FC Derby

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FC Derby
Full name Futebol Clube de Derby
Founded August 5, 1929
Ground Estádio Municipal Adérito Sena
Mindelo, Cape Verde
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Cape Verde Carlos Alberto Lopes
Manager Cape Verde Almara
League São Vicente Island League
2015–16 2nd place

FC Derby is a football club that had played in the Premier division and the São Vicente Island League in Cape Verde. It is based in the city of Mindelo on the island of São Vicente and plays in a stadium with a capacity of 4,000. It is the second team of the regional league who won the most titles after independence especially in the 1960s and the 1970s.


Derby entered in 2005 to the national championships, in the second match, Derby defeated 10-3 over Académica do Porto Novo, a club from Santo Antão just northwest of the island making it the second highest scoring match of the season and the club's highest score to date in the national level, overall Derby scored 23 goals which is the club's highest, In 2006, the Santiago North Zone did not participate in the premier division as they did not win the championship, which meant that FC Derby automatically advanced into the premier league by virtue of having been champions in 2005. After winning a regional cup in 2007, Derby was the islands first team to qualify into the first ever Cape Verdean Cup, there, Derby lost. In 2008, after winning another regional title, Derby entered the 2008 Cape Verdean Football Championships and was placed in Group B and became the first club to win all five matches in a six club group stage and received 15 points, the club's record. In the 2015 edition, Derby of Group B done this for the second time winning all five matches in a six club group stage and received 15 points, this was done together with Mindelense but Derby conceded two goals, this was the most recent.

Overall, Derby competed 11 times in the national level. Since the introduction of the points system in the early 1990s, Derby has a total of 82 points won at the National Championships.

Full stories of the team's playoff victories and advances[edit]

Derby's first appearance into the Cape Verdean finals was in 1965 and lost 3-2 to Académica da Praia, their only appearance under Portuguese rule.

FC Derby entered the playoffs for the first time after independence in 1984 and won 3–2 over Académica (Espargos). Derby FC entered the playoffs in 2000 and challenged Académica Operária, a team from Sal Rei, the first match was tied at 1 apiece, and in the second defeated Académica Operária 1–0 and claimed the 2000 championship. The 2005 championship finals with Sporting Clube da Praia was a 1–1 tie in the first match and a 4–3 victory in the second, giving Cape Verde their third title, no qualification to the 2006 CAF Champions League would occur for Derby. In the 2008 edition, Derby advanced up to the finals and lost the competition to Sporting Praia, their next appearance in the finals was seven years later. The club would enter the 2015 Championships as second place of the regional league, already Mindelense who were first place of the regional league entered into the national championships as they won the 2014 national title. Derby advanced into the finals where they challenged against the city's rival Mindelense and scored 1 in each two matches, they would lose 4–3 on penalty kicks to Mindelense and earned second place.

Continental appearance[edit]

Their first and only appearance into the CAF Champions League was in 2001 and lost to Real Banjul in the preliminaries 1–0 in two matches. As second place in the 2015 national season, due to uncertain reasons particulary financial, Derby did not appear in the 2016 CAF Confederation Cup.

Regional competition[edit]

Derby participated in the first regional championships in 1938 and featured only one match, the club lost to CS Mindelense, they also lost in 1939.

FC Derby won their first title in 1965 and became the region's fourth club after Académica to do so, Derby had the least number of titles until the club won four island (or regional) titles in a row between 1983 and 1986, later they had two in a row titles in 2000 and 2001, their next titles would be achieved in 2001, 2005, 2008 and their most recent in 2014. Derby is second in the number of regional titles numbering ten together with Académica Mindelo since 2014. Between 1985 and 2014, Derby was third in the total number of titles won.

Other competitions included the regional cup, their titles won in 2004, 2005 and 2007, the opening tournament in 2001 and 2011 and the only supercup title won in 2005.


Its logo colors are black, white and blue, the F.C. Derby is at the top, its dragon carrying the shield and the football colored in blue. In the dragon part features a ribbon reading "Mindelo Cidade" and "Morabeza" on right. The top part of the shield reads F.C.D. and has a blue-white striped shield in it.


Home uniform up to 2014
Away uniform to 2014

Its uniform color represents for its home games a striped blue and white t-shirt with blue pants and white socks. Its visitor's color is black with a white left sash, black socks and white shorts. The jersey has recently been modified.

Its former uniform colors was blue with a single white stripe, white sleeves and socks and blue shorts for home games and white clothing with blue sleeves and socks for visitor's games.


1983/84, 1999/00, 2004/05
1965, 1982/83, 1983/84, 1984/85, 1985/86, 1999/00, 2000/01, 2004/05, 2007/08, 2013/14
2000/01, 2010/11
2003/04, 2004/05, 2006/07

League and cup history[edit]

Performance in African competitions[edit]

Best: 2000–01 Preliminary Round – Lost against Real Banjul 1 – 0 on aggregate

Colonial era[edit]

Year Finals Club Result
1965 3–2 Académica da Praia Finalist

National championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Cup Notes Playoffs
2000 1B 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1 4 Advanced into the finals Champion
2001 1 5 6 2 2 2 6 7 -1 8
2005 1B 2 5 4 1 0 23 3 +20 13 Champion
2006 1A 1 4 3 1 0 13 2 +11 10 4th place
2008 1B 1 5 5 0 0 14 3 +11 15 Semifinalist
2014 1A 5 5 4 1 3 4 6 -2 4 Did not advance Did not participate
2015 1A 1 5 5 0 0 12 2 +1 15 Advanced into the finals Finalist
2016 1A 1 5 4 1 0 8 2 +6 13 Advanced into the finals Semfinalist
Total: 37 28 7 5 81 25 +50 82
Total with playoffs: 55 36 12 10 107 44 +63

Island/Regional Championship[edit]

Before the 1960s[edit]

Year Final(s) Club Result
1938 Lost CS Mindelense Finalist
1939 Lost CS Mindelense Finalist

Since the 1960s[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Cup Notes
2004–05 2 1 - - - - - - - - Winner Promoted into the National Championships
2007–08 2 1 - - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2013–14 2 1 14 9 5 0 27 9 +18 32 Promoted into the National Championships
2014–15 2 2 14 6 4 4 19 15 +4 22 Also promoted into the National Championships
2015–16 2 2 14 7 6 1 26 11 +15 27 Also promoted into the National Championships


  • Best position: Preliminary round (continental)
  • Best position at the cup competitions: Finalist (regional)
  • Best position at an Association Cup: 1st
  • Number of appearances in the national competition:
    • Total: 12
      • Colonial era: 1
      • Since independence: 11
    • Number of appearances in a regional Super Cup competition: 3
  • Highest number of goals in a season, national level: 23 (regular season), 32 (with playoffs)
  • Highest number of points in a season: 15 (national)
  • Total number of points: 82 (national)
  • Highest scoring match at the National Championships: Derby 10-1 Académica Porto Novo, May 21, 2005
  • Lowest number of goals scored in a season: 3 (national)
  • Appearance in cup competition: 1 (national)

Current squad[edit]

2014–15 season, partial listing

  • Bena
  • Duque (the Duke)
  • Kévy
  • Quatro (the Fourth)


  • Augusto Vasconcelos Lopes (in 2012)
  • Cape Verde Carlos Alberto Lopes (present)


  • Alberto Gomes and Antônio Dias (Ika)
  • Tchida (in 2012)
  • Cape Verde Almara (present)

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