G.D. Estoril Praia
|Full name||Grupo Desportivo Estoril Praia|
Equipa da Linha
|Founded||17 May 1939|
|Ground||Estádio António Coimbra da Mota|
|Owner||Traffic Sports Europe|
|Manager||Hugo Leal and Fabiano|
|Website||Club home page|
Grupo Desportivo Estoril Praia (Portuguese pronunciation: [(ɨ)ʃtuˈɾiɫ ˈpɾajɐ]), commonly known as Estoril, is a Portuguese sports club from Estoril, Cascais, Lisbon. The club was founded on 17 May 1939. They play at the Estádio António Coimbra da Mota which holds a seating capacity of 8015. As a sports club, Estoril Praia has departments for football, futsal and basketball.
Estoril plays in the Primeira Liga. Since the club's establishment it has won nine trophies in its senior football department, the most recent being the 2011–12 Liga de Honra. As a result of this, several personnel of the club were awarded awards in relation to their performances in the 2011–12 season, of which they include Licá who won the LPFP Liga de Honra Player of the Year, Vagner who won the LPFP Liga de Honra Goalkeeper of the Year and Marco Silva who won the LPFP Liga de Honra Coach of the Year. The club is sponsored by Danish sports manufacturer Hummel.
- 1 History
- 2 Stadium
- 3 European cup history
- 4 Players
- 5 Honours
- 6 Notable former players
- 7 Managerial history
- 8 League and cup history
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The club was founded on 17 May 1939 as Grupo Desportivo Estoril Praia by, among others, Joaquim Cardim, José Ereia, João Rebelo, Armando Vilar, Ernesto Tomás, and Joaquim Nunes. The club's principal promoter was Fausto Cardoso de Figueiredo, the wealthy owner of the Lisbon-Cascais railway, the English hotels of the city, Paris and the Palace, the bath building, and the Estoril Casino. The team's badge and kit colours were inspired by Estoril's many beaches, considered the best in all of Portugal. The yellow symbolizes the colour of the sun, while the blue symbolizes the colour of the neighbouring Atlantic Ocean.
When the club was initially established it began to play in the Campeonato de Lisboa which was a league competition contested by teams from Lisbon. It also began to compete in the Taça de Portugal. Four years after its establishment, the club has reached the Taça de Portugal final in the 1943–44 season in which they lost to S.L. Benfica 8–0 at the Campo das Salésias in Lisbon.
Following that season the club reached for the Primeira Liga in the 1944–45 season where they finished seventh in their very first season in Portugal's top flight division. The next season saw the club play in the 1945–46 Segunda Divisão and the 1945–46 Campeonato de Lisboa. The club remained in the top flight until the 1952–53 Primeira Divisão season where they finished last and were relegated to the Portuguese Second Division.
Decline and revival
The next season saw them begin their football life in the Segunda Divisão. Estoril played in the division for 22 years before gaining promotion to the top flight again. Following the appointment of experienced English manager Jimmy Hagan in 1973 who prior to being appointed as manager of Estoril had managed Benfica to three consecutive league titles in 1970–71, 1971–72 and 1972–73 as well as a Taça de Portugal in the 1971–72 season he helped the club achieve promotion to Primeira Liga. The club's return saw them finish an impressive eighth place in the league as well as a quarter-finalist in the cup competition. The next ten years saw the club remain in a stable position finishing in mid-table positions up until the mid-1980s.
In the late 1980s, the club appointed Fernando Santos as manager. A young coach who had played for the club during his professional career in the 1970s who had retired due to several injuries. He helped the club rebuild itself and improve its players and after three years in charge he helped them gain promotion once again to the top flight at the age of 36. During his time he helped the club establish themselves as a Primeira Liga club up until the 1993–94 season where he left the club for Estrela da Amadora and Estoril in that very season were relegated to the second tier.
Since the departure of Fernando Santos as manager in 1994 the club has been lurking around the Liga de Honra. Since the Liga de Honra's establishment the club has participated in fourteen seasons in that division. In the 1998–99 Liga de Honra season, the club suffered relegation to the third tier of Portuguese football for the first time in their history. Since then the club has suffered several promotions and relegation.
At the beginning of the millennium, the club was playing in the Portuguese Second Division. Ulisses Morais took over in 2002 and led the club to back to back promotions leading the club to the top flight. Litos took over for the 2004–05 Primeira Liga season where the club finished seventeenth and were relegated after one season.
In the 2011–12 season, the club was promoted to first division by winning the Liga de Honra five points ahead of second place Moreirense. With new owners and under the management of Marco Silva who half way through the season took over from Vinícius Eutrópio,the team claimed the second Liga de Honra title in club history. The main players on the title roster were João Coimbra, Licá, Steven Vitória and Vagner. The 2012–13 season marked the return of the club to the Primeira Liga and saw them finish in an impressive fifth place in the league, from the position of newly promoted, and also qualify for the third qualifying round of Europa League, marking its first presence in the European competitions. Estoril reached Europa League group stages after defeating Hapoel Ramat Gan and Pasching. They finished fourth place in a group against FC Sevilla, Freiburg and Slovan Liberec, with only three points in three draws against Sevilla and Freiburg (twice). In the 2013–14 season, Estoril finished in fourth place, marking it's best performance ever in the Portuguese first division, qualifying directly to Europa League's Group Stage, thanks to Benfica's victory over Rio Ave in the Taça de Portugal.
The Swedish national football team used the stadium as a training ground in preparation for UEFA Euro 2004. The stadium has also played host to matches of Portuguese youth team games most notably the Portuguese national under-21 football team.
The stadium has also played host to games involving the Portuguese national rugby union team, most recently being against the Ukraine in a 2006 European Nations Cup First Division match and against Uruguay in a 2007 Rugby World Cup repechage qualification match.
European cup history
|2013–14||UEFA Europa League||3Q||Hapoel Ramat Gan||0–0||1–0||1–0|
|Group H||Sevilla||1–2||1–1||4th place|
|2014–15||UEFA Europa League||Group E||PSV Eindhoven||3–3||0–1||3rd place|
- As of 31 July 2015
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Notable former players
League and cup history
|2007–08||2H||7||30||11||8||11||41||38||41||Round 3||Round 2|
|2008–09||2H||4||30||12||8||10||41||37||44||Round 3||Round 2|
|2009–10||2H||11||30||7||14||9||26||29||35||Round 2||Second Group Stage|
|2010–11||2H||10||30||9||11||10||36||31||38||Round 3||Second Group Stage|
|2011–12||2H||1||30||16||9||5||40||20||57||Round 5||Second Group Stage||Promoted|
|2012–13||1D||5||30||13||6||11||47||37||45||Round 3||Second Group Stage||Qualified to Europa League|
|2013–14||1D||4||30||15||9||6||42||26||54||Quarter-final||Second Group Stage||Qualified to Europa League|
|2014–15||1D||12||34||9||13||12||38||56||40||Round 3||Second Group Stage|
- A. ^A Also participated in the 1944–45 Campeonato de Lisboa.
- B. ^B Did not participate in the 1945–46 Primeira Divisão but instead participated in the 1945–46 Segunda Divisão despite not being relegated in the previous season. Also participated in the 1945–46 Campeonato de Lisboa.
- C. ^C The Taça de Portugal was not held due to the end of the regional championships. As a result of this, a new format and scheduling scheme was introduced for the competition.
- D. ^D Best league classification finish in the club's history.
- E. ^E The Taça de Portugal was not held due to the Latin Cup being held at the Estádio Nacional.
Last updated: 18 July 2014
Div. = Division; 1D = Portuguese League; 2H = Liga de Honra; 2DS/2D = Portuguese Second Division
Pos. = Position; Pl = Match played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lost; GS = Goal Scored; GA = Goal Against; P = Points
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