This is the C.S. Marítimo Expat fan site, put together by a group of expats who moved from around Europe to Madeira (where of course Marítimo are based) over the last decade or so. Since moving to Madeira we’ve all become quite attached to Marítimo and we attend a lot of the home matches.
We put this site online to show our support for the football club, but also to put it’s name out there and help people learn about it. We are NOT the official site of C.S. Marítimo – but we can point you in the direction of that and you can click here for the Official Site.
About The Football Club
C.S. Marítimo (C.S. stands for Club Sport but everyone just calls the club Marítimo) is a football club based on the Portuguese island of Madeira. More specifically, the club is based inside the city of Funchal, which is the biggest and most heavily populated city on the island of Madeira. Funchal is also the birthplace of Cristiano Ronaldo, although he has nothing to do with Marítimo (he signed for local rivals Nacional before moving to Sporting Lisbon).
Marítimo was first brought to existence in 1910, and is thought of as one of the more prosperous teams in the Portuguese land. In other parts of Europe Marítimo are perhaps somewhat unknown to most football enthusiasts. The club are a household name in Portugal, and quite well known in Spain because of Portugal’s close geographic proximity to Spain. They are also very well known in Brazil because of the Portuguese language connection.
The Marítimo first team play their football at the highest level of Portuguese football – the Primeira Liga. They have yet to ever win this league with the top spot being dominated over the years by Portugal’s 3 major clubs Benfica, Porto and Sporting Lisbon. Marítimo do often finish in a respectable position in the league, but breaking the monopoly of those 3 other huge clubs that I just mentioned, has so far proven impossible for Marítimo and other portuguese clubs.
Marítimo play at the Estádio dos Barreiros and they play in Red and Green, which they have done since the club’s establishment well over 100 years ago. Here’s a picture of the team’s home shirt from the 2005-6 season.
The Club’s Staff
At the time of creating this site in April 2015 the club’s chairman was Carlos Pereira and the manager was Ivo Vieira. Staff of all kinds at football clubs are subject to change on a frequent basis though, so the best thing I can do here is link you to the Marítimo Wikipedia page and that way you can see who the current owner and manager are.
As for players, they too are subject to change but here is a list of the playing staff in April 2014 in order of their shirt numbers. An up to date squad list can also be found at the Wikipedia link above.
Only 10 of those players are from Portugal. Another 10 are from Brazil and the rest are mostly from around Europe including players from Germany, Holland and France.
Marítimo was established on the 20th of September 1910 by a gentleman named Cândido Fernandes de Gouveia. At that time the club board chose the colours that the football team would play in by simply mimicking the colour style of the Portuguese National flag. This decision was made because Marítimo’s arch rivals Nacional had selected blue and white, which were the colours of the OLD Portugal flag until just weeks earlier.
The club’s name of Marítimo translates to Maritime, and it was chosen because a majority of their first ever players were employed at the Funchal docks which are located not far from the club.
In 1921 a new nation-wide league was formed, and Marítimo were invited to be a part of it. It was called the Portuguese Championship and Marítimo duly accepted the challenge. This championship was played in a knock-out format, so in each game the teams involved were competing to progress and avoid elimination. Marítimo took a handful of attempts at winning the Championship before finally winning it in 1926. In the penultimate match they even beat Porto by 6 clear goals! Marítimo beat Belenendes 2-0 in the final, and the team were lauded on Madeira for their success.
By the 30s Marítimo had gained money issues which brought a halt to their progress on the football field temporarily, but they began participating in the Portuguese Cup just before 1940 and they also started to win regional championships at this time.
Later on in the 1970s Marítimo became the first club from outside of the Portuguese mainland to be allowed to play in the national league. They had to win a bunch of qualifying rounds in order to be allowed, but win them they did, and they stayed in the top league for several years before dropping into the 2nd division in 82/83. Marítimo eventually found their way back to the top league and were relegation candidates on win your ex back most seasons until the early 90s, when they started to achieve mid-table and very respectable league positions considering their size and island status. In 1995 and 2001 Marítimo got to the final of the Portuguese Cup but were unfortunately beaten 2-0 in both games by Sporting Lisbon and Porto respectively. All was not lost though because just by appearing in those finals Marítimo established itself as the only Madeira based club to have ever gone that far in the cup.
Marítimo’s highest league position ever is 5th and they broke their own records by reaching the Group Stage of the Europa League in 2012. They represented themselves well in that competition, taking points from Bordeaux of France, Newcastle of England and beating Club Brugge of Belgium.