Paços de Ferreira

Founded In
Paços de Ferreira, Portugal

About Paços de Ferreira

Futebol Clube Paços de Ferreira was founded as a professional team in 1950, although the club's roots date back to the formation of Sport Club Pacense in the 1930s. Sport Club Pacense remained an amateur team until 1950, when they appeared in the lower tiers of the Portuguese league system.

Paços de Ferreira first established themselves as a Primeira Liga side during the 1990s, but subsequently bounced between the first and second tiers. At the conclusion of the 2006-07 season, a season in which they achieved victories over a number of top sides, the club finished in 6th place and qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time. The following season, 2007-08 was significantly less successful and the team finished in 15th place. In most seasons, this would have resulted in the team being relegated once again. However, Boavista FC were relegated instead as a result of a match-fixing scandal.

Aside from the team's three Segunda Liga wins, major success has alluded Paços de Ferreira. However, the club has started to compete for the top domestic honours in recent times. In 2008-09, they were runners up in the Portuguese Cup, losing 1-0 to FC Porto in the final. As a result of finishing as runners up, the club was once again placed into European competition, gaining entry to the qualification rounds of the UEFA Europa League. Two seasons later, in 2010-11, Paços de Ferreira reached the final of the League Cup, but lost 2-1 to Benfica.

Amongst the more notable players to have worn the Paços de Ferreira shirt over the years are names like Marco Ferreira, Vitorino Antunes and Luisinho.

Since 1973, Paços de Ferreira have played their home matches at the Estádio da Mata Real. The stadium is amongst the smallest in the Primeira Liga, with a maximum capacity of 5,255.   

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