Associação Atlética Ponte Preta

Associação Atlética Ponte Preta

Football club infobox
clubname = Ponte Preta

fullname = Associação Atlética Ponte Preta
nickname = "Macaca (female Monkey)"
founded = 1900
ground = Estádio Moisés Lucarelli,
Campinas, Brazil
capacity = 19,722 | chairman = Sérgio Carnielli
manager = Sergio Guedes
mgrtitle = Head Coach
league = Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
season = 2007
position = Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, 11th

Ponte Preta is a Brazilian football club located in Campinas, São Paulo. Ponte Preta is also known as Macaca. Ponte Preta's supporters are known as "pontepretanos".

Its biggest rival is from the same city: Guarani. The games between Ponte Preta and Guarani are known as "derby" ("dérbi" in Portuguese).


Ponte Preta was founded on August 11, 1900 by Colégio Culto à Ciência students Miguel do Carmo (nicknamed "Migué"), Luiz Garibaldi Burghi, (nicknamed "Gigette") and Antonio de Oliveira (nicknamed "Tonico Campeão"). Ponte Preta's first president was Pedro Vieira da Silva.

Ponte Preta lost the Campeonato Paulista final to Corinthians in 1977 in a controversial game that ended in a 2-1 final score. Rui Rey, an important piece of the Ponte Preta team, was shown a red card early in the game for no apparent reason. Ponte Preta were considered the favorites for the championship that year.


*Copa São Paulo de Juniores: 1981, 1982
*Campeonato Paulista Série A2: 1969

Titles timeline


Ponte Preta's stadium is Estádio Moisés Lucarelli, built in 1948, with a maximum capacity of 19,722 people. Its nickname is "Majestoso", meaning the "Majestic One" because it was the third largest stadium in Brazil at the time of its inauguration.


*Ponte Preta is one of the oldest football teams established in Brazil still in activity, founded on August 11, 1900, the oldest being Sport Club Rio Grande, of Rio Grande do Sul ref|cbfnews.
*Pelé's last match in Brazil was against Ponte Preta. On September 2, 1974, at Vila Belmiro stadium, Santos defeated Ponte Preta 2-0.
*In the club's stadium entrance hall there is a bust of the founder, Moisés Lucarelli (after whom the venue is named) facing the outside. In 2000, after a long series of defeats some superstitious fans argued that the founder "ought to see" the team playing and the bust was rotated 180º. As the team's performance did not improve noticeably, the statue was put back in its original position.
*The name Ponte Preta means Black Bridge, because the club was founded close to a black painted wood bridge.
*The club's mascot is a female monkey ("Macaca") wearing Ponte Preta's home kit. It was initially intended as a derogatory term, reflecting the racism against the club (one of the first Brazilian teams to accept blacks, having been even refused participation in championships due to this). This co-option of a derogatory term as team mascot was copied by Palmeiras fans, who adopted the pig as their mascot instead of taking offence from it.
*There is a Norwegian futsal club named after Ponte Preta [] .

Famous players

* Dicá, skilful midfielder and excellent at dead-ball situations, considered the biggest player ever of Ponte history
* Carlos, Brazilian goalkeeper at World Cup 1978, 1982 e 1986
* Oscar, Brazilian defender at World Cup 1978, 1982 and 1986
* Polozzi, Brazilian defender at World Cup 1978
* Juninho Fonseca, Brazilian defender at World Cup 1982
* Valdir Peres, Brazilian goalkeeper at World Cup 1974, 1978 and 1982
* Washington, Brazilian striker at Confederations Cup 2001, top scorer of Paulista Championship 2001, Brazilian Cup 2001 and Campeonato Brasileiro 2004

Other Ponte Preta players capped by the Brazilian national team

*Main squad: André Cruz, Fábio Luciano, Mineiro and Luís Fabiano
*Olympics, U-21: João Brigatti, Gabriel, Claudinho, Alexandre Negri

=Placar magazine's Silver Ball Prize winners while playing on Ponte Preta=

*1977 - Oscar and Polozzi (defenders)
*1978 - Odirlei (left back)
*1980 - Carlos (goalkeeper)
*1981 - Zé Mario (defensive midfielder)
*1982 - Carlos (goalkeeper) and Juninho (defender)
*2000 - Mineiro (defensive midfielder)

Other notable players


Ponte Preta had one of the most powerful teams in the history of Brazilian female Basketball during the early 1990s, winning the World Club Championship ref|basquete.

Current squad

Technical staff

*Jose Luis Carbone – Football Manager
*Sergio Guedes – Head Coach
*Carlos Roberto Gallo – Goalkeeping Coach
*Rui Palomo – Fitness Coaches
*Ricardo Garcia Sandoval – Physiotherapists
*Marcus Vinícius Braga do Espírito Santo – Masseur



* João Marcos "from" flagicon|Brazil Marília Loan
* Émerson Carvalho "from" flagicon|Brazil Paraná
* Finazzi "from" flagicon|Brazil Fortaleza
* Zacarias "from" flagicon|Brazil Mineiros-GO Loan
* André Cunha "from" flagicon|Brazil Palmeiras Loan
* Fernando "from" flagicon|Brazil Caxias Loan
* Julian "from" flagicon|Brazil Rio Preto Loan
* Anderson "from" flagicon|Brazil Coritiba
* Anderson Luiz "from" flagicon|Brazil Londrina
* Castor "from" flagicon|Brazil Gama
* Pingo "from" flagicon|Japan Cerezo Osaka
* Héverton "from" flagicon|Turkey Ankaragücü
* Ismael "from" flagicon|Brazil São Raimundo
* Johnathan "from" flagicon|Brazil Goiânia
* Rafael Fusca "from" flagicon|Brazil Taquaritinga
* Alex Terra "from" flagicon|Brazil Fluminense Loan


* Jean "to" flagicon|Brazil Corinthians
* Nei "to" flagicon|Brazil Atlético-PR
* Iran "to" flagicon|Brazil Botafogo
* Luís Mario "to" flagicon|Brazil Botafogo
* Izaías "to" flagicon|Brazil Sertãozinho
* Almir "to" flagicon|Brazil Botafogo Loan Return
* Da Silva "to" flagicon|Brazil Madureira Loan Return
* Jean Carlos "to" flagicon|Brazil São Caetano Loan Return
* Juliano "to" flagicon|Brazil Criciúma Loan Return
* Ricardinho "to" flagicon|Brazil Atlético-PR Loan Return
* Thiago Matias "to" flagicon|Brazil Palmeiras Loan Return
* Vélber "to" flagicon|Brazil São Paulo Loan Return
* Danilo Sacramento Released
* Emerson "to" flagicon|Spain Murcia
* Fábio Baiano "to" flagicon|Brazil Paysandu
* Luciano Baiano "to" flagicon|Brazil Bahia
* Luís Carlos "to" flagicon|Brazil Ceará
* Marco Brito "to" flagicon|Brazil América-RJ
* Mossoró Released
* Paulo Rodrigues "to" flagicon|Brazil Boavista-RJ
* Pituca Released
* Preto Released
* Rafael Santos "to" flagicon|Brazil Internacional
* Régis "to" flagicon|Brazil Coritiba
* Tuto "to" flagicon|Israel Beitar Jerusalem
* Adauto "to" flagicon|Brazil Santa Cruz


# [ CBF Official Website]
# [ Ponte Preta Official Website]
#"O Início de uma Paixão: a fundação e os primeiros anos da Associação Atlética Ponte Preta", José Moraes dos Santos Neto, Editora Komedi, 2000
#"História da Associação Atlética Ponte Preta, em sete volumes: 1900-2000", Sérgio Rossi, R. Vieira Gráfica, 2001

External links

* [ Official Site]

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