Grupo Desportivo de Chaves, commonly known as just Chaves, is a Portuguese footballclub from Chaves currently playing in the Liga de Honra. They were founded in 1949 and currently play at Estádio Municipal de Chaves with a capacity of 19,000 one of the biggest in the Liga de Honra. Their home kit is red and blue striped t-shirt with blue shorts and socks and the away kit is all white. Their current president is Bruno Carvalho and their last manager was João Pinto. In the 2007/08 season they finished 4th just missing out on promotion to the Liga de Honra. GD Chaves have been in the Portuguese First Division 13 times and have done expectionally well finishing 5th in the 1989/90 season which was their best ever finish. They went to Europe in the 1987/88 season where they played in the UEFA Cup where they beat the Romanian team Universitatea Craiova in the first round but lost in the next round to Hungarian team Budapest Honvéd. Their current stadium, Estádio Municipal de Chaves, normally hosts the national teams youth games and rarely the senior national team; however, the stadium is famous because it held the debut of Cristiano Ronaldo for the senior national team.
Grupo Desportivo de Chaves was founded on 27 September 1949 and is one of the most experienced teams in the Portuguese Second Division, not just because of its old culture, but also many years in the top-flight Primeira Liga, doing quite well and playing in European tournaments, such as the UEFA Cup. Their best ever finish was in the Primeira Liga when they finished in fifth place twice in 1986–87 and 1989–90, where in the 1986–87 season, they had fantastic results, beating Portuguese giants Sporting Clube de Portugal 2–1 at home in a memorable night at the Estádio Municipal de Chaves stadium. After those fantastic seasons, they finished sixth, seventh, and ninth before getting relegated in the 1992–93 season to the Liga de Honra. They returned for another few seasons but got relegated again to the Liga de Honra until 2007, where they eventually got relegated to the Portuguese Second Division: Série A. In the previous season of 2007–08, they finished in fourth place just missing out on promotion.
After a series of great results in 2008–09 that granted the team the lead of Série A, Chaves finally achieved promotion to the second-flight Liga de Honra with an aggregate win, 1–0 over Penafiel, the winner of the Portuguese Second Division: Série B in a semi-final playoff. In the playoff final, it was between Chaves and Fátima, in which both were guaranteed promotion to the Liga de Honra and the final was to determine the champion of the Second Division. Fátima won the match 2–1 and were rewarded with champions of the Second Division for the 2008–09 season as Chaves became runners-up for the season and will play in the Liga de Honra for the 2009–10 season.
Estádio Municipal de Chaves is a multi-use stadium in Chaves. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of GD Chaves. The stadium is able to hold 22,000 people. The stadium normally holds the national teams youth games and also some U-21 games and also the senior team but rarely. This stadium is famous because it is where Cristiano Ronaldo made his senior international debut.
The football section has 13 presences at the top level of Portuguese football. Its best position was two fifth place finished, in the 1986–87 and 1989–90 seasons, the first earning Chaves its only presence in the European cups.