América Football Club, or América as it is usually called, is a traditional Brazilian football team from Rio de Janeiro in Rio de Janeiro state, founded on September 18, 1904. The club competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A several times and won the state championship seven times.
Its home stadium is the Giulite Coutinho stadium, capacity 16,000. They play in red shirts, white shorts and red socks.
Famous football anthem composer Lamartine Babo was a supporter of América. América's mascot is a devil. América also sponsors a beach American football team, the América Red Lions.
On September 18, 1904, Alberto Koltzbucher, Alfredo Guilherme Koehler, Alfredo Mohrsted, Gustavo Bruno Mohrsted, Henrique Mohrsted, Jayme Faria Machado and Oswaldo Mohrsted founded América Football Club.
In 1905, América, together with Bangu, Botafogo, Petrópolis, Fluminense and Futebol Atlético Clube founded Liga de Football do Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro Football League), which was the first football federation of Rio de Janeiro. In 1913, the club won the state championship for the first time.
In 1971, the club competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A's first edition, finishing in the 11th place.
In 2006, América was the runner-up of Taça Guanabara. América played the final against Botafogo.
- Luisinho Lemos : 311 goals .
- Edu : 212 goals .
- Maneco : 187 goals .
- Plácido: 167 goals .
- Carola : 158 goals .
- Chiquinho : 102 goals .
- América - Fluminense, 0-2, 141,689 (120.178 people seated), June 9, 1968
- América - Flamengo, 1-4, 139,599, April 4, 1956
- América - Vasco, 1-2, 121,765, January 28, 1951
- América - Flamengo, 1-0, 104,532, April 25, 1976
- América - Flamengo, 5-1, 100,000, April 1, 1956
- América - Fluminense, 2-1 98,099, December 18, 1960
- América - Fluminense, 1-0, 97,681, September 22, 1974
- América - Fluminense, 0-1, 96,035, April 27, 1975
- América - Flamengo, 1-1, 93,393, May 19, 1969
- América - Fluminense, 2-0, 92,516, March 17, 1956
One controversial aspect about the club is the official mascot: the Diabo (devil
), depicted as a red demon complete with horns, pointy beard, curled moustache, a long fat arrow-pointed tail, hooved feet and a black cape. The club's old stadium was nicknamed Caldeirão do Diabo
("Devil's Cauldron"). As of 2006 some of the club's fans, supported by the Evangelical Christian
, tried to replace the devil with the bald eagle
, claiming that the devil was unlucky. But, since the devil is a traditional part of the club's life, it is not yet certain whether the old mascot will actually be ousted.
Clubs named after América
América is one of the Brazilian teams with more clubs named after it, copying even its symbols. Some of its clones are: América of Natal
, América of São José do Rio Preto
, América of Três Rios
, América of Amazonas
, América of Ceará
, among others are named after América Football Club.