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Sport Club Corinthians Paulista

Sport Club Corinthians Paulista
Football club information
Full nameSport Club Corinthians Paulista
NicknameTimão (Has two meanings: The Great Team, or Boat Helm)
FoundedSeptember 01, 1910(105 years ago)
StadiumNew Corinthians Stadium (under construction) (capacity : 68000)
ChairmanAndrés Sánchez
LeagueCampeonato Brasileiro Série A
Current season2011 Sport Club Corinthians Paulista season

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Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, commonly known as Corinthians (-ptkoˈɾĩtʃɐ̃s), is a Brazilian football club based in São Paulo. They play in the São Paulo state league, as well as the Brasileirão, Brazil's top national league. Corinthians was a founding member of the Clube dos 13 group of leading Brazilian football clubs.

Corinthians have won their state championship a record 26 times, the Brasileirão on four occasions, including a double in 1999, and the Copa do Brasil three times; in South America, they reached the quarterfinals of the Copa Sudamericana in 2005, were Copa CONMEBOL and Copa Libertadores semifinalists in 1994 and 2000 respectively, and won the FIFA Club World Cup in 2000, where the Timão ended their 90-year wait for international honors, defeating Vasco da Gama 4 � 3 in the final, which was held at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. The Timão play their home games at the Pacaembu, which currently holds up to 40,199 spectators. In 2013, Corinthians are due to move to their new home of Novo Estádio do Corinthians, which will have a capacity of 65,000. Corinthians' home kit is white shirts, with black shorts, accompanied by white socks, this combination has been used since 1920. Nike are the kit manufacturers and the main shirt sponsor is Neo Química.

Corinthians is Brazil's richest football club in terms of revenue, with an annual revenue of $132.1m (-92.5m), and the most valuable club in the nation, worth over $540.5m (-378.4m) in 2011. During their history, the club has been known by a number of nicknames, including Timão (Helm in English), due to their popularity in Brazil The Club is the second most popular in Brazil. Between 2004 and 2007, three different surveys were conducted by the research firms Ibope, Data Folha and CNT/Sensus to measure which was the favorite football team in Brazil. According to the results, Corinthians was preferred by 13.2% to 15% of the Brazilian population, which represents approximately 25 to 29 million fans. There are also several Corinthians' organized fan clubs of football factories, among them Gaviões da Fiel, Camisa 12, Pavilhão 9 and Estopim da Fiel.

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