|Number of teams||18|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Domestic cup(s)|| Cape Verdean Cup |
|International cup(s)|| CAF Champions League |
CAF Confederation Cup
|Current champions|| CS Mindelense |
|Most championships||CS Mindelense (13)|
|TV partners||TCV and RTP África|
|Current: 2019 Cape Verdean Football Championships|
The Cape Verdean Football Championship or the Campeonato Caboverdiano de Futebol is a football competition that was created in 1976 in Cape Verde. A local championship was founded in 1953 before independence, when the islands were still part of the Portuguese Empire.
The first football championship that was not official took place in 1938 and were colonial and later provincial, only clubs from Sâo Vicente participated, they were actual insular championships. The first official championships began in 1953 and featured clubs from only the islands of Sâo Vicente (along with its surroundings) and Santiago took part. For the next 21 years they occurred and Académica do Mindelo won the first title, Mindelense was the second club to win a title and from 1956 the leader in the number of titles for the remainder of Portuguese rule, Académica Mindelo was second with three titles and Sporting Praia and Travadores with two, Castilho, Académica Praia and Boavista had a single title.
No competition occurred during the end of Portuguese rule and the independence of Cape Verde. Clubs from other islands started to competed in the finals. Mindelense won the first title for an independent Cape Verde, the club lead in the most titles, in the first national championships, Mindelense faced Botafogo from Fogo, the first to feature a club outside Santiago or Sâo Vicente. The 1978 national championships was cancelled as the winner of Sotavento was undecided to challenge Mindelense, the winner of the Barlavento Islands, the finals system was introduced in 1979. Mindelense challenged Botafogo in the final match for the next two years, Botafogo won in 1980 and became the first championship outside Sâo Vicente and Santiago, Mindelense won again in 1981. Clubs from Boa Vista competed in 1980. In 1984, FC Derby faced Académica do Sal in the first finals with two clubs from the same island chain. SC Morabeza was the first club from Brava to compete in the national championships in 1985, the next champion from Brava to compete would not be until 1993. The group system was introduced in around the 1990s and had two to three matches each. Clubs from the island of Maio would compete in 1990 and Santo Antão would compete in 1993. The triangular system was introduced and was used in 1994 and 1995, the finals was restored again, for one season in 1997, the final phase was introduced and the winner was decided on the highest number of points and Mindelense won, the finals restored again in 1998 and 1999, for the next three seasons, the winner was decided on a total number of points and sometimes goals, Sporting and Batuque shared a record total of 19 points won at the national championships, no other club surpassed it since. Since 2003, the winner would be decided to go to the playoffs on the number of points or goals from each of the two groups. One champion from each island participated in the championships, that time the Santiago and Santo Antâo championships split into two zones. The champion would play for the following season, sometimes a champion who wins a regional league in the follow season, a second placed club participates. In the 2005 season, Sporting Praia defeated Desportivo Estância Baixo 13-0 and made it the highest scoring match that still stands to date, also Sporting Praia scored the most goals in the championship numbering 35 and still stands today, Derby was second who scored 32, Derby would claim their third and last title for the club. Sporting Praia won their second consecutive title after defeating Académica do Mindelo under the away goals rule as both clubs were tied with a goal in the second final match. In 2015, the FCF chose to keep the group system instead of alterations probably including only the introduction of the first and second tier levels.Mindelense has now a record twelve national titles since 2016 and was their last won, Sporting Praia is second since 2014. The island of Sâo Vicente has now 17 titles won by different clubs, at the time three more than Santiago, two titles won by clubs from Boa Vista and one each from Fogo, Maio and Sal. For some seasons, some of the clubs from a regional league did not participated, its recent one was Brava in 2011.
In regular season competition, in 2008, Derby was the first club to have all five wins along with not a single loss or a draw after the creation of a six club group system, the second was SC Atlético on 2012, and the third was Mindelense in 2015 and also conceded only a goal while the club scored fourteen, the first after the creation of a six club group system, Derby did not conceded a goal in a regular season in 2001, also Derby won all five and was their second and recent time in 2015.
The 2017 season revived the triangular phase and is the first featuring three groups and together with a playoff system, the top three of each group will qualify into the semis along with the second placed club with the most points. The champion will compete in the 2018 CAF Champions League in the following season. As the Malian Premier League was abandoned for the 2017 season as the Malian Football Federation was dissolved, another participant would have been made (along with one from Senegal), the Malian competitions resumed in early May and it reduced to one participant. They could be a participant at the continental but a possibility there could be no participant. No word that the first placed second place of each group qualifies for the 2018 CAF Confederation Cup as no 2017 Cape Verdean Cup will take place.
The Santiago North Premier Division had disputes in the final match of the season ended a week before the start of the nationals, in 2016, it was between Scorpion Vermelho and Varandinha over Scorpion Vermelho's match, the award decision was revoked and Varandinha was regional champions and qualified into the nationals, the first round match was delayed due to that. Benfica Santa Cruz and some other clubs protested AJAC's round 16 win over Juventus Assomada where AJAC fielded a suspended player, Marco Aurélio, who had received two yellow cards. On 7 May, AJAC became champions, the final result actually went to uncertainty especially after 11 May where the regional Judicial Council thought to make it official, Benfica de Santa Cruz were crowned Premier Division champions of the North Zone as well as AJAC.AJAC did not field that suspended player, the chairman Amarildo protested that decision alongside other clubs and on 17 May, the award was revoked and AJAC became regional champions of Santiago North.
In August 2017, Sporting Praia won their recent national championship title after defeating FC Ultramarina from Tarrafal de São Nicolau and Santiago now has 15 titles won, two less than São Vicente.
The championship is played out in a tournament between the champions of the nine islands (the 10th island, Santa Luzia is not inhabited, Santa Luzia and its islets are part of the São Vicente Premier Division).
The competition featured a club from the island of São Vicente and a club from the island of Santiago and continued up to the end of Portuguese rule.
|CS Mindelense||6||1954, 1960, 1962, 1966, 1968, 1971|
|Académica do Mindelo||3||1953, 1964, 1967|
|Sporting Clube da Praia||2||1961, 1969|
|CD Travadores||2||1972, 1974|
|Académica da Praia||1||1965|
In the first few years. The competition would feature a club from Barlavento and a club from Sotavento. In the 1980s, it would change when a playoff system was introduced. The group system was formed around the mid 1990s.
|CS Mindelense||13||1976, 1977, 1981, 1988, 1990, 1992, 1998, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019|
|Sporting Clube da Praia||10||1985, 1991, 1997, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2017|
|Boavista (Praia)||3||1987, 1995, 2010|
|Derby FC||3||1984, 2000, 2005|
|CD Travadores||2||1994, 1996|
|Académica da Praia||1||2018|
|Académica do Mindelo||1||1989|
|Académico Sal Rei||1||1983|
|Académico do Aeroporto||1||2003|
|GD Amarantes (Mindelo)||1||1999|
|Botafogo São Filipe||1||1980|
|São Vicente||17||1976, 1977, 1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016|
|Santiago||16||1985, 1987, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2018|
The greatest top scorers in the national championships was Zé di Tchecha of Sporting Praia who scored 14 goals. Gerson of SC Atlético scored 13 goals in the 2012 season.
The number of seasons that each team (in alphabetical order) has played in the National Championships from 1976 until 2018. The teams in Bold participated in 2018 Cape Verdean Football Championships. Not all teams are listed, selected teams are:
|14||Académico do Aeroporto do Sal, SC Atlético|
|13||Académica do Fogo|
|12||Botafogo FC, FC Derby, Onze Unidos, Ultramarina Tarrafal de São Nicolau|
|11||Académico 83, Académica do Porto Novo , Sport Sal Rei Club , Vulcânicos|
|8||SC Santa Maria|
|7||Paulense, Rosariense Clube|
|6||Académica do Sal|
|5||FC Juventude (Sal), CD Scorpion Vermelho , Solpontense|
|4||Académica do Mindelo, Batuque FC, Rosariense Clube, Sporting Clube da Brava|
|3||Académica da Calheta do Maio, Barreirense , Desportivo da Praia, Estrela dos Amadores, Juventude da Furna, GD Palmeira de Santa Maria , Sporting Clube do Porto Novo|
|2||Académica da Brava, Barcelona, Os Foguetões , Marítimo do Porto Novo, SC Verdun Pedra de Lume|
|1||AJAC da Calheta, GD Amarantes, Beira Mar do Maio, Beira-Mar (Ribeira Grande), SC Beira-Mar do Tarrafal, FC Belo Horizonte , Benfica de Santa Cruz, GD Corôa, Cutelinho, Desportivo Estância Baixo, Desportivo de Santa Cruz, GDRC Fiorentina, Flor Jovem da Calheta, Grémio Nhágar, Marìtimo, Onze Estrelas, Sanjoanense, CD Sinagoga, Spartak d'Aguadinha, Varandinha|
Its matches notably the major clubs are broadcast on RTC's TCV since the introduction of television to Cape Verde. On radio, select and prominent matches are broadcast on RCV. Before independence of 1975, there were broadcast on Rádio Praia aired in Sotavento and Rádio Clube do Mindelo aired in Barlavento.
The Cape Verdean Football Federation is the governing body of football in Cape Verde. It was founded in 1982, affiliated to FIFA in 1986 and to CAF in 2000. It organizes the national football league and the national team.
Clube Sportivo Mindelense (Capeverdean Crioulo, ALUPEC or ALUPEK: KS Mindelensi, São Vicente Crioulo: KS Mindelense is a football club that plays in the Premier division of the Interisland League in Cape Verde. It is based in the city of Mindelo in the island of São Vicente. Mindelense is the oldest club in Cape Verde. It is the team won the most cups before and after independence especially in the 1950s and the 1970s with nine titles before independence and eleven after independence. Their first participation in the national division before independence was unofficially in 1938 and officially in 1954, Mindelense first appeared after independence in 1980. Since 30 April 2017, they are one of three unrelegated clubs in the island along with Batuque and Derby. Its current chairman is Daniel de Jesus. The club's nickname is Leões Encarnados or the Incarnated Lions. A nickname that is used less often is the Red Devils or the Diablos Vermelhos.
Futebol Clube Derby is a football club that had played in the Premier division and the São Vicente Island League in Cape Verde and is Cape Verde's only affiliate of FC Porto and the oldest affiliate in the whole of Africa. It is based in the city of Mindelo on the island of São Vicente. It is the second team of the regional league who won the most titles after independence especially in the 1960s and the 1970s. Its current president is Carlos Alberto Lopes and its coach is Yoya who became in May 2017. The club name is the Dragons or Dragões, the same as Porto's slogan. Since 30 April 2017, they are one of three unrelegated clubs in the island along with Batuque and Mindelense.
Sporting Clube da Praia, short form: Sporting Praia is a professional football club that plays in the Santiago South Premier Division in Cape Verde. It is based in the capital city of Praia in the island of Santiago, one of the unrelegated clubs in the south of the island along with three of the city's four historically mightiest clubs including Académica, Boavista and CD Travadores. Along with Académcia, Boavista, Desportivo, Travadores and Vitória, it is one of several teams that share the same ground, Estádio da Várzea, which has a capacity of 8,000. Sporting has won six championships since independence and a few before independence. The first title was won in the summer of 1962 before independence. Sporting recently won the 2017 national title. Its current president is Carlos Daniel Caetano and its manager is Lito, who once played for Portuguese clubs as footballer.
Associação Académica do Mindelo is a football club that had played in the Premier division and the São Vicente Island League in Cape Verde. It is based in the city of Mindelo on the island of São Vicente and plays in a stadium with a capacity of 5,000. The club is an affiliate of the Portuguese club Académica de Coimbra. It is one of the first teams ever to win a provincial title before independence, in 1953, a year later. There was no further competition until 1956. Académica won their first title since independence in 1989. Other titles includes four for the island including their recent 2006/07 season win and two opening tournaments along with their recent win.
Football is the most popular sport in Cape Verde. The league is divided into eleven divisions, of which seven of them are singles and two islands, Santiago and Santo Antão has two zones since 2000. The football association is a federation which is known as the Cape Verdean Football Federation, it became affiliated with CAF in 1986 and later with FIFA in 2001.
The 2008 Cape Verdean Football Championships season was the 29th of the competition of the first-tier football in Cape Verde. Its started on 10 May and finished on 16 August, later than the last season. The tournament was organized by the Cape Verdean Football Federation. Sporting would win their 7th title and third straight after defeating Académica do Mindelo in penalty kicks. Sporting gained entry into the 2009 CAF Champions League, it is the last club to enter to date. No second place club would participate in the 2009 CAF Confederation Cup.
The 2011 Cape Verdean Football Championship season was the 32nd of the competition of the first-tier football in Cape Verde. Its started on 14 May and finished on 9 July, later than last year. The tournament was organized by the Cape Verdean Football Federation. CS Mindelense won the 2011 title. No teams would participate in the 2012 CAF Champions League or the 2012 CAF Confederation Cup.
The 2015 Cape Verdean Football Championship season was the 36th beginner level competition of the first-tier football in Cape Verde. Its started on 9 May and finished on 11 July. The tournament was organized by the Cape Verdean Football Federation. The schedule including its matches were created on Saturday January 10. CS Mindelense won the eleventh title and became the second club after Sporting Praia to win three in a row. Neither clubs participated in the CAF Champions League competition in 2016 and in the 2016 CAF Confederation Cup. This was the second ever and most recent finals competition that two clubs came from the same island as well as the same city.
The 2014–15 season was the season of competitive football (soccer) in Cape Verde.
The 2015–16 season was the season of competitive football (soccer) in Cape Verde.
The 2016 Cape Verdean Football Championship season was the 37th beginner level competition of the first-tier football in Cape Verde. It started on 14 May and finished on 9 July, it started five days later than last season and finished two days earlier, the season was a week shorter than last. The championship was governed by the Cape Verdean Football Federation. The scheduling was completed on November 16 and the group system was kept instead of becoming a one portion season without playoffs and was the last time. CS Mindelense won the record breaking title and became the second club after Sporting Praia to win four in a row, the highest ever, also it was Mindelense's last. Mindelense chose to not participate in the CAF Champions League competition in 2017, Académica do Porto Novo did not participate in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup, both of the clubs due to financial concerns, of any club, it is the eighth consecutive time and becomes the recent African nation not to bring a champion to the continentals for the most consecutive years, in the cup competition, Cape Verde is the longest for not bringing a club in Africa lasting for more than 15 years straight, not even the three national cup winners competed. Mindelense qualified and participated in the 2017 National Championships.
This article concerns football records in Cape Verde. Unless otherwise stated, records are taken from the Cape Verdean National Championships and the second-tier Regional Championships.
This article is about the history of football (soccer) in Cape Verde.
The 2016–17 season was the season of competitive football (soccer) in Cape Verde.
In the 2009–10 season of competitive football (soccer) in Cape Verde: The 3rd Cape Verdean Cup took place that year.
1910s – 1920s – 1930s – 1940s – 1950s – 1960s – 1970s – 1980s – 1990s – 2000s
The 2017 Cape Verdean Football Championship season was the 38th beginner level competition of the first-tier football in Cape Verde. It started on 13 May and finished on 27 August, it started a days later than last season. Originally to finish on 15 July, instead, it was rescheduled to 27 August. The championship was governed by the Cape Verdean Football Federation.
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