Académica de Coimbra (football)

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 2022–23 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. 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 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.

Académica de Coimbra
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Full nameAssociação Académica
de Coimbra 
Founded3 November 1887; 135 years ago (1887-11-03)
GroundEstádio Cidade de Coimbra
ChairmanMiguel Ribeiro
ManagerMiguel Valença
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 de Coimbra was founded on 3 November 1887. In honour of their 130th birthday, they joined the Club of Pioneers.[1]

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), 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 (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[2] in favour of AAC-OAF. The Associação Académica de Coimbra - Secção de Futebol (AAC-SF), amateur varsity football team which plays in the lowest non-professional regional football leagues, was reinstated some time later and has been in operation as a student-only football team of AAC.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8]

A fourteen-year spell in the top division ended for Académica de Coimbra in 2015–16, when they finished in last place.[9]

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.[10]


Their home ground is the Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, 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 15 January 2023

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 Tiago
5 DF   POR Marco Grilo
7 FW   POR Vasco Paciência
8 MF   POR David Caiado
9 FW   COL Juan Perea
10 MF   POR Pepo
11 MF   POR David Teles
13 DF   POR Diogo Amaro
16 MF   POR Vasco Gomes
18 DF   POR Francisco Lopes
19 FW   GHA Desmond Nketia
20 FW   POR Pedro Prazeres
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   POR Diogo Cardoso
22 GK   POR Nuno Hidalgo
23 MF   POR David Brás
24 GK   POR Martim Remédios
26 DF   CPV Nivaldo
27 DF   POR Fábio Pala
39 DF   ANG Kevin Ibouka
66 FW   POR Diogo Ribeiro
77 FW   POR Hugo Seco
80 MF   POR Rodrigo Guedes
88 DF   BRA Douglão
91 GK   POR Bernardo Santos

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

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.
  3. ^ "Secção de Futebol – AAC". Retrieved 26 February 2023.
  4. ^ "Taça de 1939 já tem exposição própria" [1939 Taça now has own exposition]. Record (in Portuguese). 3 May 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  5. ^ Bevan, Chris (29 April 2020). "The strange tale of how Man City conquered Europe - 50 years on". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Santa Maria sobe ao plantel de elite" [Santa Maria promoted to first team]. Record (in Portuguese). 23 May 2002. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Bryan, Paul (8 November 2012). "Wilson Eduardo hails Académica team ethic". Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Académica desce de divisão" [Académica go down a division]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 7 May 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2020.
  10. ^ SAPO. "Académica despromovida pela primeira vez ao terceiro escalão do futebol português". SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). Retrieved 16 April 2022.
  11. ^ "Provas Nacionais". Académica (AAC). Record. Archived from the original on 7 May 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  12. ^ Núcleo de Veteranos AAC Archived 24 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Núcleo de Veteranos AAC Archived 24 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit