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São José Esporte Clube, usually called São José, and nicknamed Eagle of the Valley (Águia do Vale), is the main football team in São José dos Camposmarker. It was founded on August 13, 1933. Its home stadium is Estádio Martins Pereira, capacity around 18,500.


On August 13, 1933, the sportsman Galiano Alves founded Esporte Clube São José, due to a dissidence with Associação Esportiva São José.

On March 8, 1964, São José became a professional club.

In December, 1976, due to a financial crisis, the club changed its name to São José Esporte Clube, with the purpose of not paying its debts. The club also changed its colors, which were black and white, to the current blue, yellow and white ones, and changed its logo.

In 1989, the club was runner-up of Campeonato Paulista, losing to São Paulo in the final, and runner-up of Campeonato Brasileiro Second Division, losing to Bragantino in the final, but being promoted to the following year's first division.

In 1996, São José won Copa Vale after defeating Aparecida in the final.

In 2003, the club was renamed to Esporte São José.

In 2005, the club returned to its previous name, São José Esporte Clube.

In 2006, São José moved back to Campeonato Paulista A-2.

Years in Campeonato Brasileiro Série A:
1982 Place: 12th out of 44

1990 Place: 19th out of 20


Notable Players


São José's stadium is Estádio Martins Pereiramarker, inaugurated in 1970, with a maximum capacity of 20,000 people.On March 22, 1970, São José Esporte Clube played its first match in Estádio Martins Pereiramarker. São José and Nacional drew 0-0.


The Águia (Eagle) became the official mascot of São José in 1978, two years after São José changed their team colors. "Azulão do Vale" (Big Blue of the Valley) was the team's nickname before that, but they changed it to "Águia do Vale" when Águia became the team's mascot. The reason the chose Águia is because eagles are really driven animals and will fight to the end even against the odds.


The biggest rival of São José is Taubaté. The derby between the two clubs is known as O Clássico do Vale do Paraíba (The Paraíba Valley Classic).

The team that São José played most against is Santo André.


The 2008 kit is made by Champs and sponsored by Vale Sul shopping and Vale Saude. The number of the blue kit is white.Until December, 1976, the club played in black and white vertical striped shirts, black shorts and white socks, not unlike Corinthians away kit.

Important matches

28/06 - São José - São Paulo 0-1

02/07 - São José - São Paulo 0-0

(Both games were in Morumbimarker in São Paulomarker)
  • Tour of Spain 1989
17/08 - São José - Torrevieja 2-1

19/08 - São José - Palamós 1-1

21/08 - São José - Córdoba 0-0

22/08 - São José - Martos 0-0

24/08 - São José - Réus Desportivo 2-1

25/08 - São José - Atlético Palma 1-0

27/08 - São José - Mollerussa 3-1

28/08 - São José - Estepona 0-0

29/08 - São José - Portullano 2-1

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