GD Amarantes

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GD Amarantes
Full name Grêmio Desportivo Amarantes
Ground Estádio Municipal Aderito Sena,
Mindelo, Cape Verde
Ground Capacity 5,000
League São Vicente Island League
2015-16 8th, relegated (Premier Division)

Grêmio Desportivo Amarante or Amarantes (Capeverdean Crioulo, ALUPEC or ALUPEK: GD Amarantis, São Vicente: GD Amarantes) is a football club that had played in the Premier division and plays in the São Vicente Island League in Cape Verde.[1] It is based in the city of Mindelo in the island of São Vicente .

Its logo has a navy blue colored shield with the short name GDA from left to right and bottom and a brown eagle carrying a brown football reading "always ahead" (Portuguese: sempre a frente). As there is a club named Amarante in Portugal based in Amarante, the club has no affiliation with that club as its logo is different.


The club was founded around in the 1930s or the 1940s, the same time Académica do Mindelo was founded, it was one of the third oldest clubs in São Vicente.

Amarante has four regional titles won. It was the second club to win a title in the regionals. Académica was even in the number of titles from 1953 to 1964, with the exception from 1961 to 1962 where the club had the most number of titles. It had the third most in the region until 1985 when FC Derby took the position and became the fourth club to have the most number of titles, their fourth and recent was won in 1999. Since 2012, the title totals are shared with Batuque.

It is one of a couple of teams that only won one title since independence and was in 1999. The club won five insular titles and once took part in the colonial in 1961 where they lost to Sporting Clube da Praia and the national in 1999 where they won the only national title. In the 2015-16 season, Amarante as second placed club in the cup competition lost to Mindelense in the 2015 regional super cup. Amarante won their only regional Association Cup title. Amarante finished last place behind Farense and appears in the regional second division for the first time in January 2017 starting with the Opening Tournament, until then, Amarante was one of five unrelegated clubs in the region.

Playoff advances[edit]

GD Amarantes was the 1998/99 season and won the insular title and advanced to the national division. GD Amarantes challenged the Fogo-based team known as Vulcânicos, the first leg was 2-0, the second leg was a tied game and claimed the title over Vulcânicos. It is the only time ever as well as other teams that advanced into the national division.


The club and plays in the Adérito Sena Stadium 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, FC Derby, Académica do Mindelo and Batuque are the other major clubs of the city and the island playing in that stadium along with GS Castilho. Amarante also trains at the stadium and partly at Adilson Nascimento Field.


1944, 1945, 1961, 1998/99

League and cup history[edit]

Colonial era[edit]

National championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Notes Playoffs
1999 1A 1 6 4 1 1 8 5 +3 13 Advanced into the finals Champion
Total: 6 4 1 1 8 5 +3 13

Island/regional championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Cup Assoc Notes
2013-14 2 4 14 6 0 8 25 18 +7 18
2014-15 2 3 14 5 6 3 22 19 +3 21 Finalist
2015-16 2 8 14 3 0 11 11 29 -18 9 Winner Relegated to the Regional Second Division


  • Best position: 1st (national)
  • Best position at the cup competitions: Finalist (regional)
  • Best position at an Association Cup: 1st
  • Number of appearances in the national competition:
    • Total: 1
      • Colonial era: 1
      • Since independence: 1
  • Total wins: 4 (national)
  • Total draws: 2 (national)
  • Total losses: 2 (national)
  • Total goals scored: 8 (national in 1999)
  • Total points: 13 (national)
  • Total matches played: 9 (national)


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