Nacional

Founded In
1910
Location
Funchal (Ilha da Madeira), Portugal

Nacional

About Nacional

Clube Desportivo Nacional, sometimes referred to as Nacional da Madeira and more commonly known by the name Nacional, was first established on the island of Madeira back in 1910. The team is perceived as one of the two biggest clubs from the island.

Nacional have a strong rivalry with the other major Madeira-based club, Marítimo. The two teams contest the Madeira Derby and a large part of the rivalry has been based around social status. Nacional's fans have traditionally been seen to be the richer members of society, while Marítimo have tended to attract a more working-class fanbase. This has led to great tension between the two sides.

Although major silverware has been beyond the club's reach thus far, Nacional have recently emerged as contenders for the country's main honours. The 2003-04 season saw the club finished in 4th place, ahead of their main rivals. In doing so, they gained entry into the UEFA Cup. This accomplishment was repeated once again in the 2008-09 season. For much of the club's history, Nacional played regionally, away from the main Portuguese teams. In total, they were crowned Champions of Madeira on eight occasions.

By far the most successful product of the team's academy has been Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo, who played for the youth team from 1995 to 1997. The club has since named a campus in the academy after the star. Some of the other notable players to have played for Nacional over the years include names like Costinha, Fábio Coentrão, Nenê, Adriano and Bruno Patacas. The club's record goal scorer is Brazilian stiker Serginho.

Nacional currently play their home matches at the Estádio da Madeira, which is often referred to as the Choupana. Originally, the stadium opened with around 2,000 seats. In 2007, the stadium underwent a €20million renovation, which eventually brought the ground's capacity up to 5,132.