Desportivo Ribeira Brava

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Desportivo Ribeira Brava
Disportibu Ribéra Brava
D'sportiv' R'béra Brava
Full name Clube Desportivo Ribeira Brava
Nickname(s) Mambrava
Ground Estádio João de Deus Lopes da Silva
Ribeira Brava on
São Nicolau, Cape Verde
Ground Capacity 5,000
League São Nicolau Island League
2014–15 4th

Clube Desportivo Ribeira Brava (Capeverdean Crioulo, ALUPEC or ALUPEK: Disportibu Ribéra Brava, São Vicente Crioulo: D'sportiv' R'béra Brava or Dsportiv' Rbeira Brava) is a football club that currently plays in the São Nicolau Island League in Cape Verde and is the island's third most popular club. It is based in the Ribeira Brava, the island's largest and the capital on the island of São Nicolau. The team won island titles, their first was in 1990 and another was in 2010. The club currently has four championship titles and a cup title for the island.


Its logo features a Cape Verdean flag in the middle; the logo is encircled in blue then black. It features two dragons on top and two dragon paws on each side. The club's full name is on the bottom and the anniversary date (in English) is on top.


The club was one of the first to win a regional title in 1990. The next three appearances in the national championships (in 2004, 2007 and 2010) and would be in the group stages and never headed up to the semis. In 2011, the club won a cup title.

In the 2015-16 season, Ribeira Brava finished 5th, down a position from last season, it was the second season that the club had 22 points, also it shared 6 wins, 4 draws and losses with FC Ultramarina but the club scored five less goals numbering 16 and both conceded 13. Ribeira Brava did moderate for the 2016-17 season, fifth place they started, the season's first won was on January 21 in a match over Atlético. On February 18, a two match winning streak was made as they defeated the least successful clubs of Praia Branca and Talho, from 6th which they had only at the had at the 4th round to fourth which they kept a chance for the next eight rounds. Ribeira Brava's last win was over AJAT'SN 0-1 on April 2. The 12th and 14th round matches ended in draws, with a goal each, first with Praia Branca then Belo Horizonte which was the final match of the season and recovered the position what they had at the start and the fifth round, fifth place and finished for the third straight time with 17 points, 4 wins, 5 draws and fewer goals, 10 equalling to the goals they conceded. Ribeira Brava shared the least goals scored in the region with Talho and conceded the second least after SC Atlético.

Ribeira Brava climbed up to the cup finals which will take place in May with Ultramarina Tarrafal. Ultramarina's recent championship win gave Ribeira Brava and entry into the 2017 regional super cup, the club lost the final 0-4. Ribeira Brava qualified into the upcoming super cup later in the year as cup runner-up, the first club ever on the island.

Playoff participation[edit]

In 1990, the club first qualified into the national championships at the time consisted nothing but the playoff system. The club advanced up to the finals and faced Sporting Clube da Praia, a club from down south in Santiago, the first match was scoreless and the second lost 1–0, this was Ribeira Brava's greatest appearance.


Estádio João de Deus Lopes da Silva, the homefield of Desportivo Ribeira Brava

The club and plays at Estádio João de Deus Lopes da Silva with a capacity of once served up to 1,000. The club also trains at the stadium. Other club playing at the stadium is SC Atlético. Other clubs playing at the stadium but not based are Belo Horizonte and Talho of the neighboring community.


1989/90, 2004/05, 2007/08, 2009/10

League and cup history[edit]

National championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Notes Playoffs
2005 1A 5 5 0 3 2 4 9 -5 3 Did not advance Did not participate
2008 1A 5 5 1 1 3 2 6 -4 4 Did not advance Did not participate
2010 1B 5 5 1 1 3 6 12 -6 4 Did not advance Did not participated

Island/Regional Championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Cup Tour Notes
2004–05 2 1 12 10 1 1 31 8 +23 31 Promoted into the National Championships
2005–06 2 2 14 8 6 0 36 6 +30 30
2007–08 2 1 - - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2009–10 2 1 - - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2013–14 2 6 14 4 1 9 15 24 -9 13
2014–15 2 4 13 6 4 3 13 12 +1 22
2015–16[1] 2 5 14 6 4 4 16 13 +3 22
2016–17 2 5 14 4 5 5 10 10 0 17 Finalist


  • Best position: 2nd (national)
  • Best position at cup competitions: 1st (regional)
  • Appearances in a cup competition: 12 (regional)
  • Appearances in a regional Super Cup competition: 3
  • Highest number of points in a season: 4 (national) – achieved twice


  1. ^ Batalha, José (23 December 2015). "2015/16 São Nicolau Regional League". RSSSF. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 

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