Portugal the Portuguese Republic, is a country located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost sovereign state of mainland Europe, being bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain, its territory includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional governments. Portugal is the oldest state on the Iberian Peninsula and one of the oldest in Europe, its territory having been continuously settled and fought over since prehistoric times; the pre-Celtic people, Celts and Romans were followed by the invasions of the Visigoths and Suebi Germanic peoples. Portugal as a country was established during the Christian Reconquista against the Moors who had invaded the Iberian Peninsula in 711 AD. Founded in 868, the County of Portugal gained prominence after the Battle of São Mamede in 1128; the Kingdom of Portugal was proclaimed following the Battle of Ourique in 1139, independence from León was recognised by the Treaty of Zamora in 1143.
In the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal established the first global empire, becoming one of the world's major economic and military powers. During this period, today referred to as the Age of Discovery, Portuguese explorers pioneered maritime exploration, notably under royal patronage of Prince Henry the Navigator and King John II, with such notable voyages as Bartolomeu Dias' sailing beyond the Cape of Good Hope, Vasco da Gama's discovery of the sea route to India and the European discovery of Brazil. During this time Portugal monopolized the spice trade, divided the world into hemispheres of dominion with Castille, the empire expanded with military campaigns in Asia. However, events such as the 1755 Lisbon earthquake, the country's occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, the independence of Brazil, a late industrialization compared to other European powers, erased to a great extent Portugal's prior opulence. After the 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy, the democratic but unstable Portuguese First Republic was established being superseded by the Estado Novo right-wing authoritarian regime.
Democracy was restored after the Carnation Revolution in 1974. Shortly after, independence was granted to all its overseas territories; the handover of Macau to China in 1999 marked the end of what can be considered the longest-lived colonial empire. Portugal has left a profound cultural and architectural influence across the globe, a legacy of around 250 million Portuguese speakers, many Portuguese-based creoles, it is a developed country with a high-income advanced economy and high living standards. Additionally, it is placed in rankings of moral freedom, democracy, press freedom, social progress, LGBT rights. A member of the United Nations and the European Union, Portugal was one of the founding members of NATO, the eurozone, the OECD, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries; the word Portugal derives from the Roman-Celtic place name Portus Cale. Portus, the Latin word for port or harbour, Cala or Cailleach was the name of a Celtic goddess – in Scotland she is known as Beira – and the name of an early settlement located at the mouth of the Douro River which flows into the Atlantic Ocean in the north of what is now Portugal.
At the time the land of a specific people was named after its deity. Those names are the origins of the - gal in Galicia. Incidentally, the meaning of Cale or Calle is a derivation of the Celtic word for port which would confirm old links to pre-Roman, Celtic languages which compare to today's Irish caladh or Scottish cala, both meaning port; some French scholars believe it may have come from ` Portus Gallus', the port of the Celts. Around 200 BC, the Romans took the Iberian Peninsula from the Carthaginians during the Second Punic War, in the process conquered Cale and renamed it Portus Cale incorporating it to the province of Gaellicia with capital in Bracara Augusta. During the Middle Ages, the region around Portus Cale became known by the Suebi and Visigoths as Portucale; the name Portucale evolved into Portugale during the 7th and 8th centuries, by the 9th century, that term was used extensively to refer to the region between the rivers Douro and Minho. By the 11th and 12th centuries, Portugallia or Portvgalliae was referred to as Portugal.
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; the region was settled by Pre-Celts and Celts, giving origin to peoples like the Gallaeci, Lusitanians and Cynetes, visited by Phoenicians, Ancient Greeks and Carthaginians, incorporated in the Roman Republic dominions as Lusitania and part of Gallaecia, after 45 BC until 298 AD. The region of present-day Portugal was inhabited by Neanderthals and 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, did form organized societies. Neolithic Portugal experimented with domestication of herding animals, the raising of some cereal crops and fluvial or marine fishing, it is believed by some scholars that early in the first millennium BC, several waves of Celts invaded Portugal from Central Europe and inter-married with the local populations, forming differe
2010–11 UEFA Europa League
The 2010–11 UEFA Europa League was the second season of the UEFA Europa League, Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, the 40th edition overall including its predecessor, the UEFA Cup. It began on 1 July 2010, with the first qualifying round matches, concluded on 18 May 2011, with the final at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, between Porto and first-time finalists Braga; this was the first all-Portuguese final of a European competition and only the third time that two Portuguese teams faced each other in Europe, following Braga's elimination of Benfica in the semi-finals. Porto defeated Braga 1–0, with a goal from the competition's top goalscorer Radamel Falcao, won their second title in the competition, after victory in the 2002–03 UEFA Cup. A total of 194 teams from 53 UEFA associations participated in the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League. Associations were allocated places according to their 2009 UEFA country coefficient, which took into account their performance in European competitions from 2004–05 to 2008–09.
Below is the qualification scheme for the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League: Associations 1–6 each have three teams qualify Associations 7–9 each have four teams qualify Associations 10–51 each have three teams qualify, except Liechtenstein, which have one team qualify Associations 52–53 each have two teams qualify The top three associations of the 2009–10 UEFA Fair Play ranking each gain an additional berth Moreover, 33 teams eliminated from the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League are transferred to the Europa League. Notes: Additional fair play berth: Additional teams transferred from the UEFA Champions League The winners of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League, Atlético Madrid, were guaranteed a place in the group stage as the title holder, since they did not qualify for the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League. However, they qualified for the Europa League third qualifying round through domestic performance, as they were the runners-up of the 2009–10 Copa del Rey to Champions League-qualified Sevilla; as a result, this place in the third qualifying round was vacated, which in turn led to the following changes to the default allocation system in order to compensate for this vacant spot: The domestic cup winners of association 28 have been promoted from the second qualifying round to the third qualifying round.
The domestic cup winners of associations 52 and 53 have been promoted from the first qualifying to the second qualifying round. A Europa League place is vacated when a team qualifies for both the Champions League and the Europa League, or qualifies for the Europa League by more than one method; when a place is vacated, it is redistributed within the national association by the following rules: When the domestic cup winners qualify for the Champions League, their Europa League place is vacated, the remaining Europa League qualifiers are moved up one place, with the final place taken by the domestic cup runners-up, provided they do not qualify for the Champions League or the Europa League. Otherwise, this place is taken by the highest-placed league finishers that have not yet qualified for the Europa League; when the domestic cup winners qualify for the Europa League through league position, their place through the league position is vacated, the Europa League qualifiers that finish lower in the league are moved up one place, with the final place taken by the highest-placed league finishers that have not yet qualified for the Europa League.
A place vacated by the League Cup winners is taken by the highest-placed league finishers that have not yet qualified for the Europa League. A Fair Play place is taken by the highest-ranked team in the domestic Fair Play table that has not yet qualified for the Champions League or the Europa League; the labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round: TH: Title holders CW: Cup winners CR: Cup runners-up LC: League Cup winners Nth: League position P-W: End-of-season European competition play-offs winners FP: Fair play UCL: Relegated from the Champions League GS: Third-placed teams from the group stage PO: Losers from the play-off round Q3: Losers from the third qualifying roundNotesEngland: Portsmouth, the runners-up of the 2009–10 FA Cup to Champions League-qualified Chelsea, did not obtain a UEFA licence, meaning they could not qualify for Europe. Portsmouth had appealed to UEFA, the Premier League and the English FA, but the latter two would not allow late applications for the licence.
As a result, the seventh-placed team of the 2009–10 Premier League, claimed the Europa League spot in the third qualifying round. Republic of Ireland: Since the third- and fourth-placed teams of the 2009 League of Ireland, Cork City and Derry City, were dissolved and expelled from the league after the season was completed, the fifth-placed team, claimed the Europa League spot in the first qualifying round. Lithuania: Vėtra, the runners-up of the 2009 A Lyga and the runners-up of the 2009–10 Lithuanian Football Cup to Champions League-qualified Ekranas, were denied the UEFA license for the 2010–11 season and therefore could not represent Lithuania in the UEFA Europa League; as a result, all Europa League spots were awarded to teams based on their league positions. Therefore, the fourth-placed team, Šiauliai, were moved from the first qualifying round to the second qualifying round, while the fifth-placed team, Tauras Tauragė, claimed the Europa League spot in the first qualifying round. Spain: Ma
Nuno Espírito Santo
Nuno Herlander Simões Espírito Santo, known as Nuno as a player, is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a goalkeeper, is the head coach of Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers. During his career he first made a name for himself in Spain, he returned to Portugal to represent Porto, played professionally in Russia. Espírito Santo became a manager in 2012, leading Rio Ave to both domestic cup finals in 2014 before taking the reins at Valencia. Born in São Tomé, Portuguese São Tomé and Príncipe, Nuno started his football career with Vitória S. C. in Guimarães, battling from age 20 with veteran Neno for first-choice status. In January 1997 he was acquired by La Liga's Deportivo de La Coruña, but would spend three of his six seasons in Galicia on loan, backing up Jacques Songo'o and José Francisco Molina when he was part of the team. In 1999–2000, as he represented CP Mérida in the Spanish second division, Nuno won the Ricardo Zamora Trophy and helped the side finish sixth, but it would be relegated to the third level due to irregularities.
The following season he was loaned to CA Osasuna, going on to rank seventh in the Zamora as his team finished only one point above the relegation zone in the top tier. FC Porto paid €3 million to bring Nuno back from Spain in July 2002, as part of Jorge Andrade's deal. During a 2003 Taça de Portugal match against Varzim SC, he was allowed by manager José Mourinho to convert a penalty kick, scoring the club's last goal in a 7–0 home routing. On 12 December 2004, he replaced club great Vítor Baía during extra time of the Intercontinental Cup final penalty shootout victory against Once Caldas. Again in January, in 2007, Nuno returned to Portugal for a stint with C. D. Aves relegated from the Primeira Liga. In July he returned to Porto. Nuno again played second-fiddle to Helton during the 2008–09 season appearing in only four games, but was the starter throughout the domestic cup campaign, including the final win against F. C. Paços de Ferreira. Nuno represented Portugal at the 1996 Summer Olympics, playing four matches for the fourth-placed team.
Uncapped, he was called to the full squad competing in UEFA Euro 2008. On 21 June 2010, Porto announced; the 36-year-old said. After his retirement he rejoined former Porto manager Jesualdo Ferreira, moving to Málaga CF as a goalkeeping coach. In May 2012, Rio Ave F. C. announced the appointment of Espírito Santo. In his second season in charge, he qualified the team to both the Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga finals taking it to the UEFA Europa League for the first time in its history. Espírito Santo signed a one-year contract with Valencia CF in La Liga on 4 July 2014, replacing fired Juan Antonio Pizzi. On 12 January 2015, he agreed to an extension to keep him at the club until 2018, he led it to the fourth place in his first year, highlights including a 2–1 home win over Real Madrid and a 2–2 away draw against the same opponent, while he was named La Liga Manager of the Month three times. On 1 June 2016, Espírito Santo signed a two-year contract with Porto, replacing former head coach José Peseiro.
The following 22 May, after a season devoid of silverware which included a second place in the league, he was relieved of his duties. On 31 May 2017, Espírito Santo was named as the new head coach of English Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers, signing a three-year deal, he was voted the competition's Manager of the Month in November as his team won all four of their games, scoring 13 times. Espírito Santo led the club to the Premier League after a six-year absence, achieving promotion with four matches remaining in the season and being confirmed as champions with two games to spare. On 10 July 2018, it was announced that his contract had been extended until 2021. Espírito Santo was awarded the Premier League Manager of the Month title in his second month managing in the English top division after his team went unbeaten in the month of September 2018, accruing ten points from four matches and only conceding one goal, it was the first time that a Wolverhampton Wanderers manager had secured the award though it came in the club's fifth season in the competition.
As of match played 13 April 2019 Deportivo Copa del Rey: 2001–02Porto Primeira Liga: 2002–03, 2003–04, 2007–08, 2008–09 Taça de Portugal: 2002–03, 2008–09 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2003, 2004, 2009 UEFA Champions League: 2003–04 UEFA Cup: 2002–03 Intercontinental Cup: 2004 Taça da Liga runner-up: 2009–10Individual Ricardo Zamora Trophy: 1999–2000 Rio Ave Taça de Portugal runner-up: 2013–14 Taça da Liga runner-up: 2013–14Wolverhampton Wanderers EFL Championship: 2017–18Individual La Liga Manager of the Month: September 2014, December 2014, February 2015 EFL Championship Manager of the Month: November 2017 LMA Manager of the Year: 2017-18 EFL Championship Premier League Manager of the Month: September 2018 Nuno Espírito Santo at ForaDeJogo Nuno Espírito Santo manager stats at ForaDeJogo Stats at Liga de Fútbol Profesional at the Wayback Machine Nuno Espírito Santo at BDFutbol Nuno Espírito Santo manager profile at BDFutbol National team data Nuno Espírito Santo – FIFA competition
SK Rapid Wien
Sportklub Rapid Wien known as Rapid Vienna, is an Austrian football club playing in the country's capital city of Vienna. Rapid is the most successful Austrian football club, having won 32 Austrian championship titles, including the first title in the season 1911–12, as well as a German championship in 1941 during Nazi rule. Rapid twice reached the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1985 and 1996, losing on both occasions; the club is known as Die Grün-Weißen for its team colours or as Hütteldorfer, in reference to the location of the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium, in Hütteldorf, part of the city's 14th district, Penzing. The club was founded in 1897 as Erster Wiener Arbeiter-Fußball-Club; the team's original colours were red and blue, which are still used in away matches. On 8 January 1899, the club was renamed, taking on its present name of Sportklub Rapid Wien, following the example of Rapide Berlin. In 1904, the team colours were changed to white; the club won Austria's first national championship in 1911–12 by a single point, retained the title the following season.
Rapid became a dominant force during the years between the world wars, an era in which Austria was one of the leading football nations on the continent. It won its first hat-trick of titles from 1919 to 1921. After the annexation of Austria to Germany in 1938, Rapid joined the German football system, playing in the regional first division Gauliga Ostmark along with clubs such as Wacker Wien and Admira Vienna. Rapid would be the most successful of these clubs, they won the Tschammerpokal, predecessor of today's DFB-Pokal, in 1938 with a 3–1 victory over FSV Frankfurt, followed that with a German Championship in 1941 by defeating Schalke 04, the most dominant German club of the era. The team was able to overcome a 3–0 Schalke lead to win the match 4–3; as the winners of the 1954–55 season, Rapid were Austria's entrant for the inaugural European Cup in the following season. They were drawn in the first round against PSV and opened with a 6–1 home victory, with Alfred Körner scoring a hat-trick. Despite losing the away leg 1–0, the club still advanced to a quarter-final, where they started with a 1–1 home draw against Milan before being defeated 7–2 in the away match at the San Siro to lose 8–3 on aggregate.
Rapid's best performance in the European Cup came in the 1960–61 season when they reached the semi-final before being eliminated by eventual winners Benfica, 4–1 on aggregate. In the quarter-final the club required a replay to eliminate East German club Aue from the tournament after a 3–3 aggregate draw; the modern away goals rule would have seen Aue advance without needing the replay, held at the St Jakob Park in neutral Basel. The club was involved in a controversial episode in 1984 when they eliminated Celtic from the last 16 of the European Cup Winners' Cup. Celtic were leading 4–3 on aggregate with 14 minutes left in the match when Rapid conceded a penalty; as the Rapid players protested to the match officials, their defender Rudolf Weinhofer fell to the ground and claimed to have been hit by a bottle thrown from the stands. However, television images showed that a bottle was thrown onto the pitch and did not hit Weinhofer; the match finished 4–3, but Rapid appealed to UEFA for a replay, both teams were fined.
The replay appeal was turned down but Rapid appealed for a second time. On this occasion, Rapid's fine was doubled but UEFA stipulated the match be replayed 100 miles away from Celtic's ground; the game was held on 12 December 1984 at Old Trafford and Rapid won 1–0 through a Peter Pacult strike. Rapid reached its first European final in 1985, losing 3–1 in the Cup Winners' Cup Final to Everton in Rotterdam. Eleven years in the same tournament's final in Brussels, Rapid lost 1–0 to Paris Saint-Germain. Rapid last reached the group stage of the UEFA Champions League in 2005–06 after beating F91 Dudelange of Luxembourg 9–3 on aggregate and defeating Lokomotiv Moscow 2–1 on aggregate in a play-off after a 1–0 victory in Russia, they finished last in their group after losing all of their matches against Bayern Munich and Club Brugge. Since the club's beginnings, Rapid fans have announced the last 15 minutes of the match by way of the traditional "Rapidviertelstunde" – rhythmic clapping at home or away no matter what the score.
The first mention of the practise goes back to 1913, on 21 April 1918 a newspaper wrote about the fans clapping at the beginning of the "Rapidviertelstunde". Over the decades, there were many instances where the team managed to turn around a losing position by not giving up and, with their fans' support, fighting their way to a win just before the final whistle; the biggest fan club is Ultras Rapid, founded in 1988. Other important fan clubs are the ultras group Tornados Rapid and Spirits Rapid and the hooligan firm Alte Garde Dritte Halbzeit; the active supporters are situated in the Block West stand, which has a capacity of 8,500 spectators. The old Block West in the now demolished Gerhard-Hanappi-Stadion had about 2,700 seats. Rapid played at the Gerhard Hanappi Stadium -, opened on 10 May 1977 with a Wiener derby match against Austria Wien - until the 2013–14 season; the stadium bore the name of its architect Gerhard Hanappi, who played for Rapid from 1950 to 1965. Prior to 1980, when it was renamed in his honour, it was known as the Weststadion, due to its geographical location in the city.
In June 2014, it was announced that a new stadium, the Allianz Stadion, will be built in place of the old Gerhard Hanappi Stadium. During its construction, Rapid played its home games in the Ernst Happel Sta
2011 UEFA Europa League Final
The 2011 UEFA Europa League Final was the final match of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League, the 40th season of Europe's secondary club football tournament organised by UEFA, the second season since it was renamed from UEFA Cup to UEFA Europa League. The match was played at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, on 18 May 2011, between two Portuguese teams – Porto and Braga – for the first time in UEFA competition finals. Porto won 1–0 and secured their second title in the competition, following a successful appearance in the 2003 UEFA Cup Final; the man of the match was Colombian striker Radamel Falcao, who scored the winning goal and further cemented his 2010–11 UEFA Europa League top scorer tally with a tournament record of 17 goals. As the winners, Porto earned the right to play against the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League winners, Barcelona, in the 2011 UEFA Super Cup; the qualification of Porto and Braga for the 2011 UEFA Europa League Final ensured it would be the first all-Portuguese final in UEFA competitions, only the second European tie between Portuguese teams, after the semi-final meeting between Braga and Benfica.
Overall, it was the eighth UEFA Cup or UEFA Europa League final featuring two clubs from the same national association. A distance of 47.4 km separated the cities of Porto and Braga, the smallest between opponents in a UEFA competition final. The previous record was 83.8 km, set at the 1988 UEFA Super Cup between PSV Eindhoven of the Netherlands and KV Mechelen of Belgium. Porto secured its presence in a major UEFA competition final for the fifth time, after victorious campaigns at the 1986–87 European Cup, 2002–03 UEFA Cup and 2003–04 UEFA Champions League, a runner-up place in the 1984 European Cup Winners' Cup Final; the club competed three times in the UEFA Super Cup – won in 1987 and lost in 2003 and 2004 – and grabbed two Intercontinental Cup titles in 1987 and 2004. Braga qualified for a UEFA competition final for the first time. Before reaching the Dublin final, the club's best European result was a place in the last 16 of the 2006–07 and 2008–09 UEFA Cup seasons. Participation in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup was achieved via the 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup, where Braga was one of the eleven third-round winners.
Having reached the furthest in the UEFA Cup, among the Intertoto Cup teams, Braga were considered the outright winners of the final season of this competition. In contrast to the extended national and international curriculum of Porto, Braga had just one major title in their history: the 1966 Portuguese Cup. A UEFA Champions League regular, Porto finished third in the 2009–10 Primeira Liga and thus missed a place in the 2010–11 UEFA Champions League, entering instead in the UEFA Europa League play-off round; this was the first time Porto competed in UEFA's second competition since winning the 2002–03 tournament. Braga, on the other hand, finished the Portuguese league in a historic second place, which granted them participation in the UEFA Champions League for the first time. Braga reached the group stage by successively knocking out high-profile opponents, such as Celtic and Sevilla, in the second and third qualifying rounds, respectively; the club concluded the group stage in third place, behind Shakhtar Donetsk and Arsenal, was relegated into the UEFA Europa League round of 32.
The Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, was selected to host the final match of the 2011 UEFA Europa League, at a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee, on 29 January 2009. A bid from the under-construction Irish venue was put forward by the Football Association of Ireland and the Dublin City Council, it had competition from Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, but as Wembley Stadium was picked to host the Champions League final, Arsenal's bid was ruled out on the grounds that UEFA does not allow the same country to host its two major competition finals in the same season. This selection confirmed that Ireland would host its first-ever European football club competition final; the new 50,000 all-seater stadium was built on the site of the old Lansdowne Road ground, with the intention of continuing the location as the home of the Irish national rugby and football teams. Demolition work lasted two months. Erection of the infrastructure initiated in January 2009, by October, the roof was installed.
The stadium was handed over in April 2010 to the FAI and Irish Rugby Football Union. It was opened on 14 May 2010, on 11 August 2010 hosted its first international football match, between the Republic of Ireland and Argentina. On 12 February 2009, the naming rights for the new stadium were bought by the British multi-national insurance company Aviva, for a ten-year period. However, because UEFA sponsorship regulations forbid advertising of brands outside of the organisation during competition matches, the venue would be referred as "Dublin Arena" during the final. Venue preparations for the final included the removal of every advertising and stadium branding elements unrelated with UEFA and its official sponsor partners. Stadium director Martin Murphy explained that the whole process was a "big operation", through which they had to "cover the signs on the stadium facade itself" and that "the three tiers have Uefa branding across them, covering any existing sponsors." It involved an increase in the number of media facilities and seats.
UEFA unveiled the visual identity of the 2011 UEFA Europa League final in a ceremony held on 30 N
Fabiano Ribeiro de Freitas
Fabiano Ribeiro de Freitas, known as Fabiano, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club FC Porto as a goalkeeper. Born in Mundo Novo, Fabiano joined São Paulo FC in 2006, aged 18. During his four-year spell he only appeared in two Série A games being loaned to several modest teams, he made his debut in the top division on 13 October 2007, in a 1–1 draw against Fluminense FC at the Maracanã Stadium, being part of the squads that won back-to-back national championships. On 28 June 2011, Fabiano signed with Portuguese club S. C. Olhanense, he made his debut in the Primeira Liga on 13 August in a 1–1 draw at Sporting Clube de Portugal, went on to appear in all league games during the season as the Algarve side retained their division status. Fabiano moved to FC Porto in late May 2012, he acted as understudy to compatriot Helton in his debut campaign, subsequently becoming a starter after an injury to the latter. On 21 April 2015, in an away fixture for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League against FC Bayern Munich, his team lost 1–6, making it the worst in their European history.
In the subsequent off-season, he was loaned to Fenerbahçe SK. Back at the Estádio do Dragão, Fabiano missed the vast majority of 2017–18 due to an injury to his right knee, he earned a champions' winners medal in the last matchday after playing the last minutes of the 1–0 away win over Vitória de Guimarães, having replaced third-choice Vaná. São PauloCampeonato Brasileiro Série A: 2007, 2008PortoPrimeira Liga: 2012–13, 2017–18 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2012, 2013 Fabiano at ForaDeJogo Fabiano at Soccerway
Sporting Clube de Braga known as Sporting de Braga or just Braga, is a Portuguese sports club from the city of Braga. Its football team plays in the Primeira Liga at the Estádio Municipal de Braga. Domestically, Braga have won the 1965 -- 2015 -- 16 Taça de Portugal and the 2012 -- 13 Taça da Liga. In the 2000s, the club became one of Portugal's most decorated clubs after the Big Three and has competed with some success in European competitions, winning the last UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2008 and reaching the final of the UEFA Europa League in 2011. After finishing in second place for the only time to date in the 2009–10 Primeira Liga, Braga achieved a place in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its history by eliminating Celtic and Sevilla. Braga qualified for the group stage of the Champions League in 2012–13 by eliminating Udinese. Braga changed their kits from green and white to their Arsenal-style red during the 1945–46 and the 1946–47 seasons due to their president José Antunes Guimarães who had business connections in London and was an Arsenal fan.
That year, Braga won the Second division title reaching the First division for the first time. Braga renamed their youth team Arsenal de Braga. Braga's emblem is the city of Braga's shield with Mother Mary and baby Jesus with the blue from the city's shield changed to red. On the top of the emblem is the golden Mural Crown of Braga, with the name "Sporting Clube de Braga" on it. Many Braga fans have said; the fans of Braga are known as Arsenalistas due to their team home kit that resembles that of English club Arsenal. They are known as Bracarenses because of being from the city of Bracari named Bracara Augusta, city of Portugal, now known as Braga. Aside from the loyalty of its supporters, the Minho derby against Vitória de Guimarães is a match that both sets of fans eagerly await; this match is more than football – it is a way people from the north view each city. The derby is one of Portugal's most intense matches, children under 13 are restricted from entering unless an adult is with them; the rivalry goes back to when the City of Braga was the ancient capital of Gallaecia and the largest Portuguese city by the time the Kingdom of Portugal was formed by Afonso I of Portugal.
At that time, Guimarães became the seat of the King and nobility, whereas the city of Braga remained the centre of trade and religious power. In the 1960s and 1970s, Braga began to climb up the league ladder and participated in the UEFA competitions. Braga's recent run of successive European participations began in the 2004–05 UEFA Cup after finishing fifth in the league under Jesualdo Ferreira's first full season in the club; this marked the beginning of the club's rise in success both in Europe. In the 2005–06, Braga challenged for the championship until the penultimate round, finishing in fourth place. In 2006–07, Portuguese up-and-coming manager Carlos Carvalhal became manager of the club and started with a poor start to the season, losing to AZ in the UEFA Cup despite crushing Czech champions Slovan Liberec 4–0, a 4–1 loss to Madeiran side Marítimo; these losses proved to be the end of his season, despite success in European competitions, with an overall score of 3–2 against Italian club Chievo in the first round of the UEFA Cup.
Carvalhal resigned and was replaced with Rogério Gonçalves, with former Portugal national team captain Jorge Costa his assistant manager. Gonçalves' first game in charge was a 3–1 over Benfica, a week after a hard-fought loss against UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup champions Sevilla at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium. After a 1–0 away defeat to União de Leiria in a league match on 18 February 2007, Gonçalves resigned. Braga president António Salvador announced on the same day that assistant manager Jorge Costa would be in charge until the end of the 2006–07 season. In his first game, Braga beat Parma 1–0; the club played Tottenham Hotspur, where it lost 6–4 on aggregate in the round of 16. Braga finished fourth in the league for the third-straight year, just topping fifth-placed Belenenses by a point on the final matchday. During the summer of June 2007, it was announced that French insurance company AXA would be the club's sponsor in a multimillion-dollar deal in which the name of the stadium was changed to Estádio AXA, with this being the first in Portugal.
After the 2006–07 season, Braga qualified for the UEFA Cup, where they faced Hammarby IF. Despite losing the first leg in Sweden 2–1, Braga won at home 4–0 to qualify to the group stage for the third consecutive time. There, its first game was against a 1 -- 1 draw. Braga played German giants Bayern Munich, favourites to win the competition. Despite the negative feedback, Braga drew 1 -- 1. After that impressive display, Braga faced Aris with another 1–1 draw, with Linz scoring another vital goal for the Minhotos. Braga went into the last game against Red Star Belgrade, where it achieved a 2–0 victory, enough to take the club into the next round to face Werder Bremen. Braga lost the first leg 3–0 and the second 1–0; the 2008–09 UEFA Cup campaign saw Braga