C.D. Nacional

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Nacional
Full name Clube Desportivo Nacional
Nickname(s) Os Alvinegros
(The White-and-Black)
Founded 1910; 104 years ago (1910)
Ground Estádio da Madeira, Funchal,
Madeira, Portugal
Ground Capacity 5,132
Chairman Rui Alves
Manager Manuel Machado
League Primeira Liga
2012–13 Primeira Liga, 8th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

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]

Fans of Nacional
  1. 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.

Current squad[edit]

Updated 15 January, 2014.

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

No. Position Player
1 Portugal GK Ricardo Batista
2 Portugal MF João Aurélio
3 Mozambique DF Zainadine Júnior
4 Mozambique DF Mexer
5 Brazil DF Fernando Marçal
6 Portugal MF Rafa Sousa
7 Venezuela FW Mario Rondón
8 Croatia MF Dejan Školnik
10 Brazil MF Diego Barcellos
11 Portugal FW Candeias
12 Brazil GK Eduardo Gottardi
14 Brazil MF Claudemir
No. Position Player
17 Egypt MF Saleh Gomaa
20 Portugal FW João Camacho
22 Portugal DF Nuno Campos
24 Portugal GK Rui Silva
27 Cape Verde FW Djaniny
30 Brazil FW Kayke Rodrigues
33 Portugal DF Miguel Rodrigues
34 Portugal DF Diogo Coelho
55 Portugal DF Nuno Sequeira
66 Egypt MF Ali Ghazal
99 Mozambique FW Reginaldo

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player

Board[edit]

  • Portugal Rui Alves – Chairman

Estádio da Madeira[edit]

The new stand being built

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 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.

League and Cup history[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup League Cup Europe Notes
1988–89 1D 10 38 12 12 14 43 49 36 Round 6
1989–90 1D 14 34 7 14 13 34 46 28 Round 6
1990–91 1D 20 38 8 11 19 33 60 27 Round 5 Relegated
1991–92 2H 14 34 6 13 15 26 42 25 Round 4
1992–93 2H 13 34 10 10 14 34 32 30 Round 4
1993–94 2H 11 34 10 11 13 32 33 31 Round 3
1994–95 2H 13 34 10 11 13 39 42 32 Round 4
1995–96 2H 16 34 11 6 17 39 43 39 Round 4 Relegated
1996–97 2DS 1 34 24 6 4 80 30 78 Round 4 Promoted
1997–98 2H 18 34 6 9 19 37 58 27 Round 4 Relegated
1998–99 2DS 9 34 15 4 15 42 39 49 Round 4
1999–00 2DS 1 38 25 8 5 66 32 83 Round 2 Promoted
2000–01 2H 7 34 14 9 11 55 52 51 Round 6
2001–02 2H 3 34 18 8 8 62 39 62 Round 3 Promoted
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 Best ever finish; 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

European record[edit]

  • Q = Qualifying
  • PO = Play-off
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
2004–05 R1 Spain Sevilla 1–2 0–2 1–4
2006–07 R1 Romania Rapid Bucureşti 1–2 0–1 1–3
2009–10 PO Russia Zenit St. Petersburg 4–3 1–1 5–4
Group stage Germany Werder Bremen 2–3 1–4 3–7
Austria Austria Wien 5–1 1–1 6–2
Spain Athletic Bilbao 1–1 1–2 2–3
2011–12 Q2 Iceland FH Hafnarfjördur 2–0 1–1 3–1
Q3 Sweden Häcken 3–0 1–2 4–2
PO England Birmingham City 0–0 0–3 0–3

Honours[edit]

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

Notable former players[edit]

Former managers[edit]

Chairmen[edit]

  • Portugal António Figueira (1910–26)
  • Portugal Ernesto dos Santos (1926–32)
  • Portugal António Caldeira (1932–36)
  • Portugal Consuelo Figueira (1936–40)
  • Portugal Luís Serrão (1940–44)
  • Portugal Daniel Machado (1944–48)
  • Portugal José Abreu (1954–58)
  • Portugal António Manuel Caldeira (1958–64)
  • Portugal Fernando Rebelo (1964–65)
  • Portugal Luís Serrão (1965–69)
  • Portugal António Manuel Caldeira (1969–73)
  • Portugal Nélio Mendonça (1973–93)
  • Portugal Fausto Pereira (1993–94)
  • Portugal Rui Alves (1994–)

Records and statistics[edit]

External links[edit]