Leixões S.C.

Leixões Sport Club, commonly known as Leixões (Portuguese pronunciation: [lɐjˈʃõj̃ʃ]), is a Portuguese sports club from Matosinhos. It is organised into several departments for many sports, such as football, boxing, karate, volleyball, swimming and billiards. It is most well known for its professional football department.

Leixões
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Full nameLeixões Sport Club
Nickname(s)Os Bebés (The Babies)
Heróis do Mar (Sea Heroes)
Founded1907
GroundEstádio do Mar
Capacity6,798
ManagerVitor Martins
LeagueLiga Portugal 2
2021–228th
WebsiteClub website

Leixões won the 1960–61 Taça de Portugal.

HistoryEdit

Leixões Sport Club was founded in 1907, making them one of Portugal's oldest sports clubs in continuous operation. In 1961, they won their only Taça de Portugal, defeating Porto 2–0.[1] This qualified Leixões to the 1961–62 European Cup Winners' Cup, in which they reached the quarter-finals before losing 4–2 on aggregate to East German side Motor Jena.[1] Leixões had their best top-flight league performance in 1962–63, finishing fifth, 12 points behind champions Benfica.[2]

Present in the top-flight since 1959–60, Leixões were relegated on goal difference in the 1976–77 season.[3] Apart from the 1988–89 season,[4] Leixões did not play in the top-flight again until 2007.

In 2002, Leixões beat Braga 3–1 away to secure a place in the Taça de Portugal final (the first and only third division club to play a final) against Sporting CP. The club, however, lost 1–0, but nonetheless secured a spot in the following season's UEFA Cup and Portuguese Supercup after Sporting had also finished as national champions for the year. The following season, Leixões lost the Portuguese Supercup against Sporting CP by 5–1. That same year, Leixões lost 5–3 on aggregate to Greek side PAOK after winning the first leg 2–1 at home, thus suffering elimination in the first round of the UEFA Cup. They also romped to the Segunda Divisão B title with 94 points and with it they gained promotion to the Segunda Liga.

In 2004, they just avoided relegation back to Division Two and finished 14th. A year later, they battled to finish seventh in the league. Finally in 2006, they nearly reached the top-flight Primeira Liga, losing out to Desportivo das Aves in the promotion chase by finishing third, two points behind Aves. Third place used to merit a promotion, but due to a re-construction to all leagues, it meant only the top two would go up (Beira-Mar as champions and Aves as runners-up). Finally, in 2007, they gained promotion to the Liga, 18 years after their relegation. During this stint, which lasted three seasons, their best result was a sixth-place finish in 2008–09. Their last match in the Primeira Liga was a 1–0 away loss to Olhanense on 2 May 2010.

StadiumEdit

 
Estádio do Mar – Main stand.

Leixões' home ground, the Estádio do Mar, was inaugurated on 1 January 1964 with a match against Benfica, who won 4–0.[5]

HonoursEdit

  • 1937–38
  • 1939–40
  • 1982–83

Youth HonoursEdit

  • Nacional Juniores A 1ª Divisão(U19): 1
  • 1941–42
  • AF Porto Jun.A 1ª Divisão(U19 B): 3
  • 2009–10, 2016–17, 2018–19
  • AF Porto Juniores D T. Joaquim Piedade(U13): 1
  • 2010–11

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 7 August, 2022

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   POR Ricardo Moura
4 DF   SRB Nemanja Ćalasan
5 DF   BRA Isaque Gavioli
6 MF   CIV Evrard Zag
7 MF   POR Moisés Conceição
8 MF   POR Rodrigo Ferreira
9 FW   BRA Zé Eduardo
10 MF   POR Erivaldo
11 MF   POR Paulinho
13 DF   POR Pedro Coronas
17 FW   GNB Agostinho
18 DF   POR Miguel Silva
19 FW   POR Rúben Araújo
20 MF   POR Tomás Couto
21 MF   CIV Ben Traoré
No. Pos. Nation Player
23 FW   POR Kiki Silva
24 GK   FRA Quentin Beunardeau
27 MF   POR Fabinho
30 FW   BRA Thalis Henrique
37 FW    SUI João Oliveira
51 GK   SRB Igor Stefanović
61 DF   POR João Amorim
66 DF   POR João Meira
77 FW   POR Rúben Candal
85 DF   POR Ricardo Teixeira
97 DF   BRA Brunão
DF   POR Rui Bruno
FW   BRA Eduardo Thomasel
MF   BRA Rafael Freitas

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
MF   POR Diogo Leitão (at Vitória de Setúbal until 30 June 2022)

Notable former playersEdit

Managerial historyEdit

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1961–62 European Cup Winners' Cup PR   Chaux Fonds 5–0 2–6 7–6
1R   Progresul București 1–1 1–0 2–1
QF   Motor Jena 1–3 1–1 2–4
1964–65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R   Celtic 1–1 0–3 1–4
1968–69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R   Argeș Pitești 1–1 0–0 1–1
2002–03 UEFA Cup QR   Belasica 2–2 2–1 4–3
1R   PAOK 2–1 1–4 3–5

League and cup historyEdit

The club has played 25 seasons at the top level of Portuguese football.

Season Div Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup League Cup Europe Notes
1936–37 CL 8 14 2 0 12 19 69 4 1st round the cup-style competition played was still the

Portuguese Championship; until 1938, the

league-style competitions were still experimental

1937–38 2D.2 1 6 5 1 0 23 4 11 1st round went on to beat CUF in the finals of Segunda Divisão
1938–39 2D.DL 3 10 5 1 4 30 18 11 did not compete Portuguese Cup and official leagues were created
1939–40 1D 9 18 1 5 12 26 70 7 1st round relegated; won the Campeonato do Porto
1940–41 2D.DL1 1 8 6 1 1 29 13 13 did not compete lost the Douro Litoral Zone final
1941–42 2D.A.2.1 1 13 12 1 0 80 12 25 quarter-final lost the Segunda Divisão overall final; promoted
1942–43 1D 10 18 0 2 16 19 81 2 last 16 relegated
1943–44 2D.A.2.3 1 14 12 1 1 71 16 25 did not compete lost on the round of 16 in the

Segunda Divisão final phase

1944–45 2D.A.4 1 10 9 0 1 42 12 18 did not compete lost on the Segunda Divisão final phase
1945–46 2D.A.1 1 10 7 2 1 45 9 16 did not compete lost on the Segunda Divisão 2nd phase
1946–47 2D.A.2 1 10 9 0 1 64 8 18 not held lost on the Segunda Divisão 2nd phase
1947–48 2D.A 2 14 9 1 4 35 23 19 1st round lost on the Segunda Divisão 2nd phase
1948–49 2D.A 4 14 6 0 8 37 32 12 did not compete
1949–50 2D.A.2 1 18 14 2 2 57 28 30 not held lost on the Segunda Divisão 2nd phase
1950–51 2D.A 1 18 12 2 4 50 30 26 did not compete lost on the Segunda Divisão 2nd phase
1951–52 2D.A 4 18 11 0 7 46 29 22 did not compete
1952–53 2D.A 3 18 9 4 5 46 34 22 did not compete
1953–54 2D.A 1 26 16 5 5 57 38 37 did not compete lost on the Segunda Divisão final phase
1954–55 2DN 8 26 9 4 13 48 58 22 2nd round
1955–56 2DN 5 26 12 6 8 78 45 30 1st round
1956–57 2DN 5 26 14 3 9 67 50 31 2nd round
1957–58 2DN 4 26 10 6 10 46 39 26 did not compete
1958–59 2DN 1 26 18 5 3 55 22 41 2nd round lost the Segunda Divisão overall final (2nd); promoted
1959–60 1D 8 26 8 7 11 48 56 23 1st round
1960–61 1D 8 26 10 3 13 38 44 23 WINNERS
1961–62 1D 7 26 10 3 13 47 55 23 quarter-final CWC - QF
1962–63 1D 5 26 10 10 6 34 33 30 3rd round best league position ever
1963–64 1D 8 26 8 9 9 34 44 25 2nd round
1964–65 1D 9 26 8 5 13 50 51 21 1st round Fairs Cup - R1
1965–66 1D 12 26 7 4 15 28 39 18 quarter-final
1966–67 1D 7 26 8 8 10 23 29 24 quarter-final
1967–68 1D 8 26 10 4 12 29 39 24 quarter-final
1968–69 1D 11 26 7 7 12 21 30 21 last 16 Fairs Cup - R1
1969–70 1D 11 26 10 1 15 33 47 21 semi-final
1970–71 1D 13 26 7 5 14 22 44 19 last 16
1971–72 1D 14 30 7 7 16 26 51 21 quarter-final
1972–73 1D 9 30 11 8 11 32 45 30 quarter-final
1973–74 1D 14 30 9 3 18 36 56 21 last 32
1974–75 1D 9 30 10 9 11 29 42 29 last 16
1975–76 1D 12 30 8 6 16 30 65 22 last 32
1976–77 1D 15 30 4 15 11 15 31 23 2nd round relegated
1977–78 2DN 4 30 13 6 11 43 37 32 3rd round
1978–79 2DN 5 30 14 8 8 53 41 36 last 32
1979–80 2DN 5 30 15 4 11 54 29 34 last 32
1980–81 2DN 2 30 17 6 7 58 29 40 last 64 were 2nd on the promotion group (not promoted)
1981–82 2DN 6 30 11 9 10 36 35 31 quarter-final
1982–83 2DN 5 30 15 7 8 45 25 37 last 16 won the Taça AF Porto
1983–84 2DN 3 29 16 5 8 47 29 37 last 32 see notes[7]
1984–85 2DN 4 30 14 10 6 38 29 38 last 64
1985–86 2DN 10 30 12 6 12 43 37 30 last 128
1986–87 2DN 6 30 9 13 8 23 26 31 last 128
1987–88 2DN 1 38 22 9 7 70 33 53 last 16 promoted[8]
1988–89 1D 19 38 7 14 17 29 46 28 last 64 relegated
1989–90 2DN 8 34 13 9 12 46 42 35 1st round qualified for the 1st ever Liga de Honra (2nd level)
1990–91 2H 7 38 15 13 10 49 41 43 4th round
1991–92 2H 7 34 12 11 11 31 26 35 semi-final
1992–93 2H 12 34 11 9 14 34 39 31 4th round
1993–94 2H 18 34 8 8 18 24 41 24 5th round relegated
1994–95 2DN 7 34 13 11 10 44 28 37 3rd round
1995–96 2DN 10 34 14 6 14 47 42 48 2nd round from this season, wins = 3 points
1996–97 2DN 2 34 20 9 5 59 26 69 3rd round
1997–98 2DN 5 24 15 1 8 48 32 56 3rd round
1998–99 2DN 2 34 19 9 6 62 35 66 2nd round
1999–00 2DN 4 34 14 9 11 52 46 51 4th round
2000–01 2DN 6 38 14 18 6 60 46 60 5th round
2001–02 2DN 2 38 25 8 5 73 27 83 Runners-Up
2002–03 2DN 1 38 29 7 2 73 27 94 2nd round UEFA Cup - R1 lost the Portuguese Supercup; promoted
2003–04 2H 14 34 9 15 10 44 48 42 4th round
2004–05 2H 6 34 14 8 12 40 33 50 4th round
2005–06 2H 3 34 17 11 6 47 19 62 4th round
2006–07 2H 1 30 18 6 6 45 21 60 5th round promoted
2007–08 1D 14 30 4 14 12 27 37 26 6th round 3rd round
2008–09 1D 6 30 12 9 9 30 31 45 quarter-final group stage 1
2009–10 1D 16 30 5 6 19 25 51 21 last 32 group stage 2 relegated
2010–11 2H 6 30 10 12 8 35 27 42 last 16 2nd round
2011–12 2H 11 30 11 7 12 32 34 37 last 16 group stage 1
2012–13 2H 3 42 18 14 10 49 36 68 last 64 2nd round
2013–14 2H 17 42 13 8 21 42 57 47 last 16 group stage 2
2014–15 2H 20 46 13 11 22 53 67 50 2nd round group stage 1
2015–16 2H 18 46 14 13 19 45 56 55 last 64 group stage
2016–17 2H 18 42 10 16 16 44 48 46 quarter-final 1st round won the relegation play-offs to stay in Segunda Liga
2017–18 2H 8 38 14 14 10 50 43 56 last 32 group stage
2018–19 2H 7 34 12 9 13 35 36 45 quarter-final 2nd round
2019–20 2H 9 24 8 9 7 23 22 33 last 32 2nd round league suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2020–21 2H 10 34 10 10 14 35 43 40 last 32 did not compete
2021–22 2H 8 34 13 9 12 42 40 48 last 32 1st round
2022–23 2H current season
  • R1: 1st round
  • QF: Quarter-final

Other sportsEdit

In addition to football, Leixões also competes in boxing, karate, volleyball, swimming and billiards.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Portugal - List of Cup Winners". Rsssf.com.
  2. ^ "Portugal 1962-63". Rsssf.com.
  3. ^ "Portugal 1976-77". Rsssf.com.
  4. ^ "Portugal 1988-89". Rsssf.com.
  5. ^ "Estádio do Mar em Matosinhos". Igogo.pt.
  6. ^ pt:Taça de Honra da AF Porto
  7. ^ The game Leixões-Gil Vicente was suspended due to a field invasion.
  8. ^ Famalicão, who had finished first was demoted to the third division for charges of bribery.
  9. ^ "II Divisão Douro Litoral Série I 1940/41 :: zerozero.pt". www.zerozero.pt (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2021-08-18.
  10. ^ "II Divisão Grupo A Série 2 Sub-Série 1 1941/42 :: zerozero.pt". www.zerozero.pt (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2021-08-18.

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