Santos Futebol Clube was established under the name Santos Foot-Ball Club in April 1912. The club is one of the world's best-known and most successful, as well as being one of the world's most valuable in terms of revenue generated. The club is perhaps most famous for being the home of Pelé, one of the world's greatest ever players, from 1956-1974.
The team enjoys major rivalries with the main clubs from the city of São Paulo - São Paulo FC, Corinthians and Palmeiras. São Paulo FC are their biggest rivals and the rivalry between the two clubs is known as the San-São.
Santos have enjoyed huge success, both domestically and internationally, throughout the years, winning the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A eight times, the Campeonato Paulista twenty times, the Copa Libertadores da América three times and the Intercontinental Cup on two occasions. The most successful period of the club's history coincided with Pelé's time at the club. In 1962 the team won the Paulista, Brazilian Championship and the Copa Libertadores, becoming the first club in the world to win a continental treble. Later in the same year, they added the Intercontinental Cup to this astonishing haul, thus winning the quadruple.
Pelé is by far the club's most famous alumni and his spell at the club saw him score over 600 official goals for the club and over 1,000 goals when including friendly matches. However, he is not the only notable player to have represented the club over the years. Other big-name players to wear the Santos shirt include Carlos Alberto, Pepe, Zito, Robinho, Alex and Neymar.
Santos play their home matches at the Estádio Urbano Caldeira, also known as the Estádio Vila Belmiro. The stadium, which has served the club since way back in 1916, currently has a total capacity of 16,798. The ground's record attendance was set at 32,989 back in 1964, for a match against Corinthians.