Founded In
Olhão, Portugal


About Olhanense

Sporting Clube Olhanense was founded in the Algarve region of Portugal in April 1912. The team is part of a larger sports club, which also competes in basketball, cycling and boxing competitions. The football team's biggest rivals are Portimonense SC, with the two teams battling to become the dominant club from the region. At present, that status belongs to Olhanense.

The 1940s represented a golden era for the club, with Olhanense maintaining a consistent position in the top flight of Portuguese football. The club's best league performance during this time came in 1945-46, with Olhanense ending the season in 4th place. In 1951, the club was relegated from the top tier after a ten-year stay, bringing the team's golden era to a close.

In 1923-24, the club achieved its biggest success to date, winning the Campeonato de Portugal. The competition, a knockout competition designed by the Portuguese Football Federation, was intended to crown the national 'Champions of Portugal' and was considered the most prestigious national trophy of the time. Olhanense overcame FC Porto 4-2 in the final, which was held in Lisbon. In 1944–45, Olhanense reached another major final, this time in the Portuguese Cup. Unfortunately, on this occasion, the team ended up as runners up.

Amongst the more notable players to have played for Olhanense over the years are Ghanaian international striker, Moses Sakyi; former Portugual under-21 international Paulo Ribeiro and the former youth international defender, Steven Vitória.

Olhanense currently play their home matches at the Estádio José Arcanjo, which was first opened back in 1984. The ground's opening was marked with a match against the club's rivals, Portimonense. In 2009, the stadium under went renovations ahead of Olhanense's return to the Primeira Liga. At present, the ground is able to hold a maximum of 11,622 spectators.