|Full name||Ituano Futebol Clube|
|Nickname(s)||Galo de Itu (The Rooster of Itu)|
Galo Rubro-Negro (The Red & Black Rooster)
Gigante Guerreiro (Giant Warrior)
Ferroviário (The Railroad)
Marechal de Ferro (Marshall of the Rails)
|Founded||24 May 1947|
|President||Vinicius Guitti Moraes|
|Head coach||Mazola Júnior|
|League||Campeonato Brasileiro Série B|
Campeonato Paulista Série A1
|Série B, 6th of 20 |
Paulistão, 5th of 16
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Ituano Futebol Clube, commonly referred to as simply Ituano, is a Brazilian association football club in Itu, São Paulo. They currently play in the Série B, the second tier of Brazilian football, as well as in the Campeonato Paulista Série A1, the top flight of the São Paulo state football league.
Founded on May 24, 1947, Ituano won the São Paulo State League twice.
The club's home colours are red and black and the team mascot is a rooster.
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The club was founded on May 24, 1947, by employees of Estrada de Ferro Sorocabana (Sorocabana Railroad), based in Itu. When founded the club was originally known as Associação Atlética Sorocabana. In the 1960s, the club changed its name to Ferroviário Atlético Ituano and in the 1990s the club again changed its name, this time to Ituano Futebol Clube.
In 1977 a group of sportsmen of Itu unified the football of the city around Ferroviário Atlético Ituano (FAI) and reactivated the Liga Ituana de Futebol (Ituano Football League). In 1978 the club played in Série A3 the third level of the São Paulo state professional football championship. They were promoted to the Campeonato Paulista, the top-flight professional football league in São Paulo in 1989 after clinching the Série A2 championship.
In 2002, Ituano became one of the few teams from outside the São Paulo metroplex area to win the Campeonato Paulista.
Juninho Paulista, a former player from the club's academy and former Brazilian international, became the club's president in 2010. Juninho joined in a player-president capacity helping the team avoid relegation on the final day of the 2010 season with the decisive goal in a 3–2 victory.
In 2014, Ituano won the Campeonato Paulista, defeating the storied Santos Futebol Clube on penalty kicks.
In 2019, Arsenal signed young winger Gabriel Martinelli from the club and he quickly became a first-team regular.
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Ituano's stadium is Estádio Novelli Júnior, inaugurated in 1947. The stadium has a capacity of 18,000 people.
The club mascot is a cock wearing the team kit. The nickname was received in 1957 when Sorocabana played against Club Atlético Ituano (Third Division champions in 1954–55, who have no connection with the current Ituano FC). On this occasion Sorocabana lost the match but the supporters said that the team had fought like a cock and from there the club received its nickname.
Ituano's biggest rival is Paulista Futebol Clube and they contest the Briga de Galo. Other major rivals are Ponte Preta and São Bento, representing the cities of Campinas and Sorocaba, respectively.
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- As of 5 March 2023
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
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- Campeonato Brasileiro Série C
- Campeonato Paulista
- Campeonato Paulista do Interior
- Winners (2): 2017, 2022
- Copa Paulista
- Winners (1): 2002
- Campeonato Paulista Série A2
- Winners (1): 1989
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Source: "Ituano FC", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, March 5th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ituano_FC.
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- ^ Team profile: Ituano Futebol Clube Soccerway. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
- ^ "Que Fim Levou? - Juninho Paulista". Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
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