B-SAD is a Portuguese football club from Lisbon founded on 30 June 2018 as an independent entity.[1] A rebel offshoot of Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses, they last played in the Primeira Liga, being relegated to Liga Portugal 2 for 2022–23. They were also known as Os Belenenses – Sociedade Desportiva de Futebol, SAD, or Belenenses SAD, before changing their name after the 2021–22 season.[2]

Belenenses SAD logo.svg
Founded30 June 2018; 4 years ago (30 June 2018)
GroundEstádio das Seixas
PresidentRui Pedro Soares
Head coachFranclim Carvalho
LeagueLiga Portugal 2
2021–22Primeira Liga, 18th of 18 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Background and legal statusEdit

Historic football club C.F. Os Belenenses created its SAD (Sociedade Anónima Desportiva - Public limited sports company) on 1 July 1999, to run its professional football section. In 2012, with both club and SAD facing enormous financial troubles, club members voted to sell 51% of its SAD to an investor, Codecity, led by Rui Pedro Soares. Added to the stock purchase, a parasocial deal was struck where the founding club could keep special rights, such as veto power over certain SAD decisions and the power to buy its stock back. Also a protocol was agreed upon that would regulate relations between Club and SAD. The club would keep 10% of SAD stocks.[3][4]

Meanwhile, Codecity terminated the parasocial deal, alleging contractual violations by the Club. In 2017, the Court of Arbitration for Sport deemed the termination of the deal valid, ending the possibility of the Club being able to reacquire the 51% of SAD stocks, in order to regain control of its professional football section.[5]

With tensions mounting between Club and SAD, the protocol that regulated relations between both entities expired on 30 June 2018, ceasing any relationship between both parties. This included the use of Estádio do Restelo (property of the Club) by the SAD's professional football team. Thus was born B-SAD as an autonomous football club, founded on 1 July 2018, after the secession of the SAD from the club.[6] They joined the Lisbon Football Association as member number 1198 (the original Belenenses is member number 64).

Belenenses' historic achievements, such as the victories in the 1945–46 Campeonato Nacional, its 3 Taças de Portugal and 3 Campeonatos de Portugal, solely belong to the Club, since they were won before the creation of the SAD in 1999. The Club created its own football team that started playing in the Lisbon FA regional leagues from 2018–19 season. B-SAD meanwhile claimed the place of the Club in the Primeira Liga. Given that Estádio do Restelo was property of the Club, B-SAD was left without its own stadium. As a consequence, B-SAD started playing home games at the Estádio Nacional in Oeiras, paying rent to the state to use it.

In October 2018, B-SAD was prohibited from using the name, cross and symbols of the original Belenenses by an intellectual property court decision.[7] As such, after a judicial confirmation of this decision in March 2019, B-SAD presented a new club badge to differentiate itself from the original club.[8] In March 2022, Portugal's Constitutional Court ordered B-SAD to pay over €30,000 in compensation to C.F. Os Belenenses for the youth development of the player Nilton Varela.[9]

In May 2022, B-SAD reached an agreement to rent the Estádio das Seixas from Lisbon Football Association District League team Atlético Malveira in Malveira, Mafra. The landlord club denied rumours that the two teams were going to merge.[10]

Footballing historyEdit

Under manager Silas, B-SAD played its first game on 28 July 2018, a 3–1 home win over U.D. Oliveirense with Fredy scoring the first goal.[11] The team's first Primeira Liga game was a win at C.D. Tondela on 11 August with the only goal coming from the same player.[12] In February 2019, due to a temporary unavailability of the Estádio Nacional, B-SAD rented Estádio do Bonfim, around sixty kilometres away in Setúbal, for two home games. The game against Moreirense F.C. at this ground on 4 February was attended by 298 spectators, the lowest in the history of the league.[13]

Silas was dismissed in September 2019, being replaced by under-23 manager Pedro Ribeiro,[14] who quit in January with the team one point above the relegation positions.[15] Former Portugal international Petit replaced him, reaching the quarter-finals of the Taça de Portugal in 2020–21, where the team were eliminated 3–1 by S.L. Benfica.[16]

On 19 October 2021, having needed a goal in the last minute of extra time to defeat minnows Berço SC in the cup, Petit resigned with eight months of his contract remaining. The team had earned four points and no wins in the first eight games of the league campaign.[17] In November, under his replacement Filipe Cândido, the team fielded just 9 available players including two goalkeepers in a league match against Benfica, due to an outbreak of Omicron variant.[18] This resulted to a 7–0 loss at halftime and the match was eventually abandoned in the early minutes of the second half.[19] Youth manager Franclim Carvalho was promoted to the first team in January as the third manager of a season that ended in relegation to the second tier.[20]

League and cup historyEdit

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup League Cup Europe Notes
2018–19 1D 9 34 10 3 11 42 51 43 Fourth round Third round
2019–20 1D 15 34 9 8 17 27 54 35 Fourth round Second round
2020–21 1D 10 34 9 13 12 25 25 40 Quarter-finals Didn't participate
2021–22 1D 18 34 5 11 18 23 55 26 Fifth round First round


Current squadEdit

As of 1 July 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 Gonçalo Tabuaço
4 DF   POR Nuno Tomás
5 DF   BRA Henrique
6 MF   POR Braima Sambú
7 MF   POR Chico Teixeira
8 MF   RSA Sphephelo Sithole
11 FW   BRA Jefferson
14 DF   NED Danny Henriques
17 FW   POR Diogo Tavares
18 MF   ANG César Sousa
19 MF   POR Tomás Castro
20 MF   CMR Nego Tembeng
22 DF   POR Martim Coxixo
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 FW   POR Edgar Pacheco
27 DF   NGA Chima Akas
30 MF   BRA Patrick
33 DF   BFA Trova Boni
44 DF   BRA Eduardo Kau
77 DF   POR Jójó
90 GK   CPV Dylan Silva
98 FW   POR Kikas
99 GK   POR Álvaro Ramalho
MF   POR Samuel Lobato (on loan from Famalicão)
MF   POR Rúben Oliveira (on loan from Santa Clara)
FW   CPV Tiago Lopes
FW   USA Brian Saramago

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
29 FW   SEN Alioune Ndour (at Châteauroux)

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ "Belenenses SAD".
  2. ^ "B-SAD deixa cair de vez o nome Belenenses". www.cmjornal.pt (in European Portuguese). Retrieved 2022-07-05.
  3. ^ "O Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses vai criar uma equipa sénior e vai jogar no Restelo". 2 February 2018.
  4. ^ "A SAD ficou com o futebol profissional, o Belenenses quer ficar com tudo". Público (in Portuguese). 30 September 2018.
  5. ^ "O Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses vai criar uma equipa sénior e vai jogar no Restelo". Expresso (in Portuguese). 2 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Divórcio litigioso entre SAD e Clube". A Bola (in Portuguese). 30 June 2018.
  7. ^ "SAD do Belenenses impedida de utilizar nome, emblema e símbolos do clube". Observador (in Portuguese). 29 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Tribunal da Relação confirma que Belenenses SAD não pode usar emblema nas camisolas". Record (in Portuguese). 7 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Belenenses SAD condenado a pagar mais de 30 mil euros ao Belenenses pela formação de Nilton Varela" [Belenenses SAD ordered to pay over 30 thousand euros to Belenenses for Nilton Varela's development]. Record (in Portuguese). 17 March 2022. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  10. ^ "Confirmado: Belenenses vai jogar em casa do Atlético da Malveira em 2022/23" [Confirmed: Belenenses will play at Atlético de Malveira's home in 2022/23]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 19 May 2022. Retrieved 22 June 2022.
  11. ^ "Belenenses-Oliveirense, 3-1: Azuis avançam para a fase de grupos" [Belenenses-Oliveirense, 3-1: Blues advance to the group stage]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 July 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  12. ^ "Golo de Fredy vale triunfo do Belenenses em Tondela" [Fredy's goal is worth Belenenses's triumph at Tondela]. Público (in Portuguese). 11 August 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  13. ^ Gonçalves, André (6 February 2019). "Belenenses x Moreirense bate recorde negativo de assistência na Liga" (in Portuguese). One Football. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Pedro Ribeiro assume lugar de Silas no Belenenses SAD" [Pedro Ribeiro assumes Silas' place at Belenenses SAD]. Record (in Portuguese). 4 September 2019. Retrieved 16 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Treinador do Belenenses SAD sai por mútuo acordo" [Belenenses SAD manager leaves by mutual accord]. Observador (in Portuguese). 12 January 2020. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  16. ^ "Benfica vence Belenenses SAD por três a zero e segue em frente nas 'meias' da Taça de Portugal" [Benfica defeat Belenenses SAD by three goals to nil and advance to the 'semis' of the Portuguese Cup]. Correio da Manhã (in Portuguese). 28 January 2021. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  17. ^ "Filipe Cândido a caminho do Belenenses SAD para render Petit" [Filipe Cândido heading to Belenenses SAD to relieve Petit]. Record (in Portuguese). 19 October 2021. Retrieved 22 October 2021.
  18. ^ "'Dark chapter': Portugal Liga descends into farce". ESPN.com. 2021-11-28. Retrieved 2021-11-30.
  19. ^ "Portugal's shame: The game that should have never been played". Marca. 2021-11-28. Retrieved 2021-11-30.
  20. ^ Santos, Rui (14 May 2022). "Depois da descida do Belenenses, Franclim Carvalho cita Vítor Oliveira" [After Belenenses' relegation, Franclim Carvalho quotes Vítor Oliveira] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. Retrieved 14 May 2022.