FC Ultramarina

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FC Ultramarina
FC Ultramarina Tarrafal Cape Verde.JPG
Full name Futebol Clube de Ultramarina
Founded August 28, 1965
Ground Estádio Orlando Rodrigues
Tarrafal, São Nicolau
Cape Verde
Ground Capacity 5,000
Chairman Cape Verde Marineida da Graça
Manager Cape Verde Alexandre Ramos
League São Nicolau Island League
2016–17 1st champion

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.

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.[1]

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.

National appearances[edit]

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 only appearance at the playoff level.

Ultramarina will be in Group A for the 2017 season, the first with three groups, the other are Benfica from Santiago North, Onze Unidos of Maio and Vulcânicos of Fogo.


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.[2]


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..[3]


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.


Home uniform up in 2011
Away uniform in 2011
Home uniform from 2014 to May 2017

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 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[edit]

National championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Notes Playoffs
1999 1A 4 6 0 2 4 3 10 -7 2 Did not advance Did not participate
2001 1 6 6 0 1 5 2 8 -6 1
2003 1A 1 4 3 0 1 9 4 +5 9 2nd place
2004 1B 1 4 2 1 1 7 3 +4 7 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

Island/Regional Championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Cup Opening Notes
2004–05 2 7 12 0 0 12 0 36 -36 0
2006–07 2 1 14 - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2008–09 2 1 14 - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2010–11 2 1 14 - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2012–13 2 1 14 - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2013–14 2 2 14 8 5 1 32 9 +23 32 Winner Winner
2014–15 2 1 14 11 1 1 40 8 +32 34 Promoted into the National Championships
2015–16[4] 2 4 14 6 4 4 21 13 +8 22
2016–17 2 1 14 11 3 0 33 4 +29 36 Winner Promoted into the National Championships


  • Best position: 2nd place (national)
  • 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)

Former famous player[edit]


  • Cape Verde Alexandre Ramos (up to October 2015)
  • Cape Verde Marineida da Graça (current)


  1. ^ «F.C Ultramarina conquista Taça de São Nicolau», noticiaSN.com, March 29, 2014(Portuguese), retrieved on 14 October 2014
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ "Um símbolo de São Nicolau" [A Symbol of São Nicolau] (PDF) (in Portuguese). Lance Desportivo (A Semana). 14 January 2005. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Batalha, José (23 December 2015). "2015/16 São Nicolau Regional League". RSSSF. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 

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