Sport Clube Beira-Mar (Portuguese pronunciation: [sɨˈpɔɾ ˈkluβɨ ˈβɐjɾɐ ˈmaɾ]) is a Portuguese sports club based in Aveiro, Portugal. Its football team currently plays in the Campeonato de Portugal, the fourth national level, having gained promotion by winning the Aveiro FA First Division 2018/19 championship season. The old Estádio Mário Duarte was the home ground from 1935 until 2019. From 2020, SC Beira-Mar plays home matches at Estádio Municipal de Aveiro. The club also has futsal, basketball, boxing, judo, handball, billiards, athletics, and paintball departments.
|Full name||Sport Clube Beira-Mar|
|Founded||31 December 1922|
|Ground||Estádio Municipal de Aveiro|
|League||Campeonato de Portugal|
Famous Portuguese players who have represented the club include Eusébio, António Veloso, and António Sousa. All three players have regularly been chosen for the Portugal national team and have played for the biggest clubs in the country—the former two with Benfica and the latter with both Porto and Sporting CP. After becoming a manager, Sousa also coached the team, guiding it to win the 1999 Taça de Portugal.
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Beira-Mar was founded on 1 January 1922. It first reached the top division in 1961, only lasting one season. Subsequently, Beira-Mar reached the top flight several times enjoying a spell lasting from 1971 to 1974. In the 1976–77 campaign, former S.L. Benfica and Portugal legend Eusébio signed up to play for Beira-Mar, requesting to be excluded in all matches against S.L. Benfica. Injuries prevented him from being fielded regularly, and the campaign ended in relegation.
In 1988 Beira-Mar returned to the "Primeira Divisão" managing to remain there most of the following years and achieving a best ever sixth place overall finish in the 1990/91 top league season and also reaching the Cup final. In 1999 the club again reached the Cup final, this time defeating S.C. Campomaiorense 1–0 to win the Taça de Portugal. Beira-Mar's goal was scored by Ricardo Sousa, son of coach António Sousa, who played for the club in the 1970s. Despite winning its biggest honour to date, the team was relegated at season's end.
As the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was discontinued in 1999, Beira-Mar participated in the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup, losing 1–2 on aggregate to Dutch club Vitesse. In the domestic league, the club finished second place in the second division, automatically returning to the top flight. On 23 February 2002, Beira-Mar achieved a 3–2 away win against FC Porto, which was managed by a young José Mourinho; it would be his last home defeat in the following decade.
In 2006, former European Golden Shoe winner Mário Jardel returned to Portugal to play for Beira-Mar, signing a one-year contract. The Brazilian scored in his official debut, a 2–2 home draw against Desportivo das Aves, but gradually lost his importance in the team and later transferred to a club in Cyprus. In 2007 Beira-Mar was relegated in a campaign that included the sacking of manager Carlos Carvalhal, who was replaced by Spaniard Francisco Soler after the team signed a deal with Inverfutbol, a Spanish-based sporting company.
In 2010, Beira-Mar finished the season as second division champions and returned to the top division after a three-year absence. In 2013, the team was relegated to the second division for finishing in last place. In 2015, Beira-Mar was demoted by administrative decree to the second-lowest league of the Aveiro FA district (Associação de Futebol de Aveiro), the fifth lowest overall level in the pyramid, despite finishing tenth, due to financial difficulties and debt. According to the FA legislation, the club was found ineligible to participate in national competitions and had to restart competitive activity from the bottom in the regional levels.
Current squad edit
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
League and Cup history edit
European record edit
- Winners (1): 1998–99
- Winners (3): 1960–61, 1964–65, 1970–71
- Winners (1): 1958–59
- Winners (1): 1964–65
- Winners (4): 1928–29, 1937–38, 2018–19, 2021–22
- Winners (3): 1948–49, 1955–56, 1958–59
- Winners (2): 2017–18, 2021–22
- Winners (2): 2019, 2021
From 1935 until 2019, Beira-Mar played home games at Estádio Mário Duarte, a 12,000- seating capacity ground in the city center. However, during this time, there were exceptions to Mario Duarte stadium use exclusivity when Beira-Mar occasionally used the new Municipal Stadium, purpose built for the 2004 Euro Championship. After the 2015 relegation, due to the poor economic situation of the club, Mario Duarte Stadium played an important role in the team recovering their support base due to the ease of access by the local fans.
Due to the stadium's ground being conveniently situated next door, the latest city planning and infrastructure developments require the area presently occupied by Mario Duarte Stadium for the long waiting expansion of Aveiro's main regional hospital. As a result of these developments, the city authorities reached a deal with the club for the use of the new Estádio Municipal de Aveiro by Beira-Mar S. C.. This modern 32000 seat stadium was purpose built to host some matches in the 2004 Euro Championship, is currently undergoing further development on its adjoining grounds by the Aveiro Football Association to establish new training facilities and a football academy. Nevertheless, due to the stadium's position being about 5 km outside the city limits next to the highway, does not enjoy public transportation accesses or shuttle services, thus, it never was very popular with Beira-Mar home or visiting supporters, who preferred the old historical stadium's cosiness and ease of access. To counter the stadium's lack of popularity due to accessibility problems, the local authorities are studying the implementation of a new shuttle service scheme incorporating the metropolitan bus services for match days, to help supporters reach the stadium easily. A passenger link from Aveiro railway station could also become a reality in the future by using the existing Vouga railway line that passes a few hundred meters from the stadium.
Notable players edit
Note: this list includes players who have played at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status.
Former managers edit
- Fernando Vaz (1975–76)
- Fernando Cabrita (1977–79)
- Mário Lino (1986–87)
- Jean Thissen (1987–90)
- Zoran Filipović (1993–94)
- Rodolfo Reis (1994–95)
- Acácio (1995)
- António Sousa (1997 – 2004)
- Mick Wadsworth (July 2004 – Sept 04)
- Manuel Cajuda (Sept 2004 – Dec 04)
- Augusto Inácio (April 2005 – Nov 06)
- Carlos Carvalhal (Nov 2006 – Jan 07)
- Francisco Soler (Jan 2007 – May 7)
- Rogério Gonçalves (May 2007 – Feb 08)
- Paulo Sérgio (Feb 2008 – May 8)
- António Sousa (June 2008 – Nov 08)
- Leonardo Jardim (May 2009 – Feb 11)
- Rui Bento (March 2011 – Feb 12)
- Ulisses Morais (Feb 2012 – Feb 13)
- Costinha (Feb 2013 – May 13)
- Jorge Neves (May 2013 – January 14)
- Jose Mourinho's unbeaten home run ends; BBC Sport, 2 April 2011
- Beira-Mar: Carvalhal despedido para dar lugar a Paco Soler (Beira-Mar: Carvalhal sacked to make way for Paco Soler); Portal d'Aveiro, 9 January 2007 (in Portuguese)
- "Atlético convidado a substituir o Beira-Mar" [Atlético invited to replace Beira-Mar]. ojogo.pt (in Portuguese). 29 June 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015.[dead link]
- "Beira-Mar em festa com a subida de divisão" [Beira-Mar partying with promotion] (PDF). Diário de Aveiro (in Portuguese). 30 May 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
- "Definidas as séries do Campeonato de Portugal para a época 19/20" [Series for the 19/20 Campeonato de Portugal season confirmed] (in Portuguese). TVI 24. 4 July 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
- Official website (in Portuguese)