Botafogo FC (Cape Verde)

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Full name Botafogo Futebol Club
Nickname(s) Os Petro E Brancos
The Black & Whites
Founded July 7, 1968
Ground Estádio 5 de Julho
São Filipe, Fogo Island
Cape Verde
Ground Capacity 15.000
Chairman Manuel Anatólio Dias Fonseca[1]
Manager Cape Verde Mário Pinto[2]
League Fogo Island League
2015–16 7th

Botafogo Futebol Clube (Capeverdean Crioulo, ALUPEC or ALUPEK: Botafogu Futibol Klubi, Djarfogo: Botafogu Futebol Klubi) is football club that plays in the Fogo Island League in Cape Verde. It is based in the city of São Filipe in the island of Fogo and plays in its stadium. The owner of the club as of 2014 was Cabo Verde Telecom. It is one of many teams that only a few titles before (including one in the 1960s) and since independence including one in 1980.

Apart from football, there are also in the club basketball, volleyball and athletics departments.

Botafogo is one of the most successful football (soccer) club in Cape Verde and is Fogo's most successful club, having won about 23 official titles, only one is national and the remaining 22 are regional titles.


Its uniform features a white-black striped t-shirt with four additional black lines than the previous, two white semicircle with black shorts and black-white striped socks used for home games and a yellow t-shirt with two thick black stripes with a yellow in the middle, black shorts and white socks used for away or alternate games.

Its uniform in the early 2010s was a black-white striped t-shirt with black sleeves, shorts and socks and a black-red striped t-shirt with black clothing for away games. The shirt was supplied by Adidas. Between 2012 and 2016, a white-black striped t-shirt with black shorts and black-white striped socks were used for home games and black clothing with a green t-shirt for away or alternate games.

Home uniform in the late-2000s up to early 2011
Away uniform in the late 2000s up to early 2011
Home uniform between 2012 and 2016
Away/Alternate uniform between 2012 and 2016


Its logo contains a shield colored in black with the abbreviated form on the top and the date July 7, 1993 at the bottom representing the 25th anniversary of the foundation. Though the club was founded in 1968.


The team was inspired by Botafogo in Brazil for its creation, adopted its name and uniform according to the South American team. It was formed on July 7, 1968, five years later, the club was registered in July 13. The club celebrated its 25th anniversary and the date of anniversary would be put on the bottom of the team logo. The club also won 17 island clubs, the most in the island and one of the most of any island league in the country, their last was in 2010, one super cup and one opening tournament.

Their first number of titles was won in the 1970s and the 1980s. Their total number of island leagues titles would be surpassed by Académica Operária of the Boa Vista Island League in 2014 with 18 titles and now has 19 titles which was achieved in 2015.

In late 2015, Botafogo won the municipal tournament of São Filipe.[3] In the regional champioships, Botafogo finished 7th for the 2015/16 season, down from third last season.

In the national competition[edit]

Their only national title was won in 1980 and is the only club from the island of Fogo to win a single national title.

Botafogo was the first club from Sotavento outside the island of Santiago to compete in the national finals in 1976, Botafogo won the semis and was the first all-Sotavento champion, at the finals, the club faced with São Vicente's CS Mindelense, the first match was scoreless, Botafogo lost the final match 3–0, they came for a second try in 1977 but lost to Sporting Praia, the 1978 and 1979 competitions were cancelled as neither clubs from the Sotavento part of the semifinals took place The club returned in 1980 and again faced Mindelense, this time they defeated the club 2–1 (also it was the club's only goals scored at the finals) and claimed their first and only title, Botafogo reappeared in 1981 and headed up to the finals with CS Mindelense, they failed their second title after losing 2–0, this was their final appearance in the finals.

Botafogo finished 3rd in 2001 with 11 points, five years later in 2006,[4] Botafogo scored two goals and lost to Académico do Aeroporto from Sal eight goals in two matches, the latter lost to six, their last was in 2010.


The club's only rivalry is with Académica do Fogo, one of two forming the Fogo Derby or Clássico do Fogo.


Its current president is Manuel Anatólio Dias Fonseca who he became on August 6, 2008[5]


1975/76,, 1976/77, 1977/78, 1978/79, 1979/80, 1980/81, 1981/82, 1982/83, 1984/85, 1985/86, 1988/89, 1989/90, 1991/92, 1995/96, 2000/01, 2005/06, 2009/10
2003, 2006, 2010
  • Municipal:
    • São Filipe Cup/Municipal Tournament: 2
2007/08, 2015

League and cup history[edit]

National championship[edit]

Year Stage Opposition Result
1976 Semifinals Boavista Praia Won
Finals CS Mindelense Finalist
1977 Semifinals Sporting Praia Lost
1980 Semifinals Club from Santiago Won
Finals CS Mindelense Champion
1981 Semifinals Club from Santiago Won
Finals CS Mindelense Finalist
Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Notes Playoffs
2001 1 3 6 3 2 1 15 4 +11 11
2006 1A 2 4 2 2 0 9 3 +6 8 3rd place
2010 1A 5 5 1 2 2 8 13 -5 5 Did not advance Did not participate

Island/Regional Championship[edit]

  • 1979–80: 1st
  • 1995–96: 1st
Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Cup Tour Notes
2005–06 2 1 18 16 1 1 43 11 +32 49 Promoted into the National Championships
2008–09 2 3 18 - - - - - - -
2009–10 2 1 18 - - - - - - - Winner Promoted into the National Championships
2013–14 2 3 18 10 2 6 26 21 +5 32
2014–15 2 4 18 10 4 4 55 20 +35 34
2015–16 2 7 18 6 3 9 36 37 -1 21
2016–17 2 4 18 9 4 5 34 21 +13 31 4th place


  • Best positiion: 1st (national)
  • Best position at the cup competitions: Finalist (2 goals scored)
  • Appearances at the championships:
    • National: 13
    • Regional: 41
  • Number of appearances in the National Championships: 12
  • Highest number of points in a season:
    • National: 11
    • Regional: 49


  • Best position at the São Filipe Municipal Tournament: 1st

Current squad[edit]

As of the 2011/12 season

  • Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
1 Cape Verde GK Pintcha
2 Cape Verde DF Pedro
3 Ivory Coast DF Stephane Dasse
4 Cape Verde DF Geovanny
5 Brazil MF Lelle
6 Cape Verde DF Miguelinho
7 Cape Verde MF Chris
No. Position Player
8 Cape Verde MF Joao
9 Cape Verde FW Pires
10 Cape Verde FW Kintilhanno
11 Cape Verde MF Joao Domingos
13 Cape Verde GK Pitto
14 Estonia MF Maksim Rotskov (captain)
16 Italy MF Francesco


  1. ^ as of the 2014–15 season
  2. ^ "Pré época Fogo: "Botafogo é Botafogo" Mário Pinto". Criolosport. 24 October 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "São Filipe, Fogo: Botafogo conquista torneio do municipio atravês de sorteio". Futebol CV (in Portuguese). 
  4. ^ ""Papa" títulos do Fogo regressa ao convívio dos grandes" (in Portuguese). Criolosport. 17 April 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. 
  5. ^ Aguadinha – Manuel Anatólio Dias Fonseca é novo presidente do Botafogo August 6, 2008[permanent dead link] (in Portuguese)

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