Sporting Clube da Praia

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Sporting Clube da Praia
Full name Sporting Clube da Praia
Nickname(s) Leões (Lions)
Verde-e-Amarelos (Green'n'Yellow)
Founded 2 December 1929
Ground Estádio da Varzea,
Praia, Cape Verde
Ground Capacity 8,000
Chairman Rui Évora
Manager Felisberto Cardoso-Beto
League Santiago Island League (South)
2009–10 1st

Sporting Praia (Capeverdean Crioulo, ALUPEC or ALUPEK as well as Badiu: Sporting Klubi di Praia) is a football (soccer) club that had played in the Premier division and the Santiago Island South Zone League in Cape Verde.[1] It is based in the capital city of Praia in the island of Santiago and plays in the stadium with a capacity of 8,000 It is one of the teams that won six championships since independence and a few before independence, recently they won the match during the 2006 finals. The first title was won in the summer of 1962 before independence.

It is played along with Praia's three other famous teams including Académica and CD Travadores in the same stadium.


Its logo has a shield and is colored green and features a lion with a soccer ball on the left, the abbreviated name is bubbled on the top and the unabbreviated form is at the bottom. The logo is identical to Sporting Clube de Portugal's old logo. Sporting Clube de Portugal are the fathering club of Sporting Clube da Praia.

Address and team information[edit]

  • Address:Caixa Postal 234.

Football komplex "Estadio Varzea" Praia, Cape Verde.

Notable chairman[edit]

  • Paulo Veiga (2002-2012)
  • Carlos Évora (2002-2012)
  • António Mendes (2002-2012)


Its jersey features a striped green-white shirt with green sleeves and green socks. The uniform is identical to its fathering club, the Portuguese giants Sporting Clube de Portugal.


Estádio da Várzea.jpg

Estádio da Várzea is a multi-use stadium in Praia, Cape Verde. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium holds 8,000. The stadium has seat rows in the left and right sides and a small hill and a plateau lies to the west. The stadium is home to the three best football clubs in Cape Verde, Sporting, CD Travadores and another team that plays in the first division, especially the Santiago Island first division.

Playoff advances in history[edit]

Sporting Clube de Praia had won a championship in 1962, later they win their first title after independence in 1985, 1991, 1997, 2002 and 2006 beating the team known as Académico do Aeroporto from Espargos on Sal Island, during the semi-finals they won the most points, six before entering the finals and lost in the first leg and won in the second leg and claimed the title for the 2005–06 season, a year later, the team claimed their second title in a row in the 2006–07 season and also were the championships of the island's south zone, yet again received their third title in 2007–08 season.

Sporting Clube de Praia has been in the playoffs and reached the finals during the other times but never claimed the title, they lost to CS Mindelense 2–0 and 0–1 in the 1988 finals, in the 2004–05 season, the team versus Derby FC was tied in the first leg, the team lost 4–3 to Derby and were the 2004–05 champions.

In the 2007/08 season, there were protests by fans over Académica's loss on 23 June over a referee that received a penalty to one of Sporting's players. This cause a delay in the playoffs and was finally resolved on 8 July, matches resumed two days later on 10 July. The results for the first leg was 1–0 and won 3–0 against Derby in the second.

Current squad[edit]

As of 11 April 2011[2]

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

No. Position Player
1 Senegal GK Maguette
2 Cape Verde DF Delta
3 Cape Verde DF Nito
4 Cape Verde DF Loloti
5 Cape Verde FW Ballack
6 Cape Verde DF Ademar
7 Cape Verde FW Patrick
8 Cape Verde MF Palo
9 Cape Verde FW Zé De Tchetcha
10 Cape Verde MF Edimar
11 Cape Verde FW Caló
12 Cape Verde GK Bocas
13 Cape Verde DF
No. Position Player
14 Cape Verde FW Rapazinho Puto
15 Cape Verde DF Capiton
16 Cape Verde MF
17 Cape Verde DF Osvaldo
18 Cape Verde FW Mais Alto
19 Cape Verde MF Xelo
20 Cape Verde FW Vargas Fernandes
21 Cape Verde MF Son Sent
22 Cape Verde DF Di Ii
25 Senegal MF Theodore
30 Cape Verde MF Dário
33 Cape Verde DF Piki



Head coach:
  • Cape Verde Janito
Assistant coach:
  • Cape Verde Zé Piguita
Goalkeeper coach:
  • Cape Verde Tchabana
Team chef:
  • Cape Verde Nelson/ Manú

Former players[edit]


The fans are known as Torcida Verde Santiago. A Torcida Verde is a cheerleader supporter of Sporting Clube da Praia.The name is identical to its fathering club, the Portuguese giants Sporting Clube de Portugal.

Their mottos are: O Nosso Amor, Não Conhece Distâncias-Our Love, Do not Know Distances. Their biggest rivals are fans of CS Mindelense called Laranja Exército and Académica (Mindelo) fans called Mancha Negra.

Torcida Verde Santiago mascot is a lion.


  • 2007-08: 1st
  • 2009-10: 1st
  • 2011-12: 3 way tie (3 pts)


1997, 1998, 2002.
2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010.
  • Torneio Inicio: 3
2002, 2004, 2006.

Performance in African competitions[edit]

2000 – Preliminary Round
Sporting Clube da Praia – Central African Republic AS Tempête Mocaf 2–3, 0–1
2007 – Preliminary Round
Guinea Fello Star – Sporting Clube da Praia 1–0, – (withdrew)
2008 – First Round
Morocco FAR Rabat – Sporting Clube da Praia 3–0, 0:3 (Penalties: 4:5)
Sporting Clube da Praia – Angola Inter Luanda 2–1, 0–1
2009 – Preliminary Round
Morocco FAR Rabat – Sporting Clube da Praia 6–0, 0–1
1992: First Round
Senegal Port Autonome (Dakar) – Sporting Clube da Praia 0–0, 0–0 (Penalties: 1–3)
Sporting Clube da Praia – Tunisia Club Africain 0–0, 1–3
2001: Preliminary Round (withdrew)
Chad Gazelle FC – Sporting Clube da Praia 5–2, – (withdrew)


  1. ^ Cape Verde Islands 2009/10 -
  2. ^ Saison 2011 - Squad