Rio Ave F.C.

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Rio Ave
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Full name Rio Ave Futebol Clube
Nickname(s) Rio Grande (Big River)
Founded 1939; 75 years ago (1939)
Ground Estádio do Rio Ave
Ground Capacity 12,815
Chairman António Campos
Manager Nuno Espírito Santo
League Primeira Liga
2013–14 Primeira Liga, 11th

Rio Ave Futebol Clube, commonly known as Rio Ave, is a Portuguese football club based in Vila do Conde, northern Portugal. The club is named after the Ave River, which flows through the town and into the Atlantic Ocean.

Founded in 1939, it currently plays in the Primeira Liga, Portugal's top-tier division of professional football. It plays its home games at Estádio do Rio Ave FC, also known as Estádio dos Arcos. Built in 1985, "Estádio do Rio Ave FC" seats approximately 12,815 people and is a multi-sports venue, although it is used mainly for Rio Ave's football matches.

The club's home colours are green and white striped shirts with white shorts and socks, whilst their away kit consists of a red and white striped shirt and white shorts with yellow socks. Portuguese internationals Alfredo, Paulinho Santos, Quim, Rui Jorge and Fábio Coentrão started their careers at the club.

The Vilacondenses best top-tier league finish was fifth in the 1981-1982 season. [1] They reached the 1984 Taça de Portugal Final, where they lost to Porto 4-1, [2] and have earned a spot in the 2014 Taça de Portugal Final where they are set to play S.L. Benfica. [3] Due to the fact that S.L. Benfica have already qualified for the 2014-2015 UEFA Champions League, through winning the 2013-2014 Primeira Liga, [4] Rio Ave have a guaranteed spot in the 2014-2015 UEFA Europa League whether they beat S.L. Benfica in the final or not. The 2014-2015 edition of the Europa League will therefore mark the first time that Rio Ave have ever participated in a major European competition.

History[edit]

Rio Ave was founded in 1939, soon being nicknamed Rio Grande (Big River). In 1981–82, Rio Ave achieved its best ever league standing by finishing in fifth place, in what was then known as the Primeria Divisao (First Division). Two seasons later, it reached the Portuguese Cup final, losing to league powerhouse F.C. Porto 4-1. Most recently, Rio Ave managed to see of S.C. Braga to gain a spot in the 2014 Taça de Portugal Final, where they will face S.L. Benfica. Having just missed out on European Qualification in their record 1981-1982 league finish, Rio Ave have now acquired a guaranteed spot in the 2014-2015 UEFA Europa League, as Benfica have already qualified for the 2014-2015 UEFA Champions League through winning the 2013-2014 Primeira Liga. Their participation in the 2014-2015 edition of the Europa League will mark the first time Rio Ave have ever competed in a major European football tournament.

After spending the first part of the 1990s in the second level, the club returned to the top flight, going on to conquer the 1999 and 2003 second division. They would be relegated again in 2005-2006, returning to top-tier football in 2008–09.

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 3Q TBA
Notes
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 26 January, 2014.[5]

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

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Cassio
2 Peru DF Alberto Rodríguez
3 Brazil DF Nivaldo
6 Portugal MF Luis Gustavo
7 Brazil MF Filipe Augusto
8 Portugal MF Tarantini (captain)
9 Egypt FW Koka
10 Brazil MF Diego Lopes
11 Portugal MF Bruno Braga (vice-captain)
12 Brazil DF Lionn
13 Venezuela FW Yonathan del Valle
14 Portugal MF André Vilas Boas
15 Portugal DF Tiago Pinto
16 Portugal DF Nuno Lopes
17 Portugal FW Ukra
No. Position Player
19 Portugal MF Júlio Alves
20 Brazil FW Sandro Lima
23 Portugal FW Pedro Santos
25 Portugal DF Roderick Miranda
30 Ghana MF Alhassan Wakaso
37 Brazil FW Joeano
44 Portugal DF Nélson Monte
46 Brazil DF Marcelo
77 Portugal MF Rúben Ribeiro
87 Portugal FW Renato Santos
93 Brazil GK Ederson
Portugal GK Carlos Alves
Brazil FW Ronny

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Brazil DF Fabinho (at France Monaco)
Portugal MF João Mendes (at Portugal Ribeirão)
Brazil MF William Soares (at Portugal Arouca)
No. Position Player
Portugal FW André Costa (at Portugal Gondomar)
Portugal FW Pedro Mateus (at Portugal Tirsense)
Portugal FW Zé Diogo (at Portugal Tirsense)
Portugal FW Esmaël Gonçalves (at Greece Veria)

Honours[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

League and cup history[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup League Cup Notes
1978–79 2DS 2 30 20 5 5 51 26 45 Round 4 Promoted
1979–80 1D 16 30 5 3 22 22 61 13 Round 4 Relegated
1980–81 2DS 1 30 16 10 4 43 17 42 Round 3 Promoted
1981–82 1D 5 30 13 8 9 26 31 34 Round 5
[A]
1982–83 1D 8 30 13 3 14 43 45 29 Round 3
1983–84 1D 9 30 11 7 12 35 35 29 Runner-up
[B]
1984–85 1D 13 30 7 9 14 27 43 23 Quarter Final Relegated
1985–86 2DN 1 30 19 11 0 52 19 49 Round 4 Promoted
1986–87 1D 13 30 8 9 13 33 40 25 Round 5
1987–88 1D 18 38 7 14 17 29 67 28 Round 6 Relegated
1988–89 2DS 4 34 16 9 9 51 30 41 Round 3
1989–90 2DS 10 34 10 11 13 44 47 31 Round 3
1990–91 2DS 4 38 23 10 5 79 21 56 Round 6 Promoted
1991–92 2H 4 34 16 7 11 47 30 39 Round 5
1992–93 2H 5 34 14 10 10 39 36 38 Round 5
1993–94 2H 4 34 18 8 8 43 23 44 Quarter Final
1994–95 2H 11 34 12 8 14 47 46 32 Round 6
1995–96 2H 1 34 21 5 8 58 42 68 Round 5 Promoted
1996–97 1D 15 34 8 11 15 35 42 35 Round 4
1997–98 1D 9 34 12 10 12 43 43 46 Round 5
1998–99 1D 14 34 8 11 15 26 47 35 Round 4
1999–00 1D 17 34 8 9 17 34 54 33 Semi Final Relegated
2000–01 2H 5 34 17 9 8 68 35 60 Round 6
2001–02 2H 8 34 12 10 12 45 36 46 Round 3
2002–03 2H 1 34 19 6 9 49 36 63 Round 5 Promoted
2003–04 1D 7 34 12 12 10 42 37 48 Quarter Final
2004–05 1D 8 34 10 17 7 35 35 47 Round 6
2005–06 1D 16 34 8 10 16 34 53 34 Round 5 Relegated
2006–07 2H 3 30 15 8 7 44 37 53 Round 4
2007–08 2H 2 30 13 12 5 38 26 51 Round 6 Round 1
2008–09 1D 12 30 8 6 16 20 35 30 Round 3 Second Group Stage
2009–10 1D 12 30 6 13 11 22 33 31 Semi Final Second Group Stage
2010–11 1D 8 30 10 8 12 35 33 38 Quarter Final Round 1
2011–12 1D 14 30 7 7 16 33 42 28 Round 4 Second Group Stage
2012–13 1D 6 30 12 6 12 35 42 42 Round 4 Semi Final
A. ^A Best league classification finish in the club's history.
B. ^B Best cup run in the club's history.

Last updated: 20 December 2013
Div. = Division; 1D = Portuguese League; 2H = Liga de Honra; 2DS/2D = Portuguese Second Division
Pos. = Position; Pl = Match played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lost; GS = Goal Scored; GA = Goal Against; P = Points

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rio Ave finish in record 5th place". 
  2. ^ "FC Porto 4-1 Rio Ave". ZeroZero. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rio Ave beat Braga to reach final". 
  4. ^ "Benfica win Record 33rd Title". 
  5. ^ "Rio Ave Futebol Clube". ZeroZero. Retrieved 20 December 2013. 

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