Varzim S.C.

Varzim S.C.

Football club infobox
clubname = Varzim S.C.

fullname = Varzim Sport Clube
nickname = "Lobos do mar"
(white and black)
"Poveiros"(people from Póvoa do Varzim)
founded = 1915
ground = Estádio do Varzim SC,
Póvoa de Varzim
capacity = 12000
chairman = José Manuel Lopes de Castro
manager = Diamantino Miranda
league = Liga de Honra
season = 2006-07
position = Liga de Honra, 7th

Varzim Sport Club (IPA2|vɐɾ'zĩ spɔɾ 'klub(ɨ)) is a Portuguese football (soccer) team. It was founded in 1915 and currently plays in the Liga de Honra - the second division of Portuguese football. It was founded in December 25 1915, under the name "Varzim Foot-Ball Club". The club usually plays with over 70% of players from the youth ranks.

tadium controversy

Varzim has its own stadium, near the beach, close to other sports equipments in the north zone of the town.

In 1999, the municipality approved construction rights for the terrain where it lays, and due to real estate speculation, it now has a huge value, between 20 and 29 million euros.

For years a new stadium was under debate, but a financial crisis made it urgent. Just by signing the contract-promise for selling the terrain, the club could have its debts paid and still have enough for a new stadium on another location. The new stadium would be next to the city park, where already a municipal stadium and training fields existed.

Initially, it was the board's intention to adapt the existing stadium at the city park to be able for professional football venues (increasing capacity and improving its facilities), thus having it serve the needs of both Varzim and the municipality.However, mayor Macedo Vieira stated that the existing stadium was not to be used by Varzim because it was not built with this purpose. The political opposition argued against this decision, stating that the use of the municipal stadium would prevent Varzim from having to buy terrain and build a new stadium from scratch, thus reducing the amount of construction to be allowed on the old stadium location, because its terrain could then be sold for much less.

The club was therefore forced to build a new stadium. The contract-promise was signed with a Portuguese-Spanish group in late 2006, with construction expected to begin during 2007.

League and Cup History

The club has a total of 21 presences at the top level of Portuguese football.

1D: Portuguese Liga and predecessors (1st level) 2H: Liga de Honra (2nd level)

2DN: Portuguese Second Division, Northern Zone (pre-1991: 2nd level: post-1992: 3rd level)

Current squad

"As of May 2, 2008

Notable players

*flagicon|Portugal Alexandre
*flagicon|Portugal Bruno Alves
*flagicon|Portugal Geraldo Alves
*flagicon|Portugal Hélder Postiga
*flagicon|Portugal Rui Barros
*flagicon|Angola Vata
*flagicon|Angola Paulo Figueiredo

External links

* [ Official website] (in Portuguese)

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