- Ipatinga Futebol Clube
Football club infobox
clubname = Ipatinga
fullname = Ipatinga Futebol Clube
nickname = "Tigrão" (Big Tiger) "Tigre de Aço" (Steel Tiger) "Quadricolor" (Quadracolour)
Ipatingão, Ipatinga, Brazil
capacity = 35,000
league = Brazilian Série A
season = 2007
position = Brazilian Série B, 2nd (promoted)
Ipatinga Futebol Clube is a
Brazilian football club, that hosts in Ipatinga, Minas Gerais. Founded on May 21 1998.
The club was founded
May 21 1998when entrepreneur Itair Machado, who is a former athlete of Atlético Mineiro and Cruzeiro, and at the time was the sponsor of Social Futebol Clube, which is a club located in Coronel Fabricianocity (a neighbor city of Ipatinga), with the support of Gercy Mathias, who was the president of the amateur club Novo Cruzeiro Futebol Clube, located in Ipatinga's neighborhood of Novo Cruzeiro; Cosme Mattos, former sportsman; Doctor Rinaldo Campos Soares, president of Sistema Usiminas; Doctor Ronaldo Monteiro de Souza, president of Usisaúde, and Francisco Carlos Delfino (also know as "Chico Ferramenta"), then mayor of Ipatinga. Together, they professionalized Novo Cruzeiro Futebol Clube and renamed the club as Ipatinga Futebol Clube.
After establishing a team of professional players the administrators entered the team to the state championship where the team came in second place in the second division in 1998. In the following year, the team competed in the first division, coming in second place in the 2nd Module of the division. As a result, in 2000 Ipatinga Futebol Clube played against the state's elite teams throughout the 1st Module of the first Division, ending the competition in fourth place.
Seven years after its foundation, the team won the state title in 2005, beating Cruzeiro and finished as runner-up of the competition in the following year. In 2006 Ipatinga F.C. competed in the
Copa do Brasil, which is the second most important national competition in Brazil. By reaching the semifinals, the team beat Botafogo and Santos, respectively the champions of that year's (2006) Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo state championships. However, Ipatinga was eliminated by Flamengo, of Rio de Janeiro, in the semifinals. Shortly after the competition was over, three players and the coach of Ipatinga transferred over to Flamengo. In 2006, the club also finished in Campeonato Brasileiro Série C's third position, thus being promoted to the following year's Brazilian Championship Second Level. After being runner up in 2007's Campeonato Brasileiro Série B, Ipatinga gained promotion to the elite of Brazilian football in 2008's Campeonato Brasileiro Série A.
** Winners (1): 2005
** Runner-up (2): 2002, 2006
Taça Minas Gerais:
** Winner (1): 2004
Copa do Brasil:
** Third-place (1): 2006
Campeonato Brasileiro Série B:
** Runner-up (1): 2007
Campeonato Brasileiro Série C:
** Third-place (3): 2002, 2005, 2006
Ipatinga's stadium is Estádio Municipal Epaminondas Mendes Brito, usually known as Ipatingão, built in
1982, with a maximum capacity of 35,000 people. [ [http://www.fussballtempel.net/conmebol/listeconmebol.html www.fussballtempel.net] ] The stadium is considered Minas Gerais's third most important (importance by size), after Mineirãoand Parque do Sabiá.
Colors and symbols
The club colors are the same colors as the city of Ipatinga's. Ipatinga's mascot is a
tiger, and was chosen in a popular contest. The tiger had 7948 votes, in second the eaglehad 2529 votes, in third the cathad 846 votes, in fourth the parakeethad 713 votes, and in fifth the parrothad 202 votes.
* [http://www.ipatingafc.com.br/ Official Website]
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