SC Braga ( officially: Sporting Clube de Braga) is a Portuguese football club from Braga, who currently plays in the first Portuguese Football League.
The club has several sports departments and even celebrated international successes in athletics for women.
The club was founded in 1921 and is located in Braga, in northern Portugal, home. The club colors are red and white. Their home ground is the Estádio Municipal de Braga with space for 30,000 spectators and was newly built for the 2004 European Football Championship. The stadium is one of the most beautiful and interesting of the EURO 2004, since it was built into a granite rock. It was built to designs by the architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, who was awarded in 2004 with the Prémio Secil.
The club was relegated for the first time in 1947 in the first division of Portugal on, got in between but also several times again. Largest national success is so far winning the Portuguese Cup in 1966 with a 1-0 in the final against Vitória Setúbal.
Sporting Braga then took part for the first time at the European Cup Winners' Cup and reached the second round. Even in the seasons 1982/83 and 1998/99 managed the Club as a trophy finalist a place in this competition, but already retired in the first round or in the second round.
The club participated in the seasons 1978/79, 1984/85, 1997/98 and in all seasons from 2004 to 2010 in the UEFA Cup and the Europa League and arrived here several times, the last sixteen.
In the season 2010/11, the Portuguese runners qualified after four games against the sovereign Scottish and Spanish clubs Celtic FC and Sevilla FC for the first time for the Champions League group stage. So they were both in the group stage of the first Portuguese club that did not come from Lisbon or Porto. Sporting won third place in the table, which was tantamount to qualifying for the round of the Europa League in their group behind FC Shakhtar Donetsk and Arsenal and Partizan Belgrade before. Here we turned off one after Lech Poznan from Poland, the English giants Liverpool and the Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev. In the semifinals, the team prevailed against league rivals Benfica, a 1-2 defeat in the first leg in Lisbon was followed by a 1-0 win in the return leg at home stadium. In order for the SC Braga reached surprisingly the final of the Europa League. In the final game on May 18, 2011 in Dublin Braga scored again on a league rival, Braga became the reigning champions FC Porto against. In the final, Sporting Braga defeated 0-1; it was the first all- Portuguese final in a European Football Cup.
Current squad ( 2013/14 season )
Top scorers on the season (since 2004 /05)
- Portuguese Cup winner: 1966
- UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2008
- UEFA Europa League: Final ( 2011)
- Portuguese League Cup: 2013