G.D. Estoril Praia

Full name Grupo Desportivo Estoril Praia
Nickname(s) Canarinhos (Canaries)
Equipa da Linha
Founded 17 May 1939 (17 May 1939)
Ground Estádio António Coimbra da Mota
Capacity 8,015
Owner Traffic Sports Europe
Chairman Alexandre Faria
Manager Luis Freire
League LigaPro
2017–18 Primeira Liga, 18th (relegated)
Website Club website

Grupo Desportivo Estoril Praia (Portuguese pronunciation: [(ɨ)ʃtuˈɾiɫ ˈpɾajɐ]), commonly known as Estoril, is a Portuguese sports club from Estoril, Cascais, Lisbon.[1] Founded on 17 May 1939,[2] its football team currently plays in LigaPro and hold home games at the Estádio António Coimbra da Mota, with a seating capacity of 8,015.[3] As a sports club, Estoril has departments for football, futsal and basketball.[2]

Since the club's establishment, the senior football team has won nine secondary trophies, with the most recent being the 2011–12 Liga de Honra.[4] As a result, some personnel of the club received awards in relation to their performances in the 2011–12 season, of which include Licá, who won the LPFP Liga de Honra Player of the Year, Vagner, who won the LPFP Liga de Honra Goalkeeper of the Year, and Marco Silva, who won the LPFP Liga de Honra Coach of the Year.[5][6] The club is sponsored by American sports manufacturer Nike.


Early beginnings

The club was founded on 17 May 1939 as Grupo Desportivo Estoril Praia by, among others, Joaquim Cardim, José Ereia, João Rebelo, Armando Vilar, Ernesto Tomás, and Joaquim Nunes.[2] The club's principal promoter was Fausto Cardoso de Figueiredo, the wealthy owner of the Lisbon-Cascais railway, the English hotels of the city, Paris and the Palace, the bath building, and the Estoril Casino.[2] The team's badge and kit colours were inspired by Estoril's many beaches, considered the best in all of Portugal. The yellow symbolizes the colour of the sun, while the blue symbolizes the colour of the neighbouring Atlantic Ocean.[2]

When the club was initially established it began to play in the Campeonato de Lisboa which was a league competition contested by teams from Lisbon. It also began to compete in the Taça de Portugal. Four years after its establishment, the club has reached the Taça de Portugal final in the 1943–44 season in which they lost to Benfica 8–0 at the Campo das Salésias in Lisbon.[7]

Following that season the club reached for the Primeira Liga in the 1944–45 season where they finished seventh in their very first season in Portugal's top flight division.[8] The next season saw the club play in the 1945–46 Segunda Divisão and the 1945–46 Campeonato de Lisboa.[9] The club remained in the top flight until the 1952–53 Primeira Divisão season where they finished last and were relegated to the Portuguese Second Division.[10]

Decline and revival

The next season saw them begin their football life in the Segunda Divisão. Estoril played in the division for 22 years before gaining promotion to the top flight again. Following the appointment of experienced English manager Jimmy Hagan in 1973 who prior to being appointed as manager of Estoril had managed Benfica to three consecutive league titles in 1970–71, 1971–72 and 1972–73 as well as a Taça de Portugal in the 1971–72 season he helped the club achieve promotion to Primeira Liga. The club's return saw them finish an impressive eighth place in the league as well as a quarter-finalist in the cup competition. The next ten years saw the club remain in a stable position finishing in mid-table positions up until the mid-1980s.

In the late 1980s, the club appointed Fernando Santos as manager. A young coach who had played for the club during his professional career in the 1970s who had retired due to several injuries. He helped the club rebuild itself and improve its players and after three years in charge he helped them gain promotion once again to the top flight at the age of 36. During his time he helped the club establish themselves as a Primeira Liga club up until the 1993–94 season where he left the club for Estrela da Amadora and Estoril in that very season were relegated to the second tier.

Since the departure of Fernando Santos as manager in 1994 the club has been lurking around the Liga de Honra. Since the Liga de Honra's establishment the club has participated in fourteen seasons in that division. In the 1998–99 Liga de Honra season, the club suffered relegation to the third tier of Portuguese football for the first time in their history.[11] Since then the club has suffered several promotions and relegation.

Recent years

At the beginning of the millennium, the club was playing in the Portuguese Second Division. Ulisses Morais took over in 2002 and led the club to back to back promotions leading the club to the top flight. Litos took over for the 2004–05 Primeira Liga season where the club finished seventeenth and were relegated after one season.[12]

In the 2011–12 season, the club was promoted to first division by winning the Liga de Honra five points ahead of second place Moreirense. With new owners and under the management of Marco Silva who halfway through the season took over from Vinícius Eutrópio, the team claimed the second Liga de Honra title in club history. The main players on the title roster were João Coimbra, Licá, Steven Vitória and Vagner.[13][14] The 2012–13 season marked the return of the club to the Primeira Liga and saw them finish in an impressive fifth place in the league, from the position of newly promoted, and also qualify for the third qualifying round of Europa League, marking its first presence in the European competitions.[15] Estoril reached Europa League group stages after defeating Hapoel Ramat Gan and Pasching. They finished fourth place in a group against Sevilla, Freiburg and Slovan Liberec, with only three points in three draws against Sevilla and Freiburg (twice). In the 2013–14 season, Estoril finished in fourth place, marking its best performance ever in the Portuguese first division, qualifying directly to Europa League's Group Stage, thanks to Benfica's victory over Rio Ave in the Taça de Portugal.

In the last 5 years, the club has changed sponsorship from Gelpeixe to the Portuguese bank Banco BIC. The club was formerly sponsored by Gelpeixe. Also, the club's kit supplier has changed from Joma to Hummel in the 2011–12 season, and changed again to Nike for the 2015–16 season.


Estoril currently play at the Estádio António Coimbra da Mota which holds a seating capacity of 8,015.[16] The stadium also plays host to Estoril's reserve team home games.[17]

The Swedish national football team used the stadium as a training ground in preparation for UEFA Euro 2004.[18][19] The stadium has also played host to matches of Portuguese youth team games most notably the Portuguese national under-21 football team.[20]

The stadium has also played host to games involving the Portuguese national rugby union team, most recently being against Ukraine in a 2006 European Nations Cup First Division match and against Uruguay in a 2007 Rugby World Cup repechage qualification match.

European cup history

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 3Q Hapoel Ramat Gan 0–0 1–0 1–0
Play-off Pasching 2–0 2–1 4–1
Group H Sevilla 1–2 1–1 4th place
Slovan Liberec 1–2 1–2
Freiburg 0–0 1–1
2014–15 UEFA Europa League Group E PSV Eindhoven 3–3 0–1 3rd place
Panathinaikos 2–0 1–1
Dynamo Moscow 1–2 0–1


Current squad

As of 28 August 2018[21]

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 Thierry Graça
3 DF Basso
4 DF João Gomes
6 MF Filipe Soares
7 DF João Vigário
8 MF Duarte Valente
9 FW Renat Dadashov
10 FW Kléber
11 MF Gustavo Costa (on loan from Portimonense)
13 MF Gonçalo
14 MF João Patrão
15 DF Oumar Diakhite
17 FW Roberto
21 DF João Góis
No. Position Player
22 GK César (on loan from Londrina)
23 DF Diney
24 DF Pedro Queirós
29 DF João Pedro
42 MF Wallyson (on loan from Sporting)
47 MF Danúbio (on loan from Grêmio Anapolis)
55 GK Igor Rodrigues
70 FW Aylton Boa Morte
73 MF Matheus Nunes
80 MF Kiko Rodrigues
91 FW Sandro Lima
96 DF Rafael Furlan
97 FW Jonata
FW Moutir Chajia

Other players under contract

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

No. Position Player
FW Gustavo Tocantins

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
GK Luís Ribeiro (to Leixões )
GK Renan Ribeiro (to Sporting)
DF Mateus Muller (to Paysandu SC)
MF Mateus Santos (to Grêmio)
MF Matheus Índio (to Boavista)
MF Matheus Jesus (to Portimonense)
No. Position Player
MF Wesley Dias (to Paraná Clube)
FW Allano (to Bursaspor)
FW Bruno Gomes (to Aves)
FW Iacovelli (to Paraná Clube)
FW Victor Andrade (to Chapecoense)

U23 squad

As of 28 August 2018[22]

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

No. Position Player
GK Filipe Dinis
GK Rafael Van Der Laan
DF André Duarte
DF Basso
DF Fernando Callegari
DF Kadu
DF Pedro Albino
DF Rodolfo
DF Tiago Melo
DF Tote Gomes
MF André Franco
No. Position Player
MF Cicero
MF Francisco Mascarenhas
MF Gustavo Klismahn
MF João Cardoso
MF Marcos Antônio
MF Lionnel Yakam Negou
FW Bruno Almeida
FW Cafu
FW Fernandinho
FW João Oliveira
FW Hamza Jouini
FW Manuel Romano


Managerial history

League and cup history

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup League Cup Notes
1944–45 1D 7 18648 443416 Round 1
1945–46 2D Round 1
1946–47 1D 5 261619 965533 not held
1947–48 1D 4 261646 914936 Quarter-final
1948–49 1D 5 261259 765429 Round 1
1949–50 1D 12 267712 505921 not held
1950–51 1D 11 2610115 535821 Quarter-final
1951–52 1D 9 268513 496121 Round 1
1952–53 1D 14 265417 286414 Round 1 Relegated
1975–76 1D 8 3010812 314528 Quarter-final
1976–77 1D 11 3061311 263625 Round 4
1977–78 1D 11 308913 253625 Round 4
1978–79 1D 11 3081012 244226 Round 5
1979–80 1D 14 3051114 183721 Round 4 Relegated
1980–81 2D.S 1 301794 482043 Round 4 Promoted
1981–82 1D 12 3071013 304124 Round 5
1982–83 1D 11 309813 263926 Round 6
1983–84 1D 14 306915 225121 Quarter-final
1990–91 2H 2 3817129 482846 Round 4 Promoted
1991–92 1D 10 34101014 345430 Round 4
1992–93 1D 13 3491213 294130 Round 4
1993–94 1D 18 345821 225718 Round 4 Relegated
1994–95 2H 5 341699 392041 Round 4
1995–96 2H 12 3412814 524244 Round 5
1996–97 2H 7 3413813 343547 Quarter-final
1997–98 2H 7 34111310 403946 Round 6
1998–99 2H 18 3461018 235028 Round 3 Relegated
1999–00 2DS 4 381837 674067 Round 4
2000–01 2DS 12 38141113 454653 Round 6
2001–02 2DS 5 3817813 464459 Round 2
2002–03 2DS 1 382585 742983 Round 3 Promoted
2003–04 2H 1 342077 634067 Quarter-final Promoted
2004–05 1D 17 348620 385530 Round 5 Relegated
2005–06 2H 9 34111211 444345 Round 5
2006–07 2H 10 3010713 303537 Round 4
2007–08 2H 7 3011811 413841 Round 3 Round 2
2008–09 2H 4 3012810 413744 Round 3 Round 2
2009–10 2H 11 307149 262935 Round 2 Second Group Stage
2010–11 2H 10 3091110 363138 Round 3 Second Group Stage
2011–12 2H 1 301695 402057 Round 5 Second Group Stage Promoted
2012–13 1D 5 3013611 473745 Round 3 Second Group Stage Qualified to Europa League
2013–14 1D 4 301596 422654 Quarter-final Second Group Stage Qualified to Europa League
2014–15 1D 12 3491312 385640 Round 3 Second Group Stage
A. ^A Also participated in the 1944–45 Campeonato de Lisboa.
B. ^B Did not participate in the 1945–46 Primeira Divisão but instead participated in the 1945–46 Segunda Divisão despite not being relegated in the previous season. Also participated in the 1945–46 Campeonato de Lisboa.
C. ^C The Taça de Portugal was not held due to the end of the regional championships. As a result of this, a new format and scheduling scheme was introduced for the competition.
D. ^D Best league classification finish in the club's history.
E. ^E The Taça de Portugal was not held due to the Latin Cup being held at the Estádio Nacional. Last updated: 18 July 2014
Div. = Division; 1D = Portuguese League; 2H = Liga de Honra; 2DS/2D = Portuguese Second Division
Pos. = Position; Pl = Match played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lost; GS = Goal Scored; GA = Goal Against; P = Points


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