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Esporte Clube Vitória


Full name Esporte Clube Vitória
Nickname(s) Leão da Barra ("Barra's Lion")
Rubro-negro (Red and black)
Founded May 13, 1899 (1899-05-13)
Stadium Barradão, Salvador, 35,632 capacity
President Carlos Sérgio Falcão
Head coach Vágner Mancini
League Campeonato Brasileiro Série B
Campeonato Baiano
Brasileirão, 17th (relegated)
Baianão, 2nd
Website Club home page

Esporte Clube Vitória, usually known simply as Vitória, is a Brazilian football team from Salvador in Bahia, founded on May 13, 1899. The team plays in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B and the Campeonato Baiano, respectively the second tier of national football and the highest division of state football.

Vitória's home games are played at the club's own stadium, Manoel Barradas, capacity 35,632.[1] The team plays in red and black horizontal striped shirts, black shorts and black socks. The stripes have changed over time: they have been sometimes vertical, horizontal, wide and narrow.

The youth system of the club is one of the most successful of the world, holding, between 1995 and 2000, at its peak, at least 21 international titles.[2] Recent names that started playing in the club are Bebeto, Vampeta, Dida, Júnior, Hulk, David Luiz, Dudu Cearense, Marcelo Moreno, Gabriel Paulista and others.

The rivals of Vitória are Esporte Clube Bahia. Their matches are known as Ba–Vi ("Ba" from Bahia and "Vi" from Vitória). It is one of the most intense rivalries in the country.


  • History 1
  • Mascot 2
  • Competitions record 3
  • Colors 4
  • Achievements 5
    • Domestic competitions 5.1
    • Other competitions 5.2
    • Youth competitions 5.3
  • Current squad 6
    • Out on loan 6.1
  • Youth squad 7
    • Professional players able to play in the youth team 7.1
  • Managers 8
  • Ultras 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11


The club was founded on May 13, 1899, by the brothers Artur and Artêmio Valente, along with seventeen other young fellows. They were from an old Bahia family, and discovered football during their studies in England. Initially Vitória was a cricket club, named Club de Cricket Victoria, because all of them lived at the Vitória neighborhood, in Salvador.

On May 22, 1901, Vitória played its first football match, at Campo da Pólvora, against International Sport Club, a team whose players were English seamen. Vitória beat International 3–2. Two months after that match, Vitória changed its original colors, which were black and white, to red and black, which are still in use.

1908 Bahia State Champions – Milzen, Álvaro Tarquinio e Mario Pereira; A. C. Martins, Adriano Porto e Noé Nunes; Armando Gordilho, Oscar Alves, Fernando Alves, C. Muller, R. Mc. Nair, Oscar Luz, A. Galeão e Alfredo Seixas.

On September 13, 1903, Vitória beat a club formed by people from São Paulo state, São Paulo Bahia Football Club 2–0 in the club's first official match. In 1908, Vitória won its first title ever, the Campeonato Baiano. They won the next year as well.

From 1910 to 1952, they didn't win any titles because they were still an amateur club. In 1953, the club turned professional, and won its third Baiano honor. Bahia was dominating the state championship, and Vitória only won titles in 1955, 1957, 1964, 1965, 1972, 1980, 1985 and 1989.

The club was runner-up in the 1993 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A to Palmeiras, with an extremely small payroll. Vitória was champion of Bahia in 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000, becoming the top club of the state for the first time. In the 1999 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Vitória reached the semifinals.

In the 2000s, the Campeonato Baiano trophy was won by Vitória eight out of ten years.

In 2004 Vitória, after a poor campaign, was relegated to the Brazilian Second Division. In 2005, the club competed in the Brazilian second division, finishing 17th, and so was relegated to the Third Division for the first time in its history.

In 2006, Vitória was runner-up of the third division, and was promoted to the Brazilian second division. In 2007, the club was promoted back to the first division after finishing in fourth place. This meant the club had managed to return from the lowest Brazilian national division to its original place in the first division in only two years.


The club's mascot is a lion named Lelê Leão (Lion), and according to Vitória's official site, his objective is to stimulate the club's supporters and players on match days.

Competitions record

The competitions record of Vitória's last ten seasons:



Many kinds of shirts have been worn by Vitória's players over the years.



Domestic competitions

Winners (5): 1976, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2010
Runners-up (3): 1998, 2000, 2002
Winners (27): 1908, 1909, 1953, 1955, 1957, 1964, 1965, 1972, 1980, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
Runner-up (1): 2010
Runner-up (1): 1993
Runner-up (1): 1992
Runner-up (1): 2006

Other competitions

  • Torneio Maria Quitéria: 1

Youth competitions

1996, 1997
1995, 1996, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • USA Cup: 2
1997, 1998
  • Rotary Cup: 2
1997, 1998
  • Sparkasen Cup: 2
1996, 1997
  • Austria Cup: 1
  • Bayer Cup: 2
1997, 1999
  • Riviera Cup: 1
  • Nike Premier Cup: 1

Current squad

As of February 2015, according to combined sources on the official website.[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Roberto Junior
3 DF Saimon
5 MF Amaral (on loan from Flamengo)
6 DF Mansur
8 MF José Welison
10 MF Jorge Wagner
11 MF Damián Escudero
12 GK Wilson
13 DF Romário
16 DF Euller
17 DF Ednei
18 MF Marcelo
19 FW Rogério (on loan from Náutico)
20 FW Élton
22 GK Gustavo
23 GK Fernando Miguel
No. Position Player
27 MF Vander
DF Diego Renan (on loan from Cruzeiro)
DF Luiz Gustavo (on loan from Palmeiras)
DF Matheus Salustiano
DF Maracás
DF Vinícius
DF Guilherme
DF Josué
MF Gabriel Soares
MF Dakson
MF Leílson
MF Mauri
MF David
FW Léo Ceará
FW Wellington
FW Rhayner

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
2 DF Nino Paraíba (on loan to Avaí)
7 FW Willie (on loan to América-MG)
9 FW Neto Baiano (on loan to Criciúma)
GK Guillermo Vizcarra (on loan to Oriente Petrolero)
DF Danilo Tarracha (on loan to Criciuma)
DF Dimas (on loan to Jacuipense)
DF Iuri (on loan to Jacuipense)
MF Arthur Caculé (on loan to Jacuipense)
No. Position Player
MF Arthur Maia (on loan to Kawasaki Frontale)
MF Darlan (on loan to Real Sociedad B)
MF Edson Magal (on loan to Jacuipense)
MF Felipe Lima (on loan to Paulista)
MF Neto Coruja (on loan to ABC)
FW Alan Pinheiro (on loan to Tokyo Verdy)
FW William Henrique (on loan to Joinville)
FW Rômulo (on loan to Santo André)

Youth squad

Professional players able to play in the youth team

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
DF Guilherme
DF Maracás
No. Position Player
MF Wellington
FW Léo Ceará



  • Camisa 12
  • Os Imbatíveis – Founded in 1997, is one of the most active ultras in Brazil.


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Principais Títulos Internacionais" (in Portuguese). Retrieved November 30, 2010. 
  3. ^ Vitória Official Website (in Portuguese)

External links

  • (Portuguese) Official Site
  • (Portuguese) Canal ECVitoria – The Biggest Non-Official Site
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