Desportivo da Praia

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Desportivo Praia
Full name Desportivo da Praia
Nickname(s) militares (troops)
Founded 1979
Ground Av. Cidade da Lisboa
Estádio da Varzea,
Praia, Cape Verde
Ground Capacity 8,000
Chairman Cape Verde Jorge Martins Andrade
Manager Cape Verde Kuko
League Santiago Island League (South)
Cape Verdean Football Championships
2016–17 3rd
Website Club website
Current season

Desportivo da Praia is a football (soccer) club that currently plays in the Premier division and the Santiago Island League (South) in Cape Verde.[1][2] It is based in the capital city of Praia in the island of Santiago. It is the military team of Cape Verde. Its nickname is militares. The team won the first and only regional opening tournament in 2014.

Its logo has a blue circle with the acronym GDCP in the middle and a large D on the right and the club name on the right. Its uniform color features a blue clothing with a T-shirt with white stripes in the middle for home games and a white T-shirt with the remainder blue for away games.


The club was founded in 1979 by the Cape Verdean Armed Forces.

Their appearance into the national competition was in 1990 and advanced up to the finals and faced CS Mindelense and lost two matches, this was their greatest position. On December 16, 2011, the third round of the season, Desportivo defeated Varanda 7-0 and made it the region's highest result of the season, also in th at season, 46 goals were scored, the region's highest ahead of Sporting Praia. Desportivo finished as runner up to Sporting with 41 points and failing to qualify into the nationals. As Sporting Praia won the 2012 title and would win another regional title, team again entered the national division in 2013 as runner up in the Santiago Island League South. Desportivo won their second regional title in 26 years, their first since the breakup for the South Zone, the club finished with a record 47 points and scored 43 goals, the points record is shared with Sporting's 2013 total and is behind Sporting's 2012 total of 48 and 2005 total of 49 in the region, it is also one of the highest of any island leagues in Cape Verde. Their next was their third appearance and was placed in Group A, their first match was a second round which ended in a scoreless draw with CD Sinagoga from Santo Antão North, on June 1, they played their rescheduled first round match with the champion from the north of the island Varandinha from Tarrafal, they lost 1-3 in their last meeting with the club from two parts of the island even at the nationals, their last match ended in a 2-1 win over Sporting Brava. Desportivo finished third with 7 points and with two wins and losses and a draw, scored 7 goals.For the first time, the club also heads to the regional super cup in late 2016. Desportivo qualified into the 2015-16 Super Cup, as the Boavista-Delta cup final was not played in May 2016, the match was rescheduled for April 15, 2017, Desportivo will face the cup winner Delta in the rescheduled 2016 regional super cup as early as May 2017.

Again in three seasons, the club finished third for the 2016-17 season. During the season, they were first place from rounds two to three, lost it and later was second from rounds 10 to 12, a draw with Travadores at the 13th round dropped it to third and kept it for the remainder of the season with the exceptions of the 15th and 17th rounds where they were fourth. Desportivo had 46 points, shy of their total of the previous season, they had 44 goals scored, a goal higher and ranked second ahead of Sporting Praia's.


Estádio da Várzea, the home field of Desportivo Praia

Estádio da Várzea is a multi-use stadium in Praia, Cape Verde. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium holds 8,000. The stadium has seat rows in the left and right sides and a small hill and a plateau lies to the west.

It is played along with Praia's three other famous teams including Sporting Praia, Boavista, Académica and CD Travadores in the same stadium. The club practices also at the stadium.


The club's only rivalry is with Travadores.


  • Praia Opening Tournament: 2
2014, 2015

League and cup history[edit]

National championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Notes Playoffs
2013 1B 3 5 2 3 0 6 3 +3 9 Semifinalist
2016 1A 3 5 2 1 2 7 6 +1 7

Island/Regional Championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Cup Tour Notes
2011–12 2 2 18 13 2 3 46 15 +31 41
2012–13 2 2 18 8 8 2 28 13 +15 32 Also promoted into the National Championships
2013–14 2 3 18 10 6 2 37 17 +20 36 Winner
2014–15 2 3 18 9 6 3 37 20 +17 33 Winner
2015–16 2 1 22 14 5 3 43 12 +30 47 Also promoted into the National Championships
2016–17 2 3 22 14 4 4 44 18 +26 46 1st Round


  • Best position: 3rd (national, group stage)
  • Best position at an opening tournament: 1st
  • Number of appearances in the national competition: 3
  • Number of appearances in a regional super cup competition: to be the only appearance
  • Highest number of points in a season:
    • Regional: 47, in 2016
    • National: 7, in 2016
  • Highest number of goals scored in a season: 43 (regional), in 2016
  • Highest number of matches played in a season:
    • Regional and national: 27, in 2016
    • Regional only: 22, one season, in 2016
  • Most goals scored by season: Ró (16) in 2017
  • Lowest number of points in a season: 7 (national), in 2016
  • Highest number of goals conceded in a season: 6 (national), in 2016
  • Highest number of matches lost in a season: 2 (national), in 2016
  • Total number of points: 15 (national)


Current squad[edit]

As of December 12, 2016[3]

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

No. Position Player
José Edlly Soares de Carvalho
Cape Verde Euclides T. Monteiro
Cape Verde FW Ro (Óscar Romário Lopes Vaz)
Cape Verde Silvério o Rosário Sanches Lopes
Cape Verde Walter Patrick M. Tavares
Wilson Patrick Tavares

Former players[edit]

Other sports[edit]

Desportivo Praia also has a men's handball team.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Grupo Desportivo e Cultural de Praia Futebol" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Scorer and squad statistics". Konkuri. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 

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