Fixtures

Brazil Serie A 04/17 22:00 2 Gremio vs Athletico Paranaense - View
Brazil Serie A 04/21 19:00 3 Athletico Paranaense vs Internacional - View
Copa Sudamericana 04/24 22:00 3 Danubio vs Athletico Paranaense - View
Brazil Serie A 04/28 21:30 4 EC Juventude vs Athletico Paranaense - View
Brazil Serie A 05/05 19:00 5 Athletico Paranaense vs Vasco da Gama - View
Copa Sudamericana 05/08 22:00 4 Deportivo Rayo Zuliano vs Athletico Paranaense - View

Results

Brazil Serie A 04/14 19:00 1 [7] Athletico Paranaense v Cuiaba [13] W 4-0
Copa Sudamericana 04/10 00:30 2 [1] Athletico Paranaense v Deportivo Rayo Zuliano [3] W 6-0
Brazil Campeonato Paranaense 04/06 20:00 1 [1] Athletico Paranaense v Maringa [3] W 3-0
Copa Sudamericana 04/03 00:30 1 Sportivo Ameliano v Athletico Paranaense W 1-4
Brazil Campeonato Paranaense 03/30 20:00 1 Maringa FC v Athletico Paranaense W 0-1
Brazil Campeonato Paranaense 03/27 23:00 2 [1] Athletico Paranaense v Operario PR [4] W 1-0
Brazil Campeonato Paranaense 03/16 19:00 2 [4] Operario PR v Athletico Paranaense [1] W 1-2
Brazil Campeonato Paranaense 03/10 21:30 3 [1] Athletico Paranaense v Londrina [8] W 6-0
Brazil Campeonato Paranaense 03/02 19:00 3 [8] Londrina v Athletico Paranaense [1] L 1-0
Brazil Campeonato Paranaense 02/25 19:00 11 [1] Athletico Paranaense v Sao Joseense [9] W 3-1
Brazil Campeonato Paranaense 02/18 21:30 10 [2] Coritiba v Athletico Paranaense [1] D 1-1
Brazil Campeonato Paranaense 02/15 22:00 9 [2] Athletico Paranaense v Operario PR [5] D 0-0

Stats

 TotalHomeAway
Matches played 69 36 33
Wins 35 24 11
Draws 18 10 8
Losses 16 2 14
Goals for 111 75 36
Goals against 66 28 38
Clean sheets 24 17 7
Failed to score 13 3 10

Club Athletico Paranaense (commonly known as Athletico Paranaense and formerly known as Atlético Paranaense) is a Brazilian football team from the city of Curitiba, capital city of the Brazilian state of Paraná, founded on 26 March 1924.

The team most important titles have been winning the 2001 Série A, the Copa Sudamericana in 2018 and 2021, and the Copa do Brasil in 2019. In the Copa Libertadores, they have finished runner-up twice, in 2005 and 2022.

They are considered the strongest team in Brazil outside of the Big 12, at times even surpassing them.

History

Foundation

The club was founded in 1924 through the merger of International Football Club and América Futebol Clube, two traditional clubs in Curitiba. The club's first match, a friendly one, was played on 6 April, when Athletico Paranaense beat Universal FC 4–2. The following year, Athletico Paranaense won its first title, the Campeonato Paranaense. In 1929 it won its second state title, before adding a third and the club's first back to back championship.

1980s and 1990s: ups and downs

In the 1983 Serie A, Athletico had a great season, finishing fourth in the league. However, the club struggled in the 1986 and 1988 seasons, which eventually culminated in the club's relegation to the Serié B for the first time in history in 1989. In the 1990 season they made the second division finals, losing to Sport Recife due to Sport having a better season record, after a draw on aggregate. Despite the loss, they still earned promotion to the 1991 Série A, where they struggled but ultimately earned their permanence in the top flight for the following season.

The 1992 season was slightly better, with the club finishing fifteenth in the Serie A. However, the following season was worse, with the club suffering another relegation, their second in four years. In the 1994 Série B, the club was eliminated in the third stage and was not promoted. In the 1995 Série B, Athletico won their first major title in history, the second division title, and was promoted to the 1996 Serie A. Back in the top flight, Furacão had a good campaign, finishing fourth in the regular season and qualifying to the quarter finals.

In 1999, the club inaugurated their new stadium, Arena da Baixada, which was built on the same ground as their old stadium. Also that year, Athletico won a Pre-Libertadores tournament, which was only played in 1999, due to CONMEBOL expanding the tournament from 24 to 32 teams, so Brazil's fifth place had to be defined. Athletico beat powerhouses Internacional, Sao Paulo, and then Cruzeiro in the finals to earn their first Libertadores participation in history.

2000–2006: First league title and Continental campaigns

In the 2000 Copa Libertadores, the club began their campaign in excellent form, topping their group undefeated, with their only draw coming against Nacional; they also won their first match on 16 February 2000, a 3–0 victory in Peru against Alianza Lima. Expectations were high for the knockout rounds, with Athletico being the #2 seed in the competition behind Colombian champions América de Cali; however, Furacão was eliminated by fellow Brazilians Atletico Mineiro in the knockout stage, losing on penalties after a 2–2 draw on aggregate.

In 2001, Athletico won their first Série A title, beating São Caetano 5–2 on aggregate in the finals. As champions, they gained automatic qualification to the 2002 Copa Libertadores. Expectations were high for the club as champions, and the team was looking to build off of its Libertadores campaign in 2000 where it reached the knockout stages; however, things were worse in the 2002 edition, and the team finished last in their group with only one win, including a heavy 5–0 defeat to America de Cali.

In 2004, Athletico finished second in the Série A, battling it out with champions Santos until the last matchday. This position qualified the club for the 2005 Copa Libertadores. Their 2005 Libertadores campaign was very different from the first two; the club qualified for the knockout stages as second in its group, behind Colombian champions Independiente Medellín, who Athletico had lost to 4–0 in Curitiba. In the round of 16, Athletico disposed of Paraguayan club Cerro Porteño on away goals, qualifying to the last eight of the competition for the first time in club history. In the quarter-finals, they were faced with Serie A and 2003 Libertadores champions Santos. Athletico won the first leg at home 3–2, then won 2–0 in São Paulo to progress to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals they were faced with Mexican club Chivas Guadalajara, who had eliminated powerhouse Boca Juniors 4–0 on aggregate. Chivas was no match for Athletico, with the Brazilian club winning 3–0 at home, then tying 2–2 on Mexican soil to progress to the final with a 5–2 aggregate score. The finals were played against powerhouse São Paulo, who had numerous international trophies already. The first leg at Arena da Baixada ended in a 1-1 draw. However, the second leg was a completely different story, with Sao Paulo thrashing Athletico 4–0 and denying Athletico their first Copa Libertadores title.

In the 2005 Serie A, Athletico was able to maintain enough squad depth to have a good performance in the league, finishing sixth and qualifying for their first Copa Sudamericana. Their campaign began with a 4-1 aggregate victory against fellow Paranaense club Paraná. In the following round, they eliminated powerhouse River Plate 3-2 on aggregate, then eliminated Uruguayan club Nacional, 6-2 on aggregate, with a 4-1 victory in the second leg, to reach the semi-finals. The semi-finals, played against Mexican club Pachuca, began with a shock 1-0 victory by the Mexican club on Brazilian soil. The second leg began with Athletico up 1-0 at halftime with a goal by Colombian midfielder David Ferreira to tie the aggregate score; however, Pachuca scored four goals in the second half to win the game 4-1 and eliminate the Brazilians from their first Copa Sudamericana.

2007–2012: Decline and relegation

This elimination had a considerable effect on the club's near future; Athletico finished out of the top 10 spots in the league from 2006 to 2009, which included a 6-2 loss on aggregate to Vasco da Gama in the first round of the 2007 Copa Sudamericana, a first round elimination at the hands of Corinthians Alagoano in the 2008 Copa do Brasil, and elimination from the 2008 Copa Sudamericana by Guadalajara. In 2007, the team partnered with Major League Soccer club Dallas.

In 2010 the club had a good season and finished fifth, but the club suffered relegation in 2011 after a seventeenth placed finish in the league. The fifth placed finish in 2010 had qualified the club for the 2011 Copa Sudamericana, but they were eliminated in the first round by Flamengo. In 2012 the team gained immediate promotion back to the Serie A. In 2010 the club announced a partnership with Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands. []

2013–present: New heights, first major titles and continental success

For 2013 the team was completely rebuilt and came back into the top flight as a powerful team; the club finished third in the Serie A, qualified for the 2014 Copa Libertadores, and finished runner up to Flamengo in the 2013 Copa do Brasil.

On 15 February 2015, the club signed Indian winger Romeo Fernandes on loan from Dempo and through this contract he became the first and only Indian footballer to play in a South American top-tier league. Zico, then FC Goa coach played a key role behind this contract.

In 2018, Athletico Paranaense won their first Copa Sudamericana title, defeating Colombian champions Junior in the finals after a penalty shootout.

On 22 May 2019, Athletico won the first leg of the 2019 Recopa Sudamericana against 2018 Libertadores champion River Plate with the only goal of the match being scored by Marco Ruben. In the second leg at Estadio Monumental, River was leading 1–0 until the 90th minute and it looked like the match was heading for a penalty shootout; however, River scored two goals in injury time to win 3–0 and lift the Recopa title 3–1 on aggregate. In September 2019, the club won its first Copa do Brasil title, beating Internacional 2–1 in the final.

In 2021, they won their second Sudamericana title, beating fellow Brazilians Red Bull Bragantino 1–0 in the final.

In 2022, Athletico Paranaense reached the Copa Libertadores final for the second time in club history, where they were defeated by Flamengo; curiously, this was the team that Athletico has failed to beat in finals, losing two previous major finals to Mengão.

Athletico Paranaense, commonly known as Athletico, is a professional soccer team based in Curitiba, Brazil. The club was founded in 1924 and has since become one of the most successful teams in Brazilian soccer.

Athletico Paranaense is known for its passionate fan base and its distinctive red and black striped jerseys. The team plays its home matches at the Arena da Baixada, a modern stadium known for its electric atmosphere.

Over the years, Athletico Paranaense has won numerous domestic and international titles, including the Campeonato Paranaense, the Copa Sudamericana, and the Copa Libertadores. The team is known for its attacking style of play and its ability to produce talented young players who go on to have successful careers in Europe and beyond.

Athletico Paranaense is a powerhouse in Brazilian soccer and continues to be a dominant force in both domestic and international competitions. With a rich history and a loyal fan base, the club is a true powerhouse in Brazilian soccer.