Associação Académica de Coimbra – O.A.F.

The Associação Académica de Coimbra  (A.A.C.), 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 LigaPro, the second division of the Portuguese football league system, and hosts home games at the Estádio Cidade de Coimbra

Académica
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Full nameAssociação Académica
de Coimbra 
Nickname(s)Briosa
Founded3 November 1887
GroundEstádio Cidade de Coimbra
Capacity30,210
ChairmanPedro Dias Roxo
ManagerRui Borges
LeagueLigaPro
2019–207th
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.

HistoryEdit

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 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]

GroundsEdit

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

HonoursEdit

[8]

League and cup historyEdit

[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.

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 4 February 2021

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 Daniel Azevedo
3 DF   POR Afonso Peixoto
4 DF   POR Silvério Silva
5 DF   BRA Bruno Teles
6 MF   POR Ricardo Dias
7 FW   GNB João Mário
8 MF   POR Pedro Pinto
10 FW   MAR Mohamed Bouldini
11 FW   POR Leandro Sanca
13 DF   POR Fábio Vianna
14 MF   POR Xavi
16 MF   POR Diogo Pereira
17 FW   SEN Zourdine Thior
19 FW   POR Dani
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 FW   POR João Traquina (captain)
23 DF   POR Mike Moura
24 GK   POR Alexandre Galvanito
27 MF   POR Fabinho
29 MF   RSA Mihlali Mayambela (on loan from Farense)
31 DF   CPV Kay
33 DF   POR Rafael Vieira
70 MF   POR Filipe Chaby
80 DF   BRA Fabiano Souza
83 DF   POR Zé Castro
88 MF   GNB Mimito
91 GK   POR Mika
95 MF   POR Guima
99 FW   BRA Rafael Furtado

Records and statisticsEdit

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CoachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Provas Nacionais". Académica (AAC). Record. Archived from the original on 7 May 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  9. ^ Núcleo de Veteranos AAC Archived 24 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Núcleo de Veteranos AAC Archived 24 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine