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Rio Ave
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Full name Rio Ave Futebol Clube
Nickname(s) Rio Grande (Big River)
Founded 1939; 78 years ago (1939)
Ground Estádio do Rio Ave
Ground Capacity 12,815
Chairman António Campos
Manager Luís Castro
League Primeira Liga
2015–16 6th
Website Club home page

Rio Ave Futebol Clube, commonly known as Rio Ave [ˈʁi.u ˈa.vɨ], 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.

The Vilacondenses' best top-tier league finish was fifth in the 1981–82 season.[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[4]
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 3Q Czech Republic Slavia Prague 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
Notes
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round
  • GS: Group stage

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 29 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 Brazil GK Cássio
2 Portugal DF Nadjack
3 Portugal DF Aníbal Capela
4 Portugal DF Monte
6 Portugal MF Pedro Moreira
7 Portugal FW Hélder Guedes
8 Portugal MF Tarantini Captain
9 Portugal FW Gonçalo Paciência (on loan from Porto)
10 Croatia MF Filip Krovinović
11 Portugal FW Jaime
12 Brazil DF Lionn
13 Brazil DF Bruno Teles
14 Portugal DF André Vilas Boas
16 Portugal DF Tiago André
17 Uganda FW Luwagga Kizito
18 Portugal MF Víto
No. Position Player
19 Brazil FW Ronan
20 Portugal MF João Novais
21 Brazil MF Leandrinho
22 Serbia MF Radosav Petrović (on loan from Sporting CP)
23 Mali MF Adama Traoré (on loan from Monaco)
24 Cape Verde FW Héldon (on loan from Sporting CP)
25 Portugal DF Roderick
26 Portugal DF Pedrinho
31 Portugal FW Gil Dias (on loan from Monaco)
46 Brazil DF Marcelo
55 Portugal DF Rafa Soares (on loan from Porto)
70 Portugal MF Ruben Ribeiro
71 Portugal GK Rui Vieira
88 Portugal FW Yazalde
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
22 Nigeria MF Sunday Abalo (at Portugal Leixões)
No. Position Player
33 Portugal DF Silvério Silva (at Portugal Leixões)

Reserves[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Portugal GK João Mesquita
Portugal GK Carlos Ribeiro
Portugal GK Carlos Alves
Portugal DF João Pedro
Portugal DF Jorge Pereira
Portugal DF Nuno Namora
Portugal DF Rúben Pinto
Portugal DF André Ribeiro
Portugal DF Gonçalo Ravazzini
Portugal DF João Sarmento
France DF Mamadou Lassana
Portugal DF Rúben Pereira
Portugal DF Tiago Dias
Portugal DF João Costa
Portugal MF António Pinto
Portugal MF Ricardo António
Portugal MF Nuno Silva
Portugal MF Martim Maia
Portugal MF Gonçalo Torres
No. Position Player
Portugal MF Rúben Gonçalves
Portugal MF Pedro Graça
Portugal MF Diogo Leitão
Portugal MF Diogo Teixeira
Portugal MF Mário Silva
Portugal FW Tiago São Bento
Portugal FW Cláudio Braga
Guinea-Bissau FW Rogério Pinto
Portugal FW Diogo Rodrigues
Portugal FW Pedro Pauleta
Portugal FW Manuel Namora
Portugal FW Vicente Caldeira
Portugal FW Hugo Almeida
Portugal FW Diogo Almeida
Portugal FW Ricardo Schutte
Portugal FW Rafael Braga
Portugal FW Leonardo Ferreirinha
Portugal FW Miguel Gomes

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

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