Ferroviária is a football team that prides itself on its history and acts at present to achieve even greater future. Founded on April 12, 1950 in Araraquara by a group of former employees of the company Ferrocarril Araraquara (EFA), the team has consolidated itself along further decades amongst the most beloved ones in Brazil.
Along its history, the team revealed players such as Bazani, Dudu, Téia, Baiano, Wilson Carrasco, Mauro Pastor, Vica among other celebrities who wore the bordeaux shirt and shone later in other Brazilian football teams. Nowadays, the team management is led by a professional attitude in every decision to be made.
As its beginnings, in a meeting chaired by Antônio Tavares Pereira Lima, the foundation of Ferroviária was set, and the use of the colors white and bordeaux were defined, as well the emblem that resembled the image and coined the name of the Railway System in Araraquara (EFA) wirtten backwards, and meaning Associação Ferroviária de Esportes (AFE).
The team debuted in the 1st division of the Paulista Championship in 1956. It was relegate ten years later, but recovered the following year by winning the 2nd division championship. It remained in the elite for 30 years, but was relegated for the second time in 1996, getting back to the 1st division in 2015, joining the A1 Series of Paulista Championship. In the 60’s, the “Locomotiva”, as it’s known, represented a thorn in the flesh of teams such as Pele’s Santos as it conquered supporters from all over the country.
At the time, the team was a three-time champion of São Paulo State Interior Tourneament (1967-68-69). Along the following decades, Ferroviária carried out great campaigns: 1983 Taça de Ouro (Gold Cup) – 8th place – and also 1985 Campeonato Paulista (São Paulo State Championship) – 4th place. It also won the 2nd division championship (1955-1966), Taça dos Invictos (The Unbeaten Cup) – 1971, A2 Series (2015) and was two-times champion of the Copa Federação Paulista de Futebol (São Paulo State Soccer Federation Cup) – 2006-2017.