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Sport Club Do Recife (Sport Club Of Recife)

Founded on 13 May 1905 through the initiative of Pernambuco-born Guilherme de Aquino Fonseca, Sport Club Recife – written this way because of the influence of the English language, and without the ‘do’ (meaning ‘of’) that it has now – was the first football team in Pernambuco.

Sport Club Do Recife (Sport Club Of Recife)

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By: Lúcia Gaspar - Librarian of the Fundação Joaquim Nabuco

Cazá, cazá, cazá! (Hey, hey, hey)
A turma é mesmo boa! (The gang is really good)
É mesmo da fuzarca! (Is really, really good!)
Sport, Sport, Sport!
(Battle cry of Sport).

Founded on 13 May 1905 through the initiative of Pernambuco-born Guilherme de Aquino Fonseca, Sport Club Recife – written this way because of the influence of the English language, and without the ‘do’ (meaning ‘of’) that it has now – was the first football team in Pernambuco.

Although Clube Náutico Capibaribe (Náutico) had already officially existed from 1901, it was completely dedicated to aquatic sports, especially rowing competitions.

On 28 May 1905, in an assembly held at the main hall of the Pernambuco Association of Commercial Employers, with the presence of 23 founding members, the club’s first board of directors was elected for the years 1905-1906, consisting of:

        President - Elysio Alberto Silveira Sobrinho
        Vice-president – Boaventura Alves Pinho
        1st secretary – Mário Sette
        2nd secretary – Frederico Rufilo de Oliveira
        Treasurer – Mário Torres
        Solicitor – Alberto Amorim
        Director of Maritime Sports – Paulino Miranda
        Director of Field Sports – Guilherme Aquino Fonseca
        Director of Music – Carlos O. Menezes

Sport’s first football game took place on 22 June at the Derby field – where today the sports field of the Pernambuco Military Police is found – against the English Eleven, a team made up of workers from English-based firms in Recife. Despite the favouritism of the English, considered the “fathers of football”, Sport managed an honourable 2-all draw.

Sport’s first victory occurred on 29 April 1906, in a game at the Derby field against Western Telegraph, a team made up of Englishmen, when the red-and-blacks won by a score of 1-0.

The first derby between Sport and Náutico, won 3-1 by the red-and-white team, was on 24 July 1909 at the British Club field, located behind where today is the State Museum, on Rui Barbosa Ave.

From 1908 to 1915, the activities at Sport were almost exclusively dedicated to aquatic sports. To compete against Clube Náutico Capibaribe, a rowing division was created, but it was always football that drew the hearts of the supporters. There were many financial difficulties for the club, which were solved as well as possible by its founder, Guilherme Aquino Fonseca.

The team did not participate in the first Pernambuco football championship, organised by the Liga Sportiva Pernambucana (Pernambuco Sporting League – LSP), in 1915.

Its first championship was won in 1916 – the year in which the club joined the LSP – in a game where they beat Santa Cruz 4-1 with the following team: Luiz Cavalcanti, Briant and Paulino, Town, Robson and Smerthurst; Asdrúbal, Lalor Motta, Anagan, Vasconcelos and Smith.
In 1919, Sport opened its stadium on Malaquias Ave, located behind the current State Museum on Rui Barbosa Ave, which was considered the best in its day.

In 1920, the club underwent its first tour outside Pernambuco, heading to Belém, Pará. They won the Leão do Norte (Lion of the North) trophy, which was a lion sculpture, defeating a team made up of the clubs Remo and Paissandu from Pará. The local supporters were unhappy with the result and broke the lion’s tail. From then on, the idea came to adopt the lion as the emblem of Sport. According to the club’s statutes, the emblem’s geometric configuration is defined as such:

In the upper, two circular, convex arcs equal to each other; the upper arcs meet, at one of the ends, at the extreme upper point of the vertical axis of the figure; at the other end, each one is connected to the upper end of the corresponding lateral arc; the lateral arcs meet, at the lower end, at the extreme lower point of the figure’s vertical axis; the length of each lateral arc is, practically, equal to double the length of each superior arc. Sole § –The background of the official emblem has seven parallel bands in an ascending diagonal pattern from left to right, in the colours black and red, alternatively, the first and last of which in the colour black. Imposed on the background, the heraldic figure, in golden-yellow, of a standing lion in profile, toward the right side of the emblem, supporting a miniature of this design. On the miniature, also in golden-yellow, the design of the monogram SCR in interlaced letters, in the colour black.

The stars that exist today were incorporated to represent the national titles of Sport: the yellow for the Brazilian Champions in 1987 and the Winners of the Copa Brasil (Brazil Cup) in 2008, and the grey for the title of the Brazilian 2nd Division in 1990.

With the basis of the team formed by Jucá, Alarcon and Pedro Sá; Adhemar, Altino and Aureliano; Witham, Dubeux, Péricles, Ary and Aluízio, Sport won its first of three consecutive championships in 1925.

On 4 July 1937, the headquarters of Sport was opened in Ilha do Retiro, which hosted its first game in the stadium against Santa Cruz, won by the home team 6-5.

Today, the red-and-black team is known as the Leão da Ilha (Lion of the Island).

At the end of 1941 and beginning of 1942, Sport went on the first tour by a team from Pernambuco to the South and Southeast regions of the country, having a brilliant campaign. They were able to defeat southern teams like Flamengo, Vasco da Gama, Atlético Mineiro, Coritiba, Internacional and Grêmio. In seventeen games they achieved eleven victories, two draws, scored 53 goals, suffered four defeats and allowed 33 goals against.

In 1950, Sport not only won the football championship, but also the rowing, volleyball, basketball and water polo, and during the decade, four titles of the Pernambuco championship (1953, 1955-1956 and 1958).

In 1957 it went on its first international tour, playing against teams from Portugal, Israel, Turkey, Spain, France and Germany, whose results from seventeen games were five victories, three draws and nine defeats, scoring 41 goals and allowing 43.

In the 1960s they won consecutive titles (1961-1962) and the North-Northeast Tournament, an official competition of the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation), and went through a bitter drought of Pernambuco championship titles from 1963 to 1974.

From 1975 to the end of the 1980s they won six more championships, and from the 1990s achieved near-total domination in the State. They were champions in 1991-1992, 1994, 1996 to 2000 (the first time they won five consecutive championships), 2003, 2006 to 2010 (the second five-times-in-a-row). Below are the years for all 39 Pernambuco championships won by Sport Club de Recife, from 1916 to 2010, and the team anthem:

Sport Club de Recife – 1916-1917, 1920, 1923-1925, 1928, 1938, 1941-1943, 1948-1949, 1953, 1955-1956, 1958, 1961-1962, 1975, 1977, 1980-1982, 1988, 1991-1992, 1994, 1996-2000 (five-time champions), 2003, 2006-2010 (five-time champions).

Anthem of Sport Club de Recife
Written by Eunitônio Edir Pereira

Com o Sport (With Sport)
Eternamente estarei (Eternally I’ll be)
Pois rubro-negras são (As red-and-blacks are)
As cores que abracei (The colours I embrace)
E o abraço, de tão forte, (And I embrace them, so firmly)
Não tem separação (There is no separation)
Pra mim, o meu Sport (For me, my Sport)
É religião (Is religion)

A vida a gente vive (The life we live)
Pra vencer (To win)
Sport, Sport
Uma razão para viver (A reason to live)

Treze de Maio, (Thirteenth of May)
Mil novecentos e cinco (1905)
Dia divino em que Guilherme de Aquino (Divine day that Guilherme de Aquino)
Reune, no Recife, ardentes seguidores (Gathers, in Recife, ardent followers)
Fundando esta nação de vencedores (Founding this nation of winners)
Que encanta, enobrece e dá prazer (That charms, ennobles and pleases)
Sport, Sport
Uma razão para viver (A reason to live)

Eterno símbolo de orgulho (Eternal symbol of pride)
É o pavilhão (It’s the ensign)
De listras pretas e vermelhas, (Of black and red stripes)
Com o Leão (With the Lion)
Erguendo, imponente, o imortal escudo (Uplifiting, gallant, the immortal emblem)
Mostrando à gente que o Sport é tudo (Showing us that Sport is everything)
Que a vida tem de belo a oferecer (Beautiful that life has to offer)
Sport, Sport
Uma razão para viver (A reason to live)

São gerações e corações (It’s the generations and hearts)
Fazendo a história (Making history)
São campeões e emoções (It’s the champions and emotions)
Tecendo a glória (Weaving the glory)
Do bravo Leão da Ilha, Sport obsessão (Of the brave Lion of the Island, Sport obsession)
Que faz bater mais forte o coração (That makes the heart beat strongest)
Torcida mais fiel não pode haver (More loyal supporters can not exist)
Sport, Sport
Uma razão para viver (A reason to live)
Sport! Sport! Sport! 

Recife, 18 November 2010
Translated by Peter Leamy, October 2011

sources consulted

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


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