26 August 1914. Europe catching fire, shockwaves spreading the conflict that will be universally known as World War I. In São Paulo, Italian immigrants and descendants of immigrants put pen to paper, forming a sports club. Little did they know they had given birth to the most successful Brazilian football club of the 20th century, the Palestra Italia.
In January of 1915 the club played its first game, lifting a trophy already in the debut. In September of 1942, forced by Brazilian authorities to abandon the name Palestra Italia, the club played its first game under the name of Palmeiras, walking away with both victory and the State Championship title. Always a giant, on and off the pitch, our green never fades!
Happy 106th anniversary, Palmeiras!
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!