Rio Ave F.C.

Rio Ave Futebol Clube, commonly known as Rio Ave [ˈʁi.u ˈavɨ], is a Portuguese professional football club based in Vila do Conde, northern Portugal, which competes in the Liga Portugal 2. The club is named after the Ave River, which flows through the town and into the Atlantic Ocean.

Rio Ave
Rio Ave FC logo.svg
Full nameRio Ave Futebol Clube
Nickname(s)Vilacondenses
Rioavistas
Founded1939; 82 years ago (1939)
GroundEstádio dos Arcos
Capacity12,815
PresidentAntónio Silva Campos
Head coachLuís Freire
LeagueLiga Portugal 2
2020–21Primeira Liga, 16th of 18 (relegated via play-offs)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Founded in 1939, they play their home matches at Estádio do Rio Ave, also known as the Estádio dos Arcos. Built in 1985, the current stadium seats approximately 12,815 people and is a multi-sports venue, although it is used mainly for Rio Ave's football matches.

The club's home colours are green and white striped shirts with white shorts and socks, while their away kit consists of a red and white striped shirt and white shorts with yellow socks. Portuguese internationals Alfredo, Paulinho Santos, Quim, Rui Jorge and Fábio Coentrão started their careers at the club. Goalkeepers Jan Oblak and Ederson are some famous talents that were part of this side.

The Vilacondenses' best top-tier league finish was fifth in the 1981–82, 2017–18 and 2019–20 seasons.[1] They reached the 1984 Taça de Portugal Final, where they lost to Porto 4–1,[2] and the 2014 Taça de Portugal Final, where they lost to Benfica 1–0.[3] With this result, Rio Ave qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League, their first participation in a major European competition.

HistoryEdit

Rio Ave was founded in 1939, soon being nicknamed Rio Grande (Big River). The side had two of its best moments in the 1980s, under the management of Félix Mourinho, father of José Mourinho: in 1981–82, the club finished in a joint-best fifth place, and two years later it reached the Taça de Portugal final, losing to Porto 4–1.[4]

In 2013–14, the club reached both cup finals under the management of Nuno Espírito Santo, but lost to treble-winners Benfica in both. This qualified them to their first European campaign, the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League.[5] New manager Pedro Martins led them past Swedish duo IFK Göteborg and IF Elfsborg to reach the group stage, where they came last.

Under Miguel Cardoso, Rio Ave came fifth in 2017–18, equalling their best finish.[6] Two years later, with Carlos Carvalhal in charge and Iranian Mehdi Taremi the league's joint top scorer, the club equalled this position with a new points record of 55.[7] The team reached the play-offs for the Europa League in October 2020 but lost at home to A.C. Milan, having conceded a penalty equaliser in time added on to extra time and then lost 9–8 on penalties.[8] The season, under the returning Cardoso, ended with relegation after a 5–0 aggregate defeat to F.C. Arouca in the playoffs.[9]

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2014–15 UEFA Europa League 3Q   IFK Göteborg 0–0 1–0 1–0
PO   IF Elfsborg 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)
Group J   Dynamo Kyiv 0–3 0–2 4th place
  Steaua București 2–2 1–2
  Aalborg BK 2–0 0–1
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 3Q   Slavia Prague 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Jagiellonia Białystok 4–4 0–1 4–5
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Borac Banja Luka N/A 2–0 N/A
3Q   Beşiktaş N/A 1–1 (4–2 p) N/A
PO   Milan 2–2 (8–9 p) N/A N/A
Notes
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round
  • GS: Group stage

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 1 July 2021

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   BRA Júnio
3 DF   POR Ângelo Meneses
5 DF   BRA Hugo Gomes
6 MF   POR Guga
8 MF   POR Vítor Gomes (captain)
9 FW   BRA Ronan
13 DF   SEN Alhassane Sylla
14 MF   POR Joca
17 FW   POR Ukra
18 GK   BRA Jhonatan (on loan from Vitória Guimarães)
19 FW   POR Pedro Mendes (on loan from Sporting)
20 DF   POR Costinha
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   POR João Graça
22 GK   BRA Léo
24 DF   POR Pedro Amaral
27 MF   POR Rúben Gonçalves
33 DF   BRA Aderlan Santos
36 DF   BRA Sávio
42 DF   CRO Renato Pantalon
70 FW   BRA Gabrielzinho
80 MF   CPV Zimbabwé
81 FW   GHA Abdul-Aziz Yakubu (on loan from Vitória Guimarães)
90 FW   ANG Anderson Cruz
95 FW   POR André Pereira

Other players under contractEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
80 MF   POR Diogo Teixeira
91 MF   POR Nuno Silva
92 DF   POR Luca

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
GK   POR Carlos Alves (at Trofense until 30 June 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   POR Rúben Gonçalves (at Vilafranquense until 30 June 2021)

HonoursEdit

Coaching historyEdit

League and cup historyEdit

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup League Cup Notes
1978–79 2DS 2 30 20 5 5 51 26 45 Round 4 Promoted
1979–80 1D 16 30 5 3 22 22 61 13 Round 4 Relegated
1980–81 2DS 1 30 16 10 4 43 17 42 Round 3 Promoted
1981–82 1D 5 30 13 8 9 26 31 34 Round 5
[A]
1982–83 1D 8 30 13 3 14 43 45 29 Round 3
1983–84 1D 9 30 11 7 12 35 35 29 Runner-up
[B]
1984–85 1D 13 30 7 9 14 27 43 23 Quarter-final Relegated
1985–86 2DN 1 30 19 11 0 52 19 49 Round 4 Promoted
1986–87 1D 13 30 8 9 13 33 40 25 Round 5
1987–88 1D 18 38 7 14 17 29 67 28 Round 6 Relegated
1988–89 2DS 4 34 16 9 9 51 30 41 Round 3
1989–90 2DS 10 34 10 11 13 44 47 31 Round 3
1990–91 2DS 4 38 23 10 5 79 21 56 Round 6 Promoted
1991–92 2H 4 34 16 7 11 47 30 39 Round 5
1992–93 2H 5 34 14 10 10 39 36 38 Round 5
1993–94 2H 4 34 18 8 8 43 23 44 Quarter-final
1994–95 2H 11 34 12 8 14 47 46 32 Round 6
1995–96 2H 1 34 21 5 8 58 42 68 Round 5 Promoted
1996–97 1D 15 34 8 11 15 35 42 35 Round 4
1997–98 1D 9 34 12 10 12 43 43 46 Round 5
1998–99 1D 14 34 8 11 15 26 47 35 Round 4
1999–00 1D 17 34 8 9 17 34 54 33 Semi-final Relegated
2000–01 2H 5 34 17 9 8 68 35 60 Round 6
2001–02 2H 8 34 12 10 12 45 36 46 Round 3
2002–03 2H 1 34 19 6 9 49 36 63 Round 5 Promoted
2003–04 1D 7 34 12 12 10 42 37 48 Quarter-final
2004–05 1D 8 34 10 17 7 35 35 47 Round 6
2005–06 1D 16 34 8 10 16 34 53 34 Round 5 Relegated
2006–07 2H 3 30 15 8 7 44 37 53 Round 4
2007–08 2H 2 30 13 12 5 38 26 51 Round 6 Round 1 Promoted
2008–09 1D 12 30 8 6 16 20 35 30 Round 3 Second Group Stage
2009–10 1D 12 30 6 13 11 22 33 31 Semi-final Second Group Stage
2010–11 1D 8 30 10 8 12 35 33 38 Quarter-final Round 1
2011–12 1D 14 30 7 7 16 33 42 28 Round 4 Second Group Stage
2012–13 1D 6 30 12 6 12 35 42 42 Round 4 Semi-final
2013–14 1D 11 30 8 8 14 21 35 32 Runner-up Runner-up Qualified Europa League [B] [C]
2014–15 1D 10 34 10 13 11 38 42 43 Semi-final Second Group Stage
2015–16 1D 6 34 14 8 12 44 44 50 Semi-final Second Group Stage Qualified Europa League
2016–17 1D 7 34 14 7 13 41 39 49 Round 3 Group Stage
2017–18 1D 5 34 15 6 13 40 42 51 Quarter-final Group Stage Qualified Europa League [A]
2018–19 1D 7 34 12 9 13 50 52 45 Round 5 Group Stage
2019–20 1D 5 34 15 10 9 48 36 55 Quarter-final Group Stage Qualified Europa League [A]
2020–21 1D 16 34 7 13 13 25 40 34 Round 5 DNP Relegated

^A Best league classification finish in the club's history.
^B Best cup run in the club's history.
^C Best league cup run in the club's history.

Div. = Division; 1D = Portuguese League; 2H = Liga de Honra; 2DS/2D = Portuguese Second Division
Pos. = Position; Pl = Match played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lost; GS = Goal Scored; GA = Goal Against; P = Points

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rio Ave finish in record 5th place".
  2. ^ "FC Porto 4–1 Rio Ave". ZeroZero. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Rio Ave beat Braga to reach final".
  4. ^ da Silva Campos, António (25 June 2017). "Felix [sic] Mourinho deixou-nos um legado eterno" [Félix Mourinho left us an eternal legacy] (in Portuguese). Rio Ave F.C. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  5. ^ "First-timers Rio Ave out to finish off IFK". UEFA. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Nantes hire coach Miguel Cardoso to replace Claudio Ranieri". ESPN FC. 14 June 2018. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Presidente do Rio Ave confirma saída do treinador Carlos Carvalhal" [President of Rio Ave confirms exit of manager Carlos Carvalhal]. Record (in Portuguese). 25 July 2020. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  8. ^ Cole, Richard (1 October 2020). "Europa League: Sporting humiliated, Rio Ave cruelly eliminated". PortuGOAL. Retrieved 2 October 2020.
  9. ^ Oludare, Shina (30 May 2021). "Ofori & Bukia's FC Arouca promoted to Primeira Liga after play-off triumph over Rio Ave". Goal. Retrieved 31 May 2021.

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