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FC Porto
Full name Futebol Clube do Porto
Nickname Os Dragões
(The Dragons)
Founded 1893
Ground Estádio do Dragão
(Dragon Stadium)
Capacity 50,948
Chairman Pinto da Costa
Manager José Couceiro
League SuperLiga
2003-04 SuperLiga, 1st
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Home colours
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Away colours
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Futebol Clube do Porto (short: FC Porto, FCP) is a Portuguese sports club, best known for its football section. It was founded in 1893 by António Nicolau de Almeida in Porto.

The football home ground is now the Estádio do Dragão (finished in 2004 as a venue for Euro 2004) after 51 years playing in the Estádio das Antas. Porto is currently the second club in the Portuguese overall championship, just second to SL Benfica. Porto won the Champions League twice (one still as the ECC) and the UEFA Cup once. It was the first team since the Liverpool FC 75-77 squad to win the Champions League after winning the UEFA Cup.

FC Porto is also a leading force in other sports: the handball and basketball team are regular contenders to the Portuguese national titles, and the rink hockey section is amongst the best in the sport. The new arena near the stadium will be completed soon; in past years the non-professional home grounds were scattered in northwestern cities of Portugal (such as Gondomar and Espinho). Commercially, FC Porto has several stores called Loja Azul (Blue Store) scattered around Porto including two used with official supplier Nike and edits one of the older club related publications in Europe, a monthly 60-page full colour magazine called Dragões (Dragons) since the early 80's.

Porto supporters and players are often called the dragões (the dragons), though the term the Andrades is also popular after a family with that named sponsored the club for several years. However, since the eighties, it is seen as somewhat derogatory.


The public company

After going public in 1998, FC Porto created several sattelite companies around the club to improve the efficience of the club.

  • Futebol SAD and Basquetebol SAD (professional football and basketball)
  • FCPorto Estádio (Estádio do Dragão)
  • FCPorto Multimédia (official site, magazine and multimedia products)
  • Porto Comercial (Merchandising)

The FCPorto SAD is rated in the Euronext Lisbon


FC Porto was originally founded in 1893, but was abandoned until 1906 when Monteiro da Costa revived the club. In the following years it became one of the most important clubs in Portugal, but lacking to Lisbon rivals SL Benfica, Sporting and even Belenenses, yet still going on to win the first two Portuguese championships. Only four titles followed until the beginning of the 80's.

In 1982 Pinto da Costa took control of Porto. The next decades turned what was the fourth team in the overall history of Portuguese football into the biggest title cruncher of the past 20 years. Since 1982, Porto has won 13 titles, achieving the record Penta (five leagues in a row) in 1999, eight Portuguese cups, and has a majority of Supercups, having won 14 out of a possible 26.

When Pinto da Costa joined as president, Porto was the only club from the "big three" without European honours, but that quickly changed. The first final was played against Juventus for the 1984 Cup Winners' Cup, but Porto lost. Three years later, the team led by Artur Jorge, the name hand-picked by Pedroto, won its first European honour, in a thrilling 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich. The following year Porto won the European Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup, making them the first Portuguese winners of the two cups. The following 16 years saw Porto as a midrange team - often in the final 16, but not progressing further. The exception was in 1994, when Porto reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. The semi-final, decided on a single game, resulted in an heavy loss (3-0) at the hands of Johann Cruyff's FC Barcelona, in the Nou Camp.

In 2003, under the guidance of José Mourinho, Porto made a thrilling UEFA Cup run, topped with a victory in a fantastic final against Celtic Glasgow. The following season meant a higher challenge, but despite a slow start which included a 1-3 loss against Real Madrid, Porto never lost again in the Champions League, relegating O. Marseille to the UEFA Cup (where they reached the final), Manchester United at the Old Trafford in the dying minutes of play, O. Lyon and Depor, becoming the first team to win the competition outside the Big 5 since Ajax in 1995.

After the victory, Porto became the Portuguese side with the most European cups won - 2 CL/ECC plus a UEFA Cup, compared with the two ECC by Benfica and the one CWC by Sporting.

Also, December 12, 2004, FC Porto won the last-held Intercontinental Cup, by beating Once Caldas from Colombia at an impressive 8-7 after penalty shoot-out.

Porto's importance in the modern football panorama is also widely acknowledged, being one of the founding members of G-14.

Current Squad (2004/05 season)

This is the full squad for the 2004/2005 season. Some players were released after the official presentation on 7 August 2004 at the Estádio do Dragão, and others moved in or out at the January transfer window.

Number Player Position Previous club
99 Vítor Baía GK FC Barcelona
1 Bruno Vale GK
13 Nuno Espírito Santo GK
37 Rui Sacramento GK
2 Jorge Costa CD
3 Pedro Emanuel CD Boavista FC
5 Ricardo Costa CD/LRD
7 Pepe CD CS Marítimo
8 Nuno Valente LD
15 Leandro LD
14 Areias LRD SC Beira-Mar
22 Giourkas Seitaridis RD Panathinaikos
Midfielders / Wingers
6 Costinha DM
10 Quaresma RW FC Barcelona
Leandro do Bonfim CM PSV Eindhoven
16 Diego AM Santos
17 Bosingwa DM/RM/RD
18 Maniche CM SL Benfica
28 Léo Lima AM Rio Ave
33 Raul Meireles CM Boavista FC
23 Cláudio "Pitbull" LW Grêmio Porto Alegre
9 Luís Fabiano CF São Paulo
41 Hélder Postiga CF Tottenham Hotspur
77 Benni McCarthy CF Celta de Vigo
Ibson CF Flamengo
José Couceiro Vitória FC, signed 1 February
Víctor Fernández Real Betis (Out of contract), Sacked 31 January
Luigi Del Neri Chievo Verona - Sacked during preseason (6 August)

Released players that played during the pre-season: Marco Ferreira, Rossato, Paulo Assunção, Edgaras Jankauskas and Bruno Moraes. Players moving out during the January transfer window: Hugo Leal (loaned to Académica), Carlos Alberto (sold to Corinthians), César Peixoto (loaned to Vitória SC), Derlei (Sold to Dynamo Moscow), Maciel (loaned to Atlético Paranaense), Hugo Almeida (loaned to Boavista FC).

key: The first letter, L,C and R represent the field position, while D is for defensive and A is for attacking. In the case of the second letter, D stands for defence, M for midfield, F for forward, and W for winger.


Académica | Beira-Mar | Belenenses | Benfica | Boavista | Braga | Estoril-Praia | Gil Vicente | Nacional
Marítimo | Moreirense | Penafiel | Porto | Rio Ave | Sporting | U. Leiria | V. Guimarães | V. Setúbal

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Manager José Couceiro
Assistant manager Pedro Martins
Assistant manager Aloísio
Assistant manager André
Goalkeeping coach Daniel Gaspar
Fitness coach José Mário Rocha

Famous Players

Old glories
Pinga Virgílio Pedroto Barrigana
Hernâni Teofilo Cubillas Seninho
Pedroto and European Conquest (1978 to 1989)
Pavão António Oliveira Frasco Costa
Fernando Gomes João Pinto Josef Mlynarczyk Augusto Inácio
Celso André Jaime Pacheco Jaime Magalhães
Madjer Futre Juary Branco
Geraldão Rui Barros
Paulinho Santos Rui Filipe Emerson Timofte
Domingos Kostadinov Drulovic Aloísio
Fernando Couto Jorge Costa Sérgio Conceição Zlatko Zahovic
Vítor Baía Jardel Paredes Deco
XXI Century
Alenichev Derlei Ricardo Carvalho Paulo Ferreira
Costinha Maniche Diego Ricardo Quaresma
Giourkas Seitaridis Luís Fabiano Benni McCarthy

Famous Managers


  • Intercontinental Cup: 2
    • 1987
      • FC Porto 2 - 1 Peñarol (aet)
      • Goals by Gomes, Madjer; Vieira
    • 2004
      • FC Porto 0 - 0 Once Caldas (8-7 on penalties)
  • UEFA Cup: 1
    • 2002/03
      • Final: FC Porto 3 - 2 Celtic (aet) (at Seville, Spain)
      • Goals by Derlei (2), Alenitchev; Henrik Larsson (2)
This was the first match ever decided under UEFA's new silver goal rule.
  • Portuguese Championship: 4
    • 1921/22; 1924/25; 1931/32; 1936/37
  • Portuguese First League Championship: 1
    • 1934/35
  • Portuguese First Division Championship (Current SuperLiga): 19
    • 1938/39; 1939/40; 1955/56; 1958/59; 1977/78; 1978/79; 1984/85; 1985/86; 1987/88; 1989/90; 1991/92; 1992/93; 1994/95; 1995/96; 1996/97; 1997/98; 1998/99; 2002/03, 2003/04
  • Portuguese Cup: 12
    • 1955/56; 1957/58; 1967/68; 1976/77; 1983/84; 1987/88; 1990/91; 1993/94; 1997/98; 1999/00; 2000/01; 2002/03
  • Portuguese Super Cup "Cândido de Oliveira": 14
    • 1980/81; 1982/83; 1983/84; 1985/86; 1989/90; 1990/91; 1992/93; 1993/94; 1995/96; 1997/98; 1998/99; 2000/01; 2002/03; 2003/04.

Other Trophies

Rink hockey

Rink hockey, Portugal's second sport, is one of the most important sections in the club. Started in 1955, FCPorto is one of the portuguese sides who won the European Champions' Cup, with their second and last victory in 1990. Since then, Porto was a regular contender in the competitions' final-four. The most well known was in 1998, when FC Barcelona won at Porto's Pavilhão Rosa Mota, after which a riot ensued.
While the new indoor arena is being built, Porto will play in the Pavilhão Municipal de Fânzeres, Gondomar.

Players and staff

Name Position
Edo Bosch Goalkeeper
Tiago Sousa Goalkeeper
Ricardo Figueira Defender
Filipe Santos Defender
Reinaldo Ventura Forward
Ricardo Oliveira (Caio) Forward
Reinaldo Garcia Forward
Emanuel Garcia Forward
Filipe Gaidão Forward
Pedro Gil Forward
Franklim Pais Coach
Ilídio Borges Pinto Vice-president in charge of the section

Famous Players

  • Frankelim Pais
  • Tó Neves
  • Vítor Hugo
  • Realista
  • António Alves
  • Pedro Alves
  • Paulo Alves
  • António Livramento (manager)


  • European Champions Cup: 1985-86, 1989-90
  • European Cup Winners' Cup: 1981-82, 1982-83
  • CERS Cup: 1993-94, 1995-96
  • European Supercup: 1986-1987
  • Portuguese Championships:1982-83, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2001-02, 2002-03
  • Portuguese Cups: 1982-83, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1995-96, 1997-98, 1998-99
  • Portuguese Supercup: 1983-84, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1995-96, 1997-98, 1999-2000

External Links

  Results from FactBites:
FC Porto History, Players, Team, Information (819 words)
FC Porto is also a leading force in other sports: the handball and basketball team are regular contenders to the Portuguese national titles, and the rink hockey section is amongst the best in the sport.
Porto supporters and players are often called the dragões (the dragons), though the term the Andrades is also popular after a family with that named sponsored the club for several years.
FC Porto was originally founded in 1893, but was abandoned until 1906 when Monteiro da Costa revived the club.
  More results at FactBites »



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