Académica do Sal

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Full name Associação Académica do Sal
Nickname(s) Atlético
Founded August 3, 1963[1]
Ground Estadio Marcelo Leitão
Espargos, Cape Verde
Ground Capacity 8,000
League Sal Island League
2015–16 2nd

Associação Académica do Sal (Capeverdean Crioulo, also in the Sal Crioulo language, ALUPEC or ALUPEK, Akadémika) is a football club that had played in the Premier division and plays in the Sal Island League in Cape Verde. It is based in the city of Espargos in the island of Sal and its location is on Palmeira Road (Caminho da Palmeira) next to the city library.[2] It is one of many teams that only won one title since independence. Its current proprietor is Mário Ramos.

It is played along with Sal's famous teams including Académico do Aeroporto.

Académica Sal is one of the most successful football (soccer) club in Cape Verde, having won about 17 official titles, only one is national and the remaining 16 are regional titles.

Logo and uniform[edit]

Home uniform up to 2015

The logo and the uniform as well as other teams with the name Académica and Académico in Cape Verde is identical to Académica de Coimbra.

Its current uniform feature a blue-yellow striped t-shirt with yellow in its edges and blue sleeves along with blue shorts and socks used during home matches and the uniform used during away matches remains white.

Its former uniform colours were black for home matches and white for away matches.


The club was founded on August 3, 1963[1] in Espargos (then a newly founded town) and is also the second oldest club in Espargos. The club serves the whole island. Three years later, another club affiliate to Académica would be founded in Sal and is Académico do Aeroporto do Sal and serves Espargos, Palmeira, Pedra de Lume and Terra Boa.

The club celebrated its 25th annversary in 1988 and the 50th anniversary in 2013.

At the regional competitions, the club has won about 6 championship titles, 5 opening tournament titles and four cup titles.

One of the club's recent national appearance were in 2001 and in 2005, the first finished with 13 points and had 4 wins. Their next was in 2005 and had the same number of wins, goals and points as they did four years earlier, but was slightly more successful with no loss and only four goals conceded, the club headed to the semis and lost to FC Derby 4-1 in the first match, the second match was scoreless and the club was out of the competition.

Académica Sal's first opening tournament title was won in 2002, their next was in 2008 and their recent was in 2016.

Académica's first cup title was win in around 2005, their second was in 2007, their third was in 2008 and their recent was in 2011.

Académica do Sal was Sal's first cup winner to appear in the first Cape Verdean Cup in the summer of 2007 and did not appear in the finals. They were one of four teams that participated in the national level.

In recent years, Académica do Sal was runner up in the 2013-14 season with 19 points and 6 wins. A year later, the club suffered which ended up at last place and finished with 2 points and had no wins, this was the last time that a club finished last and remains in the championships. Académica Sal did better in the four match extended season with two new clubs added, Académica Sal saw their next win in 11 matches defeating Palmeira 2-1 on February 6. On March 5, the club challenged Florença for the first time and defeated that club based in Santa Maria. On March 17, the club met for the first time with ASGUI and defeated that newly entered club 0-1. Académica Sal was once more a runner up in the 2015-16 season with 27 points and scored 24 goals. Académica Sal started off first place for the 2016-17 season, then 5th at the fourth round and from the sixth round onwards 4th place, but not in round 7 where they were 3rd, there they lost their chance from ever returning to be first, Académica Sal finished with 22 points and scored four goals and draws. In the cup competition, once again, Académica Sal reached the final which will take place on May 6 and will feature Académico do Aeroporto do Sal and bringing again the Airport Derby there. As Académico do Aeroporto also won the 2017 regional championships on April 13, Académica Sal got their qualification into the 2017 regional super cup. Académica do Sal defeated Académico do Aeroporto and claimed their next cup title in six years for the island, their super cup qualification became as cup winner.

Playoff participation[edit]

Académica challenged against FC Derby in the 1984 finals and lost to Derby 3–2 on penalties, they would win their first and only national title in 1993 after beating Boavista from Praia, they were tied 2 in the first match, they won 2–1 over Boavista, it is the only club from the island to win a national title.

Continental competition[edit]

After their 1993 win, they participated in the 1994 African Cup of Champions Clubs (now the Champions League) and faced Mauritania's Sonader and lost to that club. It is the only appearance of a club outside the islands of Santiago and São Vicente at a continental level, it does not include SC Atlético in 1992 as the club was disqualified as the federation did not name the entrant on time.

Académica Sal never scored a goal in the two matches against SONADER (or SONADER Ksar) which is now simply known as Ksar of Mauritania, the club lost 2-0 in one of two matches in Nouakchott Stadium. It is one of two Cape Verdean clubs that never scored a goal at a continental level.


The home field of Académica do Sal

Estádio Marcelo Leitão is a multi-use stadium in Espargos, Cape Verde. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium holds 8,000. The stadium has seat rows in the east side and is east-southeast of the city center and Monte Curral. The stadium is home to the two best football clubs on the island, the other being Académico do Aeroporto, other clubs based in Espargos includes Juventude which is based in Morro Curral and the stadium is being located inside the neighborhood. Other clubs based in Espargos but a neighborhood includes the newly established clubs of Gaviões and Chã de Matias. Clubs playing the stadium but based on other parts of the island include Santa Maria, SC Verdun Pedra de Lume, Palmeira de Santa Maria and ASGUI, Florença.


Académico do Aeroporto do Sal is the club's only rival and is called the Airport Derby (Clássico da Ilha do Aeroprto, Derby of the Island of the Airport), where Espargos was founded upon, sometimes, it is known as the Derby of the Académicas of Sal or the Sal Island Derby, the only derby on the island.[3]


1983/84, 1992/93, 1993/94, 1995/96, 2000/01, 2004/05
2001/02, 2007/08, 2011/12, 2013/14, 2015/16
2004 or 2005?, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2017

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

Académica do Sal's results in CAF competition
Season Competition Qualification method Round Opposition Home Away Aggregate
1994 African Cup of Champions Clubs Cape Verdean champions Preliminary Round Mauritania SONADER Ksar 0–0 2–0 2–0

League and cup history[edit]

National championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Notes Playoffs
2001 1 2 6 4 1 1 10 5 +5 13
2005 1B 1 5 4 1 0 10 4 +6 13 Promoted into playoffs 4th place

Island/Regional Championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Cup Tour Notes
2004–05 2 1 - - - - - - - - Winner Promoted into the National Championships
2013–14 2 5 10 6 1 3 18 8 +10 19 Promoted into the National Championships
2014–15 2 6 10 0 2 8 5 29 -24 2 Winner
2015–16 2 2 14 9 0 5 24 19 +5 27 Finalist
2016–17 2 4 14 6 4 4 18 17 +1 22 Winner


  • Best position: 1st (national)
  • Best position at a cup competition: 1st (regional)
  • Best position at an opening tournament: 1st
  • Appearances in a cup competition:
    • National: 1
    • Regional: 18
  • Highest number of points in a season: 13 (national)


Other sports[edit]

Handball is Académica do Sal other sports club.


  1. ^ a b Foundation date of Académica of Sal Archived March 3, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Information at Académica Sal's Facebook page (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ ""Clássicos" na Praia, Sal, São Vicente e São Nicolau". 10 January 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 

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