- F.C. Porto
Infobox Football club
clubname = F.C. Porto
fullname = Futebol Clube do Porto
short name = Porto
nickname = "Dragões" (Dragons) "Azuis e brancos" (Blue and white) "Os Tripeiros" (The Gutters) "Os Andrades" (The Andrades- archaic nickname)
September 28, 1893as "Football Club do Porto"
Estádio do Dragão Porto, Portugal
capacity = 51,000 [cite web |url=http://www.fcporto.pt/Info/NovoEstadio/InfoEstadio_Estadio.asp |title=Estádio |publisher=FC Porto.pt |language=Portuguese]
chairman = flagicon|Portugal Pinto da Costa
mgrtitle = Head Coach
manager = flagicon|Portugal
league = Liga Sagres
season = 2007-08
position = BWINLIGA, 1st
Futebol Clube do Porto (pron. IPA2|futɨ'bɔɫ 'klub(ɨ) du 'poɾtu) - short: FC Porto or FCP - is a Portuguese
sports clubbest known for its footballing endeavors. It was founded in Portoin 1893. It holds the best International record by a Portuguese team (6 international titles), having won the European Cup and the Intercontinental Cup twice each. In 2003, it brought Portugal's first UEFA Cupand in 1987 it brought Portugal's first UEFA Supercup. Domestically they hold the best record of five titles in a row, having won the Portuguese Liga23 times, the Portuguese Cup17 times and Portuguese Supercup15 times (55 national titles).
The football home ground is the
Estádio do Dragão, which replaced the previous home, Estádio das Antas, in 2003. FC Porto is also a leading force in other sports: the handball and basketballteams are regular contenders for the national titles and the roller hockeysection is amongst the best in the sport worldwide. The new multi-sportarena near the stadium will be completed soon; in past years the non-professional home grounds were scattered around neighbouring cities (such as Gondomar, Matosinhosand Santo Tirso). Supporters and players of the club are nicknamed "portistas".
It was founded in the northern city of Porto on September 28, 1893, by wine-salesman António Nicolau de Almeida' who had his first contact with the game of football on one of his trips to England. The club was revived in 1906 by Monteiro da Costa.
Commercially, the club has several stores called "Loja Azul" (English: "Blue Store") scattered around the city, including two used with official supplier Nike. Since 1994, a merchandising goods fair called "Portomania" is organized during the pre-season. FC Porto publishes one of the older club-related publications in Europe: a monthly 60-page full-colour magazine called "Dragões" ("Dragons") that has existed since the early 1980s.
FC Porto played in the Portuguese championship 74 times, playing 2048 games, winning 1333, drawing 375, losing 340, scoring 4542 goals and conceding 1909, having 3342 points as of the end of the 2007-08 season. They were also one of the founding members of the now disbanded
The public company
After going public in 1998, FC Porto created several satellite companies around the club to improve its efficiency.
*"FCPorto" - Junior football, handball, rink hockey, atletism, magazine, etc.
*"FCPorto - Futebol SAD" and "FCPorto - Basquetebol SAD" (professional football and basketball)
*"PortoEstádio" (Estádio do Dragão)
*"PortoMultimédia" (official site and multimedia products)
*"PortoSeguro" (Insurances)The "FCPorto SAD" is rated in the
Nicolau d`Almeida, Monteiro da Costa, Dummond Villares, Carmo Pacheco, Borges de Avelar, Henrique da Mesquita, Pinto de Faria, Neves Reis, Urgel Horta, Carlos Costa, Angelo César, Ferreira Alves, Júlio Ribeiro, Cesario Bonito, Paulo Pombo, Nascimento Cordeiro, Pinto Magalhães, Américo de Sá, Pinto da Costa.
Its first official trophy, the "Union of the North cup", was won in 1911. In the following years it became one of the biggest clubs in
Portugaland went on to win the first national competition in the history of Portuguese football, the Campeonato da Liga 1934/35.Porto were always a struggling team after that championship, so they went to win only 6 championships in 41 years of dictatorship. But after the Carnation Revolution, the history of Portuguese soccer saw a new title contestant, and a new European team. In the following years, Porto won 16 titles,10 Portuguese cups, 1 European Champions Cupand the new Champions League, 1 UEFA Cup, 1 European Super Cup, and 2 Intercontinental Cup. A wonderful rise for a team that was used to, as was said at the time, starting away games 1-0 down.
Two of the biggest reasons for this change of fortunes were Pinto da Costa who took control of Porto in 1982 and
José Maria Pedrotowhom he had brought back with him to manage the team. The duo quickly caused the team damage, with Pinto da Costa as football director and Pedroto as manager, winning two titles previously, and making controversial remarks about the centralization of Portuguese football, which caused them problems with the directing board, and consequently they left. After quitting, in 1982 Pinto da Costa ran for presidency and won bringing back Pedroto. The following decades turned what was the third team in the overall history of Portuguese football into the biggest title winner of the past 20 years. Since 1982, Porto has won 15 titles, achieving the record "Penta" (five leagues in a row) in 1999 and since 1976 never finished below 3rd place, nine Portuguese cups, and has a majority of Supercups, having won 15 out of a possible 27.
*Winners - 1934/35, 1938/39, 1939/40, 1955/56, 1958/59, 1977/78, 1978/79, 1984/85, 1985/86, 1987/88, 1989/90, 1991/92, 1992/93, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1997/98, 1998/99, 2002/03, 2003/04, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08 "(23 titles)"
*Runners-up - 1935/36, 1937/38, 1940/41, 1950/51, 1953/54, 1956/57, 1957/58, 1961/62, 1962/63, 1963/64, 1964/65, 1968/69, 1974/75, 1979/80, 1980/81, 1982/83, 1983/84, 1986/87, 1988/89, 1990/91, 1993/94, 1999/00, 2000/01, 2004/05 "(24 times)"
*Winners - 1921/22, 1924/25, 1934/35, 1936/37, 1955/56, 1957/58, 1967/68, 1976/77, 1983/84, 1987/88, 1990/91, 1993/94, 1997/98, 1999/00, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2005/06 "(17 titles)"
*Runners-up - 1923/24, 1930/31, 1952/53, 1958/59, 1960/61, 1962/63, 1977/78, 1979/80, 1980/81, 1982/83, 1984/85, 1991/92, 2003/04, 2007/08 "(14 times)"
SuperCup Cândido de Oliveira
*Winners - 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006 "(15 titles)"
*Runners-up - 1979, 1985, 1988, 1992, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2007, 2008 "(9 times)"European Cup/Champions' League
*Winners - 1986–87, 2003–04
European Super Cup
*Winners - 1986–87
*Runners-up - 2003, 2004
*Winners - 1987, 2004
*Winners - 2002–03
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup:
Joan Gamper Trophy
*Winners - 1987
*Winners - 1989
Teresa Herrera Cup
*Winners - 1991
Ciudad de Sevilla Tournament
*Winners - 1992
Porto Centennial Cup
*Winners - 1993
Thailand Premier Cup
*Winners - 1997
League and Cup performances
2004 - Champions League
The following season set a greater challenge, but despite a slow start which included a 1-3 loss against
Real Madrid, Porto never lost again in the Champions League, relegating Olympique Marseille to the UEFA Cup (where they reached the final), beating Manchester United at Old Trafford in the dying minutes of play, Olympique Lyon and Deportivo. Porto beat Monaco 3-0 in the Final played in Arena AufSchalke. Porto's UEFA Champions Leaguewinning line-up: Vitor Baia, Nuno Valente, Ricardo Carvalho, Jorge Costa(c), Paulo Ferreira, Costinha, Nuno Maniche, Pedro Mendes, Deco (Pedro Emanuel), Derlei (Benni McCarthy), Carlos Alberto Gomes (Dmitri Alenichev)
After the victory, Porto became the Portuguese side with the most European cups won - 2 CL/ECC, UEFA Super Cup plus a UEFA Cup, compared with the two ECC by Benfica and the one CWC by Sporting.
Even after the departure of
José Mourinhoto Chelsea FC, the club kept winning at the international level. On December 12 2004, FC Porto won the last-held Intercontinental Cup, by beating Once Caldasfrom Colombia8-7 in a penalty shoot-out, after a goalless draw.
Golden Whistle affair
Under the presidency of
Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, FC Porto was involved in the Golden Whistle affair (caso Apito Dourado) that first arose in 2004.
F.C. Porto's home games are played at Estádio do Dragão ( _en. Dragon's Stadium) in Porto. Built as a replacement for
FC Porto's old ground, " Estadio das Antas", and as a venue for EURO 2004, Estádio do Dragão has an all-seated capacity of 50,948. The stadium's name is derived from the presence of a dragon on the crest of FC Porto, which is also the nickname of FC Porto fans.
Designed by Manuel Salgado and built by the Grupo Amorim, it cost €97.755.318, of which €18.430.956 was supported by the Portuguese taxpayers. To support costs, each stand carries one or two sponsor names, edp for the South ("Sul") end, tmn and Sapo adsl in the East ("Nascente") stand, PT and meo for the West ("Poente") stand and finally
Coca-Colain the North ("Norte") Stand. Away fans are placed in the left corner of the North stand, while FC Porto supporter groups (SuperDragões and Colectivo Ultras 95) are at each end, although initially both groups were in the South stand.
Players out on loan
Diogo Valente- Leixões S.C.
Bruno Gama- Vitória Setúbal
Bruno Moraes- Vitória Setúbal
Bruno Vale- Vitória Setúbal
* Leandro Lima - Vitória Setúbal
Helder Barbosa- Trofense
Wason Renteria- S.C. Braga
Nuno André Coelho- Portimonense SC
* Stéphane -
André Castro- SC Olhanense
Paulo Ribeiro- SC Olhanense
Steven Vitória- SC Olhanense
Zéquinha- FC Penafiel
* João Pedro -
Ivanildo- FC Gil Vicente
Paulo Machado- AS Saint-Etienne
Vieirinha- PAOK FC
* Claúdio Pitbull -
FC Rapid Bucureşti
* Joao Paulo -
FC Rapid Bucureşti
* Edgar - FC Red Star Belgrade
Ezequias- FC Braşov
Przemyslaw Kazmierczak- Derby County
* António Oliveira
* António Lima
* João Pinto
* Rui Águas
* Lucho González
* Carlos Alberto
* Carlos Paredes
Notes and references
** [http://www.fcporto.pt/ FC Porto - Official Website]
*Official supporters websites:
** [http://www.superdragoes.com/ Super Dragões 1986 / FC Porto Supporters]
** [http://www.fcporto.ws/ Portal dos Dragões]
*Portuguese football links:
** [http://www.pfutebol.com Portuguesefutebol.com] Your source for Portuguese football (in English)
** [http://www.portugoal.net www.PortuGOAL.net|The definitive Portuguese football site] (in English)
** [http://www.soccerpulse.com/forum/index.php?showforum=24| Soccerpulse - FC Porto Information and Discussion Forum] (in English)
** [http://www.kickabola.com/22 Kickabola.com FC Porto and soccer forum]
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