Founded In
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

About Internacional

Sport Club Internacional was founded in 1909. The club's name makes reference to their policy, from day one, to incorporate players and supporters from all kinds of ethnic and social backgrounds. Traditionally, Internacional's biggest rivals are Grêmio and the matches between the two clubs are somtimes known as 'GreNal'.

Since its inaugural season in 1971, the club has been ever-present in the top flight of Brazilian football. The 1970s were a hugely significant decade for the club, with two Campeonato Brasileiro wins coming in 1975, 1976, under the management of Rubens Minelli, and a third title coming in 1979, with Cláudio Duarte at the helm.

In addition to these championship victories, the club has enjoyed major success both on the domestic front and internationally. In total, Internacional have won their state championship, the Campeonato Gaúcho, 41 times, including a string of victories in 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1976. In 1992, the club lifted the Copa do Brasil for the first time. The 2006 season saw major success on the international stage, first with a Copa Libertadores victory and then with a win over FC Barcelona in the FIFA Club World Cup. In 2010, the club achieved a second Copa Libertadores success, beating Mexican club C.D. Guadalajara in the final.

The team's supporters have seen an array of talented footballers within the club's ranks over the years. Carlitos is the club's greatest ever goal scorer, totalling 485 goals. Former Brazilian international Valdomiro holds the record for most appearances, with more than 800. Some of the other notable former players include Christian, Bodinho, Claudiomiro, Nilmar, Fernandão and Alexandre Pato.

Since 1969, Internacional have played their home games at the Estádio Beira-Rio, officially known as the Estádio José Pinheiro Borda. Nicknamed the 'Giant of Riverside', the stadium currently holds a maximum capacity of 56,000 for league games.   

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