UDRA (União Desportiva Rei Amador) is a football club that plays in the São Tomé and Príncipe Championship. The team is based in the southern part of the island of São Tomé in the city of São João dos Angolares and plays at Campo de Ribeira Peixe nearby. The club is named after Rei Amador, a slave king in Angolares mythology.[1]

UDRA
Full nameUnião Desportiva Rei Amador
Founded1995
GroundCampo de Ribeira Peixe, near São João dos Angolares on São Tomé Island,
São Tomé and Príncipe
Capacity1,000
LeagueSão Tomé and Príncipe Championship
2017Champion (Reg. and Nat.)

UDRA is recently the top 10 successful football (soccer) club in São Tomé Island and has the third most overall honours in São Tomé and Príncipe, having won about 13 official titles, seven are national and the remaining six are regional titles.

HistoryEdit

UDRA was founded in 1995 and being one of the first football clubs in Caué which includes the southern part of the island. Years later, the team became a registered club. UDRA first played in the island's second division. In 2005, UDRA celebrated its 10th anniversary of the club's foundation.

UDRA became the twelfth and recent club to win their first title and along with four other clubs, has only one national title won today.[2] The club now also has two national cup titles.[3]

The club competed in the first division until the club was relegated in 2007 and did not return again until the 2009/10 season. Four years they were the island's top five clubs, their final positions creeped up each year, fourth in 2011 with 34 points and 31 goals scored, third in 2012 and fewer points and goals with 32 and 28, second in 2013 with a higher 41 points and 37 goals. UDRA finally finished first and won their first island title in 2014 which achieved them entry into the national championship event and competed with FC Porto Real of Príncipe with the score 2–1 away and 1–0 at home field, the match went into penalty shootouts and UDRA defeated Porto Real and became the 12th club to claim their first national title and being the only club from Caué to do so. Recently UDRA headed to the number one position during mid-season for the island, slightly lowered in the later part of the season weeks when Sporting Praia Cruz took it for a bit, in the last few weeks, UDRA took back the lead and won their second and recent regional title and achieved another entry into the national championships where they faced against Os Operários, second overall, this time in the championships in November, UDRA defeated Os Operários in all two legs and claimed their second and recent national title for the club and are now one of four clubs being fifth with the most national title with two. In the regionals, fourth ranked shared with Desportivo de Guadalupe. UDRA did not participate into the 2018 CAF Champions League due to financial and material reasons.

Cup competitionsEdit

UDRA won their very first cup title in 2013 after defeating GD Sundy 5–1, UDRA was the first club from Caué to get a national competitive honor. In the national cup, UDRA would go on to defeat Sporting Clube do Príncipe 2–1 to claim their second cup title, their overall totals became third. Two years later, UDRA was cup winner of São Tomé Island and headed to the 2016 national cup finals to face GD Os Operários, UDRA defeated that club 6-2 and won their third and recent cup title and became the club solely possessing the country's third most cup titles.[4] Overall it was the second consecutive cup final that finished 6-2 by the cup winner. In the 2016 island championships, the club defeated UD Correia 8-0 on July 24 and made it the highest scoring match on the island. UDRA headed to the national cup final after defeating Aliança Nacional on September 17, 2017. On November 11, UDRA faced the island's and country's top two clubs Sporting Praia Cruz and UDRA defeated that club 2-0 and won their second straight island/regional cup title, second time UDRA did, a ticket to the national cup final was made and faced Príncipe's Porto Real on December 2, UDRA got a double where they won a second straight national cup title as they defeated Porto Real 1-0, Vando was the only scorer who scored at the 25th minute. In title totals by district by any club, Caue alongside Pagué became second out of seventh in cup totals superseded Cantagalo's three titles.

UniformEdit

Its uniform colors features a blue-white striped T-shirt with white sleeves with the rest of the clothing blue used during home games and orange clothing with blue socks for away/alternate games[5] Its shield color is brown with Rei Amador featured in the middle and the date of the foundation of the town at the bottom.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Home uniform up to 2016
 
 
 
 
 
Away/alternate uniform to 2016

HonoursEdit

2014, 2017, 2018
2013, 2014, 2016, 2017
2014
2014, 2017, 2018
2013, 2014, 2016, 2017

League and cup historyEdit

Island championshipsEdit

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA GD P Cup Qualification/relegation
2011 2 4 21 10 4 7 31 18 +13 34 None
2012 2 3 18 10 2 6 28 26 +2 32 Advanced into the 2012 National Championship
2013 2 2 18 12 5 1 37 14 +23 41 Nat. Winner Advanced into the 2013 National Championship
2014 2 1 18 16 1 1 34 9 -25 49 Nat. Winner Advanced into the 2014 National Championship
2015 2 3 18 7 7 4 29 20 +9 28
2016 2 5 22 9 6 7 43 24 +19 33 Nat. Winner None
2017 2 1 22 13 7 2 47 20 -27 46 Nat. Winner Advanced into the 2017 National Championships

StatisticsEdit

  • Best position: 1st (national)
  • Best position at cup competitions: 1st (national)
  • Appearances at the national championships: 2
  • Appearances at a national cup competition: 4
  • Appearances at a national super cup competition: 4
  • Total goals scored at the national championships: 7
  • Total goals scored at the national cup final: 13
  • Total matches played:
    • National Championships: 4
    • National Cup: 6
  • Best season: 2014 (16 wins, 49 points)
  • Highest number of goals scored in a season: 47 (regional), in 2017

Current squadEdit

As of November 2014

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   STP Gando

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ A Verdadeira Origem do Célebre Rei Amador Gerhard Seibert of Espaço Cultural STP (in Portuguese)
  2. ^ Vaz, Gil (12 November 2014). "UDRA Campeão Nacional de Futebol" [UDRA, National Football (Soccer) Champion]. Téla Nón. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  3. ^ UDRA, vence Taça de Futebol de S. Tomé e Príncipe. Radio France Internationale, 21 December 2014, retrieved on 22 December 2015
  4. ^ "UDRA goleia e conquista a 3ª taça da história" [UDRA Scored and Won the 3rd Cup in Their History]. Telanon (in Portuguese). 27 December 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  5. ^ Vaz, Gil (12 December 2014). "Campeonato Nacional: Príncipe acolhe a primeira mão". Téla Nón. Retrieved 12 December 2014.

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