F.C. Tirsense

F.C. Tirsense
Full name Futebol Clube Tirsense
Founded 1938
Ground Abel Alves de Figueiredo, Santo Tirso
Ground Capacity 12,000
Chairman Fernando Matos
Manager Toni Pereira
League Portuguese Second Division Serie A
2011/12 Portuguese Second Division Serie A – "Zona Norte", 7th
Website Club home page

Futebol Clube Tirsense, commonly known as just Tirsense, is a Portuguese football club from Santo Tirso, founded in January 5, 1938. They currently play in the Portuguese Second Division Serie A and finished last season in 2nd place, but lost in the playoffs in the 2007–08 season. They currently play their home games in Abel Alves de Figueiredo with a capacity of 12,000 spectators. Their current chairman is Vítor Carvalho and their manager is Joaquim Machado.


The club's finest hour came without doubt in 1948–49 when, under the management of Artur Pinga, they knocked the all-conquering Sporting Clube de Portugal side of the "Five Violins" out of the Portuguese Cup with a 2–1 victory. In 1994–95, they finished eighth (one win away from a UEFA Cup position) in the First Division, their highest-ever position. The following year, however, they were relegated, in the first of four consecutive demotions, dropping from the main championship in 1996 to the regional championships in 1999. The following year, the club was promoted to the Third Division. In spite of this, Tirsense has a usual attendance of 1,500 to 2,000, among the best in Portuguese non-professional championships. Assuming an amateur status since 2004, the club is making a successful task honouring debts, and aspires to make a comeback to the top in a near future. Marcelo (who later played in England), along with Emerson Thome (better known in Portugal as Paredão), and Everton Giovanella (Celta de Vigo), are the most internationally known former club players. Recent names like Caetano, Rui Manuel, or Batista are also well remembered by the fans. From the more distant years, António Luís and Festa (former Portuguese international) are some of the most sounding names. Tirsense is currently coached by Joaquim Machado, who at his first season at the club as head coach (2006–07), managed to promote Tirsense to the Second Division, where the club currently competes in its Serie A.

League and cup history

Season I II III IV V Pts. Pl. W L T GS GA Diff. Portuguese Cup
1967–681315 pts2655161753−36
1969–70138 pts2617455026+24
1970–71920 pts2668122645−19
1971–721619 pts3067172866−38
1989–90930 pts34716112132−11
1990–911633 pts381013153950−11
1991–92345 pts34161353114+17
1992–931628 pts34108162737−10
1993–94146 pts34171254223+19
1994–95834 pts34146143534+1
1995–961831 pts34710173054−24
1996–971830 pts3486202551−26
1997–981817 pts3445252673−47
2003–04950 pts341551446460
2004–051050 pts34148124030+10
2005–06648 pts32146124641+5
2006–07250 pts2615563725+12
2007–08250 pts2615563725+12
2008–09238 pts2210843123+9

Total game history

Former international footballers

The following footballers have been playing for their national football team while playing for Tirsense:

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Portugal GK Hélder Ribeiro
3 Portugal DF Serginho
4 Portugal MF Hugo Cruz
5 Portugal DF Hélder Rocha
6 Portugal DF Paulo Sampaio
7 Portugal MF Marco Louçano
8 Portugal MF Veloso
9 Portugal FW Hugo Oliveira
10 Portugal MF Flávio Ígor
11 Portugal FW Vítor Hugo
13 Portugal GK Pedro Albergaria
14 Portugal MF João Pedro
15 Portugal MF Pedro Fontes
No. Position Player
16 Portugal MF Vítor Hugo
17 Portugal DF Barroso
18 Portugal MF Fonseca
19 Portugal GK Sérgio
20 Portugal MF Ricardo Rocha
21 Portugal FW Correia
22 Portugal DF Queirós
23 Portugal DF Zé Manuel
25 Portugal FW Manuel Luís
26 Portugal DF Vilaça
29 Portugal MF Pedro Pinto
38 Portugal GK Hugo Marques
40 Andorra DF Pedro Brás André




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