Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country on the Iberian Peninsula in Southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, to the west and south it is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and to the east and north by Spain. The Portugal–Spain border is 1,214 kilometres long and considered the longest uninterrupted border within the European Union, the republic also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments. The territory of modern Portugal has been settled, invaded. The Pre-Celts, Celts, Carthaginians and the Romans were followed by the invasions of the Visigothic, in 711 the Iberian Peninsula was invaded by the Moors, making Portugal part of Muslim Al Andalus. Portugal was born as result of the Christian Reconquista, and in 1139, Afonso Henriques was proclaimed King of Portugal, in the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal established the first global empire, becoming one of the worlds major economic, political and military powers. Portugal monopolized the trade during this time, and the Portuguese Empire expanded with military campaigns led in Asia. After the 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy, the democratic but unstable Portuguese First Republic was established, democracy was restored after the Portuguese Colonial War and the Carnation Revolution in 1974. Shortly after, independence was granted to almost all its overseas territories, Portugal has left a profound cultural and architectural influence across the globe and a legacy of over 250 million Portuguese speakers today. Portugal is a country with a high-income advanced economy and a high living standard. It is the 5th most peaceful country in the world, maintaining a unitary semi-presidential republican form of government and it has the 18th highest Social Progress in the world, putting it ahead of other Western European countries like France, Spain and Italy. Portugal is a pioneer when it comes to drug decriminalization, as the nation decriminalized the possession of all drugs for use in 2001. The early history of Portugal is shared with the rest of the Iberian Peninsula located in South Western Europe, the name of Portugal derives from the joined Romano-Celtic name Portus Cale. Other influences include some 5th-century vestiges of Alan settlements, which were found in Alenquer, Coimbra, the region of present-day Portugal was inhabited by Neanderthals and then by Homo sapiens, who roamed the border-less region of the northern Iberian peninsula. These were subsistence societies that, although they did not establish prosperous settlements, neolithic Portugal experimented with domestication of herding animals, the raising of some cereal crops and fluvial or marine fishing. Chief among these tribes were the Calaicians or Gallaeci of Northern Portugal, the Lusitanians of central Portugal, the Celtici of Alentejo, a few small, semi-permanent, commercial coastal settlements were also founded in the Algarve region by Phoenicians-Carthaginians. Romans first invaded the Iberian Peninsula in 219 BC, during the last days of Julius Caesar, almost the entire peninsula had been annexed to the Roman Republic. The Carthaginians, Romes adversary in the Punic Wars, were expelled from their coastal colonies and it suffered a severe setback in 150 BC, when a rebellion began in the north
Imortal Desportivo Clube is a Portuguese football club based in Albufeira in the Algarve. Imortal DC currently plays in AF Algarve 1ª Divisão which is now the tier of Portuguese football. The club was founded in 1920 and they play their matches at the Estádio Municipal de Albufeira in Albufeira. The clubs main achievement was winning the Segunda Divisão Série Sul in 1998–99 and this was followed by their highest league placing in 1999–2000 when they finished in 15th place in the Liga de Honra. The club is affiliated to Associação de Futebol do Algarve and also competes in the AF Algarve Taça – The Algarve Cup and they reached the final in 2008–2009 while still in the 2ª Divisão. The club has entered the national cup competition known as Taça de Portugal on many occasions. The club has fairly successful teams at U-19 and U-17 level, as well as teams in age groups. Fixtures and results can be found at the Algarve FA website, most first team matches are played on Saturdays at 3pm / 1500hrs. Despite finishing 2nd and 3rd in recent seasons, Imortal stay in the local competition, only the top team in the Algarve League wins promotion to the National League system. Portuguese Second Division, 1998–99 Iosif Fabian Ricardo Formosinho Paco Fortes Official website Website is no longer functional as of October 2014
Casa Pia A.C.
Casa Pia Atlético Clube is a sports association founded in 1920 and based in Lisbon, Portugal. The club is named after Casa Pia, a Portuguese childrens charity and its football stadium is Estádio Pina Manique, after Pina Manique, the founder of Casa Pia childrens charity. Casa Pia had four players at the first match of Portugal national football team, in Madrid, at 18 December 1921, Casa Pia player Cândido de Oliveira was the captain. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality