Santos Futebol Clube, commonly known simply as Santos or Santos FC, is a Brazilian sports club based in Vila Belmiro, a bairro in the city of Santos. It plays in the Paulistão, the State of São Paulo’s premier state league, as well as the Brasileirão, the top tier of the Brazilian football league system.
Santos FC Youth Development System
Santos FC Academy
The Santos FC Reserves and Academy consist of the reserve and academy teams of Santos FC. Its main goal is to discover talented young players who has future potential to play for Santos’ first team.
Structure – Brazil
Santos FC is responsible for over 100 young athletes in 5 different categories: U-11, U-13, U-15, U-17, U-20. These athletes stay in two modern dormitories, located inside Urbano Caldeira Stadium, with living room, recreation room and cafeteria. The athletes also have medical, dental and psychological assistance. The club’s physical development program is a pioneer within Brazilian soccer.
The club developed the Centro de Desenvolvimento à Performance ao Futebol (Center of Football Performance Development) to set a pattern in physical preparation for all youth teams. This project starts with boys over six years old and covers 270 young athletes.
The gymnasium used by youth teams is located on the third floor at Vila Belmiro Stadium, and it is equipped with technology similar to that available for Santos’ first team. Education is valued by the team, leading it to create the Centro de Estudos Luiza Neófiti (Luiza Neófiti Study Center) adjacent to the gym.
Santos FC Club Tryouts 2021 – USA (San Francisco, California)
This 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization is the Premier Soccer Club for the San Francisco Bay Area. We believe in developing technically sound, well-rounded soccer players and teams that exemplify the highest character, teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership and a love for the game.
Established in 2018, to provide soccer coaching to youth so that the youth players can learn life-lessons through soccer, stay active, build character and work with teammates learning sportsmanship, leadership and an overall work ethic which will lead them to be successful in the game of life. To learn more about this program, please click here.
SANTOS FC ANNOUNCES FALL TRYOUTS IN SAN FRANCISCO!
Santos FC will not hold open tryouts in SF for youth soccer players this year. Instead, we will have a sign up for team formation! We will create teams in boys & GIRLS age groups for those players born in years: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 We have an experienced staff of coaches to teach our style and we expect to prove ourselves to the soccer community in San Francisco through our process.
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Escola Do Futebol Program – USA (San Francisco, California)
This program is operated in partnership with Evolution FC (partner club) and involves teaching skills and footwork which also consists of balance and coordination drills. At the end of every session the players have a game and work on the new skills they have just learned! Perfect for Boys & Girls ages 4.5-8 years old. Or beginning players.
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Santos FC Academy – USA (Miami, Florida)
Santos FC’s Soccer Academy in Miami, Florida – USA is an extension of the youth levels of Santos Futebol Club in Brazil and of the only King Pele Soccer Academy in the world, both located in the city of Santos in São Paulo – Brazil.
Santos FC is a Brazilian club with great tradition on the world stage, the Brazilian team that won more international titles than its competitors. The art of soccer and weight of the shirt are its primary characteristics. Since 1912 the club has won numerous national and international titles. It has produced several players for the Brazilian national soccer team and developed some idols who make up the history of world soccer today, including Pele, Lima, Robinho, Diego, etc..
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In order to transmit the know-how acquired throughout its history, the Santos Soccer Academy in Miami will provide soccer practice for children and adolescents, boys and girls who want to start their soccer career, whether for competition or recreation. We will develop technical training based on Santos specific methodologies for players of all skill levels and with varying objectives. We provide Brazilian coaches fluent in English and with extensive experience in professional soccer at medium and high levels, capable of transmitting all their knowledge and of enhancing each player’s technical characteristics.
We will develop Soccer Camps in Miami and in Brazil aimed at technical improvement for the participants, including workshops, cultural tours and specific training with Brazilian coaches.
The quality of our training and of our professionals are the great differential of Santos FC’s Soccer Academy in Miami. Our philosophy is to train future champions on and off the field. We ensure that we will always be committed to customer satisfaction. Our company is proud to provide education and practice of Brazilian soccer to the local community and to the world.
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Santos is one of the most successful clubs in the Brasileirão, becoming national champions on eight occasions. It has also won 22 Paulistãos, three Copa Libertadores, two Intercontinental Cups, one Supercopa de Campeones Intercontinentales, one Copa CONMEBOL (the precursor of current Copa Sudamericana), one Copa do Brasil and one Recopa Sudamericana. On 20 January 1998, Santos became the first team, in any category in the world, to reach the milestone of 10,000 goals in the entire history of football and was voted by FIFA as one of the most successful clubs of the 20th century.
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Santos FC History
Founding Santos FC: 1912
The city of Santos rose in importance to Brazil during the beginning of the 20th century. Coffee, a key product at the time, was the most commonly exported item from the port, making it one of the world’s largest. Affluent city dwellers wanted to see their city represented in sports as their wealth increased. Rowing was the most popular sport among the city’s youngsters, although the city had teams good enough to play in the Campeonatos Paulista or Paulistao, with Clube Atlético Internacional and Sport Club Americano being the two strongest representatives of the city. Instituto Presbiteriano Mackenzie introduced football to Santos in 1902, and the students who attended the school formed the two clubs indicated above.
Americano moved to São Paulo in 1911, while Atlético Internacional broke up in 1910. Students in the city were angry and decided to form a football team at the headquarters of the Concordia Club, which was located on Rosario Street No. 18 (now Avenida Joo Pessoa) at the top of the old bakery and Switzerland confectionery. Raymundo Marques Francisco, Mário Ferraz de Campos, and Argemiro de Souza Junior were the driving forces behind the 14-hour session.
Doubts were raised over what to call the club at the discussion. Several names have been floated, including: Africa Football Clube, Associaço Esportiva Brasil, and Concórdia Football Club. But Edmundo Jorge de Araujo’s Santos Foot-Ball Club proposal was unanimously accepted. On April 14, 1912, hours before the RMS Titanic sank into the Atlantic Ocean, the club was formally established. “One Giant sank into the ocean, and on the same day another one was born,” is how it is generally said. Atlético Internacional co-founder Sizino Patuska served as the club’s first president. Patuska also helped build Americano.
Early Years: 1912-1935
On June 23, 1912, the team’s first practice match was held at Villa Macuco Field against Thereza, a local club. This time Santos prevailed 2–1. Anacleto Ferramenta da Silva opened the scoring for Santista with a goal, followed by Geraule Moreira Ribeiro. On September 15 of the same year, the team played its first official match, which it won 3–2 over Santos Athletic Club.
The first recognized goal of Santos was scored by one of the club’s early founders, Arnaldo Silveira. On June 1, 1913, Alvinegro Praiano participated in its first Campeonato Paulista, losing 8–2 to Germânia. As a result of the 5-1 and 6-1 drubbings they received from SC Internacional and Americano, as well as the expensive cost of travel, Santos had to withdraw from the competition and focus on making necessary adjustments.
A new version of this competition was introduced in 1913, and the Alvinegro won their first ever title after winning all six matches, scoring 35 goals and conceding just seven. Santos only played friendly matches in 1914 owing to an internal financial crisis, and won all seven of them. Due to a lack of funds, Santos temporarily renamed themselves Unio Futebol Clube in 1915 in order to compete in another municipal tournament. Despite this, Santos went on to win yet another championship, their second in as many years as they’ve been in the league.
The Vila Belmiro sports park was inaugurated on October 12, 1916, when the economy was stable. Santos returned to the Campeonato Paulista the following year and finished a much-improved 5th position this time. At best, Santos was considered a good and talented team that couldn’t challenge for the state championship between 1917 and 1926, finishing no higher than fourth place. In 1927, the Alvinegro’s legacy of discovering and nurturing new talent was solidified following the decade of the 1920s. At the helm of this historic squad was Araken Patusca, the son of Santos’ founding president and one of the club’s first significant idols.
During the FIFA World Cup in 1930, Patusca was part of the Brazilian national team and was the first Santista to compete in a World Cup. He only only played in one game, which was a friendly against the former Yugoslavia. During the 1927 season, Santos finished as runners-up three times, in that year and the next two. They scored 100 goals in 16 games, a rate of 6.25 goals per game. The 100-goal milestone was achieved thanks to work attributes that would subsequently be incorporated into the club’s anthem: Técnica e Disciplina (English: Technique and Discipline). In 1933, the club’s president publicly declared Santos to be a professional side for the first time, and this marked the beginning of an era of irregular campaigns for Santos.
In 1935, the club had its first significant success. During that season, the club played 14 friendlies, winning seven, losing four, and drawing three of them, in preparation for the Paulistao. A 10-1 thumping of Espanha by Santos was the high point of their preseason. At the Estádio Parque So Jorge, Corinthians’ home field at the time, Santos defeated Corinthians 2–0 to win their first state championship ever, due to goals from Raul and an experienced Araken Patusca. Santos’ first major championship was secured with this momentous consecration, which laid the groundwork for future generations to follow.
With seven wins and a draw, Santos maintained an unbeaten international record throughout this time period, despite losing the state championship the following year. France landed in Santos on July 30 following the FIFA World Cup in Uruguay and decided to play a local team, handily losing 6-1 with four goals from Feitiço, who was the star player. The suspicious French were invited to the clubhouse to show that the team they had just met was not the Brazilian team in disguise, despite their claims that they had faced the Seleço rather than the club.
After winning the 1935 Paulistao, a number of the team’s most important players either left or retired, leaving the club with a lack of experienced players. In 1936, Santos’ failed bid to defend their state championship ended with a fourth-place result. As a result, Patusca’s departure in 1937 marked the end of an era in the Paulista tournament, as the team would finish no higher than fifth in the following ten years.
In 1946, Athié Jorge Cury, a former goalie for Santos, became the club’s president and immediately set out to reclaim the state championship for the team. It was only after he’d cleaned house with the club’s finances that he authorized a trip of the northern and northeastern areas of Brazil to take on the country’s best teams in Belém, Fortaleza (the state capital), Natal (the state capital), and Recife (the state capital). Paysandu, ABC, Fortaleza EC, Santa Cruz, and many other prominent clubs were annihilated by Santos. Antoninho, the club’s second-oldest idol, led the team to an undefeated run on the longest Brazilian football tour ever.
During that time, Santos was victorious 12 times and drew three times. Caxambu and Adolfrise were the most prolific scorers on the trip, both netting 19 goals. It was thanks to Antoninho, Pinho, and Odair dos Santos that the club finished second in the 1948 Paulistao. With 20 goals, Odair became the club’s all-time leading scorer, a record he’ll hold for the next three years. A third-place finish in the state tournament would also be achieved by Odair and Antoninho.
In a span of three seasons, Santos had never finished in the top three in the Paulistao before this year. A third-place finish at Torneo Rio–Spaulo in 1952 was another notable achievement by Santos. New players like Formiga and Manga, as well as the retirements of Antoninho and Odair ensured that the club could maintain its State Championship bid for years to come despite a lack of experience. A year later, Lula would take over as coach and Antoninho would become assistant manager.
The 1955 Santos State Champion team defined the club’s playing style philosophy.
In 1955, Santos completed the construction of its headquarters and other facilities that would lead to its prosperity in the future. As a result of their 0-0 tie with Noroeste, the club would go on to win their first 11 matches in the league, including a 7-1 victory over Jabaquara, the most devastating setback they would suffer in that competition’s edition. Guarani’s 4-2 loss and Portuguesa’s 8-0 thrashing brought setbacks and instability.
The club’s hopes of winning the state championship were placed in jeopardy after a 3-1 loss to São Paulo and successive losses to So Bento and Corinthians. A strong sense of camaraderie among the players and a 2-1 win against Taubaté in the final match of the league ensured the club’s first state title in two decades thanks to a relatively solid campaign and two goals from Emanuele Del Vecchio. In 1927, Patusca scored 53 goals for the team, and Del Vecchio scored 38. He also led the Paulistaos with 23 goals in the season. “Leo do Mar,” a popular club anthem, was written in honor of this victory. At this point in time, Cury had predicted that many of their veterans would choose to go, and so they began about making arrangements and contracts to ensure that the team would be ready to defend its state championship.
He was able to bring in a number of experienced players, including Zito. Pepe and the impending Pago are just two examples of Cury’s investment in emerging talent. He also allowed Lula a lot of latitude when it came to scouting potential members. Waldemar de Brito brought a 15-year-old lad to Vila Belmiro, and Cury was pleased to have him join the team. Between 1954 and 1956, De Brito led Bauru Atlético Clube’s junior team to three straight São Paulo state youth titles. The child, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé in the future, was the driving force behind those wins. In June of 1956, Santos and the young Pelé signed their deal.
The Golden Era: 1956-1974
Santos began to be regarded as the best team in the world after 50 years of dominance in the sport. As of 1957, the team had previously won two state championships (1955 and 1956) prior to Pelé’s arrival on the scene. Zito, Pago, Formiga, Hélvio, Jair da Rosa Pinto, Urubato, Tite, and Pepe were the King’s fellow players. In 1958, when Zito Santos, Pelé, and Pepe helped Brazil win the World Cup in Sweden, Santos earned his third state championship in 50 years. In 38 games, Santos scored 143 goals while surrendering 40, an average of 3.76 goals per game.
Pelé achieved a goal-scoring record that has never been equaled in any state competition in the United States: 58 goals were scored. A 10–0 victory over the Nacional was one of Santos’ most notable victories in 1958. At the age of 16, Coutinho scored two goals as Santos won the Rio-São Paulo tournament in 1959, defeating Vasco 3–0 in the final. Coutinho scored five goals in Santos’ 12-1 win over Ponte Preta, even though Pelé was absent.
In the 1960s, no other Brazilian football club enjoyed the same level of domination as Santos. As a result of their success, the club won eight trophies, including six Brazilian championships (five Taça Brasil and one Torneio Roberto Gomes Pedrosa) as well as two Copa Libertadora, two Intercontinental Cups and three Rio-So Paulo.
Numerous experts from South America and Europe voted for the 1962/63 Santos team to be the finest of all time in a poll published in the magazine El Gráfico. Since they were in such high demand, Santos became the world’s first football team to travel the world and play exhibition matches in numerous countries. Because of Pelé’s team, a war in Africa was put on hold. Santos declined to participate in the Libertadores 1966, 1967, and 1969 because of pressure from the CBD (Brazilian Sport Confederation), and because the team did not want to risk the safety of their key players in South American stadiums. Brazilian World Cup teams in 1962 and 1986 both had Santos and Botafogo players (1970).
The national team fielded an eight-man Santos squad in two matches, one each against Germany and England. Six Santos players appeared in six World Cup qualifying games for 1970: Carlos Alberto, Djalma Dias, Joel Camargo, Rildo, Pelé, and Edu. Santos had such an impact on the national team’s defense that the right back wore shirt 4, the right center-back wore shirt 2, the left center-back wore shirt 6, and the left back wore shirt 3. Finally, Benfica and Portugal’s left wing Antônio Simes had this to say:
“I compare the Santos 62 team with the national team of Brazil in 70. These are the two best football teams I have ever seen. The 70 side is the confirmation of a game model that Santos already demonstrated long ago.”
The Santos of the 1970s became a symbol of passion and pleasure, not simply for their refined play, after winning the title in 1973 and 1978. After years of being outnumbered by Sao Paulo and Palmeiras fans due to the size of the Morumbi stadium crowd, their supporters finally caught up and began competing with them.
The 1990s: 1995-2002
Only two trophies were won by Santos throughout the 1990s: the Rio – São Paulo Tournament in 1997 and the Copa CONMEBOL in 1998. However, Santos lost to Botafogo in the 1995 national championship final because of Botafogo’s outstanding players from Rio de Janeiro. His father’s successor Milton Teixeira’s son Marcelo has been trying to make Santos a global powerhouse. With the likes of Freddy Rincon, Marcelinho Carioca, Edmundo, Márcio Santos and Carlos Germano as well as Valdo and Carlos Galván, a complete squad was put together with no expense spent.
These well-known players were unable to turn their fame into success on the pitch, and as a result, they finished second and made it no further than the semifinals of the state championships in 2000 and 2001, respectively. Santos had a dismal national league record, finishing 18th in 2000 and 15th in 2001.
While struggling financially in 2002, Santos decided to let go of some of its most high-profile players and instead rely on the club’s young teams in order to avoid relegation. Andre Luis, Maurinho, Jlio Sérgio, Alberto, Alex, Robinho, and Diego were all promoted from the youth ranks to the first team by new coach Emerson Leo, along with Elano, Paulo Almeida, Léo and Renato. All seven players would be starters under Leo, along with Elano, Paulo Almeida, and Léo.
Santos finished ninth in the regular season, and therefore qualified for the playoffs, in a more than decent campaign. When São Paulo (and Kaká and Luis Fabiano) were knocked out in the quarterfinals, the club faced Grêmio. They advanced to the championship game despite a 0–1 defeat on the road, thanks to a 3–0 triumph at Vila Belmiro. Santos defeated Corinthians in both the semifinals and the finals, with the Meninos da Vila duo of Robinho and Diego holding the key roles.
It was Robinho who popularized the pedalada, one of the most widely used tricks today, in the final match. A post-season play-off was not used to determine the winner of the 2003 Brazilian national title, which was won by Santos. Santos, on the other hand, bounced back the next year. Santos had an amazing season despite the fact that their supporters believed the officials were purposefully hindering their squad, the team was denied the permission to play in its home stadium on multiple occasions, and Robinho’s mother was kidnapped.
Before the end of the season, Santos surpassed Atlético Paranaense, which had been at the top of the standings for most of the season. Santos didn’t give up and won its ninth championship with a 2–1 win over Vasco da Gama in the final match.
Santos was unable to win any more titles in 2005 as Robinho, Léo, Deivid, and manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo left the club. Santos was on course for a sixth-place finish despite the departure of several high-profile players until the Zveito. Referee Edilson Pereira de Carvalho’s matches were re-played after it was discovered that he had manipulated results. Internacional had to pay the price for Santos’s 4-2 victory over Corinthians, which resulted in a 2–3 loss and a slide to 11th position for Santos. To qualify for the Copa Libertadores in 2006, Santos finished fourth in Brazil and won the Paulista Championship, their first title since 1984. Despite dropping the first match, Santos nevertheless won the championship after a second-leg victory in 2007. Santos guided the squad to a runner-up finish in the national championship, 15 points adrift of champion São Paulo 2008 proved to be a difficult year for Santos due to the departure of numerous notable figures. Relegation was only avoided as a result of a late comeback. Santos returned to Copa Libertadores action in 2008. They made it all the way to the quarterfinals before losing to the Club America (Mexico).
Era of Neymar: 2009-2013
Santos resorted to bringing in younger players due to budgetary difficulties. Paulo Henrique Ganso and Neymar both joined the professional team in 2009; Ganso was 15 when he arrived from Paysandu, a northern team. It wasn’t long before they were inseparable. There was an excellent team led by them in 2010 that forms the foundation of their current squad.
These players made up the winning side in the 2018 Campeonato Paulista: Felipe, Edu Dracena and Léo; Wesley and Arouca; Ganso; Neymar and André; and the returned Robinho, among others. Their dominating campaign helped them win the Copa do Brasil in 2010, which they won over Vitória in the finals. The Santástico (Santos + Fantastic) status was reinstated after they beat Naviraiense 10–0. This team is also noted for its raucous style of play and its celebrations of victory with dances.
The club had a successful year in 2011. Because of Neymar’s success, it increased its earnings through marketing and rights. Santos parted ways with a number of players from last year’s squad but kept the bulk of the core. Elano, Alan Kardec, and Ibson are just a few of the well-known European players that have joined Peixe’s squad. Santos defeated São Paulo and Corinthians to win the Campeonato Paulista this year. Rafael Cabral, Danilo, Edu Dracena, Durval, Léo, Arouca, Adriano, Elano, Ganso, Neymar, and Borges were the core of the squad. It was Pearol (Uruguay) in the finals of the Copa Libertadores that this team triumphed. Santos headed to Japan in December to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup, where they finished second to Barcelona.
In 2012, Santos maintained their two-title-per-year streak by defeating Guarani in the Paulisto and Universidad de Chile in the Recopa. Ganso (Sao Paulo), Borges (Cruzeiro), Elano (Grêmio) and other key players left the team as it began to disintegrate. As of 2013, the Santástico era had come to an end. Neymar’s departure to Barcelona, the dismissal of coach Muricy Ramalho, and the loss of goalkeeper Rafael Cabral (Napoli) left Santos as a shadow of its most recent triumphant incarnation. Santos finished sixth in the 2013 season, which was the greatest finish for a São Paulo-based team. Toward the end of the season, Santos parted ways with Claudinei Oliveira on mutual grounds, and the club hired Oswaldo de Oliveira for the upcoming season.
Leandro Damio was the most expensive player Santos has ever purchased before the 2014 season began, and the club competed in the Paulisto early on. In a 5-1 win over Botafogo-SP on 1 February, Gabriel (another player who came through the youth setup) scored Santos’ 12,000th goal. Santos finished second in the tournament despite playing with passion (and having the most efficient attack), falling to fourth division side Ituano on penalties in the final round. A day after Oswaldo de Oliveira had been fired by the Santos board on September 2, 2014, Enderson Moreira had taken his place.
Modesto Roma Jnior was elected president of Brazil on December 13th, 2014, after winning 1,329 votes to Santos’s 9th place result in the Brasileiro. The former management, led by Odilio Rodrigues, was also responsible for the team’s financial woes, and players Damio, Arouca, Aranha, and Eugenio Mena filed lawsuits against the club for unpaid pay. Elano and Ricardo Oliveira returned to Santos in 2015 because of the club’s financial difficulties, and the club also leased out Damio (the most expensive player of the previous campaign).
Enderson Moreira was terminated on March 5, despite the fact that the team was undefeated at the time. A short time afterwards, Marcelo Fernandes was named manager after receiving the Paulisto award for the year. It took Dorival Jnior five years to return to the Brasileiro, leading the team to the Copa do Brasil finals in 2015 and a return to G-4. It was Dorival’s eighth year in charge of the club that they won the Brazilian league’s Paulistao (22nd) and finished first in the Brasileiro for a single week. As a result of poor results, the club ousted Dorival and replaced him with Levir Culpi, who was fired after the team’s elimination from the Copa Libertadores.
New President José Carlos Peres was sworn into office on December 9th. Jair Ventura was the club’s first manager under Cuca, who took over in July 2018 after the team was in the relegation zone; he led the team to a 10th-place finish. Santos hired well-known manager Jorge Sampaoli for the 2019 season, and he led the club to second place in the league; however, the club was eliminated in the first round of the Copa Sudamericana, in the round of 16 of the Copa do Brasil, and in the semifinals of the Paulistao after failing to repeat the same success in the cup competitions.
Ferreira was signed to replace Sampaoli for the 2020 campaign after he quit. Cuca took over as manager of the club when Jesualdo was fired in August after the team had the poorest season of any Série A side in the Paulisto year. Vice-president Orlando Rollo (who had been banned from the club for almost a year due to public altercations with Peres) took over as president in the interim shortly after.
Santos was also punished by FIFA for failing to pay the debts owed by Cléber Reis, Yeferson Soteldo, and Felipe Aguilar during the 2020 season. Due to these suspensions, several young players made their first-team debuts, with 15-year-old ngelo being the most famous. A three-year term as president of the club was handed to Andrés Rueda on 12 December 2020, the first time the club has ever held an on-line vote.
Crest and Colors
As a tribute to the Concórdia Club, the new club’s original colors were white, azure blue, and golden lemon. A year after the club’s inception, a board meeting was held due to the difficulty in making the uniform’s colors. Pelcio Paul proposed that the official colors of the organization be changed to white and black. According to Paul, white is a symbol of peace, while black is a symbol of aristocracy. Santos’ president, Raymundo Marques, based the club on the new colors after receiving widespread support from the club’s members.
Santos has had eight primary crests since its inception, however each has undergone slight alterations. Black and white stripes were introduced in 1912 by Santos, with an early leather football and the letters “SFBC” on a diagonal band in the centre. S, F, and C were combined into an azure blue circle in the club’s crest to honor Concórdia Club (who allowed Santos to use their headquarters to organize its establishment).
The white border around the circle was added to the crest at the end of 1912. A yellow lemon border framed the white band. The outside margins of the letters were adorned with golden lemons in the hue of the letters themselves. A white badge with black borders and black lettering “SFC” was rebranded due to the difficulty of generating these colors consistently. It was later rebuilt as a globe with longitude and latitude lines, as well as the equator, in the crest in 1913. S.F.C. was emblazoned in white on a black diagonal band on the badge.
A leather ball adorned the upper left corner of the white portion above the band. A black and white striped background covered the bottom half of the screen. In addition to the badge, there was a crown above it. The club was compelled to adopt a temporary crest and change its name to Unio Futebol Clube in 1915. Crest: The white band read “Unio F.C.” on a black background with a white stripe in the middle that read “Unio F.C.” The globe and crown were removed from the crest in 1925, and it just underwent a rebuild in 2005 to take on its current appearance.
Santos FC Stadiums
Santos began training at a field in the Macuco district soon after its inception. Santos played on the “Igreja Coraço de Maria” pitch in Ana Costa Avenue since the pitch did not fulfill the minimum size standards to hold official matches. Clubs from other organizations in the community also took advantage of this field. A breakdown occurred in 1915, when Santos was unable to play international friendly after a long-running feud with rival city clubs about the availability of the field.
The city’s authorities began hunting for land in order to find a solution to the situation. General Assembly members approved the acquisition of 16,500 square meters of land in the Vila Belmiro neighborhood on May 31, 1916. The Vila Belmiro sports park was inaugurated in October of that year. Ten days later, Santos played Ypiranga in the Campeonato Paulista for the first time, winning 2–1. The stadium’s first goal was scored by Adolfo Millon Jr. For the 1964 Paulista Campeonato, a scoreless draw between Santos and Corinthians reached a stadium capacity of 32,989 for the first time. Modernizations have resulted in a number of cutbacks in the number of employees since that time.
On January 27, 1998, a new lighting system was installed with an illuminance level of 1200 lux, which is more than FIFA’s minimum standard. The Vila Belmiro held the finals of the 1949 Copa América, the 1962 Copa Libertadores, and the 1998 Copa CONMEBOL, making it one of the most important stadiums in South American football.
Additionally, in 2010, it played host to the Copa do Brasil final. Santos has chosen other stadiums, such as São Paulo’s Estádio Palestra Itália, Pacaembu and Morumbi, and Rio de Janeiro’s Maracan, for high-profile matches because to the stadium’s limited capacity. Santos President Luis Alvaro Ribeiro and other club executives have agreed to build a 40,000-capacity stadium in the city of Cubatao, which would serve as the team’s home field for over 70 percent of the season, boosting the team’s revenue.
The Centro de Treinamento Rei Pelé was officially opened in October 2005. The Recanto dos Alvinegros hotel, located in the Jabaquara area, houses the first team’s medical and training facilities, as well as a swimming pool. Two grounds the size of Vila Belmiro make up the Centro de Treinamento Meninos da Vila, a facility in the Saboó area dedicated to the training and development of local soccer players. Players Diego and Robinho were honored with their own naming rights for the two fields. As of August 2006, it has been open for business.
Santos FC Supporters
Club Santos is one of the most renowned in the country. There are fans in every state of Brazil and in a number of countries around the world for Santos. Santos is Brazil’s fourth most popular football team, according to a study done by the research firm Institute DataFolha in the early months of 2006. Approximately 10 million Brazilians, or 4% of the country’s total population, said they supported Santos in the poll.
There are an estimated 20 million Santos FC fans around the world, spread across Africa, Europe and North and South America. Torcida Jovem do Santos, Sangue Jovem, and Força Jovem Santos are just a few of the many organized fan organizations of football factories in Santos. Santos has about 70,000 members, making it one of Brazil’s most populous clubs.
City of Santos, São Paulo
Brás Cubas, a Portuguese lord, created Santos, a municipality in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, in 1546. Both Santos and So Vicente are located on the island of So Vicente, which is also home to a portion of the mainland. Baixada Santista is the capital of the Baixada Santista metropolitan area.
With an estimated 2015 population of 433,966, the area’s total size is 280.67 km2 (108.37 sq mi). Additionally, the Coffee Museum, where coffee prices were originally set, can be found in the city. Santos Futebol Clube, where Pelé spent the majority of his career, has a football memorial honoring the city’s greatest players. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it has the world’s longest beachside garden, measuring 5,335 meters (5,834 yards).
Santos is located around 31 kilometers (19 miles) from São Paulo, the capital of the state of São Paulo and the country’s most populated city.
The state’s first marine park, Laje de Santos Marine State Park, is located inside the municipality. Both the heavily populated island and a large portion of the continental territory have been designated as protected zones. In terms of population, economy, and geography, the two regions are vastly different.
Climate | Weather
Santos has a tropical rainforest climate (Af) despite its being just outside the tropics, and there is no real dry season. A tropical rainforest climate is rare outside of the equatorial zone, hence Santos’ condition is uncommon. There is an average of more than 60 mm of rain each year in all 12 months. Throughout the year, Santos has pleasant temperatures, however June is a bit cooler (and drier) than January.
At 23°C in June, the city’s average temperature is slightly cooler than at 28°C in January. There is a lot of rain in Santos: 2,081 mm (81.9 in) of rain falls on the city every year. Santos is one of the few places in Brazil outside of the tropical Amazon Basin that receives an average annual rainfall of more than 2,000 millimeters (79 inches). However, Ubatuba, 140 kilometers (87 miles) to the east-northeast, receives an average annual rainfall of 2,645 millimeters (104.1 inches) more than Santos. This climate is classified as Köppen Climate Type “Af” (Tropical Rainforest Climate).