Batuque FC

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Batuque FC
Batuki FK
Batúque FK
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Full name Batuque Futebol Clube
Nickname(s) Panteras (Panthers')
Founded May 5, 1981[1]
Ground Estádio Municipal Adérito Sena, Mindelo, Cape Verde[1]
Ground Capacity 5000[1]
Chairman Cape Verde João José Cardoso da Silva (Jota)
Manager Cape Verde Nhela
League São Vicente Island League
2015–16 5th

Batuque Futebol Clube (Capeverdean Crioulo, ALUPEC: Batuki Futibol Klubi, São Vicente: Batúque Futebol Klube) is a football club that plays in the São Vicente Island League in Cape Verde. It is based in the city of Mindelo on the island of São Vicente. Its current president is Jota (João Jose Cardoso da Silva) who became first president in around the mid 2000s. Its nickname is Panteras (Panthers) which is also Portugal's Boavista F.C. nickname, the club is not an affilaite to that club. Since 30 April 2017, they are one of three unrelegated clubs in the island along with Derby and Mindelense.

Batuque are one of the most successful football (soccer) club on the island, having won about 12 official regional titles, of which, four of them are island or championship titles, four cup titles, three super cup titles and two association cup (opening tournament) titles.


The club was formed on May 5, 1981 and was founded by players one of them was Jota (João José Cardoso da Silva) and students from Liceu Ludgero Lima located across the stadium southeast of the city center in the subdivision of Monte Sossego. The football club is named after the Cape Verdean music and dancing genre, the batuque. Many of its greatest players took part in European clubs, notably Portuguese clubs.[2][3]

The club's headquarters was built in 1990. The club celebrated its 10th anniversary in 1991. Later it became a registered club and played their first season in the 1996-97 season. In the 1990s, the coach for Batuque was Alexandre Alhinho, one of the nation's greatest coaches. In 2006, the club celebrated its 25th anniversary and in 2011, its 20th anniversary Around 2012, the next few coach was Piki whose actual name is José Alberto Soares Fermino, his later management gone sour as the club positions slowly dropped from third in 2014, then fourth in 2015 and fifth in 2016, its wins and points totals also dropped and the goal totals which had 22 in 2014 almost dropped by half in 2016. Nhela replaced Piki in September 2016.

National championship competitions[edit]

Batuque competed at the national level for the first time in the 2002 season, finishing second with fewer goals than Sporting Praia. The point total of 19 shared with Sporting Praia was the highest total in the national championships; no other club matched that total since, after the restructuring implemented for the following 2017 season, as it is in two parts, it will not even supersede the maximum of 18 but only the combined portion, of first and second phases, the new triangular phase will be longer than the three early triangular phases.[clarification needed]

Batuque's second appearance was in 2003 and their first in group stage, they played in Group B and finished third with ten points and did not advanced into the playoffs. Seven years later, they made their next appearance and there and played in Group A, they scored the highest match at the nationals defeating Fogo's Botafogo 0-4 on May 22. The club finished first with 9 points and scored 9 goals and made them advanced to the semis. They challenged Santiago South's mighty Sporting Praia overall for the second time on June 19 and lost 1-0 in the first leg, the second leg was a goal draw and thus Batuque was out of the competition. They came back in 2012 after winning their recent island title and second time in Group A, they failed to qualify into the playoffs after finishing fourth with eight points.

Other regional competitions[edit]

Batuque won their very first cup title in 2001, five years later they won their second, four years later they won their third and brought the club to their only appearance in the 2010 Cape Verdean Cup. Their recent title was won in 2014.

In the 2010 regional super cup, Batuque defeated Académica, the cup winner, two years later, Batuque defeated the cup winner Falcões do Norte in the 2012 regional super cup.

After the stadium was renovated and the artificial turf was added, the 2014 São Vicente Super Cup competition took place in the stadium with Batuque, the cup winner defeating Derby, the champion on January 13, 2015 and made it the first match after renovation, Batuque won their fourth and recent regional super cup title.[4][5][6]

Batuque won their only Association Cup title in December 2016 for the 2016/17 season.

Other appearances[edit]

The club appeared as guest alongside a Brava club in the 2016 São Filipe Municipal Tournament in October on the island of Fogo, it was the first two club to appear outside the municipality, the other was Sporting from the island of Brava. The club lost the tournament.


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, Académica do Mindelo and Amarante 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.


The club logo has a white pointed shield with black edges. The club name has a big C in the middle and the rest small reading BF, the club name was once displayed on top of the logo. The today's logo has a outer angled shield also rimmed black with the club name on top and its location on the bottom.


Batuque's only rivalry is with CS Mindelense forming the Mindelense–Batuque rivalry.


2001–02, 2002–03, 2009–10, 2011–12
2000–01, 2005–06, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2013/14
2009–10, 2011/12, 2013/14

League and cup history[edit]

National championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Cup Notes Playoffs
2002 1 2 8 6 1 1 18 5 +13 19
2003 1B 3 5 3 1 1 7 4 +3 10 Did not advance Did not participate
2010 1A 1 5 2 3 0 9 3 +6 9 Semifinalist
2012 1A 4 5 2 2 1 6 3 +3 8 Did not advance Did not participate
Total: 23 13 7 3 40 15 +25 46
Total with playoffs: 25 13 8 4 42 17 +27

Island/Regional Championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Cup Notes
2002–03 2 1 - - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2009–10 2 1 14 - - - - - - - Winner Promoted into the National Championships
2011–12 2 1 14 - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2013–14 2 3 14 9 2 3 22 6 +16 29 Winner
2014–15[8] 2 4 14 6 3 5 24 22 +2 21
2015–16 2 5 14 5 5 4 12 8 -4 20
2016–17 2 4 14 6 2 6 14 15 -1 20

Association cup[edit]

Season Reg.
Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P
2016–17 1 1 7 5 2 0 12 6 +6 17



Other sports[edit]

Batuque also has a handball team.

Managerial history[edit]

Name Nationality From To
Alexandre Alhinho  Cape Verde around the 1990s
Piki (José Alberto Soares Fermino)  Cape Verde around 2012 September 2016
Nhela  Cape Verde since September 2016


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  2. ^ "Batuque FC alinha equipa Sénior com jogadores da formação". Notícias do Norte. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Batuque Futebol Clube: 30 anos a formar jogadores" ("Batuque Futebol Clube: 30 Years Founded By Players")". 5 May 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Estádio Adérito Sena aguarda certificação FIFA do novo sintético". SAPO CV. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Cabo Verde: Batuque vence Derby en conquista supertaça de São Vicente". Mozambican newspaper (in Portuguese). 14 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Batuque vence supertaça em São Vicente" [Batuque Wins the Super Cup in São Vicente]. Alfa CV (in Portuguese). 14 January 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Batalha, José (3 April 2014). "Cape Verde Islands – List of Regional Tournament Winners". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Archived from the original on 16 July 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  8. ^ Batalha, José (16 April 2015). "Cape Verde Islands 2014/15". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 21 April 2015. 

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