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 22 September 1922; 95 years ago (22 September 1922)
Ground Estádio D. Afonso Henriques
Ground Capacity 30,000[2]
Chairman Júlio Mendes
Manager José Peseiro
League Primeira Liga
2016–17 Primeira Liga, 4th
Website Club website
Current season

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.


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.[3]

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.

In September 2017 Vitória left their mark in UEFA Competitions, being the team starting a game without a european player in the field.[4]


They play in the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, which has a capacity of 30,000.[5]

The Estádio D. Afonso Henriques seen from the outside

After Os Três Grandes, Vitória is the club which attracts most supporters to the stadium,[6] 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]


League and Cup history[edit]

[citation needed]

The club's 72 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 83); and Belenenses with 76.

European matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1969–70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round Czech Republic Baník Ostrava 1–0 1–1 2–1
Second round England Southampton 3–3 1–5 4–8
1970–71 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round France Angoulême 3–0 1–3 4–3
Second round Scotland Hibernian 2–1 0–2 2–3
1973–74 Intertoto Cup Group 2 Sweden Djurgården 5–0 1–3 2nd
Switzerland Neuchâtel Xamax 5–2 1–0
Germany Hamburger SV 3–1 0–2
1975–76 Intertoto Cup Group 7 Belgium Oostende 4–1 0–2 2nd
Denmark Holbæk B&I 4–0 2–1
Czech Republic Inter Bratislava 1–0 0–4
1983–84 UEFA Cup First round England Aston Villa 1–0 0–5 1–5
1986–87 UEFA Cup First round Czechoslovakia Sparta Prague 2–1 1–1 3–2
Second round Spain Atlético Madrid 2–0 0–1 2–1
Third round Netherlands Groningen 3–0 0–1 3–1
Quarter-finals Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach 2–2 0–3 2–5
1987–88 UEFA Cup First round Hungary Tatabánya 1–0 1–1 2–1
Second round Belgium Beveren 1–0 0–1 1–1 (5–4 p)
Third round Czech Republic TJ Vitkovice 2–0 0–2 2–2 (4–5 p)
1988–89 European Cup Winners' Cup First round Netherlands Roda 1–0 0–2 1–2
1990–91 UEFA Cup First round Turkey Fenerbahçe 2–3 0–3 2–6
1992–93 UEFA Cup First round Spain Real Sociedad 3–0 0–2 3–2
Second round Netherlands Ajax 0–3 1–2 1–5
1995–96 UEFA Cup First round Belgium Standard Liège 3–1 0–0 3–1
Second round Spain Barcelona 0–4 0–3 0–7
1996–97 UEFA Cup First round Italy Parma 2–0 1–2 3–2
Second round Belgium Anderlecht 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
1997–98 UEFA Cup First round Italy Lazio 0–4 1–2 1–6
1998–99 UEFA Cup First round Scotland Celtic 1–2 1–2 2–4
2005–06 UEFA Cup First round Poland Wisła Kraków 3–0 1–0 4–0
Group H Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 1–2 5th
England Bolton Wanderers 1–1
Spain Sevilla 1–3
Turkey Beşiktaş 1–3
2008–09 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round Switzerland Basel 0–0 1–2 1–2
2008–09 UEFA Cup First round England Portsmouth 2–2 0–2 2–4
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round Denmark Midtjylland 2–1 0–0 2–1
Play-off round Spain Atlético Madrid 0–4 0–2 0–6
2013–14 UEFA Europa League Group I France Lyon 1–2 1–1 3rd place
Spain Real Betis 0–1 0–1
Croatia Rijeka 4–0 0–0
2015–16 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round Austria Altach 1–4 1–2 2–6
2017–18 UEFA Europa League Group I Austria RB Salzburg 1–1 0–3 4th place
France Marseille 1–0 1–2
Turkey Konyaspor 1–1 1–2


Current squad[edit]

As of 28 March 2018.

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
4 Portugal DF Marcos Valente
5 Brazil MF Rafael Miranda
6 Portugal DF Moreno
7 Portugal MF Chico Ramos
9 Brazil FW Welthon
10 Cape Verde FW Héldon (on loan from Sporting)
11 Brazil FW Raphinha
13 Portugal DF João Afonso
15 Venezuela DF Víctor García
16 Peru MF Paolo Hurtado
17 Mali DF Falaye Sacko
19 Colombia FW Sebastián Rincón
20 Portugal DF João Aurélio
21 Brazil MF Mattheus Oliveira (on loan from Sporting)
No. Position Player
22 Portugal FW Hélder Ferreira
23 Portugal DF João Vigário
25 Ghana MF Alhassan Wakaso
26 Colombia FW Óscar Estupiñán
33 Brazil DF Jubal Júnior
35 Portugal DF Dénis Duarte
36 Portugal GK Miguel Oliveira
43 Ghana DF Joseph Amoah
45 Portugal MF Xande Silva
49 Ivory Coast FW Junior Tallo
53 Ivory Coast DF Ghislain Konan
56 Portugal GK Miguel Silva
71 Portugal FW Fábio Sturgeon
80 Portugal MF Kiko
93 Colombia MF Guillermo Celis
99 Brazil FW Rafael Martins

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


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


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


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