Fortaleza logo.svg
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.

After finishing in 4th place in the 2021 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the club qualified for the Copa Libertadores for the first time in history.


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 30 July 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)
3 DF Ecuador ECU Anthony Landázuri
4 DF Brazil BRA Titi (vice-captain)
5 DF Brazil BRA Marcelo Benevenuto
6 DF Colombia COL Brayan Ceballos
7 FW Brazil BRA Robson
9 FW Argentina ARG Silvio Romero (on loan from Independiente)
10 MF Brazil BRA Lucas Crispim
11 FW Brazil BRA Romarinho
12 GK Brazil BRA Kennedy
13 MF Brazil BRA Lucas Lima (on loan from Palmeiras)
14 MF Brazil BRA Ronald
15 MF Brazil BRA Felipe
16 GK Brazil BRA Fernando Miguel
17 MF Brazil BRA Zé Welison (on loan from Atlético Mineiro)
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 DF Argentina ARG Emanuel Brítez
20 MF Brazil BRA Matheus Vargas
21 FW Brazil BRA Moisés
22 MF Brazil BRA Yago Pikachu (3rd captain)
25 GK Brazil BRA Luan Polli
26 MF Brazil BRA Sammuel
27 MF Brazil BRA Fabrício Baiano
28 DF Brazil BRA Habraão
29 DF Brazil BRA Juninho Capixaba (on loan from Grêmio)
34 FW Argentina ARG Valentín Depietri
35 MF Brazil BRA Hércules
40 DF Brazil BRA Vitor Ricardo
77 FW Brazil BRA Igor Torres
80 MF Venezuela VEN Rómulo Otero
88 MF Brazil BRA Lucas Sasha
91 FW Brazil BRA Thiago Galhardo (on loan from Internacional)

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
25 DF Brazil BRA Alix Vinicius (on loan from Artsul)
33 FW Brazil BRA David
No. Pos. Nation Player
45 MF Brazil BRA Dudu (on loan from Ferroviário)

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
GK Brazil BRA Felipe Alves (on loan to São Paulo until 31 December 2022)
DF Brazil BRA Bruno Melo (on loan to Corinthians until 31 December 2022)
DF Brazil BRA João Paulo (on loan to Náutico until 30 November 2022)
DF Brazil BRA Miguel (on loan to Boavista until 3 April 2022)
DF Brazil BRA Nathan (on loan to Athletic-MG until 3 April 2022)
DF Colombia COL Juan Quintero (on loan to Vasco da Gama until 31 December 2022)
MF Brazil BRA Matheus Jussa (on loan to Qatar SC until 30 June 2023)
MF Brazil BRA Pablo (on loan to Vitória until 30 November 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Brazil BRA Ryan (on loan to Boavista until 3 April 2022)
MF Brazil BRA Luiz Henrique (on loan to Vasco da Gama until 31 December 2022)
MF Brazil BRA Thiago Alves (on loan to Red Bull Bragantino until 31 December 2022)
FW Brazil BRA Edinho (on loan to Juventude until 31 December 2022)
FW Brazil BRA Edison Negueba (on loan to Confiança until 30 November 2022)
FW Brazil BRA Gustavo Coutinho (on loan to Sport Recife until 30 November 2022)
FW Brazil BRA Pedro Vitor (on loan to Náutico until 30 November 2022)
FW Brazil BRA Renato Kayzer (on loan to Daejeon Hana Citizen until 31 December 2022)


Current staff

As of 16 February 2022.
Position Name
Coaching staff
Head coach Argentina Juan Pablo Vojvoda
Assistant head coach Argentina Nahuel Martínez
Assistant head coach Argentina Gastón Liendo
Assistant head coach Brazil Leonardo Porto
Goalkeepers trainer Brazil Guto Albuquerque
Medical staff
Fitness coach Brazil Émerson Santana
Fitness coach Brazil Kelmo Bonatto
Team doctor Brazil Cláudio Maurício
Team doctor Brazil Glay Maranhão
Team doctor Brazil Rafael Veras
Team doctor Brazil Roberto Oliveira
Team doctor Brazil Vinícius Castelo
Physiotherapist Brazil Albino Luciano
Physiotherapist Brazil Egberto Oliveira
Physiotherapist Brazil Patrício Teixeira
Physiotherapist Brazil Ranielson Xavier


Winners (1): 2018
Winners (2): 2019, 2022
Winners (1): 1970
Winners (45): 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, 2022
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 Brazilian Portuguese). Fortaleza EC. Retrieved January 18, 2020.