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GD Chaves

GD Chaves is a football (soccer) club from Portugal.

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About GD Chaves

Grupo Desportivo de Chaves, commonly known as just Chaves, is a Portugal association football football team from Chaves, Portugal currently playing in the Liga de Honra. They were founded in 1949 and currently play at Estádio Municipal de Chaves with a capacity of 19,000 one of the biggest in the Liga de Honra. Their home kit is red and blue striped t-shirt with blue shorts and socks and the away kit is all white. Their current president is Mário Carneiro and their current manager is Tulipa. In the 2007/08 season they finished 4th just missing out on promotion to the Liga de Honra. GD Chaves have been in the Portuguese Liga 13 times and have done expectionally well finishing 5th in the 1989/90 season which was their best ever finish. They went to Europe in the 1987/88 season where they played in the UEFA Cup where they beat the Romanian team FC Universitatea Craiova in the first round but lost in the next round to Hungarian team Budapest Honvéd FC. Their current stadium, Estádio Municipal de Chaves, normally hosts the national teams youth games and rarely the Portugal national football team; however, the stadium is famous because it held the debut of Cristiano Ronaldo for the senior national team.


Grupo Desportivo de Chaves was founded on the 27 September 1949 and is one of the most experienced teams in the Portuguese Second Division, not just because of its old culture, but also many years in the top-flight Portuguese Liga, doing quite well and playing in European tournaments, such as the UEFA Cup. Their best ever finish was in the Portuguese Liga when they finished in fifth place twice in 1986–87 and 1989–90, where in the 1986–87 season, they had fantastic results, beating Portuguese giants Sporting Clube de Portugal 2–1 at home in a memorable night at the Estádio Municipal de Chaves stadium. After those fantastic seasons, they finished sixth, seventh, and ninth before getting relegated in the 1992–93 season to the Liga de Honra. They returned for another few seasons but got relegated again to the Liga de Honra until 2007, where they eventually got relegated to the Portuguese Second Division. In the previous season of 2007–08, they finished in fourth place just missing out on promotion.

After a series of great results in 2008–09 that granted the team the lead of Série A, Chaves finally achieved promotion to the second-flight Liga de Honra with an aggregate win, 1–0 over FC Penafiel, the winner of the Portuguese Second Division in a semi-final playoff. In the playoff final, it was between Chaves and CD Fátima, in which both were guaranteed promotion to the Liga de Honra and the final was to determine the champion of the Second Division. Fátima won the match 2–1 and were rewarded with champions of the Second Division for the 2008–09 season as Chaves became runners-up for the season and will play in the Liga de Honra for the 2009–10 season.


Estádio Municipal de Chaves is a multi-use stadium in Chaves. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of GD Chaves. The stadium is able to hold 22,000 people. The stadium normally holds the national teams youth games and also some U-21 games and also the senior team but rarely. This stadium is famous because it is where Cristiano Ronaldo made his senior international debut.


- Portuguese Second Division: Runners-up 2008–09
- Taça de Portugal: Runners-up 2009–10 Taça de Portugal

Backroom staff

- Tulipa - Manager
- António Vieira - Assistant Manager
- Carlos Pires - Goalkeeper Coach
- Miguel Moita - Fitness Coach
- João Ribeiro - Doctor
- Gualter - Nurse
- Francisco - Nurse
- José Luís - Kitman
- Marcos Barroco - Secretary
- António Ramos - Office of Communication and Information
- Hernâni Teixeira - Vice Chairman
- António Vidal - Vice Chairman
- Carlos Alves - Vice Chairman
- Gilberto Ferreira - Vice Chairman
- Jorge Campo Grande - Vice Chairman
- Artur Dias - Vice Chairman
- Marcelo Delgado - Chairman

Notable former players

- Carlos Carvalhal
- Diogo Valente
- João Alves
- Vermelhinho
- Anthony da Silva
- Nuno Miguel Gomes
- Rui Lima
- Nuno Miguel Teixeira Rocha
- Rui Correia
- Vítor Pereira (footballer born 1978)
- Areias
- Beto (Portuguese footballer born 1982)
- Youssef Haraoui

- Hilário Leal
- Auri Dias Faustino
- Gustavo Manduca
- Pedro Geromel
- Roberto Calmon Felix
- Marco Claúdio Cardoso Lourenço
- Cássio Vargas Barbosa
- Georgi Slavkov
- Radoslav Zdravkov
- Plamen Getov
- Kabwe Kasongo
- Etienne N'tsunda
- Owusu Afriyie

- Inzaghi Donígio
- Moussa Yahaya
- Marcel Sabou
- Lucian Marinescu
- Ibón Pérez Arrieta
- David Casablanca
- Carlos Álvarez
- Toniño
- Ulf Ottosson
- Leonson Lewis

Notable former managers

- Rogério Gonçalves
- Augusto Inácio
- Henrique Calisto
- Álvaro Magalhães
- António Caldas
- Raul Águas
- José Alberto Costa
- Nuno Pinto

Club Anthem

O Desportivo de Chaves

Saibam bem toda a gente

Supera os maiores entraves

Para caminhar na frente

Os longos anos de Vida

São louros que arrecadou

A luta franca e renhida

Que o Povo sempre aclamou

Vamos rapazes ganhar

Com o calor desta Malta

O jogo que pode dar

A vitória que nos falta

Somos de Chaves Unidos

Como Valentes Serranos

Jamais seremos vencidos

Porque somos Transmontanos

O Desportivo de Chaves

Meu clube prazenteiro

Joga sempre como sabe

E serás sempre o Primeiro

Trago o teu nome no peito

E na Alma o teu guiar

Por isso te vejo eleito

Verdadeiro Campeão


- UEFA Cup 1987–88
- 16/09 FC Universitatea Craiova 2–3 Chaves
- 30/09 Chaves 3–1 FC Universitatea Craiova
- 24/10 Chaves 1–2 Budapest Honvéd FC
- 04/11 Budapest Honvéd FC 3–1 Chaves

League and cup history

The football section has 13 presences at the top level of Portuguese football. Its best position was two fifth place finished, in the 1986–87 and 1989–90 seasons, the first earning Chaves its only presence in the European cups.

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