Atletico Cearense

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January 24, 2022

Atlético Cearense (port. Futebol Clube Atlético Cearense) is a Brazilian football club based in Fortaleza. Until 2017, it was called Uniclinic. At the end of the 2021 season, the team earned the right to play in the Brazilian Serie C for the first time in history.

History

The club was formed in Fortaleza on March 7, 1997 under the name "Uniclinic Training Center" (Centro de Treinamento Uniclinic). In 1998, the team won the second division of the state championship of Ceara. In 2008, the club changed its legal name to Uniclinic Atlético Clube. In 2016, the team made its debut in the Brazilian Serie D. Until this year, Uniklinik played in the form of yellow, purple and white. In 2016, blue and white became the club colors. At the end of 2017, Lokomotiv Moscow football player Ari became the main sponsor and owner of the club. In 2018, the club's name changed to Atlético Cearense. The club's mascot, as well as the nickname "The Eagles of Prekabura", remained unchanged; the eagle remained on the new logo of the club. The club colors have changed - red, black and white - these are the colors that were present in different combinations in Ari's teams during the European period of his career (Kalmar, AZ, Spartak, Krasnodar, Lokomotiv and the Russian team), in addition, Ari has been a Flamengo fan since childhood. In 2020, Atlético Cearense President Maria José Vieira (the only female president of a football club in the state of Ceara) stated that the club is mainly supported by Ari. On October 17, 2021, Atlético Cearense defeated Ferroviaria (Araraquara) in the second leg of the 1/4 finals of Serie D in a penalty shootout with a score of 3: 4, and reached the semi-finals of the tournament (the opponents drew twice - 1: 1 and 0: 0). Thus, "Atletico Cearense" for the first time in history won a ticket to the third tier of Brazilian football - Serie C (regardless of the results of the semi-final and possible final games). The club owns a small 3,000 seat António Cruz stadium used for training. The professional team plays at the President Vargas Stadium, which has a capacity of 20,268 spectators.

Achievements

Ceara State Vice Champion (1): 2016 Ceara State Championship Serie B Winner (1): 1998

Seasons in Brazilian Championships

Serie C (1): 2022 Series

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