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; 100 years ago (22 September 1922)
GroundEstádio D. Afonso Henriques
OwnerV Sports (Nassef Sawiris & Wes Edens) (46%)
ChairmanAntónio Miguel Cardoso
LeaguePrimeira Liga
2021–22Primeira Liga, 6th 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] In 2020–21, the club went through four managers – Tiago, João Henriques, Bino and Moreno – before finishing seventh, missing Europe by one place.[13]

In February 2023, Vitória announced an agreement to sell 46% of the club's shares in a deal worth €5m to football club holding company V Sports, led by billionaires Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens: owners of Premier League club Aston Villa. V Sports would additionally offer a credit line of up to €20m, and invest an additional €2m into sporting infrastructure.[14] The agreement was approved at a vote of Vitória's members on 4 March 2023: approximately 88% voted in favour of the deal. The deal will be formalised on 14 April.[15]


They play in the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, which has a capacity of just over 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,[16] 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

Updated: May 2021.[17] The club's 76 seasons (as in 2021) 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 87); and Belenenses with 77.

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
2022–23 UEFA Europa Conference League Second qualifying round   Puskás Akadémia 3–0 0–0 3–0
Third qualifying round   Hajduk Split 1–0 1–3 2–3


Current squadEdit

As of 31 January 2023

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   POR Miguel Maga
3 DF   VEN Mikel Villanueva
5 DF   POR Hélder Sá
7 MF   POR Rúben Lameiras
8 MF   POR Tomás Händel
9 FW   BRA Safira
10 MF   POR Tiago Silva
11 FW   POR Jota Silva
13 DF   POR André Amaro
14 GK   POR Bruno Varela
17 FW   BRA André Silva
20 FW   ANG Nelson da Luz
21 MF   POR André André
22 MF   ITA Ibrahima Bamba
23 MF   BRA Índio
No. Pos. Nation Player
25 DF   JPN Ryoya Ogawa (on loan from FC Tokyo)
28 MF   POR Zé Carlos (on loan from Varzim)
33 FW   BRA Anderson Silva
44 DF   POR Jorge Fernandes
47 FW   FRA Jason Bahamboula
63 GK   POR Celton Biai
64 MF   POR Gonçalo Nogueira
72 DF   POR Afonso Freitas
76 DF   ANG Bruno Gaspar
80 MF   POR Dani Silva
83 DF   FRA Mamadou Tounkara
90 MF   IRL Mikey Johnston (on loan from Celtic)
98 MF   FRA Nicolas Janvier
MF   POR Manu Silva

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   CZE Matouš Trmal (at Marítimo until 30 June 2023)
DF   CRO Toni Borevković (at Hajduk Split until 30 June 2023)
DF   MLI Falaye Sacko (at Montpellier until 30 June 2023)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   ENG Easah Suliman (at Nacional until 30 June 2023)
FW   POR Herculano Nabian (at Empoli until 30 June 2023)

Club staffEdit

Position Staff
President   António Miguel Cardoso
Technical Director   Carlos Campos
Sporting Director   Rogério Matias
Director of Football   Flávio Meireles
Manager   Moreno
Assistant Manager   Nuno Santos
First-Team Coach   João Aroso
Goalkeeper Coach   Douglas Jesus
Head of Scouting   Carlos Lima
Physiotherapist   Pedro Figueiredo
  Frederico Neto
Team Manager   Rui Carvalho


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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