Londrina
Full nameLondrina Esporte Clube
Nickname(s)Tubarão (Shark)
Founded5 April 1956; 65 years ago (1956-04-05)
GroundEstádio do Café
Capacity36,000
PresidentCláudio Canuto
Head coachMárcio Fernandes
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série B
Campeonato Paranaense
2021
2021
Série B, 16th of 20
Paranaense, 1st of 12 (champions)
WebsiteClub website

Londrina Esporte Clube, more commonly referred to as Londrina, is a Brazilian professional association football club in Londrina, Paraná which currently plays in Série B, the second tier of Brazilian football, after being promoted from Série C in 2020. They also in the Campeonato Paranaense, the top division of the Paraná state football league.

The club was founded on April 5, 1956 and originally played at the Vitorino Gonçalves Dias stadium. Their current stadium, the Estádio do Café was built for Londrina's participation in the 1976 Brazilian league championship.

The most successful period for Londrina came between 1976 and 1982 when Londrina competed in Brazil's top league for 6 seasons. They were relegated for the 1980 season but claimed their only national league title by becoming champions of the second division. They have also won the state championship four times, as well as claiming 12 Campeonato do Interior Paranaense titles.

In 2013, Londrina finished in top place in the general classification of the Campeonato Paranaense. Although they did not qualify for the state championship final they won the Interior final and thereby qualified for a place in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série D, the fourth tier of the Brazilian league system and will also be placed in the draw for the First Round of the Copa do Brasil.

History

Londrina was founded by a group of sportsmen who, after watching a friendly match between Nacional and Vasco da Gama in Rolândia, decided that they did not want to go to Rolândia to watch football. Instead, they founded a club in Londrina, their own city. The club, named Londrina Futebol e Regatas, was founded on April 5, 1956. They chose blue and white to be Londrina's colors.[1]

In 1969, Londrina Futebol e Regatas merged with Paraná Esporte Clube, founded in 1942, forming Londrina Esporte Clube.[2] Red and white, the colors for the city of Londrina, became the new club's colors. In 1972, Carlos Antônio Franchello returned to the presidency of the club, and restored blue and white as the club's colors.[3]

In 2008, Londrina won the Copa Paraná for the first time, after beating Cianorte in the final.[4] The club also competed in the same season's Recopa Sul-Brasileira.[4] Londrina was eliminated in the Recopa Sul-Brasileira in the semifinals after a penalty shootout, by Brusque.[5]

Honours

Winners (1): 1980
Winners (1): 2017
Winners (5): 1962, 1981, 1992, 2014, 2021
Winners (1): 2008
Winners (3): 1997, 1999, 2011

Campeonato Brasileiro Série A participations

The club competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982,[1] and in 1986.[6] Londrina's best campaign was in 1977, when the club finished in the fourth place.[1]

Stadium

Main article: Estádio do Café

Londrina's stadium is Estádio do Café,[1] inaugurated in 1976,[7] with a maximum capacity of 36,000 people.[1] However, Vitorino Gonçalves Dias stadium, with a maximum capacity of 10,000 people is owned by Londrina, and sometimes is also used by the club.[8]

Players

First team squad

As of 6 October 2021

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 Alan
GK Brazil BRA César
GK Brazil BRA Dalton
GK Brazil BRA Maltos
DF Brazil BRA Augusto
DF Brazil BRA Lucas Costa
DF Brazil BRA Marcão
DF Brazil BRA Marcondes
DF Brazil BRA Saimon
DF Brazil BRA Zé Pedro
DF Colombia COL Elacio Córdoba
DF Brazil BRA Elias Bidía
DF Brazil BRA Eltinho
DF Brazil BRA Felipe Vieira
DF Brazil BRA Luiz Henrique
MF Brazil BRA Jean Henrique
MF Brazil BRA Jhonny Lucas (on loan from Sint-Truiden)
MF Brazil BRA João Paulo
MF Brazil BRA Luan Marchiori
MF Brazil BRA Marcel (on loan from Portimonense)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Brazil BRA Pedro Cacho
MF Brazil BRA Tárik
MF Brazil BRA Celsinho
MF Brazil BRA Danilo
MF Brazil BRA Gegê
MF Brazil BRA Lucas Lourenço (on loan from Santos)
MF Brazil BRA Marcelo Freitas
MF Brazil BRA Matheus Bianqui
MF Brazil BRA Mossoró
FW Brazil BRA Alan Pinheiro
FW Brazil BRA Caprini (on loan from Juventude)
FW Brazil BRA Gabriel Ramos
FW Brazil BRA Juan
FW Brazil BRA Júnior Pirambu
FW Brazil BRA Marcelinho
FW Brazil BRA Roberto
FW Brazil BRA Salatiel
FW Brazil BRA Victor Daniel
FW Brazil BRA Zeca

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 Neneca
DF Brazil BRA Guilherme
MF Brazil BRA Pedrinho
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Cameroon CMR Toni Nang
FW Brazil BRA João Nascimento
FW Brazil BRA Wilker

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Londrina Esporte Clube" (in Portuguese). Arquivo de Clubes. Archived from the original on January 17, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2008.
  2. ^ Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro Lance Volume 1. Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A. 2001. p. 199. ISBN 85-88651-01-7.
  3. ^ "Londrina – História" (in Portuguese). FutebolPR. Archived from the original on March 3, 2008. Retrieved June 26, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Londrina encerra jejum e conquista título nos pênaltis" (in Portuguese). Gazeta Esportiva. December 4, 2008. Retrieved December 4, 2008.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Recopa Sul-brasileira: Brusque faz final contra Sorocaba" (in Portuguese). Futebol Interior. December 5, 2008. Retrieved December 7, 2008.
  6. ^ "Brazil 1986 Championship – Copa Brasil". RSSSF. February 4, 2008. Archived from the original on December 8, 2007. Retrieved July 26, 2008.
  7. ^ "Estádio Jacy Scaff" (in Portuguese). Templos do Futebol. Retrieved June 26, 2008.
  8. ^ "Estádio Vitorino Gonçalves Dias" (in Portuguese). Templos do Futebol. Retrieved June 26, 2008.