Full nameFortaleza Esporte Clube
Nickname(s)Leão do Pici (Lion of the Pici)
Rei Leão do Brasil (Lion King of Brazil)
Clube da Garotada (Club of the Youth)
Tricolor de Aço (Steel Tricolor)
FoundedOctober 18, 1918; 103 years ago (1918-10-18)
PresidentMarcelo Paz
Head coachJuan Pablo Vojvoda
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Cearense
Série A, 4th of 20
Cearense, 1st of 10 (champions)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Fortaleza Esporte Clube, usually known as Fortaleza, is primarily a football club, but is active in other sports such as futsal, handball and basketball. Fortaleza Esporte Clube is based in Fortaleza, capital of the State of Ceará, Brazil. The club was founded on October 18, 1918.[2]

Fortaleza is one of the most traditional[clarification needed] clubs in the Northeastern region of Brazil alongside Bahia, Vitória, Santa Cruz, Sport, Náutico and Ceará, its biggest rival. The club's colors are red, blue and white.


On 23 February 1912, Alcides Santos founded a club called Fortaleza, and participated shortly after in the founding of the Stella Foot-Ball Club. Finally on 18 October 1918 Fortaleza Sporting Club is born, first denomination of the Fortaleza Esporte Clube. Its colors represent the colors of the French flag, since the founder spent time in France and decided to put the colors of the European country in the Brazilian club.

In 1920, they participated in the foundation of the Associação Cearense de Desportos. That same year they got their first Cearense Championship title.

In 1951 , the Municipality of Fortaleza decided to renovate the Presidente Vargas Stadium. The idea of having a private stadium was reborn in the board since it had its own stadium during the 1920s.

In 1957, the club acquired from the land in Bairro do Pici from Mrs. Hedwing, which during the Second World War was where the American military base was in Fortaleza, called Post Command ( Command Post), hence the name Pici, transfers it to the Club of Gentilândia in exchange for the new neighborhood. It changed its name to Leão do Pici, a reference to the neighborhood where the Parque dos Campeonatos is located.

The Alcides Santos Stadium opened its doors in June 1962, beating Usina Ceará in the inaugural match.

In 2022, the Club will compete for the first time in the Copa Libertadores


Uniform Evolution




Fortaleza mascot Juba
Fortaleza mascot Juba

In the 1960s a journalist popularized the Leão, a name that came from the times of Praça dos Leões. The mascot's name is Juba.

Club structure


The Fortaleza Esporte Clube has its headquarters in the district of Pici, which consists of the Manoel Guimarães administrative headquarters, stadium Alcides Santos stadium, indoor trophies, Hotel Ribamar Bezerra (used for athletes), Otoni Diniz accommodation, dressing rooms, fitness center, and a modern medical department.

Castelão (Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil)
Castelão (Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil)


They play their games at Alcides Santos Stadium, with capacity for 8,300 people, Estadio Castelão, which can hold 63,903 supporters and Estádio Presidente Vargas, which has a capacity of 20,600.

Past presidents

Current squad

As of 10 January 2022[3]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Brazil BRA Marcelo Boeck
2 DF Brazil BRA Tinga (captain)
5 DF Brazil BRA Marcelo Benevenuto
7 FW Brazil BRA Robson
9 FW Brazil BRA Wellington Paulista (vice-captain)
10 MF Brazil BRA Lucas Crispim
12 GK Brazil BRA Felipe Alves
13 MF Brazil BRA Éderson (on loan from Corinthians)
14 MF Brazil BRA Ronald
15 MF Brazil BRA Felipe
16 MF Brazil BRA Matheus Jussa
17 FW Brazil BRA David
18 FW Brazil BRA Edinho
19 FW Chile CHI Ángelo Henríquez
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 FW Brazil BRA Romarinho
22 MF Brazil BRA Yago Pikachu
23 GK Brazil BRA Max Walef
30 DF Brazil BRA Bruno Melo
34 FW Argentina ARG Valentín Depietri
44 DF Brazil BRA Titi
77 FW Brazil BRA Igor Torres
96 MF Brazil BRA Matheus Vargas
99 GK Brazil BRA Kennedy
GK Brazil BRA Fernando Miguel
DF Ecuador ECU Anthony Landázuri
DF Colombia COL Brayan Ceballos
DF Brazil BRA Wagner Leonardo (on loan from Santos)
DF Brazil BRA Juninho Capixaba (on loan from Grêmio)

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
3 DF Colombia COL Juan Quintero
8 MF Brazil BRA Luiz Henrique
27 DF Brazil BRA Habraão
No. Pos. Nation Player
40 DF Brazil BRA Vitor Ricardo
MF Brazil BRA Hércules

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
21 FW Brazil BRA Gustavo Coutinho (on loan at Botafogo-PB until 3 April 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
38 DF Brazil BRA João Paulo (on loan at Náutico until 30 November 2022)

Technical staff


Winners (1): 2018
Winners (1): 2019
Winners (1): 1970
Winners (44): 1920, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1933, 1934, 1937, 1938, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1953, 1954, 1959, 1960, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1992, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021
Winners (2): 2016, 2017


  1. ^ "CNEF - Cadastro Nacional de Estádios de Futebol" (PDF) (in Portuguese). January 18, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "Fortaleza". Albion Road. Archived from the original on September 21, 2008. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  3. ^ "Elenco" [Squad] (in Portuguese). Fortaleza EC. Retrieved January 18, 2020.