C.D. Santa Clara

Clube Desportivo Santa Clara is a Portuguese football club from Ponta Delgada, Azores. They play in the 13,277-seat Estádio de São Miguel. They are the most successful football team from the Azores Islands as the only team from the archipelago to compete in a UEFA competition, having qualified for the UEFA Intertoto Cup and the UEFA Europa Conference League. 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 Kelme and their main sponsor is Santander. Main rivals are CD Operário from Lagoa. Other major rivals are C.S. Marítimo and C.D. Nacional, from the island of Madeira.

Santa Clara
C.D. Santa Clara logo.svg
Full nameClube Desportivo Santa Clara
Nickname(s)Os Açoreanos (The Azoreans)
Founded1927; 95 years ago (1927)
GroundEstádio de São Miguel,
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
Capacity13,277
Presidentİsmail Uzun
ManagerMário Silva
LeaguePrimeira Liga
2021–22Primeira Liga, 7th of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

Santa Clara reached the Primeira Liga for the first time by coming third in the 1998–99 Liga de Honra, but were instantly relegated back in last place. The team bounced back by winning the 2000–01 Segunda Liga under Manuel Fernandes and later Carlos Manuel. Fernandes, who left for Sporting CP in January 2001, returned in October.[1]

Despite coming 14th in their first top-flight season, Santa Clara were chosen by UEFA to play in the 2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup when Vitória S.C. withdrew, needing the summer to renovate their Estádio D. Afonso Henriques for UEFA Euro 2004.[2] They beat Armenia's Shirak FC 5–3 on aggregate in the first round before falling 9–2 to Czechs FK Teplice in the second.[3] Santa Clara were relegated in 2003,[4] and then spent the next 15 years in the second tier, with the lowest point being 2014–15 when the club came 19th, saving themselves from relegation with three games remaining.[5]

In 2018, Carlos Pinto's Santa Clara team ended their exile by finishing second to C.D. Nacional, and he subsequently left.[6] His successor João Henriques led Santa Clara to two consecutive 10th-placed finishes, their best results for position and points (43) in their history. He left in July 2020, having secured a third consecutive top-flight season for the first time in club history.[7] Under his successor Daniel Ramos in 2020–21, the club finished a best-ever sixth to qualify for the inaugural UEFA Conference League.[8]

StadiumEdit

Santa Clara plays in the Estádio de São Miguel in Ponta Delgada, the largest city in the Azores.

Due to mandatory quarantine for all visitors to the Azores in the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, Santa Clara concluded the season playing home games in Oeiras near Lisbon.[9]

HonoursEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 12 April 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 Ricardo Fernandes
3 DF   VEN Mikel Villanueva
4 DF   TOG Kennedy Boateng
5 DF   POR João Afonso
6 DF   BRA Mansur
7 FW   BRA Allano
8 MF   BRA Anderson Carvalho
11 MF   POR Costinha
14 MF   POR Rúben Oliveira
16 DF   POR Paulo Henrique
17 DF   URU Cristian González
19 MF   BRA Júlio Romão
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 FW   COL Oscar Barreto
21 MF   POR Nené
22 FW   COL Pipe Gómez (on loan from Leones)
25 MF   JPN Hidemasa Morita
27 FW   JPN Kyosuke Tagawa (on loan from F.C. Tokyo)
30 MF   IRN Mohammad Mohebi
77 FW   POR Rui Costa
90 MF   BRA Patrick
95 DF   SEN Pierre Sagna
97 GK   POR Rodolfo Cardoso
98 MF   POR Ricardinho
99 GK   POR Marco Pereira

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
FW   POR André Mesquita (on loan at Vitória de Setúbal until 30 June 2022)
FW   POR Diogo Motty (on loan at União de Santarém until 30 June 2022)
FW   MAR Mohamed Bouldini (on loan at CF Fuenlabrada until 30 June 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   HON Jonathan Toro (on loan at Académica until 30 June 2022)
FW   URU Gustavo Viera (at Fénix until 30 June 2022)

International playersEdit

 
Pauleta played for Santa Clara in 1991 at youth level before moving on to bigger clubs where he would become one of the best Portuguese strikers of all time.

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
2019–20 1D 9 34 11 10 13 36 41 43 Round 5 Round 3
2020–21 1D 6 34 13 7 14 44 36 46 Quarter-finals Best league finish
2021–22 1D 7 34 9 13 12 38 54 40 Round 3 Semi-finals

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
2021–22 Europa Conference League 2QR   Shkupi 2–0 3–0 5–0
3QR   Olimpija Ljubljana 2–0 1−0 3−0
PO   Partizan 2–1 0–2 2–3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Manuel Fernandes já orientou treino do Santa Clara" (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 3 October 2001. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Santa Clara substitui minhotos na Taça Intertoto" [Santa Clara replaced Minho Province team in Intertoto Cup]. Record (in Portuguese). 9 May 2002. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Santa Clara eliminado da Intertoto" [Santa Clara eliminated from the Intertoto]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 July 2002. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Carlos Alberto Silva de saída" [Carlos Alberto Silva leaving]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 May 2003. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Trofense-Santa Clara, 0-0: Insulares garantem permanência" [Trofense 0-0 Santa Clara: Islanders guarantee survival]. Sábado (in Portuguese). 6 May 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Carlos Pinto deixa o Santa Clara após subida à I Liga" [Carlos Pinto leaves Santa Clara after promotion to the I Liga]. Público (in Portuguese). 14 May 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  7. ^ "João Henriques sai do Santa Clara depois de duas épocas de recordes" [João Henriques leaves Santa Clara after two record-breaking seasons]. Observador (in Portuguese). 24 July 2020. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Liga: Santa Clara garante qualificação europeia" [Liga: Santa Clara guarantee European qualification] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 19 May 2021. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Oficial: Santa Clara vai disputar jogos da I Liga na Cidade do Futebol" [Official: Santa Clara will contest I Liga games at the Cidade do Futebol]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 12 May 2020. Retrieved 5 June 2020.

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