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Ponte Preta
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Full name Associação Atlética Ponte Preta
Nickname(s) Macaca
Short name Ponte Preta
Founded 1900
Stadium Estádio Moisés Lucarelli
(Capacity: 19,722)
Chairman Brazil Vanderlei Pereira
Head Coach Brazil Gilson Kleina
Current League Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 
2016 Série A, 8th

Associação Atlética Ponte Preta commonly known as Ponte Preta, is a Brazilian football club located in Campinas, São Paulo. Ponte Preta is also known as Macaca. Ponte Preta's biggest rival is from the same city, Guarani, against whom matches are known as derby (dérbi in Portuguese). They are known as "pontepretanos". Ponte Preta is the second oldest football team established in Brazil still in activity, founded on August 11, 1900, the oldest being Sport Club Rio Grande, of Rio Grande do Sul.

History

Ponte Preta was founded on August 11, 1900 by Colégio Culto à Ciência students Miguel do Carmo (nicknamed "Migué"), Luiz Garibaldi Burghi, (nicknamed "Gigette") and Antonio de Oliveira (nicknamed "Tonico Campeão"), nearby a black painted wood railroad bridge, so the name Ponte Preta (which means "black bridge", in English). Ponte Preta's first president was Pedro Vieira da Silva.

Ponte Preta is recognized, by FIFA, as one of the first teams in the Americas to accept black players, since its foundation in 1900. It is also the first countryside team to play a national competition, in 1970.

Pelé's last match in Brazil was against Ponte Preta. On September 2, 1974, at Vila Belmiro stadium, Santos defeated Ponte Preta 2–0.

Ponte Preta lost the Campeonato Paulista final to Corinthians in 1977 in a controversial game that ended in a 2–1 final score. Rui Rey, an important piece of the Ponte Preta team, was shown a red card early in the game. Ponte Preta were considered the favorites for the championship that year.

The club finished in the third position in the 2011 Série B, and gained promotion to the 2012 Série A.

On November 27, 2013, at Romildo Ferreira stadium, Ponte Preta reached the 2013 Sudamericana final defeating São Paulo 4–2 (aggregate). It was a historical time for the club which was playing its first international cup. The final was against Lanús, a Traditional Argentine team, and Ponte Preta reached the vice championship.

Current squad

As of 8 April 2017
No. Position Player
Brazil GK Aranha
Brazil GK Ivan
Brazil GK João Carlos
Brazil DF Fábio Ferreira
Brazil DF Kadu (on loan from Grêmio)
Brazil DF Marllon
Brazil DF Yago (on loan from Corinthians)
Brazil DF Artur (on loan from Internacional)
Brazil DF Breno Lopes (on loan from Cruzeiro)
Brazil DF Emerson
Brazil DF Jeferson
Brazil DF Nino Paraíba
Brazil DF Reynaldo
Brazil MF Elton
Flag of Portugal MF Fábio Braga
Brazil MF Fernando Bob (on loan from Internacional)
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Jádson
Brazil MF João Vitor
Brazil MF Naldo (on loan from Joinville)
Brazil MF Wendel
Brazil MF Matheus Jesus
Brazil MF Matheus Cassini (on loan from Palermo)
Brazil MF Ravanelli
Brazil MF Renato Cajá
Brazil MF Xuxa
Brazil FW Clayson
Brazil FW Erick Salles
Brazil FW Lins
Brazil FW Lucca (on loan from Corinthians)
Brazil FW Ramon
Brazil FW William Pottker
Brazil FW Yuri

Out on loan

No. Position Player
Brazil MF Felipe Menezes (on loan to Ceará)
Brazil MF Renê Júnior (on loan to Bahia)
Brazil MF João Guima (on loan to Penapolense)
No. Position Player
Brazil MF Léo Cereja (on loan to Audax)
Brazil MF Marcos Serrato (on loan to Vila Nova)
Brazil FW Rhayner (on loan to Kawasaki Frontale)

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