C.F. Estrela da Amadora
|Full name||Clube de Futebol
Estrela da Amadora
|Nickname(s)||Os Tricolor (The Tricolours)
|Ground||Estádio José Gomes|
|2009–10||Portuguese Second Division, 10th|
Clube de Futebol Estrela da Amadora (Portuguese pronunciation: [(ɨ)ʃˈtɾelɐ ðɐ ɐmɐˈðoɾɐ]), sometimes just Estrela, is a Portuguese sports club (prominently football) based in Amadora, northwest of Lisbon.
While never a contender to the place of the third-most important club in the Lisbon Football Association, Estrela da Amadora won a Cup of Portugal in 1990 and one second division championship in 1992–93. In 16 seasons in top flight football – eight consecutive – its best season was in 1997–98, when the team finished in seventh position, under the guidance of Fernando Santos, later of F.C. Porto, Sporting Clube de Portugal, S.L. Benfica and Greek national team fame.
After winning the cup in 1990, Estrela reached the second round in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. In the following decades, the team maintained its first division status in most seasons. In 2008–09, however, amidst serious financial difficulties, it was (twice) relegated even though it finished the campaign in mid-table.
Coach António Veloso only managed to lead Amadora to the tenth position in the third level in the 2009–10 season. Subsequently, as the club's dreadful economic situation persisted – which led to a two-year suspension from all activity by the Portuguese Football Federation – it folded, remaining active in youth competitions.
Ultras Magia Tricolor since 2005
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
League and Cup history
|1997–98||1D||7||34||14||8||12||42||41||50||Best classification ever|
|1990–91||Cup Winners' Cup||R1||Neuchâtel Xamax||1–1||1–1 (4–3 p)||2–2|
|1998–99||Intertoto Cup||R3||Ruch Chorzów||1–1||1–1 (2–4 p)||2–2|
Estrela's kit was white with the shirt split with three colours (hence the nickname 'the tricolours'). Left side was red, the middle white and the right green, with the shorts and socks white. The club was longtime sponsored by national brands Tepa and Cofidis.
In 2005, Estrela decided to change the club's kit to traditional white, copying the badge and taking away the old red, green and white striped kit.
- The harsh reality of empty stadiums; Goal.com, 27 January 2010
- Bebe who? How Portugal reacted to the news of Manchester United's new signing; Goal.com, 12 August 2010
- Quem quer comprar o Estrela da Amadora? (Who wants to buy Estrela da Amadora?); Relvado, 17 May 2011 (Portuguese)