Sport Club Corinthians Paulista

The Corinthians Paulista Sport Club is the largest Brazilian sports club based in São Paulo, best known for its football section with more than 35 million fans.

Founded in 1910, Corinthians is the second most followed Brazilian football club in Brazil after Flamengo2. The club is the most successful of the São Paulo Championship of the twentieth century. In 2000, the club won its first international title with the first edition of the FIFA Club World Cup. It was again won in 2012 in Japan, where more than 35,000 fans made the trip, having been crowned champion of the Copa Libertadores without any defeat and the best campaign in the history of Brazilian football.

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The club has included top players such as Sócrates, Rivelino, Garrincha, Domingos da Guia, Casagrande, Gamarra and Gilmar (considered as the best Brazilian goalkeeper of all time) or more recently Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos , Paulinho, Willian, Carlos Tevez, Javier Mascherano and Renato Augusto. His fans are known as “O Bando de Loucos” (“The Band of Fools”).

This club is also known for its ideological movement called Corinthian democracy, recognized in Brazil as one of the most important actions carried out with the intention of fighting the Brazilian military dictatorship. Born in 1981 and led by Sócrates and Zé Maria, this unique movement in the world will run out of steam in 1985 with the departure of its two Brazilian leaders.


A great club of the championship of São Paulo (1910-1989)

The Corinthians Paulista Sport Club was founded on September 1, 1910 by a group of Bom Retiro workers – mainly of Portuguese, Italian and Spanish origins – to create a popular club in São Paulo that would compete with the more up-and-coming clubs. The name of the club, proposed by Joaquim Ambrósio, originates from the English amateur team Corinthians FC, who won six matches in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro during a tour in the country. The charter of the new club proclaims that “Corinthians will be the team of the people, by the people and for the people. ”

Corinthians play, and lose, the first match of its history on September 10 on the field of União Lapa Futebol Clube (PT), another team from São Paulo. Four days later, the club won its first victory against Estrela Polar, another amateur team of the city (2-0). The club quickly achieved good results and registered in Liga Paulista de Futebol (pt). Having won two play-off matches, Corinthians joined the São Paulo championship in 1913, eleven years after its first edition. After a year of learning, Corinthians won his first league title in 1914, then a second in 1916.

The season 1922, year of the centennial of the independence of Brazil, marks the beginning of a series of three titles paulistas for the white and black club. Winner of América FC, reigning champion of Rio de Janeiro, the other major championship of the country, Corinthians is therefore one of the great Brazilian clubs. Corinthians then made a new series of three championships in a row, between 1928 and 1930.

After six years without success, Corinthians won three new crowns between 1937 and 1939, then a twelfth in 1941. The 1940s are much more difficult, the white and black to face the rise of São Paulo FC, founded in 1935 .

At the beginning of the 1950s, Corinthians joined a very offensive team, where Rodolfo Carbone, Cláudio, Luisinho, Oswaldo Silva and Mário played. This talented group allows him to win three new titles paulistas in 1951, 1952 and 1954 (year of the fourth centenary of the city of São Paulo). Moreover, Corinthians wins three times the Rio-São Paulo tournament, which includes the best teams of the two major championships of Brazil, in 1950, 1953 and 19543. At the end of 1953, Corinthians participates in the Little World Cup clubs, a competition organized in Venezuela, which he wins at the expense of AS Roma, FC Barcelona and a selection of Caracas.

This first golden age of the club is followed by a long period of scarcity, which sees Santos FC de Pele and Botafogo Garrincha dominate the championship. This same Garrincha, far from the years 55-62 sign at the club Flamengo, but scored only two goals in 10 games. In 1976, Corinthians reached the final of the Brazilian Championship, created a few years earlier. The following year, the club won the Paulista championship, twenty-three years after its last trophy. This performance marks the return to the forefront of the “White and Black”, who win the championship of São Paulo again two years later (season when they do not participate exceptionally not in the national championship) then remove three new crowns in the 1980s.

Southampton Football Club

Southampton Football Club, nicknamed The Saints, is an English football club founded in 1885 and based in Southampton.

The club regains its place in the Premier League in 2012, seven years after its last passage at this level. Meanwhile, he even fell in League One, the third echelon, where he had not changed since 1960. Southampton has scored only one major title to his record, the FA Cup in 1976, although he finished runner-up in England in 1984.

Since 2001, Southampton FC have played their home games at St Mary’s Stadium after leaving The Dell, a stadium that they have been playing since 18981.

The Southampton players usually wear red and white striped jerseys, but to celebrate its 125th birthday, the club has taken on the style of its original red jersey. Several former Saints players have enjoyed international fame like Alan Ball, Kevin Keegan, Peter Shilton, Matthew Le Tissier, James Beattie, Alan Shearer and Peter Crouch. Southampton is also the training club of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who play today at Arsenal, and Gareth Bale, gone to Real Madrid.

Since 2010, the club is owned by Katharina Liebherr, daughter of the Swiss businessman Markus Liebherr (20102), who saved the club from bankruptcy in 2009.

The return to the top (since 2009)

The 2009-2010 season begins with a penalty of 10 points8 for Southampton, after the club was put under judicial control the previous season. Although they do not have the favor of prognosis because of this handicap, the Saints achieve an honorable season, finishing in 7th place, 7 points of Huddersfield Town, 6th and last qualified for the promotion dams. Without the sanction of the Football League, Southampton could have hoped for an immediate recovery, which is finally postponed to the 2010-2011 season, where the Saints finish vice champions League One and get the promotion. At the end of the 2011-12 season, the club is promoted to the Premier League, and it ends the 2012-13 season in 14th position. In the 2013-14 season, he finished eighth. However, at the end of the season, coach Mauricio Pochettino leaves the club for Tottenham Hotspur and the club suffers from an exodus of promising players. Luke Shaw, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Calum Chambers leave the club for clubs competing in Europe.

Despite this, the club, now trained by the former coach of Feyenoord Rotterdam Ronald Koeman, yet achieve one of the best start of the season of its existence. At the end of the day, a mercato led by a master hand. This is how Eredivisie’s revelations such as FC Twente Dušan Tadić’s Serbian playmaker, including Feyenoord’s Italian “scorer” Graziano Pellè, landed for the Saints, as well as former FC Metz Sadio’s great prospect. Mané. The defensive sector has also undergone a complete overhaul, with the arrival of Ryan Bertrand on loan from Chelsea and Belgian central defender Toby Alderweireld on loan from Atletico Madrid, as well as Fraser Forster, the English international, as goalkeeper. . In addition, the metronome of midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, long announced on the departure to more prestigious clubs, remains with the Saints. Thus armed, despite a complicated start to the season with a first match concluded by a defeat against Liverpool, the Saints will then continue an impressive series until November with a record of 11 victories (including a resounding 8-0 against Sunderland), 2 draws and 2 losses (Tottenham and League Cup disappointment against Sheffield United). However, the club will gradually loose the ballast by chaining 4 defeats in rank, especially against big teams, before recovering and consolidate its place in the top of the rankings.