Desportivo de Cova Figueira
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|Full name||Desportivo de Cova Figueira Clube Futebol|
|Nickname(s)||Os Azues & Preto|
|Founded||July 22, 1996|
|Ground||Estádio Monte Pe Largo
Cova Figueira, Fogo Island
|Owner||Camara Municipal De Santa Catarina Do Fogo|
|Chairman||Fernando Fontes Fernandes|
|Manager||João Pedro da Veiga|
|League||Fogo Island League|
Desportivo De Cova Figueira Clube Futebol (Capeverdean Crioulo, ALUPEC or ALUPEK: Disportivu, São Vicente Crioulo: Dsportiv') is a football (soccer) club that plays in the Fogo Island League in Cape Verde, and it is based in Fogo. Founded by residents of Cova Figueira, it has won 4 titles since 1996. The team plays at Estádio Monte Pe Largo in Cova-Figueira.
Created in 2004, the team crest is round with a blue fish in the middle of the crest. The old crest was a blue circle with a face of the Coat of Arms of Cova Figueria. The previous stadium that the team played in was called Estadio Olimpico do Fogo and could hold about 2789 to 3890 people.
Season to season
- 1996-97: 1st (island)
- 1997-98: 2nd (island)
- 1998-99: 2nd (island)
- 1999-00: 5th (island)
- 2000-01: 3rd (island)
- 2001-02: 1st (island)
- 2002-03: 3rd (island)
- 2003-04: 2nd (island)
- 2004-05: 5th (island)
- 2005-06: 2nd (island)
- 2006-07: 2nd (island)
- 2007-08: 4th (island)
- 2008-09: 8th (island)
- 2009-10: 4th (island - Second Division)
- 2010-11: 1st (island - Second Division)
- 2011-12: 2nd (island)
- 2012-13: relegated
- 2013-14: 4th (island - Second Division)
- 2014-15: Second Division
Foundation and early history
On July 22 of 1996, a meeting between young people and some players in the town of Cova Figueira decided to make a team of their own. So they created a team called Desportivo de Cova Figueira. Tadeu was named the first manager of Desportivo de Cova Figueira.
Their first game was played on September 2 of 1996 against Cutelinho FC. The team was not doing so good in the beginning of the tournament. They lost the 3-1 in favors of Cutelinho FC.
In February 2004, Joao Pedro da Veiga was named the next manager of Desportivo de Cova Figueira. In 2005, he signed the top Santiago defender Miguel to play alongside Moku.In 2007 he signed with Bachada Fluminense for 2 straight season. He returned to the club in the summer of 2009. During the 2005 pre-season, the team traveled to the United States to play 5 games. During that time, the Goalkeeper, "Manni" was assassinated by couple of thugs from Brockton, Ma. The funeral took place two weeks after. Manni's family was there in the US when this happened. The team flew back to Cova Figueira after the funeral.
In 2006, Joao Pedro signed some young players. Such as Virgiliu, Papazinho, Jair, Nene de Olimpia, & Valuka.
The season of 08/09 was not a very good season for the Figueirenses. Desportivo got in the 8th place of the F.L.C. (Fogo League Championship). Disportivo was about to go to 2nd division in the F.L.C.. Desportivo got the worst result of the history of the club in the season 08/09 in F.L.C.
2010 - Present
The new era started as "Desportivo" signed new and young talented footballers to the squad. On January 20 of 2010 they got their theme song. The song is called "Viva Desportivo" by Nhelas and Amilcar. The team got many fans by the theme song. In June 2011, "Desportivo" won the league for the 4th time in its history. Again the club currently plays in the second division since their relegation in 2014.
The stadium was built in May 1999. It holds about 5,000 people. The stadium is mostly like the Estadio 5 de Julho in the capital of Fogo Sao Felipe. The stadium was renovated in 2008, it's more new and has more touching models in it that represents each team. The City Hall of Cova Figueira is planning on expanding it.
- As of 25 August 2012
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Notable former players
Started in the 1990s
- Euclides Monteiro Fontes
- Eurico Fernandes
- Fernando Feranades
- Orlando Fernandes
- Nhonho de Juaquina
- Carlos Alberto
Started in the 2000s
Player of the year (1996-Present)
|First Team Coach||Joao Pedro da Viega|
|Assistant First Team Coach||Nhonho Juaquina|
|Assistant First Team Coach||Tadeu|
- Manuel Andrade
- Aquileu Goncalves (in 2013)
- Joao Fontes
- Eurico Fernandes Fontes
- Fernando Fernandes Fontes (in 2011, in 2014)
- Joao Pires
- Xavi Hernandezz Cabral
- Juan Lapporda