The honour of being Brazil’s oldest club goes to the little-known Sport Club Rio Grande
Brazil’s Campeonato is packed with some of the most illustrious names in world football, yet the title of Brazil’s oldest club goes to the tiny side of Sport Club Rio Grande, based in the deep south of the country.
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They were formed on July 19th 1900 by a German immigrant and are currently languishing in the Second Division of the Campeonato Gaucho – the Gaucho state championship – having never played at a higher level.
Their most successful season came in 1936 when they won the state championship, while their only other major honour came in 1962 when they won the state’s second division. They currently play in the 5,000 capacity Estadio Arthur Lawson.
Despite their tiny size, they are honoured by the country every year on ‘National Football Day’ – held annually on July 19th in homage to the date of Sport Club’s founding.