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 Carlos Daniel Caetano
Manager Cape Verde Janito Carvalho (former)
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 current president is Carlos Daniel Caetano and manager is Janito Carvalho.


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 Desportivo 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 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 regional competition[edit]

Sporting has a total of seven titles for the South Zone, their first was in 2005. 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. Sporting also has three opening tournament titles won in 2001, 2003 and in 2005.

Janito became coach in 2012, later Beto took the position for about two years up to 2015. Paulo Veiga was manager between 2013 and 2016.

In the 2014-15 season, in the regional super cup in late November, Sporting Praia was to face Tchadense, a second place cup winner as Sporting won both the championship and a cup title, the match was postponed and then cancelled. Later in the regional championships on February 22 in a match with CD Travadores, Sporting fielded an ineligible player, he scored a goal. Fans didn't like it and Travadores was awarded three goals and Sporting lost the match, the club lost three points by the secretary, the recent in the regional competition.[6]

Janito Carvalho was again coach of the club for the season. Sporting's newly extended 2015/16 season results started at the lowest position in the first two weeks then climbed to second and did not got the number one spot until late in week 17, then third in week 20, then second and lastly returned to third and finished in that position with 46 points, 13 wins and 7 draws. Sporting had the championship's highest number goals scored with 49, less than half more than the previous season and was also the club's highest. Sporting's final match of the station numbering 7 was the championship's highest shared with Boavista and Desportivo. In the following season, Veiga's three year presidential career went to an end. Carvalho moved to Académica da Praia in late 2016.

Carlos Daniel Caetano became president of the club in October or November 2016.

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. Sporting Praia became the only club to have the most consecutive appearances in the national champions numbering ten between 2005 and 2014.

Also Sporting Praia competed in the first Cape Verdean Super Cup who was qualified as a champion in 2013 and faced the 2012 cup winner Onze Unidos, Sporting defeated that club in Vàrzea and claimed their only super cup title.

Continental 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 under the former name. Sporting Praia was the first Cape Verdean club to compete in the continental championships. Their second appearance, the first 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. Their qualification into the 2000 continental championship and later the cup did not finished the criteria as there was no common two tier national divisions whereas the club remains in the following season and the last place club relegates while the first place of a second tier qualifies, the reason was unknown or that Sporting Praia was second or third in the regional championships, the 1999 winner GD Amarantes was not a professional club and later in 2000, the second place Académica Operária is not a professional club and had no financial capability to compete.

So far, Sporting scored a total of 16 goals, the most of any Cape Verde Team at the continental level, in the championships, Sporting scored a total of eleven goals which was the most of any Cape Verdean club, Sporting scored five in the CAF Cup Winners; Cup. Also Sporting played a total of 14 matches, 13 at the championships and one at the CAF Cup Winner's Cup.

Other competitions[edit]

Sporting Praia participated in the third edition of the Boavista Praia's Champion's Cup in the final days of October 2016, a friendly competition, Sporting Praia lost the final match on October 30.



  • Championship of Cape Verde: 12
    • (Before independence) 3: 1961, 1969, 1974.
    • (Since independence) 9: 1985, 1991, 1997, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012.
  • Cape Verdean Super Cup: 1


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]

Sporting Praia's results in CAF competition
Season Competition Qualification method Round Opposition Home Away Aggregate
1992 African Cup of Champions Clubs Cape Verdean champions Preliminary Round Senegal Port Autonome (Dakar) 0–0 0–0 0–0 (3–1 p.)
First Round Tunisia Club Africain 0–0 3–1 1–3
2000 CAF Champions League Probably second or third place
in the Santiago South Zone championships
Preliminary Round Central African Republic AS Tempête Mocaf 2–3 0–1 3–3 (a)
2001 CAF Cup Winners' Cup Probably second or third place
in the Santiago South Zone championships
Preliminary Round Chad Gazelle FC 2–5 Withdrew[a] 5–2 (w)
2007 CAF Champions League Cape Verdean champions Preliminary Round Guinea Fello Star 0–1 Withdrew[b] 1–0 (w)
2008 CAF Champions League Cape Verdean champions Preliminary Round Morocco FAR Rabat 0–3 3–0 3–3 (5-4 p)
First Round Angola Inter Luanda 2–1 0–1 2–2 (a)
2009 CAF Champions League Cape Verdean champions Second Round Morocco FAR Rabat 0–6 1–0 1–6

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
2015–16 2 3 22 13 7 2 49 17 +32 46


  • Best advance in the African competition: First Round (CAF Champions League)
  • Best position at cup competitions: 1st (regional)
  • Best position at an opening tournament: 1st
  • Appearances at a super cup competition: 2 (national)
  • Total number of goals scored at the continental level: 16
    • CAF Champions League: 11
    • CAF Cup Winner's Cup: 5
  • Total matches played at the continental level: 14
    • CAF Champions League: 13
    • CAF Cup WInner's Cup: Once
  • Highest number of goals scored in a season: 24 (regular season), 11 (playoffs), total: 35 (2005)
  • Highest number of points: 19 (national), in 2002 (National record, shared with Batuque)
  • Highest scoring match in the National Championships: Sporting Praia 13-0 Estância Baixo, June 11, 2005
  • Highest number of goals conceded in a season: 14 (national), 2016

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 November 2015[7][8]

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 FW Carlos Manuel Lima[c]
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 October 2016
Carlos Daniel Caetano  Cape Verde since October 2016

Managerial history[edit]

Name Nationality From To
Beto (Felisberto Cardoso)  Cape Verde 2008 2012
Alex Teixeira  Cape Verde 2012 2012
Janito Carvalho  Cape Verde 2012 2014
Beto (Felisberto Cardoso)  Cape Verde September 2014 October 2015
Janito Carvalho  Cape Verde October 2015 2016

Assistant managers[edit]

Name Nationality From To
Pisco  Cape Verde in 2008/09
Zé Piguita  Cape Verde up to 2013/14
Dino  Cape Verde since 2014

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]


  1. ^ Sporting Praia withdrew
  2. ^ Sporting Praia withdrew due to the Guinean Civil War
  3. ^ Not the same as Carlos Lima who is known as Calú


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