Académica do Mindelo

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Full name Associação Académica do Mindelo
Founded April 1, 1940
Ground Av 12 de Setembro
Estádio Municipal Aderito Sena,
Mindelo, Cape Verde
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Cape Verde Julio Wanhon
League São Vicente Island League
2015-16 3rd

Académica (Capeverdean Crioulo, ALUPEC or ALUPEK: Akadémika, São Vicente Crioulo: Académica or Akadémika) is a football club that had played in the Premier division and the São Vicente Island League in Cape Verde. It is based in the city of Mindelo in the island of São Vicente and plays in the stadium with a capacity of 5,000 It is one of the first team ever to win a provincial title before independence in 1953, a year later, there were no competition until 1956. Académica won their first title since independence in 1989. Other titles includes four for the island including their recent 2006/07 season win and two opening tournaments along with their recent win.

Académica Mindelo are one of the most successful football (soccer) club in Cape Verde and the island of São Vicente, having won about 18 official titles, 4 are national and the remaining 14 are regional titles.

There is an educational academy named Académica do Mindelo (Mindelo Academy) located in the city. The club has no relation of the name with that academy. Today the main etymology is with the academy in the city.

Logo and uniform[edit]

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.


The club was founded on April 1, 1940. Académica became the region's third club to have a title was had the third most until 1964, with the exception of 1961 to 1963 when it was second with Amarante. After winning their fourth title in 1964, they posess the second most number of titles in São Vicente, their last one was won in 2007 and was the last they appeared in the nationals, the title total became tied with FC Derby since 2014.

Académica Mindelo was relegated once in the early to mid 2010s to the Second Division, the club returned to the Premier Division in the 2014–15 season after being in the top two positions. The sponsor for the 2014–15 season was MOAVE.[1] Also in the season, the club celebrated its 75th anniversary on April 1. Académica finished 7th which brought them to their promotional match that the club won six in the first match over Castilho, the second match was tied at three, with a total of nine goals, Académica was kept in the Premier Division.

Playoff advances[edit]

The team won their fourth insular title and entered the national division. After several years, the team managed to head into the finals and challenged against the rival from the island of Santiago Sporting Clube da Praia. The first leg of the match were nil each and the second leg were tied at one. The most number of points went to the opponent and lost the national title to Sporting in mid-July, earlier than early-August, Académica fans were worried and did not celebrate the victory.


The club and plays in the Adérito Sena Stadium with a capacity of once served up to 4,000, now serves 5,000 after the renovation, it is named after one of the first players of the club Adérito Carvalho da Sena (1905–1970). Mindelense, FC Derby, Amarante and Batuque are the other major clubs of the city and the island playing in that stadium along with GS Castilho. Batuque also trains at the stadium.


Académica's only rivalry is with CS Mindelense, one of the longest in Cape Verde and the second longest in the region. After the creation of the regional division in 2008, the rivalry did not appear in one part of the early 2010s up until 2014 as Académica played in the Second Division. It appeared in other regional competitions.


1953, 1964, 1967[2]
    • After Independence: 1
1948, 1953, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1972, 1986/87, 1994/95, 2003/04, 2006/07
2001/02, 2006/07

League and cup history[edit]

Provincial era[edit]

Year Final(s) Club Result
1953 Won Champion
1963 Lost Boavista FC Finalist
1964 Won Champion
1967 Won Champion
1972 2–2 1–0 CD Travadores Finalist

National championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Notes Playoffs
2004 1A 1 4 3 1 0 13 2 +11 10 4th place
2007 1A 1 5 4 1 0 16 0 +16 13 Finalist

Island/Regional Championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Cup Notes
1988–89 2 2 - - - - - - - - Also promoted into the National Championships
2003–04 2 1 - - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2006–07 2 1 14 - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2013–14 3 1 10 - - - - - - - Promoted into the Regional Premier Division
2014–15 2 7 14 3 2 9 11 18 -7 11 Remains in the Premier Division
2015–16 2 3 14 5 7 2 15 10 +5 22

Association cup[edit]

Season Reg.
Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P
2006–07 1 1 7 - - - - - - -
2016–17 1 6 7 2 1 4 7 11 -4 7


  • Best position: 1st (national)
  • Best position at an Opening Tournament/Association Cup: 1st
  • Appearances a top-flight competitions: 11
  • Highest number of points in a season: 13, in 2007
  • Number of appearance in a regional Super Cup competition: Once

Former player[edit]

  • Cape Verde Sténio, played during the 2008–09 season

Managerial history[edit]

Other clubs[edit]

Other clubs include basketball and volleyball.


Académica do Mindelo won their national competition title in 2013/14.




  • Best position: 1st (national)


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