C.D. Santa Clara

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Santa Clara
C.D. Santa Clara logo.svg
Full name Clube Desportivo Santa Clara
Nickname(s) Os Açoreanos (The Azoreans)
Founded May 12, 1927 (84 years ago)
Ground Estádio de São Miguel,
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Ground Capacity 13,277
President Mário Jorge Freitas Batista
Manager Claudio Braga
League Segunda Liga
2013–14 Segunda Liga, 11th
Website Club home page

Clube Desportivo Santa Clara is a Portuguese football club from Ponta Delgada, Azores. They play in the 13,277-seat Estádio de São Miguel that is eligible for UEFA Champion's League and Europa League games. They are the most successful football team from the Azores islands and the only team in the Azores to compete in the UEFA Cup.

To date, Santa Clara is the only club from the Azores islands to have competed in the top division of the Portuguese Liga, being thus the westernmost top flight club in Europe. They currently compete in the Segunda Liga, the Portuguese second level football league. Santa Clara's current kit manufacturer is Macron and their sponsors are Açoreana Seguros. Main rivals are C.D. Operário from Lagoa. Other major rivals are CS Maritimo and CD Nacional.

Overview[edit]

Santa Clara plays in the Estádio de São Miguel in Ponta Delgada, the largest city in the Azores. It is the only team from the Azores islands to ever participate in the Portuguese Liga, where they play for three non-consecutive seasons (1999–00, 2001–02 and 2002–03). The club also qualified once for UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2002. Manuel Fernandes, a former Portuguese international, who took Santa Clara to the First Division the first time, is a highly acclaimed figure in Azores. While it now plays in the Segunda Liga, Santa Clara is always a favorite to get promoted.

The club is known for its close connection to Sport Lisboa e Benfica, having shared until recently the very same crest. The club played in the old Estádio da Luz, as Benfica's last official opponent before a new stadium was built in Lisbon for the UEFA Euro 2004, which Portugal hosted. The attendance of that game was close to 50,000.

Among the club's most famous players are Paulo Figueiredo, Clayton, Idrissa Keita, Lito Vidigal, and Jorge Ribeiro while Portugal's former all-time leading scorer Pauleta also played for the club.


The Santa Clara Sporting Club is the end result, something distant in time but very close in essence, a social phenomenon that sports beginning in late 1917 had its heyday during the years 1919 and 1920, the peak of lively dispute of "Leagues of Santa Clara," competition in which participating teams representing some of the various "shops of Santa Clara", presenting himself as heir apparent of the other two "Santa Claras"; the "Santa Clara Foot-ball Club" and "Sport Club Santa Clara", both before him also affiliated to the "Foot-ball Association Sam Miguel" today; Football Association of Ponta Delgada.

The first direction Clube Desportivo Santa Clara was elected by acclamation to May 12, 1927, with its founding statutes were approved shortly after the June 21, 1927, a General Assembly for that purpose had been called and then was chaired by Lieutenant John Joaquim Vicente Jr. The process of formation of the club culminates July 29, 1927 with the grant by the Civil Government of Ponta Delgada the respective permit.

The Clube Desportivo Santa Clara requested its inclusion on the Football Association to August 6, 1927, that opportunity was granted only about three months later. His first official match took place on November 20, 1927.


Honours[edit]

Current squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Portugal GK Serginho
2 Brazil MF Jefferson (on loan from Rio Ave)
3 Brazil DF Sandro
4 Brazil DF Accioly
5 Portugal DF Paulo Henrique
6 Morocco MF Elyes Seddiki
7 Portugal MF Pedro Cervantes
8 Canada MF Pacheco (captain)
9 Brazil FW Tiago de Leonço
12 Portugal GK Hugo Viveiros
13 Portugal DF Igor
14 Portugal DF Miguel Lourenço (on loan from Vitória de Setúbal)
15 Portugal DF Paulo Arantes
16 Portugal GK Pedro Martins
No. Position Player
17 Portugal MF Hugo Santos
18 Portugal FW João Pedro Silva
20 Portugal MF Malafaia
21 Portugal MF Vítor Ficher
22 Brazil FW Diego (on loan from Rio Ave)
23 Portugal DF Mike Moura
25 Portugal MF Ruizinho
26 Cape Verde DF Ivanildo Soares
27 Portugal FW João Ventura
28 Portugal MF Diogo Moniz
29 Brazil FW João Pedro
31 Portugal MF Besugo
33 Portugal FW Lucas Silva
33 Portugal MF Xéxé

Notable former players[edit]

League and cup history[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup League Cup Notes
1982–83 3DS 7 30 12 6 12 42 39 30 Round 2
1983–84 3DS 7 30 12 7 11 38 32 31 Round 2
1984–85 3DS 10 30 11 6 13 32 26 28 Round 2
1985–86 3DS 4 30 14 8 8 34 20 36 Round 2
1986–87 3DS 2 30 16 8 6 54 29 40 Round 1 Promoted
1987–88 2DS 20 38 5 13 20 19 51 23 Round 3 Relegated
1988–89 3DS 10 34 13 9 12 35 32 35 Round 2
1989–90 3DS 1 34 18 9 7 54 41 45 Round 2 Promoted
1990–91 2DS 14 34 12 9 17 40 56 33 Round 2 Relegated
1991–92 3DS 5 34 15 9 10 55 34 39 Round 2
1992–93 3DS 14 34 8 14 12 27 40 30 Round 1
1993–94 3DS 13 34 10 9 15 28 52 29 Round 1
1994–95 3DS 18 34 3 9 22 20 70 15 Round 1
1995–96 3DS 1 26 16 7 3 48 15 55 Round 1 Promoted
1996–97 2DS 2 34 19 6 9 67 36 63 Round 3
1997–98 2DS 1 34 18 8 5 60 31 65 Round 4 Promoted
1998–99 2H 3 34 13 13 7 53 37 55 Round 5 Promoted
1999–00 1D 18 34 7 10 17 35 50 31 Round 5 Relegated
2000–01 2H 1 34 20 7 7 60 37 67 Round 3 Promoted
2001–02 1D 14 34 9 10 15 32 46 37 Round 5 Best league finish
2002–03 1D 17 34 8 11 15 39 54 35 Round 5 Relegated
2003–04 2H 13 34 11 9 14 41 44 42 Round 3
2004–05 2H 15 34 11 6 17 39 49 39 Round 4
2005–06 2H 6 34 13 12 9 45 32 51 Round 4
2006–07 2H 4 30 15 5 10 34 31 50 Round 4
2007–08 2H 10 30 10 7 13 31 50 37 Round 4 Round 1
2008–09 2H 3 30 15 7 8 45 32 52 Round 5 Round 1
2009–10 2H 4 30 13 12 5 45 29 51 Round 4 First Group Stage
2010–11 2H 9 30 10 8 12 26 29 38 Round 3 First Group Stage
2011–12 2H 12 30 8 10 12 29 38 34 Round 2 Second Group Stage
2012–13 2H 11 42 15 14 13 55 48 59 Round 4 Round 2

External links[edit]