Friday, May 21, 2010

Sport Club Internacional

Sport Club Internacional, known simply as Internacional or Inter, is a Brazilian football team from Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, founded on April 4, 1909. They play in red shirts, white shorts and socks, the first of which gives the team its nickname of O Colorado, The Reds and The Sons of Resistance. They enjoy a traditional rivalry with the city's other club, Grêmio - with derbies known as a "Gre-Nal". The team's home stadium is known as the "Giant of the River Bank", or Beira-Rio, on the banks of the Guaíba River, and it holds 56,000.
The year 2006 was the most successful year in Inter's history as they won the 2006 Copa Libertadores when they defeated the defending champions São Paulo. Internacional also won the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup.


The foundation
The brothers Henrique, José and Luis Poppe were responsible for founding the Sport Club International.
The greatest difficulty encountered by the Poppes, when transferred from São Paulo to Porto Alegre in 1901, was to not find a club to the democratic practice of football. At the time there were only two clubs in the city (the Fussball and the Grêmio Porto Alegrense), private for those who had German ancestry. In 1909 the Poppe convened a group of students and ordinary employees from Porto Alegre and trading to a meeting, scheduled for the day April 4, 1909, at number 141 in Redenção Avenue (now Avenue João Pessoa, 1025), with the clear objective of founding a new football club. Thus began the history of Sport Club Internacional.
More than 40 people also voted to select the name of the club, established in honor of Sport Club Internacional (from São Paulo). Since then the clubs were usually identified with colonies of immigrants from certain ethnic or nationality (such as São Paulo Palestra Italy, for Italians, the Vasco da Gama, for Portuguese immigrants etc.), The name "International" was scope to identify a club where "all" could play, regardless of origin, race or social status. Emerged as a club genuinely democratic and without any kind of discrimination.

The emblem
The first emblem of Sport Club Internacional was designed with the initials SCI in red over a white background, without the red contour that appeared shortly afterwards. In the Fifties, the colours were inverted, as the initials were written in white over a red background. After winning the 2006 Libertadores Cup, the emblem won another star. It's 50% bigger and is placed above the other four, which represent the three Brazilian championships (1975, 1976 and 1979) and the Brazilian Cup title (1992). However, still in 2006, Inter won the FIFA Club World Cup. The star symbolizing the Freedom Fighters Cup title was moved down between the four stars representing the club’s national honours. A new and majestic diamond star was placed above it to commemorate the world crown.
[edit]The Rolo Compressor (The Steamroller)
The Forties were remarkable for the Colorados. One of the greatest squads in the club's history was formed in that decade: The Rolo Compressor (Steamroller). They were an extremely offensive team that played from 1224 to 1948 and won eight Rio Grande do Sul championships. The reason for such superiority dated back to 1926, the year Inter started accepting Black players in their squad – something that was not adopted by rivals Grêmio until 1952. That decision ended up strengthening the team, which placed no restrictions and always had the best players, and also gave birth to the affectionate nickname of "The People's Club."
That team included some of the greatest football players in the club's history. Alfeu, Tesourinha, Abigail, Carlitos, Adãozinho, among others. The term "Rolo Compressor " was coined to represent Inter's power of "crushing the opposition" in their quest for victories. It showed the superiority of the team at that time.

The club's growth
The end of the Forties marked the beginning of an era of growth for Internacional. The club restored the Eucaliptos, their old stadium, to host two matches of the FIFA World Cup in 1950 – Mexico vs Yugoslavia and Mexico vs Switzerland. On the pitch, Inter kept developing great players and provided most of the squad for the national team that won the 1956 Pan-American Games in Mexico.
Rio Grande do Sul sports were now the focus of attention. The green-and-white Inter played their first match on March 1, 1956, when they beat Chile 2-1. In the game against Costa Rica, up to then the greatest surprise of the competition, Inter demolished the opposition by 7-1, with goals scored by Larry (3), Chinesinho (3) and Bodinho.
The final was played against Argentina. A 2-2 draw meant the title of the Pan-American Games Mexico 1956 for Teté's men on an unbeaten run. Back in Brazil, the players were visited in Rio de Janeiro by the Vice President of the Republic, João Goulart (a former juvenile player for the team), and went to the Catete Palace to receive the trophy from the hands of the President of the Republic, Juscelino Kubitschek. Besides gold medals, the team also won other awards, but the most important was that Brazil saw it could rely on Inter for any challenge.
In the Sixties, the Eucaliptos was becoming small for the large fan base. It was necessary to build a new stadium. Supporters mobilised and help build Beira-Rio by donating bricks, iron bars, and cement. Ten years of work elapsed until the new Colorado home was inaugurated on April 6, 1969. The ground's magnitude was reflected in its name: Gigante da Beira-Rio (literally the "Giant on the River Banks" in Portuguese).

An era of titles
Perhaps no other time is remembered with more affection and longing by the Internacional supporters than the victorious Seventies. In that decade, Inter showed which the biggest club in Rio Grande do Sul and in Brazil were. The new Beira-Rio stadium met the expectations of the fanatic crowd and was the stage for some of the best years in Internacional's history. In 1975, after a thrilling victory against Cruzeiro, at Beira-Rio, the Colorados secured the Brazilian championship title. The only goal of the match was scored by Chilean star defender Elías Figueroa. The first golden star was now on the chest of every Colorado.
In 1976, Internacional kept the victorious squad from the previous year and arrived at the top of Brazil's football for the second time. They won the title over Corinthians by winning the final match 2-0. Valdomiro was the man of the match and scored the decisive goal. The campaign in 1976 was remarkable, as in 23 matches for the Brazilian Championship, Rubens Minelli's men won 19, drew one and lost just three.
The end of the decade was crowned with yet another great victory. Inter won their third Brazilian title in 1979 after beating Vasco da Gama 2-1. With 16 wins, the team did not suffer a single defeat during the championship, a deed yet unmatched by any other club in Brazil. The third star was in place, bright and proud, over the club's emblem.

Inter appears to the world
In the Eighties, the world discovered Internacional. More than a national or regional tournament, Inter won the famous Joan Gamper tournament on 25 August 1982, in Barcelona, something no other Brazilian or Latin American club has ever achieved. The Colorados disqualified powerful Barcelona, then with Maradona, after a penalty shoot-out, and beat England's Manchester City in the final by 2-1. It was one of the greatest achievements in the club's history. In 1984, Inter won the Kirin Cup in Japan. The club started to consolidate their name in the world scenario.
After 1956 – year in which eight footballers out of the 22-player squad called up for the national team played for Internacional – the definitive glory came in 1984. To represent Brazil in that year's Olympics, in Los Angeles, Internacional had their whole squad called up. The eleven players, from the goalkeeper to the number 11, did a great job and won the silver medal. The team became known as Sele/Inter. After beating traditional sides such as Italy and Germany, Internacional players brought to Brazil the unprecedented football silver medal, a deed repeated in 1988, when Inter players such as goalkeeper Taffarel, full-back Luis Carlos Wink and centre-back Aloisio defended the Brazilian colours.
At the end of the decade, in 1989, Inter faced a real battle against archrivals Grêmio. The semi-final of the Brazilian Championship meant not only a pass for the final match, but also a place in the Libertadores Cup. The encounter became known as the "Gre-Nal of the Century." With just ten players on the pitch, Inter finished the first half losing by 1-0. In the second half, pushed by a large crowd at Beira-Rio, the Colorados came from behind to crush Grêmio with two goals scored by striker Nilson and won by 2-1. Party in Porto Alegre, in Rio Grande do Sul, and all over the world.

The fourth star
In 1992, Internacional won its fourth national title, the Brazilian Cup. The decision was against Fluminense. In the first leg, in Rio de Janeiro, a 2-1 defeat. The return leg saw a completely packed Beira-Rio, and the team coached by Antônio Lopes made a fantastic comeback to win by 1-0. The club secured the title in the away goals rule.

Copa Libertadores and afterwards
Inter entered the new millennium seeking the essence of their football in the youth teams. The hegemony in Rio Grande do Sul came naturally with four state titles in a row, from 2002 to 2005. The club modernised all its departments and prepared for a new football era. The South American Cup meant a return to the world stage and prepared the team for contesting the Libertadores Cup title. The campaign included eight wins, six draws, and just one defeat, to Ecuador's Liga Deportiva Universitaria in the quarter-finals. To win the title, Internacional had to move past two clubs that had won the tournament three times - Uruguay's Club Nacional de Fútbol and São Paulo, who were the defending champions.
Against São Paulo, Internacional arguably won the title away in the first leg. Stunning the 80,000 são-paulinos attending the match at the Morumbi stadium, Rafael Sóbis scored twice in the second half before defender Edcarlos scored for São Paulo. Internacional needed just a draw in the second leg at home, and they enjoyed the home advantage to the fullest and left the pitch as South American champions for the first time and, arguably, being the best team in the world. Striker Fernandão, who, along with Tinga, scored in the final match at the Beira-Rio stadium, was one of the 14 players finishing as top scorer of the Libertadores, with five goals. He was voted Man of the Match against São Paulo and won a Toyota Corolla as the prize. Fernandão put the car up for auction and gave the money to charity organizations.
Internacional competed in the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup and won it. But the next biggest highlight of the club, after the Libertadores victory, was the 2007 Recopa Sudamericana. Amidst all the victories in 2006, International had a bad start to the 2007 season. But to close this winning cycle with a golden triumph, Inter won the Recopa Sudamericana as they defeated Mexican club Pachuca with a final score of 5-2. In the first game in Mexico, the team had a good performance and was defeated 2-1. Alexandre Pato opened the scoring. In the second match, supported by over 51,000 fans crammed into Beira-Rio, Inter beat the opponent by a score of 4-0 - the biggest win of the competition's history.

Mid 2007-present
In 2008, Internacional won the Dubai Cup 2008. In the same year, however, Internacional won the Copa Sudamericana 2008, beating Argentinian Estudiantes de La Plata, becoming the first Brazilian winners of the trophy. By winning the Copa Sudamericana, Internacional entered an elite group of South American clubs that have won the all three CONMEBOL tournaments (Copa Libertadores, Recopa Sudamericana, and Supercopa Sudamericana or Copa Sudamericana).
On April 2, 2009, Inter launched its third uniform celebrating the centenary, with golden shirt, red shorts and red socks. The golden shirt mean the glories won in their history.
On August 5, 2009, Inter won their sixth international championship in a period of time corresponding to four years. Inter won the Suruga Bank 2009, which they played as reigning champions of the Copa Sudamericana 2008 against J. League Cup 2008 champions Oita Trinita in Japan. Furthermore, was champions of the Campeonato Gaúcho 2009, runner-up the Copa do Brasil 2009 and Recopa Sudamericana 2009.
On August 28, 2009, English club Tottenham announced that a partnership was completed between the two clubs. Tottenham's chairman Daniel Levy said "As we look to take the Club forward it will be increasingly important that we are able to track and develop emerging talented players. This co-operation between our two clubs, which will see an exchange of coaching methodologies as well as exchange visits, means that we shall be able to effect the placement and development of players from Brazil and South America with both ourselves or other European Leagues. It is an exciting partnership and opportunity for us and we look forward to working with Inter." Internacional's chairman, Vittorio Piffero, said: "This strategic partnership between two globally renowned clubs is an innovation in Brazilian football and will result not only in the exchange of youth players, but also in a comprehensive development of the Porto Alegre-based club by sharing expertise in areas such as marketing, promotions, trade opportunities, media and public relations."


Guarda Popular do Inter

Internacional's anthem was composed by Nélson Silva, in 1957, and is called Celeiro de Ases (meaning "Factory of Aces").

Current squad

]Senior squad
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 GK Lauro
2 DF Bolívar (vice-captain)
3 DF Índio
4 DF Fabiano Eller
5 MF Pablo Guiñazú (captain)
6 DF Kléber
7 FW Taison
8 MF Sandro (On loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
9 FW Alecsandro
10 MF Andrés D'Alessandro
11 MF Giuliano
12 DF Bruno Silva
14 DF Gonzalo Sorondo
15 DF Nei
16 FW Walter
17 MF Andrezinho
18 FW Edu
No. Position Player
19 DF Juan
20 MF Glaydson
21 MF Wilson Mathías
22 FW Leandro Damião
23 FW Kléber Pereira
24 GK Muriel
25 GK Roberto Abbondanzieri
26 DF Ronaldo Conceição
27 FW Éverton
28 MF Thiago Humberto
-- DF Arilton
-- DF Daniel
-- DF Ronaldo Alves
-- DF Wagner Silva
-- DF Eltinho
-- MF Derley
-- MF Marinho
-- MF Tinga
-- FW Marquinhos
[edit]Coaching staff
Jorge Fossati – Head Coach
J.J. Rodriguez and Leonardo Martins – Assistant Coaches
Clemer Mello – Goalkeeping Coach
Alejandro Valenzuela and Fabio Mahseredjian – Fitness Coach
Elio Carravetta – Fitness Coach Coordinator
Flávio Suarez – Assistant Fitness Coach
Carlos Poisl, Guilherme Caputo, Luiz Crescente and Paulo Rabello – Club Doctors
Mauren Manzour and Rodrigo Rossato – Physiotherapists
Paulo Renato Avis da Silva (Banha), Juarez Quintanilla – Masseurs

Inter B Squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
GK Copetti
GK Guilherme
GK Willian
DF Bregalda
DF Leozão
DF Nando
DF Romário
DF Wagner Silva
DF Wanderson
DF Stoyan Ninov
DF Kaoê
DF Kleber
DF Lima
MF Elizeu
No. Position Player
- MF Elton
MF Juliano
MF Milton Júnior
MF Natan
MF Tales
- MF João Paulo
- MF Wagner Libano
MF Ytalo
FW Fabinho
- FW Léo
- FW Lucas Roggia
- FW Marcos Bambam

]Inter B coaching staff
Enderson Moreira – Head Coach
André Döring, Thiago Gomes – Assistant Coach
Giuliano Roxo – Goalkeeping Coach

Under-20 squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
GK Copetti
GK Edson
GK Guilherme
GK Luiz Paulo
DF Kaoê
DF Leozão
DF Marder
DF Maxsuel
DF Nando
DF Renato
DF Wanderson
DF William Cavalheiro
MF Adriel
MF Almir
MF Ânderson
MF André
MF Artur
No. Position Player
MF Fernando
MF Henrique
MF Jan
MF João Paulo
MF Rodrigo
MF Ronielly
FW Alex Pires
FW Bruno
FW Bryan
FW Fabinho
FW Guedes
FW Lucas Roggia
FW Marcos Bambam
FW Pedro Henrique
FW Samuel
FW Santin
FW William Simon

Under 20 coaching staff
Marcelo Estigarribia – Head Coach
Daniel Franco – Assistant Coach
Rogério Maia – Goalkeeping Coach

Noted players

Adriano Gabiru
Alexandre Pato
André Cruz
Paulo César Carpegiani
Daniel Carvalho
Dadá Maravilha
Fabio Luciano
Fábio Rochemback
Paulo Roberto Falcão
Flávio Minuano
Carlos Kluwe
Mahicon Librelato
Marinho Peres
Mauro Galvão
Rafael Sóbis
Silvio Pirilo
Andrés D'Alessandro
Sergio Goycochea
Pablo Guiñazú
José Villalba
Elías Figueroa
Fabián Vargas
Wason Rentería
Héctor Hurtado
Leandro Augusto
José de La Cruz Benítez
Julio César Enciso
Roberto Fernández
Carlos Gamarra
Diego Gavilán
Martín Hidalgo
Oscar Aguirregaray
Julio Pérez
Diego Aguirre
Rubén Paz
Gonzalo Sorondo

Top scorers
Most goals scored
1. Carlitos 485
2. Bodinho 244
3. Claudiomiro 210
4. Valdomiro 192
5. Larry 180
6. Tesourinha 176
7. José Villalba 145
8. Ivo Diogo 123
9. Jair 123
10. Adãozinho 113

Noted coaches

Teté (1951–57, 1960)
Daltro Menezes (1968–1971)
Dino Sani (1971–1974, 1983)
Rubens Minelli (1974–1977)
Cláudio Duarte (1978–1979, 1981, 1989, 1994–1995, 2001, 2002)
Ênio Andrade (1979–1980, 1990–1991, 1993)
Abel Braga (1988–1989, 1991, 1995, 2006–2007, 2007–2008)
Antônio Lopes (1992)
Carlos Alberto Parreira (2001)
Paulo Autuori (1999)
Émerson Leão (1999)
Muricy Ramalho (2003, 2004–2005)
Tite (2008, 2009)


The 2006 Copa Libertadores trophy.
International titles
FIFA Club World Cup
Winners (1): 2006
Copa Libertadores
Winners (1): 2006
Runners-up (1): 1980
Copa Sudamericana
Winners (1): 2008 (brazilian record)
Recopa Sudamericana
Winners (1): 2007
Runners-up (1): 2009
Suruga Bank Championship
Winner (1): 2009 (brazilian record)
[edit]National titles
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Winner (3): 1975, 1976, 1979
Runner-up (5): 1987, 1988, 2005, 2006, 2009
Copa do Brasil
Winner (1): 1992
Runner-up (1): 2009

State titles
Campeonato Gaúcho
Winner (39): 1927, 1934, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1961, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 e 2009
[edit]Friendly titles
Once champions of Joan Gamper Trophy (Spain) in 1982.
Once champions of Kirin Cup (Japan) in 1984.
Once champions of Dubai Cup (United Arab Emirates) in 2008.
Once champions of Wako Denki Cup (Japan) in 1992.
Once champions of Torneio Costa do Sol (Spain) in 1983.
Once champions of Torneio Costa do Pacífico (Canada) in 1983.
Twice champions of Torneio Viña del Mar (Chile) in 1978 and 2001.
Once champions of Rangers International Tournament (Scotland) in 1987
[edit]Youth titles
Once champions of Eurovoetbal (Netherlands) in 2006.
Once champions of Campeonato Brasileiro Sub-20 in 2006.
Once champions of Nike Cup (Under-15 World Championship) in 2000.
Once champions of Porto Seguro Cup: 2008
Twice champions of Copa 2 de Julho: 2007 and 2008.
Three-times champion of Copa Macaé de Juvenis: 2000, 2001 and 2005.
Four-times Brazilian Under-20 champions at Copa São Paulo de Juniores, in 1974, 1978, 1980 and 1998.
Eight-times champion of Copa Santiago de Futebol Juvenil: 1990, 1992, 1993, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009.
Once champions of Punta Cup: 2010

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