F.C. Paços de Ferreira

Paços de Ferreira
Full name Futebol Clube
Paços de Ferreira
Nickname(s) Os Castores (The Beavers)
Pacenses (Those from Paços)
Founded 5 April 1950 (1950-04-05)
Ground Estádio da Mata Real
Capacity 9,077[1]
Chairman Paulo Meneses
Manager João Henriques
League LigaPro
2017–18 Primeira Liga, 17th (relegated)
Website Club website

Futebol Clube Paços de Ferreira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpasuʒ ðɨ fɨˈʁɐjɾɐ]) is a Portuguese football club based in Paços de Ferreira, Porto district. Founded in 1950, they currently play in the LigaPro, holding home games at the 9,077-seat capacity Estádio da Mata Real, where the team has been based since 1973. The club's colours are yellow and green.

Paços de Ferreira is one of the historic teams in Portuguese football, having been in the portuguese Primeira Liga for 20 seasons. They have won three Segunda Liga titles (now LigaPro), and in 2007 they qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time. In the 2012–13 Primeira Liga, the team finished third and qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League play-offs for the first time in their history. They were also runners-up of the 2008-09 Portuguese Cup, the 2009 Portuguese Supercup and the 2010-11 Portuguese League Cup.


Early history

The origin of the club dates back to the 1930s, when it was named Sport Club Pacense. They played for two decades without any official recognition until they entered the lower divisions in 1950, under the name Futebol Clube Vasco da Gama. The club then changed their kit colours to the current ones and renamed themselves Futebol Clube Paços de Ferreira.

Their first match under the current name came on 19 November 1950, beating Lousada 2–1. Agostinho Alves was the first goal scorer in the history of the Pacenses. The club then played in Portugal's third regional division until the 1956–57 season, where they were crowned champions. The club crest was created in 1961–62, and was used ever since.

The club was relegated and then promoted again and supporters hit the streets of the city on 17 June 1973 when they defeated Perosinho 3–0. One year later, they won the third division championship on 14 June 1974, after defeating Estrela de Portalegre. The hero of the match was the goalscorer Mascarenhas.

Recent history

After establishing themselves in the first division during the 1990s, and suffering a relegation in 2003–04, the club finished sixth in the first division in 2006–07, thus qualifying for the UEFA Cup, their first ever European competition, under manager José Mota. They lost 1–0 on aggregate to AZ of the Netherlands in the first round.[2]

Having finished last in the league in 2007–08, Paços would have normally been relegated to the second level, but was readmitted after Boavista's confirmed irregularities. In the following year, already without manager Mota, the team had a reasonably successful season: a comfortable tenth place in the league and a second Europa League qualification spot after losing the Taça de Portugal final 1–0 to eventual league champions Porto on 31 May.[3] The two clubs met again on 9 August in the Super Cup, which Porto won 2–0.[4]

Paços entered the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League in the second qualifying round, where they defeated Zimbru Chișinău of Moldova before being eliminated by Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv of Israel in the third qualifying round.[5]

In the 2012–13 season, they surprisingly qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League play-offs for the first time in their history after achieving third place in the league by passing favourites Braga and Sporting CP, making it their highest finish ever. The club were managed that season by Paulo Fonseca, who left at the end to join Porto, and was replaced by Costinha.[6] Costinha's side were drawn against Russians Zenit Saint Petersburg in their play-off and lost the two matches. Due to bad results and the last place in the Primeira Liga, in October 2013, Henrique Calisto replaced Costinha.[7]

League and cup history

Recent seasons

Season League Cup League Cup Europe Notes
Div. Pos. Pl W D L GS GA Pts Result Result Competition Result
2001–02 1st 8th 34121012414446 Last 16 n/a      
2002–03 1st 6th 3412913404745 SF n/a      
2003–04 1st 17th 348422275328 Last 32 n/a     [A]
2004–05 2nd 1st 342095614369 Last 64 n/a     [B]
2005–06 1st 11th 3411914384942 Last 64 n/a      
2006–07 1st 6th 3010128313642 Last 64 n/a      
2007–08 1st 15th 306717314925 Last 16 R3 UEFA Cup R1 [C]
2008–09 1st 10th 309714374234 RU R3      
2009–10 1st 10th 3081111323735 QF R2 UEFA Europa League 3rd QR  
2010–11 1st 7th 3010119354241 Last 32 RU      
2011–12 1st 10th 308715355331 Last 32 R3      
2012–13 1st 3rd 3014124422954 SF R3     [D]
2013–14 1st 15th 306618285924 Last 16 R3 UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Gr. E
2014–15 1st 8th 34121111404547 Last 16 R2      
2015–16 1st 7th 34131011434249 Last 32 R3      
2016–17 1st 13th 3481214324536 Last 32 R3      
2017–18 1st 17th 347918335930 Last 64 ?      

A. ^ Relegated.
B. ^ Promoted.
C. ^ Not relegated due to Boavista scandal.
D. ^ Best league finish.
E. ^ Qualification to relegation play-offs. Paços beat D. Aves 3–1 and secured the presence in Primeira Liga.

Last updated: 8 August 2017


Runners-up (1): 2008–09
Runners-up (1): 2010–11
Runners-up (1): 2009
Winners (3): 1990–91, 1999–00, 2004–05
Winners (1): 1973–74

European matches

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2007–08 UEFA Cup First round AZ 0–1 0–0 0–1
2009–10 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round Zimbru Chișinău 1–0 0–0 1–0
Third qualifying round Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv 0–1 0–1 0–2
2013–14 UEFA Champions League Play-off round Zenit Saint Petersburg 1–4 2–4 3–8
2013–14 UEFA Europa League Group E Fiorentina 0–0 0–3 3rd place
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 0–2 0–2
Pandurii Târgu Jiu 1–1 0–0

UEFA rankings

Club ranking eligible for 2012–13

133 Guingamp13.300
135 Vitória de Setúbal12.833
135 Paços de Ferreira12.833
137 Nordsjælland12.640

Current squad

As of 28 July 2018

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Carlos Henriques (on loan from Portimonense)
2 DF Marco Baixinho
3 DF Rui Correia
5 DF Paulo Henrique
6 DF Bruno Teles
7 FW Wágner
8 MF André Leão
9 FW Uilton
10 MF Andrezinho
11 FW Diego Medeiros
12 MF Pedrinho
13 DF Bruno Santos
14 DF Marcos Valente (on loan from Vitória Guimarães)
16 FW Barnes Osei
No. Position Player
20 FW Sodiq Fatai
21 MF Christian
22 DF Miguel Vieira
23 GK Marco Sousa
27 MF Abbas Ibrahim
28 FW Luiz Phellype
29 MF Vasco Rocha
33 DF Francisco Afonso
34 DF Pedro Marques
77 FW Hêndrio
87 GK Ricardo Ribeiro
88 MF Gian Martins
90 MF Paul Ayongo
99 FW Douglas Tanque

Former managers


The supporters' club, "Ultras Yellow Boys," was founded in 1996, returning afterwards in 2001. Two previous groups, however extinct, existed: "Febre Amarela" and "Yellowmania".


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