Clube Nautico Capibaribe are a professional Brazilian football club that plays in the city of Recife in Pernambucano. The club was formed after two rival rowing club members decided to combine forces and create a strong rowing team. Four years later, football was introduced in the club although it wasn’t until another year that the team was officially created. The team consisted mostly of Englishmen and were known as “The Club of the Riches” mainly due to the fact that coloured players were not allowed into the team.
Nautico have had the unique distinction of winning their state championships, an incredible six times in a row. The team that played during these fantastic years was said to be the strongest in Brazil although there weren’t many direct comparisons made in the form of matches against the likes of Gremio or Cruzeiro.
Nautico have won the State championships 21 times and the Copa Norte 3 times in 1965, 1966 and 1967, their golden years. In 1966, they also won the Copa dos Campeoes do Norte-Nordeste and the 1967 version of the Taca Brasil. In 1988 the team won their only Serie B title to date.
In Bita, the club found an incredible goalscorer who along with Nado turned Nautica into a strong team. The likes of Jorge Mondonca and Marinho Chagas were brilliant during the 70s.
Nautico play their home games at the Estadio dos Aflitos. The stadium was inaugurated in 1939 with a capacity of 30,000 people.