The club played players like Derlei (later FC Porto ), Hugo Almeida (Werder Bremen), and former Portuguese international Nuno Valente. The most famous personality who made a stopover in Leiria, is the coach José Mourinho, who in the 2001/ 02 season, the team headed here before he moved to FC Porto.
2003/ 04 the club reached the first qualifying round of the UEFA Cup, but resigned from Molde FK against. The greatest international success was reaching the UEFA Intertoto Cup final against the OSC Lille in 2004 2004, which lost the club. The 2007/08 season was characterized by negative events, the team retired in the 1st round of the UEFA Cup against the Bundesliga side Bayer 04 Leverkusen, was under the bribery scandal of the 2003/04 season with a point deduction of three points and a occupied fine of 40,000 euros, rising from sporty to the second division. In the 2008 /09 season of revival followed.
In the season 2011/12 the club fell into serious financial trouble. Gameday On the 28th of the season, by this time last table joined with only 8 players in the league match against CD Feirense, which was lost with 0:4. 16 professionals had recently canceled their contracts due to a lack salary payments. For the following season União Leiria crashed into the third-class Segunda Divisão.
Names and Numbers
- 2 × master of the second League: 1980/81, 1997/98
- 1 × Portuguese Cup Runners-up: 2002/ 03
- 2 × participate in the UEFA Cup: 2003/ 04, 2007/ 08
- 1 × UEFA Intertoto Cup finalist: 2004
Selection former player
- Brazil Cássio Barbosa
- Brazil Helton
- Ghana Kwame Ayew
- Nii Lamptey Ghana
- Poland Bartosz Ślusarski
- Portugal Hugo Almeida
- Portugal João Paulo Andrade
- Portugal Nuno Valente
- Portugal Brazil Derlei
- Portugal Germany Michael Kimmel
Famous former coach
- Portugal José Mourinho
- Portugal Domingos Paciência
The home stadium called the Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, it took 24,000 spectators and was renovated for the 2004 European Football Championship and expanded to 30,000 spectator places. The stadium is in the south of the city, near the River Lis. After the EM a grandstand was dismantled, whereby the capacity was reduced by about 5,000 seats.
For the 2011/12 season, the club left because of the high cost of renting the Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa and moved to the Estádio Municipal da Marinha Grande in Marinha Grande. The stadium capacity is 6,000 seats.