Sporting Clube de Braga (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈspɔɾtĩŋ ˈkluβ(ɨ) ðɨ ˈβɾaɣɐ]) (EuronextSCB), commonly known as Sporting de Braga or just Braga, is a Portuguese sports club from the city of Braga. Its football team plays in the Primeira Liga (the top tier of Portuguese football) at the Estádio Municipal de Braga.

Braga
S.C. Braga logo.svg
Full nameSporting Clube de Braga
Nickname(s)Os Arcebispos (The Archbishops)
Os Arsenalistas (The Arsenalists)
Arsenal do Minho (Minho's Arsenal)
Minhotos (Those from Minho)
Os Guerreiros do Minho (The Minho Warriors)
Braguistas
Founded19 January 1921; 101 years ago (1921-01-19)
GroundEstádio Municipal de Braga
Capacity30,360
PresidentAntónio Salvador
Head coachArtur Jorge
LeaguePrimeira Liga
2021–22Primeira Liga, 4th of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Domestically, Braga have won the Taça de Portugal on three occasions, in 1965–66, 2015–16, and in 2020–21, and the Taça da Liga twice in 2012–13 and 2019–20. In the 2000s, Braga became one of Portugal's most decorated clubs (7th) after the Big Three and has had some success in European competitions, winning the last UEFA Intertoto Cup (the only Portuguese club to do so) in 2008, and reaching the final of the UEFA Europa League in 2011. After finishing in second place for the only time to date in the 2009–10 Primeira Liga, Braga achieved a place in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its history by eliminating Celtic and Sevilla. Braga also qualified for the group stage of the Champions League in 2012–13 by eliminating Udinese.

HistoryEdit

Braga changed their kits from green and white to their current red and white during the 1945–46 season (for the reserve squad) and the 1946–47 season (for the first team). The change, according to one version of the story, was at the behest of their president, José Antunes Guimarães, who had business connections in London and was an Arsenal fan; according to an alternate version, it was József Szabó, Braga's Hungarian coach, who asked the president to change the green and white uniform to an Arsenal-style red and white. In 1947, Braga won the Second division title in the new kit, reaching the First division for the first time. Braga even renamed their youth team Arsenal de Braga.

 
One of the first matches played in Arsenal-style kits against R C Celta Vigo

Braga's emblem is the city of Braga's shield with Mother Mary and baby Jesus with the blue from the city's shield changed to red. On the top of the emblem is the golden Mural Crown of Braga, with the name "Sporting Clube de Braga" on it. Many Braga fans have said that Mother Mary gives them luck. The fans of Braga are known as Arsenalistas due to their team home kit that resembles that of English club Arsenal.[1] They are also known as Bracarenses because of being from the city of Bracari, later named Bracara Augusta, city of Portugal that is now known as Braga.

Aside from the loyalty of its supporters, the Minho derby against Vitória de Guimarães is a match that both sets of fans eagerly await. This match is more than football – it is a way people from the north view each city. The derby is one of Portugal's most intense matches, and children under 13 are restricted from entering unless an adult is with them. The rivalry goes back to when the City of Braga was the ancient capital of Gallaecia and the largest Portuguese city by the time the Kingdom of Portugal was formed by Afonso I of Portugal. At that time, Guimarães became the seat of the King and nobility, whereas the city of Braga remained the centre of trade and religious power (the largest city and seat of the Archbishop).

Braga's ranking in Europe since 2003
Season UEFA Ranking Points
2003–04  –  –
2004–05 139th   15.739
2005–06 136th   17.533
2006–07 96th   27.107
2007–08 79th   33.176
2008–09 50th   39.292
2009–10 48th   39.659
2010–11 28th   62.319
2011–12 29th   63.069
2012–13 29th   62.833
2013–14 40th   52.959
2014–15 37th   51.776
2015–16 46th   43.116
2016–17 55th   37.366

In the 1960s and 1970s, Braga began to climb up the league ladder and eventually participated in the UEFA competitions. Braga's recent run of successive European participations began in the 2004–05 UEFA Cup after finishing fifth in the league under Jesualdo Ferreira's first full season in the club. In the 2006–07 UEFA Cup, the side reached the last 16 before a 6–4 aggregate loss to Tottenham Hotspur.[2] That summer, the club signed a three-year sponsorship deal with French insurance company Axa, who took over the naming rights for the stadium for €4.5 million;[3] this was renewed for a further three years in 2010.[4]

In 2008–09 under Jorge Jesus, Braga finished as runners-up for the only time in the league and again reached the UEFA Cup last 16, where they lost by a single goal to Paris Saint-Germain.[5] Entering the UEFA Champions League for the first time, in the fourth qualifying round Braga beat Sevilla 1–0 at home and 4–3 away, thus making the group stage.[6] On 15 September 2010, Braga were heavily defeated 6–0 by Arsenal in its first group stage match.[7] Eliminated in third place, they dropped into the Europa League and reached the final in Dublin, where they lost to a goal by FC Porto's Radamel Falcao.[8]

Braga won the Taça da Liga for the first time in 2013 under José Peseiro, with one goal from Alan against Porto.[9] Two years later, Sérgio Conceição's side lost on penalties to Sporting CP in the Taça de Portugal final,[10] but triumphed over Porto on the same method in 2016 to win their first such cup in 50 years.[11]

In 2019–20, Braga went through four managers over the course of the season.[12] The second of these, Rúben Amorim, led them to a league cup victory over Porto, with Ricardo Horta scoring in added time to secure the trophy on home soil.[13]

On 28 July 2020, Carlos Carvalhal was announced as the new head coach, after 14 years away from the club.[14] He led the club to the league cup final again, where they lost to Amorim's new team Sporting,[15] but won the 2021 Taça de Portugal Final 2–0 against Benfica.[16] He would leave the club and be replaced by Artur Jorge after the 2021-22 season ended.[17]

League and cup historyEdit

Recent seasonsEdit

Season League Cup League Cup Europe (UEFA) Notes
Div. Pos. Pl W D L GS GA Pts Result Result Competition Result
2016–17 1st 5th 34 15 9 10 51 36 54 L16 RU Europa League GS
2017–18 4th 34 24 3 7 74 29 75 L32 3R Europa League L32
2018–19 4th 34 21 4 9 56 37 67 SF SF Europa League Q3
2019–20 3rd 34 18 6 10 61 40 60 R5 W Europa League L32
2020–21 4th 34 19 7 8 53 33 64 W RU Europa League L32

A. ^ Best league finish.
B. ^ First presence in the UEFA Champions League.
C. ^ Braga started season in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League and later joined UEFA Europa League after finishing 3rd in the group stage.
D. ^ Best European competition finish.

Last updated: 3 October 2018

HonoursEdit

[18][19]

NationalEdit

  • Winners: 1946–47, 1963–64

InternationalEdit

  • Winners: 2008 (Outright Winner)

OtherEdit

  • Winners (1): 1976–77 (First Division)
  • Runners-up (1): 1970–71

European recordEdit

OverviewEdit

As of 9 December 2021.

SC Braga record in European football by competition[21]
Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%
UEFA Champions League / European Cup 18 7 2 9 23 31 −8 038.89
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 10 6 1 3 13 11 +2 060.00
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 127 55 29 43 187 161 +26 043.31
UEFA Intertoto Cup 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5 100.00
Total 157 70 32 55 220 198 +22 044.59

MatchesEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1966–67 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup R1   AEK Athens 3–2 1–0 4–2
R2   Raba ETO Győr 2–0 0–3 2–3
1978–79 UEFA Cup R1   Hibernians 5–0 2–3 7–3
R2   West Bromwich Albion 0–2 0–1 0–3
1982–83 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Pre   Swansea City 1–0 0–3 1–3
1984–85 UEFA Cup R1   Tottenham Hotspur 0–3 0–6 0–9
1997–98 UEFA Cup R1   Vitesse 2–0 1–2 3–2
R2   Dinamo Tbilisi 4–0 1–0 5–0
R3   Schalke 04 0–0 0–2 0–2
1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup R1   Liepājas Metalurgs 4–0 0–0 4–0
R2   Lokomotiv Moscow 1–0 1–3 2–3
2004–05 UEFA Cup R1   Heart of Midlothian 2–2 1–3 3–5
2005–06 UEFA Cup R1   Red Star Belgrade 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
2006–07 UEFA Cup R1   Chievo 2–0 1–2 (a.e.t.) 3–2
GS   AZ  – 0–3 3rd
  Slovan Liberec 4–0  –
  Sevilla  – 0–2
  Grasshopper 2–0  –
L32   Parma 1–0 1–0 2–0
L16   Tottenham Hotspur 2–3 2–3 4–6
2007–08 UEFA Cup R1   Hammarby 4–0 1–2 5–2
GS   Bolton Wanderers  – 1–1 2nd
  Bayern Munich 1–1  –
  Aris  – 1–1
  Red Star Belgrade 2–0  –
L32   Werder Bremen 0–1 0–3 0–4
2008–09 UEFA Intertoto Cup R3   Sivasspor 3–0 2–0 5–0
2008–09 UEFA Cup Q2   Zrinjski Mostar 1–0 2–0 3–0
R1   Artmedia Petržalka 4–0 2–0 6–0
GS   Portsmouth 3–0  – 3rd
  Milan  – 0–1
  VfL Wolfsburg 2–3  –
  Heerenveen  – 2–1
L32   Standard Liège 3–0 1–1 4–1
L16   Paris Saint-Germain 0–1 0–0 0–1
2009–10 UEFA Europa League Q3   Elfsborg 1–2 0–2 1–4
2010–11 UEFA Champions League Q3   Celtic 3–0 1–2 4–2
PO   Sevilla 1–0 4–3 5–3
GS   Arsenal 2–0 0–6 3rd
  Shakhtar Donetsk 0–3 0–2
  Partizan 2–0 1–0
2010–11 UEFA Europa League L32   Lech Poznań 2–0 0–1 2–1
L16   Liverpool 1–0 0–0 1–0
QF   Dynamo Kyiv 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
SF   Benfica 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)
Final   Porto 0–1
2011–12 UEFA Europa League PO   Young Boys 0–0 2–2 2–2 (a)
GS   Club Brugge 1–2 1–1 2nd
  Birmingham City 1–0 3–1
  Maribor 5–1 1–1
L32   Beşiktaş 0–2 1–0 1–2
2012–13 UEFA Champions League PO   Udinese 1–1 1–1 (5–4 pen.) 1–1 (5–4)
GS   CFR Cluj 0–2 1–3 4th
  Galatasaray 1–2 2–0
  Manchester United 1–3 2–3
2013–14 UEFA Europa League PO   Pandurii Târgu Jiu 0–2 (a.e.t.) 1–0 1–2
2015–16 UEFA Europa League GS   Marseille 3–2 0–1 1st
  Slovan Liberec 2–1 1–0
  Groningen 1–0 0–0
L32   Sion 2–2 2–1 4–3
L16   Fenerbahçe 4–1 0–1 4–2
QF   Shakhtar Donetsk 1–2 0–4 1–6
2016–17 UEFA Europa League GS   Shakhtar Donetsk 2–4 0–2 3rd
  Gent 1–1 2–2
  Konyaspor 2–1 1–1
2017–18 UEFA Europa League Q3   AIK 2–1 (a.e.t.) 1–1 3–2
PO   FH Hafnarfjardar 3–2 2–1 5–3
GS   Ludogorets Razgrad 0–2 1–1 1st
  1899 Hoffenheim 3–1 2–1
  İstanbul Başakşehir 2–1 1–2
L32   Marseille 1–0 0–3 1–3
2018–19 UEFA Europa League Q3   Zorya Luhansk 2–2 1−1 3–3 (a)
2019–20 UEFA Europa League Q3   Brøndby 4–2 3–1 7–3
PO   Spartak Moscow 1–0 2–1 3–1
GS   Beşiktaş 3–1 2–1 1st
  Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–3 1–0
  Slovan Bratislava 2–2 4–2
L32   Rangers 0–1 2–3 2–4
2020–21 UEFA Europa League GS   Leicester City 3–3 0–4 2nd
  AEK Athens 3–0 4–2
  Zorya Luhansk 2–0 2–1
L32   Roma 0–2 1–3 1–5
2021–22 UEFA Europa League GS   Red Star Belgrade 1–1 1–2 2nd
  Ludogorets Razgrad 4–2 1–0
  Midtjylland 3–1 2–3
KPO   Sheriff Tiraspol 2–0 (3–2p.) 0–2 2–2 (3–2p.)
L16   Monaco 2–0 1–1 3–1
QF   Rangers 1–0 3–1 3–2
2022–23 UEFA Europa League GS  
 
 
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 11 March 2022[22]

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   BRA Matheus
2 DF   BRA Yan Couto (on loan from Manchester City)
3 DF   BRA Vítor Tormena
4 DF   POR Diogo Leite (on loan from Porto)
5 DF   POR Nuno Sequeira
6 DF   POR Rolando
8 MF   LBY Al-Musrati
9 FW   ESP Abel Ruiz
10 MF   POR André Horta
12 GK   POR Tiago Sá
15 DF   POR Paulo Oliveira
16 DF   POR David Carmo
21 FW   POR Ricardo Horta (captain)
25 MF   BRA Lucas Mineiro
41 MF   MEX Eugenio Pizzuto
42 DF   POR Guilherme Soares
No. Pos. Nation Player
45 MF   POR Iuri Medeiros
50 DF   POR Leonardo Buta
56 MF   POR Eduardo Schürrle
57 FW   POR Rodrigo Gomes
67 MF   FRA Jean-Baptiste Gorby
70 DF   BRA Fabiano Souza
71 FW   GNB Hernâni Infande
74 DF   POR Francisco Moura
76 DF   POR Dinis Pinto
78 FW   POR Roger Fernandes
86 DF   POR Bruno Rodrigues
88 MF   POR André Castro
91 GK   CZE Lukáš Horníček
96 FW   POR Miguel Falé
99 FW   POR Vitinha

Others 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
DF   POR Marco Torres

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
7 MF   POR João Novais (at Alanyaspor until 30 June 2022)
11 MF   BRA Lucas Piazon (at Botafogo until 30 June 2023)
13 DF   POR Tiago Esgaio (at Arouca until 30 June 2022)
34 DF   BRA Raul Silva (at Estoril until 30 June 2022)
95 FW   BRA Guilherme Schettine (at Vizela until 30 June 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   BRA Caju (at Aris Limassol until 31 May 2022)
DF   BRA Pablo Renan (at Moreirense until 30 June 2022)
DF   COL Cristian Borja (at Alanyaspor until 30 June 2022)
DF   POR Zé Carlos (at Gil Vicente until 30 June 2022)

Former playersEdit

Managerial historyEdit

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit

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