Futebol Clube de Arouca (pronounced [ɐˈɾowkɐ]) is a football club based in Arouca, Porto Metropolitan Area, Portugal. Founded in 1951, the club plays in the Primeira Liga, holding home games at Estádio Municipal de Arouca, with a 5,000-seat capacity.

Arouca
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Full nameFutebol Clube de Arouca
Nickname(s)Arouquenses
Founded25 December 1951; 71 years ago (1951-12-25)
GroundEstádio Municipal
Capacity5,000
ChairmanCarlos Pinho
ManagerArmando Evangelista
LeaguePrimeira Liga
2021–2215th of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

Founded on 25 December 1951, as a FC Porto subsidiary,[1] Arouca spent the first five decades of its existence in the Aveiro regional leagues. In only two years (2006–08) it managed to reach the third division, being managed by television (RTP) presenter Jorge Gabriel for a few months during that timeframe.[2]

Arouca managed its fourth promotion in only seven years at the end of 2012–13, reaching the Primeira Liga for the first time in its history.[3][4] Subsequently, the Arouca Municipality awarded the club the Medal of Gold Merit for its achievement,[5] with the organization also being granted extra financial means to renovate and expand its stadium.[6]

In 2015–16 under Lito Vidigal, Arouca finished a best-ever fifth place, qualifying for the first time to the UEFA Europa League.[7] After beating Heracles Almelo of the Netherlands on the away goals rule, they lost the play-off 3–1 after extra time to Olympiacos of Greece.[8] A year after their peak finish, Arouca were relegated, ending their four years at the top.[9]

A two-year spell in the second division for Arouca ended in May 2019 when on the last day of the season, they lost to U.D. Oliveirense and Varzim S.C. defeated Académica de Coimbra; this ended nine years in the professional leagues.[10] The 2019–20 season was truncated due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Arouca and Vizela were due to be promoted because of their final position; competitors Olhanense successfully appealed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport for these promotions to be suspended.[11]

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 28 January 2023

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 MF   GUI Morlaye Sylla
3 DF   ENG Jerome Opoku
4 DF   VEN José Manuel Velázquez
5 MF   POR David Simão
6 DF   BRA Mateus Quaresma
8 FW   POR Arsénio
9 FW   BRA Bruno Marques (on loan from Santos)
10 FW   ARG Alan Ruiz
11 MF   BRA Antony
12 GK   URU Ignacio de Arruabarrena
13 DF   BRA João Basso
14 MF   ESP Oriol Busquets
15 FW   PLE Oday Dabbagh
16 GK   BRA Thiago
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF   GHA Yaw Moses
18 FW   USA Benji Michel
19 FW   ESP Rafa Mújica
20 MF   POR Pedro Moreira
21 DF   UKR Bohdan Milovanov
23 MF   CIV Ismaila Soro (on loan from Celtic)
25 DF   BRA Weverson
28 MF   POR Tiago Esgaio (on loan from Braga)
43 MF   BRA Vitinho
44 DF   CRO Nino Galović
64 DF   POR Rafael Fernandes
92 GK   POR João Valido
MF   NGA Yusuf Lawal

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   COD André Bukia (at Al-Batin until 30 June 2023)
DF   BRA Luiz Gustavo (at Gondomar until 30 June 2023)

Top scorersEdit

As of 6 October 2021
Rank Player Penalties Goals
1   Oday Dabbagh 0 4
  André Bukia 0 3
2   André Silva 0 2
  João Basso 2 2
  Arsénio 0 2
3   Antony 0 1
  Leandro Silva 0 1
  Pité 0 1
  Eboué Kouassi 0 1

Managerial historyEdit

HonoursEdit

SeasonsEdit

Season Tier Domestic League Cup Other Cups Europe / Other Top goalscorer(s)[a]
League Division P W D L F A Pts Pos Name Goals
1985–86 4 Aveiro I Norte 33 8 9 16 29 54 58 16th Aveiro Cup
1986–87 5 Aveiro II Norte 26 20 5 1 78 10 71 1st Aveiro Cup
1987–88 ? Aveiro Cup
1988–89 ? Aveiro Cup
1989–90 ? Aveiro Cup
1990–91 ? Aveiro Cup
1991–92 ? Aveiro Cup
1992–93 ? Aveiro Cup
1993–94 ? Aveiro Cup
1994–95 ? Aveiro Cup
1995–96 ? Aveiro Cup
1996–97 5 Aveiro I A 30 4 2 24 17 55 14 15th Aveiro Cup
1997–98 6 Aveiro I B Norte 30 79 1st Aveiro Cup
1998–99 5 Aveiro I A 30 13 5 12 32 37 44 5th Aveiro Cup
1999–00 30 11th Aveiro Cup
2000–01 30 18 8 4 44 18 62 1st Aveiro Cup
Play-Off 6 3 2 1 10 10 11 2nd
2001–02 4 III Divisão C 34 11 6 17 44 60 39 15th R1
2002–03 5 Aveiro I 38 89 1st Aveiro Cup
2003–04 4 III Divisão C 34 11 7 16 41 46 40 15th R2
2004–05 5 Aveiro I 38 21 12 5 54 29 75 3rd Aveiro Cup
2005–06 38 19 8 11 68 42 65 5th Aveiro Cup
2006–07 34 25 6 3 67 18 81 1st Aveiro Cup
2007–08 4 III Divisão C 36 21 9 6 59 26 48 1st R2
Play-Off Cancelled due to financial constraints Shared
2008–09 3 II Divisão B 22 9 2 11 26 23 29 7th R4
Play-Out 10 5 1 4 12 13 31 7th
2009–10 II Divisão Centro 30 17 6 7 41 23 57 1st R2
Play-Off 4 2 0 2 4 5 6 1st
2010–11 2 II Liga 30 11 10 9 47 41 57 5th R3 League Cup R3 N'Jock; Kiko 12
2011–12 30 7 13 10 32 36 34 13th R2 League Cup R1 Joeano 19
2012–13 42 21 10 11 65 48 73 2nd QF League Cup R1 Joeano 27
2013–14 1 I Liga 30 8 7 15 28 42 31 12th R5 League Cup R2 Roberto 9
2014–15 34 7 7 20 26 50 28 16th R3 League Cup R3 Roberto 6
2015–16 34 13 15 6 47 38 54 5th QF League Cup R3 Walter González 7
2016–17 34 9 5 20 33 57 32 17th R3 League Cup R3 EL PO Kuca 8
2017–18 2 II Liga 38 16 11 11 42 37 59 6th R4 League Cup R2 Roberto Rodrigo 11
2018–19 34 10 10 13 40 45 40 16th R4 League Cup R2 Fábio Fortes 9
2019–20 3 C. Portugal. D 25 18 4 3 49 19 58 1st[b] R4 Fábio Fortes 18
2020–21 2 II Liga 34 20 10 4 55 26 70 3rd R3 André Silva 10
Play-off 2 2 0 0 5 0 1st[c]
2021–22 1 I Liga League Cup
Champions Runners-up Qualified for the Europa League Promoted Qualified for Play-Off Relegated

Last updated: 17 May 2016

Key Meaning Key Meaning
P Played QR Qualifying Round
W Games won GS Group Stage
D Games drawn R Round
L Games lost QF Quarter-Finals
GF Goals for SF Semi-Finals
GA Goals against RU Runner Up
Pts Points W Winner
Pos Final position ? No information
  1. ^ Goals in all competitions (Liga Portuguesa, Taça de Portugal, League Cup, County FA leagues and cups, and European) are counted.
  2. ^ Campeonato de Portugal suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal
  3. ^ Beat Rio Ave in the play-off and was promoted to I Liga

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2016–17 UEFA Europa League   Heracles Almelo 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
  Olympiacos 0–1 1–2 (a.e.t.) 1–3
Notes
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "História" [History] (in Portuguese). Arouca's official website. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  2. ^ Jorge Gabriel não esquece passagem por Arouca (Jorge Gabriel does not forget time in Arouca); Metro News, 17 June 2008 (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ Vitor Oliveira: o especialista das subidas (Vitor Oliveira: the promotion specialist) Archived 2014-08-08 at the Wayback Machine; Record, 12 May 2013 (in Portuguese)
  4. ^ "Arouca sobe à I Liga pela primeira vez na sua história" [Arouca rises to the I League for the first time in their history]. Público (in Portuguese). 12 May 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  5. ^ Câmara de Arouca atribui medalha de mérito ao clube (Arouca City Hall gives medal of merit to club) Archived 2013-06-10 at the Wayback Machine; Record, 4 June 2013 (in Portuguese)
  6. ^ Arouca: estádio renovado em contrarrelógio (Arouca: renovated stadium against the clock) Archived 2014-08-12 at the Wayback Machine; Mais Futebol, 18 May 2013 (in Portuguese)
  7. ^ "Académica desce à II Liga, Arouca conquista Liga Europa" [Académica go down to II Liga, Arouca conquer Europa League]. Público (in Portuguese). 7 May 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Chori saves Olympiacos". Agona Sport. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Arouca perde no Estoril e desce à segunda divisão" [Arouca lose in Estoril and go down to second division] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 21 May 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Arouca perde em Oliveira de Azeméis e desce ao Campeonato de Portugal" [Arouca lose in Oliveira de Azeméis and go down to Campeonato de Portugal]. Observador (in Portuguese). 19 May 2019. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Tribunal Arbitral do Desporto suspende subidas de Vizela e Arouca à II Liga" [Court of Arbitration for Sport suspends Vizela and Arouca's promotions to II Liga]. Público (in Portuguese). 28 July 2020. Retrieved 6 August 2020.

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