Associação Académica de Coimbra – O.A.F.

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. The club competes in the third division of the Portuguese football league system, and hosts home games at the Estádio Cidade de Coimbra. The club's name derives from the footballing division of the Associação Académica de Coimbra, the student association of the University of Coimbra.

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Full nameAssociação Académica
de Coimbra 
Founded3 November 1887; 134 years ago (1887-11-03)
GroundEstádio Cidade de Coimbra
ChairmanPedro Dias Roxo
ManagerZé Gomes
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.


Académica was founded on 3 November 1887. In honour of their 130th birthday, they joined the Club of Pioneers.[1]

Académica won the 1938–39 Taça de Portugal, the inaugural staging of the competition; they defeated S.L. Benfica 4–3 in the final.[2] 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.[3]

Académica 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

A fourteen-year spell in the top division ended for Académica in 2015–16, when they finished in last place.[7]

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.[8]


Their home ground is the Estádio Cidade de Coimbra (Estádio EFAPEL Cidade de Coimbra for sponsoring reasons), which has a capacity of 29,622.

A side view of the Estádio Cidade de Coimbra



League and cup historyEdit

[citation needed]

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


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


Current squadEdit

As of 31 January 2022

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   POR Vladimir Stojković
2 DF   BRA Kalindi
5 DF   POR David Sualehe (on loan from Paços de Ferreira)
6 MF   POR Ricardo Dias
9 FW   POR Dani
10 FW   HON Jonathan Toro
11 FW   NGA Sodiq Fatai
17 DF   URU Agustín Ale
19 MF   POR Luís Aurélio
20 FW   POR João Traquina (captain)
21 MF   POR Ivan Pavlić
22 DF   POR João Lucas
24 GK   POR Alexandre Galvanito
No. Pos. Nation Player
27 DF   BRA Michael Douglas
28 MF   POR Reko
29 DF   POR João Diogo
30 MF   POR Costinha
36 DF   BRA Guilherme
39 FW   PAR Mauro Caballero
44 DF   POR João Tiago
50 FW   BRA João Carlos (on loan from Estoril)
57 FW   BRA Weverton (on loan from Flamengo)
73 DF   POR Pedro Justiniano
77 FW   POR Hugo Seco
83 DF   POR Zé Castro (captain)
91 GK   POR Mika
99 FW   POR Fábio Fortes

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   POR Daniel Azevedo (at Sertanense)

Records and statisticsEdit




  1. ^ "Académica olha para o futuro sem esquecer o passado" [Académica looks to the future without forgetting the past] (in Portuguese). Notícias de Coimbra. 5 November 2017. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Taça de 1939 já tem exposição própria" [1939 Taça now has own exposition]. Record (in Portuguese). 3 May 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  3. ^ Bevan, Chris (29 April 2020). "The strange tale of how Man City conquered Europe - 50 years on". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Santa Maria sobe ao plantel de elite" [Santa Maria promoted to first team]. Record (in Portuguese). 23 May 2002. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  5. ^ Ruela, João (21 May 2012). "Académica conquista a Taça de Portugal 73 anos depois" [Académica win the Taça de Portugal after 73 years]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  6. ^ Bryan, Paul (8 November 2012). "Wilson Eduardo hails Académica team ethic". Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Académica desce de divisão" [Académica go down a division]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 7 May 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  8. ^ SAPO. "Académica despromovida pela primeira vez ao terceiro escalão do futebol português". SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). Retrieved 16 April 2022.
  9. ^ "Provas Nacionais". Académica (AAC). Record. Archived from the original on 7 May 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  10. ^ Núcleo de Veteranos AAC Archived 24 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Núcleo de Veteranos AAC Archived 24 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit