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; 76 years ago (1939)
Ground Estádio do Rio Ave
Ground Capacity 12,815
Chairman António Campos
Manager Pedro Martins
League Primeira Liga
2013–14 11th
Website Club home page
Current season

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 the 2014 Taça de Portugal Final where they lost to S.L. Benfica 1–0. [3] With this result, Rio Ave have a guaranteed spot in the 2014-2015 UEFA Europa League, which will 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 Sweden IFK Göteborg 0–0 1–0 1–0
PO Sweden IF Elfsborg 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)
Group J Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 0–3 0–2 4th place
Romania FC Steaua București 2–2 1–2
Denmark Aalborg BK 2–0 0–1[4]
Notes
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round
  • GS: Group stage

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 21 January, 2015.[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
3 France DF Prince-Désir Gouano
4 Senegal MF Pape Sow
6 Portugal MF Luis Gustavo
8 Portugal MF Tarantini (captain)
9 Egypt FW Koka
10 Brazil MF Diego Lopes
11 Belarus MF Renan Bressan
12 Brazil DF Lionn
13 Ghana FW Emmanuel Boateng
15 Portugal DF Tiago Pinto
No. Position Player
17 Portugal FW Ukra
19 Ghana FW Ernest Ohemeng
21 Netherlands MF Marvin Zeegelaar
22 Nigeria MF Sunday Abalo
25 Portugal DF Roderick Miranda
28 Venezuela FW Yonathan del Valle
30 Ghana MF Alhassan Wakaso
33 Liberia FW William Jebor
46 Brazil DF Marcelo
93 Brazil GK Ederson

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
2 Brazil DF Fabinho (at France Monaco)
7 Brazil MF Filipe Augusto (at Spain Valencia)
5 Spain MF Jonathan Ñíguez (at Portugal Freamunde)
No. Position Player
77 Portugal FW Esmaël Gonçalves (at Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta)
87 Portugal FW Renato Santos (at Portugal Tondela)
Portugal DF Silvério (at Portugal Famalicão)

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 Promoted
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
2013–14 1D 11 30 8 8 14 21 35 32 Runner-up Runner-up Qualified Europa League [B] [C]
A. ^A Best league classification finish in the club's history.
B. ^B Best cup run in the club's history.
C. ^C Best league 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

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