C.D. Santa Clara
|Full name||Clube Desportivo Santa Clara|
|Nickname(s)||Os Açoreanos (The Azoreans)|
|Founded||January 31, 1921 (90 years ago)|
Estádio de São Miguel,|
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
|President||Rui Miguel Melo Cordeiro|
|2017–18||LigaPro, 2nd (promoted)|
Clube Desportivo Santa Clara is a Portuguese football club from Ponta Delgada, Azores. They play in the 13,277-seat Estádio de São Miguel that is eligible for UEFA Champions League and Europa League games. They are the most successful football team from the Azores islands and the only team from the archipelago to compete in one UEFA competition: the Intertoto Cup.
To date, Santa Clara is the only club from the Azores islands to have competed in the top division of the Portuguese Liga, being thus the westernmost top-flight club in Europe. They compete in the Primeira Liga, the Portuguese first division football league. Santa Clara's kit manufacturer is Adidas and their main sponsors are Banif and Açoreana Seguros. Main rivals are CD Operário from Lagoa. Other major rivals are C.S. Marítimo and C.D. Nacional, from the island of Madeira.
Santa Clara plays in the Estádio de São Miguel in Ponta Delgada, the largest city in the Azores. It is the only team from the Azores islands to ever participate in the Portuguese Liga, where they play for three non-consecutive seasons (1999–00, 2001–02 and 2002–03). The club also qualified once for UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2002. Manuel Fernandes, a former Portuguese international, who took Santa Clara to the First Division the first time, is a highly acclaimed figure in Azores. Santa Clara was promoted to Liga Nos after defeating Real S. C. in spring of 2018.
The club is known for its close connection to S.L. Benfica, having shared until recently the very same crest. The club played in the old Estádio da Luz, as Benfica's last official opponent before a new stadium was built in Lisbon for the UEFA Euro 2004, which Portugal hosted. The attendance of that game was close to 50,000.
Among the club's most famous players are Paulo Figueiredo, Clayton, Idrissa Keita, Lito Vidigal, and Jorge Ribeiro while Portugal's former all-time leading scorer Pauleta, a native of the Azores, also played for the club.
The Santa Clara Sporting Club is the end result of something distant in time but very close in essence, a social phenomenon that sports beginning in late 1917, had its heyday during the years 1919 and 1920, the peak of the lively dispute of "Leagues of Santa Clara," a competition in which participating teams representing some of the various "shops of Santa Clara", presenting himself as heir apparent of the other two "Santa Claras"; the "Santa Clara Foot-ball Club" and "Sport Club Santa Clara", both before him also affiliated to the "Foot-ball Association Sam Miguel" today; Football Association of Ponta Delgada.
The first board of Clube Desportivo Santa Clara was elected by acclamation on May 12, 1927, with its founding statutes approved shortly after June 21, 1927, a General Assembly for that purpose had been called and then was chaired by Lieutenant John Joaquim Vicente Jr. The process of formation of the club culminated on July 29, 1927 with the grant by the Civil Government of Ponta Delgada the respective permit.
The Clube Desportivo Santa Clara requested its inclusion in the Football Association on August 6, 1927; that opportunity was granted about three months later. Their first official match took place on November 20, 1927.
- As of 5 July 2018
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Notable former players
League and cup history
|2001–02||1D||14||34||9||10||15||32||46||37||Round 5||Best league finish|
|2007–08||2H||10||30||10||7||13||31||50||37||Round 4||Round 1|
|2008–09||2H||3||30||15||7||8||45||32||52||Round 5||Round 1|
|2009–10||2H||4||30||13||12||5||45||29||51||Round 4||First Group Stage|
|2010–11||2H||9||30||10||8||12||26||29||38||Round 3||First Group Stage|
|2011–12||2H||12||30||8||10||12||29||38||34||Round 2||Second Group Stage|
|2012–13||2H||11||42||15||14||13||55||48||59||Round 4||Round 2|
|2013–14||2H||15||42||13||9||20||38||46||48||Round 3||Round 2|
|2014–15||2H||19||46||10||21||15||33||42||51||Round 2||Round 1|
|2015–16||2H||16||46||15||12||19||49||52||57||Round 3||Round 1|
|2016–17||2H||10||42||16||12||14||42||42||60||Round 4||Round 2|
|2017–18||2H||2||Round 5||Round 2||Promoted|
|2002–03||Intertoto Cup||R1||FC Shirak||2–0||3–3||5–3|
- Official website (in Portuguese)