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SC Braga

SC Braga
The magnificent Estádio Municipal is carved out of a quarry ©Getty Images

SC Braga


Formed: 1921
Nickname: Arsenalistas (Braga share colours with Arsenal FC)

UEFA club competition honours
• Intertoto Cup: 2008

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
• Portuguese Cup: 1 (1966)

• Founded on 19 January 1921 by a group of young men and students, Braga's first chairman was João Gomes, with the new club adopting the city's coat of arms, featuring a Virgin and Child; many fans believe that the Virgin Mary brings the club luck.

• After more than two decades in the lower divisions, Braga finally played a first season in Portugal's highest league in 1947/48 having spent the previous 12 seasons in the second tier. In 1950 they were able to move from the state-owned Quinta Mitra ground to their own Estádio 1º de Maio, their home until 30 December 2003.

• Braga won their only major honour to date in 1966, a goal from Argentinian striker Miguel Ángel Perrichon giving them a 1-0 Portuguese Cup final win against Setubal-based Vitória FC; that success allowed Manuel Palmeira's side to represent Braga in Europe for the first time, reaching the second round of the 1966/67 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

• A steady presence in the top division since 1975, Braga were losing cup finalists in 1976/77 and 1981/82, and made occasional forays into Europe. However, their stock rose considerably following their move to the Estádio Municipal in 2003, with three successive fourth-placed Liga finishes from 2004/05 to 2006/07, and the Arsenalistas were one of the winners of the 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup.

• Braga reached a new high under Domingos Paciência in 2009/10 with a runners-up finish in the league – their best ever – handing them a chance in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round; the 2010/11 campaign marked their seventh successive season in European club competition.

Club records
Most appearances: José Nuno Azevedo 275 (league only)
Most goals: Chico Gordo 59 (league only)
Record victory: 7-0 on four occasions, most recently at home against GD Matrena (Portuguese Cup second round 1977/78)
Record defeat: FC Porto 10-1 Braga (Portuguese Cup first round 1951/52)

* Last updated 31 December 2010

Last updated: 29/06/11 11.47CET


Club record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    13/09/1978, Braga 5-0 Hibernians, Braga
  • Biggest defeat:
    15/09/2010, Arsenal 6-0 Braga, London
    03/10/1984, Tottenham 6-0 Braga, London
  • Appearances in UEFA Champions League:  2
  • Appearances in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup:  3
  • Appearances in UEFA Europa League:  12
  • Appearances in UEFA Intertoto Cup:  1
  • Player with most UEFA appearances: 52
    Alan (  BRA)
  • Top scorers in UEFA club competitions: 10
    Alan (  BRA)
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