Clube Desportivo Feirense, commonly known as CD Feirense or just Feirense, is a Portuguesefootball team founded on 19 March 1918 from the town of Santa Maria da Feira. Feirense is currently playing the Segunda Liga. Their current chairman is Rodrigo Nunes Silva Abelha and their current manager is Quim Machado. The club currently plays at the Estádio Marcolino de Castro with a capacity of 5,500 spectators. The club currently has a sponsorship deal with Adidas.
The Estádio Marcolino de Castro is a multi-use stadium in the town of Santa Maria da Feira. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Feirense, who play in the Portuguese Liga. The stadium is capable of holding other sporting events. Its capacity for a football match is 5,500 spectators. Estádio Marcolino de Castro was built in 1962 when Feirense was promoted for the very first time to the top-flight Portuguese Liga.
One of the first initiatives of its founders, Luis Amorim, Artur Bastos, Luis Cadilon and Arthur Lee, was to acquire land to build the first playground in the woods at Picalhos near the railway Valley Vouga. In 1924 they leased land and started embankments and soon the first few games took place against the Lourosa 4 May 1924 in which the Feirense won 2–1. The first President was Feirense Alcides Machado da Silva who took office on 30 December 1924.
In 1926 and since then has kept the Feirense, created a committee with the aim of acquiring a new site with better conditions for a new field, having managed in the Place of Montinho, closer to the center of the Town of Fair, belonging to Mr. Simon Adriano. Curiously, this time the Feirense were fitted with a red and black sweater with vertical stripes. On 2 March 1931 the field of Montinho was opened with a selection match between FC Porto and Aveiro, and that year the team was equipped with a blue shirt, black shorts and black socks.
In the 1931/32 season CDFeirense first participated in a tournament, debuting in the championship of the promotion of Aveiro, the lower division of the district, being defeated 2–1 in the first official game in the field of Cortegaça.Since the late '30s and until 1950 the Feirense went through various difficulties and the main note of relief was the creation of the first emblem of CD Feirense designed by Antonio da Costa. The Feirense continued its participation in the championship district of Aveiro and 15 January 1955 Marcolino Castro was elected for the 1st time President of Feirense (he was later elected 5 more times and a total of 9 seasons) and the team started to equip with blue shirt, white shorts. The next year for the first time the team participated in the national championship of the 3rd Division, with the first game played in Avintes. In March 1956 the club's youth department was begun with the creation of a team of juniors.
In 1958 the first statutes of the club were approved, the flag's colors and design for the new badge were authored by Dr. Humberto de Paiva. In the 1959/60 season Feirense won the first district championship of Aveiro and at the same time played the 3rd Division, managing to also climb to the 2nd Division. The Feirense repeated the title of district champion of Aveiro in seasons 1965/66 and 1967/68. In 1960/61, they first participated in the National League division 2.
In the early '60s Feirense had one of the best periods in its history, achieving victory in the northern part of the 2nd Division, inauguration of the current stadium and Marcolino Castro premiere at the 1st National Division in 1962/63. In 1968/69, Feirense won its first title of the Aveiro district youth in the juvenile level. In 1969 Arthur Eng Brandão, patron of the training school, was elected the 1st time chairman of the board, which happened 4 more times and a total of 9 times.
Arthur and Marcolino Brandão de Castro were the presidents who had the longest terms leading the club. In 1975/76 the club's youth were in evidence with the presence of the youth team in the final of the National 2nd division held in Tomar. In 1976/77 the Feirense won the central area of the 2nd division next season and raced for the 2nd time the national championship in Division 1. In 1982/83, the youth team of juvenile Feirense after winning the same district title, disputed the semi-finals of the National Youth Cup. On 22 September 1987 Feirense for the first time had a field of natural grass turf with the inauguration of the stadium Marcolino Castro. In 1988/89, the Feirense winner was again the center region of the 2nd division next season and race for the 3rd time the national championship in Division 1.In 1990, Fernando Carvalho da Feirense's cycling team won the 52nd back to Portugal in cycling. In 1990/91 the Feirense was matched in the semi-finals of the Cup of Portugal with FC Porto. After the draw at the end of extra time forced the second game in the Antas stadium which was eventually eliminated. In this year also participated for the 1st time in 2 then created division of honor. In 1996 he was assigned to the CD Feirense medal for sporting merit by the secretary of state of the sport. After several district titles won by the club's youth, we have since the 1999/2000 season on staying at the same time of 3 levels (junior, youth and started) in the national championships, the unique situation in the district in so many consecutive years, continuing to gain Titles on children and schools. Was created in 2000 by Rodrigo Nunes, then responsible for the Juvenile Department, the training school Arthur Brandao. In 2001 he took possession for the first time Rodrigo Nunes, the current President of Feirense and presented his model of the sport of golf, the club anthem written by Ernesto Campos, the monthly magazine Feirense Magazine", the 1st Gala club, the party Christmas and amended the statutes and emblem. At this time the Feirense revitalized the gym and set the terms of swimming, cycling and handball. In the 2002/03 season rose again to the 2nd Division of honor. In June 2003, Rodrigo Nunes is elected for a 2nd term. This would be unprecedented, as no previous president had been elected two consecutive mandates. In late 2004 the Feirense, presented the 1st phase of the new Sports Complex, and from there all the athletes of the club began to train and play only on lawns natural and synthetic, unique in Portugal even in clubs called major (Benfica, Sporting, Porto). In June 2005, Rodrigo Nunes is the third consecutive elected President of the Board for more than a full biennium and it will be at the helm of the Feirense for 6 consecutive years, a situation that has never happened before. In the 2007/08 season, the senior team handball went to the 2nd Division. In the 2011/12 the main soccer team participated in the Portuguese Liga, with Rodrigo Nunes still at the helm.