Rio Ave F.C.

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Rio Ave
Rio Ave FC.png
Full name Rio Ave Futebol Clube
Nickname(s) Vilacondenses, "Rioavistas
Founded 1939; 79 years ago (1939)
Ground Estádio do Rio Ave
Capacity 12,815
Chairman António Silva Campos
Manager José Gomes
League Primeira Liga
2017–18 Primeira Liga, 5th
Website Club website

Rio Ave Futebol Clube, commonly known as Rio Ave [ˈʁi.u ˈavɨ], is a Portuguese football club based in Vila do Conde, northern Portugal. The club is named after the Ave River, which flows through the town and into the Atlantic Ocean.

Founded in 1939, Rio Ave currently play in the Primeira Liga, Portugal's top-tier division of professional football. They play their home games at Estádio do Rio Ave, also known as Estádio dos Arcos. Built in 1985, the current stadium seats approximately 12,815 people and is a multi-sports venue, although it is used mainly for Rio Ave's football matches.

The club's home colours are green and white striped shirts with white shorts and socks, whilst their away kit consists of a red and white striped shirt and white shorts with yellow socks. Portuguese internationals Alfredo, Paulinho Santos, Quim, Rui Jorge and Fábio Coentrão started their careers at the club. Jan Oblak and Ederson Moraes are some famous talents that were part of this side.

The Vilacondenses' best top-tier league finish was fifth in the 1981–82 and 2017–18 seasons.[1] They reached the 1984 Taça de Portugal Final, where they lost to Porto 4–1,[2] and the 2014 Taça de Portugal Final, where they lost to Benfica 1–0.[3] With this result, Rio Ave qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League, their first participation in a major European competition.

History[edit]

Rio Ave was founded in 1939, soon being nicknamed Rio Grande (Big River). In 1981–82, Rio Ave achieved its best ever league standing by finishing in fifth place, in what was then known as the Primeira Divisão (First Division). Two seasons later, it reached the Portuguese Cup final, losing to Porto 4–1. Most recently, Rio Ave managed to see of Braga to gain a spot in the 2014 Taça de Portugal Final, where they faced Benfica and lost 1–0. Having just missed out on European Qualification in their record 1981–82 league finish, Rio Ave acquired a guaranteed spot in the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League, the first time Rio Ave have ever competed in a major European football tournament.

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 3Q Sweden IFK Göteborg 0–0 1–0 1–0
PO Sweden IF Elfsborg 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)
Group J Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 0–3 0–2 4th place
Romania Steaua București 2–2 1–2
Denmark Aalborg BK 2–0 0–1
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 3Q Czech Republic Slavia Prague 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 2Q Poland Jagiellonia Białystok 4–4 0–1 4–5
Notes
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round
  • GS: Group stage

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 31 August 2018

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

No. Position Player
1 Georgia (country) GK Giorgi Makaridze
2 Brazil DF Matheus Reis
3 Portugal DF Miguel Rodrigues
4 Portugal DF Nélson Monte
5 Angola DF Jonathan Buatu
6 Croatia DF Toni Borevković
7 Brazil FW Murilo
8 Portugal MF Tarantini (captain)
9 Portugal FW Bruno Moreira
10 Brazil MF Diego Lopes
11 Portugal FW Nuno Santos
12 Brazil DF Júnio Rocha
14 Portugal DF Silvério Silva
15 Brazil MF João Schmidt (on loan from Atalanta)
17 Portugal DF Fábio Coentrão
18 Portugal MF Víto
No. Position Player
19 Brazil FW Ronan Jerônimo
20 Brazil GK Leo (on loan from Grêmio)
21 Brazil MF Leandrinho
22 Guinea-Bissau DF Nadjack
23 Croatia MF Nikola Jambor
25 Portugal DF Afonso Figueiredo
26 Brazil FW Gabrielzinho
30 Portugal MF Joca
31 Portugal FW Rafa
55 Portugal DF Tiago André
57 Angola FW Gelson (on loan from Sporting)
77 Portugal FW Ricardo Schutte
90 Brazil FW Galeno (on loan from Porto)
91 France FW Damien Furtado
95 Brazil FW Carlos Vinícius (on loan from Napoli)
98 Portugal GK Carlos Alves

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
11 Portugal FW Jaime (at Merelinense until 30 June 2018)
 

Honours[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

League and cup history[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup League Cup Notes
1978–79 2DS 2 30 20 5 5 51 26 45 Round 4 Promoted
1979–80 1D 16 30 5 3 22 22 61 13 Round 4 Relegated
1980–81 2DS 1 30 16 10 4 43 17 42 Round 3 Promoted
1981–82 1D 5 30 13 8 9 26 31 34 Round 5
[A]
1982–83 1D 8 30 13 3 14 43 45 29 Round 3
1983–84 1D 9 30 11 7 12 35 35 29 Runner-up
[B]
1984–85 1D 13 30 7 9 14 27 43 23 Quarter-final Relegated
1985–86 2DN 1 30 19 11 0 52 19 49 Round 4 Promoted
1986–87 1D 13 30 8 9 13 33 40 25 Round 5
1987–88 1D 18 38 7 14 17 29 67 28 Round 6 Relegated
1988–89 2DS 4 34 16 9 9 51 30 41 Round 3
1989–90 2DS 10 34 10 11 13 44 47 31 Round 3
1990–91 2DS 4 38 23 10 5 79 21 56 Round 6 Promoted
1991–92 2H 4 34 16 7 11 47 30 39 Round 5
1992–93 2H 5 34 14 10 10 39 36 38 Round 5
1993–94 2H 4 34 18 8 8 43 23 44 Quarter-final
1994–95 2H 11 34 12 8 14 47 46 32 Round 6
1995–96 2H 1 34 21 5 8 58 42 68 Round 5 Promoted
1996–97 1D 15 34 8 11 15 35 42 35 Round 4
1997–98 1D 9 34 12 10 12 43 43 46 Round 5
1998–99 1D 14 34 8 11 15 26 47 35 Round 4
1999–00 1D 17 34 8 9 17 34 54 33 Semi-final Relegated
2000–01 2H 5 34 17 9 8 68 35 60 Round 6
2001–02 2H 8 34 12 10 12 45 36 46 Round 3
2002–03 2H 1 34 19 6 9 49 36 63 Round 5 Promoted
2003–04 1D 7 34 12 12 10 42 37 48 Quarter-final
2004–05 1D 8 34 10 17 7 35 35 47 Round 6
2005–06 1D 16 34 8 10 16 34 53 34 Round 5 Relegated
2006–07 2H 3 30 15 8 7 44 37 53 Round 4
2007–08 2H 2 30 13 12 5 38 26 51 Round 6 Round 1 Promoted
2008–09 1D 12 30 8 6 16 20 35 30 Round 3 Second Group Stage
2009–10 1D 12 30 6 13 11 22 33 31 Semi-final Second Group Stage
2010–11 1D 8 30 10 8 12 35 33 38 Quarter-final Round 1
2011–12 1D 14 30 7 7 16 33 42 28 Round 4 Second Group Stage
2012–13 1D 6 30 12 6 12 35 42 42 Round 4 Semi-final
2013–14 1D 11 30 8 8 14 21 35 32 Runner-up Runner-up Qualified Europa League [B] [C]
2014–15 1D 10 34 10 13 11 38 42 43 Semi-final Second Group Stage
2015–16 1D 6 34 14 8 12 44 44 50 Semi-final Second Group Stage Qualified Europa League
2016–17 1D 7 34 14 7 13 41 39 49 Round 3 Group Stage
2017–18 1D 5 34 15 6 13 40 42 51 Quarter-final 2Q

^A Best league classification finish in the club's history.
^B Best cup run in the club's history.
^C Best league cup run in the club's history.

Last updated: 20 December 2013
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rio Ave finish in record 5th place".
  2. ^ "FC Porto 4–1 Rio Ave". ZeroZero. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Rio Ave beat Braga to reach final".

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