Paysandu Sport Club is a Brazilian football club located in Belem, Para. Paysandu is also known as Papao da Curuzu (or simply Papao, which means Bogeyman in Portuguese) because it won several titles in the 1940s and Curuzu from the name of the street where Paysandus stadium sits.
Paysandu is a club in Northern Brazil, having won 45 State Leagues, one Regional League (Copa Norte in 2002) and three national titles (Brazilian League Second Division in 1991 and 2001 and the Brazilian Champions Cup in 2002). However, they have recently fallen on hard times, suffering successive relegations in 2005 and 2006. They played in the countrys third level, Serie C, in 2007.
Paysandu attracted the worlds attention in 2003 after the campaign in the Copa Libertadores, beating several traditional South American teams such as Cerro Porteno and Boca Juniors (at La Bombonera).
On February 2, 1914, members of Norte Club protested against a decision of the football federation of Para benefiting Remo by terminating the team and refounding it as Paysandu Foot-Ball Club.
In 1920, the club won its first Campeonato Paraense title.
From 1920 to 1923 the club was state champion for four times in a row .
From 1927 to 1929 the club was state champion for three times in a row .
In 1939 the club was again state champion. In that season, the team was nicknamed Esquadrao de Aco (meaning Steel Squadron).
From 1942 to 1945, again the club was four times in a row state champion.
In 1948, the club was nicknamed Papao da Curuzu, after Curuzu Street ("Rua Curuzu"), by the journalist Everando Guilhon. Curuzu Street has been the address for the club headquarters.
From 1961 to 1963 the club was again state champion for three times in a row.
From 1965 to 1967, the club was again state champion for three times in a row.
In 1971 and in 1972 the club was state champion for two times in a row.
From 1980 to 1982 the club was again state champion for three times in a row.
In 1991 Paysandu was the champion of the Campeonato Brasileiro Second Division.
From 2000 to 2002 Paysandu was again state champion for three times in a row.
In 2001, Paysandu was again the champion of the Campeonato Brasileiro Second Division.
In 2002 the club was champion of Copa Norte, and, later, champion of Copa dos Campeoes.
In 2003, Paysandu was eliminated by Boca Juniors of Argentina on the second leg of a match for Copa Libertadores. That was the clubs first participation in the competition.
In 2005, after a poor campaign, finishing in 21st place, the club descended to the Campeonato Brasileiro Second Division. They would descend still further, to Serie C, after a 17th-place finish in 2006.