|Full name||Sport Clube Beira-Mar|
|Ground||Estádio Mário Duarte|
|League||Aveiro FA First Division|
|2018–19||Aveiro FA First Division, 1st|
Sport Clube Beira-Mar (Portuguese pronunciation: [sɨˈpɔɾ ˈklub(ɨ) ˈbɐjɾɐ ˈmaɾ]) is a Portuguese sports club based in Aveiro, Portugal. Its football team currently plays in the Aveiro FA First Division and holds home games at Estádio Mário Duarte. The club also has futsal, basketball, boxing, judo, handball, billiards, athletics, and paintball departments.
Famous Portuguese players who have represented the club include Eusébio, António Veloso, and António Sousa. All three players have regularly been chosen for the Portugal national team and have played for the biggest clubs in the country—the former two with Benfica and the latter with both Porto and Sporting CP. After becoming a manager, Sousa also coached the team, guiding it to win the 1999 Taça de Portugal.
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Beira-Mar was founded on 1 January 1922. It first reached the top division in 1961, only lasting one season. Until 1980, it made several appearances in the top flight, with the longest spell being from 1971 to 1974. In the 1976–77 campaign, former S.L. Benfica and Portugal legend Eusébio signed up to play for Beira-Mar, requesting to be excluded in any matches against S.L. Benfica. Injuries prevented him from being fielded regularly, and the campaign ended in relegation.
Beira-Mar returned to the top flight in 1988 and spent most of the following years in the top division. In 1999, eight years after being runners-up, the club again reached the final and defeated S.C. Campomaiorense to win the Taça de Portugal. Beira-Mar won the match 1–0 with a goal from Ricardo Sousa, son of coach António Sousa, who played for the club in the 1970s. The team was relegated at season's end.
As the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was discontinued in 1999, Beira-Mar participated in the 1999–2000 UEFA Cup, losing 1–2 on aggregate to Dutch club Vitesse. In the domestic league, the club finished in second in the second division, immediately returning to the top flight. On 23 February 2002, Beira-Mar achieved a 3–2 away win against Porto, which was managed by a young José Mourinho; it would be his last home defeat in the following decade.
In 2006, former European Golden Shoe winner Mário Jardel returned to Portugal to play for Beira-Mar, signing a one-year contract. The Brazilian scored in his official debut, a 2–2 home draw against Desportivo das Aves, but gradually lost his importance in the team and later transferred to a club in Cyprus. Beira-Mar was relegated in a campaign that included the sacking of manager Carlos Carvalhal, who was replaced by Spaniard Francisco Soler after the team signed a deal with Inverfutbol, a Spanish-based sporting company.
In 2010, Beira-Mar finished the season as champions and returned to the top division after a three-year absence. In 2013, the team was relegated to the second division for finishing in last place. In 2015, Beira-Mar was demoted to the second-lowest league of the Aveiro district (Associação de Futebol de Aveiro) in the fifth overall level despite finishing tenth. Due to financial difficulties and debt, the club was ineligible to participate in national competitions.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
League and cup history
- Winners (1): 1998–99
- Winners (3): 1960–61, 1964–65, 1970–71
- Winners (1): 1958–59
- Winners (1): 1964–65
- Winners (3): 1928–29, 1937–38, 2018–19
- Winners (3): 1948–49, 1955–56, 1958–59
- Winners (1): 2017–18
- Winners (1): 2019
Note: this list includes players who have played at least 100 league games and/or have reached international status.
- Jose Mourinho's unbeaten home run ends; BBC Sport, 2 April 2011
- Beira-Mar: Carvalhal despedido para dar lugar a Paco Soler (Beira-Mar: Carvalhal sacked to make way for Paco Soler); Portal d'Aveiro, 9 January 2007 (in Portuguese)
- "Atlético convidado a substituir o Beira-Mar" [Atlético invited to replace Beira-Mar]. ojogo.pt (in Portuguese). 29 June 2015. Archived from the original on 1 July 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
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