Founded In
Estoril, Portugal


About Estoril

Grupo Desportivo Estoril Praia, known simply as Estoril, were established in May 1939. The team is part of a wider sports club, which also competes in basketball and futsal. Historically, the football team has bounced between the divisions, suffering several relegations but also achieving many promotions.

The 1943-44 seasons was significant in the history of the club, with Estoril reaching the final of the Taça de Portugal. On their way to the final, Estoril, a second divsion side at the time, beat a number of teams higher up the league system, including Vitória Guimarães and FC Porto. However, in the final, they came up against Benfica. The difference in quality between the two sides was apparent from the start and the match ended in an 8-0 defeat for Estoril.

Major honours have been beyond the club's reach to date, although the club has come close. In 1977, the team reached the final of the Portuguese Football Federation Cup. It was the only year the competition was contested and Estoril managed to win a preliminary group, which contained traditional giants Sporting and Benfica. In the final of the tournament, Estoril were eventually beaten by Braga. Over the years, Estoril have won lower divisions in the country, including Segunda Liga wins in 2003–04 and 2011–12. The team's best performance in the top flight came during the 1947–48 season, with Estoril finishing in 4th place.

A string of Portuguese international players have represented the team over the years, with some of the more notable examples including Carlos Manuel, Pauleta, Luís Carlos and Paulo Ferreira.

Estoril currently play their home matches at the Estádio António Coimbra da Mota. The ground was used as the main training facility for the Swedish national team during the 2004 European Championships. At present, the stadium is able to hold a maximum of 8,000 spectators.