F.C. Paços de Ferreira

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Paços de Ferreira
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Full name Futebol Clube
Paços de Ferreira
Nickname(s) Os Castores (The Beavers)
Pacenses (Those from Paços)
Founded 5 April 1950; 66 years ago (1950-04-05)
Ground Estádio da Mata Real
Ground Capacity 7,000[1]
Chairman Carlos Barbosa
Manager Jorge Simão
League Primeira Liga
2015–16 7th
Website Club home page

Futebol Clube Paços de Ferreira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpasuʃ dɨ fɨˈʁɐjɾɐ]) is a Portuguese football club based in Paços de Ferreira, Porto district. Founded in 1950, it currently plays in the Portuguese first division, holding home games at the 7,000-seat capacity Estádio da Mata Real, where the team has been based since 1973. The club's colours are yellow and green.

Paços de Ferreira have won the Segunda Liga three times, and in 2007 qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time. In the 2012–13 season the team surprisingly finished third and qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League play-offs for the first time in their history.


Early history[edit]

The origin of the club dates back to the 1930s, when it was named Sport Club Pacense. They played for two decades without any official recognition until they entered the lower divisions in 1950, under the name Futebol Clube Vasco da Gama. The club then changed their kit colours to the current ones and renamed themselves Futebol Clube Paços de Ferreira.

Their first match under the current name came on 19 November 1950, beating Lousada 2–1. Agostinho Alves was the first goal scorer in the history of the Pacenses. The club then played in Portugal's third regional division until the 1956–57 season, where they were crowned champions. The club crest was created in 1961–62, and was used ever since.

The club was relegated and then promoted again and supporters hit the streets of the city on 17 June 1973 when they defeated Perosinho 3–0. One year later, they won the third division championship on 14 June 1974, after defeating Estrela de Portalegre. The hero of the game was the goalscorer Mascarenhas.

Recent history[edit]

After establishing themselves in the first division during the 1990s, and suffering a relegation in 2003–04, the club finished sixth in the first division in 2006–07, thus qualifying for the UEFA Cup, their first ever European competition, under manager José Mota. They lost 1–0 on aggregate to AZ Alkmaar of the Netherlands in the first round.[2]

Having finished last in the league in 2007–08, Paços would have normally been relegated to the second level, but was readmitted after Boavista's confirmed irregularities. In the following year, already without manager Mota, the team had a reasonably successful season: a comfortable 10th place in the league and a second Europa League qualification spot after losing the Cup of Portugal final 1–0 to eventual league champions Porto on 31 May.[3] The two clubs met again on 9 August in the Super Cup, which Porto won 2–0.[4]

Paços entered the 2009-10 UEFA Europa League in the second qualifying round, where they defeated Zimbru Chişinău of Moldova before being eliminated by Bnei Yehuda of Israel in the third qualifying round.[5]

In the 2012–13 season, they surprisingly qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League play-offs for the first time in their history after achieving 3rd place in the league by passing favourites Braga and Sporting CP, making it their highest finish ever. The club were managed that season by Paulo Fonseca, who left at the end to join FC Porto, and was replaced by Costinha.[6] Costinha's side were drawn against Russians Zenit St. Petersburg in their play-off, and lost the two games. Due to bad results and the last place in the Primeira Liga, in October 2013 Henrique Calisto returned to Paços de Ferreira and replaced Costinha.[7]

League and cup history[edit]

Recent seasons[edit]

Season League Cup League Cup Europe Notes
Div. Pos. Pl W D L GS GA Pts Result Result Competition Result
2001–02 1st 8th 34 12 10 12 41 44 46 Last 16 n/a -
2002–03 1st 6th 34 12 9 13 40 47 45 SF n/a -
2003–04 1st 17th 34 8 4 22 27 53 28 Last 32 n/a [A]
2004–05 2nd 1st 34 20 9 5 61 43 69 Last 64 n/a [B]
2005–06 1st 11th 34 11 9 14 38 49 42 Last 64 n/a -
2006–07 1st 6th 30 10 12 8 31 36 42 Last 64 n/a -
2007–08 1st 15th 30 6 7 17 31 49 25 Last 16 R3 UEFA Cup R1 [C]
2008–09 1st 10th 30 9 7 14 37 42 34 RU R3 -
2009–10 1st 10th 30 8 11 11 32 37 35 QF R2 UEFA Europa League 3rd QR -
2010–11 1st 7th 30 10 11 9 35 42 41 Last 32 RU -
2011–12 1st 10th 30 8 7 15 35 53 31 Last 32 R3 -
2012–13 1st 3rd 30 14 12 4 42 29 54 SF R3 [D]
2013–14 1st 15th 30 6 6 18 28 59 24 Last 16 R3 UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Gr. E
2014–15 1st 8th 34 12 11 11 40 45 47 Last 16 R2
A. ^ Relegated.
B. ^ Promoted.
C. ^ Not relegated due to Boavista F.C. scandal.
D. ^ Best league finish.
E. ^ Qualification to relegation play-offs. Paços beat D. Aves 3-1 and secured the presence in Primeira Liga.

Last updated: 11 August 2015


Runners-up (1): 2008–09
Runners-up (1): 2010–11
Runners-up (1): 2009
Winners (3): 1990–91, 1999–00, 2004–05
Winners (1): 1973–74

European matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2007–08 UEFA Cup First round Netherlands AZ Alkmaar 0–1 0–0 0–1
2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round Moldova Zimbru Chişinău 1–0 0–0 1–0
Third qualifying round Israel Bnei Yehuda 0–1 0–1 0–2
2013–14 UEFA Champions League Play-off round Russia Zenit St. Petersburg 1–4 2–4 3–8
2013–14 UEFA Europa League Group E Italy Fiorentina 0–0 0–3 3rd place
Ukraine Dnipro 0–2 0–2
Romania Pandurii Targu Jiu 1–1 0–0

UEFA rankings[edit]

Club ranking eligible for 2012–13

Rank Team Points
133 France Guingamp 13.300
135 Portugal Vitória de Setúbal 12.833
135 Portugal Paços de Ferreira 12.833
137 Denmark Nordsjælland 12.640


Current squad[edit]

As of 23 July, 2016

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

No. Position Player
2 Portugal DF Marco Baixinho
3 Portugal DF Pedro Monteiro (on loan from Braga B)
4 Portugal MF Romeu Rocha
5 Portugal DF Paulo Henrique
8 Brazil MF Christian
9 Guinea-Bissau FW Cícero
10 Portugal MF Minhoca
12 Portugal MF Pedrinho
13 Portugal DF João Góis
16 Ghana FW Barnes Osei
17 Brazil FW Gleison (on loan from Porto B)
19 Cape Verde DF Ricardo
20 Portugal MF Andrezinho
No. Position Player
22 Portugal DF Miguel Vieira
23 Portugal FW Ivo Rodrigues (on loan from Porto)
30 Portugal DF Filipe Ferreira
33 Portugal DF Francisco Afonso
36 Portugal MF André Sousa
86 Portugal GK Mário Felgueiras
94 Brazil DF Bruno
China GK Yerjet Yerzat
Brazil MF Mateus
Portugal GK João Pinho
Brazil FW Welthon
China FW Tang Shi

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player

Notable former players[edit]

Former managers[edit]


The supporters' club, "Ultras Yellow Boys," was founded in 1996, returning afterwards in 2001. Two previous groups, however extinct, existed: "Febre Amarela" and "Yellowmania".


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