S.C. Braga

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Braga
S.C. Braga logo.svg
Full nameSporting Clube de Braga
Nickname(s)Os Arcebispos (The Archbishops)
Os Arsenalistas (The Arsenalists)
Minhotos (Those from Minho)
Os Guerreiros do Minho (The Minho Warriors)
Braguistas
Founded19 January 1921;99 years ago (1921-01-19)
Ground Estádio Municipal de Braga
Capacity30,286
PresidentAntónio Salvador
Head coach Carlos Carvalhal
League Primeira Liga
2019–20 Primeira Liga, 3rd of 18
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Sporting Clube de Braga (Portuguese pronunciation:  [ˈspɔɾtĩŋ ˈkluβ(ɨ) ðɨ ˈβɾaɣɐ] ) (Euronext :  SCB), commonly known as Sporting de Braga or just Braga, is a Portuguese sports club from the city of Braga. Its football team plays in the Primeira Liga (the top tier of Portuguese football) at the Estádio Municipal de Braga.

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Domestically, Braga have won the 1965–66 and 2015–16 Taça de Portugal and the 2012–13 and 2019–20 Taça da Liga. In the 2000s, the club gradually became one of Portugal's most decorated clubs (7th) after the Big Three and has competed with some success in European competitions, winning the last ever UEFA Intertoto Cup (the only Portuguese club to do so) in 2008 and reaching the final of the UEFA Europa League in 2011. After finishing in second place for the only time to date in the 2009–10 Primeira Liga, Braga achieved a place in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its history by eliminating Celtic and Sevilla. Braga also qualified for the group stage of the Champions League in 2012–13 by eliminating Udinese.

History

Braga changed their kits from green and white to their Arsenal-style red during the 1945–46 (with the reserve squad) and the 1946–47 (with the main team) seasons due to their president José Antunes Guimarães who had business connections in London and was an Arsenal fan (this is one version of the story: the other one says that József Szabó, a Hungarian coach who loved Arsenal's playing style asked the president to change the green and white uniform to an Arsenal-style red). That year (1947), Braga won the Second division title reaching the First division for the first time. Braga even renamed their youth team Arsenal de Braga.

One of the first matches played in Arsenal-style kits against R C Celta Vigo BragavsCelta.jpg
One of the first matches played in Arsenal-style kits against R C Celta Vigo

Braga's emblem is the city of Braga's shield with Mother Mary and baby Jesus with the blue from the city's shield changed to red. On the top of the emblem is the golden Mural Crown of Braga, with the name "Sporting Clube de Braga" on it. Many Braga fans have said that Mother Mary gives them luck. The fans of Braga are known as Arsenalistas due to their team home kit that resembles that of English club Arsenal. [1] They are also known as Bracarenses because of being from the city of Bracari, later named Bracara Augusta, city of Portugal that is now known as Braga.

Aside from the loyalty of its supporters, the Minho derby against Vitória de Guimarães is a match that both sets of fans eagerly await. This match is more than football – it is a way people from the north view each city. The derby is one of Portugal's most intense matches, and children under 13 are restricted from entering unless an adult is with them. The rivalry goes back to when the City of Braga was the ancient capital of Gallaecia and the largest Portuguese city by the time the Kingdom of Portugal was formed by Afonso I of Portugal. At that time, Guimarães became the seat of the King and nobility, whereas the city of Braga remained the centre of trade and religious power (the largest city and seat of the Archbishop).

Braga's ranking in Europe since 2003
Season UEFA Ranking Points
2003–04   
2004–05 139th Green Arrow Up.svg 15.739
2005–06 136th Green Arrow Up.svg 17.533
2006–07 96th Green Arrow Up.svg 27.107
2007–08 79th Green Arrow Up.svg 33.176
2008–09 50th Green Arrow Up.svg 39.292
2009–10 48th Green Arrow Up.svg 39.659
2010–11 28th Green Arrow Up.svg 62.319
2011–12 29th Red Arrow Down.svg 63.069
2012–13 29th Steady2.svg62.833
2013–14 40th Red Arrow Down.svg 52.959
2014–15 37th Green Arrow Up.svg 51.776
2015–16 46th Red Arrow Down.svg 43.116
2016–17 55th Red Arrow Down.svg 37.366

In the 1960s and 1970s, Braga began to climb up the league ladder and eventually participated in the UEFA competitions. Braga's recent run of successive European participations began in the 2004–05 UEFA Cup after finishing fifth in the league under Jesualdo Ferreira's first full season in the club. In the 2006–07 UEFA Cup, the side reached the last 16 before a 6–4 aggregate loss to Tottenham Hotspur. [2] That summer, the club signed a three-year sponsorship deal with French insurance company Axa, who took over the naming rights for the stadium for €4.5 million; [3] this was renewed for a further three years in 2010. [4]

In 2008–09 under Jorge Jesus, Braga finished as runners-up for the only time in the league and again reached the UEFA Cup last 16, where they lost by a single goal to Paris Saint-Germain. [5] Entering the UEFA Champions League for the first time, in the fourth qualifying round Braga beat Sevilla 1–0 at home and 4–3 away, thus making the group stage. [6] On 15 September 2010, Braga were heavily defeated 6–0 by Arsenal in its first group stage match. [7] Eliminated in third place, they dropped into the Europa League and reached the final in Dublin, where they lost to a goal by FC Porto's Radamel Falcao. [8]

Braga won the Taça da Liga for the first time in 2013 under José Peseiro, with one goal from Alan against Porto. [9] Two years later, Sérgio Conceição's side lost on penalties to Sporting CP in the Taça de Portugal final, [10] but triumphed over Porto on the same method in 2016 to win their first such cup in 50 years. [11]

In 2019–20, Braga went through four managers over the course of the season. [12] The second of these, Rúben Amorim, led them to a league cup victory over Porto, with Ricardo Horta scoring in added time to secure the trophy on home soil. [13]

On 28 July 2020, just 2 days after the end of 2019–20 season, Carlos Carvalhal was announced as the new head coach, in a come-back to the club 14 years later. [14]

League and cup history

Recent seasons

SeasonLeague Cup League Cup Europe (UEFA)Notes
Div.Pos.PlWDLGSGAPtsResultResultCompetitionResult
2014–15 1st 4th3417710552858 RU 3R   
2015–16 4th3416108543558 W SF Europa League QF
2016–17 5th3415910513654 R16 RU Europa League GS
2017–18 4th342437742975 R32 3R Europa League R32
2018–19 4th342149563767 SF SF Europa League Q3
2019–20 3rd3418610614060 R5 W Europa League R32

A.  ^ Best league finish.
B.  ^ First presence in the UEFA Champions League.
C.  ^ Braga started season in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League and later joined UEFA Europa League after finishing 3rd in the group stage.
D.  ^ Best European competition finish.

Last updated: 3 October 2018

Honours

[15] [16]

National

  • Winners: 1946–47, 1963–64

International

  • Winners: 2008 (Outright Winner)

Other

  • Winners (1): 1976–77 (First Division)
  • Runners-up (1): 1970–71

European record

Update: 12 May 2020

Overview

CompetitionAppearancesMatchesTítlesBest
UEFA Champions League 218 (7W 2D 9L)-Group Stage (2010–11 and 2012–13)
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 310 (6W 1D 3L)-Last 16 (1966–67 and 1998–99)
UEFA Europa League 17113 (48W 27D 38L)-Runner-up (2010–11)
UEFA Intertoto Cup 12 (2W 0D 0L)1Champion (2009)
Total23143 (63W 30D 50L)1

Matches

SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAwayAggregate
1966–67 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup R1 Flag of Greece.svg AEK Athens 3–21–04–2
R2 Flag of Hungary.svg Raba ETO Győr 2–00–32–3
1978–79 UEFA Cup R1 Flag of Malta.svg Hibernians 5–02–37–3
R2 Flag of England.svg West Bromwich Albion 0–20–10–3
1982–83 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Pre Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Swansea City 1–00–31–3
1984–85 UEFA Cup R1 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur 0–30–60–9
1997–98 UEFA Cup R1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Vitesse 2–01–23–2
R2 Flag of Georgia.svg Dinamo Tbilisi 4–01–05–0
R3 Flag of Germany.svg Schalke 04 0–00–20–2
1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup R1 Flag of Latvia.svg Liepājas Metalurgs 4–00–04–0
R2 Flag of Russia.svg Lokomotiv Moscow 1–01–32–3
2004–05 UEFA Cup R1 Flag of Scotland.svg Hearts 2–21–33–5
2005–06 UEFA Cup R1 Flag of Serbia.svg Red Star Belgrade 1–10–01–1 (a)
2006–07 UEFA Cup R1 Flag of Italy.svg Chievo 2–01–2 ( a.e.t. )3–2
GS Flag of the Netherlands.svg AZ Alkmaar  0–33rd
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Slovan Liberec 4–0 
Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla  0–2
Flag of Switzerland.svg Grasshopper 2–0 
L32 Flag of Italy.svg Parma 1–01–02–0
L16 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur 2–32–34–6
2007–08 UEFA Cup R1 Flag of Sweden.svg Hammarby 4–01–25–2
GS Flag of England.svg Bolton Wanderers  1–12nd
Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich 1–1 
Flag of Greece.svg Aris  1–1
Flag of Serbia.svg Red Star Belgrade 2–0 
L32 Flag of Germany.svg Werder Bremen 0–10–30–4
2008–09 UEFA Intertoto Cup R3 Flag of Turkey.svg Sivasspor 3–02–05–0
2008–09 UEFA Cup Q2 Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Zrinjski Mostar 1–02–03–0
R1 Flag of Slovakia.svg Artmedia Petržalka 4–02–06–0
GS Flag of England.svg Portsmouth 3–0 3rd
Flag of Italy.svg Milan  0–1
Flag of Germany.svg VfL Wolfsburg 2–3 
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Heerenveen  2–1
L32 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Standard Liège 3–01–14–1
L16 Flag of France.svg Paris Saint-Germain 0–10–00–1
2009–10 UEFA Europa League Q3 Flag of Sweden.svg Elfsborg 1–20–21–4
2010–11 UEFA Champions League Q3 Flag of Scotland.svg Celtic 3–01–24–2
PO Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla 1–04–35–3
GS Flag of England.svg Arsenal 2–00–63rd
Flag of Ukraine.svg Shakhtar Donetsk 0–30–2
Flag of Serbia.svg Partizan 2–01–0
2010–11 UEFA Europa League L32 Flag of Poland.svg Lech Poznań 2–00–12–1
L16 Flag of England.svg Liverpool 1–00–01–0
QF Flag of Ukraine.svg Dynamo Kyiv 0–01–11–1 (a)
SF Flag of Portugal.svg Benfica 1–01–22–2 (a)
Final Flag of Portugal.svg Porto 0–1
2011–12 UEFA Europa League PO Flag of Switzerland.svg Young Boys 0–02–22–2 (a)
GS Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Club Brugge 1–21–12nd
Flag of England.svg Birmingham City 1–03–1
Flag of Slovenia.svg Maribor 5–11–1
L32 Flag of Turkey.svg Beşiktaş 0–21–01–2
2012–13 UEFA Champions League PO Flag of Italy.svg Udinese 1–11–1 (5–4 pens)1–1 (5–4)
GS Flag of Romania.svg CFR Cluj 0–21–34th
Flag of Turkey.svg Galatasaray 1–22–0
Flag of England.svg Manchester United 1–32–3
2013–14 UEFA Europa League PO Flag of Romania.svg Pandurii Târgu Jiu 0–2 ( a.e.t. )1–01–2
2015–16 UEFA Europa League GS Flag of France.svg Marseille 3–20–11st
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Slovan Liberec 2–11–0
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Groningen 1–00–0
L32 Flag of Switzerland.svg Sion 2–22–14–3
L16 Flag of Turkey.svg Fenerbahçe 4–10–1 4–2
QF Flag of Ukraine.svg Shakhtar Donetsk 1–20–41–6
2016–17 UEFA Europa League GS Flag of Ukraine.svg Shakhtar Donetsk 2–40–23rd
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Gent 1–12–2
Flag of Turkey.svg Konyaspor 2–11–1
2017–18 UEFA Europa League Q3 Flag of Sweden.svg AIK Stockholm 2–1 ( a.e.t. )1–13–2
PO Flag of Iceland.svg FH Hafnarfjardar 3–22–15–3
GS Flag of Bulgaria.svg Ludogorets Razgrad 0–21–11st
Flag of Germany.svg 1899 Hoffenheim 3–12–1
Flag of Turkey.svg İstanbul Başakşehir 2–11–2
L32 Flag of France.svg Marseille 1–00–31–3
2018–19 UEFA Europa League Q3 Flag of Ukraine.svg Zorya Luhansk 2–21−13–3 (a)
2019–20 UEFA Europa League Q3 Flag of Denmark.svg Brøndby 4–23–17–3
PO Flag of Russia.svg Spartak Moscow 1–02–13–1
GS Flag of Turkey.svg Beşiktaş 3–12–11st
Flag of England.svg Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–31–0
Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovan Bratislava 2–24–2
L32 Flag of Scotland.svg Rangers 0–12–32–4
2020–21 UEFA Europa League GS Flag placeholder.svg
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SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAwayAggregate

Players

Current squad

As of 27 September, 2020. [18]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Matheus
2 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Zé Carlos
3 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Vítor Tormena
5 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Nuno Sequeira
6 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Rolando
7 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR João Novais
8 MF Flag of Libya.svg  LBY Ali Elmusrati
9 FW Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Abel Ruiz
10 MF Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG Nico Gaitán
12 GK Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Tiago Sá
15 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR André Horta
16 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR David Carmo
18 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Rui Fonte
No.Pos.NationPlayer
20 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Paulinho
21 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Ricardo Horta
27 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Fransérgio (captain)
34 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Raul Silva
36 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Bruno Viana
45 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Iuri Medeiros (on loan from Nürnberg)
47 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Ricardo Esgaio
74 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Francisco Moura
88 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR André Castro
90 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Galeno
91 GK Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Lukáš Horníček
95 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Guilherme Schettine

Others players under contract

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Diogo Figueiras
MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Eduardo
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Xadas
FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Crislan

Out on loan

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
4 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Bruno Wilson (at CD Tenerife until 30 June 2021)
11 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Murilo (at RCD Mallorca until 30 June 2021)
89 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Leandro Sanca (at Académica OAF until 30 June 2021)
DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Caju (at Goiás until 31 December 2020)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Fábio Martins (at Al-Shabab Riyadh until 30 June 2021)
DF Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO Andrej Lukić (at Sheriff Tiraspol until 31 December 2020)
MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Ricardo Ryller (at Red Bull Bragantino until 30 June 2021)

Former players

Former coaches

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