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Club Sport Marítimo.png
Full name Club Sport Marítimo
Nickname(s) Os Verde-Rubros
(The Green-and-Reds)
Os Leões
(The Lions)
Founded 20 September 1910
Ground Estádio dos Barreiros
Funchal, Madeira
(Capacity: 8,922)
Chairman Portugal Carlos Pereira
Manager Netherlands Mitchell van der Gaag
League Liga Sagres
2008-09 Liga Sagres, 9th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Club Sport Marítimo, commonly known as just Marítimo (Portuguese pronunciation: [mɐˈɾitimu], locally [mɐˈɾitmu]), is a Portuguese sports club, founded in Funchal, Madeira, in 1910. The club is regarded as an important club in Portugal, and are widely known throughout the Portuguese speaking world, in countries such as Brazil, Angola, and Cape Verde.

Marítimo is best known for its football team that currently plays in the top-flight competition, the Liga Sagres. The club's reserve team, Marítimo B, compete in the Portuguese Second Division. The football team has produced and featured many notable names in recent years, including Pepe of Real Madrid, Danny of FC Zenit and Nuno Valente formerly of Everton to name just a few. Marítimo have dominated Madeira's regional football scene since its establishment but hold just one national title, the Campeonato de Portugal, which was won in 1926.

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

The football team's home ground is the Estádio dos Barreiros which has hosted games since 1927, when it replaced the previous home Campo do Almirante Reis. The ground is currently being redeveloped into a new state-of-the-art stadium which will be operational by 2011. The Complexo Desportivo, which houses the club's training facilities, headquarters and an indoor multi-sport arena was opened in 2006 and is located in the Santo António district of Funchal.

Aside from football, Marítimo also fields prominent teams in Portugal's premier handball and volleyball leagues whilst its supporters, who are nicknamed Maritimistas, avidly follow the club's futsal and roller hockey teams in national competition too.



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 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 Funchal 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.



League and Cup history

As of the 2009-10 season, the club has played 30 campaign's at the top level of Portuguese football, where they have competed continuously since 1985-86. The teams' best ever league finish was 5th place, first achieved in 1992-93 and also three times since then. Before 1973, teams from Portugal's overseas colonies were not accepted into national league competition, and so Marítimo competed in the Madeira regional Championship and in African competitions.

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

European competition history

Season Competition Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1993-1994 UEFA Cup 1 Belgium Royal Antwerp 2-2 0-2 2-4
1994-1995 UEFA Cup 1 Switzerland Aarau 1-0 0-0 1-0
2 Italy Juventus 0-1 1-2 1-3
1998-1999 UEFA Cup 1 England Leeds United 1-0 (p 1-4) 0-1 1-1
2001-2002 UEFA Cup Q Bosnia and Herzegovina FK Sarajevo 1-0 1-0 2-0
1 England Leeds United 1-0 0-3 1-3
2004-2005 UEFA Cup 1 Scotland Rangers 1-0 0-1 (p 2-4) 1-1
2008-2009 UEFA Cup 1 Spain Valencia 0-1 1-2 1-3
  • Q = Qualification Round


Marítimo's main local rivals are Nacional, although there is also plenty of ill-feeling towards minnows 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 has used Marítimo as a political vehicle and to gain public popularity.

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.


Marítimo are known throughout the Portuguese speaking world and have significant fan bases in the former Portuguese colonies of Brazil, Angola, and Cape Verde, as well as areas of North East United States, Canada, the United Kingdom (specifically Jersey and London) and South Africa.

The club also has a big fans base in Venezuela, where sister club Club Sport Marítimo de Venezuela of Caracas have won several national Championships. The club was founded in 1959 by Portuguese immigrants living in Caracas, 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. A similar situation is present in Cape Verde, where Marítimo (Porto Novo) play in the same green and red stripes when competing in the Santo Antão Island League (South).

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 Madeira, 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 Alberto 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.


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 Barreiros, the municipality stadium of Funchal. The stadium was originally built by rival club Nacional but came into the hands of the local Government after the club fell into a financial crisis. 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 October 3, 1965. Situated adjacent to the club's Complexo Desportivo, the ground is used for B team-matches and for training sessions.

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. 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 September 14, 2007, an agreement between the club's directors and the Madeiran 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. 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 indicate that the stadium will be completed by 2011.


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.[1]

  • 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

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

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Marcelo Boeck
2 Brazil DF Alonso
6 Brazil DF Robson
7 Japan MF Takahito Soma
8 Portugal FW Paulo Jorge
9 Brazil FW Pitbull (On loan from Porto)
10 Portugal MF Bruno
11 Brazil FW Kanu
14 Portugal DF Fernando
15 Portugal MF Manú
16 Algeria FW Abdelmalek Cherrad
17 Angola FW Djalma
18 Portugal MF Luís Olim
No. Position Player
20 Brazil MF João Luiz
21 Portugal DF Briguel
22 Brazil FW Kléber (On loan from Atlético Mineiro)
23 Brazil MF Tchô (On loan from Atlético Mineiro)
24 Brazil GK Peçanha
25 Brazil MF Rafael Miranda (On loan from Atlético Mineiro)
26 Brazil MF Roberto (On loan from Celta de Vigo)
30 Brazil MF Yuri (On loan from Atlético Mineiro)
35 Senegal FW Baba Diawara
43 France DF Jérémy Sapina
44 Brazil DF João Guilherme
80 Mali MF Mourtala Diakité (On loan from Belenenses)
83 Poland GK Mateusz Bąk (On loan from Lechia Gdańsk)

Out on Loan

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

No. Position Player
3 Brazil DF Fernando Cardozo (at Leixões)
4 Portugal DF Miguel Ângelo (at Olhanense)
5 Portugal MF Miguelito (at Belenenses)
12 Brazil GK Bruno Grassi (at Tourizense)
13 Brazil MF Olberdam (at Braga)
No. Position Player
40 Guinea-Bissau FW Júlio Sami (at Fátima)
59 Portugal FW Ytalo (at Internacional)
60 Portugal FW Vítor Júnior (at Varzim)
-- Portugal FW Gonçalo Abreu (at Varzim)

B team Squad

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

Notable Former Players

See also: Category:Marítimo players

Managers and head coaches

Current management team

Position Name
Head Coach Netherlands Mitchell van der Gaag
Assistant Coach Portugal Rifa
First Team Coach Portugal João Luís Gouveia Martins
First Team Coach Portugal João Abel Silva
Goalkeeping Coach Coach Portugal 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), a National Championship-winning women's basketball team and a popular futsal team (See Marítimo futsal. 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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