FC Juventude (Sal)
|Full name||Futebol Clube Juventude|
|Nickname(s)||Juventud, “O Azul”, Clube do Povo da Ilha do Sal|
|Founded||26 February 1962|
|Ground||Estadio Marcelo Leitão
Sal, Cape Verde
|League||Sal Island League|
Futebol Clube Juventude (Capeverdean Crioulo, also in the Sal Crioulo language, ALUPEC or ALUPEK: Juventudi) is a football (soccer) club that had played in the Premier division and plays in the Sal Island League in Cape Verde. It is based in the subdivision of Morro de Cural in the city of Espargos in the island of Sal.
Logo and uniform
Its logo color is blue and reads the club name and the island name in the middle of the soccer ball. Its slogan is "Sports and Progress" ("Desporte e Progresso") Its uniform colors has a sky blue t-shirt and gives its name to its nickname O Azul, the other colors are white and the whole colors for away games.
The club was founded on February 26, 1962 and is the oldest club in Espargos, it was also the first to be founded outside Santa Maria, the north of the island and a neighborhood. The club celebrated its 10th anniversary in 1972 25th anniversary in 1987 and 50th anniversary 2012.
The team entered the national division for the first time after independence in 1990, later they appeared in 1991, 1999 and recently in 2012. Between 1990 and 2014, Juventude was the last team to be left without a regional title.
In 2010 the team won their first Sal Island Cup, thus qualifying for the Cape Verdean Cup, the national cup competition and be the third club to enter. Juventude are one of four teams that participated in the national level. Two more cup titles would be won for Sal Island, in 2014 and 2016. Juventude headed to their third super cup competition and faced Académica do Aeroporto do Sal, the regional champion in November 2016, Juventude lost to that club.
Its current chairman is David Brito who became in 2015 and its manager is Djul(h)iano Santos who managed SC Verdun in the 2014–15 season. The club did not do well, Juventude finished second to last and was the first that they finished 7th with 12 points, 3 wins and draws and 8 losses.
Estádio Marcelo Leitão is a multi-use stadium in Espargos, Cape Verde. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium holds 8,000. The stadium has seat rows in the east side and is east-southeast of the city center and Monte Curral. The stadium is home to the two best football clubs on the island, Académico do Aeroporto and Académica do Sal. Other clubs based in Espargos but a neighborhood includes the newly established clubs of Gaviões and Chã de Matias. Clubs playing the stadium but based on other parts of the island include Santa Maria, SC Verdun Pedra de Lume, Palmeira de Santa Maria and ASGUI, Florença.
- 1989/90, 1990/91, 1998/99, 2011/12
- 2010, 2014, 2016
League and cup history
|1999||1A||2||6||3||1||2||9||11||-2||10||Did not advance||Did not participate|
|2012||1A||3||5||2||2||1||8||9||-1||8||Did not advance||Did not participate|
|2011–12||2||1||10||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Promoted into the National Championships|
- Highest number of points in a season: 10 (national), in 1999
- Best position at a cup competition: First Phase (national)
- Appearances in a cup competition:
- National: 1
- Regional: 17, to be 18
- Appearances in a regional Super Cup competition: 4
- Nelson Figueiredo (January–October 2015)
- David Brito (since October 2015)
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- ""Antigamente era uma equipa de referência no Sal" – Nelson Figueiredo" (in Portuguese). Oceanpress. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015.