U.D. Vilafranquense

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U.D. Vilafranquense
U.D. Vilafranquense.svg
Full nameUnião Desportiva Vilafranquense
Nickname(s)Piranhas do Tejo (Tagus Piranhas)
Founded12 April 1957
GroundCampo do Cevadeiro
Capacity2,500
ChairmanHenrique Sereno
ManagerQuim Machado
League LigaPro
2019–20 16th
Website Club website

União Desportiva Vilafranquense is a Portuguese football club from Vila Franca de Xira, Lisbon District. It currently plays in the LigaPro, the second tier of the Portuguese football league system, following its promotion in 2019.

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History

The club's history was spent mostly in the third tier. It spent one season in the second, in 1987–88, when that level was still regionalised. [1]

In the 2016–17 Taça de Portugal, Vilafranquense defeated G.S. Loures, Vilaverdense F.C. and G.D. Vitória de Sernache to reach a fourth-round tie at home to F.C. Paços de Ferreira of the Primeira Liga. [2] They beat the top-flight team 1–0 on 20 November, with a goal by Marocas. [3] In the next round (last 16), they lost by the same score at Vitória S.C., also of the Primeira. [4]

In the 2018–19 Campeonato de Portugal, Vilafranquense came second in Serie C behind U.D. Leiria. In the play-offs, they dispatched Lusitânia F.C. and then Leiria on penalties to win promotion. This was the club's first time in a national second division. [1] On 23 June in the final at the Estádio Nacional against Casa Pia A.C., the club drew 2–2 then lost 4–2 on penalties. [5]

Due to the inadequate facilities of their Campo do Cevadeiro, Vilafranquense had to play their LigaPro home games 50 kilometres away at the Estádio Municipal in Rio Maior. [6]

Current squad

As of 15 September, 2020

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 Maringá
4 DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Stéphane Sparagna
5 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Diogo Coelho
6 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Diogo Izata
9 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Carlos Fortes
10 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Filipe Oliveira
11 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Rodrigo Rodrigues
12 GK Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Bruno (on loan from Náutico)
14 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Vitinho
16 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Marco Grilo
17 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Tarcísio
18 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR André Claro
No.Pos.NationPlayer
19 DF Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  CIV Alan Bidi
20 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Leandro Antunes
21 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Gabriel
22 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Léo Cordeiro
23 DF Flag of Luxembourg.svg  LUX Eric Veiga
27 MF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Kady
66 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR André Ceitil
73 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR André Dias
75 GK Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Tiago Martins
77 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Fernando Timbó
90 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Vítor Bruno
97 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Marcos Vinicius

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
GK Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Filipe Semedo (to Fátima)

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References

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  2. "Vilafranquense recebe Paços para a Taça" [Vilafranquense hosts Paços in the Taça] (in Portuguese). O Mirante. 22 October 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  3. "Vilafranquense afasta Paços de Ferreira da Taça de Portugal" [Vilafranquense knock out Paços de Ferreira in the Taça de Portugal]. Correia da Manhã (in Portuguese). 20 November 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  4. "Hurtado coloca o V. Guimarães nos quartos de final" [Hurtado puts V. Guimarães into the quarter-finals] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 14 December 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
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  6. "Vilafranquense não encontra alternativas ao Estádio Municipal de Rio Maior" [Vilafranquense find no alternatives to the Estádio Municipal de Rio Maior]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 25 June 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.