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Bangu Atlético Clube, or Bangu as they are usually called, is a Brazilian football team from Bangumarker, Rio de Janeiromarker in Rio de Janeiromarker, founded on April 17, 1904. The club competed in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A several times, finishing as runner-up in 1985.

Home stadium is the Moça Bonita stadium, capacity 15,000.


The club has its origins in Fábrica Bangu (Bangu Factory), located in Bangu neighborhoodmarker, Rio de Janeiromarker. Some Englishmen that worked at the factory, especially Thomas Donohoe, introduced football to the factory workers by bringing footballs to the place. In December of 1903, Andrew Procter suggested the foundation of a club, when he realized how enthusiastic his colleagues were for football. The club was founded on April 17, 1904 as Bangu Atlético Clube. In 1933, Bangu won its first state championship.

In 1966, Bangu won its second state championship in a game played in the world's largest stadium filled with over 120.000 fans, Maracana, over powerhouse Flamengo 3-0 in a game remembered by a big brawl in which several players got ejected afterwards. In 1967, Bangu, as the Houston Stars, represented the city of Houstonmarker in the United Soccer Association. The club finished with four victories, four draws and four defeats, but led the competition's attendance, with an average of 19,000 supporters per match.

In 1985, Bangu was the runner-up of Campeonato Brasileiro, gaining the right to compete in the following year's Copa Libertadores.

In 2004, Bangu was relegated to the Campeonato Carioca Second Level, returning to the first level in 2009, after winning the 2008 second level.



Bangu's stadium is Estádio Moça Bonita, built in 1947, with a maximum capacity of 15,000 people.


Bangu's mascot is a beaver, known as castor in Portuguese. Castor de Andrade, a banker of Jogo do Bicho (illicit game in Brazil) financially supported the club for several years. The mascot was created in Castor de Andrade's era.

First team

Noted players

Noted coaches

Bangu's top scorers

  1. Ladislau da Guia - 215 goals
  2. Moacir Bueno - 162 goals
  3. Nívio - 130 goals
  4. Menezes - 119 goals
  5. Zizinho - 115 goals
  6. Paulo Borges - 105 goals
  7. Arturzinho - 93 goals
  8. Marinho - 83 goals
  9. Luís Carlos - 81 goals
  10. Décio Esteves and Luisão - 71 goals

Most matches played

  1. Ubirajara Motta - 280 matches
  2. Ladislau da Guia - 256 matches
  3. Zózimo - 256 matches
  4. Serjão - 249 matches
  5. Nilton dos Santos - 232 matches
  6. Moacir Bueno - 231 matches
  7. Décio Esteves - 221 mathes
  8. Gilmar - 221 matches
  9. Luisão - 220 matches
  10. Luiz Antônio da Guia - 216 matches


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