Avaí FC

association football club

Avaí Futebol Clube, or Avaí as they are usually called, is a Brazilian football team from Florianópolis in Santa Catarina, founded on September 1, 1923. It became nationally known after the tennis player Gustavo Kuerten declared to be a supporter of Avaí. Home stadium is the Ressacada stadium, capacity 19,000.[1] They play in blue shirts, shorts and socks.

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Full nameAvaí Futebol Clube
Nickname(s)Leão da Ilha (Lion of the Island)
FoundedSeptember 1, 1923
GroundRessacada, Florianópolis, Brazil
ChairmanBrazil Níldo
ManagerBrazil Claudinei Oliveira
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série A
2007Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, 3th


The club was founded after a businessman called Amadeu Horn gave football kits to a group of boys. These boys played a match against a team called Humaitá, and won. On September 1, 1923, at Amadeu Horn's house, the club was founded, being called at that time Avahy Football Club. The team was named Avahy after the Battle of Avahy, in the Paraguayan War In the following year, it became the first Santa Catarina State Championship champion.

Avaí played the Brazilian First Division ("Série A") four times: in 1974, 1976, 1977 and 1979. In 1998, it won its only national title, the Brazilian Third Division ("Série C"). Since 1999, it plays the Série B and the best campaigns happened in 2001 and 2004, when Avaí reached the Final Four, but could not be promoted to the First Division (only the two best placed teams were promoted). Avaí is the club with more titles won in the Santa Catarina State Championship in the 20th century (13).



  • 1 Brazilian Third Division ("Série C"): 1998.
  • 13 Santa Catarina State Championships: 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1973, 1975, 1988 and 1997
  • 2 Santa Catarina Governor Trophy: 1983 and 1985.
  • 1 Santa Catarina State Second Division: 1994.
  • 20 Florianópolis City Championships: 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1933, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1958, 1960, 1963 and 1995.
  • 1 Santa Catarina Cup: 1995.


  • 4 Santa Catarina State Championships: 1981, 2001, 2003 and 2005
  • 1 Santa Catarina State Second Division: 1994


  • 1 Santa Catarina State Championship: 2003
  • 1 Saudades Cup Championship: 2007


  • 1 Santa Catarina State Championship: 1999

National competitions recordEdit

First Division (Serie A)Edit

Year Position
1974 39th
1976 36th
1977 43rd
1979 90th

Second Division (Serie B)Edit

Year Position Year Position
1980 62nd 2001 4th
1984 82nd 2002 6th
1989 80th 2003 12th
1999 8th 2004 3rd
2000 15th 2005 8th
2006 13th 2007 15th

Third Division (Serie C)Edit

Year Position
1987 13th
1995 ??
1996 34th
1997 ??
1998 1st

Brazilian CupEdit

Year Round
1989 1st round
1998 1st round
1999 2nd round
2000 1st round
2007 3rd round


Avaí's stadium is Estádio da Ressacada, inaugurated in 1983, with a maximum capacity of 19,000 people.

First team squadEdit

Eduardo Martini
Thiago Schmidt (Thiago Bambam)
Diego D. dos Santos Oliveira
Full backs
  Edílson Mendes Guimarães
  Rodrigo Galo Brito
  João Rodrigo Donato
  Emanuel Cuchi
  João Paulo Gomes
Centre backs
  Rosalvo Antônio Johann Filho
  Alessandro Lopes
  Carlos Alexandre Areco Ferraz (Carlão)
  Fábio Costa Fidélis
Defensive midfielders
  Saulo Júlio Santos
  Robson Schuelter
  Brenno Basso
  Tarcisio France da Silva
  Felipe Magalhães Novais
  Marcos César do Nascimento Meireles (Marquinhos)
  Pedro Ayub Julião Júnior
  Marcus Winicius Souza Lima
Attacking midfielders
  Richardson dos Santos
  Fábio Júnior Baitler
  Thiago Santos
  Rodrigo Félix


  Jandson dos Santos
  Leonardo Andrade Damásio (Leo)
  Gustavo dos Santos
  Evando Spinassé Camillato
  Silas Pereira


1920 - 1930Edit

  •   Adolpho Boos, goalkeeper.
  •   Waldemar Alves de Souza (Zé Macaco), midfielder.

1940 - 1950Edit

  •   Adolfo Martins Camilli (Adolfinho), goalkeeper.
  •   Hubert Beck, midfielder.
  •   João Felipe Zattar (Felipinho), striker.
  •   Osni Gonçalves (Nizeta), striker.
  •   Saul Oliveira, striker.

1960 - 1970Edit

  •   Deodato Fermínio Martins, back.
  •   Mílton Cunha Cavalazzi, striker.

1970 - 1980Edit

  •   Antônio Fernandes Quintino (Toninho), striker.
  •   Antônio Fidélis (Veneza), back.
  •   João Carlos da Silva (Balduíno), midfielder.
  •   Juarez dos Santos (Juti), striker.
  •   Zenon de Souza Farias, midfielder.

1980 - 1990Edit

  •   Ubirajara Lopes de Oliveira (Bira Lopes), midfielder.
  •   Adílson Heleno, midfielder.
  •   Décio Antônio Corazza, striker.
  •   Édson Luís Benites Belmonte, midfielder.
  •   Jorge Daniel Fossati, goalkeeper.

1990 and 2000Edit

  •   César Tadeu Silva, goalkeeper.
  •   Érmison José Leopoldo (Jacaré), striker.
  •   João Carlos Rocha (Dão), striker.
  •   Paulo César (PC), striker.


  •   Roberto Fernando Schneiger (Roberto Cavalo) - 1998, 2001 e 2004.


Avaí's greatest rival is Figueirense F.C..

Club colors and nicknameEdit

  • The club colours are blue and white, and it is known as "The Lion of the Island" (because 90% of the Florianópolis territory is established on an island).


Other websitesEdit

Coordinates: 27°40′00″S 48°31′54″W / 27.66667°S 48.53167°W / -27.66667; -48.53167