Marítimo

Marítimo

About Marítimo

Club Sport Marítimo, usually known as Marítimo, was first established in September 1910. The football team is part of a wider sports club, which competes in a variety of sports, including athletics and volleyball. The football team is considered one of the more prominent in Portugal, with supporters across the country and throughout the Portuguese-speaking world, including Brazil and Angola. The club's biggest rivals include Nacional and União.

Historically, Marítimo dominated regional football in Madeira since the club's foundation. After the establishment of the Primeira Liga in 1933, Portuguese island clubs were not allowed to compete in the national league system, so Marítimo continued to compete regionally until a rule change in 1973. From 1916 up until this rule change, the club amassed a haul of thirty-six Madeira Championships. At the end of the 1976-77 season, the team won the Portuguese second division and gained promotion to the top flight.

The club's biggest major honour came in 1926, when Marítimo won the Championship of Portugal, a knockout competition contested by the winners of the country's regional divisions. To date, Marítimo have been present in the top flight of Portuguese football for more than thirty seasons in total. In 1995, the team reached the final of the Portuguese Cup, where they eventually lost to Sporting. Then, in 2001, the club made a second trip to the final of the competition, on this occasion losing out to FC Porto.

Throughout the years, some major names have played for the club, with notable examples including the Portuguese national team players Danny, Pepe, Jorge Costa and Nuno Valente.

Marítimo currently play their home matches at the Estádio dos Barreiros, which is able to hold a maximum of 8,922 spectators. Since 2006, the club has been planning to move to a new stadium and in 2007, a plan was put in place to reconstruct the current ground in order for it to hold around 10,000 fans.