Esporte Clube Bahia, known familiarly as Bahia, is a Brazilian professional football club, based in Salvador, capital city of the Brazilian state of Bahia. The club competes in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the top flight of Brazilian football.
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In the 1959 season, Bahia won the Brasileiro title by defeating the Santos’ Santásticos in the finals. That team had legends such as Gilmar, Mauro, Mengálvio, Coutinho, Pepe, and Pelé.
In the 1988 season, Bahia won the title by edging out Internacional. Bahia has only competed in the Copa Libertadores three times, with their best-ever performance coming in 1989 when they advanced all the way to the quarterfinals. In addition to that, the club has won the state championship a record 46 times.
During the 2000s, the club has only managed to take home four state championships. Bahia spent the 2003 and 2005 seasons playing in the Série C, the lowest level of competition in the Brazilian league system, after being relegated to the Série B in 2003 and then to the Série C for the first time ever in 2005.
After an absence of eight campaigns, the club was reinstated to the Série A in 2010. Prior to that, in 2007, they had been elevated to the second level of competition. Since 1951, Bahia has played its home games at the Estádio Fonte Nova, which has a capacity of 66,080 spectators. However, in 2007, a piece of the stadium collapsed, and since then, the Tricolor have played their home games at the Estádio de Pituacu.
Bahia resumed playing its matches at the Fonte Nova stadium in 2013 after the stadium underwent renovations and reopened as the Arena Fonte Nova, a contemporary arena designed for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. White shirts, blue shorts, and red socks make up the club’s home uniform. The shorts are blue and the socks are red. It has a long history of competition with the Vitória, and games between the two teams are commonly referred to as Ba–Vi contests.
The Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova, commonly referred to as the Complexo Esportivo Cultural Professor Octávio Mangabeira, is a stadium in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, that is specifically designed for the sport of football. It has a capacity of up to 48,000 individuals. The older Estdio Fonte Nova was demolished in order to make way for the construction of the newer stadium.
The stadium was put into service for the first time for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and then again for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, during which The Netherlands defeated Spain 5–1 to become the reigning world champions. During the 2016 Summer Olympics, it served as one of the sites for the football competition that was held.
The colors blue, red, and white represent the state of Bahia. The color blue is a tribute to the Athletic Association of Bahia, the color white to the Bahian Tennis Club, and the color red to the flag of the state of Bahia.