Estreia nas competições europeias, com a participação da equipa sub-19 na Youth League



Conquista do título de campeão nacional da I Divisão de sub-19



Back to Liga I 25 years after their last appearance in the top flight



Year of return to professional competitions with 6th place and a full stadium.



Promotion and return to the professional leagues.

Quarter-final of the Portuguese Cup, once again against Sporting, this time in Alvalade with 3,000 fans.



Promotion to Division II B



Return to the National Division III



Relegation to the district championship of AF Braga



After a spell in the regional championships and 3rd Division, the club returns to the 2nd Division.



Once again in the quarter-finals of the Portuguese Cup and once again against Sporting.



In the 2nd Division, Famalicão would play in the fourth round of the Portuguese Cup at the Antas Stadium. The club was only eliminated in extra time.



Famalicão remains in the 1st Division, and the passion of Vila Nova is expressed with a full stadium for every game.



The Club returns to the 1st Division in an act of justice and with the city ecstatic.



After a decade, Famalicão is once again national champion and moves up to the 1st League.



In the 2nd Division, with many players who made history in Portuguese football, Famalicão is a ‘mid table’ team…



The Club marks its Golden Jubilee with a new main office and the purchase of a bus for the football team.

The team competes in the National Championship in the 2nd Division



One year in the 1st Division but the team cannot stay up.

Reaches the quarter-finals of the Portuguese Cup, being knocked out by Sporting in Alvalade.



National Champion of the 2nd Division and promotion to League 1.



The club’s board of directors once again do their best efforts for the team and dreams of reaching the 1st Division.



The club ends the championship in 6th place, in a season of great enthusiasm.



In the 2nd Division, Famalicão maintains its passion for the club which fills stadiums where it plays.



These seasons are spent in the 2nd Division, some better than others, and with varying degrees of difficulty, FC Famalicão keeps itself in this league.



In the 1962-63 season Jonas Szabo returns and the club returns to the 2nd National Division. The rise is effusively celebrated, as can be seen on the first page of a pull-out section published in the Jornal de Famalicão newspaper and in a unique magazine – O Famalicão, published on 29 June 1963. The game that seals FC Famalicão’s return to the 2nd National Division is in Guimarães, at the Amorosa ground, with a victory over FC Tirsense in a ‘grand final’ where Carneiro’s goal leads to celebrations throughout the Vila.



From 1960 onwards the club showed signs of recovery, both in terms of its sporting level as well as the support from the mass of supporters, with members renewing their membership. The accounts report for the season highlights that “the financial situation is very healthy”. At the end of the sporting season it is crowned with the title of winner of the regional First Division. The Club is once again in the National Championships.



Now at the Bargos Ground in the 1952/53 and 1953/54 seasons, FC Famalicão competes in the 2nd national division. This last season, with the readjustment of the competitive leagues and after a championship where the results are not appropriate for “a stadium of one of the largest nationally”, FC Famalicão ends up going down to the 3rd Division.



The following years are difficult, spent between the National 3rd Division and the regional championships. Chairpersons and boards of directors follow on from one another. Despite everything the difficulties are overcome due to actions of support around the city.

Illustrative image of an initiative held in December 1958 at the Olimpia cinema.


Inauguration of the Ground then known as Campo dos Bargos

A historic milestone with the inauguration of the Ground then known as Campo dos Bargos, today known as the Famalicão Municipal Stadium, which becomes the location for FC Famalicão’s official games. Since 21 September 1952.


1950/51 – Freião Ground banned

This is a difficult season that FC Famalicão passes through, with the Freião Ground banned following a game against Leixões. The team plays its “home” matches in Gaia, Braga and Santo Tirso until works were completed on the Reguladora ground, a fallback solution following the ban…


Construction of the Bargos Ground

With FC Famalicão in the 2nd Division, construction of the Campo dos Bargos Ground begins. The photo shows the Futebol Clube de Famalicão squad of that year still at the Freião Ground.


1947/48 – Minho Cup

Back to the 2nd Division North Area FC Famalicão that season wins the Minho Cup. It is also in this year that numbering on the back of the shirts is announced, with FC Famalicão being the first club from the North to use the numbers 1 to 11 on its shirts.


1945/46 – Semi-finals of the Portugal Cup. Another remarkable moment.

The excellent run in the 2nd Division is matched in the Portuguese Cup, with FC Famalicão being dubbed the “Giantkillers” by eliminating Elvas and Olhanense, two 1st Division teams, before reaching the semi-finals against Sporting CP, at the time the dominant force in Portuguese football, with their “5 violins”. And it is only against this Sporting that FC Famalicão is defeated… 11-0 is a heavy defeat but a moment unmatched so far with that presence in the semi-finals of the Cup.


1946/47 – First time in the 1st Division

Benfica, Belenenses, Sporting, Olhanense, Atlético, FC Porto, Vitória de Guimarães, Vitória de Setúbal, Elvas, Académica, Estoril, Sanjoanense, Boavista and FC Famalicão. These are the teams that throughout the season compete at the premier level of Portuguese football. FC Famalicão moved to the Freião Ground and there are reports that around 5000 fans watched the 1-1 draw against Vitória de Guimarães. In this first season the result that has stayed in the memory is the victory over FC Porto, the intense game with Sporting with their “5 Violins” and a record of 7 wins, 3 draws and 16 defeats… It was a troubled year that ended in penultimate place with 17 points, three less than Vitória de Setúbal, and relegation from the division….


1945/46 – A memorable season!

FC Famalicão ends the 2nd Division National Championship on the top of the table with 88 goals scored and 5 conceded, with a record of 10 wins in 10 games! Brilliant! There is still some way to go to reach the 1st Division. The battle for a place in the Finals is won by defeating Leixões by 6-1 and then Salgueiros by 2-0. In the Access Pool to the 1st Division the club faces Estoril, Portimonense and União de Coimbra. FC Famalicão comes in second place. They are to play against the second to last placed team in the 1st Division, Boavista. The match is at Póvoa and the score is 3-2! And a place in History. Futebol Clube de Famalicão has won promotion to the 1st Division! This occurrs on 30 June 1946.


This FC Famalicão team is on its way to making history.

Jonas Szabo captains a team that is making a name for itself at the levels in which it competes. Futebol Clube de Famalicão on their way to reaching the 1st Division….


Jonas Szabo

Hungarian, gym teacher, he is one of the outstanding figures in the history of our Club. He arrives at FC Famalicão in 1941 as player-coach and this marks the beginning of his rise in Portuguese football.

Jonas Szabo


National Championship

FC Famalicão is for the first time in the National Championship, included in the Minho Series. Photographic records of this period are scarce. On this occasion, Arlindo Mesquita begins a two-year mandate as Chairperson of the Club.



Members have always been a fundamental part of Futebol Clube de Famalicão.

In 1939 in an advertisement in the newspapers of the time the board of directors make an appeal for members to sustain the Club’s growth.


The colours of the club

This is the birthplace of the blue and white that to this day we know as the colours of Vila Nova. The newspaper records of the time show this change in the colours of the club’s kit, with the definitive abandonment of green as the predominant colour in exchange for blue. This change is said to have been due to the influence of Armando Leitão. Image from a publication of 15 July 1939.

FC Famalicão change Azul Branco


The 1st title

In the 1935/36 season Futebol Clube de Famalicão wins the District Promotional Championship and guarantees their promotion to the 1st Division of AF Braga.


Inauguration of the Berberia Ground

FC Famalicão and an assorted team from Futebol Clube do Porto face each other in the opening game at the Berberia Ground. This year Futebol Clube de Famalicão starts competing in the Promotional Championship of the Braga Football Association.

FC Famalicão team at the inauguration of the Berberia Ground


Futebol Clube de Famalicão is born

José Alves Marinho, Floriano Portela, Hildebrando Portela, Luis Pinto, Joaquim Mesquita Jr. and Vergílio Pinto de Azevedo founded the Club. The team originally play in the colours Green and White. The photo shows the FC Famalicão first 11.

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