Tournmanent: 1938 and 1952
  • Torneio Relâmpago: 1945
  • Taça Eficiência: 1936
  • Taça Disciplina: 1947, 1949, 1965, 1969, 1970 and 1983
  • Taça Fernando Loretti Jr. de Aspirantes: 1944
  • Torneio Ary Barroso (mixed teams): 1965.

International tournamentsEdit

  • Flag of Peru Imprensa Peruana:(1955)
  • Flag of Colombia Quadrangular Sultana Del Valle:(1961)
  • Flag of Colombia Quadrangular de Medellín:(1961)
  • Flag of the United States International Soccer League II(1962)
  • Flag of Brazil Torneio Internacional Negrão de Lima:(1967)
  • Flag of Angola Taça TAP:(1973)
  • Flag of Spain Torneio Costa Dourada – Terragona:(1983)

National tournamentsEdit

  • Flag of BrazilTorneio Quadrangular Presidente Costa e Silva: 1(1968)
  • Flag of Brazil Torneio Luís Viana Filho: 1(1968)
Women's team
  • Campeonato Carioca de Futebol Feminino runneers-up: 2007

Top goalscoresEdit

  • Luisinho Lemos : 311
  • Edu : 212
  • Maneco : 187
  • Plácido: 167
  • Carola : 158
  • Chiquinho : 102

Highest attendancesEdit

  • America 1–4 Flamengo, 147.661(139,599 people seated), April 4, 1956
  • America 0–2 Fluminense, 141,689 (120,178 people seated), June 9, 1968
  • America 1–2 Vasco, 121,765 (104,775 people seated), January 28, 1951
  • America 1–0 Flamengo, 104,532, April 25, 1976
  • America 5–1 Flamengo, 102,002 (94,516 people seated), April 1, 1956
  • America 2–1 Bonsucesso, 101.363, July 25, 1973
  • America 2–0 Fluminense, 100,635 (92,516 people seated), March 17, 1956
  • America 2–1 Fluminense, 98,099, December 18, 1960
  • America 1–0 Fluminense, 97,681, September 22, 1974
  • America 0–1 Fluminense, 96,035, April 27, 1975
  • America 4–2 Benfica (POR), 94,642 (87,686 people seated), July 3, 1955
  • America 1–1 Flamengo, 93,393, May 19, 1969

MascotEdit

One controversial aspect of the club is the official mascot: the Diabo (devil), depicted as a red demon complete with horns, pointy beard, curled moustache, a long fat arrow-pointed tail, hooved feet and a black cape. The club's old stadium was nicknamed Caldeirão do Diabo ("Devil's Cauldron"). In 2006 some of the club's fans, supported by then-manager Jorginho who is an Evangelical Christian, attempted to replace the diabo with a bald eagle, claiming that the devil was "unlucky". However, as the "diabo" is a traditional part of the club's story and with the original mascot the club conquered its greatest achievements and there was no change in the club's fortunes with the new mascot, the replacement was abandoned and it was considered that Jorginho's opinion was motivated by religious fanaticism.

Clubs named after AmericaEdit

America is the Brazilian club with the largest number of other clubs named after it, who copy even its symbols. Some of its clones include: America-RN, América of São José do Rio Preto, América of Três Rios, América of Amazonas, América Futebol Clube (Teófilo Otoni), América of Ceará.

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