September the 1st, year 1910, 8.30 PM, under the light of a streetlamp, at the corner of José Paulino and Cônego Martins, Bom Retiro area, a group of workers lead by Anselmo Corrêa, Antônio Pereira, Carlos Silva, Joaquim Ambrósio and Raphael Perrone founded Sport Club Corinthians Paulista. With eight more boys, Timão founders’ meeting got inspiration for the club’s name with Corinthians-Casuals Footaball Club, the English club who was having a tour in Brazil that time. The tailor Miguel Battaglia was chosen for president and stated: “Corinthians will be the club of the people and the people will make the club”. A rented plot of land at Rua José Paulino was levelled, turn into a playing field that, on September 14th, hosted the first training in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
2010 Corinthians Centenary
On the 1stof September 2010, more than 100 thousand crazy fans sold out Anhangabaú for Corinthians anniversary celebrations. On a November day, Ronaldo Fenômeno, from the penalty shoot, scored the winning goal against Cruzeiro – the last goal of his professional career.
May 2014, an historical moment in the life of Sport Club Corinthians Paulista. On the 10th of May the fans had a new place to call home: Arena Corinthians. The stadium opened the doors with a remarkable game: Corinthians x Corinthians, with more than 100 former players of the club playing.
The construction kick-off happened on the 30thof May 2011, at 8.14 AM, when the first machines were plugged in at the construction site of Arena Corinthians. So far, all was a big plot of land at Itaquera, with 197 thousand square meters, on the east zone of São Paulo. The works lasted until 2014 and the stadium was prepared for one of the biggest football events.
Arena Corinthians was confirmed as the headquarters for the 2014 FIFA Brazil World Cup and hosted the opening match between Brazil and Croatia.
Main Events at Arena
Arena Corinthians quickly became one of the most important stadiums of Sao Paulo city’ history. Alvinegro stadium was the only one in the city capital hosting World Cup games and the Olympics.
2016 Olympic Games
Arena Corinthians was Sao Paulo city headquarters of 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Alvinegro stadium hosted 10 games of men’s and women’s tournament, including a Brazil-Colombia for the quarter finals of men’s competition, semi-finals between Germany and Nigeria and the bronze dispute for the women’s competition between Brazil and Canada.
Several national teams have been at the Arena Corinthians – South Africa, Germany, Brazil, Colombia, Iraq and Nigeria. On the women’s side, national teams like Germany, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France and Zimbabwe have played at the stadium.
The 16 teams participating in the men's competition were restricted to under-23 players (born on or after 1 January 1993) with a maximum of three overage players allowed, with Brazil National Team conquering their first Olympic gold medal. On the Women’s side, Germany was the best team out of the 12 that played the competition, winning the gold medal.
2014 World Cup
The 2014 FIFA World Cup was the 20th FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial world championship for men's national football teams organised by FIFA. It took place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014, with more than 1 billion fans all around the world watching the event and around 60 thousand at the Arena Corinthians, who hosted the opening match between Brazil and Croatia. Croatia took the lead, with a Marcelo’ own-goal, but Neymar (2) and Oscar led Brazil to the win.
Arena Corinthians hosted other three games: Uruguay 2x 1 England, Netherlands 2 x 0 Chile and the South Korea 0 x 1 Belgium.
The Arena said goodbye to FIFA World Cup with two epic games – for the round of 16, Argentina beat Switzerland at the end of second half of extra time with a Di Maria goal and then for the semi-finals, with Argentina beating Netherlands on penalty shoots. The Arena Corinthians attendance record belongs to this game: 63.267 fans at the stands.
Partnership with Dugout
Corinthians has renewed its strategic partnership with world’s leading digital content distributor Dugout, who originally partnered with in November 2016.
Dugout works with football clubs, leagues and federations to help repackage, distribute and monetize their video content. Through Dugout’s team of editors, Corinthians video archive is repurposed and localised into digestible videos for digital fans across the globe.
Dugout was co-founded by 10 of the biggest football clubs in the world. Since Dugout’s launch in 2016, the company has evolved and is now proudly in partnership with 82 clubs, 4 leagues and 3 federations worldwide. By encouraging collaboration, Dugout’s football-only ecosystem provides global football fans with the opportunity to share in the experiences, both past and present, that shape the footballing world.
2019 Copa America
Throughout the years, Arena Corinthians become a reference hosting major sports events. With modern facilities and large capacity, Arena Corinthians was the headquarters for the 2019 Copa America and stage of three important games of the competition.
The game between Brazil and Peru debuted Arena Corinthians for the competition, with a 5-0 win that allowed Brazil to go to the quarter finals.
The second game hosted at Arena counted with more than 41 thousand fans, in a game where Chile beat Colombia on penalties shoot, after a 0-0 result on regular time.
The final game at Arena was for the 3rdplace dispute, between Chile and Argentina, also with more than 41 thousand fans at the stands. Argentina won for 2-1 and assured the 3rdplace in the competition.