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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)
GroundEstádio Municipal de Braga
Capacity30,286
PresidentAntónio Salvador
Head coachCarlos Carvalhal
LeaguePrimeira Liga
2019–20Primeira Liga, 3rd of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Sporting Clube de Braga (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈspɔɾtĩŋ ˈkluβ(ɨ) ðɨ ˈβɾaɣɐ]) (EuronextSCB), 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.

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[edit]

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

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 Steady 62.833
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[edit]

Recent seasons[edit]

Season League Cup League Cup Europe (UEFA) Notes
Div. Pos. Pl W D L GS GA Pts Result Result Competition Result
2014–15 1st 4th 34 17 7 10 55 28 58 RU 3R  –  –
2015–16 4th 34 16 10 8 54 35 58 W SF Europa League QF
2016–17 5th 34 15 9 10 51 36 54 R16 RU Europa League GS
2017–18 4th 34 24 3 7 74 29 75 R32 3R Europa League R32
2018–19 4th 34 21 4 9 56 37 67 SF SF Europa League Q3
2019–20 3rd 34 18 6 10 61 40 60 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[edit]

[15] [16]

National[edit]

  • Winners: 1946–47, 1963–64

International[edit]

  • Winners: 2008 (Outright Winner)

Other[edit]

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

European record[edit]

Update: 12 May 2020

Overview[edit]

Competition Appearances Matches Títles Best
UEFA Champions League 2 18 (7W 2D 9L) - Group Stage (2010–11 and 2012–13)
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 3 10 (6W 1D 3L) - Last 16 (1966–67 and 1998–99)
UEFA Europa League 17 113 (48W 27D 38L) - Runner-up (2010–11)
UEFA Intertoto Cup 1 2 (2W 0D 0L) 1 Champion (2009)
Total 23 143 (63W 30D 50L) 1

Matches[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1966–67 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup R1 Greece AEK Athens 3–2 1–0 4–2
R2 Hungary Raba ETO Győr 2–0 0–3 2–3
1978–79 UEFA Cup R1 Malta Hibernians 5–0 2–3 7–3
R2 England West Bromwich Albion 0–2 0–1 0–3
1982–83 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Pre Wales Swansea City 1–0 0–3 1–3
1984–85 UEFA Cup R1 England Tottenham Hotspur 0–3 0–6 0–9
1997–98 UEFA Cup R1 Netherlands Vitesse 2–0 1–2 3–2
R2 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 4–0 1–0 5–0
R3 Germany Schalke 04 0–0 0–2 0–2
1998–99 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup R1 Latvia Liepājas Metalurgs 4–0 0–0 4–0
R2 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 1–0 1–3 2–3
2004–05 UEFA Cup R1 Scotland Hearts 2–2 1–3 3–5
2005–06 UEFA Cup R1 Serbia Red Star Belgrade 1–1 0–0 1–1 (a)
2006–07 UEFA Cup R1 Italy Chievo 2–0 1–2 (a.e.t.) 3–2
GS Netherlands AZ Alkmaar  – 0–3 3rd
Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 4–0  –
Spain Sevilla  – 0–2
Switzerland Grasshopper 2–0  –
L32 Italy Parma 1–0 1–0 2–0
L16 England Tottenham Hotspur 2–3 2–3 4–6
2007–08 UEFA Cup R1 Sweden Hammarby 4–0 1–2 5–2
GS England Bolton Wanderers  – 1–1 2nd
Germany Bayern Munich 1–1  –
Greece Aris  – 1–1
Serbia Red Star Belgrade 2–0  –
L32 Germany Werder Bremen 0–1 0–3 0–4
2008–09 UEFA Intertoto Cup R3 Turkey Sivasspor 3–0 2–0 5–0
2008–09 UEFA Cup Q2 Bosnia and Herzegovina Zrinjski Mostar 1–0 2–0 3–0
R1 Slovakia Artmedia Petržalka 4–0 2–0 6–0
GS England Portsmouth 3–0  – 3rd
Italy Milan  – 0–1
Germany VfL Wolfsburg 2–3  –
Netherlands Heerenveen  – 2–1
L32 Belgium Standard Liège 3–0 1–1 4–1
L16 France Paris Saint-Germain 0–1 0–0 0–1
2009–10 UEFA Europa League Q3 Sweden Elfsborg 1–2 0–2 1–4
2010–11 UEFA Champions League Q3 Scotland Celtic 3–0 1–2 4–2
PO Spain Sevilla 1–0 4–3 5–3
GS England Arsenal 2–0 0–6 3rd
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0–3 0–2
Serbia Partizan 2–0 1–0
2010–11 UEFA Europa League L32 Poland Lech Poznań 2–0 0–1 2–1
L16 England Liverpool 1–0 0–0 1–0
QF Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
SF Portugal Benfica 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)
Final Portugal Porto 0–1
2011–12 UEFA Europa League PO Switzerland Young Boys 0–0 2–2 2–2 (a)
GS Belgium Club Brugge 1–2 1–1 2nd
England Birmingham City 1–0 3–1
Slovenia Maribor 5–1 1–1
L32 Turkey Beşiktaş 0–2 1–0 1–2
2012–13 UEFA Champions League PO Italy Udinese 1–1 1–1 (5–4 pens) 1–1 (5–4)
GS Romania CFR Cluj 0–2 1–3 4th
Turkey Galatasaray 1–2 2–0
England Manchester United 1–3 2–3
2013–14 UEFA Europa League PO Romania Pandurii Târgu Jiu 0–2 (a.e.t.) 1–0 1–2
2015–16 UEFA Europa League GS France Marseille 3–2 0–1 1st
Czech Republic Slovan Liberec 2–1 1–0
Netherlands Groningen 1–0 0–0
L32 Switzerland Sion 2–2 2–1 4–3
L16 Turkey Fenerbahçe 4–1 0–1 4–2
QF Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1–2 0–4 1–6
2016–17 UEFA Europa League GS Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 2–4 0–2 3rd
Belgium Gent 1–1 2–2
Turkey Konyaspor 2–1 1–1
2017–18 UEFA Europa League Q3 Sweden AIK Stockholm 2–1 (a.e.t.) 1–1 3–2
PO Iceland FH Hafnarfjardar 3–2 2–1 5–3
GS Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 0–2 1–1 1st
Germany 1899 Hoffenheim 3–1 2–1
Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir 2–1 1–2
L32 France Marseille 1–0 0–3 1–3
2018–19 UEFA Europa League Q3 Ukraine Zorya Luhansk 2–2 1−1 3–3 (a)
2019–20 UEFA Europa League Q3 Denmark Brøndby 4–2 3–1 7–3
PO Russia Spartak Moscow 1–0 2–1 3–1
GS Turkey Beşiktaş 3–1 2–1 1st
England Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–3 1–0
Slovakia Slovan Bratislava 2–2 4–2
L32 Scotland Rangers 0–1 2–3 2–4
2020–21 UEFA Europa League GS
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

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

Others players under contract[edit]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Portugal POR Diogo Figueiras
MF Brazil BRA Eduardo
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Brazil BRA Crislan

Out on loan[edit]

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

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

Former players[edit]

Former coaches[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Sinnott, John (14 March 2007). "Tottenham 3-2 Braga (agg 6-4)". BBC Sport. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Futebol: Sporting de Braga cede nome do estadio a seguradora AXA por 4,5 milhoes em tres anos" [Football: Sporting de Braga cede name of stadium to insurers AXA for 4.5 million over three years]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 9 July 2007. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Sporting de Braga e AXA renovam parceria por mais três anos" [Sporting de Braga and AXA renew partnership for three more years] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Timely Hoarau makes wasteful Braga pay". UEFA. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  6. ^ "Sevilla dumped out by Sporting Braga". CNN. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  7. ^ "Arsenal 6 – 0 Braga". BBC Sport. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  8. ^ Fifield, Dominic (18 May 2011). "Falcao strikes to bring Europa League glory to Porto". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Braga derrota FC Porto e vence a Taça da Liga" [Braga defeat FC Porto and win the Taça da Liga]. Sol (in Portuguese). 13 April 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Sporting beats Braga on penalties to win Portuguese Cup". USA Today. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Braga win Portuguese Cup on penalties". Be Soccer. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Artur Jorge acredita que o Sp. Braga irá chegar ao terceiro lugar" [Artur Jorge believes that Sp. Braga will get to third place]. Público (in Portuguese). 3 July 2020. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Late Ricardo Horta strike wins the Taça da Liga for Braga". PortuGOAL. 25 January 2020. Retrieved 3 July 2020.
  14. ^ Andrade, Tomaz (28 July 2020). "Oficial: Carlos Carvalhal é o novo treinador do Braga" [Official: Carlos Carvalhal is the new Braga manager]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  15. ^ "SC Braga Honours". record.pt. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  16. ^ "More about SC Braga". fcdynamo.kiev. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  17. ^ Upon the formation of the Liga de Honra (League of Honor), a new second level national league in 1990, the Portuguese Second Division became the third tier of Portuguese football.
  18. ^ "Futebol - Equipa Principal" (in Portuguese). S.C. Braga.
  19. ^ https://scbraga.pt/comunicado-da-sc-braga-sad-23dez/

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°33′45″N 8°25′51″W / 41.56250°N 8.43083°W / 41.56250; -8.43083