Sporting Clube da Praia

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Sporting Clube da Praia
Full name Sporting Clube da Praia
Nickname(s) Leões (Lions)
Verde-e-Amarelos (Green'n'Yellow)
Lion di Kapital
(Lion of the Capital,
Portuguese: Leão de Capital)
Founded 2 December 1929
Ground Estádio da Várzea,
Praia, Cape Verde
Ground Capacity 8,000
Chairman Cape Verde Paulo Veiga
Manager Cape Verde Janito Carvalho
League Santiago Island League (South)
2014–15 2nd
Website Club home page

Sporting Praia (Capeverdean Crioulo, ALUPEC or ALUPEK as well as Badiu: Sporting Klubi di Praia) is a football club that had played in the Premier division and the Santiago Island South Zone League in Cape Verde.[1] It is based in the capital city of Praia in the island of Santiago. Along with Académica and CD Travadores, it is one of three teams that share the same ground, the Estádio da Várzea, which has a capacity of 8,000. Sporting has won six championships since independence and a few before independence. The first title was won in the summer of 1962 before independence. Recently they won the match during the 2006 finals.


Its logo has a shield and is colored green and features a lion with a football on the left, the abbreviated name is bubbled on the top and the unabbreviated form is at the bottom. The logo is identical to Sporting Clube de Portugal's old logo. Sporting Clube de Portugal are the fathering club of Sporting Clube da Praia.


Its uniform features a striped green-white shirt with green sleeves and green socks. The uniform is identical to its fathering club, Sporting Clube de Portugal.

Its home uniform is yellow with green stripes on the shirt top edges and a green short and socks.

Its former uniform was a green (coloured like tourmaline)-white T-shirt with green socks striped at the top and a black shorts for home games and a pastel green short, green shirt and green socks which were colored black for away games. Its later uniform would be a yellow shirt with green sleeve and collar edges, green shorts and socks for home games, a white T-shirt with black shorts and green socks for away games and a half white half black T-shirt with white shorts and green socks for alternate uniform when another team has a uniform colored white.

Home uniform in 2009 and 2010
Away uniform in 2009 and 2010
Home uniform up to 2014
Away uniform up to 2014
Third colours up to 2014



Estádio da Várzea is a multi-use stadium in Praia, Cape Verde. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium holds 8,000. Its address is Caixa Postal 234. The stadium has seat rows in the left and right sides and a small hill and a plateau lies to the west. The stadium is home to the three best football clubs in Cape Verde, Sporting, CD Travadores and Boavista FC, all in the Santiago South Championships.

The club also practices at Complexo Deportivo Adega, located in the east of the city, it was completed in 2012.


The fans are known as Torcida Verde Santiago. A Torcida Verde is a cheerleader supporter of Sporting Clube da Praia. The name is identical to its fathering club, Sporting Clube de Portugal. Their mottos are: O Nosso Amor, Não Conhece Distâncias (Our Love, Do Not Know Distances). Their biggest rivals are fans of CS Mindelense called Laranja Exército and Académica (Mindelo) fans called Mancha Negra. Torcida Verde Santiago mascot is a lion.


The club was founded on 2 December 1929. The name is identical to the Sporting Clube de Portugal and is the 20th affiliate.[2][3][4]

The team would win three titles in a row between 2012 and 2014 totalling eight. The first super cup victory was in 2013 and the cup victory in 2014.

The 2005 national season saw being one of the highest total numbers of goals in history scored with 24 and 11 for the playoffs for a total of 35. The score 13 (who defeated Desportivo Estância Baixo) in a single match was one of the highest in national league history and is the highest in the club.[5]

In the national competition[edit]

Sporting Praia's first appearance in the then colonial competition was in 1953 where they lost to Académica. Sporting Clube de Praia won their first championship in 1961 after defeating GD Amarantes, their second was in 1969 after defeating CS Mindelense and their third in 1974 where they defeated Castilho from Mindelo 2–1 and claimed the final colonial title.

Sporting Praia succeeded up to the finals in 1977 and their first after Cape Verde became independent, Sporting scored two goals in one of the two final matches, the club lost the penalty shootouts 4–3. Sporting would win their first title after independence in 1985 after defeating Morabeza from the small island of Brava 2–0, Sporting headed to their final competition appearance in 1988 which was unsuccessful, they lost to CS Mindelense 2–0 and 0–1 in the 1988 finals their second national title was won in 1991 after defeating Desportivo Ribeira Brava from up north 1–0 in the second leg, the only scored match which gave Sporting the first Cape Verdean club to enter the African Championship competition a year later, Sporting faced Mindelense yet again in the 1997 edition and two matches ended in tites, one scoreless and one with a goal apiece, Sporting scored penalty shootouts to win their third title.

Their appearance in the 2002 season was not a playoff one, it was decided on a total of points and goals and Sporting claimed it in 2002 with 19 points, 6 wins and 22 goals scored ahead of Batuque FC by four goals and without a point or a win ahead. The point total of 19 is the highest in national championship history, as the first phase would have a maximum of four or five games the following year, no other club surpassed the point total in the present day.

After the playoff system was restored, in the 2004–05 season, Sporting versus FC Derby was tied in the first leg, the team lost 4–3 to Derby along with the national title. In the 2006 season, the club beat the team known as Académico do Aeroporto from Espargos on Sal Island, during the semi-finals they won the most points, six before entering the finals and lost in the first leg and won in the second leg and claimed the title for the 2005–06 season, a year later, the team claimed their second title in a row in the 2006–07 season and also were the championships of the island's south zone. In the 2008 season, there were protests by fans over Académica's loss on 23 June over a referee that received a penalty to one of Sporting's players. This cause a delay in the playoffs and was finally resolved on 8 July, matches resumed two days later on 10 July. The results for the first leg was 1–0 and won 3–0 against Derby in the second, yet again received their third title in 2008 season, again Sporting competed in their recent African competition in 2009. Sporting competed in the 2009 edition where they faced CS Mindelense, the first leg was scoreless, Sporting won the second leg 3–0, the first goal was a penalty scored by Dário and advanced to the finals, Sporting faced Académica da Praia in their first ever rivalry of Southern Santiago and the city inside the national competition, all Sporting's three goals were scored by Nuna in the first (2–0) and second (1–1) legs and became the only club to win four consecutive titles. Sporting did not compete in African competition in 2010, not even in 2013 likely due to financial problems. The 2010 and 2011 season were unsuccessful for Sporting, they've lost the title to they city's other rival FC Boavista and CS Mindelense of Mindelo by a total of a single goal. Their recent national title win was in 2012 where they defeated SC Atlético 1–1 in the first match up north in the island of São Nicolau, no goals scored in the second match.

The club's recent appearance in the national level was in the 2014 season, their highest appearance was up to the semis, after finishing 1st in Group A with 13 points, they challenged with Académica from the island of Fogo in their next playoff appearance, the first match was scoreless and lost to Académica 2–3 in the second match. Ró was the only scorer in the semis scored twice in the second match.

Upper appearances[edit]

Their first appearance in the African competition was in 1992 with the cup competition in the first round and defeated Port Autonome from Dakar, Senegal, they failed to appear in the second round when they would lose to Tunisia's Club Africain, this would be their only appearance. Their first appearance in the CAF Champions League was in 2000 and challenged AS Tempête Mocaf from the Central African Republic in the preliminary round and lost. Their second appearance was against Fello Star from Guinea in 2007 and scored 1–0, they withdrew from the second match due to the civil war and strife in Guinea and Fello Star was awarded 3–0, Sporting Praia did not advance. The following year challenged two clubs, Morocco's FAR Rabat and Inter Luanda in the first round and in 2009 again played against FAR Rabat and lost the first match 6–0 and did not advance after scoring only a single point after the second match and that was their recent appearance. Sporting made the most appearance of a Cape Verdean football club in the continental championship competition totalling five. The next appearance of a Cape Verdean club of any sport into the African competition would be Bairro Craveiro Lopes in basketball in the 2015 season Their only CAF Cup Winners' Cup appearance was in 2001 in the preliminaries with Gazelle FC from Chad and score 5–2, no second match was played as one of the clubs withdrew.



  • Championship of Cape Verde: 12
    • (Before independence) 3: 1961, 1969, 1974.
    • (Since independence) 9: 1985, 1991, 1997, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012.


1961, 1969, 1974, 1977, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1997, 1998, 2002.
2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Torneio Inicio da Praia (Opening Tournament): 3
2001, 2003, 2005.

League and cup history[edit]

Performance in African competitions[edit]

1992: First Round
Senegal Port Autonome (Dakar) – Sporting Clube da Praia 0–0, 0–0 (Penalties: 1–3)
Sporting Clube da Praia – Tunisia Club Africain 0–0, 1–3
2000 – Preliminary Round
Sporting Clube da Praia – Central African Republic AS Tempête Mocaf 2–3, 0–1
2007 – Preliminary Round
Guinea Fello Star – Sporting Clube da Praia 1–0, – (withdrew)
2008 – First Round
Morocco FAR Rabat – Sporting Clube da Praia 3–0, 0:3 (Penalties: 4:5)
Sporting Clube da Praia – Angola Inter Luanda 2–1, 0–1
2009 – Preliminary Round
Morocco FAR Rabat – Sporting Clube da Praia 6–0, 0–1
2001: Preliminary Round (withdrew)
Chad Gazelle FC – Sporting Clube da Praia 5–2, – (withdrew)

Colonial era[edit]

Year Finals Club Result
1961 Won GD Amarantes Champion
1969 Won CS Mindelense Champion
1974 2–1 Castilho Champion

National championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Notes Playoffs
2002 1 1 8 6 1 1 22 4 +18 19
2005 1A 1 5 4 1 0 24 2 +22 12 Promoted into playoffs Finalist
2006 1B 2 5 4 0 1 8 4 +4 12 Promoted into playoffs Champion
2007 1A 1 5 3 1 1 11 1 +10 10 Promoted into playoffs Champion
2008 1A 1 5 4 0 1 15 3 +12 12 Promoted into playoffs Champion
2009 1B 1 5 4 1 0 11 1 +7 12 Promoted into playoffs Champion
2010 1B 2 5 3 2 0 16 6 +10 11 Promoted into playoffs Finalist
2011 1A 2 5 4 0 1 7 2 +5 12 Promoted into playoffs Finalist
2012 1A 1 5 3 2 0 15 3 +12 11 Promoted into playoffs Champion
2013 1B 3 5 2 3 0 6 3 +3 9 Did not advance Did not participate
2014 1A 1 5 4 1 0 7 1 +6 13 Promoted into playoffs Semifinalist

Island/Regional Championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Cup Notes
2005–06 2 1 - - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2007–08 2 1 - - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2009–10 2 1 - - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2011–12 2 1 18 - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2012–13 2 1 18 - - - - - - - Promoted into the National Championships
2013–14 2 1 18 14 2 2 36 9 +27 44 Winner Promoted into the National Championships
2014–15 2 2 18 9 7 2 26 14 +12 34


  • Best advance in the African competition: First Round (CAF Champions League)
  • Highest number of goals scored in a season: 24 (regular season), 11 (playoffs), total: 35 (2005)
  • Highest number of points: 19 (national)

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 November 2015[6][7]

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

No. Position Player
1 Cape Verde DF Madjer
2 Cape Verde DF Beto (Walter Jorge Monteiro)
4 Cape Verde DF Victor Alberto Silva Dias
5 Cape Verde DF Fred (Steven Frederico Fernandes)
6 Cape Verde MF Vava (Manuel Sebastião Ribeiro)
7 Cape Verde FW Rody/Rodi (Roditley José Duarte)
8 Cape Verde FW Yanick (Romero Jenny B. Baros)
9 Cape Verde FW Ró (Oscar Romário Vas)
10 Cape Verde DF Dá (Odair Moisés Vieira)
12 Cape Verde GK Miká (Mikael M. Fernandes)
13 Cape Verde GK Panduru (Nica Panduru Lopes)
14 Cape Verde Bada (Maldin dos Santos Almeida)
15 Cape Verde MF Lé (Lenin Junior Gonçalves)
No. Position Player
16 Cape Verde GK Kelvi Lévi Lopes
17 Cape Verde MF Kadú (Kadú Djone Resende)
18 Cape Verde DF João Paulo Ferreira
19 Cape Verde MF Tigana (João Tigana Robalo)
20 Cape Verde Génisis Cardoso Moteiro
21 Cape Verde FW Euclides R. Mendoça
22 Cape Verde MF Dani Saveljic
23 Ivory Coast FW Gaussou Bakayoko
24 Cape Verde FW António Correia
25 Cape Verde FW Alberto Cardoso
26 Cape Verde MF Admar Bruno G. Almeida
27 Cape Verde FW Sissoko

Former players[edit]

Chairmen history[edit]

Name Nationality From To
Jorge Carlos Vasconcelos 1993
Dinis Fonseca 1995 2003
Rui Évora 2003 2013
Paulo Veiga  Cape Verde 2013

Managerial history[edit]

Name Nationality From To
Felisberto Cardoso-Beto  Cape Verde 2008 2012
Alex Teixeira  Cape Verde 2012 2012
Janito Carvalho  Cape Verde 2012 2013/14
Beto  Cape Verde 2013/14 October 2015
Janito Carvalho  Cape Verde October 2015

Assistant managers[edit]

  • Cape Verde Pisco (in 2008/09)
  • Cape Verde Zé Piguita (up to 2013/14)
  • Cape Verde Dino (current)

Goalkeeping coaches[edit]

  • Cape Verde João Moreira (in 2009)
  • Cape Verde Tchabana (up to 2013/14)
  • Cape Verde Berra (current)


As of 23 October 2015

Name Role
Cape Verde Paulo Veiga Chairman
Cape Verde Janito Carvalho Manager and head coach
Cape Verde Dino Assistant manager
Cape Verde Berra Goalkeeping Coach
Cape Verde Nelson/ Manú (as of 2013/14) Team chef

See also[edit]


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