F.C. Famalicão

Futebol Clube de Famalicão, commonly known as Famalicão, is a Portuguese football club from Vila Nova de Famalicão.[3] Founded on 21 August 1931,[1] its senior team currently plays in the Primeira Liga, the top tier of Portuguese football.

F.C. Famalicão logo.svg
Full nameFutebol Clube de Famalicão
Vila Nova
Azuis e Brancos
Founded21 August 1931; 91 years ago (1931-08-21)[1]
GroundEstádio Municipal 22 de Junho
Vila Nova de Famalicão
OwnerIdan Ofer (85%) [2]
ChairmanMiguel Ribeiro
ManagerAleksa Popović
LeaguePrimeira Liga
2021–22Primeira Liga, 8th of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Since 1952, Famalicão have played their home matches at the Estádio Municipal 22 de Junho, which holds a 5,307-seat capacity.[4] The Famalicenses' most successful period of their history occurred in the early 1990s, where the club played four seasons in the Primeira Liga, between 1990 and 1994, counting now with seven Primeira Liga appearances. The club is owned by Quantum Pacific Group which also has 30% share of Atlético de Madrid.


Futebol Clube de Famalicão was founded on the 21 August 1931 by six friends. Their first match was the opening of their ground, the Campo da Berberia, with a match against FC Porto in 1932. Their first kit was green and white, however, they eventually changed it to blue and white in order to get affiliation from Porto. Famalicão started competing in 1932–33 in the Regional Promotion Championship which they won. In 1945–46, the club reached the semi-finals of the Taça de Portugal under Hungarian manager Janos Szabo, but were beaten 11–0 by a Sporting CP team led by Cândido de Oliveira.[5]

The club have spent six years in the Primeira Liga in total - 1946–47, 1978–79, and four consecutively from 1990 to 1994. The 2000s brought a fast fall with the club dropping as far as the regional championships. Having fallen as low as the fifth-tier Braga Football Association district league in 2008–09, Famalicão returned to Segunda Liga for the first time in 19 years in May 2015 by winning their group in the Campeonato Nacional de Seniores. Even in that years, the club archived records from his supporters attendance, playing home or away. [6] They lost the final on penalties to C.D. Mafra after a 1–1 draw at the Estádio Municipal da Marinha Grande on 10 June.[7]

At the beginning of the 2018–19 season, 51% of the club share was bought by Quantum Pacific Group, a group led by Israeli businessman Idan Ofer that also holds 33% of Atlético de Madrid.[8] On 28 April 2019, the club won promotion to the top flight for the first time in a quarter of a century.[9]

On 11 September 2019, Quantum Pacific Group increased its share in the Sociedade Anónima Desportiva of the club from 51% to 85%, spearheaded by Israeli billionaire Idan Ofer.[2][10] With a 1–0 win over F.C. Paços de Ferreira in January 2020, the club reached the semi-finals of the cup for the first time since 1946.[5]

The club plays their home games at Estádio Municipal de Famalicão and have occupied the stadium since its opening in 1952. The club's previous grounds were Campo da Berberia, opened in 1932, and Campo do Freião, opened in 1946. Works on the stadium were planned for 2019 to increase the comfort and technology of the stadium, as well as expanding its capacity to 7,500.[citation needed]


Current squadEdit

As of 31 August 2022[11]

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   RUS Ivan Zlobin
2 DF   POR Diogo Queirós
4 DF   ALB Enea Mihaj
5 DF   POR Rúben Lima
6 DF   POR Alexandre Penetra
7 FW   POR Ivo Rodrigues
8 MF   POR André Simões
9 FW   ESP Álex Millán (on loan from Villarreal)
10 MF   ESP Iván Jaime
11 MF   POR Pedro Brazão
12 MF   BRA Gustavo Assunção
13 GK   BRA Dalberson
14 FW   FRA Junior Kadile (on loan from Rennes)
15 DF   BRA Riccieli (captain)
17 FW   POR Rui Fonte
No. Pos. Nation Player
19 MF   PAN Puma Rodríguez
20 MF   POR Gustavo Sá
22 DF   ARG Hernán De La Fuente
23 MF   POR Benny
25 MF   GNB Pelé (on loan from Monaco)
28 MF   FRA Zaydou Youssouf
29 FW   VEN Jhonder Cádiz
31 GK   BRA Luiz Júnior
32 DF   ESP Martín Aguirregabiria
47 GK   BRA Kauan
74 DF   POR Francisco Moura (on loan from Braga)
77 FW   POR Pablo
95 FW   POR Théo Fonseca
97 MF   ARG Santiago Colombatto (on loan from León)

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   ESP Dani Morer (at Andorra)
DF   FRA Dylan Batubinsika (at Maccabi Haifa)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   GHA Lawrence Ofori (at Moreirense)
FW   POR Heri (at Ponferradina)



Competition Trophies Seasons
  Segunda Divisão 2 1977–78, 1987–88
Competition Trophies Seasons
  Regional Promotion Championship 1 1935–36
  Regional Opening Tournament 3 1982–83, 1984–85, 1986–87
  Regional Honour Cup 1 1986–87
  Primeira Divisão Regional 2 1954–55, 1961–62


Competition Participations Best finish
  Primeira Liga 7 6th
  LigaPro 6 2nd
  Segunda Divisão 42 1st
  Terceira Divisão 9 2nd
  Portuguese Cup 60 Semi-finals
  Portuguese League Cup 4 Group stage
Competition Participations Best finish
  Honour Division 1 2nd

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier Competition Classification Portuguese Cup
1989–90 2 Segunda Divisão 2nd   1/32
1990–91 1 Primeira Divisão 15th 1/8
1991–92 1 Primeira Divisão 14th 1/8
1992–93 1 Primeira Divisão 14th 4QR
1993–94 1 Primeira Divisão 17th   1/8
1994–95 2 Segunda Divisão 12th 1/8
1995–96 2 Segunda Divisão 17th   3QR
1996–97 3 Segunda Divisão B 3rd 2QR
1997–98 3 Segunda Divisão B 10th 2QR
1998–99 3 Segunda Divisão B 10th 4QR
1999–2000 3 Segunda Divisão B 2nd 4QR
2000–01 3 Segunda Divisão B 2nd 1/4
2001–02 3 Segunda Divisão B 20th   2QR
2002–03 4 Terceira Divisão 6th 1QR
2003–04 4 Terceira Divisão 10th 3QR
2004–05 4 Terceira Divisão 2nd   3QR
2005–06 3 Segunda Divisão B 7th 2QR
2006–07 3 Segunda Divisão B 12th   4QR
2007–08 4 Terceira Divisão 13th   1QR
2008–09 5 Regional Honour League 2nd   -
2009–10 4 Terceira Divisão 3rd 1QR
2010–11 4 Terceira Divisão 2nd   1QR
2011–12 3 Segunda Divisão B 7th 3QR
2012–13 3 Segunda Divisão B 9th 1QR
2013–14 3 Campeonato Nacional de Seniores 8th   4QR
2014–15 3 Campeonato Nacional de Seniores 2nd   QF
2015–16 2 LigaPro 6th 3QR
2016–17 2 LigaPro 15th 3QR
2017–18 2 LigaPro 14th 4QR
2018–19 2 LigaPro 2nd   2QR
2019–20 1 Primeira Liga 6th SF
2020–21 1 Primeira Liga 9th 4QR

  Promotion stage

  Relegation stage CNS


Crest evolution
1938-1965 1965-19?? 19??-1990 1990-2011 2011-2018 2018–present


  1. ^ a b "Historial" [History]. FC Famalicão (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Israeli Billionaire Idan Ofer Acquires Portuguese Second League Soccer Club". 1 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Vila Nova de Famalicão". ZeroZero (in Portuguese). Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Municipal 22 de Junho". ZeroZero (in Portuguese). Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Famalicão na meia-final da Taça para recordar o passado" [Famalicão in the semi-final of the Taça to remember the past]. Rádio e Televisão de Portugal. 16 January 2020. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Famalicão confirma subida à Segunda Liga" [Famalicão confirm promotion to Segunda Liga]. Record (in Portuguese). 10 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Mafra conquista Campeonato Nacional de Seniores" [Mafra conquer Campeonato Nacional de Seniores]. Público (in Portuguese). 10 June 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Una empresa israelí compró un club de fútbol portugués" [An Israeli business bought a Portuguese football club]. AJN. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Famalicão volta à I Liga 25 anos depois" [Famalicão return to the I Liga 25 years later]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 28 April 2019. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Quantum Pacific Group passa a deter 85 por cento da SAD do Famalicão" [Quantum Pacific Group now holds 85 percent of Famalicão's SAD]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 11 September 2019. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Plantel" [Squad] (in Portuguese). FC Famalicão. Retrieved 2 March 2020.

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