U.D. Vilafranquense

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União Desportiva Vilafranquense is a Portuguese football club from Vila Franca de Xira, Lisbon District. It currently plays in the Liga Portugal 2, the second tier of the Portuguese football league system, following its promotion in 2019. The other only time when the club had played in the second tier was in 1987–88 season, when that level was still regionalised. [1]

U.D. Vilafranquense
U.D. Vilafranquense.svg
Full nameUnião Desportiva Vilafranquense
Nickname(s)Piranhas do Tejo (Tagus Piranhas)
Founded12 April 1957
GroundCampo do Cevadeiro
Capacity2,500
ChairmanElias Barquete Albarrello
ManagerFilipe Gouveia
LeagueLiga Portugal 2
2019–2016th
WebsiteClub website

HistoryEdit

The club was created in April 12, 1957 with the merger between four local sports clubs: Grupo de Foot-Ball Operário Vilafranquense, Águia Sport Club Vilafranquense, Hóquei Clube Vilafranquense and Ginásio Vilafranquense.

In the 2016–17 Taça de Portugal, Vilafranquense defeated G.S. Loures, Vilaverdense F.C. and G.D. Vitória de Sernache to reach a fourth-round tie at home to F.C. Paços de Ferreira of the Primeira Liga.[2] They beat the top-flight team 1–0 on 20 November, with a goal by Marocas.[3] In the next round (last 16), they lost by the same score at Vitória S.C., also of the Primeira.[4]

In the 2018–19 Campeonato de Portugal, Vilafranquense came second in Serie C behind U.D. Leiria. In the play-offs, they dispatched Lusitânia F.C. and then Leiria on penalties to win promotion. This was the club's first time in a national second division.[1] On 23 June in the final at the Estádio Nacional against Casa Pia A.C., the club drew 2–2 then lost 4–2 on penalties.[5]

Due to the inadequate facilities of their Campo do Cevadeiro, Vilafranquense had to play their LigaPro home games 50 kilometres away at the Estádio Municipal in Rio Maior.[6]

Current squadEdit

As of 1 September 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
1 GK   POR Luís Ribeiro
4 DF   BRA Deyvison
5 MF   POR Filipe Melo
6 MF   POR André Ceitil
7 FW   POR Ença Fati
8 MF   POR Bernardo Martins
9 FW   CIV Balla Sangaré
10 MF   POR Nuno Rodrigues
11 MF   BRA Yohan Miranda
13 DF   BRA Gabriel Pereira (on loan from Volta Redonda)
14 DF   POR Marcos Valente
15 DF   SEN Jules Mendy
17 FW   POR Umaro Baldé
18 FW   BRA Nenê
19 FW   ALG Mouhamed Belkheir
No. Pos. Nation Player
20 DF   POR Edu Machado
22 MF   BRA Léo Cordeiro
23 DF   LUX Eric Veiga
27 FW   FRA Nathan Bizet
28 FW   BRA Wagner
32 DF   POR Mike Moura
55 MF   GNB João Jaquité
77 DF   GNB Simão Júnior (on loan from Estoril)
83 GK   BRA Adriano Facchini
91 GK   BIH Suan Bešić
94 DF   BRA Léo Bahia
99 MF   FRA Idrissa Dioh
FW   ENG Levi Lumeka (on loan from Troyes)
DF   FRA Gabriel Mutombo (on loan from Troyes)

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
MF   POR Gonçalo

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Vilafranquense vence União de Leiria e sobe à II Liga" [Vilafranquense defeat União de Leiria and go up to II Liga] (in Portuguese). TSF. 16 June 2019. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Vilafranquense recebe Paços para a Taça" [Vilafranquense hosts Paços in the Taça] (in Portuguese). O Mirante. 22 October 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Vilafranquense afasta Paços de Ferreira da Taça de Portugal" [Vilafranquense knock out Paços de Ferreira in the Taça de Portugal]. Correia da Manhã (in Portuguese). 20 November 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Hurtado coloca o V. Guimarães nos quartos de final" [Hurtado puts V. Guimarães into the quarter-finals] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 14 December 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Casa Pia conquista o Campeonato de Portugal" [Casa Pia win the Campeonato de Portugal]. Record (in Portuguese). 23 June 2019. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Vilafranquense não encontra alternativas ao Estádio Municipal de Rio Maior" [Vilafranquense find no alternatives to the Estádio Municipal de Rio Maior]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 25 June 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.

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