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Desportivo de Cova Figueira

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Full nameDesportivo de Cova Figueira
Nickname(s)Os Azues & Preto
FoundedJuly 22, 1996
GroundEstádio Monte Pelado
Cova Figueira Fogo Island
Cape Verde
OwnerDesportivo Group Lux
ManagerArmindo Lopes
LeagueFogo Island League

Desportivo De Cova Figueira Clube Futebol (Capeverdean Crioulo, ALUPEC or ALUPEK: Disportivu, São Vicente Crioulo: Dsportiv') is a football (soccer) club that plays in the Fogo Island League in Cape Verde, and it is based in Fogo. Founded by residents of Cova Figueira, it has won 4 titles since 1996. The team plays at Estádio Monte Pelado in Cova-Figueira.


Foundation and early history[edit]

On July 22 of 1996,[1] a meeting between young people and some players in the town of Cova Figueira decided to make a team of their own. So they created a team called Desportivo de Cova Figueira. Tadeu was named the first manager of Desportivo de Cova Figueira.

Their first game was played on September 2 of 1996 against Cutelinho FC. The team was not doing so good in the beginning of the tournament. They lost the 3–1 in favor of Cutelinho FC.


In February 2004, Joao Pedro da Veiga was named the next manager of Desportivo de Cova Figueira. In 2005, he signed the top Santiago defender Miguel to play alongside Moku.In 2007 he signed with Bachada Fluminense for 2 straight season. He returned to the club in the summer of 2009. During the 2005 pre-season, the team traveled to the United States to play 5 games. During that time, the Goalkeeper, "Manni" was assassinated by couple of thugs from Brockton, Ma. The funeral took place two weeks after. Manni's family was there in the US when this happened. The team flew back to Cova Figueira after the funeral.[citation needed]

In 2006, Joao Pedro signed some young players. Such as Virgiliu, Papazinho, Jair, Nene de Olimpia, & Valuka.

The season of 08/09 was not a very good season for the Figueirenses. Desportivo got in the 8th place of the F.L.C. (Fogo League Championship). Disportivo was about to go to 2nd division in the F.L.C.. Desportivo got the worst result of the history of the club in the season 08/09 in F.L.C.

2010 – Present[edit]

The new era started as "Desportivo" signed new and young talented footballers to the squad. On January 20 of 2010 they got their theme song. The song is called "Viva Desportivo" ("Long Live the Sport") by Nhelas and Amilcar. (after Amílcar Cabral) The team got many fans by the theme song. In June 2011, "Desportivo" won the league for the 4th time in its history. Again the club currently plays in the second division since their relegation in 2014.[2] In the last three seasons, the club failed to play above the group stage including their recent in 2017.

A good 2017-18 season Desportivo Cova Figueira is now enjoying in the Second Division, sixth straight, the club finished first in Group B which includes clubs from the east of the island, they finished with 22 points and will appear in the second stage, they have a chance to return to the Premier Division next season.


The club plays at Estádio Monte Pelado located south of the center in the southernmost part of the city, It holds about 5,000 people. Its Second Division matches were played there for some seasons.

Until April 2017, its matches were played at Estadio 5 de Julho in the capital of Fogo São Filipe.


Created in 2004, the team crest is round with a blue fish in the middle of the crest. The old crest was a blue circle with a face of the Coat of Arms of Cova Figueria. The previous stadium that the team played in was called Estadio Olimpico do Fogo and could hold about 2789 to 3890 people.


Its uniform colors has a blue t-shirt and shorts with white stripes on its sleeves and shorts and white socks with blue stripes during home matches. Its away/alternate color are white clothing with blue stripes on its sleeves and socks.

Its former colors had a blue t-shirt with black shorts and socks, each with a white stripes for home matches and its away/alternate color had a white t-shirt and shorts with three striped thin lines on its sleeve rims and stripes on its shorts and had black socks.


Secondary achievements[edit]

1997, 2003, 2009

Season to season[edit]


  • Best position: 2nd (regional)
  • Appearances at the regional championships: 21
    • First/Premier Division: 12
    • Second Division: 9

Retired numbers[edit]

  • Cape Verde Manni – 12 : Got assassinated in a trip to U.S.A during the 2005 Summer Vacation.


Current squad[edit]

  • As of 18 August 2017

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

No. Position Player
1 Cape Verde GK Raul
2 Cape Verde DF Catio Monteiro
3 Cape Verde DF Papazinho
4 Cape Verde DF Maduenno
5 Cape Verde DF Marcelo
7 Cape Verde FW Jair
8 Cape Verde FW Samuel (captain)
10 Cape Verde MF Rui Lopes
11 Cape Verde MF Salvador
No. Position Player
14 Cape Verde DF Sanize Fernandes
15 Cape Verde DF Miguel
17 Cape Verde MF Nene
18 Cape Verde MF Kamanne
19 Cape Verde GK Tonni
21 Cape Verde MF Sao Joao

Former players[edit]

Player of the year (1996–present)[edit]

Year Winner
1996 Cape Verde Ciciliu
1997 Cape Verde Sheu
1998 Cape Verde Sheu
1999 Cape Verde Tadeu
2000 Cape Verde Euclides
2001 Cape Verde Juviano
2002 Cape Verde Lio'
2003 Cape Verde Orlando
2004 Cape Verde Moku
2005 Cape Verde Juviano
2006 Cape Verde Juviano
2007 Cape Verde Nene
2008 Cape Verde Frankilin
2009 Cape Verde Klaudio
2010 Cape Verde Nene
2011 Cape Verde Nene
2012 Cape Verde Frankilin

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
First Team Coach Cape Verde Joao Pedro da Viega
Assistant First Team Coach Cape Verde Nhonho Juaquina
Assistant First Team Coach Cape Verde Tadeu
Goalkeeping Coach Cape Verde Christianny

Chairmen history[edit]

  • Cape Verde Manuel Andrade
  • Cape Verde Aquileu Goncalves (in 2013)
  • Cape Verde Joao Fontes
  • Cape Verde Eurico Fernandes Fontes
  • Cape Verde Fernando Fernandes Fontes (in 2011, in 2014)
  • Portugal Joao Pires
  • Spain Xavi Hernandezz Cabral
  • Spain Juan Lapporda

Managerial history[edit]

Name Nationality From To
Tadeu  Cape Verde
Christianny  Cape Verde
Fausto Fontes  Cape Verde
Almara  Cape Verde in 2010 2013
João Pedro Miranda  Cape Verde around 2013 around 2015
João Pedro da Veiga  Cape Verde around 2015 around 2017
Armindo Lopes since 2017


  1. List of dates of foundation of clubs in Cape Verde at
  2. "Fogo Island League: 2014/15 Second Division Football (Soccer) Season Begins in October". Criolosport (in português). 4 October 2014.

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