Palmeiras

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Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras (Portuguese pronunciation: [pawˈmejɾɐs]) is a professional football club based in São Paulo, Brazil.

The club was founded on August 26, 1914, as Palestra Italia (pronounced [paˌlɛstɾiˈtaliɐ]), but changed to the current name on September 14, 1942. It is a popular and successful Brazilian club, with around 18 million supporters and 126,000 season ticket holders, including a large number of Brazilians of Italian ancestry. Despite being primarily an association football team, Palmeiras competes in a number of different sports, most notably football. The football team plays in the Campeonato Paulista, the state of São Paulo's premier state league, as well as in the Brasileirão Série A, the top tier of the Brazilian football league system.

Palmeiras have won 14 national competitions, making it the most successful club inside Brazil. The club's most important titles are the 1951 Copa Rio, 1999 Copa Libertadores, 10 Brazilian National League titles (Campeonato Brasileiro Série A), 2 Brasileirão Série B, 3 Brazil Cups (Copa do Brasil), 1 Champions Cup (Copa dos Campeões) and the 1998 Copa Mercosul, as well as 5 Interstate titles (Torneio Rio – São Paulo), and 22 State Championship titles (Campeonato Paulista).