Full nameEsporte Clube Juventude
Founded29 June 1913; 108 years ago (1913-06-29)
GroundEstádio Alfredo Jaconi
PresidentRoberto Tonietto
Head coachJair Ventura
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Gaúcho
Série A, 16th of 20
Gauchão, 3rd of 12
WebsiteClub website
Estádio Alfredo Jaconi in Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Esporte Clube Juventude, also known as Juventude, is a Brazilian football team in Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul. The club currently competes in the top tier of Brazilian football, the Série A, as well as in Campeonato Gaúcho Série A, the first level of the Rio Grande do Sul state football league. Major titles won by the club include the 1999 Copa do Brasil and the 1994 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. Juventude also competes in the top tier state league of Rio Grande do Sul, having won it once, in 1998. Their greatest rival is Caxias, with whom it contests the Caxias do Sul derby, also known as CaJu.


Juventude was founded on June 29, 1913, by 35 youngsters from Caxias do Sul, descendants of Italian immigrants, being one of the first football clubs in that community. Antônio Chiaradia Neto was chosen as the club's first president.

On July 20, 1913, Juventude played its first game, against Serrano, from the city of Carlos Barbosa, Rio Grande do Sul. The game ended 4–0 in favor of Juventude.

On March 8, 1915, Juventude lost its first game ever. Fußball, from the nearby town of Montenegro, beat Juventude 4–1, ending a 23-game invincibility streak.

On October 10, 1919, Juventude joined the Rio Grande do Sul state football association

In 1920, the club became professional after signing some Uruguayan players.

On December 11, 1975, the first match against Caxias was played, which ended 1–0 to Juventude. The goal was scored by Da Silva. This match is known as the Ca-Ju derby.

On May 25, 1993, Juventude signed a partnership with Parmalat, bringing more investment to the club.

On December 4, 1994, Juventude won the second division of Campeonato Brasileiro, which was the first national title won by the club, gaining promotion to the first division.

On June 7, 1998, Juventude won the Campeonato Gaúcho without losing a single match.

On June 27, 1999, Juventude won its most important national title, the Copa do Brasil, gaining the right to contest the Copa Libertadores in the following year.

In 2000, Juventude played the Copa Libertadores for the first time, but the club was eliminated in the first stage.

Finally in 2013 Juventude finished Série D as 2nd and promoted to Série C for 2014 season. They ascended again to the Série B in 2017.[1]

Juventude returned to the top division of Brazilian Football Série A after a 13-year absence by finishing 3rd in the 2020 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B. In 2021, they finished in 16th in the tournment, ensuring they remain in Série A for the 2022 championship.


Main article: Estádio Alfredo Jaconi

Juventude's stadium is Estádio Alfredo Jaconi, inaugurated in 1975, with a maximum capacity of 23,519 people.


2011, 2012

2000 Copa Libertadores

Home team Score Away team
Juventude 1–0 El Nacional
The Strongest 5–1 Juventude
Palmeiras 3–0 Juventude
El Nacional 2–0 Juventude
Juventude 4–0 The Strongest
Juventude 2–2 Palmeiras
Position Team Points Played
1 Palmeiras (São Paulo) 10 6
2 El Nacional (Quito) 10 6
3 Juventude (Caxias do Sul) 7 6
4 The Strongest (La Paz) 7 6


The club's official anthem lyrics were composed by Ernani Falcão, and the music by Rodolfo Storchi.

There is another anthem, which is an unofficial one, and was composed (both the lyrics and the music) by Paulo Gazola, and is called Hino da Volta do Ju, meaning Anthem of Ju's Return.

Current squad

As of 7 January 2022[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
5 MF Brazil BRA Ricardinho
7 FW Brazil BRA Capixaba
9 FW Brazil BRA Ricardo Bueno
12 DF Brazil BRA Rafael Forster
15 MF Brazil BRA Kelvi
16 MF Brazil BRA Jadson
21 GK Brazil BRA William
23 MF South Korea KOR Chico
29 MF Brazil BRA Bruninho (on loan from Atlético Mineiro)
31 MF Brazil BRA Elton (on loan from Bahia)
No. Pos. Nation Player
36 DF Brazil BRA Dudu
66 DF Brazil BRA William Matheus
77 FW Brazil BRA Sorriso
96 DF Brazil BRA Paulo Henrique
GK Brazil BRA César
DF Brazil BRA Danilo Boza
MF Brazil BRA Rodrigo Bassani
MF Brazil BRA Rômulo (on loan from Deportes La Serena)
FW Brazil BRA Hélio Borges (on loan from Azuriz)

Reserve team

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Brazil BRA Samuel Deuner
DF Brazil BRA Kelvin
DF Brazil BRA Odivan
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Brazil BRA Samuel Santos
FW Brazil BRA Nicolas

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Brazil BRA Bruno Camilo (at Paraná until 30 November 2022)
MF Brazil BRA Moisés (at Paraná until 30 November 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Brazil BRA Éverton Brito (at Paraná until 30 November 2022)

Technical staff


  1. ^ "Juventude segura pressão do Fortaleza e sobe para a Série B do Brasileiro". UOL Esporte (in Portuguese). September 9, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ "Plantel profissional" [First team squad] (in Portuguese). EC Juventude. Retrieved May 13, 2021.