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Náutico [Clube Náutico Capibaribe]

Clube Náutico Capibaribe (Capibaribe Nautical Club), officially founded on 7 April 1901, has its origins at the end of the 19th Century, with the union of two Recife rowing groups.

Náutico [Clube Náutico Capibaribe]

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By: Lúcia Gaspar - Librarian of the Fundação Joaquim Nabuco

N-A-U-T-I-C-O, N-A-U-T-I-C-O, N-A-U-T-I-C-O, Náutico, Náutico, Náutico!
Battle cry of Clube Náutico Capibaribe

Clube Náutico Capibaribe (Capibaribe Nautical Club), officially founded on 7 April 1901, has its origins at the end of the 19th Century, with the union of two Recife rowing groups.

In 1897, a group of rowers, captained by João Victor da Cruz Alfarra, created the ‘Recreio Fluvial’ (Fluvial Recreation) club, a society that rented boats that ran from the old Lingueta, in the Recife neighbourhood, to the Bathhouse, located on Pina (an island at that time), also making other cruises along the Capibaribe River, all the way to the Apipucos.

On 21 November 1897, a regatta, organised by João Alfarra and his groups, was held to welcome the Pernambuco troops that returned from Bahia after the end of the Canudos revolt lead by Antônio Conselheiro.

From then on, the Recife people’s interest in the rowing competitions held along the Capibaribe increased.

In 1898, the Clube dos Pimpões (Rascals Club) was created by businessmen from Duque de Caxias and Rangel Streets, which began to compete against Recreio Fluvial, holding several regattas.

At the end of the year, the two groups joined and founded a new society called Clube Náutico Capibaribe.

After a major crisis and near extinction, some members decided to fight and work so that the club would not disappear. Meetings in building #1 of the Pernambuco Quays Company (today José Mariano Quay), practically recreated Naútico, officially adopting the red and white colours and stipulating the payment of ten thousand crowns to the title of “jóia” (jewel) and three thousand as monthly membership.

Clube Náutico Capibaribe’s first board of directors was composed by the following members:

• President: João Victor da Cruz Alfarra.
• Vice-president: A. Ommundsen.
• 1st Secretary: Piragibe Haghissé.
• 2nd Secretary: Herman Ledebour.
• Treasurer: Osvaldo Gusmão
• Orator: Rodolfo Lima
• Director of Regattas: Antonio Dias Ferreira.

There was, however, internal resistance to the practice of football at the Club. A group against it affirmed that Naútico was destined to exclusively practice aquatic sports and that football was more an exchange of passes than a sport.

Only in 1909, under the presidency of Ernesto Pereira Carneiro, was football introduced to Náutico, with the creation of the Department of Land Sports, whose first director, Camilo Pereira Carneiro (the president’s brother), quickly scheduled a game against Sport Club de Recife.

The first Naútico v Sport derby, won against all expectations by the red-and-white team 3-1, occurred on 24 July 1909 on the field of the British Club, which was located behind the current building of the State Museum, on Rui Barbosa Ave. Adversaries only in regattas held on the Capibaribe until then, they began to be rivals in football.

The Jornal Pequeno (Little Daily) published on the following day this comment on the game:

The forwards of Sport Club yesterday were unhappy with their passes, giving the reason that the ball always fell under the control of the half-backers of Naútico. There are many here in Recife who have not had the pleasure of watching a party so competitive and by its very nature enthused the spectators greatly. Decidedly, football is a magnificent diplomat!

The selection of the two teams, published in newspapers, shows that both played with various English athletes:

Náutico – King; Montagne and Ávila; Ramage, Ivat and Coock; Silva, H. Grant, Maunsell, Thomas and João Maia.
Sport – Lhatan; Oliver and Mielar; Frank, Pickwood and Robson; Alberto Amorim, Marsh, Griffith, C. Chalmers and J. Amorim.

The goals in the Naútico victory were scored by Maunsell (2) and Thomas. That of Sport by C. Chalmers.

A month later, in August, the second game was held on the Santana field in Casa Forte, the place where the buildings of Jornal do Commercio Radio were later built and today stands a supermarket. The game finished as a 0-0 draw, delaying the revenge of the red-and-black team.

In 1914 the Liga Recifense de Futebol (Recife Football League) was established, but Clube Náutico Capibaribe did not join, making its players look into joining other teams. América, at the time called João de Barros, was the club that accepted the most red-and-whites.

Only began participating in the Pernambuco football championship – organised for the first time by the Liga Sportiva Pernambucana (Pernambuco Sporting League –LSP) in 1915 – from its second year, in 1916.

In 1917 the LSP opened its official field, located in the Aflitos neighbourhood (today belonging to Clube Náutico Capibaribe), the Eládio de Barros Carvalho Stadium, with a capacity of 30,000 seated spectators, better known as the Estádio dos Aflitos (Aflitos Stadium).

The Aflitos club won the Torneio Início (Starting Tournament) – an event held annually by the PSL from 1919 to 1981 – fourteen times in the following years: 1933, 1942, 1944, 1949, 1952-1953 (two-time champion), 1962-1965 (four-time champion), 1975, 1978-1980 (three-time champion).
Its first Pernambuco championship was won in 1934. With a team of players who had mainly come from the youth side, fruits of the labour of coach Umberto Cabelli, they beat the team from Santa Cruz 2-1 in a game held on the field in Malaquias Ave, owned by Sport Club de Recife. The champion team was made up by Epaminondas; Salsa and Salsinha; Taurino (Clélio), Edson and Rafael; Zezé, Autur, Fernando, Estácio and João Manoel.

At the time, highly talented players came out of the club such as the Carvalheira brothers: Zezé, Fernando and Artur. The latter was the first player from Pernambuco to be “exported” to play in a more developed centre – in this case, Rio de Janeiro. Artur was contracted by Fluminense and received high praise at each training. On 13 September 1936, he played in the derby between Flamengo and Fluminense, the famous ‘Fla-Flu’, and scored the tying goal when his team was trailing 1-0. As he had never intended to play football professionally, he turned down the invitation of the team from Rio to sign a professional contract, coming back to Recife on 28 September that year, returning to play with Náutico.

His brother, Fernando Carvalheira, was one of the top goal-scorers at the Club (1934-1935), along with Wilson (1942); Tará (1945); Amorim (1950); Fernandinho (1951); Ivson (1953-1954); Geraldo José (1959); Rinaldo and China (1963); Bita (1964-1967); Jorge Mendonça (1974); Baiano (1982-1983); Bizu (1989-1990); Nivaldo (1992); Robson (1996); and Kuki (2001, 2003 and 2005).

Clube Náutico Capibaribe reigned supreme throughout the 1960s, winning seven titles out of ten championships. They were the Pernambuco champions in 1960 and runners-up in 1961. They are the only team from Pernambuco, to this day, that have won six consecutive championships, from 1963 to 1968, including two undefeated seasons.

During this time, the Club was also runner-up in the Taça Brasil (Brazil Cup) and the first team from the State to participate in the Copa Libertadores da América (Liberators Cup of America), displaying stars like Bita, Nado, Salomão, Lula Monstrinho, Gena, Nino, Lála, Rinaldo and others.
From 1969, six stars were added to the upper part of the Naútico emblem, representing their six consecutive championships.

The name ‘timbu’, by which Náutico is known, goes back a long way to the time when its rowers used to anchor their boats after training at the dock on Rua da Aurora in front of a brewery and quenched their thirst with several bottles of booze to the surprise of onlookers, who began to quietly call them ‘timbus’ (white-eared oppossums – known for eating fermented fruits and even drinking alcohol). In the 1934 championship, the nickname fully caught on when a red-and-white director, worried about the rain and the cold, took to the field and during his talk, which was being given in the middle of the pitch, asked each player to take a sip from a bottle of Cinzano (vermouth). From then on, the crowd began chanting ‘timbu, timbu’ for the entire match.

After winning the championship, and taking advantage of the proximity of Carnival that year, athletes from the Rowing Department created ‘Timbu Coroado’ (Crowned Timbu), a maracatu and carnival group to enliven the red-and-white Carnivals.

From 1934 to 2010, Náutico won 21 Pernambuco football championships: 1934, 1939, 1945, 1950-1952, 1954, 1960, 1963-1968 (six-time champions), 1974, 1984-1985, 1989, 2001-2002, 2004.


Da união de duas cores mágicas (From the union of two magic colours)
Nasceu a força e a raça (Was born the strength and the courage)
Vermelho de luta (Fighting red)
Branco de paz (Peaceful white)
Quem olha não esquece jamais (Whoever looks shall never forget)
Da união de sete letras mágicas (The union of these seven magic letters)


Nasceu um time que encanta (A team was born that enchants)
Que manda e desmanda (That makes the rules and obeys no one)
Que faz o nosso Carnaval (That makes our Carnival)
Náutico teu caminho é de luz (Náutico’s way is the light)
Tua força, tua garra (Your strength, your courage)
Fascina e seduz (Fascinates and seduces)
No meu coração (My heart)
Brotou o esplendor (Captured the splendour)
De te adorar com emoção (Of loving you with emotion)
No meu coração (In my heart)
Brotou o esplendor (Captured the splendour)
De te adorar com muito amor (Of loving you with all love)

Lá, lá, lá, lá, lá, lá, lá, lá, lá, lá
Lá, lá, lá, lá, lá, lá, lá, lá, lá, lá



Recife, 6 December 2010.
Translated by Peter Leamy, January 2011.

sources consulted

ALVES, Givanildo. História do futebol pernambucano (1903/1950). Recife: Governo de Pernambuco, Secretaria de Educação e Cultura, 1978.

CLUBE Náutico Capibaribe. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 6 dez. 2010.


FERREIRA, José Maria. História dos campeonatos: memória do futebol pernambucano (1915 a 2007). Recife: CEPE, 2007.

A HISTÓRIA ilustrada do futebol brasileiro. [S.l.]: Edobras, [1968?]. v. 2.


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