Sport Recife

Founded In
Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

Sport Recife

About Sport Recife

Sport Club do Recife, usually referred to as Sport Recife, was founded in 1905 by Guilherme de Aquino Fonseca. Nicknamed The Lion of the Island, the club maintain a strong rivalry with Náutico, which is known as the Derby of Derbies and is one of the oldest rivalries in the country. The derby dates back to the first encounter between the clubs in 1909.

In 1987, Sport Recife were crowned national champions for the first time, after winning the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. The final phase of the competition was supposed to consist of four teams, Sport Recife, Guarani, International and Flamengo. However, the latter two refused to take part. Sport Recife and Guarani were awarded 1-0 victories against the two absent clubs and played two matches against each other to decide the title. Sport Recife came out on top and are officially recognised by FIFA as the 1987 Brazilian Champions.

While their national title victory in 1987 is considered the biggest major success in the club's history, Sport Recife also won the Copa do Brasil in 2008, defeating Corinthians in the final. At state level, the club has won the Campeonato Pernambucano 39 times, including a string of recent victories in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Other notable trophies include the Copa do Nordeste, won in 1994 and 2000 and the Copa Norte-Nordeste, won in 1968.

The top scorer in the club's history was Traçaia, who hit 202 goals. Some other important players to represent the club over the years include Djalma Freitas, Leonardo and Manga.

Sport Recife currently play their home matches at the Estádio Ilha do Retiro. The stadium, which was a venue used during the 1950 FIFA World Cup, has a capacity of 35,020. The club is planning to move into a new ground, the Arena do Sport, in time for their 110th anniversary in 2015. The Arena do Sport will have a maximum capacity of around 46,000.