Founded In
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil


About Grêmio

Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, usually known more simply as Grêmio, was established in 1903 by a group of German and British immigrants. Their first official match took place the following year. Today, the club are the sixth most popular team in the country and have enjoyed success both domestically and internationally. Traditionally, Internacional are seen as the club's main rivals and the rivalry between the two clubs is sometimes referred to as 'GreNal'.

Former Grêmio goalkeeper, Eurico Lara, was central to one of the most significant moments in the club's history. During a match against Internacional in 1935, he gave away a penalty kick. According to the legend, despite being warned about over-exertion by his doctor due to a heart problem, Lara dived to make a spectacular save. He collapsed, was substituted and died from cardiac complications two months later. Grêmio went on to win the match and Lara remains a popular figure with the club's supporters, even getting a mention in the club's anthem, which was composed by Lupicínio Rodrigues.

The club has enjoyed significant success throughout its history, including two Copa Libertadores victories in 1983 and 1995. After their 1983 success, Grêmio added the Intercontinental Cup to their trophy haul, defeating Hamburg in the final. On the domestic front, Grêmio were crowned Série A champions in 1981 and 1996. The club has also won the Copa do Brasil four times and a total of 36 state championships.

Some of the more notable players to play for the club include Ronaldinho, Emerson, Renato Gaúcho, Mário Jardel and Lucas Leiva.

In December 2012, Grêmio officially opened their new stadium, the Arena do Grêmio. The stadium was inaugurated with a repeat of the 1983 Intercontintal Cup final, as Grêmio hosted Hamburg. It has a maximum capacity of 60,540 and this capacity was reached for the first match played at the stadium.