CS Mindelense

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CS Mindelense
Full name Clube Sportivo Mindelense
Nickname(s) Diabos Vermelhos (Red Devils)
Leões encarnados (Incarnated Lions)
Founded 1919
officially on May 25, 1922
Ground Estádio Municipal Aderito Sena
Mindelo, Cape Verde
Ground Capacity 10,000
Chairman Cape Verde Daniel de Jesus
Manager Cape Verde Rui Alberto Leite
League Cape Verdean Football Championships
São Vicente Island League
2015–16 Champion, 1st
Website Club home page
Headquarters of CS Mindelense

Clube Sportivo Mindelense (Capeverdean Crioulo, ALUPEC or ALUPEK: KS Mindelensi (KS – Klubi Sporting), São Vicente Crioulo: KS Mindelense (KS – Klube or Clube (CS)) is a football club that plays in the Premier division of the Interisland League in Cape Verde. It is based in the city of Mindelo in the island of São Vicente. Mindelense is the oldest club in Cape Verde. It is the team won the most cups before and after independence especially in the 1950s and the 1970s with nine titles before independence and eleven after independence. Their first participation in the national division before independence was unofficially in 1938 and officially in 1954, Mindelense first appeared after independence in 1980. Since 8 May 2016, they are one of four unrelegated clubs in the island along with Batuque, Derby and Falcões do Norte. Its current chairman is Daniel de Jesus.[1] The club's nickname is leões encarnados or the incarnated lions, the leastly used nickname is the red devils or the diablos vermelhos.

Overall, Mindelense has 82 honors won and forms one of the highest in the world. Of which Mindelense has 12 national and major titles and 70 regional titles. Mindelense is the top 10 clubs having the most number of regional titles in the world.


Its logo color (or colour) is light orange with an orange lion in the middle. The letters C and S representing CS is aligned separately at the top and the M representing Mindelense.


Its home uniform is red with white shorts and its visitor uniform is white with red socks. Today, the uniform features white stripes on the shirt's side for home games and its shorts became red. Its clothing are done by Nike and sponsored by Cabo Verde Telecom. In the early 2010s, they were done by Lacatoni and sponsored by JBRN.

Home/First uniform up to 2015
Away/Alternate/Second uniform up to 2015


The club was founded in 1919, it would be officialized on May 25, 1922. One of the first greatest players was Adérito Carvalho da Sena who appeared in the 1930s, he would have the stadium named after him.[2] The club was the first in Cape Verde to achieve the professional status in July 1984.

Playoff participation[edit]

Their first time in the playoff participation was in 1957 before independence and 1976 after independence in which won their first eight titles in a row, their first national title after independence was in 1977. Their chance for the fourth one did not claim as Académico Sal Rei beaten CS Mindelense 2–0 in 1983 and was the first Battle of Barlavento, not until 1988 when in both two legs beat Sporting Clube da Praia 2–0 in the first and finally 0–1 in the last., the sixth title was claimed after beating CD Travadores from Praia. The team won the most number of national titles between 1980 and 2008, Sporting tied it for one year and surpassed Mindelense in 2009 which would last until 2011 when Mindelense tied it once again as they won their eight title defeating Sporting 1–0 in the second finals match, their first match was scoreless. Sporting surpassed Mindelense once more for their third year with the most national titles alone (fourth year with the most national titles) in 2012. It would be broken the following year as Mindelense defeated 3–0 against Académica from Porto Novo in the neighbouring island, the second match was tied at 2 apiece and therefore won their ninth title and once again tied Sporting Praia with the most number of national titles, Mindelense would win their tenth title a year later beating Académica of the island of Fogo, the club won 2–1 in their first match and scoreless in their second, the 2014 season would become having the nation's most number of titles with ten titles,[3] again in six years one more than Sporting Praia and their second in a row. The 2015 season would be successful once again and this time challenged Paulense from Paúl, lost one in the first and won two in the second and advanced to the finals and challenged the city's other rival FC Derby by having a single point in each of the two matches, the match went on to penalty kicks and scored 4–3 to claim their third straight national title totalling eleven and two more than Sporting Praia, Mindelense was second and recent in winning consecutive titles in a row numbering three ahead of two (1976–77) by the same club and behind of four by Sporting Praia (2006–09). Mindelense faced Académica from Porto Novo from the neighbouring land northwest, it was the second match ever that was won on penalty kicks and Mindelense defeated Académica Porto Novo the second time and the club won their fourth consecutive national title for the 2016 season, now tied with Sporting Praia with fourth consecutive but a record 12 national titles won, three ahead of Sporting Praia.

Upper appearances[edit]

Their first appearance in an African competition was during the 1993 season and challenged ASEC Ndiambour, a club from Senegal and lost 3–2 in all of the two preliminary matches, it was the first appearance of a Cape Verdean club to the continental level. They did not appear in the 2012, 2014, 2015 and the 2016 competitions, it is unknown Mindelense will appear in the African Champions' League the following season.

Mindelense's appearances in the Portuguese Cup[edit]

At the time, a colonial or provincial champion competed into the quarterfinal stage of the Portuguese Cup competitions for most of the times from 1961 up to independence in 1975. Mindelense competed in the first cup competition, the Portuguese Cup in 1966 and faced C.S. Marítimo of the Madeira Islands, Mindelense lost both of them, the first 2-4 and the second leg 0-7.[4][5] Later in their last appearance in the 1971 during the final years of colonial rule, Mindelense challenged against Sporting Lisbon in 1971 and lost 0–21 in their final competition, the worst defeat of the club. Mindelense was the only Cape Verdean club to compete.

Regional championships[edit]

Mindelense has a total of 47 island titles, the most of any club of each regional leagues in the nation. The team the first club to win a title in the first island championships in 1938, the won six straight titles up to 1943, after a two-year drought, the club won two consecutive titles in 1947, between 1949 and 1952, Mindelense won four consecutive titles and later seven consecutive between 1954 and 1960, Mindelense won one in 1962 and the next one four years later, Mindelense later won four consecutive titles between 1968 and 1971., Later they won eight island titles in a row (seven after independence) from 1974 until 1982, Mindelense would have six titles in a row from 1988 until 1994, with the 1991 season where no championship was held. Mindelense won three back to back titles between 1996 and 1998, it would also be their last titles won in a row for the next seventeen years. Their next titles would be achieved in 2006, 2009, 2011 and in 2013 since 2015, Mindelense won two consecutive titles.

Other records that Mindelense has at the regional championships had 34 matches without any losses that started from March 29, 2014 with the loss to Derby and lasted up to April 16, 2016 with the loss Amarante, the longest was without any wins at home and numbered 18 which started from January 12, 2014 with the loss to Amarante to April 24, 2016 with the loss to Derby, the shortest was without any wins away (or away-alternative) that lasted from March 29, 2014 to April 16, 2016, this was a regional record.

Regional cup competitions[edit]

Their first cup title for Mindelense was claimed in 2007 for the island, their second was in 2014 and later won second in a row in 2015.

In the recent cup matches, Mindelense defeated Falcões do Norte in the 2013 edition, Mindelense did not advanced up to the finals in 2014, in 2015, Mindelense claimed their recent cup title in 2015 after defeating Amarante, in the 2016 edition, Mindelense lost to Salamansa FC, a club based 7 km northeast of Mindelo.

Regional super cups[edit]

Mindelense also has four SuperCup titles were achieved in 2006, 2009, 2015 and 2016.

Their first Super Cup title was won in 2006 after beating Batuque FC making it the second club to win a title. Mindelense competed in the 2009 edition and defeated Derby, second place in the regional cup. As Mindelense were champions and cup winner, Mindelense first faced Falcões do Norte of Chã de Alecrim in late 2013 and lost to that club, their next was on November 7, 2015, Mindelense faced the second placed cup team Amarante in the 2015 São Vicente Super Cup and claimed their third title. Mindelense headed to the 2016 São Vicente Cup final and faced Salamansa, a club based on the north of the island, Mindelense lost to Salamansa 0-3. As island or regional championship, Mindelense again challenged Salamansa and defeated that club in the regional Super Cup match on October 8 and claimed their second consecutive super cup.

Opening Tournament and Association Cup titles[edit]

Their first opening tournament title was achieved in 2000, their second was in 2003, their third in 2005 and later won two in a row in 2006, they would win the next two in 2008 and 2009 and their most recent was in 2015.

Multi-tier Champions' Cup[edit]

Mindelense, winner of the Premier Division faced Ribeira Bote, winner of the Second Division on October 15, 2016 in the first ever Champion's Cup (of the Divisional Champion's Cup avoiding confusion with the Boavista Champion's Cup) featuring the winners of each of the two divisions. Mindelense won their first title.


In 2016, Mindelense also appeared as champion in the next Mindelo Cup in years, a friendly competition, it featured the regional cup winner Salamansa, two guest teams outside the island, one was Académica do Porto Novo and the other was Paulense, both from Santo Antão.

Friendly competitions[edit]

In 2016, the club appeared at the Boavista's Champion's Cup in Praia on October 28, the club lost in the semis and played a 3rd place match on October 29 against Académica do Fogo.

Head offices[edit]

Head offices of CS Mindelense located at Avenida Marginal (or Avenida da Praia in that part)

The club's head office is on Avenida Marginal, that section is also known as Rua or Avenida da Praia in the center of the city. the building being located featured colonial neo-classical architecture. Nearby buildings is the former Cory Brothers building, Other points of interests are Mindelo's marina and yacht, the statue of Diogo Afonso, the replica of Lisbon's Torre de Belém, the Fish Market and Praça Estrela


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). FC Derby, Académica do Mindelo, Amarante and Batuque are the other major clubs of the island playing in that stadium. Mindelense also trains at the stadium and partly at Adilson Nascimento Field.


Mindelense's main rivalry is FC Derby (see Mindelense–Derby rivalry),[6] known as the Mindelo Derby (Clássico Mindelense), other rivalries are Académica do Mindelo (see Mindelense–Académica rivalry) and Batuque FC (see Mindelense–Batuque rivalry), the only three in São Vicente, its interisland rivalry is with Sporting Praia.


National (Cape Verde Islands)[edit]

1976, 1977, 1981, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1998, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Before Independence: 6
1956, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968, 1971

Regional (São Vicente Island)[edit]

1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015-16
1999–00, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2012–13
2007–08, 2012–13, 2014–15
2005/06, 2008/09, 2014/15, 2015/16
  • São Vicente Divisional (Multi-tier) Champion's Cup: 1

League and cup history[edit]

Performance in African competitions[edit]

Mindelense's results in CAF competition
Season Competition Qualification method Round Opposition Home Away Aggregate
1993 African Cup of Champions Clubs Cape Verdean national champions Preliminary Round Senegal ASEC Ndiambour 1–1 2–1 2–3

Colonial era[edit]

Year Finals Club Result
1960 Winner CD Travadores Champion
1966 Winner CD Travadores Champion
1968 0–1 Académica da Praia Champion
1969 Lost Sporting Clube da Praia Finalist
1971 Winner Champion

The club in the Portuguese football structure[edit]

1966 – Third round: vs. C.S. Marítimo (2-4, 0-7)
1971 – 1/8 final: Mindelense (0–21 vs Sporting CP)

National championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Notes Playoffs
2006 1B 4 5 2 0 3 6 7 -1 6 Did not advance Did not participate
2009 1A 2 5 4 0 1 13 4 +9 12 4th (no points)
2011 1A 1 5 4 1 0 13 1 +12 13 Champion
2012 1B 3 5 2 1 2 10 4 +6 7 Did not advance Did not participate
2013 1A 2 5 3 1 1 9 4 +5 6 Champion
2014 1B 1 5 4 0 1 9 2 +7 12 Champion
2015 1B 1 5 5 0 0 14 1 +13 15 Champion
2016 1B 1 5 3 2 0 11 3 +8 11 Champion

Island/Regional Championship[edit]

Before the 1960s[edit]

Year Final(s) Club Result
1938 Won FC Derby Champion
1939 Won FC Derby Champion

Since the 1960s[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Cup Notes
2005–06 2 1 - - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2008–09 2 1 14 - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2010–11 2 1 14 - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2012–13 2 1 14 - - - - - - - Winner Promoted into the National Championships
2013–14 2 2 14 10 1 3 37 14 +23 31 Also promoted into the National Championships
2014–15 2 1 14 12 2 0 36 7 +29 38 Winner Promoted into the National Championships
2015–16 2 1 14 9 3 2 24 7 +17 30 Finalist Promoted into the National Championships

Association cup[edit]

Season Reg.
Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P
2008–09 1 1 - - - - - - - -
2016–17 1 3 7 4 3 0 10 5 +5 15


  • Best position: Preliminary Round (continental)
  • Best position at a cup competition: 1st (regional)
  • Best position at an association cup: 1st (regional)
  • Appearances before independence:
    • Appearances at the Portuguese Cup: 2 (1966 and 1971)
    • Total goals scored at the Portuguese Cup: 4
    • Total losses at the Portuguese Cup: 3
  • Appearance at the multi-tier Championship event: Once, in 2016
  • Number of appearances in the national competition: 36
  • Number of appearances in a regional Super Cup competition: 5
  • Total matches played at the continental championships: 2
  • Total goals scored at the continental championships: 2
  • Highest number of goals in a season, National level: 14 (regular season), 18 (total)
  • Highest number of points in a season: 15
  • Most games without a loss at the Regional Championships: 34 (March 29, 2014-April 16-2016[8])
  • Most games without a loss at home at the Regional Championships: 18 (January 12, 2014 – April 24, 2016[8])
  • Most games without a loss away at the Regional Championships: 13 (March 29, 2014 – April 16, 2016[8])
  • Worst defeat: Mindelense 0-21 Sporting CP, 1/8 final in 1971

Current squad[edit]

2 February 2017

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 Piduca
2 Cape Verde MF Zazú
3 Cape Verde DF Hidelvis
4 Cape Verde DF Buday
5 Cape Verde DF Fache
6 Cape Verde MF Dário
7 Cape Verde MF Yvan
8 Cape Verde MF Maniche
9 Cape Verde FW Djonny
10 Cape Verde FW Papalelé
12 Cape Verde GK Hélio
No. Position Player
13 Cape Verde DF Cleison
14 Cape Verde DF Toi Adão
15 Cape Verde MF Djim Kelly
18 Cape Verde MF Ivan
19 Cape Verde FW Sílvio
20 Cape Verde FW Ericson
21 Cape Verde DF Day
22 Cape Verde DF Vinha
27 Cape Verde FW Nené
88 Cape Verde MF Yuran



  • Augusto Vasconcelo Lopes (in 2012)
  • Cape Verde Adilson Nascimento (2013 – September 4, 2015)
  • Cape Verde Daniel de Jesus (since September 4, 2015)[1]


  • Tchida (in 2011)
  • Almara (in 2012)
  • Cape Verde Daniel Vieira (Abel II) (in 2013)
  • Cape Verde Rui Alberto Leite (present)


  1. ^ a b "Daniel de Jesus toma posse como novo presidente do Mindelense". A Semana. 5 September 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Entry about Adérito Carvalho de Sena in Esquina do Tempo Online Magazine". SAPO blogs. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Campeonato Nacional: Mindelense Revalida O Título". Criolosport (in Portuguese). 31 May 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Taça de Portugal 1965/1966 OITAVOS-DE-FINAL" [Cup of Portugal 1965/1966 Round of 16] (in Portuguese). ZeroZero. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Taça de Portugal 1965/1966 1/8 final" [Cup of Portugal 1965/1966 1/8 final] (in Portuguese). ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 14 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Clássico Mindelense – Derby Encerra 2ª Jornada Do Torneio De Abertura". Criolosports.com. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.karambola.info/index.php/futebol/117-mindelense (Portuguese)
  8. ^ a b c "São Vicente 2015/16". Retrieved 1 October 2015. 

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