Vitória Setúbal

Founded In
Setúbal, Portugal

About Vitória Setúbal

Vitória Futebol Clube, commonly known as Vitória Setúbal, was first established back in 1910 under the name Sport Victoria. The team is based in the city of Setúbal and emerged after the closure of a small club called Bonfim FC. The club's biggest rivals are Vitória de Guimarães, with much of the rivalry based on who is the true 'Vitória'.

The 1973-74 season is often seen as the club's biggest near-miss. Under the management of José Maria Pedroto, Vitória Setúbal challenged giants Benifca and Sporting for the league title. In the end, the club finished in 3rd place, four points behind the eventual league winners, Sporting. However, José Maria Pedroto had left the club mid-way through the season and many supporters cling to the belief that the team would have won their first national league title if he had remained at the helm for the duration of the season.

Despite this near-miss, the club has achieved significant domestic success over the years. In the 1960s, in particular, the club was consistently challenging for top honours and lifted the Portuguese Cup in both the 1964–65 and 1966–67 seasons. A third success would follow in 2004-05. In the aftermath of that victory, Vitória Setúbal contested the 2005 Iberian Cup with Spanish Cup winners Real Betis. Vitória Setúbal emerged victorious, winning the match 2-1. In 2007-08 the club achieved another domestic success, lifting the Taça da Liga after beating Sporting on penalties. The team's highest ever league finish was a 2nd place finish in 1971-72.

Amongst the most notable players to have played for the club are names like José Torres, Vítor Baptista, Jacinto João, Paulo Ferreira and Ricardo Carvalho.

Vitória Setúbal play their home matches at the Estádio do Bonfim. The stadium was built in 1962, has been used for several Portuguese national team matches and is able to hold a maximum of 18,694 supporters.   

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