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About Nacional

Clube Desportivo Nacional, commonly known as Nacional and sometimes Nacional da Madeira , is a Portugal Association football club based in Funchal, in the island of Madeira. Founded in 1910, it currently plays in the Primeira Liga.


Nacional reached the Primeira Liga for the first time ever in the mid-90s, returning again in 2002–03. 2003–04 Primeira Liga was arguably the best ever season, as the side finished fourth in the league, just squeaking past S.C. Braga. In that season, three of its key players were Paulo Assunção, a Midfielder Defensive midfielder, and goal-machine Adriano Vieira Louzada, who netted 19 times. Both would later go to F.C. Porto, while the third key player, Midfielder Winger Miguelito, joined S.L. Benfica in 2006.

Nacional also had a quarter-final run in the Taça de Portugal, and would lose in the first round of the subsequent 2004–05 UEFA Cup, being defeated twice by Sevilla FC. In 2006–07 UEFA Cup, more of the same occurred with two early losses to FC Rapid Bucureşti.

In the 2008–09 Primeira Liga, Nacional again edged Braga for the final fourth spot, mainly courtesy of Ânderson Miguel da Silva, who scored 20 goals and won the Golden Boot honor. The side also reached the last-four in the 2008–09 Taça de Portugal, losing on aggregate 5–4 to F.C. Paços de Ferreira, with the decider coming at the Estádio da Madeira in the 90th minute.

2009–10 started without Nenê, who was sold to Cagliari Calcio for a club-record fee of Euro4.5 million. In August 2009, however, the club managed to defeat former UEFA Super Cup winners FC Zenit St. Petersburg in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League last round prior to the group stages; after a 4–3 home win, youngster Rúben Micael scored another last-minute goal, as the club was trailing 1–0 in Russia. In the next round, Nacional was drawn alongside Athletic Bilbao, FK Austria Wien, and SV Werder Bremen; the Austrians were beaten 5–1 in Madeira, but the Portuguese did not progress to the knockout stages. In August 2011, Nacional lost 3-0 on aggregate in the final round of Europa league qualifying to Birmingham City, a side in the second division of English football.

As of 8 January, 2012.

Squad changes 2011–12


- Marcelo Valverde – Angra dos Reis Esporte Clube – Free transfer
- Daniel João Santos Candeias – Portimonense S.C. – Loan return
- Luís Carlos Novo Neto – Varzim S.C. – Undisclosed fee
- Mario Rondón – F.C. Paços de Ferreira – Undisclosed fee
- Andrés Madrid – S.C. Braga – Free transfer
- Ladji Keita – S.C. Braga – Free transfer
- Nejc Pečnik – FC Krylia Sovetov Samara – Loan return
- Fernando Marçal de Oliveira – S.C.U. Torreense – Free transfer
- Moreno (Portuguese footballer) – Leicester City F.C. – Free transfer

- Bruno Patacas – Retired
- Rafael Bracalli – F.C. Porto – Free transfer
- Marco Airosa – AEL Limassol – Free transfer
- Žarko Tomašević – C.F. União – Loan
- Nuno Pinto – PFC Levski Sofia – Free transfer
- Luís Alberto Santos dos Santos – S.C. Braga – Undisclosed fee
- Felipe Aliste Lopes – VfL Wolfsburg – Undisclosed fee
- André Recife – C.F. União – Loan
- Anselmo Cardoso - Rio Ave F.C. - Loan

Out on loan

Coaching staff

- Pedro Caixinha — Manager
- João Abel Silva — Assistant manager
- Ivo Vieira — Assistant manager
- José Belman — Goalkeeping coach
- António Costa — Fitness coach

Medical staff

- João Pedro Mendonça — Doctor
- Fernando Jasmins — Doctor
- Ricardo Figueira — Doctor
- Rui Bettencourt — Physiotherapist
- João Luís Alves — Masseur


- Rui Alves — Chairman

Estádio da Madeira

The Estádio da Madeira, better known as the Choupana, houses Nacional. The current stadium is located around nearby training pitches. The club also built an academy campus in name of its most famous player, Real Madrid C.F.'s Cristiano Ronaldo. The stadium was renovated in 2007 for a new stand and also increasing the capacity to over 5,000 spectators. The total price of the renovations was €20 million.

In these new facilities, no stands were put behind the goals, with a tall fence used in its place. In mid-2007, the stadium name was changed to Estádio da Madeira, because of the excellent sports facilities.


Nacional has a big rivalry with Madeira-neighbours C.S. Marítimo. Historically, Marítimo dominated Nacional in the early years, being the first to reach UEFA. Nacional, however, have crept up in the UEFA standings, finishing fourth twice and fifth in the 2000s.

The Madeira Local derby 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, were mainly lobbyists for the commercial expansion of Madeira, but the working class Marítimo followers were keen to preserve Madeira. This only exacerbated the ill-feeling between the clubs.

The rivalry heightened when youngster Cristiano Ronaldo declined an offer from Marítimo in favour of Nacional, where his godfather was a member of the board. Politics plays a part in both the Madeira and the Azores derbies, because of Madeira's controversial regional governor, Alberto João Jardim, being a self-confessed Marítimo supporter. Jardim does not have a good relationship with Carlos César, the regional governor of the Azores, and an avid C.D. Santa Clara fan.

League and Cup history

European record

- Q = Qualifing
- PO = Play-Off
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League


- Portuguese Second Division: 1999–00

Notable former players

- Rafik Halliche
- Marco Airosa
- Fernando Horácio Ávalos
- Julio Marchant
- Walter Otta
- Adriano Vieira Louzada
- Adriano Rossato
- Alexandre Luiz Goulart
- Alonso Ferreira de Matos
- André Candançam Pinto
- Cléber Monteiro de Oliveira
- Fernando da Silva Cardozo
- Geufer
- Juliano Spadacio
- Leandro do Bonfim
- Leandro Salino
- Ânderson Miguel da Silva
- Paulo Assunção
- Pedro Oldoni
- Rafael Bracalli
- Sérgio Eduardo Ferreira Da Cunha
- Serginho Baiano

- Wendel Geraldo Maurício e Silva
- Georgi Chilikov
- Douglas Pajetat
- Fernando Aguiar
- Pedro Pacheco
- Darko Bodul
- Duje Čop
- Kristijan Brčić
- Arnaud Margueritte
- Jérôme Sykora
- Adilson Soares Cassamá
- Kevin Amuneke
- Pascal Kondaponi
- Sylvanus Okpala
- Bruno Amaro Sousa
- Bruno Fernandes (footballer born 1974)
- Bruno Patacas
- Carlos Chainho
- Costinha
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Fábio Coentrão
- Henrique Hilário

- João Coimbra
- João Moreira
- Miguelito
- Miguel Fidalgo
- Oceano da Cruz
- Orlando Sá
- Ricardo Esteves
- Ricardo Manuel Fernandes
- Ricardo Pateiro
- Rúben Micael
- Vítor Pontes
- Predrag Jokanović
- Darko Anić
- Jovo Bosančić
- Carlos Pérez Álvarez
- José Belman
- Ermin Rakovič
- Nejc Pečnik
- Diego Benaglio
- Marcelo Lipatin

Former managers

- Jair Picerni (1989–91)
- Eurico Gomes (1991–92)
- José Rachão (1993–95)
- Rodolfo Reis (1995–96)
- Jair Picerni (1996–98)
- José Alberto Torres (1998–99)
- José Peseiro (1999–03)
- Casemiro Mior (2003–04)
- João Carlos Pereira (2004–05)
- Manuel Machado (football manager) (2005–06)
- Carlos Luís Brito (2006–07)
- Predrag Jokanović (2007–08)
- Manuel Machado (football manager) (2008–10)
- Predrag Jokanović (2009–10) (interim during Machado's illness)
- Predrag Jokanović (2010–11)
- Ivo Vieira (2011)
- Pedro Caixinha (2011–)


- António Figueira (1910–26)
- Ernesto dos Santos (1926–32)
- António Caldeira (1932–36)
- Consuelo Figueira (1936–40)
- Luís Serrão (1940–44)
- Daniel Machado (1944–48)
- José Abreu (1954–58)
- António Manuel Caldeira (1958–64)
- Fernando Rebelo (1964–65)
- Luís Serrão (1965–69)
- António Manuel Caldeira (1969–73)
- Nélio Mendonça (1973–93)
- Fausto Pereira (1993–94)
- Rui Alves (1994–)

Records and statistics

Most appearances

As of the 13th January, 2012. Competitive, professional matches only, appearances as substitute included in total.

Most goals

As of the 13th January, 2012. Competitive, professional matches only, appearances as substitute included in total.

Club anthem

Rapazes do Nacional (Nacional lads)

Cantai a nossa Marchinha (Sing our little tune)

Cantai com todo o calor (With all the warmth)

P'ra animar nossa gentinha (To liven up the folk)

Defendemos nosso brio (We defend our honour)

Com orgulho e altivez (With pride and allure)

Porque somos (Because we belong)

Desta raça (To this race)

Deste povo Português (This Portuguese nation)


Clube da nossa Simpatia (Club of our hearts)

Nosso ideal (Our motto)

É lutar com galhardia (Is to fight with valliance)

Quando no campo entramos (When we take the pitch)

Com os nossos jogadores (With our team)

Vê-se vibrar nossa gente (Our people's vibes can be felt)

Aclamando nossas cores (Speaking our colours)

Sentimos dentro de nós (We feel inside us)

Ter qualquer coisa de novo (Something new)

Porque somos sem vaidade (Because we are, without vanity)

A alma do nosso povo (Our people's souls)

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