Belenenses SAD

B SAD [1] is a Portuguese football club from Lisbon founded on 30 June 2018 (as an independent entity).[2] A rebel offshoot of Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses, they play in the Primeira Liga.

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Full nameOs Belenenses - Sociedade Desportiva de Futebol, SAD
Founded30 June 2018; 2 years ago (30 June 2018)
GroundEstádio Nacional
PresidentRui Pedro Soares
Head coachPetit
LeaguePrimeira Liga
2019–20Primeira Liga, 15th of 18
WebsiteClub website


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 (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 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 for use. 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.[7]

In October 2018, B SAD was prohibited to use the name, shield and symbols of Belenenses by an intellectual property court decision.[8] 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.[9] This decision was reverted by the same court in January 2021 in the main trial, but the club appealed to the higher court and until the final decision is made B SAD can not use the name and badge of Belenenses.[1]

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


Current squadEdit

As of 29 September 2020

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 André Moreira
2 DF   POR Diogo Calila
3 DF   NED Luca van der Gaag
4 DF   POR Tomás Ribeiro
5 DF   POR Rúben Lima
6 MF   BRA Bruno Ramires
9 FW   COL Mateo Cassierra
10 FW   POR Silvestre Varela
11 FW   POR Miguel Cardoso (on loan from Dynamo Moscow)
12 GK   POR João Monteiro
13 MF   POR Tiago Esgaio
14 DF   NED Danny Henriques
15 MF   RSA Sphephelo Sithole
16 DF   POR Samir Banjai
18 MF   NED Jordan van der Gaag
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 FW   POR Francisco Teixeira
20 MF   POR Afonso Taira
21 MF   RSA Thibang Phete
23 GK   RUS Stanislav Kritsyuk
24 GK   POR Guilherme Oliveira
25 DF   POR Nilton Varela
26 DF   BRA Henrique
27 DF   NGA Chima Akas
28 MF   POR Afonso Sousa
29 MF   POR Tomás Castro
31 MF   POR César Sousa
33 DF   POR Luís Silva
37 DF   POR Gonçalo Silva
38 FW   POR Gonçalo Agrelos

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
DF   POR Gonçalo Tavares (at Granada B)
FW   POR Kikas (at Doxa Katokopias FC)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Tribunal diz que Belenenses SAD pode utilizar nome, marcas e símbolos do clube
  2. ^ "Belenenses SAD".
  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. ^ Gonalves, André (6 February 2019). "Belenenses x Moreirense bate recorde negativo de assistência na Liga" (in Portuguese). One Football. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  8. ^ "SAD do Belenenses impedida de utilizar nome, emblema e símbolos do clube". Observador (in Portuguese). 29 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Tribunal da Relação confirma que Belenenses SAD não pode usar emblema nas camisolas". Record (in Portuguese). 7 March 2019.