GD Varandinha

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Full name Grupo Desportivo Varandinha
Founded 23 September 1994
Ground Estádio de Mangue
Tarrafal on Santiago Island,
Cape Verde
Manager Cape Verde Badau
League Santiago Island League (North)
Cape Verdean Football Championships

Grupo Desportivo Varandinha (also in the Capeverdean Crioulos of ALUPEC or ALUPEK and São Vicente Crioulo) is a football (soccer) club that plays in the Santiago Island League North Zone in Cape Verde.[1] The team is based in the town of Tarrafal in the northern part of the island of Santiago in Cape Verde. Since the implementation of the two tier regional system in 2015, Varandinha is one of ten unrelegated clubs of the North Zone of Santiago. Its current head coach is Badau.

Along with Tarrafal's Beira-Mar and Santa Cruz's Scorpion Vermelho, it is considered being the most popular club of the North Zone.


Its logo colors features the front gate with peach-tanned citadel and wooden gates. Inside the logo has the club name in a red tag, on top of the gate are the first two acronyms G and D. The shield rim is orange, outside below has a blue tag reading the foundation date. Inside the shield, on top is a blue balcony railing with white poles inside, on top is the golden crown and on top is white with the city's main geographic feature Monte Graciosa as seen from the middle of the city.


Home uniform up to 2014

Its uniform colors is a red t-shirt with four orange edges on each side covering 2/3 of the shirt size and the rest of the clothing white for home matches. The color for away or alternate matches is orange clothing.

Up to 2014, its uniform colors were red and black for home games.


The club was founded on September 23, 1994.[2] Varandinha celebrated its 10th anniversary of its foundation in 2004.

Prior to 2006, the team was playing in the second level competition. It entered into the level and became the Northcentral (Centro Norte) group. today they were playing in the newly formed Group B. The team won their only regional title for the record breaking 2015-16 season, their points achieved was a regional record and had 61 points and 20 wins, even in goal scoring with 45, unbeatable in other islands as South Santo Antão's Académica do Porto Novo, Sporting Brava, Sporting Praia (in 2005, 2006 and 2016), and several clubs of Fogo, the highest being Spartak d'Aguadinha has its own goal scoring records higher than Varandinha's. Second point total of any of the island league is 61 points got by Scorpion Vermelho also in 2016. In the highest points of each season of any of the island leagues, it was once held by Sporting Praia of the Santiago South Zone until 2016 with 49 points made in 2005. Varandinha's 63 points remain unbeatable, Sporting's third total became 52 on April 9, that club lost one and finished with 55 points.

In May 2016, a championship declaration dispute arose between Scorpion Vermelho and Varandinha as in a match as on an April 3 match (19th round) featuring Desportivo Santa Cruz and Scorpion Vermelho that Desportivo fielded an ineligible player,[citation needed] it occurred after the goals were scored and the award to Scorpion Vermelho in mid-May was revoked just before the start of the national season and the 2-0 result was kept[citation needed] and Varandinha's participation was kept. As a result, the first round match featuring Desportivo Praia Varandinha and Derby was rescheduled from May 13 to June 1[3] and Varandinha won 1-3, it was also the last meeting with two clubs from two parts of the island.

For the first time, the club entered the national championships for the first time where the club advanced up to the semifinals, they played in Group A and was second after FC Derby, the club lost a total of six goals to Mindelense, Varandinha scored the most goals in Group A with nine and they were second overall to Mindelense with eleven.

Along with other clubs in the municipality, Varandinha appeared at the 2016 GAFT Cup in October, the first edition and featured only one meeting each with four matches, the club won their only title after finished with 10 points, the point total was shared with Estrela dos Amadores but Varandinha scored more goals than that club.

Varandinha had another stint for their planned second straight title as they were defenders, they had a two goal draw on December 17, the first match of the season with Beira-Mar in the Tarrafal derby, Varandinha started 4th. Varandinha won the 2nd round match defeating União Picos and their positions climbed to 4th. Varandina lost the 3rd round match to AJAC, the club who later became champions. A two match winning streak was followed. On 25 January, Varandinha lost to Benfica Santa Cruz along with their chance for another title and their national participation. In the middle of the 2016-17 season, they were 5th, their positions slowly dwindled to 8th at the 16th round after a loss to Calheta de São Miguel. On 13 April, Varandinha suffered another loss to Benfica which was their last of the season, at the 21st round they were 7th, Varandinha finished 5th after they defeated CD Scorpion Vermelho 5-0. Along with Calheta de São Miguel and Grêmio Nhágar, they had 38 goals scored and had 9 wins, 6 draws and 7 losses shared with two other clubs of the city, Estrela dos Amadores and Beira-Mar.


The club's rivalry is Beira-Mar and makes up of the Tarrafal Derby which is also Santiago North's prominent derby, it was once the only derby. It is considered the newest rivalry in Cape Verde.[4]


  • GAFT Cup: 1

League and cup history[edit]

National championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Notes Playoffs
2016 1A 1 5 3 1 1 9 4 +5 10 Advanced into the finals Semifinalist

Island/Regional Championship[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Cup GAFT Cup Notes
2014–15 2 3 12 6 5 1 16 7 +9 23 Advanced into the final phase
2 6 2 2 2 9 7 -2 8 2nd place
2015–16 2 1 26 20 3 3 45 17 +28 63 Winner Promoted into the National Championships
2016–17 2 5 22 9 6 7 38 32 +6 33


  • Best position: 4th (national)
  • Total matches played: 7 (national)
  • Highest number of matches played: 26 (regional), 33 (regional and national)
  • Highest number of goals in a season:
    • National: 9 (regular season), 10 (with playoffs)
    • Regional: 47
  • Highest number of points in a season:


  1. ^ "Pré época Santiago Norte: Varandinha trabalha para o título." [Pre-Season Santiago North: Varandinha Working for a Title]. Criolosports (in Portuguese). 21 October 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  2. ^ List of dates of foundation of clubs in Cape Verde at
  3. ^ "Nacional: FCF suspende jogo entre Desportivo e representante de Santiago Norte" [FCF Suspended a Match Featuring Desportivo (Praia) and a Team from Northern Santiago]. A Nação (in Portuguese). 13 May 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Futebol Santiago Norte: Varandinha inicia defesa do título com empate frente ao Beira-mar" [Varandinha Started Defending the Title With a Draw With Beira-Mar] (in Portuguese). Criolosport. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2017. 

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