Founded In
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

About Portuguesa

Associação Portuguesa de Desportos, more commonly known as Portuguesa, was established in 1920. It's formation was the result of a merger between 5 clubs representing the Portuguese-Brazilian community in the city of São Paulo. As a result, the team's home kit contains the same colours as the Portuguese flag. The team's main rivals are Corinthians, São Paulo, Palmeiras, Ponte Preta and Santos.

The 2011 season saw Portuguesa win the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, earning a national trophy for the first time in the process. Over the course of the season, the club played with attacking flair and scored a huge number of goals, gaining rave reviews and even comparisons with Pep Guardiola's Barcelona side. More importantly, the club's performance earned them promotion to the top flight of the Brazilian league system.

While national titles have been missing for much of the club's history, Portuguesa have enjoyed some significant success. During the 1930s, the club won the São Paulo State Championship in consecutive seasons in 1935 and 1936. They would go on to add a third championship win in 1973. Portuguesa have twice won the Torneio Rio – São Paulo. In 1996, the club finished as close runners up in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, drawing with Grêmio over two legs and losing only due to Grêmio's superior record in the earlier stages of the competition.

Some of the more famous players to represent the club throughout its history include a host of top Brazilian international footballers like: Djalma Santos, Félix Miélli Venerando, Nininho, Zé Roberto, Ricardo Oliveira and Dida.

Since 1956, Portuguesa have played their home matches at the Estádio Oswaldo Teixeira Duarte. Over recent years, the stadium's capacity has been significantly reduced in order to adhere to Federação Paulista de Futebol regulations. Today, the ground can hold a maximum of 21,004 spectators, although its record attendance was set at 25,000.   

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