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; 100 years ago (1921-01-19)
GroundEstádio Municipal de Braga
Capacity30,360
PresidentAntónio Salvador
Head coachCarlos Carvalhal
LeaguePrimeira Liga
2020–21Primeira Liga, 4th 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 Taça de Portugal on three occasions, in 1965–66, 2015–16, and in 2020–21, and the Taça da Liga twice in 2012–13 and 2019–20. In the 2000s, Braga became one of Portugal's most decorated clubs (7th) after the Big Three and has had some success in European competitions, winning the last 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 current red and white during the 1945–46 season (for the reserve squad) and the 1946–47 season (for the first team). The change, according to one version of the story, was at the behest of their president, José Antunes Guimarães, who had business connections in London and was an Arsenal fan; according to an alternate version, it was József Szabó, Braga's Hungarian coach, who asked the president to change the green and white uniform to an Arsenal-style red and white. In 1947, Braga won the Second division title in the new kit, 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, Carlos Carvalhal was announced as the new head coach, after 14 years away from the club.[14] He led the club to the league cup final again, where they lost to Amorim's new team Sporting,[15] but won the 2021 Taça de Portugal Final 2–0 against Benfica.[16]

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
2016–17 1st 5th 34 15 9 10 51 36 54 L16 RU Europa League GS
2017–18 4th 34 24 3 7 74 29 75 L32 3R Europa League L32
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 L32
2020–21 4th 34 19 7 8 53 33 64 W RU Europa League L32

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]

[17][18]

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]

Overview[edit]

As of 21 October 2021.

SC Braga record in European football by competition[20]
Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%
UEFA Champions League / European Cup 18 7 2 9 23 31 −8 038.89
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 10 6 1 3 13 11 +2 060.00
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 124 54 28 42 180 155 +25 043.55
UEFA Intertoto Cup 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5 100.00
Total 154 69 31 54 213 192 +21 044.81

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 Heart of Midlothian 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  – 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 pen.) 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 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 England Leicester City 3–3 0–4 2nd
Greece AEK Athens 3–0 4–2
Ukraine Zorya Luhansk 2–0 2–1
L32 Italy Roma 0–2 1–3 1–5
2021–22 UEFA Europa League GS Serbia Red Star Belgrade 1–2
Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad 1–0
Denmark Midtjylland 3–1
Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 25 September 2021[21]

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 Brazil BRA Yan Couto (on loan from Manchester City)
3 DF Brazil BRA Vítor Tormena
4 DF Portugal POR Diogo Leite (on loan from Porto)
5 DF Portugal POR Nuno Sequeira
8 MF Libya LBY Al-Musrati
9 FW Spain ESP Abel Ruiz
10 MF Portugal POR André Horta
11 FW Brazil BRA Lucas Piazon
12 GK Portugal POR Tiago Sá
15 DF Portugal POR Paulo Oliveira
16 DF Portugal POR David Carmo
19 FW Spain ESP Mario González
21 FW Portugal POR Ricardo Horta (captain)
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 MF Portugal POR Chiquinho (on loan from Benfica)
25 MF Brazil BRA Lucas Mineiro
34 DF Brazil BRA Raul Silva
45 MF Portugal POR Iuri Medeiros
46 DF Portugal POR Rolando
52 MF Brazil BRA Eduardo
70 DF Brazil BRA Fabiano Souza
74 DF Portugal POR Francisco Moura
78 FW Guinea-Bissau GNB Roger Fernandes
86 DF Portugal POR Bruno Rodrigues
88 MF Portugal POR André Castro
90 FW Brazil BRA Galeno
91 GK Czech Republic CZE Lukáš Horníček
99 FW Portugal POR Vítor Oliveira

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 Marco Torres

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
7 MF Portugal POR João Novais (at Alanyaspor until 30 June 2022)
13 DF Portugal POR Tiago Esgaio (at Arouca until 30 June 2022)
36 DF Brazil BRA Bruno Viana (at Flamengo until 31 December 2021)
95 FW Brazil BRA Guilherme Schettine (at Vizela until 30 June 2022)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Brazil BRA Caju (at Aris Limassol until 31 May 2022)
DF Brazil BRA Pablo Renan (at Moreirense until 30 June 2022)
DF Colombia COL Cristian Borja (at Alanyaspor until 30 June 2022)
DF Portugal POR Zé Carlos (at Gil Vicente until 30 June 2022)

Former players[edit]

Managerial history[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

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