F.C. Paços de Ferreira

Futebol Clube Paços de Ferreira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpasuʒ ðɨ fɨˈʁɐjɾɐ]) is a Portuguese football club based in Paços de Ferreira, Porto district. Founded in 1950, they currently play in the Primeira Liga, holding home games at the 9,077-seat capacity Estádio da Mata Real, where the team has been based since 1973. The club's colours are yellow and green.

Paços de Ferreira
F.C. Paços de Ferreira.svg
Full nameFutebol Clube
Paços de Ferreira
Nickname(s)Os Castores (The Beavers)
Pacenses (Those from Paços)
Founded5 April 1950; 70 years ago (1950-04-05)
GroundEstádio da Mata Real
Capacity9,077[1]
ChairmanPaulo Meneses
ManagerPepa
LeaguePrimeira Liga
2019–20Primeira Liga, 13th of 18
WebsiteClub website

Paços de Ferreira is one of the historic teams in Portuguese football, having been in the portuguese Primeira Liga for 20 seasons. They have won four Segunda Liga titles (now LigaPro), and in 2007 they qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time. In the 2012–13 Primeira Liga, the team finished third and qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League play-offs for the first time in their history. They were also runners-up of the 2008–09 Portuguese Cup, the 2009 Portuguese Supercup and the 2010–11 Portuguese League Cup.

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

The origin of the club dates back to the 1930s, when it was named Sport Club Pacense. They played for two decades without any official recognition until they entered the lower divisions in 1950, under the name Futebol Clube Vasco da Gama. The club then changed their kit colours to the current ones and renamed themselves Futebol Clube Paços de Ferreira.

Their first match under the current name came on 19 November 1950, beating Lousada 2–1. Agostinho Alves was the first goal scorer in the history of the Pacenses. The club then played in Portugal's third regional division until the 1956–57 season, where they were crowned champions. The club crest was created in 1961–62, and was used ever since.

The club was relegated and then promoted again and supporters hit the streets of the city on 17 June 1973 when they defeated Perosinho 3–0. One year later, they won the third division championship on 14 June 1974, after defeating Estrela de Portalegre. The hero of the match was the goalscorer Mascarenhas.

Recent historyEdit

After establishing themselves in the first division during the 1990s, and suffering a relegation in 2003–04, the club finished sixth in the first division in 2006–07, thus qualifying for the UEFA Cup, their first ever European competition, under manager José Mota. They lost 1–0 on aggregate to AZ of the Netherlands in the first round.[2]

 
Paulo Fonseca managed Paços de Ferreira to a best-ever 3rd place in 2013

Having finished last in the league in 2007–08, Paços would have normally been relegated to the second level, but was readmitted after Boavista's confirmed irregularities.[3] In the following year, already without manager Mota, the team had a reasonably successful season: a comfortable tenth place in the league and a second Europa League qualification spot after losing the Taça de Portugal final 1–0 to eventual league champions Porto on 31 May.[4] The two clubs met again on 9 August in the Super Cup, which Porto won 2–0.[5]

Paços entered the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League in the second qualifying round, where they defeated Zimbru Chișinău of Moldova before being eliminated by Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv of Israel in the third.[6] The club reached the 2011 Taça da Liga Final under Rui Vitória, losing 2–1 to S.L. Benfica at the Estádio Cidade de Coimbra.[7]

In the 2012–13 season, Paços surprisingly qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League play-offs for the first time in their history after achieving third place in the league by passing favourites Braga and Sporting CP, making it their highest finish ever. The club were managed that season by Paulo Fonseca, who left at the end to join Porto, and was replaced by Costinha, who lost the Champions League playoff to Russians Zenit Saint Petersburg.[8]

Paços' 13-year spell in the Primeira Liga ended in 2018, though they immediately returned as champions of the 2018–19 LigaPro under promotion specialist Vítor Oliveira.[9]

League and cup historyEdit

Recent seasonsEdit

Season League Cup League Cup Europe Notes
Div. Pos. Pl W D L GS GA Pts Result Result Competition Result
2001–02 1st 8th 34 12 10 12 41 44 46 Last 16 n/a  –  –  –
2002–03 1st 6th 34 12 9 13 40 47 45 SF n/a  –  –  –
2003–04 1st 17th 34 8 4 22 27 53 28 Last 32 n/a  –  – [A]
2004–05 2nd 1st 34 20 9 5 61 43 69 Last 64 n/a  –  – [B]
2005–06 1st 11th 34 11 9 14 38 49 42 Last 64 n/a  –  –  –
2006–07 1st 6th 30 10 12 8 31 36 42 Last 64 n/a  –  –  –
2007–08 1st 15th 30 6 7 17 31 49 25 Last 16 R3 UEFA Cup R1 [C]
2008–09 1st 10th 30 9 7 14 37 42 34 RU R3  –  –  –
2009–10 1st 10th 30 8 11 11 32 37 35 QF R2 UEFA Europa League 3rd QR  –
2010–11 1st 7th 30 10 11 9 35 42 41 Last 32 RU  –  –  –
2011–12 1st 10th 30 8 7 15 35 53 31 Last 32 R3  –  –  –
2012–13 1st 3rd 30 14 12 4 42 29 54 SF R3  –  – [D]
2013–14 1st 15th 30 6 6 18 28 59 24 Last 16 R3 UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
PO
Gr. E
[E]
2014–15 1st 8th 34 12 11 11 40 45 47 Last 16 R2  –  –  –
2015–16 1st 7th 34 13 10 11 43 42 49 Last 32 R3  –  –  –
2016–17 1st 13th 34 8 12 14 32 45 36 Last 32 R3  –  –  –
2017–18 1st 17th 34 7 9 18 33 59 30 Last 64 R3  –  –  –
2018-19 2nd 1st 34 23 5 6 50 21 74 Last 16 R3  –  –  –
A. ^ Relegated.
B. ^ Promoted.
C. ^ Not relegated due to Boavista scandal.
D. ^ Best league finish.
E. ^ Qualification to relegation play-offs. Paços beat D. Aves 3–1 and secured the presence in Primeira Liga.
Last updated: 8 August 2017

HonoursEdit

Runners-up (1): 2008–09
Runners-up (1): 2010–11
Runners-up (1): 2009
Winners (4): 1990–91, 1999–2000, 2004–05, 2018–19
Winners (1): 1973–74

European matchesEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2007–08 UEFA Cup First round   AZ 0–1 0–0 0–1
2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round   Zimbru Chișinău 1–0 0–0 1–0
Third qualifying round   Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv 0–1 0–1 0–2
2013–14 UEFA Champions League Play-off round   Zenit Saint Petersburg 1–4 2–4 3–8
2013–14 UEFA Europa League Group E   Fiorentina 0–0 0–3 3rd place
  Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 0–2 0–2
  Pandurii Târgu Jiu 1–1 0–0

UEFA rankingsEdit

Club ranking eligible for 2012–13

Rank Team Points
133   Guingamp 13.300
135   Vitória de Setúbal 12.833
135   Paços de Ferreira 12.833
137   Nordsjælland 12.640

Current squadEdit

As of 2 September 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 Simão Bertelli (on loan from Operário)
2   DF Marco Baixinho
4   DF André Micael
5   DF Oleg Reabciuk
6   DF Bruno Teles
7   FW Denílson (on loan from Atlético Mineiro)
8   FW Welthon (on loan from Vitória Guimarães)
9   FW Zé Uilton
10   MF Pedrinho
13   DF Bruno Santos
16   MF Matchoi Djaló
17   FW Hélder Ferreira
20   FW Adriano Castanheira
No. Position Player
21   DF Jorge Silva
22   MF Luíz Carlos
23   GK Marco Sousa
24   MF Mohamed Diaby
26   DF Maracás
29   MF Vasco Rocha
42   MF João Amaral (on loan from Lech Poznań)
44   DF Marcelo
46   MF Stephen Eustáquio (on loan from Cruz Azul)
77   FW Murilo
87   GK Ricardo Ribeiro
99   FW Douglas Tanque

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
  MF Bernardo Martins (at Chaves)
  DF Pedro Marques (at Felgueiras 1932)
  FW Getúlio (at Avaí)
  MF Rafael Gava (at Cuiabá)

Former managersEdit

SupportersEdit

The supporters' club, "Ultras Yellow Boys," was founded in 1996, returning afterwards in 2001. Two previous groups, however extinct, existed: "Febre Amarela" and "Yellowmania".

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "UEFA: Paços de Ferreira perde com o AZ Alkmaar por 1-0" [UEFA: Paços de Ferreira lose 1–0 to AZ Alkmaar]. Público (in Portuguese). 20 September 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Boavista desce à Liga de Honra" [Boavista go down to Liga de Honra]. Correio da Manhã (in Portuguese). 29 July 2008. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  4. ^ "FC Porto bate Paços de Ferreira na final da Taça de Portugal" [FC Porto beat Paços de Ferreira in the Taça de Portugal final] (in Portuguese). RTP. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Bruno Alves sela vitória do FC Porto na Supertaça" [Bruno Alves seals FC Porto's victory in the Supertaça]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 9 August 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Paços fica pelo caminho" [Paços head home] (in Portuguese). UEFA. 6 August 2019. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Benfica 2 - 1 Paços de Ferreira" (in Portuguese). RTP. 23 April 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  8. ^ van Poortvliet, Richard (28 August 2013). "Zenit complete emphatic Paços play-off win". UEFA. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  9. ^ Roseiro, Bruno (20 April 2019). "Quase 30 anos depois, Vítor Oliveira faz mais história: sexta subida em sete anos (agora pelo P. Ferreira)" [Almost 30 years later, Vítor Oliveira makes more history: sixth promotion in seven years (now for P. Ferreira)]. Observador (in Portuguese). Retrieved 16 July 2020.

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