F.C. Alverca

Futebol Clube de Alverca is a Portuguese football club based in Alverca do Ribatejo, Vila Franca de Xira, Lisbon. Founded on 1 September 1939, it currently plays in the Portuguese 3rd Division.

Alverca
F.C. Alverca logo
Full nameFutebol Clube de Alverca
Founded1 September 1939
GroundComplexo Desportivo FC Alverca,
Alverca do Ribatejo, Portugal
Capacity7,705
ChairmanFernando Orge
ManagerAlexandre Santos
LeagueCampeonato de Portugal

StadiumEdit

The club's home venue is the 7,705 capacity Complexo Desportivo do FC Alverca.

HistoryEdit

After many decades in the lower levels of Portuguese football, Alverca was promoted to the top level in 1998, and played there in four of the next five editions, also coming back for 2003–04, which also ended in relegation; during most of this time, the club acted as feeder club to S.L. Benfica. Alverca played one more year in level two, before folding for financial reasons, in 2005.

In 2006, Alverca re-formed, beginning at regional level in the Lisbon Football Association's District Leagues, and being promoted in 2007–08 to the first division of that category.

In 2017–18, Alverca won promotion back to the national level, as district champions.[1] On 17 October 2019, Alverca won 2–0 in the third round of the Taça de Portugal against Big Three club Sporting CP, becoming only the second third-tier club in history to knock that team out the cup; the other was F.C. Tirsense in 1948.[2] Fellow Primeira Liga club Rio Ave F.C. beat Alverca by a single goal in the next round.[3] Alex Apolinário, scorer of the first goal in the win over Sporting, died in January 2021 days after collapsing in a match for Alverca.[4]

League and cup historyEdit

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Notes
1995–96 2H 13 34 12 8 14 28 38 44
1996–97 2H 15 34 9 13 12 31 30 40
1997–98 2H 3 34 19 5 10 64 35 62 Promoted
1998–99 1D 15 34 8 11 15 36 50 35 last 16
1999–00 1D 11 34 11 8 15 39 48 41
2000–01 1D 12 34 12 7 15 45 52 43
2001–02 1D 18 34 7 6 21 39 67 27 Relegated
2002–03 2H 2 34 16 12 6 47 24 60 Promoted
2003–04 1D 16 34 10 5 19 33 49 35 Relegated
2004–05 2H 13 34 11 6 17 26 38 39 Folded

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Alverca: reergue-se o mítico da EN10. Com lama e uma incrível história de vida" [Alverca: the legendary club from the EN10 re-emerges. With mud and an incredible life story] (in Portuguese). Bancada. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Sporting: há 70 anos que não se via uma coisa assim" [Sporting: it's been 70 years since something like this happened] (in Portuguese). TVI 24. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Alverca dá luta mas sai da taça" [Alverca put up a fight but go out the cup] (in Portuguese). Voz Ribatejana. 24 November 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  4. ^ Grez, Matias (8 January 2021). "Football player Alex Apolinario dies aged 24". CNN. Retrieved 11 January 2021.

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