Académica da Praia
|Full name||Associação Académica da Praia|
|Nickname(s)||Micá, Briosa (former), Estudiantes|
|Founded||15 December 1962|
|Ground||Estádio da Varzea
|League||Santiago Island League (South)|
Associação Académica da Praia is a football club that plays in the Premier division of the Santiago Island League (South) in Cape Verde. It is played along with Praia's three other famous teams in Estádio da Varzea, the club also practices at the stadium and over a kilometer east in Achada Grande Frente (or Leite). Its current president is Kiki and manager is Janito Carvalho who coached Sporting Praia in the previous season.
Académica Praia is one of the most successful football (soccer) club in the island of Santiago and the South Zone, having won about 11 official titles, 2 are national and the remaining 9 are regional titles. It won several championship titles before and after independence. The team never won any national championship titles since independence. It also had won five insular titles, three island cup title and a national cup title.
Its nicknames are "Mica", the short of Académica used in many of other Académica clubs around the world, "Briosa", which has recently become rarely used today and "Estudiantes" which means students (students of the academy), used in several other Académica clubs elsewhere.
- 1 Uniform
- 2 History
- 3 Stadium
- 4 Rivalry
- 5 Honours
- 6 League and cup history
- 7 Statistics
- 8 Players
- 9 Chairmen history
- 10 Managerial history
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Today's uniform has now added stripes and changed its home sock color to black.
The club was founded on December 15, 1962 and a few months later, it became a registered club of the Santiago Regional Football Association, at the time the only two football organizations that existed before independence.
Académica won the first upper level title in 1965 by defeating FC Derby from Mindelo 3–2 in extra time, they would win the only national title won before independence. Later, the team won the 1968 Santiago regional title at the time included other islands after beating Os Garridos a gigantic 21–0, 9 of which were scored by Luís Bastos. They challenged against Mindelense and lost 0–1 in the final round.
Académica Praia won their first regional cup title in 1986. Académica celebrated their 25th anniversary in 1987.
The club won their first title for the South Zone in 2004 and finished with 45 points a club record, it was also the regional and national record held it until Sporting took it in 2005 with 48, also they finished with 14 wins. Académica was runner up for the next two seasons, 43 points they finished and another season with 14 wins, their third one had 39 points, as Sporting won the 2006 national title, the club entered for the 2007 nationals. For the next two seasons, they scored a total of 40 goals, in 2009, they won their recent regional title. Their positions dropped for the net few seasons in 2010, they had 30 points in 2011. Académica celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012.
In 2014, they finished sixth for the next two seasons and had 18 points in 2014. Académica had 27 points and 16 goals in the 2014/15 regional season, with the extended 2015/16 season, their goal total doubled to 32, the club finished fourth with 43 points, 13 wins and 4 draws. Júlio Cesar Tomar was president and Zé Piguita was the coach up to 2016.
In the following season, Kiki became president and Janito Carvalho became coach who previously coached Sporting Praia. Académica da Praia started the season without a loss for some seasons, the club defeated ADESBA and made it their second first win in the first week and the first in seasons being the sole club in the number one position with three points and three goals, a goal more than Sporting Praia. Their positions dropped to second in the second round. On December 11, they made their win over Desportivo and made a four match winning streak where their position rose from sixth to second. A loss to Travadores couldn't hold their second position any longer and fell to fourth at the 11th round, they gained the third position with a win over Benfica Praia at round 15 and Vitória at round 17. After their final loss of the season to Boavista, the club would be fourth for the remainder of the season and finished it with 45 points, a small success gained and tied it with their 2004 totals, a club record.
In the national competition
The team won their first regional title after the breakup (around fifth overall) and advanced to the 2004 finals, it challenged against Sal-Rei FC and lost both legs, 2–0 in the first and 1–2 in the second. The next two appearance succeeded as far as the semis. Académica da Praia was the first club to win the Cape Verdean Cup in September 2007 after defeating 3–1 over Académico do Aeroporto. Later in 2009, the club as champion of the South Zone also advanced to the single island competition, as they are now two championships of the island, the edition featured only a single match where the club, winner of the South Zone challenged with Estrela dos Amadores, winner of the North Zone for 2009, Académica Praia won their last championship of all Santiago.
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.
It is played along with Praia's three other famous teams including Sporting Praia, Boavista, Desportivo Praia and CD Travadores in the same stadium. The club practices also at the stadium and at Sucupira just in the northwest corner of the intersection with Rua da Várzea.
Académica once played as Sucupira Field before 2006, in the early 2000s, as the stadium was partly disused and went under renovations, the clubs played there.
- National titles: 2
- Regional championship titles: 6
- Santiago Regional League: 2
- 1964/65, 1967/68
- 1988/89, 2009[a]
- 2003/04, 2008/09
- Regional cup titles: 3
- 1986, 1994
League and cup history
|2004||1B||2||4||2||1||1||7||3||+4||7||Promoted into playoffs||4th place|
|2007||1B||2||5||3||1||1||6||3||+3||10||Winner||Promoted into playoffs||4th place|
|2009||1A||1||5||4||1||0||10||5||+5||13||Promoted into playoffs||Finalist|
|2003–04||2||1||18||14||3||1||38||18||+30||45||Promoted into the National Championships|
|2006–07||2||2||18||11||6||1||25||8||+17||39||Winner||Also promoted into the National Championships|
|2008–09||2||1||18||12||4||2||40||17||+23||40||Promoted into the National Championships|
|2016–17||2||4||22||13||6||3||33||19||+14||45||Round of 8|
- Best position: Semifinalist (national)
- Best position at a cup competition: 1st, Winner (national)
- Number of appearances in the national competition:
- Total: 6
- Colonial era: 2
- Since independence: 4
- Total: 6
- Total points: 30 (national)
- Highest number of goals scored in a season: about 30 (regional), in 1968
- Highest number of points in a season:
- National: 13
- Regional: 45, in 2004 and 2017
- Appearance in a cup competition: 1 (national)
- Highest scoring match: Académica 21-0 Garridos, in 1968
- As of December 18, 2016
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Caló (played in 1996)
- Adilson Gerson Araújo
|Júlio César Tomar||Cape Verde||unknown||2016|
|Kiki||Cape Verde||since 2016|
|Celestino Mascarenhas||Cape Verde||2011||2012/13|
|José Barros Zé Piguita||Cape Verde||2014||2016|
|Janito Carvalho||Cape Verde||2016|
- The edition featured only a single match where a club from the North Zone challenges a club from the South Zone
- Portuguese for Anild
- Also as Djenani
- Also as Jaquelino Mendes
- "Futebol Santiago Sul: Campeonato Regional Época 2014–15 Arranca A 05 De Dezembro (2014–15 Santiago South Regional Football Championships Begins on December 5" (in Portuguese). Criolosport , 8 October 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
- "Académica da Praia já dispõe de espaço para a exposição e valorização do património do Clube" (in Portuguese). TCV. April 13, 2014. Archived from the original on September 28, 2017.
- "Académica Praia won the first Cape Verdean Cup". Panapress (in Portuguese). 2 September 2007. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
- ""Clássicos" na Praia, Sal, São Vicente e São Nicolau". ASemana.com. 10 January 2009. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
- "Scorer and squad statistics". Konkuri. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
- Official website (in Portuguese)