A TALE OF ONE CITY: SAO PAULO
Sao Paulo is one of the most passionate football cities in the world. The city is introduced by itself if when we read the local teams: Corinthians, Sao Paulo, and Palmeiras. Sao Paulo counts with a very multicultural population and has become a skyscraper city, growing vertically and keeping the passion for football at the same level than the traffic chaos. The stories say that 60 million of fans support one of these three teams from the Paulista state, so you can imagine how rich and passionate is the culture for football.
Founded by Italian immigrants in 1914 as Palestra Italia, the Verdão is one of the most successful Brazilian teams. Palmeiras is the team with more national trophies and a lot of football legends have defended the green colour of Palmeiras. Edmundo, Marcos, Rivaldo, Denilson, Roberto Carlos, Scolari, Cafú, Vavá, Mazinho and Ze Roberto.
The Allianz Parque stadium has a capacity of 43.000 people, being one of the newest stadia in the world. The notorious group of supporters is called Mancha Verde and don’t stop supporting the team during the 90 minutes.
With a very social fan base, the Timão is the second biggest Brazilian team in terms of the number of supporters. In Sao Paulo, you will see the Corinthians badge everywhere (and one of the most beautiful football crests in the world). Founded in 1910 by railway workers, Corinthians Paulista has won Copa Libertadores in 2012 and FIFA Club World Cup two times, beating Chelsea in the final.
Socrates is the symbol of a unique case of democracy in a football team. That concept was called Democracia Corinthiana and was about the player voting with the aim to look for the best for the team. The black and white stripes are widely known and represent the flag of Sao Paulo’ State. Currently, the team plays at home at the Arena Corinthians, moving from the historical Pacaembu stadium. Camisa 12 and Gaviões da Fiel are the most representative and biggest group of Corinthians fans.
SAO PAULO FC
The most successful team in Brazil, as easy as it. Despite SPFC was founded by the merger of two clubs in 1930, the Tricolor has won many State titles, 6 Brasileirão and the glory comes from the International trophies: 3 Copa Libertadores, 2 Intercontinental Cups and one FIFA Club World Cup, one Copa Sudamericana and two Recopas Sudamericana. Besides, the home of Sao Paulo is the Estadio do Morumbi, a massive place that has hosted so many Copa Libertadores Finals, becoming one of the South American football temples for sure.
Téle Santana, Kaká, Luis Fabiano, Alexandre Pato, Baptista, Leonardo and Rogerio Ceni have defended the unique shirt of Sao Paulo. Specially Ceni, the famous goalkeeper that scored more than 100 goals during his whole career.
The Game (in capital letters) is the derby between Corinthians and Palmeiras. The passion of both fans makes this game so special, very folkloric with Brazilian traditions. Besides, there is the rivalry with Sao Paulo FC too. A city with more than 10 million people divided by three football teams, as you can imagine the atmosphere is mental on that derby game. You can join us on our next Ultimate Brazil trip and experience some of the biggest derbies in Sao Paulo.
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By Natxo Togu