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Clube Desportivo Santa Clara is a Portuguese football club from Ponta Delgada, Azores. They play in the 13,277-seat Estádio de São Miguel that is eligible for UEFA Champions League and Europa League games. They are the most successful football team from the Azores islands and the only team from the archipelago to compete in one UEFA competition: the Intertoto Cup.

Santa Clara
C.D. Santa Clara logo.svg
Full nameClube Desportivo Santa Clara
Nickname(s)Os Açoreanos (The Azoreans)
Founded31 January 1921; 98 years ago (1921-01-31)
GroundEstádio de São Miguel,
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Capacity13,277
PresidentRui Miguel Melo Cordeiro
ManagerJoão Henriques
LeaguePrimeira Liga
2018–19Primeira Liga, 10th
WebsiteClub website

To date, Santa Clara is the only club from the Azores islands to have competed in the top division of the Portuguese Liga, being thus the westernmost top-flight club in Europe. They compete in the Primeira Liga, the Portuguese first division football league. Santa Clara's kit manufacturer is Adidas and their main sponsors are Banif and Açoreana Seguros. Main rivals are CD Operário from Lagoa. Other major rivals are C.S. Marítimo and C.D. Nacional, from the island of Madeira.

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OverviewEdit

Santa Clara plays in the Estádio de São Miguel in Ponta Delgada, the largest city in the Azores. It is the only team from the Azores islands to ever participate in the Primeira Liga. The club also qualified once for UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2002. Manuel Fernandes, a former Portuguese international, who took Santa Clara to the First Division the first time, is a highly acclaimed figure in Azores. Santa Clara was promoted to Liga Nos after defeating Real S. C. in spring of 2018.

The club is known for its close connection to S.L. Benfica, having shared until recently the very same crest. The club played in the old Estádio da Luz, as Benfica's last official opponent before a new stadium was built in Lisbon for the UEFA Euro 2004, which Portugal hosted. The attendance of that game was close to 50,000.

Among the club's most famous players are Paulo Figueiredo, Clayton, Idrissa Keita, Lito Vidigal, and Jorge Ribeiro while Portugal's former all-time leading scorer Pauleta, a native of the Azores, also played for the club.

The Santa Clara Sporting Club is the end result of something distant in time but very close in essence, a social phenomenon that sports beginning in late 1917, had its heyday during the years 1919 and 1920, the peak of the lively dispute of "Leagues of Santa Clara," a competition in which participating teams representing some of the various "shops of Santa Clara", presenting himself as heir apparent of the other two "Santa Claras"; the "Santa Clara Foot-ball Club" and "Sport Club Santa Clara", both before him also affiliated to the "Foot-ball Association Sam Miguel" today; Football Association of Ponta Delgada.

The first board of Clube Desportivo Santa Clara was elected by acclamation on May 12, 1927, with its founding statutes approved shortly after June 21, 1927, a General Assembly for that purpose had been called and then was chaired by Lieutenant John Joaquim Vicente Jr. The process of formation of the club culminated on July 29, 1927 with the grant by the Civil Government of Ponta Delgada the respective permit.

The Clube Desportivo Santa Clara requested its inclusion in the Football Association on August 6, 1927; that opportunity was granted about three months later. Their first official match took place on November 20, 1927.

HonoursEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 29 July, 2019

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

No. Position Player
1   GK André Ferreira
2   DF Rafael Ramos
3   DF Zaidu Sanusi
4   DF Fábio Cardoso
5   DF João Afonso
6   MF Osama Rashid
7   FW Ukra
8   MF Pedro Pacheco (captain)
9   FW Malick Evouna
10   MF Bruno Lamas
11   FW Denis Pineda
12   DF César
13   FW Carlos
14   FW Thiago Santana
15   DF João Lucas
No. Position Player
17   MF Lincoln
18   FW Alfredo Stephens (on loan from Universitario)
21   MF Nené
24   DF Mamadu Candé
27   MF Anderson Carvalho
33   MF Lucas Marques
55   DF Steven Pereira
70   FW Zé Manuel
88   MF Chico Ramos (on loan from Vitória Guimarães)
91   DF Patrick
92   FW Pablo Diogo
95   FW Guilherme Schettine
96   GK João Lopes (on loan from Portuguesa)
99   GK Marco Pereira

Notable former playersEdit

League and cup historyEdit

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup League Cup Notes
1982–83 3DS 7 30 12 6 12 42 39 30 Round 2
1983–84 3DS 7 30 12 7 11 38 32 31 Round 2
1984–85 3DS 10 30 11 6 13 32 26 28 Round 2
1985–86 3DS 4 30 14 8 8 34 20 36 Round 2
1986–87 3DS 2 30 16 8 6 54 29 40 Round 1 Promoted
1987–88 2DS 20 38 5 13 20 19 51 23 Round 3 Relegated
1988–89 3DS 10 34 13 9 12 35 32 35 Round 2
1989–90 3DS 1 34 18 9 7 54 41 45 Round 2 Promoted
1990–91 2DS 14 34 12 9 17 40 56 33 Round 2 Relegated
1991–92 3DS 5 34 15 9 10 55 34 39 Round 2
1992–93 3DS 14 34 8 14 12 27 40 30 Round 1
1993–94 3DS 13 34 10 9 15 28 52 29 Round 1
1994–95 3DS 18 34 3 9 22 20 70 15 Round 1
1995–96 3DS 1 26 16 7 3 48 15 55 Round 1 Promoted
1996–97 2DS 2 34 19 6 9 67 36 63 Round 3
1997–98 2DS 1 34 18 8 5 60 31 65 Round 4 Promoted
1998–99 2H 3 34 13 13 7 53 37 55 Round 5 Promoted
1999–00 1D 18 34 7 10 17 35 50 31 Round 5 Relegated
2000–01 2H 1 34 20 7 7 60 37 67 Round 3 Promoted
2001–02 1D 14 34 9 10 15 32 46 37 Round 5
2002–03 1D 17 34 8 11 15 39 54 35 Round 5 Relegated
2003–04 2H 13 34 11 9 14 41 44 42 Round 3
2004–05 2H 15 34 11 6 17 39 49 39 Round 4
2005–06 2H 6 34 13 12 9 45 32 51 Round 4
2006–07 2H 4 30 15 5 10 34 31 50 Round 4
2007–08 2H 10 30 10 7 13 31 50 37 Round 4 Round 1
2008–09 2H 3 30 15 7 8 45 32 52 Round 5 Round 1
2009–10 2H 4 30 13 12 5 45 29 51 Round 4 First Group Stage
2010–11 2H 9 30 10 8 12 26 29 38 Round 3 First Group Stage
2011–12 2H 12 30 8 10 12 29 38 34 Round 2 Second Group Stage
2012–13 2H 11 42 15 14 13 55 48 59 Round 4 Round 2
2013–14 2H 15 42 13 9 20 38 46 48 Round 3 Round 2
2014–15 2H 19 46 10 21 15 33 42 51 Round 2 Round 1
2015–16 2H 16 46 15 12 19 49 52 57 Round 3 Round 1
2016–17 2H 10 42 16 12 14 42 42 60 Round 4 Round 2
2017–18 2H 2 38 19 9 10 55 40 66 Round 5 Round 2 Promoted
2018–19 1D 10 34 11 9 14 43 45 42 Round 4 Round 2 Best league finish

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2002–03 Intertoto Cup R1   FC Shirak 2–0 3–3 5–3
R2   Teplice 1–4 1–5 2–9

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