Associação Atlética Ponte Preta was formed in 1900, making it one of Brazil's longest standing professional football clubs. Ponte Preta's biggest rivals are fellow countryside club, Guarani, and the matches between the two clubs are some of the most fiercely contested in the country. The rivalry itself is now over one hundred years old.
Ponte Preta have special significance for several reasons. They were one of the first clubs to allow black players to play for them and their status as a pioneer in race relations has been recognised by the sport's governing bodies. The club also served as the last opponents during Pelé's spell at Santos.
In 1977, the club were favourites to win the Campeonato Paulista. After reaching the final, however, one of the club's key players, Rui Rey, was sent off. Corinthians went on to win the match amidst some controversy, as it remains a mystery why Rui Rey was ejected from the field of play. Success for the club has been scarce, with the club recently plying its trade in the second tier. In 2011, Ponte Preta gained promotion to Série A, following a 3rd place finish. The club has twice won the São Paulo Youth Cup, with victories coming consecutively in 1981 and 1982.
In addition to Rui Rey, other notable players to represent Ponte Preta over the course of the club's history include Brazilian international players Oscar Bernardi, Carlos Roberto Gallo, Juninho Fonseca and Mineiro.
Ponte Preta play their home matches at the Estádio Moisés Lucarelli, which is nicknamed the Estádio Majestoso. Hundreds of the club's fans helped in the construction of the stadium, which was one of the biggest in the country at the time of its completion. Today, the stadium has a maximum capacity of 19,722, but its record attendance was set at 34,985 back in the 1970s.