|Full name||Clube de Futebol União|
|Nickname(s)||União da Bola
(Union of the ball)
|Founded||1 November 1913|
|Ground||Centro Desportivo da Madeira,
Ribeira Brava, Madeira
|Chairman||Filipe Abreu Silva|
|2015–16||Primeira Liga, 17th (relegated)|
Clube de Futebol União, commonly known as União da Madeira, is a Portuguese football club from Funchal, Madeira The club was founded on 1 November 1913, thus being one of the oldest football clubs in Portugal. The club's home ground is the Estádio do Centro Desportivo da Madeira, located in Ribeira Brava, approximately 20 minutes drive from the capital Funchal.
The club won promotion back to the Primeira Liga after a 20-year absence in 2015 with a 3–0 away victory at Oriental Lisboa. The players upon arrival at Santa Cruz airport in Madeira were surrounded by fans and automatically gained hero status. Celebrations and a parade carried on upon arrival for the small Madeiran outfit. União da Madeira has played in the Primeira Liga on five occasions between the 1989–90 and 1991–92 seasons and the 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons. As a sports club, União da Madeira has sports departments for Basketball, Fencing, Football, Handball, Roller hockey, Rugby and Volleyball. União da Madeira are currently sponsored by Italian sportswear manufacturer Macron.
The club was founded on 1 November 1913 initially as União Futebol Clube by, among others, César da Silva, João Fernandes Rosa, Alexandre Vasconcelos, José Anastácio do Nascimento and José Fernandes. The founding members shortly after its establishment decided to change the club's name to Clube de Futebol União.
Shortly after Ângelo Olim Marote was appointed as the very first chairman of the club. A few years later the club was a founding member of the Madeira Football Association which it is still a part of today as well as competing in its annual AF Madeira Cup.
Whilst the União's history and headquarter's are based in the city of Funchal, the club currently play their home games at the Centro Desportivo da Madeira, 20 km away in the village of Ribeira Brava. The club have led a rather nomadic existence since leaving the Estádio dos Barreiros in 2008 when the stadium was purchased by joint tenants and local rivals Marítimo from the local municipality.
They played at the Campo do Adelino Rodrigues for a short period before winning promotion back to the Segunda Liga in 2011 rendered that stadium as inadequate. União returned to Barreiros for the 2011–12 season before relocating to the 3,300-capacity municipal stadium in Machico for the 2012–13 campaign and then again to their current base at Ribeira Brava in 2014. Whilst remaining at the modest 2,500-seat venue after winning promotion to the Primeira Liga in 2015, the club have an agreement with top division rivals Nacional to play its high-profile home games at their larger stadium, the Estádio da Madeira. The stadium previously hosted several cup matches.
As of 1 February 2017
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Portuguese Second Division: 3
- AF Madeira Championship: 16
- 1920–21, 1927–28, 1931–32, 1933–34, 1937–38, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1973–74, 1977–78, 1979–80
- AF Madeira Cup: 17
- 1945–46, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1992–93, 1994–95, 2002–03, 2004–05
League and cup history
|2011–12||2H||10||30||9||10||11||35||40||37||Round 2||Round 2|
|2012–13||2H||10||42||13||17||12||47||46||56||Round 3||Round 2|
|2013–14||2H||13||42||14||10||18||50||46||52||Round 2||Round 1|
|2014–15||2H||2||46||22||14||10||69||39||80||Round 2||Round 3||Promoted|
- A. ^A Reached the playoffs.
Last updated: 18 July 2012
Div. = Division; 2H = Liga de Honra; 2DS = 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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- Official website (Portuguese)
- Club Profile at ForaDeJogo (Portuguese)
- Club Profile at LPFP (Portuguese)
- Club Profile at NationalFootballTeams
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