Vitória S.C.

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Vitória de Guimarães
Vitória Guimarães.svg
Full name Vitória Sport Clube
Nickname(s) Os Vimaranenses (The ones from Guimarães
Os Conquistadores (The Conquerors)[1]
Founded 1922; 95 years ago (1922)
Ground Estádio D. Afonso Henriques
Ground Capacity 30,165
Chairman Júlio Mendes
Manager Pedro Martins
League Primeira Liga
2015–16 10th
Website Club home page

Vitória Sport Clube, commonly known as Vitória de Guimarães, are a Portuguese professional football club based in Guimarães that competes in the Primeira Liga, the top-flight of football in Portugal.

As a top contender to the title of fourth best supported club in Portugal[citation needed], it has tried to match the dominance of the so-called "Big Three" (Benfica, Porto and Sporting CP), in the Primeira Liga, where it has finished third on four occasions, most recently in 2007–08.

They have won one Taça de Portugal and one Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira.

History[edit]

Vitória was formed in 1922. Its name seems to be a tribute to Vitória de Setúbal, which at the time was a top contender for the Campeonato de Portugal, though these days Guimarães supporters downplay the connection. After seasons of toiling in the Braga FA leagues, the Vimaranenses were first promoted to the Primeira Liga in 1941, and two seasons later battled the Sadinos from Setúbal for the first time in the League. Surprise package Guimarães, against all odds, reached their first Taça de Portugal final in their debut season, but lost to Belenenses 2–0.[citation needed]

Vitória's furthest progress in a European tournament was in the 1986–87 UEFA Cup, in which they were defeated 5–2 on aggregate in the quarter-finals by West German club Borussia Monchengladbach.[2]

In the early 2000s, Vitória struggled in some years to retain its status in the top Portuguese division, then named the Superliga. Those years were marked by the decline of the leadership of Pimenta Machado, former club president. Machado was accused on charges of embezzlement. Despite this, in 2004–05, the club secured an impressive fifth-place finish in the league and qualified for European competition via the UEFA Cup. The next season (2005–06), however, they were relegated to the Segunda Liga (where they last played in 1958) after finishing 17th in the Superliga, despite reaching the Taça de Portugal semi-final, having beaten Benfica in the quarter-finals. The club also failed to progress from their UEFA Cup group, as eventual winners Sevilla, Premier League outfit Bolton Wanderers and Russian team Zenit Saint Petersburg progressed.

In their first season back in the top-flight, they continued their winning form, achieving an impressive third-place finish in 2007–08, guaranteeing them a place in the third qualifying round of the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League. There they fell to Swiss side Basel due to a controversial goal being disallowed by the referee in the last minutes of the second leg match; Vitória dropped into the 2008–09 UEFA Cup first round as a result of their elimination. There they played Portsmouth of the Premier League over two legs, though Portsmouth progressed after winning 4–2 on aggregate.

In 2012–13, Vitória found themselves in financial problems, which caused them to lose many experienced players and bet on young players. However, they would go on to win their first Taça de Portugal title after previously losing five finals. Vitória beat rivals Braga en route to the final, where they recovered from 1–0 down against Benfica to win 2–1.

Stadium[edit]

They play in the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, which has a capacity of 30,165.[3]

The Estádio D. Afonso Henriques seen from the outside

After Os Três Grandes , Vitória is the club which attracts most supporters to the stadium,[4] with average attendances of 20,000 per game. Vitória usually has a higher average than all the other clubs, even when the club played in the Second Division/League.

Support and rivalry[edit]

Vitória play the derby of Minho Province against neighbours Braga. This derby is considered one of Portugal's most intense fixtures, as both clubs battle each year to reach a European competition. The derby also intensified during the run-up to the Euro 2004 tournament hosted by Portugal, as both clubs had new stadia built as tournament venues.[citation needed]

Honours[edit]

League and Cup history[edit]

[citation needed]

The club's 70 seasons in the top level of Portuguese football make them the club with the joint-fourth longest time there, after Porto, Sporting CP, and Benfica (all with 81); and Belenenses with 74.

European matches[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 16 February 2017.

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

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Douglas
2 Brazil DF Pedro Henrique
3 Portugal DF Josué Sá
5 Brazil MF Rafael Miranda
6 Portugal DF Moreno
8 South Africa MF Bongani Zungu
9 Portugal FW Hernâni (on loan from Porto)
10 Portugal MF Tozé
13 Ghana MF Bernard Mensah (on loan from Atlético Madrid)
16 Peru MF Paolo Hurtado (on loan from Reading)
19 France MF Nolan Mbemba
20 Portugal DF João Aurélio
No. Position Player
21 Mali FW Moussa Marega (on loan from Porto)
26 France DF Prince-Désir Gouano (on loan from Atalanta)
41 Portugal DF Rúben Ferreira
53 Ivory Coast DF Ghislain Konan
56 Portugal GK Miguel Silva
71 Portugal FW Fábio Sturgeon
76 Portugal DF Bruno Gaspar
81 Brazil FW Raphinha
91 Uruguay FW David Texeira
93 Colombia MF Guillermo Celis
99 Brazil FW Rafael Martins
Portugal FW Sérgio Ribeiro

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
France DF Alvin Arrondel (at Portimonense until 30 June 2017)
Portugal DF João Afonso (at Estoril Praia until 30 June 2017)
Ivory Coast FW Inters Gui (at Chiasso until 30 June 2017)
Portugal FW Ricardo Valente (at Paços Ferreira until 30 June 2017)

Basketball[edit]

Vitória S.C. men's basketball team plays in the LPB.

Volleyball[edit]

Vitória Sport Clube has a volleyball team which plays in the Portuguese Volleyball League A1.

References[edit]

External links[edit]