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Orlando Pirates Football Club is a professional football club in South Africa, based in the Houghton suburb of the city of Johannesburg and plays in the top-tier system of South African football known as Premier Soccer League.

Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates FC logo.svg
Full nameOrlando Pirates Football Club
Nickname(s)Buccaneers, Bucs, Ezikamagebhula, Sea Robbers, the Ghost, Happy People, Amabhakabhaka,
Ezimnyama Ngenkani (The black ones)
Founded1937; 82 years ago (1937), as Orlando Boys Club
GroundOrlando Stadium
Capacity37,139[1]
ChairmanSouth Africa Dr Irvin Khoza
ManagerSerbia Milutin Sredojević
LeagueABSA Premiership
2018–192nd
Current season

The club was founded in 1937 and was originally based in Orlando, Soweto.[2] They are named 'Pirates' after the 1940 film The Sea Hawk starring Errol Flynn.[3] Orlando Pirates are the first club since the inception of the Premier Soccer League in 1996 to have won three major trophies in a single season back to back, having won the domestic league ABSA Premiership, the FA Cup Nedbank Cup and the Top 8 Cup MTN 8 during the ABSA Premiership 2010–11 season and domestic league ABSA Premiership, the League Cup Telkom Knockout and the Top 8 Cup MTN 8 during the ABSA Premiership 2011–12 season.[4] They are one of only two South African teams with Mamelodi Sundowns to win the CAF Champions League, which they won in 1995. They are the runners-up of 2015 CAF Confederation Cup.[5]

Orlando Pirates drew an average home attendance of 14,533 in the 2016-17 domestic league season. It became the second highest in the league.

One of their biggest rivalries, besides the one with Kaizer Chiefs, is the rivalry with Moroka Swallows.

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HistoryEdit

Orlando Pirates is one of South Africa's oldest football clubs having been established in 1937 in Orlando East, Soweto.[2][6] The club's performances over the years have served as an inspiration for young footballers to strive to play the Beautiful Game at the highest level in the black and white colours of the ‘Buccaneers’.

Early yearsEdit

The founders of Orlando Pirates included offspring of migrant workers who moved from rural areas to work in the gold mines of Gauteng. Boys in Orlando came together at every available opportunity in open spaces and in informal groupings to play football. That original club was called the Orlando Boys Club.

In 1940, Buthuel Mokgosinyane, the first president, bought the first team kit with his own funds. Orlando Boys participated in Johannesburg Bantu Association's Saturday League, where they won the Division Two title and gained promotion to Division One in 1944.[2] Andrew Bassie, a key member of the team, suggested the new name 'Orlando Pirates'. The team composed the camp's war cry 'Ezimnyama Ngenkani'.

Since 1971Edit

 
Orlando Pirates supporters

Over the years, Orlando Pirates – also known as ‘The Happy People’ – have accumulated a record of successes having won the National Professional Soccer League title in 1971, 1973, 1975 and 1976, the National Soccer League title in 1994, and the Premier Soccer League title four times, in 2001, 2003, 2011 and 2012. Their first-place finish in the 2010–11 domestic league campaign generated much excitement among the club's vast fan-base.

In 2011, Orlando Pirates enjoyed tremendous success by winning the 2010–11 Premier Soccer League, The Nedbank Cup, The MTN 8 Cup and The Telkom Knockout. This year was dubbed as "The Happy Year."

Many other cup triumphs in domestic football have also been recorded, including Vodacom Challenge title victories in the inaugural 1999 tournament and in 2005. But the African continent and other areas of the football world took notice of Orlando Pirates Football Club when they won the African Champions Cup (now known as the Champions League) in 1995 and the African Super Cup a year later. Along with Mamelodi Sundowns, the Orlando Pirates are the only Southern Hemisphere club to have won the African Champions League. This achievement resulted in the club being honoured by the first State President of the new democratic South Africa, Nelson Mandela – another first for a South African sporting team.

Club chairman, Irvin Khoza, who also served on the 2010 World Cup Bid Committee, must be credited with the club's rise to fame over the past few years as the Orlando Pirates supporters – who are nicknamed "The Ghost" – have had much to cheer about.

Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung and his Jomo Cosmos counterpart Jomo Sono were popular players of the highest calibre for the Buccaneers before starting their own clubs. Their playing history is deeply entrenched in the black and white colours of Orlando Pirates.

In 2005, the team, along with Interza Lesego and Ellis Park Stadium Ltd, announced its acquisition of a 51% share in Ellis Park Stadium, making it the first majority black owned stadium in South Africa.[7]

The Soweto derbyEdit

 
Orlando Pirates Supporters.

The Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates is one of the most fiercely contested derbies in world football. And in contrast to most of the other games played in the Premier Soccer League in South Africa, matches between the two archrivals attract a full house of supporters almost without fail. The first Soweto derby of the 2018-19 Absa Premiership season at the FNB Stadium, with 82,000 capacity was completely sold out, showing the popularity of the contest.

HonoursEdit

Domestic competitionsEdit

International competitionsEdit

Reserve and FriendlyEdit

Performance in CAF CompetitionsEdit

NB: South African football clubs started participating in CAF Competition's in 1993, after 16 years of being banned from FIFA due to the apartheid system. The ban extended from 1976 to 1992.

The club have 2 appearances in African Cup of Champions Clubs 1995, 1996 and 8 appearances in CAF Champions League from 1997 until now.

Year Best Finish
1995 Champions
1996 Quarter-Final
1997 Group Stage
2002 Second Round
2004 Second Round
2006 Semi-Final
2010 Preliminary Round
2012 Preliminary Round
2013 Finalist
2018-19 Group Stage
Year Best Finish
CAF Confederation Cup African Cup winners' Cup
1999 - Semi-Final
2004 Play-offs -
2015 Finalist -


Year Best Finish
1996 Champions


Note
  • Orlando Pirates did not make an appearance in the CAF Cup, they qualified for the 2001 CAF Cup, but withdrew from the competition. As the cup was intended for league runners-up their place in the tournament was then extended to Kaizer Chiefs who had finished third, but they declined as they had already qualified for the more prestigious 2001 African Cup Winners' Cup. Pirates' place in the tournament was then extended to and taken by Ajax Cape Town.

Overall MatchesEdit

Competition P W D L GF GA
CAF Champions League 80 36 24 20 122 69
CAF Confederation Cup 18 12 2 4 33 22
African Cup Winners' Cup 8 6 1 1 24 11
CAF Super Cup 1 1 0 0 1 0
Total 107 55 27 25 180 102
As of 20 March 2019

Notable former coachesEdit

Club recordsEdit

 
Orlando Pirates youth team players.
  • Most appearances: William Okpara 375[8]
  • Most goals: Benedict Vilakazi 52
  • Most capped Player: Teko Modise 58 (South Africa)
  • Most Appearances: William Okpara 375 (Nigeria)
  • Most appearances in a season: Oupa Manyisa 51 (2013–14), Senzo Meyiwa 51 (2013-2014) and William Okpara 51 (1994-1995)
  • Most goals in a season: Dennis Lota 23 (1999–00)
  • Record win: 9–1 v Olympics (Bob Save Super Bowl 07/03/1999)
  • Record loss: 0-6 vs Mamelodi Sundowns (League 11/02/2017) Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria
  • Most Games Unbeaten: 17 (1975, 2005)
  • Most Goals Scored in a Season: 61 (1989)
  • Most Goals Conceded in a Season: 60 (1986)
  • Most Victories in a Season: 19 (1990)
  • Fewest Victories in a Season: 5 (1985)
  • Most Defeats in a Season: 15 (1985)
  • Fewest Defeats in a Season: 3 (1994)

Premier Soccer League recordEdit

Season Pos. Record
P W D L F A GD Pst
1996–97 3rd 34 18 10 6 43 27 16 57
1997–98 3rd 34 15 12 7 52 33 19 57
1998–99 3rd 34 17 9 8 55 28 27 60
1999–00 2nd 34 18 10 6 72 36 36 64
2000–01 CHAMPIONS 34 16 13 5 60 34 26 61
2001–02 3rd 34 15 12 7 43 31 12 57
2002–03 CHAMPIONS 30 18 7 5 41 16 25 61
2003–04 5th 30 13 11 6 45 30 15 50
2004–05 2nd 30 17 9 4 52 29 23 60
2005–06 2nd 30 14 12 4 39 24 15 54
2006–07 5th 30 12 10 8 36 30 6 46
2007–08 8th 30 12 6 12 38 30 8 42
2008–09 2nd 30 15 10 5 37 20 17 55
2009–10 5th 30 10 14 6 26 18 8 44
2010–11 CHAMPIONS 30 17 9 4 41 23 18 60
2011–12 CHAMPIONS 30 17 7 6 39 26 13 58
2012–13 3rd 30 14 10 6 39 23 16 52
2013–14 4th 30 13 7 10 30 22 8 46
2014–15 4th 30 13 11 6 46 29 17 50
2015–16 7th 30 11 8 11 38 30 8 41
2016–17 11th 30 6 15 9 29 40 -11 33
2017–18 2nd 30 15 10 5 41 26 15 55
2018–19 2nd 30 15 12 3 44 24 20 57
Total 4 Titles 714 331 234 149 986 626 360 1227

|green=Inprogess |Gold=CHAMPIONS |Silver =runner up

As of 21 May 2019

Club officials/Technical teamEdit

  • Chairman and MD:   Irvin Khoza
  • Coach:   Milutin Sredojevic
  • Assistant coach:   Rhulani Mokwena
  • Assistant coach:   Fadlu Davids
  • GoalKeeper Coach:   Andrew Sparks
  • Finishing Coach:   Stéphane Lucien Adam
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach:   Franck Plaine
  • Conditioning Coach:   Stephen Plummer
  • Sport Scientist:   Warren Engelbrecht
  • Performance Analyst:   Michael Loftman
  • Performance Analyst:   Kyle Solomon
  • Performance Analyst:   Darian Wilken
  • Physiotherapist:   Kutlwano Molefe
  • Physiotherapist:   John Williams
  • Kit Manager:   Donovan Lekgothoane
  • Kit Manager:   Funky Mokoalase
  • Kit Manager:   Itumeleng Khoza
  • Kit Manager:   Pule Sithebe
 
Orlando Pirates starting line-up in 2009.

PlayersEdit

As of 06 July 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 Brilliant Khuzwayo
2   DF Ntsikelelo Nyauza
3   MF Thembinkosi Lorch
4   DF Happy Jele (Captain)
11   MF Luvuyo Memela
12   FW Justin Shonga
14   MF Musa Nyatama
17   FW Augustine Mulenga
20   MF Xolani Mlambo
21   DF Alfred Ndengane
23   DF Innocent Maela
27   MF Ben Motshwari
28   DF Mthokozisi Dube
29   FW Paseka Mako
30   GK Wayne Sandilands
No. Position Player
32   MF Linda Mntambo
37   MF Asavela Mbekile
38   MF Augustine Mahlonoko
40   GK Siyabonga Mpontshane
44   MF Abel Mabaso
45   FW Vincent Pule
-   FW Zakhele Lepasa
-   GK Joris Delle
-   DF Bongani Sam
-   MF Tebogo Tlolane
-   MF Fortune Makaringe
-   FW Siphesihle Ndlovu
-   MF Kabelo Dlamini
-   FW Tshegofatso Mabasa
-   FW Gabadinho Mhango

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
-   DF Tercious Malepe (at Chippa United until 30 June 2019)
-   DF Sandile Mthethwa (at Richards Bay United)
-   DF Thembela Sikhakhane (at AmaZulu)
-   MF Siphumelele Mbulu (at Witbank Spurs)
-   MF Brian Hlongwa (at Royal Eagles )
-   MF Yusuf Maart (at Cape Umoya United)
-   MF Thobela Sikhakhane (at TS Sporting)

ForeignersEdit

In the South African PSL, only five non-South African nationals can be registered. Foreign players who have acquired permanent residency can be registered as locals.

Retired numbersEdit

SponsorshipsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Orlando Stadium sponsored by Lafarge - Stadium Management SA". Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "History – Chapter 1: A)Orlando Pirates are famously known for being the first South African team to win the African Champions League in 1995. BUILDING THE HOUSE OF PIRATES (1937–59)". OrlandoPiratesFC.com. Orlando Pirates FC. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
  3. ^ Kuper, Simon (October 2009). "Action Replay: Soweto". FourFourTwo. HayMarket. p. 104.
  4. ^ "Orlando Pirates clinch treble". News24. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  5. ^ "CAF Confederations Cup 2018 live scores, results, Football Africa - FlashScore". www.flashscore.com. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Orlando Pirates: The Pirates who ruled Africa". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Ellis Park Stadium". OrlandoPiratesFC.com. Orlando Pirates FC. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Orlando Pirates Football Club" (PDF). Superbrands.com/za. Superbrands. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2010.
  9. ^ "Orlando Pirates retire fourth club jersey". www.kickoff.com. 28 October 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2017.

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