Gremio Foot-ball Porto Alegrense is a Brazilian football team based out of Porto Alegre in the Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. The team was founded in 1903 and has since, grown to become one of the top teams in the country.

They are ranked as the number one team in Brazil, by the CBF, Gremio is officially the third-ranked team in the country, according to the CONMEBOL.

Country Brazil Brazil
City Porto Alegre
Founded 1903
Ground Arena do Gremio
Nickname Imortal Tricolor, Tricolor dos Pampas (Tricolor of the Pampas), Clube de Todos (Club of All), Maior do Sul (Greatest of the South)
Coach Renato Portaluppi
Website https://gremio.net/

In city tournaments, the club holds the record for the most Campeonato Citadino de Porto Alegre wins with 28.

Club Profile

The club was founded on September 15, 1903. Their home ground is the Arena do Gremio. It has a seating capacity of 55,662.

As of 2023, the club president is Alberto Guerra and the Head Coach is Renato Portaluppi. They play in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and the Campeonato Gaúcho.

Founding

Candido Dias was an entrepreneur from Sao Paulo who, fascinated by the sport, went to watch an exhibition match at Porto Alegre. During the match, the ball deflated and since Dias was the owner of the only football in town, he lent the playing teams the match-ball.

Once the match was over, Dias went to the players and discussed how to go about starting a club. 8 days later, 32 people, including Candido Dias, founded the Gremio Foot-ball Porto Alegrense.

The team’s first couple of games was for the Wanderpreis trophy wherein Gremio came out on top. The trophy, won in 1904, is still on display in the club’s museum.

History

Gremio was actively involved in creating the state association and organizing the state cup, which they have held many times in their history.

Similarly, Gremio has had many other pioneering achievements in the past that included feats like beating Uruguay’s 1911 national squad by 2 goals to 1. In 1931, Gremio had floodlights installed on their ground, the Baixada Stadium, and soon was the first team to play matches at night.

In 1935, Gremio beat Santos 3-2 to become the first team from Rio Grade do Sul to beat a team from the state of Sao Paulo. When Gremio defeated Flamengo 3-1 at the Maracana, they became the first side, outside of Sao Paulo, to do so, in 1950.

Gremio has had an incredible performance at the international level where they have defeated teams from almost all the South American countries and even teams in Europe. In 1954, Gremio bought the Estadio Olimpico, the biggest privately owned stadium in the country.

Rivalries

Gremio shares an intense rivalry with Internacional, another major team from the city. However, on Internacional’s debut, Gremio thrashed them 10-0.

The “Gre-Nal” derby is said to be one of the fiercest and most exhilarating matches in the world.

Titles

There has never been a dearth of titles for the team.

Whether at the international or national level, Gremio has always been setting the pace for others. In 1983, Gremio won the Toyota Intercontinental Cup as well as the prestigious Copa Libertadores.

In 1995, Gremio repeated their Copa Libertadores triumph and the very next year, won the Copa Sudamericana. Although Gremio won the second division only once, in 2005, they won the first division twice, in 1981 and 1996.

They are four-time champions of the Copa do Brasil while the Supercopa do Brasil found its way to Gremio in 1990. Gremio also won the 1999 edition of the Copa do Sul and the Sul-Brasiliero.

Coming down to the state level, Gremio has won the state championships 35 times while they have been crowned city champions 31 times.

Gremio also won the Wanderpreiss Cup three times in a row, starting in their debut year as a football club. Gremio has also won numerous other titles like the 1986 & 1987 editions of the Phillips Cup, the 1985 Torneio de Rotterdam, the Copa Rio de la Plata in 1968, the Copa Renner from 1996, and the Trofeu RBS 25 Anos from 1988, amongst others.

Gremio has seen some fantastic players through the years with the likes of Adilson, Anderson Polga, Batista, Emerson, Francisco Arce, and the most famous of them all, Ronaldo de Assis Moreira.

Coaching Staff as of 2023

  • Manager: Renato Portaluppi
  • Assistant coach: Alexandre Mendes
  • Assistant coach: Marcelo Salles
  • Fitness coach: Reverson Pimentel
  • Assistant fitness coach: Gabriel Gindri Alves
  • Assistant fitness coach: Márcio Pereira
  • Goalkeeper coach: Mauri Lima
  • Assistant goalkeeper coach: Enio Oliveira
  • Football administrative manager: Marcelo Rudolph
  • Technical observer: Gustavo Fragoso
  • Performance analyst: Antônio Cruz
  • Performance analyst: Gustavo Somavilla
  • Performance analyst: Paulo Timm
  • Performance analyst: Rafael Tavares
  • Market analyst: Lucas Sacchet

International Achievements

  • 1983 - International Cup - Win
  • 1995 - International Cup - Runner Up
  • 2017 - FIFA Club World Cup - Runner Up
  • 1983, 1995, 2017 - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores de América - Win
  • 1984, 2007 - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores de América - Runner Up
  • 1996, 2018 - CONMEBOL Recopa Sudamericana - Win