Curitiba is home to two traditional clubs of Brazilian football: Coritiba Foot Ball Club and Clube Atletico Paranaense, who meet for one of the most exciting derbies in the country, the Atletiba - a reason for frenzy in Curitiba since the two teams' very first meeting in 1924.

Coritiba, nicknamed Coxa, conquered the Campeonato Brasileiro title in 1985 and own the Couto Pereira stadium, while rivals Atletico Paranaense, the Furacão (Hurricane), were national champions in 2001 and are proud owners of the Joaquim Americo stadium, popularly known as Arena da Baixada, which was demolished and rebuilt from the scratch in 1999 and is now considered one of the best and most modern football grounds in Brazil

The city's third representative in Brazil's main football scene are Parana Clube, founded in 1989 as a fusion of two other teams; Colorado and Pinheiros. The Tricolor plays its home matches at the Durival de Britto e Silva stadium, which was one of the venues of the 1950 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

Already one of the best stadiums in the country, Atletico Paranaense’s home ground will go through an expansion to host FIFA World Cup matches.