Gil Vicente F.C.

Gil Vicente
Full name Gil Vicente Futebol Clube
Nickname(s) Gilistas (Gilistas)
Galos (Roosters)
Founded 1924 (1924)
Ground Estádio Cidade de Barcelos
Capacity 12,504
Chairman Francisco Dias da Silva
League Campeonato de Portugal
2017–18 LigaPro, 19th (relegated)

Gil Vicente Futebol Clube (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʒiɫ viˈsẽt(ɨ)]), commonly known as Gil Vicente, founded in 1924, is a Portuguese football club that plays in Barcelos. It competes in the third-tier Campeonato de Portugal, and it is named after the Portuguese playwright of the same name. The best season for the team was in 1999–2000, when it finished fifth in the Liga.


Gil Vicente Futebol Clube was founded on 3 May 1924, after the creation of other clubs in Barcelos, such as Barcelos Sporting Club and União Football Club Barcelense. The idea to found a new club came from a group of friends that every afternoon played football near the city's theater, named Gil Vicente, after the Portuguese playwright. The initial name for the team was Gil Vicente Football Barcelense.

The first struggles of the young team were mainly about finding a pitch to play. Back then, the team would play in the Campo da Estação, which belonged to another club, Triunfo Sport Club. On 3 May 1933, Gil Vicente played in its first field, Campo da Granja, with a capacity for 5,012 spectators, and later renamed Adelino Ribeiro Novo, after a Gil Vicente goalkeeper who died there during a match on 16 September 1946.

The team first got promoted to the top Portuguese division, then called First Division in 1990. In 1997, it got relegated to the Liga de Honra and came back two years later by winning it. The best position was in the first year back in the Liga, when it finished fifth, led by manager Álvaro Magalhães, a former Benfica player.

Gil Vicente played in the Estádio Adelino Ribeiro Novo until the 2003–04 season. From 2004–05 on, the team plays in the new Estádio Cidade de Barcelos. Estádio Adelino Ribeiro Novo is now used by the young squads of the club. The new stadium, with a capacity of 12,374, belongs to the municipality and received two UEFA Under-21 European Championship 2006 matches: Serbia and Montenegro 0–1 Germany and Portugal 0–2 Serbia and Montenegro .

In the 2005-06 Primeira Liga, Gil Vicente fielded an ineligible player being Angolan forward Mateus. Due to this Gil Vicente lost the right to participate in the 2006-07 Primeira Liga which as a result Belenenses remained in the league as a result of the Mateus Affair.[1] Gil Vicente were accused by the special sports instances that rule Portuguese football of illegally resorting to regular courts on the dispute of Mateus, according to Gil Vicente, illegal contract with his former employer, FC Lixa.[2]

Still convinced this is not a sports-related case but rather work-related, Gil Vicente continued in the courts. [3] Along with the relegation, they were also suspended from the Cup of Portugal for one season.[4] Two of the youth teams were also affected by this decision didn't play there respective league games.

Gil Vicente tried different colours in their kits. Initially, the shirts were red, then green and white with horizontal stripes. Later came yellow and red (colours of the town) and then blue. In the recent years, Gil Vicente alternates between red and blue. In May 2011 the club won its second major trophy the Liga de Honra on the last matchday in a record home attendance against CD Fátima in a 3–1 home win thus gaining promotion to the top flight. There key players for winning the championship were Hugo Vieira and Cape Verdean striker Zé Luís.


League and cup history

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup League Cup Notes
1989–90 2D 1 342257 512549 Round 5 Promoted
1990–91 1D 13 38111116 344633 Round 5
1991–92 1D 13 3411716 264229 Quarter-finals
1992–93 1D 9 3412715 344231 Round 4
1993–94 1D 10 34101113 274731 Round 4
1994–95 1D 13 3471314 304027 Round 4
1995–96 1D 12 349916 314936 Round 4
1996–97 1D 18 344723 297419 Round 4 Relegated
1997–98 2H 4 3416126 442360 Quarter-finals
1998–99 2H 1 342086 582468 Quarter-finals Promoted
1999–00 1D 5 3414119 483453 Quarter-finals
2000–01 1D 14 3410717 344137 Quarter-finals
2001–02 1D 12 3410816 425638 Round 4
2002–03 1D 8 3413516 425344 Round 5
2003–04 1D 12 34101014 434040 Round 4
2004–05 1D 13 3411716 344040 Round 4
2005–06 1D 12 3411716 374240 Round 4
2006–07 2H 12 301299 272736
2007–08 2H 4 3013116 433450 Quarter-finals Round 1
2008–09 2H 9 308148 363738 Quarter-finals Second Group Stage
2009–10 2H 10 3091110 363238 Round 4 First Group Stage
2010–11 2H 1 3015105 553855 Round 3 Second Group Stage Promoted
2011–12 1D 9 3081012 314234 Round 3 Runners-up
2012–13 1D 13 306717 315425 Quarter-finals Round 2
2013–14 1D 13 308715 233731

A. ^A Best league classification finish in the club's history.
B. ^B Despite finishing twelfth, the club was relegated due to fielding an ineligible player during the 2005–06 Primeira Liga season.
C. ^C The team at the start of the season was docked nine points due to its involvement in fielding an ineligible player in the previous season. The team was also suspended from the Taça de Portugal for one season.

Last updated: 17 July 2012
Div. = Division; 1D = Portuguese League; 2H = Liga de Honra; 2D = Portuguese Second Division
Pos. = Position; Pl = Match played; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Lost; GS = Goal Scored; GA = Goal Against; P = Points

Current squad

As of 1 February 2018.[5]

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 Rui Sacramento
3 DF Luiz Eduardo
4 DF Sandro Costa
6 MF Reko
7 MF Miguel Abreu
9 FW Dimba
10 FW Jonathan Rubio
11 FW Aldair
13 DF Vítor Tormena (on loan from São Paulo)
15 DF Rui Faria
17 FW João Vasco
18 MF Gaston Camara (on loan from Inter)
20 MF James Igbekeme
21 DF Henrique
No. Position Player
22 DF Luis Tinoco
24 DF Ricardinho
25 MF Kódjo Alphonse (on loan from Feirense)
27 MF André Fontes
31 MF Nuno Lopes
41 GK Rafa Pires
44 MF James Arthur
67 FW Frédéric Maciel
70 FW Alioune Fall
77 MF Eduardo Jumisse
86 MF Gonçalo Abreu
96 GK João Costa (on loan from Porto)
99 FW Rui Miguel

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
No. Position Player

Managerial history


  1. Esclarecimento (Clarification); FPF, 23 August 2006
  2. Caso Mateus (Mateus Case); FPF, 25 August 2006
  3. Caso Mateus (Mateus Case); FPF, 12 December 2007
  4. Gil Vicente suspenso (Gil Vicente suspended); FPF, 25 August 2006
  5. "Gil Vicente". Foradejogo. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
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