Leça Futebol Clube, better known as Leça FC or simply Leça, is a Portuguese football club located in the town of Leça da Palmeira, Matosinhos. Founded in 1912, it had a spell in the top-flight Primeira Liga between 1995 and 1998, when it was relegated for financial irregularities. They currently play in the Portuguese Second Division and, in the previous season of 2007–08, they finished 10th in the division. The club currently play their home games at the Estádio do Leça FC, which holds a capacity of 12,000 spectators. The current chairman is Fernando Monteiro and their current manager is Serbian Milic Jovanović. The club's shirt and socks are white while their shorts are green.

Leça FC
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Full nameLeça Futebol Clube
Founded1912
GroundEstádio do Leça FC, Leça da Palmeira, Matosinhos
Capacity12,000
ChairmanPortugal António Pinho
ManagerPortugal Domingos Barros
LeagueCampeonato de Portugal
2018–19Campeonato de Portugal
Serie B: 12th

HistoryEdit

Founded in 1912, Leca participated in the Portuguese Liga from 1995 to 1998 but a decision taken by the Portuguese Football Federation based on past acts of corruption decided to relegate Leça to the Liga de Honra for 1998–99 season. The team was expected to fight for promotion but the efforts were not enough to bring the team to the top level again. In the upcoming years, the club was affected by financial problems that cut some of the desire of wanting the team back to the top. Because of the team's lower budget, new goals were set. The main goal was now to make the club financially secure and then try to put the team back on the first division.

However, after a series of events of bad management of the financial status by the presidents, it has been related that some of the presidents stole money from the club to use for their own benefit, which was unpaid wages to the team professionals, unqualified team coaches and other sporting factors. Since then, they've been dubbed as strong candidates to promotion but never confirmed the expectations, finishing in mid-table and surprisingly sometimes near the bottom of the table. In the most recent season of 2007–08, they finished 10th in the division with management by manager Milić Jovanović

BadgeEdit

The club's badge is in green and white, the club colours. The castle on top of it represents Leça da Palmeira, the city which the club was in on its foundation in 1912.

StadiumEdit

Leça play their games at the Estádio do Leça FC. The current stadium has played host to many matches down the years in the Portuguese Liga or in the Liga de Honra. It currently has a capacity of 12,000 spectators and has two big stands in green and white which symbolizes the club's colours. The stands also feature the name of the club on both sides of the pitch. The club constructed the stadium in 1992 were in that time Leça were ready to go in the top flight of Portuguese football.

HonoursEdit

  • Winners (1): 1940–41
  • Winners (1): 2006–07

League Cup and HistoryEdit

As of April 14, 2009

Season Division Pos. Pl. W D L GS Pts Portuguese Cup Notes
1968–69 II Divisão 7th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –  –
1969–70 II Divisão 14th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –  –
1970–71 II Divisão 7th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –  –
1971–72 II Divisão 5th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –  –
1972–73 II Divisão 8th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –  –
1973–74 III Divisão 9th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –  –
1974–75 III Divisão 12th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –  –
1975–76 III Divisão 9th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –  –
1976–77 III Divisão 14th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  – Relegated
1977–78 1º Escalão Dist. 1st ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  – Promoted
1978–79 III Divisão 4th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –  –
1979–80 III Divisão 10th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –  –
1980–81 III Divisão 1st ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  – Promoted
1981–82 II Divisão 10th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –  –
1982–83 II Divisão 14th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  – Relegated
1983–84 III Divisão 15th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  – Relegated
1984–85 Distritais – 1ª Divisão 8th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –  –
1985–86 Distritais – 1ª Divisão 2nd ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  – Promoted
1986–87 III Div. 6th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  – Relegated
1987–88 III Div. 6th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  – Relegated
1988–89 III Div. 7th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  – Relegated
1989–90 III Div. 4th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  – Relegated
1990–91 II Divisão B 17th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –
1991–92 II Divisão B 2nd ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –
1992–93 II Divisão B 1st ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  – Promoted
1993–94 Liga de Honra 8th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –
1994–95 Liga de Honra 1st ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  – Promoted
1995–96 Primeira Liga 14th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –  –
1996–97 Primeira Liga 14th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  – Relegated
1997–98 Primeira Liga 12th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  – Relegated
1998–99 Liga de Honra 6th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –
1999–2000 Liga de Honra 11th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –
2000–01 Liga de Honra 13th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –
2001–02 Liga de Honra 11th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –
2002–03 Liga de Honra 17th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –  –
2003–04 II Div. 19th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  – Relegated
2004–05 III Div. 5th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –  –
2005–06 III Div. 9th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –  –
2006–07 III Div. 1st ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  – Promoted
2007–08 III Div. 13th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  – Relegated
?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –
2008–09 III Div. 7th ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –  –
?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??  –

Current squadEdit

As of 22 April 2020

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 DF   POR Joel Mateus
3 DF   POR Manuel Lopes (on loan from Gil Vicente)
4 DF   POR Cláudio Borges
5 DF   POR João Pedro
7 FW   CPV João Paulino
8 MF   POR Nelsinho
9 FW   POR Adilson Silva
10 MF   CPV João Paulo Fernandes
11 FW   POR João Van Zeller
12 MF   BRA Jair
13 MF   POR Samuel Teles
14 FW   CIV Isaac Cissé
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 DF   CAN Ishwar Bhatti
17 FW   GHA Isaac Boakye
19 DF   UKR Maksym Lapushenko
20 MF   POR Bruno Simões
21 FW   BRA Guilherme Henrique
22 GK   BRA Gustavo Galil
25 DF   CPV Pecks
37 DF   POR Paulo Lopes
70 FW   POR Pedro Prazeres
77 FW   POR Rafael Cardoso
88 GK   POR Cristiano Magalhães
GK   POR Afonso Saldanha

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