C.D. Nacional

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Nacional
CD.Nacional.logo.png
Full name Clube Desportivo Nacional
Nickname(s) Alvinegros
(White-and-Black)
Nacionalistas
(Nationalists)
Founded 1910; 104 years ago (1910)
Ground Estádio da Madeira
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Rui Alves
Manager Manuel Machado
League Primeira Liga
2013–14 Primeira Liga, 5th

Clube Desportivo Nacional, commonly known as Nacional and sometimes Nacional da Madeira (Portuguese pronunciation: [nɐsiuˈnaɫ dɐ mɐˈdɐjɾɐ]), is a Portuguese football club based in Funchal, in the island of Madeira. Founded in 1910, it currently plays in the Portuguese first division.

History[edit]

Nacional reached the first division for the first time ever in the mid-90s, returning again in 2002–03. The following season was arguably the best ever season, as the side finished fourth in the league, just squeaking past Sporting Clube de Braga. In that season, three of its key players were Paulo Assunção, a defensive midfielder, and goal-machine Adriano, who netted 19 times. Both would later go to F.C. Porto, while the third key player, winger Miguelito, joined Sport Lisboa e Benfica in 2006.

Nacional also had a quarter-final run in the domestic cup, and would lose in the first round of the subsequent 2004–05 UEFA Cup, being defeated twice by Sevilla FC. In 2006–07's edition, more of the same occurred with two early losses to FC Rapid Bucureşti.

In the 2008–09 season, Nacional again edged Braga for the final fourth spot, mainly courtesy of Nenê, who scored 20 goals and won the Golden Boot honor. The side also reached the last-four in the Portuguese Cup, losing on aggregate 5–4 to Paços de Ferreira, with the decider coming at the Estádio da Madeira in the 90th minute.

2009–10 started without Nenê, who was sold to Cagliari Calcio for a club-record fee of €4.5 million. In August 2009, however, the club managed to defeat former UEFA Super Cup winners FC Zenit St. Petersburg in the UEFA Europa League last round prior to the group stages; after a 4–3 home win, youngster Rúben Micael scored another last-minute goal, as the club was trailing 1–0 in Russia. In the next round, Nacional was drawn alongside Athletic Bilbao, FK Austria Wien, and SV Werder Bremen; the Austrians were beaten 5–1 in Madeira, but the Portuguese did not progress to the knockout rounds.

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Estádio da Madeira

The Estádio da Madeira, better known as the Choupana, houses Nacional. The current stadium is located around nearby training pitches. The club also built an academy campus in name of its most famous player, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. The stadium was renovated in 2007 for a new stand and also increasing the capacity to over 5,000 spectators. The total price of the renovations was €20 million.

In these new facilities, no stands were put behind the goals, with a tall fence used in its place. In mid-2007, the stadium name was changed to Estádio da Madeira, because of the excellent sports facilities.

Rivalry[edit]

Nacional in 1925

Nacional has a big rivalry with Madeira-neighbours Club Sport Marítimo. Historically, Marítimo dominated Nacional in the early years, being the first to reach European competition. Nacional, however, have crept up in the UEFA standings, finishing fourth twice and fifth in the 2000s.

The Madeira Derby is often associated with the clubs' followers differing culture and way of life. The fans of Nacional, being of a higher socio-economic status than those of Marítimo, were mainly lobbyists for the commercial expansion of Madeira, but the working class Marítimo followers were keen to preserve Madeira. This only exacerbated the ill-feeling between the clubs.

The rivalry heightened when youngster Ronaldo declined an offer from Marítimo in favour of Nacional, where his godfather was a member of the board. Politics plays a part in both the Madeira and the Azores derbies, because of Madeira's controversial regional governor, Alberto João Jardim, being a self-confessed Marítimo supporter. Jardim does not have a good relationship with Carlos César, the regional governor of the Azores, and an avid C.D. Santa Clara fan.

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 July, 2014.

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Eduardo Gottardi
2 Mozambique DF Zainadine Júnior
3 Portugal DF Miguel Rodrigues
4 Egypt DF Mahmoud Ezzat
5 Brazil DF Marçal
7 Portugal MF João Aurélio
8 Colombia MF Sebastián Ayala
9 South Korea FW Suk Hyun-Jun
10 Egypt MF Saleh Gomaa
11 Portugal FW João Camacho
12 Portugal GK Rui Silva
17 Guinea MF Boubacar
18 Portugal FW Lucas João
19 Mozambique FW Reginaldo
No. Position Player
22 Portugal DF Nuno Campos
24 Cape Verde GK Kevin Sousa
28 Brazil FW Willyan Barbosa
29 Guinea-Bissau FW Bata
33 Portugal DF Rui Correia
38 Croatia MF Dejan Školnik
44 Cape Verde DF Rony Santos
55 Portugal DF Nuno Sequeira
62 Venezuela FW Mario Rondón
66 Egypt MF Ali Ghazal
68 Portugal MF Edgar Abreu
77 Portugal FW Marco Matias
82 Peru FW William Mimbela
88 Egypt DF Ali Fathy

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
15 Portugal MF Jota (at Portugal União Madeira until June 2015)
34 Portugal DF Diogo Coelho (at Portugal Sp. Covilhã until June 2015)

Recent seasons[edit]

Season D. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup League Cup Europe Notes
2002–03 1D 11 34 9 13 12 40 46 40 Round 5
2003–04 1D 4 34 17 5 12 56 35 56 Quarterfinal Best-ever finish; Qualified for UEFA Cup
2004–05 1D 12 34 12 5 17 46 48 41 Round 6 Round 1
2005–06 1D 5 34 14 10 10 40 32 52 Round 6 Qualified for UEFA Cup
2006–07 1D 8 30 11 6 13 41 38 39 Round 6 Round 1
2007–08 1D 10 30 9 8 13 23 28 35 Round 5 Round 3
2008–09 1D 4 30 15 7 8 47 32 52 Semi-final 2nd Group stage Qualified for UEFA Europa League
2009–10 1D 7 30 10 9 11 36 46 39 Round 5 2nd Group stage Group stage
2010–11 1D 6 30 11 9 10 28 31 42 Round 4 Semi-final Qualified for UEFA Europa League
2011–12 1D 7 30 13 5 12 48 50 44 Semi-final 2nd Group stage Play-off round
2012–13 1D 8 30 11 7 12 45 51 40 Round 4 2nd Group stage
2013–14 1D 5 30 11 12 7 43 33 45 Round 3 2nd Group stage Qualified for UEFA Europa League

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2004–05 UEFA Cup R1 Spain Sevilla 1–2 0–2 1–4
2006–07 UEFA Cup R1 Romania Rapid Bucureşti 1–2 0–1 1–3
2009–10 UEFA Europa League PO Russia Zenit St. Petersburg 4–3 1–1 5–4
Group L Germany Werder Bremen 2–3 1–4 3rd
Austria Austria Wien 5–1 1–1
Spain Athletic Bilbao 1–1 1–2
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2Q Iceland FH Hafnarfjördur 2–0 1–1 3–1
3Q Sweden Häcken 3–0 1–2 4–2
PO England Birmingham City 0–0 0–3 0–3
2014–15 UEFA Europa League PO
  • Q = Qualifying
  • PO = Play-off

Honours[edit]

National[edit]

Regional[edit]

  • AF Madeira Championship
    • Winners (8): 1934–35, 1936–37, 1938–39, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1943–44, 1968–69, 1974–75
  • AF Madeira Cup
    • Winners (6): 1943–44, 1944–45, 1973–74, 1974–75, 2001–02, 2007–08

Other titles[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Former managers[edit]

Chairmen[edit]

Records and statistics[edit]

External links[edit]