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Ponte Preta
Associação Atlética Ponte Preta logo
Full name Associação Atlética Ponte Preta
Nickname(s) Ponte
Macaca (Female Monkey)
Alvinegra de Campinas (Campinas' White & Black)
A Veterana (The Veteran)
Founded August 11, 1900; 123 years ago (1900-08-11)
Stadium Moisés Lucarelli
Ground Capacity 19,722
President Sebastião Arcanjo (Tiãozinho)
Head coach Fabinho Moreno
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
Campeonato Paulista Série A2
Série B, 12th of 20
Paulista, 15th of 16 (relegated)
Fachada do Estádio Moisés Lucarelli
Estádio Moisés Lucarelli

Associação Atlética Ponte Preta (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐsosjɐˈsɐ̃w ɐˈtlɛtʃikɐ ˈpõtʃi ˈpɾetɐ]), commonly referred to as simply Ponte Preta, is a Brazilian association football club in Campinas, São Paulo. They currently play in the Série B, the second tier of Brazilian football, as well as in the Campeonato Paulista Série A2, the second tier of the São Paulo state football league.

Ponte Preta is also known as Macaca. Ponte Preta's biggest rival is from the same city, Guarani, against whom matches are known as derby campineiro (dérbi campineiro in Portuguese). They are known as "pontepretanos". Ponte Preta is the second oldest football team established in Brazil still in activity, founded on August 11, 1900, the oldest being Sport Club Rio Grande, of Rio Grande do Sul.


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"), nearby a black painted wood railroad bridge, so the name Ponte Preta (which means "black bridge", in English). Ponte Preta's first president was Pedro Vieira da Silva.

The team's history is directly intertwined with the railroad business that was flourishing in its city of Campinas. Most of the people involved with the foundation of the team were residents of the working-class neighbourhood by the railroad. One of the team's first nicknames was the "Train of August 11th". Ponte's stadium, the Estádio Moisés Lucarelli, is located right by the railroad in a way where it is possible to see it when inside the stadium, and according to the fans, when the train passes by during a game, it is a sign of good luck to come for the team.

Ponte Preta is recognized, by FIFA, as one of the first teams in the Americas to accept black players, since its foundation in 1900. The club claims to be the first football team ever to have a black player in their roster, that player being the before mentioned Miguel do Carmo, who was part of their first squad. It is also the first countryside team to play a national competition, in 1970.

Pelé's last match in Brazil was against Ponte Preta. On September 2, 1974, at Vila Belmiro stadium, Santos defeated Ponte Preta 2–0.

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. Ponte Preta were considered the favorites for the championship that year.

On November 27, 2013, at the Romildo Ferreira stadium, Ponte Preta reached the 2013 Sudamericana final by defeating São Paulo (4–2 on aggregate) in the semi finals. It was a historical time for the club, which was playing its first international cup. The final was against Lanús, a Traditional Argentine team, with Ponte Preta finishing as runner up.


Copa Sudamericana:

  • Runners-up (1): 2013

Campeonato Brasileiro Série B:

  • Runners-up (2): 1997, 2014

Campeonato Paulista do Interior:

  • Winners (4): 2009, 2013, 2015, 2018

Campeonato Paulista Série A2:

  • Winners (3): 1927 (LAF Interior), 1933 (APEA Campinas), 1969

Copa São Paulo de Juniores:

  • Winners (2): 1981, 1982

Achievements time line

  • 1912: Champions – Liga Campineira de Futebol
  • 1928: Champions – Campeonato Paulista da Divisão Principal – 2º quadro (L.A.F.)
  • 1929: Champions – Campeonato Paulista da Divisão Principal – 2º quadro (L.A.F.)
  • 1951: Champions – State Amateur Championship (45 games unbeaten)
  • 1969: Champions – Campeonato Paulista – Divisão de Accesso
  • 1970: Runner-up Campeonato Paulista
  • 1977: Runner-up Campeonato Paulista
  • 1979: Runner-up Campeonato Paulista
  • 1981: Champions – Campeonato Paulista Championship First Stage
  • 1981: Runner-up – Campeonato Paulista
  • 1981: Third placed – Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
  • 1981: Champions – Copa São Paulo de Juniores
  • 1982: Champions – Copa São Paulo de Juniores
  • 1991: Champions – Campeonato Paulista de Aspirantes
  • 1992: Runner-up Campeonato Paulista – Série A2
  • 1995: Runner-up Copa São Paulo de Juniores
  • 1997: Runner-up – Brazilian Championship – Série B
  • 1998: Runner-up Copa São Paulo de Juniores
  • 1999: Runner-up – Campeonato Paulista Série A2
  • 2001: Third placed – Copa do Brasil
  • 2008: Runner-up – Campeonato Paulista
  • 2009: Champions – Campeonato Paulista do Interior
  • 2013: Champions – Campeonato Paulista do Interior
  • 2013: Runner-up – Copa Sudamericana
  • 2014: Runner-up – Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
  • 2015: Champions – Campeonato Paulista do Interior
  • 2017: Runner-up – Campeonato Paulista


Ponte Preta's stadium is Estádio Moisés Lucarelli, also known as "Majestoso", or "Estádio Majestoso" (Portuguese for Majestic Stadium), built in 1948, by its own fan's material and work.

Its maximum capacity is of 19,722 people, nowadays. The biggest public in it was in a State's Championship in 1970, against Santos, with an official public of 33,000, but it is said that there were about 40,000 people, as the gates were broken down.

Its nickname is "Majestoso", meaning the "Majestic One" because it was the third largest stadium in Brazil at the time of its inauguration (only smaller than Pacaembu, in São Paulo and São Januário, in Rio de Janeiro).

In Majestoso's entrance hall there is a bust of the stadium's 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 180 degrees. As the team's performance did not improve noticeably, the statue was put back in its original position.


Ponte Preta supporters are known as "pontepretanos". A club from Maceió, Alagoas, adopted a similar name and colors as the Campinas club. There is a Norwegian futsal club named after Ponte Preta.


Associação Atlética Ponte Preta's biggest rival is from the same city: Guarani. The games between Ponte Preta and Guarani, known as derby (dérbi in Portuguese), are usually preceded by a week of tension, provocations and also fights in the city of Campinas.

It is a centenary rivalry (the first being held on March 24, 1912), the greatest in Brazil's countryside and one of the most intense in the whole country.


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) and its fans. 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 offense from it, and other teams.

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

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


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 twice.

Current squad

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Ygor Vinhas
2 Brazil DF Norberto
3 Brazil DF Thiago Lopes
4 Brazil DF Fabrício
5 Brazil MF Léo Naldi
6 Brazil DF Guilherme Santos
7 Brazil MF Moisés Ribeiro
8 Brazil MF Wesley
9 Brazil FW Danilo Gomes (on loan from São Paulo)
10 Brazil FW Lucca
11 Brazil FW Pedro Júnior
12 Brazil GK Caíque França
13 Brazil DF Bernardo (on loan from Ferroviária)
14 Brazil DF Léo Santos
15 Brazil DF Artur
16 Brazil FW Ramires (on loan from Audax)
18 Brazil FW Leandrinho
19 Brazil MF Felipe Amaral
20 Brazil MF Fessin
21 Brazil MF Marcos Júnior
22 Brazil DF Igor Formiga
No. Position Player
23 Brazil MF Gabriel Venâncio
25 Brazil MF Wallisson Luiz (on loan from Athletic)
26 Brazil DF Jean Carlos
27 Brazil DF Fábio Sanches
29 Brazil FW Echaporã (on loan from Atlético Mineiro)
30 Brazil GK Luan
31 Brazil FW Douglas Santos
32 Brazil MF Wesley Fraga
34 Brazil FW Luiz Fernando
39 Brazil DF Douglas Mendes
40 Brazil MF Ramon (on loan from Atlético Goianiense)
55 Brazil MF Matheus Anjos
98 Brazil MF Thalles
Brazil DF Júnior Tavares
Brazil MF Fabinho (on loan from Metalist 1925 Kharkiv)
Brazil MF João Pedro
Brazil FW Josiel (on loan from Cuiabá)
Brazil FW Pedrinho
Brazil FW Ribamar
Brazil MF Matheus Jesus (on loan from Corinthians)

Out on loan

No. Position Player
Brazil MF Danrley (on loan at Volta Redonda until 30 November 2022)

Head coaches

  • Brazil Abel Braga (January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2003)
  • Brazil Estevam Soares (January 2, 2004 – May 24, 2004)
  • Brazil Vadão (January 1, 2005 – May 22, 2005)
  • Brazil Zetti (August 2, 2005 – August 23, 2005)
  • Brazil Estevam Soares (August 26, 2005 – November 22, 2005)
  • Brazil Vadão (December 15, 2005 – May 29, 2006)
  • Brazil Marco Aurélio (May 19, 2006 – October 5, 2006)
  • Brazil Nelsinho Baptista (January 30, 2007 – September 23, 2007)
  • Brazil Paulo Comelli (September 24, 2007 – December 3, 2007)
  • Brazil Sérgio Guedes (2008)
  • Brazil Paulo Bonamigo (June 11, 2008 – September 27, 2008)
  • Brazil Vágner Benazzi (October 1, 2008 – December 4, 2008)
  • Brazil Sérgio Soares (December 4, 2008–11 March 22, 2009)
  • Brazil Marco Aurélio (March 9, 2009 – May 25, 2009)
  • Brazil Pintado (May 25, 2009 – August 30, 2009)
  • Brazil Márcio Bittencourt (August 31, 2009 – October 7, 2009)
  • Brazil Sérgio Guedes (January 1, 2010 – March 31, 2010)
  • Brazil Jorginho (April 21, 2010 – October 25, 2010)
  • Brazil Givanildo Oliveira (October 25, 2010 – December 2, 2010)
  • Brazil Gilson Kleina (December 3, 2010 – September 18, 2012)
  • Brazil Guto Ferreira (September 22, 2012 – June 6, 2013)
  • Brazil Paulo César Carpegiani (June 15, 2013 – August 24, 2013)
  • Brazil Jorginho (August 25, 2013 – December 13, 2013)
  • Brazil Sidney Moraes (December 15, 2013 – January 30, 2014)
  • Brazil Vadão (January 31, 2014 – May 13, 2014)
  • Brazil Dado Cavalcanti (May 13, 2014 – July 21, 2014)
  • Brazil Guto Ferreira (2014–2015)
  • Brazil Doriva (2015)
  • Brazil Vinícius Eutrópio (2016)
  • Brazil Gilson Kleina (2017)
  • Brazil Eduardo Baptista (2017-2018)
  • Brazil Marcelo Chamusca (2018)
  • Brazil Jorginho (2019-)

See also

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