S.C. Beira-Mar

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Beira-Mar
Sport Clube Beira-Mar.png
Full name Sport Clube Beira-Mar
Nickname(s) Auri-negros (Gold-and-Blacks)
Founded 1922
Ground Estádio Mário Duarte
Ground Capacity 12,000
Manager José Alexandre
League Aveiro FA First Division
2015–16 Aveiro FA Second Division, 1st (promoted)

Sport Clube Beira-Mar (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈspɔɾ ˈklub(ɨ) ˈbɐjɾɐ ˈmaɾ]) is a Portuguese sports club based in Aveiro, Portugal. Its football team currently plays in the Aveiro FA First Division, holding home games at Estádio Mário Duarte.

Eusébio and António Sousa were two of the club's most famous players; both played for the biggest clubs in the country, the former with Benfica and the latter with both Porto and Sporting, and had long spells with the Portugal national team; Sousa also later managed the team. Beira-Mar also possesses futsal, basketball, boxing, judo, handball, billiards, athletics and paintball departments.

History[edit]

Eusébio, one of the world's greatest footballers, played for Beira-Mar in the 1976–77 season.

Beira-Mar was founded on 1 January 1922, and first reached the first division 39 years later, only lasting one single season. Until 1980 it would make a few further appearances in the top flight, the longest spell being from 1971 to 1974; in the 1976–77 campaign, former S.L. Benfica and Portugal legend Eusébio played briefly for the side, often being injured as the campaign ended in relegation.

Returned again to the top flight in 1988, Beira-Mar spent most of the following years in that division. In 1999, eight years after being runners-up in the competition, the club once again reached the final of the Portugal Cup, against S.C. Campomaiorense – Sporting Clube de Portugal, Benfica and F.C. Porto and all been ousted before the round-of-16. The team won the match 1–0 thanks to a goal from Ricardo Sousa, son of coach António Sousa who played for the club during the 70's; the team would also be relegated at the season's end.

As the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was discontinued in 1999, Beira-Mar participated in the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup, losing 1–2 on aggregate to Dutch team Vitesse. In the domestic league the club finished in second position in the second division and immediately returned to the top flight. On 23 February 2002 Beira-Mar achieved a 3–2 away win against Porto, which was managed by a young José Mourinho: it would be the last home defeat for the manager for the following decade.[1]

The return of Mário Jardel to Portugal to play for Beira-Mar was one of the biggest news in Portugal football in the summer of 2006, as the 33-year-old and former European Golden Shoe winner signed a one-year contract. The Brazilian scored in his official debut, a 2–2 home draw against Desportivo das Aves, but gradually lost his importance in the team, leaving in the following transfer window to a team in Cyprus; Beira-Mar would eventually be relegated, in a campaign which also included the sacking of manager Carlos Carvalhal and his replacement with Spaniard Francisco Soler, after the team signed a cooperation deal with Inverfutbol, a Spanish-based sporting company.[2]

Beira-Mar returned to the first division in 2010 after a three-year absence, having finished the season as champions. In 2013 they were relegated to the second division for finishing 16th and bottom, and were demoted in 2015 to the second and bottom league of the Aveiro district (fifth level overall) despite finishing 10th due to financial debts.[3]

Current squad[edit]

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 Nuno Lopes
2 Portugal DF Bruno Quintino
4 Portugal DF Bruno Lopes
5 Portugal DF Hernâni Tomás
6 Portugal MF Miguel Mortágua
7 Portugal MF João Paulo
8 Portugal FW Manuel Lopes
9 Portugal FW Sérgio Pirata
10 Portugal MF Jorge Silva
11 Portugal DF Diogo Aidos
12 Portugal GK Samuel Biscaia
16 Portugal MF Ricardo Castro
17 Portugal MF Alex Silva
No. Position Player
18 Portugal DF Pedro Moreira
20 Portugal MF João Dias
21 Portugal DF Diogo Catraio
22 Portugal MF Tiago Ramalho
23 Portugal FW Magno Fonseca
24 Portugal GK Diogo Melo
25 Portugal MF Miguel Pangaio
26 Brazil FW Cílio Souza
27 Portugal FW Diogo Zamorano
28 Portugal DF Mané Vieira
29 Portugal FW Bruno Ribeiro
30 Portugal MF Alexis Martins


After playing in the UEFA Cup in 1999, Beira-Mar became the first second division team to appear in the competition, alongside Bray Wanderers from Ireland.

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Notes
1961–62 1D 11 26 8 5 13 43 61 21
1965–66 1D 11 26 6 6 14 31 65 18
1966–67 1D 14 26 5 4 17 23 58 14
1971–72 1D 13 30 7 9 14 29 51 23
1972–73 1D 12 30 5 13 12 27 57 23
1973–74 1D 13 30 7 7 16 34 59 21
1975–76 1D 13 30 6 9 15 28 47 21
1976–77 1D 13 30 7 9 14 33 57 23
1978–79 1D 12 30 11 2 17 44 56 24
1979–80 1D 15 30 5 10 15 24 46 20
1988–89 1D 15 38 10 13 15 29 36 33
1989–90 1D 11 34 10 9 15 22 39 29
1990–91 1D 6 38 12 12 14 40 49 36
1991–92 1D 8 34 11 10 13 32 41 32
1992–93 1D 8 34 10 12 12 24 33 32
1993–94 1D 14 34 9 11 14 28 38 29
1994–95 1D 17 34 8 5 21 33 54 21
1998–99 1D 16 34 6 15 13 36 53 33
1999–00 2H 2 34 18 11 5 54 30 65 UC 1st round Promoted
2000–01 1D 8 34 14 7 13 45 49 49
2001–02 1D 11 34 10 9 15 48 56 39
2002–03 1D 13 34 10 9 15 43 50 39
2003–04 1D 11 34 11 8 15 36 45 41
2004–05 1D 18 34 6 12 16 30 56 30 Relegated
2005–06 2H 1 34 18 14 2 45 18 68 Last 128 Promoted
2006–07 1D 18 30 4 11 15 28 55 23 4th round Relegated
2007–08 2H 6 30 10 12 8 30 32 42 6th round
2008–09 2H 12 30 8 11 11 32 32 35 4th round
2009–10 2H 1 30 16 6 8 44 30 54 4th round Promoted
2010–11 1D 13 30 7 12 11 32 36 33 4th round
2011–12 1D 12 30 8 5 17 26 38 29 3rd round
2012–13 1D 16 30 5 8 17 35 55 23 5th round Relegated
2013–14 2D 12 42 14 12 16 45 48 54 5th round
2014–15 2D 10 46 16 15 15 55 48 63 3rd round Demoted

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1999–2000 UEFA Cup 1R Netherlands Vitesse Arnhem 1–2 0–0 1–2

Honours[edit]

Stadium[edit]

Beira-Mar play home games at Estádio Mário Duarte, which has a 12000-seat capacity. This is the city center stadium that the team need to recover their support.

Notable players[edit]

Note: this list includes players that have played at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status.

See also Category:S.C. Beira-Mar players.

Former managers[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]