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Associação Atlética Ponte Preta

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Ponte Preta was founded by students at the Colégio Culto à Ciência in Campinas. 
Two things stand out from the team group above- the distinctive neckties and the ethnic diversity of the players. 
When club founder Miguel do Carmo played for Ponte Preta in 1900 ( their inaugural season) he became the first black player in organised football in Brazil. The club nickname Macaca reflects the racism that they encountered in the early days. 
Ponte Preta are the second oldest active club in Brazil. 


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