FC Derby

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FC Derby
Full name Futebol Clube de Derby
Nickname(s) Dragões (Dragons)
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
Cape Verdean Football Championships
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. It is the second team of the regional league who won the most titles after independence especially in the 1960s and the 1970s. Its current president is Carlos Alberto Lopes and its coach is Almara who previously coached Fogo's Desportivo de Cova Figueira and Mindelense. The club name is the Dragons or Dragões

Derby is one of the most successful football (soccer) club in Cape Verde, having won about 20 official titles, 3 are national titles and 17 are regional titles.


The club was founded on August 5, 1929 and is the third oldest club on the island. In 1939, the club celebrated its 10th anniversary, its 25th anniversary in 1953 and its 50th anniversary in 1979.

Regional competition[edit]

Derby participated in the first regional championships in 1938 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 and could have that position again in April 2017.

National competition[edit]

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, 2016 was their last appearance. 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. The finals were also the club's last before the two phase system at the nationals was announced in 2016.

So far Mindelense appeared five times at the finals, played 9 matches at the championship finals.

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.[1] As second place in the 2015 national season, due to uncertain reasons particularly financial, Derby did not appear in the 2016 CAF Confederation Cup.

=Other regional competitions[edit]

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 Dragon is also the club's nickname. 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
Home uniform from September 2014 to 2016
Away uniform from September 2014 to 2016

Its uniform color represents for its home games a blue and vertical T-shirt with blue sleeves, and blue shorts and socks for home games and a white T-shirt with the remainder blue for away and alternate games.

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, both used until 2014. Between September 2014 and October 2016, its colors were striped blue and a white T-shirt with blue pants and white socks. Its visitor's color was black with a white left sash, black socks and white shorts.


The club and plays in the Estádio Municipal Adérito Sena with a capacity of once served up to 4,000, now serves 5,000 after the renovation, it is named after one of the first players of the club Adérito Carvalho da Sena (1905–1970). Mindelense, Académica do Mindelo, Amarante and Batuque are the other major clubs of the island playing in that stadium. Derby also trains at the stadium and partly at Adilson Nascimento Field.


Derby's only main rivalry is CS Mindelense. (see Mindelense–Derby rivalry). In 2015, the rivalry was the only time it taken to a national level.


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, 2011/12
2003/04, 2004/05, 2006/07

League and cup history[edit]

Performance in African competitions[edit]

Derby's results in CAF competition
Season Competition Qualification method Round Opposition Home Away Aggregate
2001 CAF Champions League Cape Verdean national champions Preliminary Round The Gambia Real Banjul 0–0 1–0 0–1

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

Association cup[edit]

Season Reg.
Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P
2016–17 1 2 7 5 1 1 16 5 +11 16


  • 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)


  1. ^ "Profile of FC Derby". scoreshelf.com. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 

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