Vila Nova Futebol Clube

Vila Nova Futebol Clube is a Brazilian football team from Goiânia in Goiás, founded on July 29, 1943. They play in red shirts, shorts and socks. Their nickname is 'The Tigers' (or in Portuguese "Tigrão" which roughly translates "Big Tiger"). The club won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série C in 2015 and 1996. Vila Nova's greatest rival is Goiás.

Vila Nova
Full nameVila Nova Futebol Clube
Nickname(s)Tigre (Tiger)
Founded29 July 1943 (1943-07-29)
GroundEstádio Onésio Brasileiro Alvarenga
Estádio Serra Dourada
Capacity11,788 (Onésio Brasileiro Alvarenga)
50,049 (Serra Dourada)
PresidentEcival Martins
Head coachItamar Schülle
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série C
Campeonato Goiano
Série B, 20th (relegated)
Goiano, 3rd
WebsiteClub website


In 1943 the club was founded as Vila Nova Futebol Clube. Three years later, in 1946, the club changed its name to Operário. In 1949 the club changed its name to Araguaia, then in 1950 it was renamed to Fênix Futebol Clube and in 1955 the club changed its name to its current name, Vila Nova Futebol Clube.

In 1961 Vila Nova won their first state championship. In 1977 the team debuted in Campeonato Brasileiro and finished in 55th place. From 1977 to 1980, Vila Nova was state champion in four successive seasons.

In 1996 the club won the Campeonato Brasileiro Third Division without losing a single match. In 1999, Vila Nova competed for the first time in an international competition, the Copa CONMEBOL but was eliminated in the first round, becoming the first Goiás state team to play in an international competition. In 2000, the club won the Campeonato Goiano Second Division after being excluded from the league as a result of forfeiting the final match,[1][2] and in 2001 and 2005, the club won the Campeonato Goiano. In 2006, it was relegated to the Série C, returning to the Série B in the following year. In 2011, the team was relegated again to the Série C, being promoted to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B in 2013. However, in 2014, it was relegated in the state championship.


Home stadiums are the Onésio Brasileiro Alvarenga stadium (capacity 11,788) and Serra Dourada stadium (capacity 54,048).




  • South American Cup: 2
1973, 1974
  • Taça Ivan Raposo: 1

Current squad

As of 30 October 2019.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
GK Alan (on loan from Londrina)
GK Rafael Santos
GK Victor Hugo
GK Cleriston
DF Felipe Diadema
DF Jeferson (on loan from Ponte Preta)
DF Luizão
DF Wesley Matos
DF Elivelton (on loan from Boavista)
DF Gastón Filgueira
DF Romário (on loan from Santos)
DF Patrick (on loan from Ferroviária)
DF Sávio
DF Diego Jussani (on loan from América Mineiro)
MF Pará
MF Alan Mineiro
MF Joseph
No. Position Player
MF Magno (on loan from Bragantino)
MF Edinho
MF Ramon (on loan from Internacional)
MF Gustavo Henrique
MF Mailson
MF Tinga
MF Elias
FW Diego Rosa
FW Carlinhos (on loan from Corinthians)
FW Erick
FW Gustavo Henrique (on loan from Atibaia)
FW Bruno Mezenga
FW Anderson
FW Capixaba (on loan from Atlético Mineiro)
FW Julián Benítez (on loan from Olimpia)
FW Robinho (on loan from Fluminense)


Like all Brazilian football teams, Vila Nova has their own group of die-hard fans who call themselves 'TEV' – Torcida Esquadrão Vilanovense (usually referring to themselves as simply 'Esquadrão'). Many members of TEV come from an area of Goiánia called Zona Leste which is notorious for its crime rate. A popular song sung by TEV at Vila games is:

Vila, Vila, Vila minha vida,
Vila, Vila minha história,
Vila, Vila meu amor!

English translation

Vila, Vila, Vila my life,
Vila, Vila my history,
Vila, Vila my love!


Vila Nova's greatest rival is Goiás, with whom there is constant argument about which club has the largest fanbase. A common view is the claim that Vila Nova has the largest fanbase in Goiânia, and Goiás has the largest fanbase in Goiás state. Some Goiás supporters claim their club has also the biggest number of fans in Goiânia. Either way Vila Nova has an estimated fanbase of about 350,000, which is pretty big for a Brazilian second tier club. In the 2011 Série B season, Vila Nova will play Goiás (after Goias were relegated from Série A in 2010) for the first time in the Série B since 1998. They also encounter each other every year during the Campeonato Goiano (state championship). During a game on May 1, 2011 at the Serra Dourada, both teams were involved in a mass brawl on and off the pitch after the Campeonato Goiano semifinal.

Former coaches


  1. "Goi�s State League 2000". Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  2. "Goiás State League 2000 - 2nd level". Retrieved April 10, 2018.

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