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Brazilian Football Clubs: São Paulo

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Sport Club Corínthians Paulista: Official Flag

[SC Corínthians Paulista]by Auriel de Almeida

The white flag provided by Auriel is vouched for at an unofficial fan website : "The official flag of the timão was always the same: totally white with the club badge in the center."
Joseph McMillan, 11 May 2002

At we can see a cartoon by Brazilian humourist Edson Rontani, featuring the flag of famous Sport Club Corínthians Paulista. Stylized/sketched as it is, it is however clearly the official flag, not the licensed fans’ flag or any other variant.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 22 February 2012

Licensed Fans' Flag

[Fans Flag of SC Corínthians ]by Joseph McMillan

The licensed black supporters' flag is from (link no longer available).
Joseph McMillan, 11 May 2002

I recently saw on "Reporters" on BBC News 24 TV a report from São Paulo which included a shot of what were presumably street vendors moving down a line of stationary traffic hawking their wares. They were carrying flags which clearly represent this football club - the badge is clear - but they are a black-white-black vertical tricolor. Although they were not visible, the tricolor looks as though it has room for the four stars which appear on the black version above.
André Coutanche, 23 January 2006


Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras: Official Flags?

[Flag of Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras ]by Joseph McMillan

Palmeiras means "palm trees."
Auriel de Almeida, 13 March 2002

This flag, green with a white diagonal from lower hoist to upper fly, is shown on the official website,, as is the vertical green-white-green triband shown below (click on Bandeira.
Joseph McMillan, 5 May 2002

Various unofficial sites insist on this flag with the diagonal stripe as the official flag.
Joseph McMillan, 11 May 2002

[Flag of Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras ]by Auriel da Almeida

This flag, green with a white Canadian pale and the logo on the center, is also shown at the club website and was provided by Auriel de Almeida of High Quality Football Logos as the official flag of Palmeiras.
Joseph McMillan, 5 May 2002

[Flag of S.E. Palmeiras ]by Joseph McMillan

This flag is shown at, an online football supplies company as the official flag of Palmeiras, the logo on a plain green background.
Joseph McMillan, 5 May 2002


Associação Portuguesa de Desportos

Flag of Associação Portuguesa de Desportosby Joseph McMillan

Divided horizontally red over green with the club badge, a white shield with the Cross of the Order of Avis, on the center. From a photograph at (article no longer on-line).
Joseph McMillan, 10 May 2002

Portuguesa Santista

Associação Atlética Portuguesa (Santos)

[Flag of A.A. Portuguesa Santista]by José C. Alegría Díaz

There is another club from São Paulo, called "Associação Atlética Portuguesa."
José C. Alegría Díaz, 14 May 2002

This club is from São Paulo state, but is actually based in Santos rather than São Paulo city. It is known as Portuguesa Santista to distinguish it from the other Portuguesa. Portuguesa plays in the national second division, while Portuguesa Santista is only in the state competition.
Joseph McMillan, 14 May 2002


Santos Futebol Clube: Official Flag

[Flag of Santos Futebol Clube]by Auriel de Almeida

Santos is a city in São Paulo state.
Auriel de Almeida, 13 March 2002

São Caetano

Associação Desportiva São Caetano

A.D. São Caetanoby Joseph McMillan

This flag of São Caetano (which I believe just won this year's championship) is blue with the club badge outlined in white. Possibly unofficial; the source is a photo of the crowd at a game, at an unofficial web site.

Joseph McMillan, 11 May 2002

São Paulo

São Paulo Futebol Clube: Official Flag

[Flag of São Paulo Futebol Clube]by Auriel de Almeida

According to one unofficial website, the gold stars on the São Paulo FC flag have nothing to do with football. They commemorate the world records set by Adhemar Ferreira da Silva in the triple jump in the 1952 Olympics and the 1955 Pan American games. The red stars are for the 1992 and 1993 world club football championships won by São Paulo.
Joseph McMillan, 9 June 2002

Unofficial Flag

[Unofficial Flag of São Paulo Futebol Clube]by Joseph McMillan

A note on names

Many Brazilian football clubs are named some variant of "clube de regatas," or regatta club. This is because the clubs began as rowing clubs and only later took up football. That is also why the flags of Flamengo and Corinthians have crossed oars as part of their badges.