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FC ALVERCA : THE RISE AND FALL

Alverca is a Portuguese club that plays its home games at the Complexo Desportivo FC Alverca, which was founded on September 1, 1939. In the 1998/99 season, Alverca was promoted to the Primeira Liga for the first time, finishing in 15th position in the standings.

The Red and Blues played in the Portuguese top flight before being relegated to Segunda Liga in the 2001/02 season.

Return in Portugese football

Alverca, on the other hand, soon returned to the Portuguese top flight, finishing second in the Segunda Division in 2002/03, three points behind Rio Ave. This period, though, their stay in the Primeira Liga was short-lived, as they were relegated to the Portuguese second tier at the end of the 2003/2004 season.

Alverca had a financial recession during the 2004/05 season. The club was forced to declare bankruptcy due to debts of 5 million euros. Alverca was unable to pay its obligations to the Tax Office and the Social Security Office, and the team was forced to retire from senior football.

Despite the bankruptcy, Alverca competes in the Campeonato de Portugal Prio, the Portuguese third tier, with the squad maintaining its group.

Notable FC Alverca players

Deco, Ricardo Carvalho, Maniche, Nuno Assis, Bruno Bastos, Pedro Mantorras, and Sergei Ovchinnikov are only a few of the prominent players at the club.

Deco is a well-known Portuguese footballer who won the Champions League in 2004 with Porto. At Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, Jose Mourinho’s side defeated Monaco 3-0. Deco then moved to Barcelona, where he soon became a regular in the first team.

Deco won two La Liga titles with Barcelona (2004/05, 2005/06), as well as a Champions League championship with the Catalan giants in 2005/06. In the title game at Stade de France, Frank Rijkaard’s side came from behind to defeat Arsenal 2-1.

In the 1997/98 season, the iconic midfielder starred for Alverca, scoring 13 goals in 32 league appearances.

Ricardo Carvalho

Ricardo Carvalho is another well-known footballer who has previously represented Alverca. In the 2000/01 season, Carvalho was loaned to Alverca from Porto. In 29 appearances for Complexo Desportivo FC Alverca, the defender scored one goal.

Carvalho was a member of the Porto squad that won the Champions League in 2003/04, as well as Chelsea and Real Madrid. Ricardo Carvalho and Portugal secured the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament in 2016, defeating hosts France 1-0 in the final.

Maniche

On the other side, Maniche began his senior career at Alverca. Until returning to his boyhood club Benfica, the former Portugal international netted ten goals in 78 league games for the club.

Maniche was a member of Porto’s golden generation, which won both the UEFA Cup (2002/03) and the UEFA Champions League (2003/04). During his playing career, the defensive midfielder has played for Dynamo Moscow, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Koln, and Sporting CP.

Ovchinnikov

Sergei Ovchinnikov was a former Russian goalkeeper who played 35 times for his country. In the 1999/00 season, Ovchinnikov played for Alverca, making 25 league appearances for the Portuguese side.

However, with Lokomotiv Moscow, he won the Russian Premier League cup, which was the pinnacle of his career. In 2002, the towering shot-stopper won his first domestic title, and he repeated the feat two years later. Sergei Ovchinnikov has four times been elected Russian Goalkeeper of the Year (1994, 1995, 2002, and 2003).

Alverca supporters must be proud of the names that have worn the red and blue jersey in the past, but still having confidence in the new club management, who are working hard to restore glory days to Complexo Desportivo FC Alverca.

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