EC Juventude

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EC Juventude
Juventude logo.svg
Basic data
Surname Esporte Clube Juventude
Seat Caxias do Sul , Brazil
founding June 29, 1913
president BrazilBrazil Tiago pikeperch
First soccer team
Head coach BrazilBrazil Paulo César Parente
Venue Estádio Alfredo Jaconi
Places 30,519
league Série C (2019)
2019 3. in Série B 2020 

The Esporte Clube Juventude , usually just called Juventude , is a football club from the city of Caxias do Sul (pronounced Kaschias ) in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, with around 400,000 inhabitants . The club's usual mascot in Brazil is Periquito , a green parrot. The biggest success of the current second division team is their victory in the Brazilian Cup in 1999.


Juventude in 1935 before the first duel with local rivals Flamengo

The club was founded on June 29, 1913 by Italian immigrants. It was one of the first football clubs in Rio Grande do Sul and is considered the first in Brazil to be based on an initiative by Italian immigrants. Less than a month after it was founded, on July 20, 1913, Juventude played their first game against FC Serrano and won 4-0. The following 23 games until March 8, 1915, Juventude also won. In 1919 Juventude joined the Rio Grande do Sul Football Association. A year later, the club signed some players from Uruguay and established a kind of semi-professional game operation.

In 1920 the city championship of Caxias do Sul was launched. Juventude won the competition, which was held until 1953, 24 times. The main opponent was Gremio Esportivo Flamengo . The club founded in 1935 should be able to secure the city championship five times. The "Fla-Ju" duel has been the spice of football in the city since then. Already in the first game on August 4, 1935, Flamengo startled the top dogs and won a city championship game with 3-1.

Badge of the ACF

This rivalry lasted until 1971. At that time Brazil slid into a financial crisis and in Caxias do Sul the situation for the football clubs turned into an existential crisis. Arch rivals Flamengo and Juventude decided to marry of convenience and united in December 1971 to form the Associação Caxias de Futebol . The ACF reached a respectable fourth place at the state championship twice. This was also the case in 1975. But it was not a love marriage and the marriage was dissolved after the competition, primarily at Juventude's instigation. Nevertheless, the syndicate's black and white football team made history in their short existence when their game against Grêmio Porto Alegre in 1972 became the first live color broadcast in Brazilian television history. The game ended 0-0 and contemporary witnesses unanimously report that the quality of the football on offer did not do justice to the event.

Flamengo soon called itself Sociedade Esportiva e Recreativa Caxias do Sul , but is usually only called Caxias for short. On December 11th, 1975, the old Fla-Ju-Derbies were reissued for the first time. Juventude won the Governors' Cup 1-0 against their old rivals who were still playing as ACF. The first Clássico Ca-Ju took place in March 1976 when the two teams parted 0-0 in a state championship game at the Estádio Alfredo Jaconi .

From 1977 to 1979 Juventude qualified for the national championship for the first time , but did not impress there. In the case of participant fields that range from 64 to 94 clubs, the club ends up in the anonymous middle field in the final accounts. Also in 1986 and 1987 Juventude is first class. The fact is, however, that local rivals Caxias are often more successful in those years. In 1976, Caxias was the first club from the city that was allowed to play for the Brazilian championship.

In 1993, the partnership with the Italian company Parmalat , which became insolvent ten years later and which also supported clubs in Europe and a Formula 1 racing team, brought a real rain of money. In 1994 Juventude was second in the national championship for the first time and only 18 months after the beginning of the relationship, Juventude was again first class nationally.

In 1996 Juventude drew clear defeats in the final of the national championship with 0: 3 and 0: 4 against Gremio from Porto Alegre . Just two years later came Juventude again in the final of the Campeonato Gaúcho before, but this time won Juventude after a 3: 1 at home and 0: 0 in the second leg against SC Internacional in Porto Alegre with the Campeonato Gaúcho first significant title. The following year even the Brazilian Cup was brought to Caxias do Sul. In the final, Juventude defeated the traditional Carioca club Botafogo . This success justified the only start in the Copa Libertadores so far , but where the end came in the first round. In 1999 Juventude was formally relegated from Série A , but a scandal led to the increase in the House of Lords to 115 clubs, thus keeping the club in class.

In 2007 the soaring ended for the time being. After 13 years of uninterrupted membership, the club was relegated from Série A. 2009 followed the descent into the Série C and 2010 even the fall in the Série D .

Stadium and training center

Estádio Alfredo Jaconi: View into the curve

Juventude plays its home games in the modern, club's own Estádio Alfredo Jaconi . The stadium, which opened on March 23, 1975 with a goalless game against Flamengo from Rio, currently has 23,726 seats. The stadium, named after a player, coach and president of the 1930s and 1940s, had a record attendance on November 27, 2002, when 27,740 spectators watched the 1-0 defeat in the quarter-finals of the national championship against Gremio.

In addition to the stadium, Juventude also has a 30 hectare training center five minutes from the city center. There are also seven standard-size football fields there.




Statistics: Derbies Juventude versus Caxias

Since 1935, the EC Juventude and the SER Caxias do Sul, known as Grêmio Esportivo Flamengo until 1971, became the city's traditional rivals. Until January 28, 2009, when both clubs separated 0-0 in a national championship match at the Centenário Stadium, the last clash included in these statistics, both clubs faced each other a total of 259 times.

EC Juventude - SER Caxias
Wins Juventude draw Caxias wins
94 83 82
(374 Gates 338)
1935-1971: 149 games
69 32 48
1975 -…: 110 games
25th 51 34
National Championship (since 1961): 80 games
21st 34 25th

Women's soccer

In late 1998, Juventude founded a section for women's football for the first time, which won three national championship titles from 2004 to 2006. After a little over nine years, the women's team was dissolved in March 2008.


Web links


Individual evidence

  1. Main article "Brazilian championship: Chaos_for_ the turn of the millennium"
  2. Bola na Rede, January 28, 2009: Números do Ca-Ju
  3. - Equipe Feminina seleciona 10 meninas para novos testes (March 3, 2008), accessed on December 18, 2017.