S.C. Olhanense

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Full nameSporting Clube Olhanense
Nickname(s)Leões de Olhão (Lions of Olhão)
Founded1912;108 years ago (1912)
Ground Estádio José Arcanjo
ChairmanIsidoro Sousa
Manager Bruno Ribeiro
League Campeonato de Portugal
2018–19 Campeonato de Portugal, 5th
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 were the first team from outside Lisbon or Porto to be crowned Portuguese champions, in 1924.


Olhanense 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, and the title of Portuguese Champion in the 1923–24 Campeonato de Portugal, at the time the most important national competition. 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 – while 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]


The club has rivalries with fellow Algarve clubs Farense and Portimonense. [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]


First-team squad

As of 23 February 2020 [11] [12]

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

1 GK Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Rúben Dionísio
3 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Joshua Silva
4 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR João Batista
6 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Celso Sidney
7 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Ivo Braz
8 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Rodrigo Dantas
9 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR João Oliveira
10 MF Flag of Cape Verde.svg  CPV Léléco
15 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Káká
16 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Pedro Albino
19 FW Flag of Uruguay.svg  URU Juan San Martín
20 DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Thomas Parada
21 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Luís Cortez
22 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Diogo Martins
23 GK Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Riccardo Galli
25 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Caleb
30 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Fabio Erins
31 DF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Alessandro Coppola
44 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Gustavo Pinto
70 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Cláudio Major
77 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Tiago Dias
98 FW Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Jacopo Finessi
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

Managerial history

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