Portimonense S.C. (football team)
|Full name||Portimonense Sporting Clube|
|Ground||Estádio Municipal, Portimão,
|Head coach||Lázaro Oliveira|
|2013–14||Segunda Liga, 7th|
|Website||Club home page|
Portimonense Sporting Clube is a Portuguese football team based in Portimão. Founded on 14 August 1914, the club is one of the few professional clubs in the Algarve region, and currently plays in the Segunda Liga.
Situated in Algarve's second largest city, its stadium, the Estádio Municipal de Portimão, has a capacity of 9,544 spectators after undergoing renovation in early 2011. The club never won any major honours, but participated in the Primeira Liga for several seasons.
Portimonense's zenith was in the 1980s, a decade in which the club only played its football in the top division, also competing in the UEFA Cup in 1985–86. They reached the semifinals of the Taça de Portugal three times, in 1983, 1987, and 1988.
Portimonense was a regular presence in the Portuguese first division, even finishing fifth in 1984–85 – highlights included 0–0 home draws against league powerhouses Benfica and Sporting Lisbon – which led to participation in the UEFA Cup in the 1985–86 season.
In the 90's and 2000's, however, the club primarily played in the Segunda Liga, while also having a brief spell in the third level. In 2009–10, Portimonense started with Angolan Lito Vidigal at the helm, but when he left for União de Leiria, former Sporting midfielder Litos took charge, and led the team to a final second place, behind S.C. Beira-Mar, thus returning it to the top flight after exactly 20 years of absence.
Midway through the 2010–11 campaign, Litos was fired due to bad results, being replaced by Carlos Azenha, who presented his resignation a few weeks after being appointed, only to have his wish refused by the board of directors, as Portimonense eventually ranked second from bottom and was relegated back. The team met the same fate in the following season, even managing to rank in a worse position; however, after Varzim S.C. was not allowed to promote from division three due to financial irregularities, Portimonense was reinstated.
As of 19 August, 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Out on loan
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
League and cup history
|1985–86||1D||7||30||11||6||13||29||32||28||Round 5||Round 1|
|2007–08||2H||11||30||8||13||9||26||30||37||Round 4||Round 4|
|2008–09||2H||13||30||7||14||9||29||35||35||Round 5||Round 1|
|2009–10||2H||2||30||16||6||8||43||34||54||Round 3||First Group Stage||Promoted|
|2010–11||1D||15||30||6||7||17||28||49||25||Round 4||Round 1||Relegated|
|2011–12||2H||16||30||8||8||14||35||42||32||Round 3||Second Group Stage||
|2012–13||2H||6||42||17||13||12||61||50||64||Round 3||First Group Stage|
|2013–14||2H||7||42||19||10||13||58||48||67||Round 3||Round 2|
- A. ^A Best league classification finish in the club's history.
- B. ^B Despite finishing in a position which would relegate the club to the third division, Portimonense were reinstated in the Liga de Honra due to Varzim not meeting the financial requirements to play in the league.
Last updated: 25 September 2014
Div. = Division; 1D = Portuguese League; 2H = Liga de Honra; 2DS/2D = Portuguese Second Division
Ti. = Tier; Pos. = Position; Pl = Match played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lost; GS = Goal Scored; GA = Goal Against; P = Points
On 13 July 2011, Portimonense elected its body of officials, for a three-year term.
- President: José Fernando Teixeira da Rocha
- Deputy president: António Alexandre Soares Rocha da Silveira
- Vice-presidents: Luís Manuel de Andrade Rodrigues Batalau, José Cândido Rebelo Rodrigues, Nuno Miguel Lopes da Silva, João Carlos Pinhota Martins Santana, Francisco José de Matos Viegas Gouveia Coutinho, Luís Carlos da Costa Paiva
Portimonense has its own club song: "Portimonense, expoente algarvio". Unlike many other football clubs, the supporters own and operate Portimonense, although this is more common in Iberia than in much of Europe.
- "Os orgãos sociais do Portimonense" [Portimonense club officials] (in Portuguese). Portimonense SC. 16 July 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
- "Hino Portimonense" [Anthem of Portimonense] (in Portuguese). Portimonense SC. Retrieved 17 August 2011.