Gil Vicente

Founded In
Barcelos, Portugal

Gil Vicente

About Gil Vicente

Gil Vicente Futebol Clube was established in the Barcelos Municipality in May 1924. Initially going by the name Gil Vicente Football Barcelense, the club's name derives from the playwright Gil Vicente, who is considered one of the great figures in Portuguese literature. The team's founders opted for the name because they played football near a theatre named after Vicente. Gil Vicente made their first appearance in the top flight in 1990.

The 2005-06 season ended in disaster for the team. Gil Vicente, playing in the Primeira Liga, fielded an ineligible player during the season; the Angolan international striker, Mateus. A court found that Mateus had been illegally registered by the club. Gil Vicente argued that the illegal registration was not related to sport and instead was work-related. However, the courts ruled against them. The Mateus affair, as it was known, eventually led to severe punishment for Gil Vicente. Despite finishing the league season in 12th place, the club was relegated to the second tier and was suspended from the Taça de Portugal for one year.

Major national success has alluded Gil Vicente to date. The team did win the Segunda Liga in both the 1998–99 and 2010–11 seasons in order to gain promotion. In 2011-12, the club reached the final of the Taça da Liga, their first appearance in the final of any major cup competition. Unfortunately, they lost the match 2-1 to Benfica.

Some of the more notable players to have represented the club include Portuguese international midfielder, Petit, as well as Hugo Vieira, who significantly contributed to their promotion back to the top flight in 2011. Another midfielder for the national team, Hugo Viana, is a product of the Gil Vicente youth team.

Since 2004, the club has played its home matches at the Estádio Cidade de Barcelos. The stadium is ranked Category C by UEFA and is able to hold up to 12,504 supporters.