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Club Sport Marítimo, commonly known as just Marítimo ( , locally ), is a Portuguesemarker sports club, best known for its football team that plays at the Estádio dos Barreirosmarker in Funchalmarker, Madeira Islandsmarker. The club currently plays in the top-flight Liga Sagres.

Marítimo are now regarded as an important club in Portugal, and are widely known throughout the Portuguese speaking world, in countries such as Brazilmarker, Angolamarker, and Mozambiquemarker. The club's reserve team, Marítimo B, compete in the Portuguese Second Division.

Often seen in the UEFA Cup, Marítimo's most recent foray into European competition came in 2008-09, when they lost 3-1 on aggregate to giants Valencia CF. Nevertheless, Marítimo still maintain a proud and formidable home record against European opposition, beating Rangers and Leeds United, whilst said club were in their prime.

History

Founded on 20 September 1910 as Club Português de Sport Marítimo by Cândido Fernandes de Gouveia, the club adopted the red and green colours of the new Republican flag of Portugal, so as to distinguish themselves from rivals Club Sports da Madeira, who used the blue and white colours of the old monarchy flag, which had been replaced 15 days earlier. The name Marítimo, meaning Maritime in English, was used to reflect the fact that many of the team's players were workers of the nearby Funchalmarker docks, a prominent employer at the time.

The first ever match for Marítimo was a 2-1 win against Santa Clara, a select team composed of workers of Western Telegraph Company, and soon after began playing teams of sailors from visiting British ships. José Rodrigues Barrinhas, an old-fashioned attacking centre-half, made a name for himself in these games and in matches against rivals CS Madeira.

Achievements



League and Cup history

As of the 2007-08 season, the club has 28 presences at the top level of Portuguese football, where they has been continuously since 1985-86. The clubs' best classification ever was four 5th places finishes.

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Notes
1973-1974 2DS 5 38 18 6 14 69 54 42 first season
1974-1975 2DS 4 38 20 9 9 73 38 49
1975-1976 2DS 4 38 16 13 9 48 32 45
1976-1977 2DS 1 30 18 7 5 47 18 43 promoted
1977-1978 1D 12 30 8 7 15 22 45 23
1978-1979 1D 10 30 11 5 14 36 37 27
1979-1980 1D 11 30 9 8 13 25 37 26
1980-1981 1D 15 30 7 9 14 33 46 23 relegated
1981-1982 2DS 1 30 18 6 6 55 23 42 promoted
1982-1983 1D 14 30 8 9 13 26 38 25 relegated
1983-1984 2DS 2 30 16 11 3 51 19 43
1984-1985 2DS 1 30 23 5 2 64 15 51 promoted
1985-1986 1D 12 30 8 6 16 26 50 22
1986-1987 1D 12 30 9 7 14 34 49 25
1987-1988 1D 9 38 11 17 10 36 37 39
1988-1989 1D 12 38 10 15 13 40 41 35
1989-1990 1D 10 34 7 15 12 25 38 29
1990-1991 1D 10 38 12 10 16 37 48 34
1991-1992 1D 7 34 12 11 11 40 38 35
1992-1993 1D 5 34 15 7 12 56 48 37
1993-1994 1D 5 34 13 12 9 45 40 38 UC 1st round
1994-1995 1D 7 34 12 11 11 41 45 35 final UC 2nd round
1995-1996 1D 9 34 12 7 5 39 53 43
1996-1997 1D 8 34 13 8 13 39 38 47
1997-1998 1D 5 34 16 8 10 44 35 56
1998-1999 1D 10 34 10 11 13 44 45 41 quarter-final UC 1st round
1999-2000 1D 6 34 13 11 10 42 36 50
2000-2001 1D 11 34 12 7 15 34 37 43 final
2001-2002 1D 6 34 17 5 12 48 35 56 semi-final UC 2nd round
2002-2003 1D 7 34 13 5 16 36 48 44
2003-2004 1D 6 34 12 12 10 35 33 48
2004-2005 1D 7 34 12 13 9 39 32 49 UC 1st round
2005-2006 1D 10 34 10 14 10 38 37 44 quarter-final
2006-2007 1D 12 30 8 8 14 30 44 32 4th round
2007-2008 1D 5 30 14 4 12 38 26 46 6th round
2008-2009 1D 9 30 9 10 11 35 36 37 3rd round


European competition history

As of December, 2008.

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1993-1994 UEFA Cup 1 Royal Antwerp 2-2 0-2 2-4
1994-1995 UEFA Cup 1 Aarau 1-0 0-0 1-0
2 Juventus 0-1 1-2 1-3
1998-1999 UEFA Cup 1 Leeds United 1-0 (p 1-4) 0-1 1-1
2001-2002 UEFA Cup Q FK Sarajevo 1-0 1-0 2-0
1 Leeds United 1-0 0-3 1-3
2004-2005 UEFA Cup 1 Rangers 1-0 0-1 (p 2-4) 1-1
2008-2009 UEFA Cup 1 Valencia 0-1 1-2 1-2


  • Q = Qualification Round


Rivalries

Marítimo's main local rivals are Nacional, although there is also plenty of ill-feeling towards minnows Clube de Futebol União, who are effectively the "third club of Madeira" after the aforementioned. The Madeira derby between Marítimo and Nacional is often associated with the clubs followers' differing culture and way of life. The fans of Nacional, being of a higher socio-economic status than those of Marítimo, are mainly lobbyists for the commercial expansion of Madeira, while the followers of Maritimo are usually of the working class. This only exacerbates the ill-feeling between the clubs, which is made even more tense by the fact that controversial regional governor Alberto João Jardim is a self-confessed fan of Marítimo.

The rivalry heightened in the mid-1990s when Jardim proposed a plan to unite Madeira's three main clubs, who at the time were all competing in the top division. Nacional and União both pledged their support for the scheme, in a bid for Madeira to realistically contend with the "Big Three" for the league title; however, Marítimo's fans rejected the idea in mass numbers, stamping their superiority on Madeira's footballing scene.

Fans

Marítimo are known throughout the Portuguese speaking world and have significant fan bases in the former Portuguese colonies of Brazilmarker, Angolamarker, and Cape Verdemarker, as well as areas of North East United Statesmarker, Canadamarker, the United Kingdommarker (specifically Jerseymarker and Londonmarker) and South Africa.

The club also has a big fans base in Venezuelamarker with sister club Club Sport Marítimo de Venezuela from Caracasmarker, Venezuelamarker, becoming national champions on several occasions. The club was founded in 1959 by Portuguese immigrants living in Caracasmarker, who based their new club on their favourite team from back home in Madeira. Even today, strong ties are kept between both clubs and supporters from either side of the Atlantic ocean.

Closer to home, the club has a proud reputation of being one of the most supported clubs in Portugal after the Big three, and the most popular club on their home island of Madeiramarker, outranking local rivals Nacional and União. The club has over 9,000 registered members (sócios) and two predominant groups of Ultras, the Esquadrão Maritimista and the Ultras Templários, the bigger and more infamous of the two.

There are several famous fans of Marítimo who have publicly declared their support for the team on various occasion, such as the multimillionaire businessman Joe Berardo and Madeira's Regional Governor, the controversial politician João Jardim.

The club was used a political vehicle in the 1970s during Madeira's fight for freedom and autonomy from mainland Portugal. Governor Jardim proclaimed his support of the club in order to gain votes and the backing from the people of Madeira, while the people in turn supported Marítimo as a symbol of their pride and allegiance to Madeira.

Stadium

Estádio dos Barreiros


Previously playing at the Campo do Almirante Reis until they moved out in 1927, Marítimo currently play their home games at the Estádio dos Barreirosmarker, the municipality stadium of Funchalmarker. However, that statium (Estádio dos Barreiros) was build by rivals Nacional and donated to Madeira Government. Although uniquely picturesque, the stadium is rapidly aging, despite numerous face lifts over the years and, for the best part of a decade, the club has sought after an alternative site for a new stadium.

The club also own the Campo da Imaculada Conceição, a small stadium in the north of Funchal. The land it stands on was purchased by supporters and donated to the club who thus constructed the stadium, which was officially inaugurated on 3 October 1965. The ground is used for B team-matches and for training.

In October 2006, it was announced that the club would construct a new state-of-the-art stadium in the Praia Formosa area of West Funchal, named Estádio do Marítimo. However, after several delays and a political war over funding and planning, the stadium plans were put on hold indefinitely, adding to a list of set-backs that stretch well over a decade. The fact that archrivals Nacional were allowed to construct a new stand and training facility at their Estádio da Madeira (with government backing) angered Marítimo's fans even more.

A year later, on 14 September 2007, an agreement between the club's directors and the Madeira government (of whom own a 40% share of the club) was reached to use the site of the current Estádio dos Barreiros as the location of a brand new, reconstructed commercial stadium, rumoured to be named Arena do Marítimo-Madeira.

Work began on the new stadium on July 20, 2009, with the realigning of the pitch and demolition of the Bancada Nascente, reducing the current capacity to 5,000 seats. Initial plans proclaim that the new venue will be operational by 2010, Marítimo's centenary year.

Attendances

The attendances of Marítimo's home games have been on a steady decline since the late 1990s, with the average attendance filling just half of the stadium's capacity in recent seasons.

  • 1999-2000: 7,412
  • 2000-2001: 5,353
  • 2001-2002: 4,559
  • 2002-2003: 5,147
  • 2003-2004: 4,735
  • 2004-2005: 3,882
  • 2005-2006: 4,324
  • 2006-2007: 4,167
  • 2007-2008: 5,825
  • 2008-2009: 4,941


Current Squad

 (On loan from Porto)


 (On loan from Celta de Vigo)


 (On loan from Itaúna)


Transfers 2009-10

In

Out

For more information, see List of transfers of Portuguese Liga 2009-10 season.

Out on Loan

B Team Squad

For B-team players, see C.S. Marítimo B.

Notable Former Players







Managers and head coaches

Current management team

Position Name
Head Coach Mitchell van der Gaag
Assistant Coach Rifa
First Team Coach João Luís Gouveia Martins
First Team Coach João Abel Silva
Goalkeeping Coach Coach Joaquim Soares Loureiro


Former managers



See also: :Category:Marítimo managers

Other sports

Like many other Portuguese clubs, Marítimo operates several sports teams outside of the football team. Although they are most recognisably successful in professional volleyball (See Marítimo volleyball), the club also field a prominent handball team (See Marítimo handball) and a National Championship-winning women's basketball. Other sports groups within the organisation include athletics, figure skating, fishing, futsal, karate, kart racing, rallying, rhythmic gymnastics, roller hockey, rugby union and swimming.

See also



Notes and references

  1. [1] Average attendances from European-Football-Statistics.co.uk


External links

Official websites


News sites


Official supporters groups websites


Fan websites



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