S.C. Olhanense

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Full nameSporting Clube Olhanense
Nickname(s)Leões de Olhão (Lions of Olhão)
Founded1912;110 years ago (1912)
Ground Estádio José Arcanjo
ChairmanIsidoro Sousa
Manager Carlo Perrone
League Campeonato de Portugal
2019–20 Campeonato de Portugal Serie D, 1st
Website Club website

Sporting Clube Olhanense (Portuguese pronunciation:  [ˈspɔɾtĩɡ ˈklub(ɨ) oʎɐˈnẽs(ɨ)] ) is a Portuguese sports club from Olhão, Algarve.


Its football team was founded on 27 April 1912 and currently plays in the Campeonato de Portugal, the third division of Portuguese football. It holds home matches at the 5,661-spectator capacity Estádio José Arcanjo.

Olhanense won the Campeonato de Portugal (now Taça de Portugal) in 1924, their most prestigious honour in history.


Olhanense's earliest major honour was winning the 1923-24 Campeonato de Portugal (now Taça de Portugal), the largest football cup competition in Portugal. It also became the first team from the Algarve region to reach the top level of Portuguese football, after winning the Algarve Football Association in 1941. Among its achievements was a fourth-place finish in the 1945–46 season. In 1951, after ten consecutive seasons, the club returned to the second division.

Following this descent, the team only returned to the top flight for five seasons in the rest of the 20th century – three in the early 1960s and two in the mid-1970s – at time when rivals Farense and Portimonense had their most successful years. Managed by former Portugal international defender Jorge Costa, the team returned to the Primeira Liga as champions of the 2008–09 Liga de Honra by defeating Gondomar 1–0. [1]

After five years in the top flight, Olhanense were relegated in May 2014 by finishing last in a season in which they had three managers. The result left the Algarve without a top-flight team. [2] Three years later, the team finished last in the LigaPro, therefore falling out of the professional leagues for the first time in 13 years. [3] For the first half of 2021, former Netherlands international Edgar Davids was the manager. [4]


The club has rivalries with fellow Algarve clubs Farense and Portimonense. [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11]


First-team squad

As of 5 October 2021 [12] [13]

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

3 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR João Silva
4 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Tiago Sousa
5 DF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Riccardo Perazzolo
6 MF Flag of Cape Verde.svg  CPV Sérgio Semedo
7 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Jair Brito
8 MF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Boubacar Diarra
9 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Pedro Paz
10 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Xavier Venâncio
11 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Ricardo Esteves
17 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Ricardo Matos
21 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR João Nóbrega
22 GK Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Miguel Carvalho
23 GK Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Riccardo Galli
FW Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  CIV Franck Djoulou
MF Flag of Panama.svg  PAN Ernesto Walker
26 DF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Andrea Magrini
27 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Carlitos
40 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Tiago Cavadas
55 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Tiago Baptista
70 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Cláudio Major
87 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Leandro Ferreira(on loan from Académica Coimbra)
88 MF Flag of Guinea-Bissau.svg  GNB Edson Pires(on loan from Loures)
99 GK Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Gonçalo Augusto


League and cup history

SeasonLeague Cup Notes
1941–42 18226214428314Quarterfinals
1942–43 518828444818Last 16
1943–44 5181026653422Last 16
1944–45 618648414116Final
1945–46 4221318653927Last 16Best classification ever
1946–47 62611411697326Not held
1947–48 11265714486617Last 32
1948–49 72610412515524Last 32
1949–50 9268810485724Not held
1950–51 Down-arrow-14.png14267316317717Last 16Relegated
1961–62 18268612334122
1962–63 8267712293821
1963–64 Down-arrow-14.png13262816205712Relegated
1973–74 111308616356922
1974–75 Down-arrow-14.png15306519417017Relegated
1996–97 373414812343650
1997–98 13341014104742445th round
1998–99 434151365134584th round
1999–00 63817138573464
2000–01 1138131411454453
2001–02 1238139164044482nd round
2002–03 10381413116050552nd round
2003–04 Up-arrow-14.png13826847729863rd roundPromoted
2004–05 2934111112323144Last 128
2005–06 53413138412852Last 64
2006–07 9301010102931404th round
2007–08 53012993333455th round
2008–09 Up-arrow-14.png13018485232583rd roundPromoted
2009–10 11330514113146293rd round
2010–11 1130713102434345th round
2011–12 8309129363839Quarterfinals
2012–13 1430510152642254th round
2013–14 Down-arrow-14.png163066182149244th roundRelegated
2014–15 216461316175156553rd round
2015–16 8461912154239693rd round
2016–17 Down-arrow-14.png224277284583284th roundRelegated
2017–18 333018484230583rd round
2018–19 53419696832631st round
2019–20 12517625719572nd round

Managerial history

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