|Full name||Futebol Clube de Ultramarina|
|Founded||August 28, 1965|
|Ground||Estádio Orlando Rodrigues
Tarrafal, São Nicolau
|Chairman||Marineida da Graça|
|League||São Nicolau Island League|
Futebol Clube de Ultramarina (Portuguese meaning "overseas", Capeverdean Crioulo, ALUPEC or ALUPEK: Futebil Klubi di Ultramarina) is a football (soccer) club that plays in the São Nicolau Island League in Cape Verde. It is based in the city of Tarrafal in the island of São Nicolau. The team has only reached a few of the final games before and after independence.
Ultramarina is São Nicolau's most successful football (soccer) club having won about 23 official regional titles. The team currently has ten championship titles since their recent championship victory was during the 2014/15 season and continues the claim the most number of titles on the island.
The club was founded on August 28, 1965 and is the oldest club on the island, it was named after a company (probably seafood) Sociedade Ultramarina de Conservas which was a benchmark of the city. After independence, the old Ultramarina name was kept as people could not figure a new name after that company became dissolved, years later, some people know that the club name's etymology is different. It is uncertain that the club will adopt a new name.
Their worst season was in 2005 when the club fielded ineligible players in every match especially SC Atlético and finished last place as the goals were awarded against them. It was the worst and one the clubs that fielded the most number of ineligible players in West Africa and probably that includes a third of the continent.
FC Ultramarina went to the 2007 Super Cup played on January 8, 2008 and defeated the cup winner AJAT'SN with 3-1 in penalty kicks as the match was scoreless, Ultramarina received their second and recent title. Ultramarina's next six Super Cup appearances were not successful, their last was the 2014/15 Super Cup where they entered as regional champion, the club lost to a cup winner.
On May 7, 2011, Ultramarina played a match against Talho and the original result was 3-1 for Ultramarina, as Ultramarina fielded an ineligible player, the regional association awarded against Ultramarina 0-3 and was deducted 3 points from their 28 points and lowered to 24.
The club won their first cup title in 2012 and became the fourth and final club on the island to appear at the Cape Verdean Cup and had no success there. The club won their recent cup title in 2014.
The club was second place behind SC Atlético for the 2013-14 season, the club was champion for the 2014-15 season and was ahead of SC Atlético.
The club recently celebrated the 50th year of the club's foundation in 2015.
In October 2015, Alexandre Ramos became club coach and Marineida da Graça became the club's first female president. In the 2015-16 season, Ultramarina finished at a lower position of 4th behind SC Atlético, AJAT'SN and Belo Horizonte of Juncalinho, it shared the same numbers (6 wins, 4 draws and losses, conceded 13 goals) with Desportivo Ribeira Brava but Ultramarina Tarrafal scored 21 goals, five more than the fifth placed club. The first three draws and all of its losses were before the 8th round, Ultramarina's last loss at the regional championships was on March 25 where they lost 0-2 to Atlético. Ramos made another successful season, Ultramarina started fourth on January 15, then it was second and got the top position on February 5 and preserved it for the rest of the season and prevented Académica Preguiça from getting the top position. On April 30, they had 33 points, and made the point difference of seven over the second placed SC Atlético, a third back to back regional title was made that day and got their entry into the upcoming 2017 Cape Verdean Football Championships in mid-May. On May 6, the final match of the season was a 0-4 win over Talho and made it the 20th unbeaten match for the club and finished with 36 points, an eight-point difference with Académica da Preguiça who gave back their position and had 11 wins and three draws. In the cup finals, Ultramarina Tarrafal again headed up to the regional cup finals, it took place on May 9, three days after the end of the regional championships for the season, they faced Desportivo Ribeira Brava and defeated it 0-4 and became the island's only club to have a regional double.
FC Ultramarina were winners of the 2003 season and entered as high as the finals, the team challenged Académico do Aeroporto located southeast in the island of Boa Vista and lost 3–1 in the first leg and won 3–2 in the second leg. It only had three points in total which made the team lost the finals to Académico. It was Ultramarina's first appearance at the playoff level and second from the island to do so.
Ultramarina played in Group A for the 2017 season, with three groups, the other were AJAC da Calheta from Santiago North, Onze Unidos of Maio and Vulcânicos of Fogo. Ultramarina finished first in the group and advanced into the semis and played with the almighty CS Mindelense of the adjacent island São Vicente to the west, Ultramarina Tarrafal prevented entry into the stadium for one match. Ultramarina won the second leg. in mid-July, Ultramarina appealed the reason as they were about to be awarded 3-0 against, later the first leg match were to be played in late July. Mindelense did not showed up for a few weeks and after that club failing to appear to play in the first leg, Mindelense was disqualified and its matches were annulled and Ultramarina Tarrafal headed to their second and recent championship final appearance and faced Santiago South's Sporting Praia and lost all the two legs and finished as runner up to that club. Ultramarina Tarrafal was the fourth appearance of a club at the finals from the island and the only one who appeared twice.
Ultramarina's only main rivalry is SC Atlético and is called the São Nicolau derby which started in about the start of the 1990s. One of their recent meetings was in week 1 of the 2015-16 season where they lost to that club.
The club plays at Estádio Orlando Rodrigues with a capacity of about 500. The club also trains at the stadium. Other club playing at the stadium is AJAT'SN. Other clubs playing at the stadium but not based is Praia Branca, based north of town.
Until the late-2000s before its own stadium was constructed, the club played at Estádio João de Deus Lopes da Silva which was located 56 km on road (about 15 km direct and 30 km via the port of Preguiça) once played along with São Nicolau's most famous teams..
Its logo features a red-white crest with two swordfishes (gray and gray-red on each side) with a football (soccer ball) on the bottom and "FCU" on the bottom left and the year of foundation on the right.
Newly put in 2017, its uniform colors has a black clothing, in the T-shirt part, its rims and sleeves are black with the remainder red for home games. The club still has a white T-shirt and socks with a red shirt for away or alternate games. From 2014 to 2017, Is uniform colors for home had a T-shirt half red and white with a white rim on the right sleeve and red on the left with the remainder red but has a white rim on the bottom of its shorts.
- 1995/96, 1998/99, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2003/04, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2008/09, 2010/11, 2012/13, 2014/15, 2016/17
- 2011/12, 2013/14, 2016/17
- 2005/06, 2006/07, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13
- 2002/03, 2013/14
League and cup history
|1999||1A||4||6||0||2||4||3||10||-7||2||Did not advance||Did not participate|
|2003||1A||1||4||3||0||1||9||4||+5||9||Advanced into the playoffs||Finalist|
|2004||1B||1||4||2||1||1||7||3||+4||7||Advanced into the playoffs||Semifinalist|
|2006||1B||3||5||2||1||2||6||9||0||7||Did not advance||Did not participated|
|2007||1A||4||5||1||2||2||2||8||-3||5||Did not advance||Did not participate|
|2009||1A||4||5||2||1||2||11||6||+5||7||Did not advance||Did not participated|
|2011||1A||5||5||1||0||4||6||11||-5||3||Did not advance||Did not participate|
|2013||1A||4||5||1||1||3||5||12||-7||4||Did not advance||Did not participate|
|2015||1B||4||5||2||0||3||12||16||-4||6||Did not advance||Did not participate|
|2017||1A||1||6||4||1||1||11||6||+5||13||Advanced into the playoffs||Finalist|
|2006–07||2||1||14||9||3||2||18||3||+15||30||Promoted into the National Championships|
|2008–09||2||1||10||7||3||0||16||8||+8||24||Promoted into the National Championships|
|2010–11||2||1||14||8||4||2||32||18||+14||25 (-3)||Promoted into the National Championships|
|2012–13||2||1||13||9||3||1||35||6||+29||30||Promoted into the National Championships|
|2014–15||2||1||14||11||1||1||40||8||+32||34||Promoted into the National Championships|
|2016–17||2||1||14||11||3||0||33||4||+29||36||Winner||Promoted into the National Championships|
- Best position: Finalist (national), in 2003 and in 2017
- Best position at an Opening Tournament: 1st
- Best position at a regional Super Cup competition: 1st
- Appearances in a cup competition:
- National: 1
- Regional: 14
- Appearances in a regional Super Cup competition: 8
- Highest number of points in a season: 9 (national)
- Highest number of goals scored in a season: 14 (national with playoffs in 2004), 12 (national in 2015)
- Worst season: 2005 (neither wins nor draws, all 12 losses)
27 August 2017
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Former famous player
- Mailó (played in 2011)
- «F.C Ultramarina conquista Taça de São Nicolau», noticiaSN.com, March 29, 2014(in Portuguese), retrieved on 14 October 2014
- "Futebol São Nicolau: Ultramarina perde no jogo da primeira jornada" [São Nicolau Football: Ultramarina Lost a Match in its First Week]. Criolosports (in Portuguese). 19 January 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
- "Um símbolo de São Nicolau" [A Symbol of São Nicolau] (PDF) (in Portuguese). Lance Desportivo (A Semana). 14 January 2005. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- Batalha, José (23 December 2015). "2015/16 São Nicolau Regional League". RSSSF. Retrieved 3 October 2016.