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FC Porto

FC Porto Information

Address:   Torre das Antas - 4350-158 Porto
Telephone: 22-5570400
Fax: 22-5070498
Founded: 1893
Stadium: Estádio do Dragão
Website: www.fcporto.pt
   
 

FC Porto History

Futebol Clube do Porto (short: FC Porto, FCP) is a Portuguese sports club, best known for its football section. It was founded in 1893 by António Nicolau de Almeida in Porto.

The football home ground is now the Estádio do Dragão (finished in 2004 as a venue for Euro 2004) after 51 years playing in the Estádio das Antas. Porto is currently the second club in the Portuguese overall championship, just second to SL Benfica. Porto won the Champions League twice (one still as the ECC) and the UEFA Cup once. It was the first team since the Liverpool FC 75-77 squad to win the Champions League after winning the UEFA Cup.

FC Porto is also a leading force in other sports: the handball and basketball team are regular contenders to the Portuguese national titles, and the rink hockey section is amongst the best in the sport. The new arena near the stadium will be completed soon; in past years the non-professional home grounds were scattered in northwestern cities of Portugal (such as Gondomar and Espinho). Commercially, FC Porto has several stores called Loja Azul (Blue Store) scattered around Porto including two used with official supplier Nike and edits one of the older club related publications in Europe, a monthly 60-page full colour magazine called Dragões (Dragons) since the early 80's.

Porto supporters and players are often called the dragões (the dragons), though the term the Andrades is also popular after a family with that named sponsored the club for several years. However, since the eighties, it is seen as somewhat derogatory.

FC Porto was originally founded in 1893, but was abandoned until 1906 when Monteiro da Costa revived the club. In the following years it became one of the most important clubs in Portugal, but lacking to Lisbon rivals SL Benfica, Sporting and even Belenenses, yet still going on to win the first two Portuguese championships. Only four titles followed until the beginning of the 80's.

In 1982 Pinto da Costa took control of Porto. The next decades turned what was the fourth team in the overall history of Portuguese football into the biggest title cruncher of the past 20 years. Since 1982, Porto has won 13 titles, achieving the record Penta (five leagues in a row) in 1999, eight Portuguese cups, and has a majority of Supercups, having won 14 out of a possible 26.

When Pinto da Costa joined as president, Porto was the only club from the "big three" without European honours, but that quickly changed. The first final was played against Juventus for the 1984 Cup Winners' Cup, but Porto lost. Three years later, the team led by Artur Jorge, the name hand-picked by Pedroto, won its first European honour, in a thrilling 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich. The following year Porto won the European Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup, making them the first Portuguese winners of the two cups. The following 16 years saw Porto as a midrange team - often in the final 16, but not progressing further. The exception was in 1994, when Porto reached the semi-finals of the Champions League. The semi-final, decided on a single game, resulted in an heavy loss (3-0) at the hands of Johann Cruyff's FC Barcelona, in the Nou Camp.

In 2003, under the guidance of José Mourinho, Porto made a thrilling UEFA Cup run, topped with a victory in a fantastic final against Celtic Glasgow. The following season meant a higher challenge, but despite a slow start which included a 1-3 loss against Real Madrid, Porto never lost again in the Champions League, relegating O. Marseille to the UEFA Cup (where they reached the final), Manchester United at the Old Trafford in the dying minutes of play, O. Lyon and Depor, becoming the first team to win the competition outside the Big 5 since Ajax in 1995.

After the victory, Porto became the Portuguese side with the most European cups won - 2 CL/ECC plus a UEFA Cup, compared with the two ECC by Benfica and the one CWC by Sporting.

Also, December 12, 2004, FC Porto won the last-held Intercontinental Cup, by beating Once Caldas from Colombia at an impressive 8-7 after penalty shoot-out.

Porto's importance in the modern football panorama is also widely acknowledged, being one of the founding members of G-14.
 

FC Porto Honours, Trophies & Awards

  • European Cup/Champions' League: 2
    • 1986/87
      • Final: FC Porto 2 - 1 Bayern Munich (at Vienna, Austria)
    • 2003/04
      • Final: FC Porto 3 - 0 AS Monaco (at Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen, Germany)
  • European Super Cup: 1
    • 1986/87
      • Ajax 0 - 1 FC Porto
      • FC Porto 1 - 0 Ajax
    • 2003
      • AC Milan 1 - FC Porto 0 (at Monaco)
    • 2004
      • FC Porto 1 - 2 Valencia, (at Monaco)
  • Intercontinental Cup: 2
    • 1987
      • FC Porto 2 - 1 Peñarol (aet)
    • 2004
      • FC Porto 0 - 0 Once Caldas (8-7 on penalties)
  • UEFA Cup: 1
    • 2002/03
      • Final: FC Porto 3 - 2 Celtic (aet) (at Seville, Spain)
This was the first match ever decided under UEFA's new silver goal rule.
  • Cup Winners' Cup: none
    • 1983/84
      • Final: FC Porto 1 - 2 Juventus (at Basel, Switzerland)
  • Portuguese Championship: 4
    • 1921/22; 1924/25; 1931/32; 1936/37
  • Portuguese First League Championship: 1
    • 1934/35
  • Portuguese First Division Championship (Current SuperLiga): 19
    • 1938/39; 1939/40; 1955/56; 1958/59; 1977/78; 1978/79; 1984/85; 1985/86; 1987/88; 1989/90; 1991/92; 1992/93; 1994/95; 1995/96; 1996/97; 1997/98; 1998/99; 2002/03, 2003/04
  • Portuguese Cup: 12
    • 1955/56; 1957/58; 1967/68; 1976/77; 1983/84; 1987/88; 1990/91; 1993/94; 1997/98; 1999/00; 2000/01; 2002/03
  • Portuguese Super Cup "Cândido de Oliveira": 14
    • 1980/81; 1982/83; 1983/84; 1985/86; 1989/90; 1990/91; 1992/93; 1993/94; 1995/96; 1997/98; 1998/99; 2000/01; 2002/03; 2003/04.

Other Trophies

  • Juan Gamper Tournament - Barcelona, Spain
    • 1987
      • FC Porto 2 - 1 FC Barcelona
      • FC Porto 2 - 0 Bayern Munich
  • Viareggio Tournament - Viareggio, Italy
    • 1989
      • FC Porto 1 - 1 Inter Milan
      • FC Porto 1 - 1 Fiorentina (Porto won on penalties)
  • Teresa Herrera Cup - Coruña, Spain
    • 1991
      • FC Porto 2 - 1 Real Madrid
      • FC Porto 1 - 0 Deportivo de La Coruña
  • "Ciudad de Sevilla" Tournament - Seville, Spain
    • 1992
      • FC Porto 2 - 0 Sevilla FC
      • FC Porto 2 - 2 Atlético Madrid
      • FC Porto 2 - 0 Betis (Final)
  • Centennial Cup - Porto, Portugal
    • 1993
      • FC Porto 3 - 1 Cruzeiro
  • Thailand Premier Cup - Bangkok, Thailand
    • 1997
      • FC Porto 2 - 1 Inter Milan
      • FC Porto 4 - 2 Boca Juniors (After penalties)
 

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