Atlético Goianiense

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Atlético Goianiense
Logo of AC Goianiense.svg
Basic data
Surname Atlético Clube Goianiense
Seat Goiânia
founding April 2, 1937
president BrazilBrazil Maurício Sampaio
First soccer team
Venue Estádio Antônio Accioly
Serra Dourada
Places 8,000
league Série A
2019 4th place ( Série B )  

The Atlético Clube Goianiense - usually just Atlético Goianiense for short , also called Atlético-GO in lists - is a football club from Goiânia , the capital of the Brazilian state of Goiás with around 1.2 million inhabitants . The club was launched on April 2, 1937, making it the oldest club in the city, which was founded only four years earlier.

The club is often referred to as Dragão after its mascot, a dragon, which is common in Brazil . For fans, the term Atléticano is often used.


The club was founded on April 2, 1937 by Nicanor Gordo and Joaquim Veiga, who moved on to the Goiânia EC the following year. Goalkeeper Edison Hermano de Brito, who previously played for both clubs, brought in the club crest, based on São Paulo FC , and the shirt, which is strongly reminiscent of Flamengo Rio de Janeiro .

When the Campeonato Goiano , the state championship of Goiás , was held for the first time in 1944, Atlético still had the upper hand in the final against Goiânia EC . Up to and including 1961, when Vila Nova , another club from Goiânia, was able to celebrate its first title, the two clubs made the title between themselves. However, the rival mostly retained the upper hand and won the state championship twelve times in these years, while the "Dragons" could only collect four other titles. Two further national championships followed in 1964 and 1970. Attention was also drawn to the finals of the Copa Brasil Central in 1967, In the Torneio da Integração Nacional of 1971 Atlético defeated AA Ponte Preta in the final .

The club experienced a small renaissance in the 1980s. In addition to four other finals at national championships in which Atlético won two titles, the club also qualified for participation in the national championship in 1979, 1980, 1986 and 1987 . The greatest success here was probably the 23rd place in 1980 among 44 participants. 1986 followed a 29th place. Nominally more successful is the 11th place in the official championship league of 1987. This was only occupied second class, because the big clubs in the country played for the Copa União in one of the most important clubs in Brazil, the Clube dos 13 , held Parallel league (→ Campeonato Brasileiro de Futebol: Chaos season 1987 ).

A decline followed in further years. In 2001 the club's own stadium fell victim to the wrecking ball and had to give way to a shopping center. In 2003 Atlético rose from the first state league for the first time as the last beaten. In 2005, however, the club managed to rise again as second division champions and in the first year the dragons reached the state finals again, but were just as narrowly defeated by record champions Goiás EC with 0-1 after a 0-0 first leg. When the final was repeated in 2007, Atlético was able to retaliate with 2: 2 and 2: 1 and, after an 18-year lean period, celebrated its tenth success at the national championship, which also meant a place in the main round of the Brazilian Cup and in the third national league, the Série C brought in. There Atlético achieved a respectable sixth place. In 2008 the club was able to qualify for the Série C again. There the dragons not only achieved the highest win of the competition with a 7-1 win against Itumbiara EC , another team from Goiás, but also had by far the best storm series with 84 goals this season. This helped the club to a sovereign first place and promotion to the Série B .

2009 has been a good year so far for the old master from Goiás. At the state level, they made it into the final again. After a 2-1 win in the first leg, Atlético lost 2-0 in the second leg, which meant the 22nd runner-up: a lone record in Goiás.

From 2010 Atlético Goianiense played back in the Series A . In the 2012 season, the club rose as the penultimate in the Série B. After returning to the Série A for the 2017 season , the club had to relegate at the end of the championship round as bottom of the table.


Estádio Antônio Accioly

As a rule, Atlético Goianiense plays its home games at the club's own Estádio Antônio Accioly . After a renovation, the stadium was reopened in 2005 with 8,000 seats.

Estádio Serra Dourada

The Estádio do Governo do Estado de Goiás , usually called Serra Dourada , is the largest stadium in Goiás and belongs to the state government. It was built until 1975 according to a plan by the architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha , who was later awarded the Pritzker Prize . Originally the stadium held around 80,000 spectators, but modernizations, increased comfort and more security have reduced the current capacity to 50,000.

Atlético uses the Serra Dourado (“Golden Mountains”) whenever the expected audience response justifies it. In 1976 Atlético reached its largest audience to date with a game against Vila Nova with 56,854 spectators.

The stadium is also used by local rivals Goiás EC and Vila Nova FC . It was shortlisted for the 2014 World Cup .

Well-known players and coaches

Player: Baltazar Maria de Moráis Junior , known as Baltazar, is considered the most important player in the club's history. At the national championship in 1978 he set a record that still exists today with 31 goals. Later, Baltazar also played for Gremio in Porto Alegre and Atlético Madrid . With the national soccer team of Brazil he won the Copa América in 1989 .

Other players worth remembering are:


  • Geninho , February to June 2010; Won the 2010 state championship



Year, league membership, games, average audience, average entry price:

  • 2008: Série C - 16 - 4,060 - BRL 0 8.10
  • 2007: Série C - 16 - 5,150 - BRL 11.60
  • 2006: Série C - 06 - 3,194 - BRL 07.80

- Information based on official statistics from the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol.
- In 2006–2008 the exchange rate was around BRL 1.00 = EUR 0.33.


See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Meister Série B 2016 table on, accessed on November 13, 2016