Sport Sal Rei Club

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Sal-Rei FC
Full name Sal-Rei Futebol Clube
Sport Sal Rei Club
Nickname(s) Os Pretos & Brancos
Founded 28 August 1952
Ground Estadio Municipal Arsénio Ramos, Sal Rei, Cape Verde
Ground Capacity 3,000
Owner Cape Verde Lin Fontes
Chairman Cape Verde Ogino Almeida
Manager Cape Verde Marley Monteiro
League Boa Vista Island League
2016–17 1st, Champion

Sport Sal Rei Club (or as Sport Sal-Rei Clube) is a sports club that its football (soccer) team had played in the Premier division and plays in the Boa Vista Island South Zone Division in Cape Verde. It is based in Sal Rei in the island of Boa Vista. Its current president is Ogino Almeida and its manager is Marley Monteiro. The club was once owned by Lin Fortes.

Sport Sal Rei Club is one of the most successful football (soccer) club in Cape Verde and is Boa Vista's second most successful club, having won about 19 official titles, only one is national and the remaining 18 are regional titles.

Apart from football (soccer) there are also in the club an athletics department.


Its logo is equal to that of S.L. Benfica of Portugal, the middle reads S.S.R.C.


The club was founded on August 28, 1952 and was the second affiliate of Benfica founded in Cape Verde and the area including present day Guinea Bissau. Sal Rei became an official member on 3 July 1992.[1]

Sal-Rei has won their only national title in 2004. Their first insular title was claimed in 1993 in which let them entered the Interinsular Division for the first time, their second won in 1997 in which they won two in a row, their third was in 1998, since 2004, the team had won five titles in a row since 2004 and represented Boa Vista Island in their National or Interinsular Championships, their next one was in 2011 and their recent was in 2016, they have entered for their ninth time in history, they appeared in Group A but in 2016 appeared in Group B. Sport Sal Rei Club's positions had been steadily slumping at the national divisions at group stage between 2005 and 2011, they were semfinalist in 2005, third for the next two seasons, 4th in 2008 and 5th in 2011 and 2016, In 2011, first one was pointless as it was once their worst season without any wins and scored a goal, but were better in 2016 with four points though they scored more goals numbering eight, but the worst 11 goals were conceded that season.

The club won the island's first cup title in 2009 and gave entry into the Cape Verdean Cup their only appearance, one of two clubs from the island, the other was Juventude do Norte, Sal Rei won their second title in a row in 2010 and brought their second entry into the national cup competition, one of some clubs. Their third was in 2013 and as cup winner faced the champion winner Onze Estrelas and won their first Super Cup title in 2013, in 2015 as a second placed cup winner, the club faced Académica e Operária and won their recent super cup title for Boa Vista.

From late 2015 to December 2016, Ravi was manager who was also a former played who played for the club in the early 2000s. When he was coach, Sal Rei won their fifth regional cup title in 2016. Its current manager is Marley Monteiro, a former player. Sal Rei took the lead in the first two rounds, second place they would be behind Onze Estrelas up to the 7th round and as of the 12th round, first place with 29 points, five above Onze Estrelas. At the 13th round, a win over Sanjoanense but their second straight title for Boa Vista for the season and later participated in the 2017 championships in mid-May and in the revived three group system, the first with four clubs each, they now participate in Group C alongside the two Sporting affiliates (Brava and Praia) and São Vicente's FC Derby. Sal Rei's final regional result had the same 10 wins as last season and a point (32) and a goal (35) less. In the 2017, regional cup, Sal Rei headed to the cup finals for the third straight time and faced Académica Operaria and brought the only island derby to the cup final, Sal Rei became the island's only club to win three consecutive cup titles and now totals six.

At the 2017 national championships, no luck or hope for a playoff entry was offered to the club as they lost the first match to Sporting Brava, a team that was considered weaker to Sal Rei. Later, Sal Rei lost to Sporting Praia and Derby and currently Sal Rei has a four match losing streak at the nationals and the club will not participate in the knockout stage. Sal Rei finished last in the group without any wins and 11 goals were once more conceded which became their worst season for the club, it was another slump the club suffered, overall it was the worst in the nation.

Sal Rei competed in the 2017 regional super cup on October 24, the cub qualified as champion, as Sal Rei was also cup winners, they faced the runner up in the cup competition Académica Operária and lost their chance for another title after losing the match 1-0.

Sal Rei started their 2017-18 regional season with the association cup. Sal Rei would finish second behind Onze Estrelas and lost the title.

Playoff advances[edit]

When the team won their fourth insular title, the team made it up to the finals and challenged a team about 100 km south named Académica from the country's capital Praia and beat all two legs, 2–0 and 1–2 and claimed their first and only title in history. Overall the best scorer at the national championships was Ravs. Sal-Rei offered no advance into the 2005 CAF Champions League due to financial concerns.


The club's only two rivalries are Académica Operária forming the Derby of Boa Vista Island, the only two on the island[2] and with Sporting Boa Vista forming the Eternal Derby of Boa Vista (Derby Eterno da Boa Vista).


Estádio Arsénio Ramos, home of Sport Sal Rei Club

Estádio Municipal Arsénio Ramos is a multi-use stadium in Sal Rei, Cape Verde. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium holds 500. The stadium is home to the island's best football clubs including Académica Operária and Sporting Boa Vista. It is also the home of Sanjoanense. The club also practices at the stadium.


Home uniform from 2015 to May 2017

Its uniform for home games are everything crimson with a white rim on each sides of the bottom part and the away/alternate color, not the same as Benfica's are blue. From 2015 to May 2017, its home uniform were red except for its shorts which are white.


1993/94, 1997/98, 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2010/11, 2015/16, 2016/17
2009, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
2010, 2013, 2015
2000, 2016

League and cup history[edit]

National championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Notes Playoffs
2004 1A 2 5 3 2 0 14 3 +11 11 Promoted into playoffs Champion
2005 1A 2 5 3 1 1 9 6 +3 10 Promoted into playoffs Semifinalist
2006 1A 3 4 2 2 1 5 2 +3 7 Did not advance Did not participated
2007 1A 3 5 2 2 1 6 9 -3 8 Did not advance Did not participated
2008 1A 4 5 1 2 2 5 8 -3 5 Did not advance Did not participate
2011 1A 5 4 0 0 4 1 8 -7 0 Did not advance Did not participate
2016 1B 5 5 1 1 3 8 11 -3 4 Did not advanced Did not participated
2017 1C 4 6 0 0 6 1 11 -10 0 Did not advance Did not participate

Island/Regional Championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GA P Cup Tour Notes
2003–04 2 1 - - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2004–05 2 1 12 - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2005–06 2 1 12 - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2006–07 2 1 12 - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2007–08 2 1 12 - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2008–09 2 2 12 - - - - - - - Winner
2010–11 2 1 14 - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2013–14 2 2 14 10 1 3 25 15 +10 31
2014–15 2 4 14 4 6 4 18 15 +3 18 Winner
2015–16 2 1 14 10 3 1 36 10 +26 33 Winner Winner Promoted into the National Championships
2016–17 2 1 14 10 2 2 35 10 +26 32 Winner Promoted into the National Championships


Former players[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

Name Nationality From To
Djô Bracô  Cape Verde in 2004
Ravi  Cape Verde late-2015 December 2016
Marley Monteiro  Cape Verde since December 2016


  1. ^ List of dates of foundation of clubs in Cape Verde at
  2. ^ "Tribuna Vip - Sal-Rei cilindra Académica (4-0) no derby do Regional Futebol da Boa Vista" [VIP Tribune: Sal Rei Defeat Académica (e Operária) 4-0 in the Regional Football Derby of Boa Vista] (in Portuguese). TCV. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017. 

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