The Associação Académica de Coimbra – Organismo Autónomo de Futebol (AAC-OAF), also referred to as Académica de Coimbra (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐkɐˈðɛmikɐ ðɨ kuˈĩbɾɐ]) or simply Académica, is a professional football club based in Coimbra, Portugal. As of the 2023–24 football season in Portugal, the club competes in the third division of the Portuguese football league system, and hosts home games at the Estádio Cidade de Coimbra which is owned by the local municipal government. Although their main home stadium is Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Académica have also played at the Estádio Sérgio Conceição at the start of this current season, 23/24.[1][2] It also has a futsal department with men's and women's teams. The club's name derives from the footballing division of the Associação Académica de Coimbra, officially known as the Associação Académica de Coimbra - Secção de Futebol (AAC-SF), which fields its own amateur football teams as a second incarnation starting in 1977 and belongs to the student association of the University of Coimbra like the professional AAC-OAF which is however an autonomous organization inside the student association and owns the entire heritage and historical records formerly belonging to AAC-SF until 1974.[3]

Académica de Coimbra
Full nameAssociação Académica
de Coimbra – Organismo
Autónomo de Futebol 
Nickname(s)Briosa
Founded3 November 1887; 136 years ago (1887-11-03)
GroundEstádio Cidade de Coimbra
Capacity30,210
ChairmanMiguel Ribeiro
ManagerTiago Moutinho
LeagueLiga 3
2021–2218th, Liga Portugal 2 (relegation)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The club was created in 1887, when Clube Atlético de Coimbra (founded in 1861) and Academia Dramática (founded in 1837) merged. The club have won the Taça de Portugal twice, in 1938–39 and 2011–12. In 1966–67, they achieved their highest position of runner-up in the Primeira Liga table.

History edit

The Associação Académica de Coimbra - Organismo Autónomo de Futebol, hereinafter AAC-OAF, which dates back to November 3, 1887, the date of creation of the Associação Académica de Coimbra (AAC) which is the student association of the University of Coimbra, is the legal and legitimate successor of the extinct Section of Football of the Association Académica de Coimbra (Associação Académica de Coimbra - Secção de Futebol (AAC-SF)) that, by resolution of June 10, 1974 of the General Assembly of Members of AAC after the events of the Carnation Revolution, was transformed into Clube Académico de Coimbra (CAC). The current name, AAC-OAF, was adopted on the joint initiative of the General Board of Academica de Coimbra (Direcção-Geral da Associação Académica de Coimbra (DG-AAC)) and the Board of the Academic Club of Coimbra (Clube Académico de Coimbra (CAC)), and it was approved by the General Board of Associação Académica de Coimbra (DG-AAC) and by the General Assembly of CAC in 1984. By these statutes, a legally-binding link to the student association AAC and its university, the University of Coimbra (UC), was preserved[4] in favour of AAC-OAF. The Associação Académica de Coimbra - Secção de Futebol (AAC-SF) amateur football team, which also belongs to the Associação Académica de Coimbra students association (students union) of the University of Coimbra, was reinstated in 1977 operating as a sports section of AAC and has been in operation as a student-only football team, usually playing in the lower, regional non-professional football leagues.[5][6] The AAC-SF section, the non-professional football team made of students, and the AAC-OAF, the professional and autonomous football club, share the same crest and colors displayed on the clothes or uniforms of their sports players,[7] as well as the same parent organization (which is the students' union or association Associação Académica de Coimbra that houses several sections for a multitude of other sports operating under the same name and crest as well).[8][9][10]

Académica de Coimbra won the 1938–39 Taça de Portugal, the inaugural staging of the competition; they defeated S.L. Benfica 4–3 in the final.[11] In 1966–67, the club finished as Primeira Liga runners-up to Benfica (best-ever finish), and lost the cup final 3–2 after extra time to Vitória de Setúbal. Two years later, a cup-final defeat to Benfica meant that the team competed in Europe for the first time, entering the 1969–70 Cup Winners' Cup and losing in the quarter-finals to eventual champions Manchester City via a single extra-time goal.[12]

Académica de Coimbra moved frequently between the top two divisions in the years that followed. Under João Alves, they ended a three-year exile by winning promotion in 2001–02 as runners-up to Moreirense FC.[13] Following a decade of almost exclusively bottom-half finishes, the team won its first silverware in 73 years when they took the cup in 2012, Marinho scoring the only goal after four minutes against Sporting CP.[14] This allowed them entry into the group stage of the UEFA Europa League – a first European campaign in 30 years. Eliminated in third place in the group, they managed one win, 2–0 at home to holders Atlético Madrid with a brace from Wilson Eduardo.[15]

A fourteen-year spell in the top division ended for Académica de Coimbra in 2015–16, when they finished in last place.[16]

On 4 November 2017, in honour of their 130th birthday, they joined the Club of Pioneers, a worldwide network of the oldest continuing football clubs from each country in the world, originally founded by Sheffield FC.[17][18]

After the 2021-22 Liga Portugal 2 season, the club was relegated for the first time to the third tier of the Portuguese football pyramid.[19]

The Associação Académica de Coimbra - Organismo Autónomo de Futebol filed for insolvency in September 2022. The club had overdue debts of more than 5.6 million euros, of which 1.9 million euros to the state, and had 3.1 million euros in defaults with suppliers and service providers.[20][21] By June 2023, an intricate creative accounting process had been initiated by Académica de Coimbra O.A.F.'s administration board in order to allow its emergence from bankruptcy avoiding the extinction of the football club.[22][23][24][25]

Grounds edit

The home ground it uses is the Estádio Cidade de Coimbra which has a capacity of 29,622 and belongs to the municipality's local authority.

 
A side view of the Estádio Cidade de Coimbra

Honours edit

[26]

League and cup history edit

[citation needed]

 
  • CWC = Cup Winner's Cup
  • FC = Fairs Cities' Cup
  • UC = UEFA Cup
  • EL = Europa League

Note

  1. ^ Only goals scored in the regional championship or Primeira Liga are considered.

Players edit

Current squad edit

As of 29 January, 2024

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   POR Diogo Costa
4 DF   POR João Milagres
6 DF   BRA Aloísio Neto
7 MF   JPN Toki Hirosawa
8 MF   POR André Salvador
9 FW   COL Juan Perea
10 FW   POR Fausto Lourenço
11 MF   POR David Teles
12 DF   POR Vitinha
13 DF   POR Diogo Amaro
16 MF   POR Vasco Gomes
17 MF   BRA Lucas Henrique
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF   POR Stitch
19 FW   POR Tiago Veiga
21 FW   BRA João Victor
22 DF   POR Francisco Ferreira
30 MF   POR Miguel Rodrigues
33 FW   BRA Vitor Gabriel
42 MF   CPV Aílson Tavares
75 DF   POR Diogo Costa
77 FW   POR Hugo Seco
79 FW   POR João Silva
91 GK   POR Bernardo Santos
98 GK   POR Carlos Alves

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. Pos. Nation Player

Records and statistics edit

[28]

Coaches edit

References edit

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  28. ^ Núcleo de Veteranos AAC Archived 24 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine

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