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Boavista
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Full name Boavista Futebol Clube
Nickname(s) As Panteras
(The Panthers)
Os Axadrezados
(The Checkereds)
Founded 1 August 1903
Ground Estádio do Bessa, Porto
(Bessa Stadium)
(Capacity: 28,263)
Manager Portugal Vítor Paneira
League Portuguese Second Division Serie A
2008-09 Liga de Honra, 15th
(relegated)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Boavista Futebol Clube, often simply known as Boavista (Portuguese pronunciation: [boɐˈviʃtɐ]), is a sports club from Porto, founded in 1903. Boavista grew to become Porto's fifth greatest club with sections dedicated to several sports including football, chess, gymnastics, bicycle racing and futsal (among others), the most notable being the football section with their trademark chequered white and black shirts. Estádio do Bessa, their stadium, was built in 1973 and revamped for use in UEFA Euro 2004, although the plans for renovation were already in place.

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History

Internally, Boavista grew from a minor team in the 1970s to a regular fixture in Europe. Their first "threat" to the The Big Three league title domination was in 1975-76 under the guidance of José Maria Pedroto, when Boavista finished second, achieving the same position again in 1998-99. Finally in 2000-01, Boavista won the SuperLiga after beating Desportivo das Aves 3-0 on 18 May 2001. The following season saw them finish second to Sporting.

The panther is the club symbol and nickname.

In Europe, Boavista have achieved some success, and are referred to as 'the club with the strange shirts'. The highlight was their brilliant UEFA Cup run in 2003, when they were knocked out by Celtic in the semi-finals, just one match from what could have been an all Portuguese and indeed all Porto final, with Porto ultimately lifting the trophy. Boavista has enjoyed several other highpoints in the same competition, including the elimination of Atlético Madrid 5-4 in the first round in 1981-82. In 1986-87, Boavista beat Fiorentina but lost to Rangers in a tense second round match at Ibrox Stadium. In 1991-1992, they knocked out Internazionale 2-1 in the first round, and in 1993-4, they made it to the quarter-finals after knocking out Greek outfit Crete and Lazio of Italy.

Boavista has twice qualified for the UEFA Champions League. In 1999, they finished bottom of their group, thus being eliminated, but in 2001, they sprang surprise by beating and knocking out German giants Borussia Dortmund in the initial group stages, advancing to the next round with Liverpool. There, the panthers met with stronger challenges like Manchester United and Bayern Munich. With their financial objective already met, new horizons opened up for the team as they began their group by surprising Nantes at home by winning 1-0, and went to the top of the group after the draw between Manchester United and Bayern Munich, eventually finishing a respectable third.

Boavista has a reputation in Portugal and, to some extent abroad, as an attacking team, playing hard-fought matches, even in defeat. One shining example of this is the 2001 Portuguese title, where the team conceded the most goals at the same time as having one of the best attacks. This style was mainly the brainchild of coach Jaime Pacheco. With his departure for Mallorca in 2003-04, the team started to play less attractive football over the next two years. This image started to change when Pacheco was replaced by Carlos Brito for the 2005-06 season, but, ironically, Pacheco came back to replace sacked Željko Petrović in October 2006, who in turn was a late replacement for Porto-bound Jesualdo Ferreira who departed before the first matchday. Since then, their hallmark style of play has returned.

The women's team is one of the strongest in Portugal, having won several titles in a row during the 1990s.

The Sánchez years

Erwin Sánchez, one of Bolivia's football legends, is widely considered to be Boavista's most influential player of the last 15 years, after helping the club win the 2000-01 Portuguese Superliga and captaining the team to the semi-finals of the 2003 UEFA Cup. A midfielder with an accurate and powerful long-range shot, and free-kick specialist, he was a leading player for Bolivia both in the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and finals. Sánchez left the club in March 2004, after a brief and unsuccessful spell as manager.

Later years and major difficulties

2003 marked the latest appearance on the spotlight by the club. The construction of the Estádio do Bessa XXI left a deep hole on the club's finances, and the inability to hire quality players, together with internal turmoil contributed to the fall of the club. Today, after three consecutive failures to achieve European competition, Boavista is living through a deep crisis. Talisman coach Jaime Pacheco returned for a third stint as Boavista manager, but the club did not manage to leave the second half of the table. Also, a financial crisis prompted the club to a "back-to-basics" attitude, betting on younger players and resurrecting the club's youth academy, in a club that launched the careers of well-known players as João Vieira Pinto, Petit and Nuno Gomes.

Despite finishing 9th in the 2007-08 season, Boavista was relegated to the Liga de Honra, due to alleged intimidation of referees in 2003-04, through their involvement in the Apito Dourado corruption scandal.

Boavista suffered greatly throughout 2008-09, and although finishing in 15th place, the club was, at first, spared from relegation to the third level, due to the irregularities-related demotion of F.C. Vizela. However, the club's financial debts led to an eventual demotion nonetheless. Boavista also have a strong friendship with Aberdeen FC.

Estádio do Bessa

Outside photo

The Estádio do Bessa (now Estádio do Bessa XXI) is Boavista's home ground; it is used solely for football.

Like other stadiums used in UEFA Euro 2004, the Bessa Stadium was built anew for the competition, but on top of the old stands, and each one of them at a different time, allowing Boavista to continue playing there. It cost 45.164.726, from which €7.785.735 were supported from the Portuguese state, and featured an all-seater capacity of 28,263. Plans for improvement actually existed before the organization of the Euro 2004 was given to Portugal in 1999, and by then the first works were already underway. It was designed by Grupo Arquitectura.

Current squad 2009–10

No. Position Player
2 Portugal DF Fábio
3 Portugal DF Sergio
4 Portugal DF Daniel
5 Portugal DF Jorge Silva
6 Portugal DF André Pereira
7 Portugal MF Nuno Lopes
8 Portugal MF Carlos Miguel
9 Portugal FW Fabinho
10 Portugal MF Cadinha
13 Portugal GK Avelino
14 Portugal DF Ruizinho
15 Brazil DF Edu
16 Portugal DF Pedrosa
No. Position Player
17 Portugal DF Nuno Soares
18 Portugal MF Vítor Hugo
20 Portugal DF Diogo Leite
22 Brazil FW Alex Machado
23 Portugal MF Baptista
25 Portugal DF Pedro Ribeiro
26 Brazil MF Joca
27 Portugal FW Paulo Campos
33 Portugal DF Zé Carlos
44 Portugal DF Jorge Rodrigues
47 Portugal FW Fonseca
85 Portugal GK Nuno Faria

Notable former players

Honours

League and cup history

The club has 50 presences at the top level of Portuguese football, including all seasons from 1969-2008. In 1979, it also won the very first edition of the domestic supercup.

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Notes
1934-1935 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1935-1936 CL 6 14 4 3 7 24 39 11 relegated
1936-1937 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1937-1938 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1938-1939 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1939-1940 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? quarter-final
1940-1941 1D 8 14 2 1 11 12 63 5 last 16 relegated
1941-1942 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1942-1943 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1943-1944 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1944-1945 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1945-1946 1D 11 22 6 0 16 39 73 12
1946-1947 1D 9 26 7 6 13 52 74 20 not held
1947-1948 1D 9 26 9 2 15 40 65 20
1948-1949 1D 14 26 4 6 16 35 89 14 relegated
1949-1950 2D ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1950-1951 1D 10 26 10 3 13 50 62 23
1951-1952 1D 5 26 12 1 13 47 55 25
1952-1953 1D 9 26 7 6 13 35 54 20
1953-1954 1D 11 26 7 5 14 29 66 19
1954-1955 1D 13 26 7 4 15 33 71 18 relegated
1955-1956 2D ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1956-1957 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1957-1958 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1958-1959 2D ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? promoted
1959-1960 1D 14 26 4 4 18 27 81 12 relegated
1960-1961 2D ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1961-1962 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1962-1963 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1963-1964 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1964-1965 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1965-1966 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1966-1967 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1967-1968 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1968-1969 2D ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? promoted
1969-1970 1D 12 26 6 6 14 35 61 18
1970-1971 1D 6 26 9 4 13 18 38 22
1971-1972 1D 11 30 7 10 13 28 46 24
1972-1973 1D 7 30 12 7 11 41 47 31
1973-1974 1D 9 30 9 7 14 35 43 25
1974-1975 1D 4 30 16 6 8 58 32 38 Winner
1975-1976 1D 2 30 21 6 3 65 23 48 Winner CWC 2nd round
1976-1977 1D 4 30 13 8 9 41 33 34 CWC 2nd round
1977-1978 1D 7 30 10 8 12 36 38 28 UC 1st round
1978-1979 1D 9 30 12 3 15 36 40 27 winner
1979-1980 1D 4 30 15 7 8 44 30 37 CWC 2nd round
1980-1981 1D 4 30 14 8 8 36 25 36 UC 2nd round
1981-1982 1D 9 30 10 6 14 36 37 26 UC 2nd round
1982-1983 1D 5 30 12 6 12 32 38 30
1983-1984 1D 7 30 12 7 11 36 31 31
1984-1985 1D 4 30 13 11 6 37 26 37
1985-1986 1D 5 30 14 8 8 44 29 36 UC 1st round
1986-1987 1D 8 30 9 9 12 34 36 27 UC 2nd round
1987-1988 1D 5 38 16 14 8 42 25 46
1988-1989 1D 3 38 19 11 8 56 29 49
1989-1990 1D 8 34 13 8 13 49 36 34 UC 1st round
1990-1991 1D 4 38 15 11 12 53 46 41
1991-1992 1D 3 34 16 12 6 45 27 44 winner UC 2nd round
1992-1993 1D 4 34 14 11 9 46 34 39 final CWC 2nd round
1993-1994 1D 4 34 16 6 12 46 31 38 UC quarter-final
1994-1995 1D 9 34 12 8 14 40 49 32 UC 2nd round
1995-1996 1D 4 34 19 8 7 59 28 65
1996-1997 1D 7 34 12 13 9 62 39 49 winner UC 3rd round
1997-1998 1D 6 34 15 10 9 54 31 55 CWC 1st round
1998-1999 1D 2 34 20 11 3 57 29 71 quarter-final
1999-2000 1D 4 34 16 7 11 40 31 55 ECC group stage
2000-2001 1D (Primeira Liga) 1 34 23 8 3 63 22 77 UC 2nd round
2001-2002 1D (Primeira Liga) 2 34 21 7 6 53 20 70 ECC 2nd group stage
2002-2003 1D (Primeira Liga) 10 34 10 13 11 32 31 43 UC semi-final
2003-2004 1D (Primeira Liga) 8 34 12 11 11 32 31 47
2004-2005 1D (Primeira Liga) 6 34 13 11 10 39 43 50 semi-final
2005-2006 1D (Primeira Liga) 6 34 12 14 8 37 29 50 quarter-final
2006-2007 1D (Primeira Liga) 10 30 8 11 11 32 34 35 quarter-final
2007-2008 1D (Primeira Liga) 9 30 8 12 10 32 41 36 Fifth Round relegated
2008-2009 2D (Liga Vitalis) 15 30 9 5 16 28 44 32 Fourth Round relegated
2009-2010 3D (II Divisão) ? 30 9 5 16 28 44 32 Fourth Round

Official anthem

"Boavista, Boavista,

É do Porto muito amado; (Very beloved in Porto)

Tem distintivo bairrista (with a strong attachment)

Preto e branco axadrezado. (checkered black and white)

E no estádio a multidão, (In the stadium the crowd)

Quando ele entra na pista, (when it enters the pitch)

Rompe nesta saudação: (bursts this salute)

Boavista! ... Boavista! ...

Luta sempre com vigor, (always fighting hard)

É brioso e é leal; (punchy and loyal)

No prélio põe todo o ardor (leaving its skin in the fight)

De princípio até final; (from start to end)

No seu vibrar sempre amigo, (always with friendly energy)

No seu porte sem igual, (with unmatched allure)

Ama o estandarte querido, (loves its beloved banner)

Prestígio de Portugal! (Portugal's prestige)

Vamos em frente (Straight ahead)

Pela bandeira (for the banner)

Vê-la fulgente (to watch it sparkle)

E altaneira, (and proud)

Ser desportista (To be a sportsman)

Puro ideal, (the ideal pure)

P'lo Boavista! ... (FOR BOAVISTA!!!)

Arraial, arraial, arraial!

See also

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