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FC Porto are a Portuguese soccer club who play in the Primeira Liga, the top division of Portuguese soccer. They are based in Porto and have won the Primeira Liga 29 times - second only to rivals Benfica. Like Benfica, they have won the European Cup/UEFA Champions League twice.
Porto play their home matches at the Estadio do Dragao, which has a capacity of 50,033. The stadium has been home to some top players and coaches in recent years. On the playing front, Porto have boasted star players including Deco, Ricardo Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira, Ricardo Quaresma and Benni McCarthy on their books. Bobby Robson, Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas are three big-name coaches who have enjoyed spells at the club.
Porto are one of Portugal's 'big three' along with Sporting CP and Benfica and have never been relegated from the top flight. The three clubs have won all but two of the Portuguese Primeira Liga competitions since the league's inception.
FC Porto's early history
Porto were founded in 1893 by Antonio Nicolau de Almeida, a port wine merchant who fell in love with soccer during trips to England.
Porto were the first winners of the Campeonato de Portugal - the original knockout tournament used to determine the Portuguese champions, organised by its football association. They lifted the trophy in 1922 and again in 1925, 1932 and 1937.
Porto's pre-war success
Porto were the first winners of the Primeira Liga in 1934/35, which still remains as Portugal's top-tier league today.
After the Primeira Liga was officially recognised as such, Porto won it in 1938/39 and then defended their title in 1939/40. However, they saw limited success over the next three-and-a-half decades.
However, Guttman departed for Benfica and turned them into the dominant team in Europe in the early 1960s, while Porto entered a drought. In 1969/70, they hit rock bottom in competitive terms, finishing ninth. Tragedy struck in 1973 when Porto captain Pavao fell unconscious during a match against Vitoria de Setubal and died in hospital.
Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa became club president in April 1982, an office he still holds today. Under the guidance of Artur Jorge, Porto won their first European Cup in 1987, beating Bayern Munich in the final.
The following season, under new coach Tomislav Ivic, Porto beat Ajax in the European Super Cup and Penarol in the Intercontinental Cup.
Porto steamrolled to the league title in 1987/88. Aided by Benfica's slump due to financial trouble, Porto dominated the 1990s in Portuguese soccer, winning the Primeira Liga eight times in 10 seasons between 1989/90 and 1998/99.
The Jose Mourinho era
In 2002/03, they won the UEFA Cup, Primeira Liga and Taca de Portugal treble. They beat Celtic 3-2 after extra time in the UEFA Cup final.
The 2003/04 season saw Porto retain their league title and win the UEFA Champions League, beating Monaco 3-0 in the final. Engrained in folklore is the famous last-16 victory over Manchester United, inspired by Benni McCarthy, who shone against his boyhood favourite club.
That tie saw Mourinho sprinting down the touchline at Old Trafford to celebrate Costinha's winner against the Red Devils, which had been scored after Tim Howard parried a McCarthy free-kick into his path.
A trophy drought and returning to the top
Porto endured four seasons without a league title after their 2012/13 win. Julen Lopetegui and Nuno Espirito Santo were among the managers hired during the longest drought of Pinto da Costa's presidency and it took until 2017/18 to end it. That season, they won the league under the guidance of Sergio Conceicao.
In 2018/19, Porto made the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League but lost 6-1 on aggregate to Liverpool. The 2019/20 season saw them win the league and cup double.
FC Porto's biggest rivals
Porto also have a local rivalry with city rivals Boavista, known as O Derbi da Invicta (The Unbeaten Derby).
The club's fanbase
FC Porto have a famous supporters' group called Super Dragoes. They drew the ire of police for announcing plans to follow the team to a match during the COVID-19 pandemic even though they were not allowed to enter the stadium itself.
In 2020, multiple reports emerged that FC Porto were in financial crisis. ECO reported that Porto had record losses of €116.1million for the 2019/20 financial year.