Vitória S.C.

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Vitória de Guimarães
Vitória Guimarães.svg
Full name Vitória Sport Clube
Nickname(s) Vitória de Guimarães
Os Vimaranenses (The ones from Guimarães
Os Branquinhos (The Little Whites)
Os Afonsinos (Afonso's ones)
Os Conquistadores (The Conquerors)[citation needed]
Founded 1922; 92 years ago (1922)
Ground Estádio D. Afonso Henriques
Ground Capacity 30,165
Chairman Júlio Mendes
Manager Rui Vitória
League Primeira Liga
2013–14 Primeira Liga, 10th
Website Club home page

The Vitória Sport Clube, commonly known as Vitória de Guimarães, is a football club based in Guimarães, Portugal.

As a top contender to the title of fourth best supported club in Portugal, it has tried to end the favoritism of the so-called "Big Three" (Futebol Clube do Porto, Sport Lisboa e Benfica and Sporting Clube de Portugal), maintaining good positions in the Primeira Liga, where it has finished third on four occasions, the last one in 2007–08 season.

As a rule in recent years, Vitória de Guimarães has been battling for European places, trying to place 5th or above in the league. In its history, they have won one Portuguese Cup and one Super Cup. Its main rivals are SC Braga, of the neighbouring city, with whom the club disputes the "Derby of Minho". Vitória's crest, nickname, and stadium honour Afonso Henriques, first King of Portugal and possibly a Guimarães native.

Besides football, the club has other sports sections, such as volleyball (National Champion in 2007–08), basketball (League Champion in 2006–07 and Cup Champion in 2007–08), swimming, water polo, kickboxing, judo, beach soccer, table tennis, athletics, women's futsal, among others.

History[edit]

Vitória was formed in 1922. Its name seems to be a tribute to Vitória de Setúbal, which at the time was a top contender for the Campeonato de Portugal, though these days Guimarães supporters downplay the connection. After seasons of toiling in the Braga FA leagues, the Vimaranenses were first promoted to the Primeira Liga in 1941, and two seasons later battled the Sadinos from Setúbal for the first time in the League. Surprise package Guimarães, against all odds, reached their first Cup final in their debut season, but fell to Belenenses 2–0.

Vitória's furthest progress in a European tournament was in the 1986-87 UEFA Cup, in which they were defeated 5-2 on aggregate in the quarter-finals by Borussia Monchengladbach of West Germany.[1]

In the early 2000s, Vitória struggled in some years to retain its status in the top Portuguese division (Superliga). Those years were marked by the decline of the leadership of Pimenta Machado, former president of the club. Machado was accused on charges of embezzlement. Despite this, in 2004-2005 they secured an impressive fifth-place finish in the league and qualified for European competition (the UEFA Cup). However the renaissance ended quickly and the very next season (2005–06) they were relegated to the Segunda Liga where they last played in 1958, finishing 17th in the Superliga, despite reaching the cup semi-final, having beaten Benfica in the quarter-finals. They also failed to progress from their UEFA Cup group, as eventual winners Sevilla, Premier League outfit Bolton Wanderers, and Russian team Zenit Saint Petersburg progressed.

After the club's relegation, it was felt Vitória would return to the First Division quite easily, even though the team itself wasn't that strong. Vitória, by the middle of the season, was only around 10th place and lower, with seemingly little chance of promotion. However during the winter break, there was a change in the club's direction and a new coach was hired, Manuel Cajuda. Vitória improved their form and finally managed to reach second place in the 29th game of the season; promotion was guaranteed.

In their first season back in the top flight they continued their winning form, achieving an impressive third place in 2007–08, guaranteeing them a place in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. They lost there to Swiss team Basel due to a clean goal disallowed by the referee in the last minutes of the second leg match (Platini himself referred to this) and dropped into the UEFA Cup first round. Their they played Portsmouth of the Premier League over two legs however Portsmouth progressed, winning 4–2 on aggregate.

In 2012-13, Vitória found themselves in financial problems, which caused them to lose many experienced players and bet on young players. However, they would go on to win their first Portuguese Football Cup, after previously losing five finals. Vitória beat rivals Braga en route to the final, where they recovered from 1-0 down against Benfica to win 2-1.

In 2013-14, VSC became the first Portuguese club to offer free tickets to a European competition's game.[2]

Stadium[edit]

The Estádio D. Afonso Henriques seen from the outside

The Estádio D. Afonso Henriques was expanded and refurbished for the UEFA Euro 2004 competition, and it seats 29,865 people. It held two group matches in the tournament, and has also been a venue on four occasions for the Portugal national football team.

After Os Três Grandes (Benfica, FC Porto, Vitória is the club which attracts most supporters to the stadium,[3] with average attendances of 20,000 per game. (Vitória usually has a higher average than all the other clubs, even when the club played in the Second Division/League).

Support and rivalry[edit]

Vitória play the derby of Minho Province against neighbours Sporting Clube de Braga. This derby is considered one of Portugal's most intense matches, as both clubs battle each year to reach a European competition. The derby also intensified during the run-up to the UEFA Euro 2004 tournament hosted by Portugal, as both clubs had new stadia built as tournament venues.

The biggest supporter group is the White Angels, who go by the motto Somos únicos (We are unique). A self-confessed Vitória fan is Fernando Meira, who played at the club and now plays for Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia. Meira, as the captain of VfB Stuttgart, raised 2007 Bundesliga trophy wearing a Vitória scarf.[4]

European matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1969–70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round Czech Republic Baník Ostrava 1–0 1–1 2–1
Second round England Southampton 3–3 1–5 4–8
1970–71 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round France Angoulême 3–0 1–3 4–3
Second round Scotland Hibernian 2–1 0–2 2–3
1983–84 UEFA Cup First round England Aston Villa 1–0 0–5 1–5
1986–87 UEFA Cup First round France Angoulême 2–1 1–1 3–2
Second round Spain Atlético Madrid 2–0 0–1 2–1
Third round Netherlands Groningen 3–0 0–1 3–1
Quarter-finals Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 2–2 0–3 2–5
1987–88 UEFA Cup First round Hungary Tatabánya 1–0 1–1 2–1
Second round Belgium Beveren 1–0 0–1 1–1 (p)
Third round Czech Republic TJ Vitkovice 2–0 0–2 2–2 (p)
1988–89 European Cup Winners' Cup First round Netherlands Roda 1–0 0–2 1–2
1990–91 UEFA Cup First round Turkey Fenerbahçe 2–3 0–3 2–6
1992–93 UEFA Cup First round Spain Real Sociedad 3–0 0–2 3–2
Second round Netherlands Ajax 0–3 1–2 1–5
1995–96 UEFA Cup First round Belgium Standard Liège 3–1 0–0 3–1
Second round Spain Barcelona 0–4 0–3 0–7
1996–97 UEFA Cup First round Italy Parma 2–0 1–2 3–2
Second round Belgium Anderlecht 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
1997–98 UEFA Cup First round Italy Lazio 0–4 1–2 1–6
1998–99 UEFA Cup First round Scotland Celtic 1–2 1–2 2–4
2005–06 UEFA Cup First round Poland Wisła Kraków 3–0 1–0 4–0
Group H Russia Zenit St. Petersburg 1–2 5th
England Bolton Wanderers 1–1
Spain Sevilla 1–3
Turkey Beşiktaş 1–3
2008–09 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round Switzerland FC Basel 0–0 1–2 1–2
2008–09 UEFA Cup First round England Portsmouth 2–2 0–2 2–4
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round Denmark Midtjylland 2–1 0–0 2–1
Play-off round Spain Atlético Madrid 0–4 0–2 0–6
2013–14 UEFA Europa League Group I France Lyon 1–2 1–1 3rd place
Spain Real Betis 0–1 0–1
Croatia Rijeka 4–0 0–0

Current squad[edit]

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 Douglas
3 Portugal DF Josué
5 Portugal DF Luís Rocha
6 Portugal DF Moreno
7 Serbia MF Filip Knežević
8 Hungary FW Benjamin Balázs
9 Portugal FW Tómané
10 Uruguay MF Jean Barrientos
11 Portugal MF André André
13 Brazil GK Assis Giovanaz
14 Portugal FW Alex
16 Burkina Faso DF Nii Plange
17 Portugal FW Hernâni
18 Brazil MF Leonel Olímpio
No. Position Player
19 Cape Verde FW Ricardo
20 Portugal DF João Amorim
21 Portugal MF David Caiado
22 Niger FW Moussa Maâzou
23 Portugal DF Pedro Correia
25 Portugal MF Tiago Rodrigues
28 Portugal MF André Santos
Portugal MF Bernard Mensah
Portugal DF João Afonso
Ivory Coast DF Adama Traoré
Brazil DF Rodrigo Defendi
Portugal MF Cafú
Ivory Coast FW Gui
Ivory Coast FW Isaac Cissé

Notable former players[edit]

Notable former Managers[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • Winners (1): 1988
  • Runners-up (2): 2011, 2013

League and Cup history[edit]

The club's 66 seasons in the top level of Portuguese football make them the club with the joint-fourth longest time there, after FC Porto, Sporting CP, and Benfica (all with 76); and Belenenses also with 66.

Season League Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup League Cup Supercup Champions League Europa League Cup Winner's Cup Notes
1941–42 1D 11 22 6 1 15 43 76 13 Runner–up not held not held not held not held not held
1942–43 1D 8 18 6 2 10 48 76 14 Round 5 not held not held not held not held not held
1943–44 1D 8 18 2 3 13 25 68 7 Semi Final not held not held not held not held not held
1944–45 1D 8 18 4 3 11 32 57 11 Round 6 not held not held not held not held not held
1945–46 1D 8 22 8 2 12 39 52 18 Quarter Final not held not held not held not held not held
1946–47 1D 8 26 8 8 10 54 54 24 not held not held not held not held not held not held
1947–48 1D 7 26 10 4 12 44 56 24 Round 5 not held not held not held not held not held
1948–49 1D 6 26 11 4 11 47 50 26 Round 6 not held not held not held not held not held
1949–50 1D 11 26 7 7 12 45 59 21 not held not held not held not held not held not held
1950–51 1D 13 26 6 6 14 40 57 18 Quarter Final not held not held not held not held not held
1951–52 1D 10 26 9 3 14 28 47 21 Round 6 not held not held not held not held not held
1952–53 1D 8 26 7 6 13 28 54 20 Quarter Final not held not held not held not held not held
1953–54 1D 8 26 10 5 11 44 64 25 Quarter Final not held not held not held not held not held
1954–55 1D 14 26 5 7 14 33 49 17 Round 5 not held not held not held not held not held Relegated
1955–56 2D 2 - - - - - - - not held not held not held
1956–57 2D 3 - - - - - - - not held not held not held
1957–58 2D 2 - - - - - - - not held not held not held Promoted
1958–59 1D 5 26 13 3 10 59 55 29 Round 6 not held not held not held
1959–60 1D 7 26 8 7 11 47 43 23 Quarter Final not held not held not held
1960–61 1D 4 26 14 2 10 48 44 30 Round 6 not held not held
1961–62 1D 9 26 9 4 13 44 47 22 Semi Final not held not held
1962–63 1D 6 26 12 3 11 47 43 27 Runner–up not held not held
1963–64 1D 4 26 16 2 8 62 42 34 Round 6 not held not held
1964–65 1D 7 26 12 5 9 44 36 29 Round 6 not held not held
1965–66 1D 4 26 14 5 7 58 47 33 Round 5 not held not held
1966–67 1D 6 26 11 4 11 35 40 26 Round 5 not held not held
1967–68 1D 6 26 12 3 11 31 34 27 Quarter Final not held not held
1968–69 1D 3 26 13 10 3 46 17 36 Quarter Final not held not held
1969–70 1D 5 26 12 4 10 38 36 28 Quarter Final not held not held Round 2
1970–71 1D 12 26 4 11 11 15 27 19 Round 5 not held not held Round 2
1971–72 1D 6 30 11 8 11 49 47 30 Round 5 not held not held
1972–73 1D 6 30 11 11 8 38 38 33 Round 6 not held not held
1973–74 1D 6 30 10 11 9 36 34 31 Round 5 not held not held
1974–75 1D 5 30 16 6 8 64 36 38 Round 6 not held not held
1975–76 1D 6 30 13 10 7 49 32 36 Runner–up not held not held
1976–77 1D 9 30 10 6 14 39 38 26 Round 6 not held not held
1977–78 1D 6 30 12 7 11 33 28 31 Round 5 not held not held
1978–79 1D 6 30 12 7 11 44 38 31 Round 6 not held
1979–80 1D 6 30 11 10 9 42 38 32 Round 5 not held
1980–81 1D 5 30 11 9 10 38 30 31 Round 5 not held
1981–82 1D 4 30 13 12 5 42 22 38 Round 5 not held
1982–83 1D 4 30 11 10 9 35 24 32 Round 5 not held
1983–84 1D 6 30 14 3 13 41 41 31 Semi Final not held Round 1
1984–85 1D 9 30 9 7 14 33 39 25 Round 6 not held
1985–86 1D 4 30 16 8 6 51 29 40 Round 6 not held
1986–87 1D 3 30 14 13 3 45 22 41 Quarter Final not held Quarter Final
1987–88 1D 14 38 11 11 16 48 50 33 Runner–up not held Round 3
1988–89 1D 9 38 14 10 14 39 33 38 Round 5 not held Winner Round 1
1989–90 1D 4 34 17 11 6 46 28 45 Semi Final not held
1990–91 1D 9 38 12 10 16 31 40 34 Round 6 not held Round 1
1991–92 1D 5 34 14 13 7 46 35 41 Round 5 not held
1992–93 1D 11 34 14 3 17 41 53 31 Semi Final not held Round 2
1993–94 1D 7 34 11 11 12 30 31 33 Round 5 not held
1994–95 1D 4 34 16 10 8 54 43 42 Round 5 not held
1995–96 1D 5 34 19 5 10 55 39 62 Quarter Final not held Round 2
1996–97 1D 5 34 15 8 11 51 46 53 Round 5 not held Round 2
1997–98 1D 3 34 17 8 9 42 25 59 Round 5 not held Round 1
1998–99 1D 7 34 14 8 12 53 41 50 Round 5 not held Round 1
1999–00 1D 7 34 14 6 14 48 43 48 Quarter Final not held not held
2000–01 1D 15 34 9 9 16 41 49 36 Round 5 not held not held
2001–02 1D 9 34 11 9 14 35 41 42 Round 5 not held not held
2002–03 1D 4 34 14 8 12 47 46 50 Round 5 not held not held
2003–04 1D 14 34 9 10 15 31 40 37 Round 5 not held not held
2004–05 1D 5 34 15 9 10 38 29 54 Round 5 not held not held
2005–06 1D 17 34 8 10 16 28 41 34 Semi Final not held Group Stage not held Relegated
2006–07 2D 2 30 16 7 7 44 20 55 Round 5 not held not held Promoted
2007–08 1D 3 30 15 8 7 35 31 53 Round 5 Round 3 not held
2008–09 1D 8 30 10 8 12 32 36 38 Quarter Final Semi Final Third Qualifying Round Round 1 not held
2009–10 1D 6 30 11 8 11 31 34 41 Round 5 Round 3 not held
2010–11 1D 5 30 12 7 11 36 36 43 Runner–up Round 3 not held
2011–12 1D 6 30 14 3 13 40 40 45 Round 4 Round 3 Runner–up Play-off Round not held
2012–13 1D 9 30 11 7 12 36 47 40 Winner Round 3 not held
2013–14 1D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Round 3 Round 2 Runner–up Group Stage not held

Basketball[edit]

Vitória S.C. men's basketball team has playing in the Proliga.

Volleyball[edit]

Vitória Sport Clube has a volleyball team which plays in the Portuguese Volleyball League A1.

References[edit]

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