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Comercial Futebol Clube (Ribeirão Preto)

Full name Comercial Futebol Clube
Nickname(s) Bafo, Leão do Norte
Founded October 10, 1911
Stadium Francisco de Palma Travassos
Ground Capacity 35,000
President Nelson Lacerda
Head coach Vagner Benazi
League Campeonato Paulista
2011 17th
Website Club home page

Comercial Futebol Clube (SP), usually known simply as Comercial (or as Comercial de Ribeirão Preto), is a traditional Brazilian football club from Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo state.


  • History 1
  • Current squad 2
  • Achievements 3
  • Stadium 4
  • The derby 5
  • Club colors 6
  • Mascot 7
  • Nickname 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


On October 10, 1911, some business owners from Ribeirão Preto founded Commercial Football Club and the club soon became very wealthy. The field from Estádio da Rua Tibiriçá was one of the first in Brazil to receive grass, because the club's supporters complained of the dust in the air during the games. In 1936, the club has experienced a financial crisis and the Football Department was closed.[1] In 1956, Commercial merged with Paineiras and become Comercial Football Club, entering the second division from Campeonato Paulista that same year.[2]

In 1958, Comercial won its first title, the Campeonato Paulista Second Level, beating Corinthians of Presidente Prudente in the final. The club was promoted to the following year's first level.[3]

In 1978, the club competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A for the first time. The club finished in the 42nd position.[4]

In 1979, the club competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A for the second time. The club finished in the 14th position, ahead of clubs like Grêmio, Fluminense and Botafogo (RJ).[5]

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
GK João Guilherme
GK Marcelo Henrique
DF Léo Carioca
DF Dourado
DF Everton Morelli
DF Willian
DF Bruno Alves
DF Luiz Eduardo
DF Luanderson
MF Gimenez
MF Léo Japa
MF Matheus Magagnin
MF Lucas Sorriso
MF Zé Artur
No. Position Player
MF Richard
MF Marcos Rinaldi
MF Matheus Rinaldi
MF Patrick
MF Vitor
MF Roger Guerreiro
FW Edson
FW Paulo Henrique
FW Cassiano Bodini
FW Igor Carioca
FW Rodrigo Jesus
FW Charles
FW Felipe Napolitano



Comercial's home stadium is Estádio Dr. Francisco de Palma Travassos, nicknamed Jóia (Jewel),[6] inaugurated in 1964, with a maximum capacity of 35,000 people.[7]

The club also owns a training ground, named Centro de Treinamento Francisco de Palma Travassos.[8]

The derby

Comercial's rival is Botafogo (SP). The match between the two clubs is nicknamed Come-Fogo (truncation of Comercial and Botafogo). It is one of the oldest Brazilian derbies and some matches have had an attendance of over 30,000 people. Famous footballers, like Sócrates, Raí and Zé Mario played the derby. The derby is disputed not only in football, but also in basketball.[9]

Club colors

The club's official club colors are black and white. The club's home kit is all white.[10]


Comercial's mascot is a lion, called Leão, which is the Portuguese word for lion.[11]


The club is nicknamed Bafo, meaning Breath,[8] and Leão do Norte, meaning Lion of the North.[2]


  1. ^ (Portuguese) Comercial Futebol Clube (Ribeirão Preto) at Jornal Tribuna de Ribeirão Preto
  2. ^ a b Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 1 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.
  3. ^ 1958 Campeonato Paulista Second Level at RSSSF
  4. ^ 1978 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A at RSSSF
  5. ^ 1979 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A at RSSSF
  6. ^ (Portuguese) Comercial Futebol Clube (SP) at Arquivo de Clubes
  7. ^ (Portuguese) Estádio Dr. Francisco de Palma Travassos (Jóia) at Templos do Futebol
  8. ^ a b Especial Placar - 500 Times do Brasil, São Paulo: Editora Abril: 2003.
  9. ^ - Francanet (October 16, 2006)Basquete 'apaga' futebol em Ribeirão Preto
  10. ^ (Portuguese) Comercial Futebol Clube (SP) at Futebol Interior
  11. ^ (Portuguese) Comercial Futebol Clube (SP) at Times Brasileiros

External links

  • (Portuguese) Comercial Futebol Clube (SP) at Arquivo de Clubes
  • (Portuguese) Comercial Futebol Clube (SP) at Futebol Interior
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