S.C. Braga

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 (also known as The Quarry).

Braga
S.C. Braga logo.svg
Full nameSporting Clube de Braga
Nickname(s)Os Arcebispos (The Archbishops)
Os Arsenalistas (The Arsenalists)
Minhotos (Those from Minho)
Os Guerreiros do Minho (The Minho Warriors)
Braguistas
Founded19 January 1921; 99 years ago (1921-01-19)
GroundEstádio Municipal de Braga
Capacity30,286
PresidentAntónio Salvador
Head coachArtur Jorge
LeaguePrimeira Liga
2018–19Primeira Liga, 4th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Domestically, Braga have won the 1965–66 and 2015–16 Taça de Portugal and the 2012–13 and 2019–20 Taça da Liga. In the 2000s, the club gradually became one of Portugal's most decorated clubs (7th) after the Big Three and has competed with some success in European competitions, winning the last ever 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 Arsenal-style red during the 1945–46 (with the reserve squad) and the 1946–47 (with the main team) seasons due to their president José Antunes Guimarães who had business connections in London and was an Arsenal fan (this is one version of the story: the other one says that József Szabó, a Hungarian coach who loved Arsenal's playing style asked the president to change the green and white uniform to an Arsenal-style red). That year (1947), Braga won the Second division title 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]

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
2014–15 1st 4th 34 17 7 10 55 28 58 RU 3R  –  –
2015–16 4th 34 16 10 8 54 35 58 W SF Europa League QF
2016–17 5th 34 15 9 10 51 36 54 R16 RU Europa League GS
2017–18 4th 34 24 3 7 74 29 75 R32 3R Europa League R32
2018–19 4th 34 21 4 9 56 37 67 SF SF Europa League Q3

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

[14][15]

NationalEdit

  • Winners (2): 1946–47, 1963–64

InternationalEdit

  • Winners (1): 2008 (Outright Winner)

OtherEdit

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

European recordEdit

Update: 12 May 2020

OverviewEdit

Competition Appearances Matches Títles Best
UEFA Champions League 2 18 (7W 2D 9L) - Group Stage (2010–11 and 2012–13)
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 3 10 (6W 1D 3L) - Last 16 (1966–67 and 1998–99)
UEFA Europa League 17 113 (48W 27D 38L) - Runner-up (2010–11)
UEFA Intertoto Cup 1 2 (2W 0D 0L) 1 Champion (2009)
Total 23 143 (63W 30D 50L) 1

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   Hearts 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 Alkmaar  – 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 pens) 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 Stockholm 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
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 7 February 2020.[17]

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 Matheus
3   DF Vítor Tormena
4   DF Bruno Wilson
5   DF Nuno Sequeira
6   DF Rolando
7   MF Wilson Eduardo
9   FW Abel Ruiz (loan from Barcelona)
11   DF Diogo Viana
12   GK Tiago Sá
13   DF Wallace (loan from Lazio)
15   MF André Horta
17   MF João Novais
18   FW Rui Fonte
No. Position Player
20   FW Paulinho
21   FW Ricardo Horta
27   MF Fransérgio (captain)
34   DF Raul Silva
36   DF Bruno Viana
47   DF Ricardo Esgaio
60   MF João Palhinha (loan from Sporting CP)
77   FW Francisco Trincão
82   GK Eduardo
89   FW Leandro Sanca
90   FW Galeno
92   DF David Carmo

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
44   DF Andrej Lukić (at Sheriff Tiraspol)
  DF Pablo (at Rubin Kazan)
  DF Rui Silva (at Santa Clara)
2   DF Diogo Figueiras (at Rio Ave)
95   MF Alef (at APOEL)
8   MF Xadas (at Maritimo)
No. Position Player
  MF Murilo Costa (at Sporting de Gijón)
  MF Ricardo Ryller (at Red Bull Bragantino)
26   FW Fábio Martins (at Famalicão)
  FW Luther Singh (at Moreirense)
19   FW Nikola Stojiljković (at Boavista)
9   FW Ahmed Hassan (at Olympiacos)

Former coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Sinnott, John (14 March 2007). "Tottenham 3-2 Braga (agg 6-4)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Futebol: Sporting de Braga cede nome do estadio a seguradora AXA por 4,5 milhoes em tres anos" [Football: Sporting de Braga cede name of stadium to insurers AXA for 4.5 million over three years]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 9 July 2007. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Sporting de Braga e AXA renovam parceria por mais três anos" [Sporting de Braga and AXA renew partnership for three more years] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Timely Hoarau makes wasteful Braga pay". UEFA. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Sevilla dumped out by Sporting Braga". CNN. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  7. ^ "Arsenal 6 – 0 Braga". BBC Sport. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  8. ^ Fifield, Dominic (18 May 2011). "Falcao strikes to bring Europa League glory to Porto". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Braga derrota FC Porto e vence a Taça da Liga" [Braga defeat FC Porto and win the Taça da Liga]. Sol (in Portuguese). 13 April 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Sporting beats Braga on penalties to win Portuguese Cup". USA Today. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Braga win Portuguese Cup on penalties". Be Soccer. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Artur Jorge acredita que o Sp. Braga irá chegar ao terceiro lugar" [Artur Jorge believes that Sp. Braga will get to third place]. Público (in Portuguese). 3 July 2020. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Late Ricardo Horta strike wins the Taça da Liga for Braga". PortuGOAL. 25 January 2020. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  14. ^ "SC Braga Honours". record.pt. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  15. ^ "More about SC Braga". fcdynamo.kiev. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  16. ^ Upon the formation of the Liga de Honra (League of Honor), a new second level national league in 1990, the Portuguese Second Division became the third tier of Portuguese football.
  17. ^ "Futebol - Equipa Principal" (in Portuguese). S.C. Braga.
  18. ^ https://scbraga.pt/comunicado-da-sc-braga-sad-23dez/

External linksEdit

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