Leixões S.C.

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Leixões
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Full name Leixões Sport Club
Nickname(s) Os Bébés (The Babies)
Heróis do Mar (Sea Heroes)
Founded 1907
Ground Estádio do Mar
Ground Capacity 6,798
Chairman Sílvia Carvalho
Manager Pedro Correia
League LigaPro
2015–16 18th

Leixões Sport Club, commonly known as Leixões, is a Portuguese sports club from Matosinhos. It is organised into several departments for many events, such as football, boxing, karate, volleyball, swimming and billiards. Its professional football team is its most well known department.

Leixões won the 1960–61 Taça de Portugal.

History[edit]

Leixões Sport Club was founded in 1907, making them one of Portugal's oldest sports clubs in continuous operation. In 1961, they won their only Taça de Portugal, defeating Porto 2–0.[1] This qualified Leixões to the 1961–62 European Cup Winners' Cup, in which they reached the quarter-finals before losing 4–2 on aggregate to East German side Motor Jena.[2] Leixões had their best top-flight league performance in 1962–63, finishing fifth, 12 points behind champions Benfica.[3]

Present in the top-flight since 1959–60, Leixões were relegated on goal difference in the 1976–77 season.[4] Apart from the 1988–89 season,[5] Leixões did not play in the top-flight again until 2007.

In 2002, Leixões beat Braga 3–1 away to secure a place in the Taça de Portugal final (the first and only third division club to play a final) against Sporting CP. The club, however, lost 1–0, but nonetheless secured a spot in the following season's UEFA Cup after Sporting had also finished as national champions for the year. The following season, Leixões lost 5–3 on aggregate to Greek side PAOK after winning the first leg 2–1 at home, thus suffering elimination in the first round of the UEFA Cup. That same year, they romped to the Segunda Divisão B title with 94 points and with it they gained promotion to the Segunda Liga.

In 2004, they just avoided relegation back to Division Two and finished 14th. A year later, they battled to finish seventh in the league. Finally in 2006, they nearly reached the top-flight Primeira Liga, losing out to Desportivo das Aves in the promotion chase by finishing third, two points behind Aves. Third place used to merit a promotion, but due to a re-construction to all leagues, it meant only the top two would go up (Beira-Mar as champions and Aves as runners-up). Finally, in 2007, they gained promotion to the Liga, 18 years after their relegation. During this stint, which lasted three seasons, their best result was a sixth-place finish in 2008–09. Their last match in the Primeira Liga was a 1–0 away loss to Olhanense on 2 May 2010.

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Estádio do Mar
Estádio do Mar – Main stand.

Leixões' home ground, the Estádio do Mar, was inaugurated on 1 January 1964 with a match against Benfica, who won 4–0.[6]

Honours[edit]

  • 1960–61
  • 1942–43
  • 1982–83

Current squad[edit]

As of 31 January 2017

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Portugal GK Ricardo Moura
2 Portugal DF Jorge Silva
4 Portugal DF André Teixeira
5 Brazil DF Wellington
6 Portugal MF André Salvador
7 Portugal FW Alexandre Ludovic
8 Portugal MF Rui Cardoso
9 Brazil MF Bruno Lamas
11 Portugal FW Miguel Ângelo
12 Brazil GK Assis Giovanaz
14 Portugal MF Bruno China
15 Portugal DF João Lucas
No. Position Player
18 Nigeria MF Sunday Abalo (on loan from Rio Ave)
19 Cape Verde FW Tino
21 Portugal DF Cadú
22 Egypt MF Mohamed Khalifa
23 Portugal DF Silvério Silva (on loan from Rio Ave)
24 Portugal GK Nuno Pereira
25 Cameroon MF Lionel Enguene (on loan from Lugo)
27 Brazil FW Rafael Porcellis
30 Nigeria FW Sodiq Fatai (on loan from Paços de Ferreira)
31 Portugal FW Ença Fati (on loan from Moreirense)
77 Portugal FW André Ferreira
95 France DF Belly

Notable former players[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1961–62 European Cup Winners' Cup PR Switzerland Chaux Fonds 5–0 2–6 7–6
1R Romania Progresul București 1–1 1–0 2–1
QF East Germany Motor Jena 1–3 1–1 2–4
1964–65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Scotland Celtic 1–1 0–3 1–4
1968–69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Romania Argeș Pitești 1–1 0–0 1–1
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR Republic of Macedonia Belasica 2–2 2–1 4–3
1R Greece PAOK 2–1 1–4 3–5

League and cup history[edit]

The club has played 22 seasons at the top level of Portuguese football.

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup League Cup Europe Notes
1936–37 CL 8 14 2 0 12 19 69 4
2 season(s) at lower levels
1939–40 1D 9 18 1 5 12 26 70 7 last 16
1 season(s) at lower levels
1941–42 2H ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? quarter-final
1942–43 1D 10 18 0 2 16 19 81 2 last 16
16 season(s) at lower levels
1959–60 1D 8 26 8 7 11 48 56 23 1st round
1960–61 1D 8 26 10 3 13 38 44 33 winner
1961–62 1D 7 26 10 3 13 47 55 23 quarter-final CWC quarter-final
1962–63 1D 5 26 10 10 6 34 33 30 last 16 best classification ever
1963–64 1D 8 26 8 9 9 34 44 25 2nd round
1964–65 1D 9 26 8 5 13 50 51 21 1st round FC 1st round
1965–66 1D 12 26 7 4 15 28 39 18 quarter-final
1966–67 1D 7 26 8 8 10 23 29 24 quarter-final
1967–68 1D 8 26 10 4 12 29 39 24 quarter-final
1968–69 1D 11 26 7 7 12 21 30 21 last 16 FC 1st round
1969–70 1D 11 26 10 1 15 33 47 21 semi-final
1970–71 1D 13 26 7 5 14 22 44 19 last 16
1971–72 1D 14 30 7 7 16 26 51 21 quarter-final
1972–73 1D 9 30 11 8 11 32 45 30 quarter-final
1973–74 1D 14 30 9 3 18 36 56 21 last 32
1974–75 1D 9 30 10 9 11 29 42 29 last 16
1975–76 1D 12 30 8 6 16 30 65 22 last 32
1976–77 1D 15 30 4 15 11 15 31 23 2nd round relegated
1977–78 2DN 7 30 12 6 12 43 37 30 2nd round
1978–79 2DN 5 30 14 8 8 53 43 36 last 32
1979–80 2DN 5 30 14 4 11 54 29 34 last 32
1980–81 2DN 2 30 17 6 7 58 29 40 3rd round
1981–82 2DN 6 30 11 9 10 36 35 31 quarter-final
1982–83 2DN 5 30 15 7 8 45 25 37 last 32
1983–84 2DN 3 29 16 5 8 47 29 37 last 32 see notes[8]
1984–85 2DN 4 30 14 10 6 38 29 38 3rd round
1985–86 2DN 10 30 12 6 12 43 37 30 2nd round
1986–87 2DN 6 30 9 3 8 23 26 31 2nd round
1987–88 2DN 2 38 22 9 7 70 32 53 last 16 promoted[9]
1988–89 1D 19 38 7 14 17 29 46 28 3rd round relegated
1989–90 2DN 8 34 13 9 12 46 42 35 1st round
1990–91 2H 7 38 15 13 10 49 41 43 4th round
1991–92 2H 7 34 12 11 11 31 26 35 semi-final
1992–93 2H 12 34 11 9 14 34 39 31 4th round
1993–94 2H 18 34 8 8 18 24 41 24 last 32 relegated
8 season(s) at lower levels
2001–02 2DN 2 38 25 8 5 73 27 83 final
2002–03 2DN 1 38 29 7 2 73 27 94 2nd round UC 1st round promoted
2003–04 2H 14 34 9 15 10 44 48 14 4th round
2004–05 2H 6 34 14 8 12 40 33 50 4th round
2005–06 2H 3 34 17 11 6 47 19 62 4th round
2006–07 2H 1 30 18 6 6 45 21 60 4th round promoted
2007–08 1D 14 30 4 14 12 27 37 26 6th round 3rd round
2008–09 1D 6 30 12 9 9 30 31 45 quarter final 2nd round
2009–10 1D 16 30 5 6 19 25 51 21 Last 32 3rd round relegated
2010–11 2H 6 30 10 12 8 35 27 43 Last 16 2nd round
2011–12 2H 11 30 11 7 12 32 34 37 Last 16 1st round
2012–13 2H 3 42 18 14 10 49 36 68 3rd round 2nd round
2013–14 2H 17 42 13 8 21 42 57 47 Last 16 3rd round
2014–15 2H 20 46 13 11 22 53 67 50 2nd round 1st round
  • CL: Campeonato da Liga (winners weren't considered Portuguese champions)
  • 1D: Portuguese Liga and predecessors (1st level)
  • 2H: Liga de Honra (2nd level)
  • 2DN: Portuguese Second Division, Northern Zone (pre–1991: 2nd level; post–1991: 3rd level)
  • CWC: Cup Winners' Cup
  • FC: Fairs Cup
  • UC: UEFA Cup

Other sports[edit]

In addition to football, Leixões also competes in boxing, karate, volleyball, swimming and billiards.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

External links[edit]