Vitória S.C.

Vitória Sport Clube, commonly known as Vitória de Guimarães, is a Portuguese professional football club based in Guimarães that competes in the Primeira Liga, the top-flight of football in Portugal.

Vitória de Guimarães
Vitória Guimarães.svg
Full nameVitória Sport Clube
Nickname(s)Os Vimaranenses (The ones from Guimarães)
Os Conquistadores (The Conquerors)[1]
Founded22 September 1922; 98 years ago (22 September 1922)
GroundEstádio D. Afonso Henriques
ChairmanMiguel Pinto Lisboa
ManagerJoão Henriques
LeaguePrimeira Liga
2019–20Primeira Liga, 7th of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Vitória de Guimarães have finished third in the Primeira Liga on four occasions, most recently in 2007–08. They have won one Taça de Portugal (2013) and one Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira (1988), while also being runners-up of the former on six occasions.

The club have competed regularly in European competitions, where their best finish was the quarter-finals of the 1986–87 UEFA Cup.


Vitória was formed in 1922. Its name seems to be a tribute to Vitória de Setúbal, which at the time was a top contender for the Campeonato de Portugal, though these days Guimarães supporters downplay the connection. After seasons of toiling in the Braga FA leagues, the Vimaranenses were first promoted to the Primeira Liga in 1941, and two seasons later battled the Sadinos from Setúbal for the first time in the League. Surprise package Guimarães, against all odds, reached their first Taça de Portugal final in their debut season, but lost to Belenenses 2–0.[citation needed]

Vitória's furthest progress in a European tournament was in the 1986–87 UEFA Cup, in which they were defeated 5–2 on aggregate in the quarter-finals by West German club Borussia Mönchengladbach.[3]

In the early 2000s, Vitória struggled in some years to retain its status in the top Portuguese division, then named the Superliga. Those years were marked by the decline of the leadership of Pimenta Machado, former club president, who was accused on charges of embezzlement. In February 2008 he was sentenced to four years and three months of prison on a suspended sentence,[4] though a year later he was cleared of this charge and instead ordered to pay a €4,000 fine for falsifying a document.[5]

Despite this, in 2004–05, the club secured a fifth-place finish in the league and qualified for European competition via the UEFA Cup. The next season (2005–06), however, they were relegated to the Segunda Liga (where they last played in 1958) after finishing 17th in the Superliga,[6] despite reaching the Taça de Portugal semi-final, having beaten Benfica in the quarter-finals. The club also failed to progress from their UEFA Cup group, as eventual winners Sevilla, Premier League outfit Bolton Wanderers and Russian team Zenit Saint Petersburg progressed.

Vitória bounced back immediately to the top-flight as runners-up to Leixões S.C. under the management of Manuel Cajuda.[7] A joint-best third-place finish in 2007–08, guaranteeing them a place in the third qualifying round of the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League, their first such campaign. There they fell to Swiss side FC Basel 2–1 on aggregate, with a potential away goal winner by Roberto Calmon Félix being ruled out late on for offside.[8] Vitória dropped into the 2008–09 UEFA Cup first round as a result of their elimination, and lost 4–2 on aggregate after extra time to England's Portsmouth.[9]

Led by Rui Vitória in 2012–13, Vitória found themselves in financial problems, which caused them to lose many experienced players and bet on young players. However, they would go on to win their first Taça de Portugal title after previously losing five finals. Vitória beat rivals Braga en route to the final, where they recovered from 1–0 down against Benfica to win 2–1.[10]

In 2017, Vitória made the cup final again, losing 2–1 to double winners S.L. Benfica.[11] That September, the team left their mark in UEFA competitions, being the first team to start a game without a European player on the field.[12]

On 17 February 2020, Moussa Marega of FC Porto walked off the pitch on 69th minutes after being subjected to racist abuse from fans. Moussa had scored a goal nine minutes earlier. Team-mates and opposition players tried to persuade him to stay on, but he was eventually substituted.[13]


They play in the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, which has a capacity of 30,000.[2]

The Estádio D. Afonso Henriques seen from the outside
The Estádio D. Alfonso Henriques (2018)

After Os Três Grandes, Vitória is the club which attracts most supporters to the stadium,[14] with average attendances of 20,000 per game. Vitória usually has a higher average than all the other clubs, even when the club played in the Second Division/League.


Taça de Portugal

Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

League and Cup historyEdit

[citation needed]

The club's 72 seasons in the top level of Portuguese football make them the club with the joint-fourth longest time there, after Benfica, Porto, and Sporting CP (all with 83); and Belenenses with 76.

European matchesEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1969–70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round   Baník Ostrava 1–0 1–1 2–1
Second round   Southampton 3–3 1–5 4–8
1970–71 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First round   Angoulême 3–0 1–3 4–3
Second round   Hibernian 2–1 0–2 2–3
1973–74 Intertoto Cup Group 2   Djurgården 5–0 1–3 2nd
  Neuchâtel Xamax 5–2 1–0
  Hamburger SV 3–1 0–2
1975–76 Intertoto Cup Group 7   Oostende 4–1 0–2 2nd
  Holbæk B&I 4–0 2–1
  Inter Bratislava 1–0 0–4
1983–84 UEFA Cup First round   Aston Villa 1–0 0–5 1–5
1986–87 UEFA Cup First round   Sparta Prague 2–1 1–1 3–2
Second round   Atlético Madrid 2–0 0–1 2–1
Third round   Groningen 3–0 0–1 3–1
Quarter-finals   Borussia Mönchengladbach 2–2 0–3 2–5
1987–88 UEFA Cup First round   Tatabánya 1–0 1–1 2–1
Second round   Beveren 1–0 0–1 1–1 (5–4 p)
Third round   TJ Vitkovice 2–0 0–2 2–2 (4–5 p)
1988–89 European Cup Winners' Cup First round   Roda 1–0 0–2 1–2
1990–91 UEFA Cup First round   Fenerbahçe 2–3 0–3 2–6
1992–93 UEFA Cup First round   Real Sociedad 3–0 0–2 3–2
Second round   Ajax 0–3 1–2 1–5
1995–96 UEFA Cup First round   Standard Liège 3–1 0–0 3–1
Second round   Barcelona 0–4 0–3 0–7
1996–97 UEFA Cup First round   Parma 2–0 1–2 3–2
Second round   Anderlecht 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
1997–98 UEFA Cup First round   Lazio 0–4 1–2 1–6
1998–99 UEFA Cup First round   Celtic 1–2 1–2 2–4
2005–06 UEFA Cup First round   Wisła Kraków 3–0 1–0 4–0
Group H   Zenit Saint Petersburg 1–2 5th
  Bolton Wanderers 1–1
  Sevilla 1–3
  Beşiktaş 1–3
2008–09 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round   Basel 0–0 1–2 1–2
2008–09 UEFA Cup First round   Portsmouth 2–2 0–2 2–4
2011–12 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round   Midtjylland 2–1 0–0 2–1
Play-off round   Atlético Madrid 0–4 0–2 0–6
2013–14 UEFA Europa League Group I   Lyon 1–2 1–1 3rd place
  Real Betis 0–1 0–1
  Rijeka 4–0 0–0
2015–16 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round   Altach 1–4 1–2 2–6
2017–18 UEFA Europa League Group I   RB Salzburg 1–1 0–3 4th place
  Marseille 1–0 1–2
  Konyaspor 1–1 1–2
2019–20 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round   Jeunesse Esch 4–0 1–0 5–0
Third qualifying round   FK Ventspils 6–0 3–0 9–0
Play-off round   FCSB 1–0 0–0 1–0
Group F   Arsenal 1–1 2–3 4th place
  Eintracht Frankfurt 0–1 3–2
  Standard Liège 1–1 0–2


Current squadEdit

As of 6 October 2020[15]

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 Bruno Varela
4 DF   GER Yann Aurel Bisseck (on loan from Köln)
5 DF   ENG Easah Suliman
6 DF   GHA Abdul Mumin
7 FW   ENG Marcus Edwards
9 FW   BRA Bruno Duarte
10 FW   POR Ricardo Quaresma
11 MF   POR André André
14 DF   GHA Gideon Mensah (on loan from Red Bull Salzburg)
16 FW   POR Rochinha
17 DF   MLI Falaye Sacko
19 MF   ESP Pepelu (on loan from Levante)
21 FW   RSA Lyle Foster
22 MF   ENG Jacob Maddox
24 MF   NGA Mikel Agu
No. Pos. Nation Player
25 MF   GHA Alhassan Wakaso
26 DF   GER Jonas Carls (on loan from Schalke 04)
28 DF   POR Sílvio
29 GK   CZE Matouš Trmal
30 DF   BRA Matheus Mascarenhas (on loan from Fluminense)
31 FW   COL Óscar Estupiñán
43 MF   GHA Joseph Amoah
44 DF   POR Jorge Fernandes
60 DF   CIV Zié Ouattara
70 MF   POR André Almeida
86 FW   NOR Noah Jean Holm
88 MF   POR Miguel Luís
91 DF   POR Hélder Sá
98 MF   FRA Nicolas Janvier

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
8 MF   FRA Denis-Will Poha (at Portimonense until 30 June 2021)
DF   BRA Pedro Henrique (at Al Wehda Mecca until 30 June 2021)
DF   POR Frederico Venâncio (at Lugo until 30 June 2021)
FW   GHA Aziz (at Estoril Praia until 30 June 2021)


Vitória S.C. men's basketball team plays in the LPB.


Vitória Sport Clube has a volleyball team which plays in the Portuguese Volleyball League A1.


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  2. ^ a b "Património". Vitória Sport Clube. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  3. ^ Ross, James M. (4 June 2015). "European Competitions 1986-87". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
  4. ^ "Pimenta Machado condenado a quatro anos e três meses de prisão com pena suspensa". Público (in Portuguese). 15 February 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  5. ^ Mandim, David (26 February 2009). "Tribunal da Relação absolve Pimenta Machado de peculato" [Court of Appeal clears Pimenta Machado of embezzlement]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 30 July 2020.
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  8. ^ "Basel qualify for Champions League group stage". Swiss Info. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
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  10. ^ Ruela, João (26 May 2008). "Vit. Guimarães vence Taça de Portugal pela 1.ª vez" [Vit. Guimarães win Taça de Portugal for the 1st time]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  11. ^ Figueiredo, Catarina; Correia Rocha, Catarina; Querido, Rodrigo (28 May 2017). "Benfica vence Taça de Portugal e conquista a 11.ª dobradinha" (in Portuguese). Correio da Manhã. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Vitória fica na história com 'onze' sem europeus" [Vitória make history with 'eleven' without Europeans]. Record (in Portuguese). 15 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Porto forward Moussa Marega walked off midway through his side's win at Vitoria Guimaraes, saying he was subjected to racist abuse from fans". BBC Sport. 2020-02-17. Retrieved 2021-04-05.
  14. ^ "Estatísticas". Liga Portugal.
  15. ^ "Plantel". Vitória Sport Clube. Retrieved 28 May 2019.

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