Sporting Braga

Full name: Sporting Clube de Braga

From: Braga, Portugal

Club colours: Red shirts with white sleeves, white shorts, red socks

Braga kit

Home ground: Estádio AXA (30,154)

Nicknames:
Os Arcebispos (The Archbishops)
Os Arsenalistas (The Arsenalists)
Minhotos (Those from Minho)
Os Guerreiros do Minho (The Minho Warriors)

Last season: 2nd in Portuguese Liga

Domingos Paciencia

Manager: Domingos Paciência (pictured left)

Squad:
Goalkeepers
Artur, Felipe.

Defenders
Alberto Rodríguez, Paulão, Moisés, Miguel Garcia, Léo Fortunato, Elderson, Sílvio, Dani, Aníbal Capela.

Midfielders
Mossoró, Luis Aguiar, Andrés Madrid, Leandro Salino, Alan, Hugo Viana, Vandinho.

Forwards
Paulo César, Hélder Barbosa, Lima, Elton, Matheus.

Website: www.scbraga.pt

10 FACTS ON... BRAGA

  • In 1921, following a trip to Highbury by their then-coach Jozef Szabo, Braga changed their team shirts from two large green and white vertical stripes to Arsenal's red-and-white colours. Since then they have been known as Minho's Arsenalistas (Arsenal from Minho).
  • Because of this connection to the Gunners Braga also renamed their youth team 'Arsenal do Braga'.
  • Although Braga have never faced Arsenal they have twice been involved in fixtures at White Hart Lane. Tottenham Hotspur recorded victories on both occasions, winning 3-2 in the 2006/07 UEFA Cup round of 16 to complete a 6-4 aggregate triumph and winning 6-0 in the 1984/85 UEFA Cup first round second leg - Braga's heaviest defeat in UEFA competition - and 9-0 overall.
  • Braga's home ground is the AXA Stadium, which was built for Euro 2004, it is also known as 'The Quarry' as it was carved from the Monte Castro quarry that overlooks the city of Braga. The stadium only has stands along the sides of the pitch as at one end is a wall of rock and at the other is an open view over the city.
  • In four visits to England, Braga have suffered three defeats, their most recent trip - to Bolton Wanderers in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup group stage - ended 1-1.
  • Braga's biggest win in UEFA competition was a 5-0 victory over Hibernians in the UEFA Cup first round first leg in September 1978.
  • Braga's biggest European away win was 2-0 against FC Artmedia Petržalka in the UEFA Cup first round second leg in 2008.
  • Braga won the last ever UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2008.
  • Braga have yet to win their domestic league, but managed their best finish to a league season last season finishing runners-up to champions Benfica.
  • Braga qualified for the 2010-11 Champions League group stage in imressive style, knocking-out Celtic (4-2 on aggregate) and Sevilla (5-3 on aggregate).
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