|Full name||Sport Clube Beira-Mar|
|Ground||Estádio Municipal, Aveiro,
|2013–14||Segunda Liga, 12th|
Sport Clube Beira-Mar (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈspɔɾ ˈklub(ɨ) ˈbɐjɾɐ ˈmaɾ]) is a Portuguese sports club based in Aveiro. Its football team currently plays in the second division, holding home games at Estádio Municipal de Aveiro.
Eusébio and António Sousa were two of the club's most famous players; both played for the biggest clubs in the country, the former with Benfica and the latter with both Porto and Sporting, and had long spells with the Portuguese national team; Sousa also later managed the team. Beira-Mar also possesses futsal, basketball and boxing departments.
Beira-Mar was founded on 1 January 1922, and first reached the first division 39 years later, only lasting one single season. Until 1980 it would make a few further appearances in the top flight, the longest spell being from 1971 to 1974; in the 1976–77 campaign, former S.L. Benfica and Portugal legend Eusébio played briefly for the side, often being injured as the campaign ended in relegation.
Returned again to the top flight in 1988, Beira-Mar spent most of the following years in that division. In 1999, eight years after being runners-up in the competition, the club once again reached the final of the Portuguese Cup, against S.C. Campomaiorense - Sporting Clube de Portugal, Benfica and F.C. Porto and all been ousted before the round-of-16. The team won the match 1–0 thanks to a goal from Ricardo Sousa, son of coach António Sousa who played for the club during the 70's; the team would also be relegated at the season's end.
As the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was discontinued in 1999, Beira-Mar participated in the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup, losing 1–2 on aggregate to Dutch team Vitesse. In the domestic league the club finished in second position in the second division and immediately returned to the top flight. On 23 February 2002 Beira-Mar achieved a 3–2 away win against Porto, which was managed by a young José Mourinho: it would be the last home defeat for the manager for the following decade.
The return of Mário Jardel to Portugal to play for Beira-Mar was one of the biggest news in Portuguese football in the summer of 2006, as the 33-year old and former European Golden Shoe winner signed a one-year contract. The Brazilian scored in his official debut, a 2–2 home draw against Desportivo das Aves, but gradually lost his importance in the team, leaving in the following transfer window to a team in Cyprus; Beira-Mar would eventually be relegated, in a campaign which also included the sacking of manager Carlos Carvalhal and his replacement with Spaniard Francisco Soler, after the team signed a cooperation deal with Inverfutbol, a Spanish-based sporting company.
Beira-Mar returned to the first division in 2010 after a three-year absence, having finished the season as champions.
As of 17 January, 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
League and cup history
- Portuguese Cup: 1998–99; Runner-up 1990–91
- Segunda Liga: 2005–06, 2009–10
- Second Division: 1960–61, 1964–65, 1970–71
- Third Division: 1958–59
- Ribeiro dos Reis Cup: 1964–65
- AF Aveiro Championship: 1928–29, 1937–38
- AF Aveiro First Division: 1948–49, 1955–56, 1958–59
Beira-Mar play home games at Estádio Municipal de Aveiro, which has a 30,430-seat capacity. It replaced Estádio Mário Duarte as the team's ground, and was built in 2003 for UEFA Euro 2004. It was designed by Portuguese architect Tomás Taveira.
Note: this list includes players that have played at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status.
- See also Category:S.C. Beira-Mar players.
- Jose Mourinho's unbeaten home run ends; BBC Sport, 2 April 2011
- Beira-Mar: Carvalhal despedido para dar lugar a Paco Soler (Beira-Mar: Carvalhal sacked to make way for Paco Soler); Portal d'Aveiro, 9 January 2007 (Portuguese)