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 LigaPro, 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
ChairmanHenrique Sereno
ManagerQuim Machado
WebsiteClub website


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 26 January 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   BRA Maringá
4 DF   FRA Stéphane Sparagna
5 DF   POR Diogo Coelho
6 MF   POR Diogo Izata
8 MF   BRA Jefferson
9 FW   POR Carlos Fortes
10 MF   POR Diogo Pinto (on loan from Ascoli)
11 FW   BRA Rodrigo Rodrigues
12 GK   BRA Bruno (on loan from Náutico)
13 MF   POR Gonçalo
14 FW   BRA Vitinho
16 DF   POR Marco Grilo
18 FW   POR André Claro
19 DF   CIV Alan Bidi
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 MF   BRA Léo Cordeiro
23 DF   LUX Eric Veiga
27 MF   BRA Kady
30 MF   POR Nuno Rodrigues
45 FW   ANG Evandro Brandão
66 MF   POR André Ceitil
73 MF   POR André Dias
75 GK   POR Tiago Martins
77 DF   BRA Fernando Timbó
88 MF   POR Rúben Gonçalves (on loan from Rio Ave)
90 DF   POR Vítor Bruno
97 DF   BRA Marcos Vinicius
99 FW   BEL Yanis Mbombo

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
GK   POR Filipe Semedo (to Fátima)


  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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