C.D. Nacional

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Full name Clube Desportivo Nacional
Nickname(s) Alvinegros (White-and-Black)
Nacionalistas (Nationalists)
Founded 8 December 1910; 105 years ago (8 December 1910)
Ground Estádio da Madeira [1]
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Rui Alves
Manager Manuel Machado
League Primeira Liga
2014–15 7th
Website Club home page

Clube Desportivo Nacional, commonly known as Nacional and sometimes Nacional da Madeira (Portuguese pronunciation: [nɐsjuˈnaɫ dɐ mɐˈdɐjɾɐ]), is a Portuguese football club based in Funchal, in the island of Madeira.[2]

Founded in 1910, it currently plays in the Primeira Liga, Portugal's top-tier division of professional football. It plays its home games at Estádio da Madeira, also known as Estádio da Choupana. Built in 1998 and named at the time Estádio Eng. Rui Alves after the current club president Rui Alves, it seats approximately 5,132 people. The stadium is located in the north of Funchal, high in the mountains of the Choupana district.

The club's home colours are black and white striped shirts with black shorts and socks. Nacional is also known for being one of the clubs that formed Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo and to honour the club's most famous player they named their youth training facilities Cristiano Ronaldo Campus Futebol.

The Alvinegros best top-tier league finish was fourth in the 2003–04 Primeira Liga season and their best participation in european competitions was in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League after beating Zenit St. Petersburg in the play-off round and managing to secure a third place in the group stage.

Like many other Portuguese clubs, Nacional operates several sports teams outside of the football team. Other sports groups within the organisation include beach soccer, boxing, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, tennis, triathlon, muay thai, padel, rallying, swimming and veterans' soccer.


Nacional reached the first division for the first time ever in the mid-90s, returning again in 2002–03. The following season was arguably the best ever season, as the side finished fourth in the league, just squeaking past Braga. In that season, three of its key players were Paulo Assunção, a defensive midfielder, and goal-machine Adriano, who netted 19 times. Both would later go to Porto, while the third key player, winger Miguelito, joined Benfica in 2006.

Nacional also had a quarter-final run in the domestic cup, and would lose in the first round of the subsequent 2004–05 UEFA Cup, being defeated twice by Sevilla. In 2006–07's edition, more of the same occurred with two early losses to Rapid Bucureşti.

In the 2008–09 season, Nacional again edged Braga for the final fourth spot, mainly courtesy of Nenê, who scored 20 goals and won the Golden Boot honor. The side also reached the last-four in the Portuguese Cup, losing on aggregate 5–4 to Paços de Ferreira, with the decider coming at the Estádio da Madeira in the 90th minute.

2009–10 started without Nenê, who was sold to Cagliari for a club-record fee of €4.5 million. In August 2009, however, the club managed to defeat former UEFA Super Cup winners Zenit St. Petersburg in the UEFA Europa League last round prior to the group stages; after a 4–3 home win, youngster Rúben Micael scored another last-minute goal, as the club was trailing 1–0 in Russia. In the next round, Nacional was drawn alongside Athletic Bilbao, Austria Wien, and Werder Bremen; the Austrians were beaten 5–1 in Madeira, but the Portuguese did not progress to the knockout rounds.

In the 2014–15 season Nacional had a slow start to it, being eliminated of 2014–15 UEFA Europa League in the play-off round against Dinamo Minsk, after losing two times in a 2–0 away loss[3] and a 2–3 home loss.[4] But after that the club accomplished a major achievement, after beating rivals Marítimo in a 3–0 home win for the 2014–15 Primeira Liga[5] the Alvinegros managed to beat them again, this time in a 1–1 away draw for the quarter-finals of the 2014–15 Taça de Portugal where Nacional eventually won 6–5 at penalties, granting the team the qualification for the semi-finals of the competition.[6]


Main article: Estádio da Madeira

The Estádio da Madeira, better known as the Choupana, houses Nacional. The current stadium is located around nearby training pitches. The club also built an academy campus in name of its most famous player, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo. The stadium was renovated in 2007 for a new stand and also increasing the capacity to over 5,000 spectators. The total price of the renovations was €20 million.

In these new facilities, no stands were put behind the goals, with a tall fence used in its place. In mid-2007, the stadium name was changed to Estádio da Madeira, because of the excellent sports facilities.


Nacional in 1925

Nacional has a big rivalry with Madeira-neighbours Marítimo. Historically, Marítimo dominated Nacional in the early years, being the first to reach European competition. Nacional, however, have crept up in the UEFA standings, finishing fourth twice and fifth in the 2000s.

The Madeira Derby is often associated with the clubs' followers differing culture and way of life. The fans of Nacional, being of a higher socio-economic status than those of Marítimo, were mainly lobbyists for the commercial expansion of Madeira, but the working class Marítimo followers were keen to preserve Madeira. This only exacerbated the ill-feeling between the clubs.

The rivalry heightened when youngster Ronaldo declined an offer from Marítimo in favour of Nacional, where his godfather was a member of the board.




  • AF Madeira Championship
    • Winners (8): 1934–35, 1936–37, 1938–39, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1943–44, 1968–69, 1974–75
  • AF Madeira Cup
    • Winners (6): 1943–44, 1944–45, 1973–74, 1974–75, 2001–02, 2007–08

Other titles[edit]

Recent seasons[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA Pts Cup League Cup Europe Notes
2002–03 1D 11 34 9 13 12 40 46 40 Round 5
2003–04 1D 4 34 17 5 12 56 35 56 Quarterfinal Best-ever finish; Qualified for UEFA Cup
2004–05 1D 12 34 12 5 17 46 48 41 Round 6 Round 1
2005–06 1D 5 34 14 10 10 40 32 52 Round 6 Qualified for UEFA Cup
2006–07 1D 8 30 11 6 13 41 38 39 Round 6 Round 1
2007–08 1D 10 30 9 8 13 23 28 35 Round 5 Round 3
2008–09 1D 4 30 15 7 8 47 32 52 Semi-final 2nd Group stage Qualified for UEFA Europa League
2009–10 1D 7 30 10 9 11 36 46 39 Round 5 2nd Group stage Group stage
2010–11 1D 6 30 11 9 10 28 31 42 Round 4 Semi-final Qualified for UEFA Europa League
2011–12 1D 7 30 13 5 12 48 50 44 Semi-final 2nd Group stage Play-off round
2012–13 1D 8 30 11 7 12 45 51 40 Round 4 2nd Group stage
2013–14 1D 5 30 11 12 7 43 33 45 Round 3 2nd Group stage Qualified for UEFA Europa League
2014–15 1D 7 34 13 8 13 45 46 47 Semi-final 2nd Group stage

Last updated: 26 May 2015
Pos. = Position; Pl. = Match Played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lost; GS = Goal Scored; GA = Goal Against; Pts = Points

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2004–05 UEFA Cup R1 Spain Sevilla 1–2 0–2 1–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2006–07 UEFA Cup R1 Romania Rapid Bucureşti 1–2 0–1 1–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2009–10 UEFA Europa League PO Russia Zenit St. Petersburg 4–3 1–1 5–4 Symbol keep vote.svg
Group L Germany Werder Bremen 2–3 1–4 3rd place Symbol delete vote.svg
Austria Austria Wien 5–1 1–1
Spain Athletic Bilbao 1–1 1–2
2011–12 UEFA Europa League 2Q Iceland FH Hafnarfjördur 2–0 1–1 3–1 Symbol keep vote.svg
3Q Sweden Häcken 3–0 1–2 4–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
PO England Birmingham City 0–0 0–3 0–3 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Europa League PO Belarus Dinamo Minsk 2–3 0–2 2–5 Symbol delete vote.svg

Last updated: 28 August 2014
Q = Qualifying; PO = Play-off

Current squad[edit]

As of 18 January, 2016[7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Eduardo Gottardi
2 Portugal DF João Aurélio
4 Brazil DF Alan Henrique
5 Portugal DF Nuno Sequeira
6 Egypt MF Ali Ghazal
7 Portugal FW Salvador Agra
8 Brazil MF Nenê Bonilha
12 Portugal GK Rui Silva
17 Guinea MF Boubacar
18 Brazil FW Francisco Soares
19 Spain MF Joan Román (on loan from Braga)
20 Portugal MF Jota
22 Portugal DF Nuno Campos
No. Position Player
24 Cape Verde GK Kevin Sousa
27 Cape Verde FW Ricardo (on loan from Vitória Guimarães)
28 Brazil FW Willyan Barbosa
30 Portugal MF Luís Aurélio
31 Algeria DF Hicham Belkaroui
33 Portugal DF Rui Correia
34 Portugal DF Miguel Rodrigues
36 Portugal GK Duarte Nuno
55 Portugal DF Mauro Cerqueira
81 Mozambique FW Witi
89 Brazil MF Washington Silva
91 Brazil FW Rodrigo Pinho (on loan from Braga)

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
-- Portugal DF Diogo Coelho (on loan from Chaves)
-- Portugal MF Sérgio Duarte (on loan from Oriental)

Notable former players[edit]

Former managers[edit]


Records and statistics[edit]


  1. ^ "Estádio da Madeira" (in Portuguese). zerozero. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "CD Nacional profile" (in Portuguese). Soccerway. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Nacional com tarefa difícil" (in Portuguese). UEFA.com. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "Nacional despede-se com nova derrota" (in Portuguese). UEFA.com. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Nacional vence Marítimo por 3-0" (in Portuguese). dnoticias.pt. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Nacional vence Marítimo e encontra Sporting nas meias" (in Portuguese). A Bola. 8 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "CD Nacional (Plantel)". cdnacional.pt. Retrieved 8 January 2015.  (Portuguese) (English)

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