GS Castilho

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Full name Grémio Sportivo Castilho
Founded 18 February 1923
Ground Estádio Municipal Aderito Sena
Mindelo, Cape Verde
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Cape Verde Gildo de Jesus
League São Vicente Island League
2016–17 1st (Second Division)

Grémio Sportivo Castilho (Capeverdean Crioulo, ALUPEC or ALUPEK: Grémiu Sportib' Kastidju, São Vicente Crioulo: Grémio Sportib' Castilh') is a football (soccer) 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 and plays in the stadium with a capacity of 4,000 It is the team won the few cups before independence, the club never won any titles after independence.

Castilho relates to the name Castile or Castilian. Some people, mainly those outside the island think that the club is mainly named after the Portuguese name for "caste". The club is actually named after the Portuguese poet António Feliciano de Castilho.[1]


The club is the second oldest in the island of São Vicente founded on 18 February 1923. The club was founded by a group of students, being the first in Cape Verde to do so.

Early in 1973, the club celebrated its 50th anniversary. Later, the club won their first national (then mainly colonial) and only title in 1973, two years before the independence of Cape Verde, they defeated Vitória from Praia 1–0.[2] In their last final match and competition under Portuguese rule, the club lost 2–1 to Sporting Clube da Praia.

In 1998, Castilho celebrated its 75th anniversary of its foundation of the club.

The regional competition became two tiers in 2008 and Castilho became the first club to be relegated into the regional Second Division where they remained until 2012, Castilho competed in the Premier Division once more and for the next two seasons.

Recently the club was relegated to the second island division in the 2013–14 season after being ranked 8th with 8 points and only 2 wins, they were second in the island second division during the 2014–15 season. The first match against Académica lost a nearly huge 6–1 in the first match and the second ended in a draw with 3 goals, thus Castilho is kept in the second division. Castilho achieved second place in the regional second division once more for 2016, the club faced Farense which was tied one apiece in the first match and Castilho lost 1-2 in the second match and again remains in the regional second division this season. After three seasons in that division, Castilho achieved first position in the regional Second Division and will return again to the regional Premier Division in the following season.[3] Also Castilho will be the third participant into the upcoming 2017 Champion's Cup (or Trophy) and will challenge the Premier Division winner CS Mindelense.


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). Mindelense, Batuque, FC Derby, Académica do Mindelo and Amarante are the other major clubs of the city and the island playing in that stadium.


Its logo features an eagle carrying a globe and the letters GSC, the acronym of the club are written in a label in the middle.


1972/73, 1973/74

Secondary achievements[edit]

2011/12, 2016/17

League and cup history[edit]

Colonial/Provincial championship (before independence)[edit]

Year Final(s) Club
1973 1–0 Vitória
1974 2–1 Sporting Clube da Praia

Island championships[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Cup Opening Notes
2013–14 2 8 14 2 2 10 10 32 -22 8
2014–15 3 2 10 - - - - - - - Lost promotional match, remains in the Second Division
2015–16 3 2 10 - - - - - - - Lost promotional match, remains in the Second Division
2016–17 3 1 10 - - - - - - - Promoted into the Regional Premier Division


  • Best position: 1st (regional)
  • Appearances at the regional championships: 79
    • Premier Division: 72
    • Second Division: 7

Other sports[edit]

Castilho also has a basketball, athletics and tennis departments. Also it has the first cricket department in Cape Verde.

Athletics are played at Estádio Municipal Adérito Sena, basketball is played at nearby Polidesportivo do Mindelo and tennis southwest of the main stadium.


  1. ^ "Parabéns Castilho". A Semana (in Portuguese). 3 June 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Cape Verde Islands – List of Champions". José Batalha for the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 30 October 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "São Vicente: Histórico clube Castilho de regresso à 1ª divisão e “para ficar” segundo o treinador" (in Portuguese). Inforpress. 22 April 2017. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 

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