C.D. Tondela

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C.D. Tondela
Official club logo
Full name Clube Desportivo de Tondela
Nickname(s) CDT (Acronym for Clube Desportivo de Tondela)
Auriverdes (about the colours yellow and green on team jearsey)
Short name Tondela
Founded 6 June 1933
Ground Estádio João Cardoso
Tondela, Portugal
Ground Capacity 3,000
Chairmen Gilberto Coimbra
Manager Quim Machado
League Segunda Liga
2013–14 9th
Website Club home page

Clube Desportivo de Tondela is a Portuguese professional football club currently playing in the Segunda Liga. They are based in the town of Tondela, located in Viseu District, and play in the Estádio João Cardoso. Founded in 1933 the club predominantly played within Portugal's regional leagues.

On 3 June 2012, Tondela was promoted to Segunda Liga for the first time in its history.[1]



On 6 June 1933, Clube Desportivo de Tondela was founded through a merger of two clubs in the village of Tondela: the Tondela Football Club, founded in 1925, and the Operário Atlético Clube, founded in 1932.

1999–2005: Lower divisions[edit]

After the relegation from Terceira Divisão in 1999, Tondela went on to compete in the Viseu Regional Division.

In the 2003–04 season, Tondela won the AF Viseu Cup, also known as Taça Sócios de Mérito, the club's first piece of silverware since 1986. In the next season, Tondela became champion of the AF Viseu Liga de Honra. They ended the season eight points ahead of runners-up Tarouquense, and ensured the return to Terceira Divisão.

Days later, Tondela retained the AF Viseu Cup title thus sealing the season with the double.

2005–2009: Returning to Third Division[edit]

During the 2005–08 seasons, Tondela consolidated its position as an upper mid table club, ending those three seasons always in the seventh place.

In the 2008–09 season, Tondela signed central defender Diego, Paulo Machado's older brother Gomes and charismatic Argentine striker Piojo. On 6 June 2009, Tondela became Third Division champion, after a 4–2 win against Fiães, and thus being promoted to Segunda Divisão.

2009–2012: Joining the Liga de Honra[edit]

After the promotion from the Third Division, and a fourth place in the 2009–10 season, Tondela aimed the promotion to Segunda Liga.

During the 2010 Summer transfer window, Tondela signed Portuguese under 17 European champion, playmaker Márcio Sousa, veteran goalkeaper Rui Marcos and midfielder Fernando Ferreira. The club finished third in the 2010–11 season with 55 points. Despite failing the objectives, Tondela supporters wanted the continuity of manager Filipe Moreira, but he eventually left to Oriental.

On the following season, former Benfica and Portugal player, Vítor Paneira was appointed as the new Tondela manager. Paneira further increased the efforts to build a solid Tondela team, with such signings as midfielders Magano and Tiago Barros, and Brazilian striker Rafael Batatinha.

Tondela topped the table after a 4–2 win against Espinho on 7 April 2012 and never relinquished their lead. They were crowned champions of Segunda Divisão – Série Centro in Estádio do Bessa after a 1–0 win against Boavista. Their renovated defence, consisted by central defenders Daniel Materazzi, Pica, and the versatile Carlos André, fullbacks Hélder Lopes and Pedrosa, defensive midfielder Fábio Pacheco and former Portuguese under 20 international goalkeaper Nuno Avelino, conceived just 22 goals all season and kept 13 clean sheets.

Consequently, they took part in the promotion play-off against Varzim and Fatima, Serie Norte and Serie Sul champions respectively. On 3 June 2012, after a 1–1 draw against Fatima in Estádio João Cardoso, Tondela achieved their third promotion in eight years, and their first ever promotion to Segunda Liga. They were runners-up in the play-off, finishing five points behind Varzim.

Crest and colours[edit]

Clube Desportivo de Tondela adopt the colors green and yellow of the city. Its home strip has been a yellow shirt, with multiple green stripes, black shorts and yellow socks.


The Estádio João Cardoso is a football stadium in Tondela, Portugal, the home of Tondela.

In 2004 began the remodeling and improvement of the stadium. The new João Cardoso Stadium Complex includes two playing fields for football, one pitch (field 1) and one training pitch (field 2) and also features a sports pavilion.

On 27 May 2008, the stadium hosted a Portugal national football team training match. This was a preparation match for the UEFA Euro 2008.

The stadium has also hosted some matches of Portugal's U-20, U-18, U-16 and Women squads.


Tondela has an organized group of supporters (claque, in Portugal) named Febre Amarela (Yellow Fever) founded in 2009.


Current squad[edit]

As of 22 January, 2015. 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 Cláudio Ramos
2 Portugal DF Ricardo Pedrosa
3 Portugal DF João Pica
4 Brazil DF Deyvison
5 Portugal DF Ricardo Rocha
6 Portugal MF Fábio Pacheco
7 Portugal FW Marco Aurélio
8 Portugal MF Tiago Barros
9 Argentina FW Piojo
10 Portugal MF Márcio Sousa
13 Portugal GK Rui Nereu
14 Serbia MF Amar Zildžović
No. Position Player
17 Portugal DF Nuno Santos
19 Portugal FW Joel
20 Portugal MF Rúben Saldanha
21 Portugal DF Edu
25 Brazil FW Rafael Batatinha
27 Portugal MF Bruno Monteiro
28 Portugal MF Carraça
31 Portugal MF Pedro Mendes
37 Portugal DF Vítor
55 Portugal DF Pedro Araújo
70 Portugal FW Luís Machado
90 Portugal FW Tozé Marreco

Notable former players[edit]


Current coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head Coach Portugal Álvaro Magalhães
Assistant Coach Portugal Carlos Chaínho
Assistant Coach Portugal João Martins
Goalkeaper Coach Portugal Paulo Cadete

Managerial history[edit]

* Caretaker manager
Name Nationality From To Record Trophies Notes
P W D L Win % GF GA
Bento, JoãoJoão Bento  Portugal 2005 2006 36 15 10 11 41.67 56 39
Pereira, António JesusAntónio Jesus Pereira  Portugal 2008 2010 70 34 16 20 48.57 124 77 2008–09 Terceira Divisão – Série C
Moreira, FilipeFilipe Moreira  Portugal 1 August 2010 13 May 2011 31 16 7 8 51.61 46 29
Paneira, VítorVítor Paneira  Portugal 24 May 2011 8 November 2013 104 49 25 30 47.12 157 125 2011-12 Second Division – Center Zone
Cadete, PauloPaulo Cadete*  Portugal 8 November 2013 11 November 2013 1 1 0 0 100.000 2 1
Magalhães, ÁlvaroÁlvaro Magalhães  Portugal 11 November 2013 11 May 2014 27 9 7 11 33.33 18 19
Pinto, Carlos AlvesCarlos Alves Pinto  Portugal 11 August 2014 11 May 2014 10 3 5 2 30.00 10 12
Machado, QuimQuim Machado  Portugal 7 October 2014 Present 21 11 8 2 52.38 29 14


  • AF Viseu Cup: 2
    • 2003–04, 2004–05


League and cup history[edit]

Season League Cup League Cup Notes Top scorer
Division Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA Pts Name Goals
2004–05 5th 1st 30 22 3 5 77 25 69 First Round Not held Promoted
2005–06 4th 7th 34 14 10 10 49 37 52 Third Round
2006–07 4th 7th 28 11 8 9 35 31 41 First Round
2007–08 4th 8th 32 13 9 10 41 28 48 First Round Did not enter
2008–09 4th 1st 36 18 9 9 64 45 42 First Round Promoted Brazil Beré 23
2009–10 3rd 4th 30 14 6 10 50 28 48 Third Round Argentina Piojo 9
2010–11 3rd 3rd 30 16 7 7 46 28 55 Second Round Argentina Piojo 12
2011–12 3rd 2nd 30 19 6 5 49 22 63 Fourth Round Promoted Argentina Piojo
Brazil Rafael Batatinha
2012–13 2nd 10th 42 16 11 15 55 60 59 Third round First round Argentina Piojo 10
2013–14 2nd 9th 42 16 11 15 41 38 59 Third round First round Portugal Tozé Marreco 7
2014–15 2nd Fourth round Second round Portugal Tozé Marreco 17


  1. ^ "Tondela sobe à 2ª Liga" [Tondela promoted to the 2nd League] (in Portuguese). Record. 3 June 2012. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Tondela Achievements

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