Desportivo de Santa Cruz
|Full name||Desportivo de Santa Cruz|
|Ground||Estadio Municipal 25 de Julho, Santa Cruz on Santiago Island,
|League||Santiago Island League (North)|
Clube Desportivo de Santa Cruz (Capeverdean Crioulo, ALUPEC or ALUPEK: Disportibu di Santa Kruz, São Vicente Crioulo: D'sportiv' d' Santa Kruz) is a football (soccer) club that plays in the Santiago Island League North Zone in Cape Verde. The team is based in the town of Santa Cruz in the central part of the island of Santiago and plays at Estadio Municipal 25 de Julho with a capacity of 1,000, the stadium was opened in 2008. The club is considered to be the top five best clubs of the North Zone but not number one.
The club was founded in 1979 and is the oldest club in the municipality. They played their first regional championship in 1999 after becoming a registered club in the late 1990s and played for the season of the inaugural North Zone.
The team has won the only title in 2002 for the Santiago Island League (North) and qualified into the single Island Championship where they lost to the South Zone champ Sporting Praia and lost the qualification into the National Championships.
Desportivo Santa Cruz celebrated its 25th anniversary of its foundation in 2004.
In the 2014-15 season, Desportivo Santa Cruz finished 1st behind Flor Jovem with 26 points in the first phase and was one of four who qualified, in the second phase, the club finished last with 6 points. At the final round, they had the worst match overall in the regions losing 0-6 to Beira Mar on May 3.
The club has got a club record for the 2015-16 season with 11 wins, 40 goals scored and 42 points. In points totals, it was third in the region behind Scorpion Vermelho with 61 and ahead of Estrela dos Amadores with 39. It is now fifth as it is now behind AJAC's 48 and Benfica de Santa Cruz's 46 and is remains to be ahead of Estrela dos Amadores's 39 points which is now shared with Grémio Nhágar of Assomada. The club started moderate for the 2016-17 season with 7th placed, it fallen to 10th after a loss to Benfica at the 5th round then in the relegation zone and then 12th after a defeat to Estrela dos Amadores on January 25. Later Santa Cruz defeated Juventus Assomada and got back 10th place. A win over ailing União Picos on March 11 brought the club to 9th place and lasted for two rounds as a loss to CD Flor Jovem da Calheta put it back to 10th. A goal draw with Varandinha at the 17th round kept the 9th position. Later, they made a scoreless draw with Estrela dos Amadores but the club was placed 10th. Their position was placed into uncertainty at the end of the season, there was a chance of relegation. Their relegation was avoided on May 13, the championship title went under a dispute until May 17 when AJAC was officially champions of the region. Desportivo Santa Cruz was officially 10th place and will participate in the regional Premier Division in the following season.
League and cup history
|2014–15||2||2||12||8||2||1||12||6||+6||26||Advanced into the final phase|
- Best position: Champion (regional - North Zone)
- Appearances at the championships:
- National: Once, in 2002
- Regional: 16
- Appearance at a regional cup competition: Once, in 2008
- Best season: 2016 (11 wins, 42 points)
- Highest number of goals scored in a season: 40 (regional), in 2016
- Highest number of points in a season: 42 (regional), in 2016
- Batalha, José (16 December 2015). "2015/16 Santiago North Premier Division". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- Desportivo Santa Cruz at Web Cup (in Portuguese)