Friday, May 9, 2008

Boavista Futebol Clube, Boavista F.C.

Boavista F.C.
Full name Boavista Futebol Clube
Nickname(s) As Panteras
(The Panthers)
Os Axadrezados
(The Checkereds)
They are thousands of persons to suffer due to crisis: the followers, the players, shareholders, sympathizers, between others!The boavista football club is in crisis and needs good investors. With these supports B.F.C. it will go out from the crisis and will be able to will do rivalry again to the big three. Please comment this article and it was thanking opinions make the B.F.C. again into the great club that is! Help the 4º great Portuguese club.
Jaime Moreira Pacheco (born Paredes, 22 July 1958), commonly known just by Jaime Pacheco is a football manager and former Portuguese international football player. Pacheco was a defensive midfielder who began to establish his reputation at the beginning of the 1980s. He played for FC Porto until 1983/84, but moved to Sporting in 1984/85 due to the signing of the young Paulo Futre from Sporting to FC Porto. He went on to play for Vitória Setúbal, Paços de Ferreira and other minor teams, before ending his career in 1995.
Pacheco made his debut for the Portuguese national team on 23 February 1983, in a 1-0 win over West Germany in a friendly match. He had 25 caps for the national team, 11 for FC Porto, 13 for Sporting and 1 for Vitória Setúbal. He was a leading player for the national team that qualified for the 1984 European Football Championship and the 1986 World Cup. After a four year absence, he made a brief and final return to the national team on 12 September 1990, in a 0-0 Euro 1992 qualification tie with Finland. As a football manager, Pacheco was responsible for Boavista's greatest ever success, winning their first SuperLiga title in 2000/2001 and reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup in 2002/2003. He coached RCD Mallorca briefly during 2003 and returned to Boavista to replace sacked coach Erwin Sanchez in 2004. Following a poor run of results, Pacheco stood down as coach of Boavista in April, 2005. He was contracted by Vitória Guimarães but resigned as coach in December, 2005. He return for a third stint as Boavista's manager on 23 October 2006.

Founded 1 August 1903
Ground Estádio do Bessa, Porto
(Bessa Stadium)

(Capacity 28,263)
Manager Jaime Pacheco
2006-07 Liga, 9th
Home colours
Away colours
Boavista Futebol Clube (pron. IPA: [boɐ'viʃtɐ]), often simply known as Boavista, is a sports club from Porto, Portugal that was founded in 1903. Boavista grew to become Porto's second greatest club with sections dedicated to several sports, such as volleyball, chess, gymnastics, bicycle racing and futsal (among others), being the most notable the football section. The trademark of the team are the checkered white and black shirts. Estádio do Bessa, their stadium, was built in 1973 and remodeled in time for the Euro 2004, but plans for renewal already existed. Internally, Boavista grew from a minor team in the 70's to a regular fixture in Europe since then. The first "threat" to the The Big Three title domination was in 1975-76 under guidance of José Maria Pedroto, when Boavista finished second, achieving the same position later in 1998-99. Finally, in 2000-01 Boavista won the SuperLiga (on 18 May 2001, after beating Desportivo das Aves 3-0), finishing second to Sporting in 2002.

The panther is the club symbol and nickname, and this statue is proudly placed near the club shop and barIn Europe, Boavista was commonly known as the club with the strange shirts, and achieved moderate success. The highlight is still the brilliant UEFA Cup run in 2003, when they were knocked out by Celtic F.C. in the semi-finals, in a year which saw FC Porto lift the trophy. In the same competition: In 1981-82 Boavista FC eliminated Atlético Madrid 5-4 in the first round. In 1986-87, Boavista beat ACF Fiorentina but lost to Rangers FC in a tense second round game at the Ibrox Stadium. In 1991-1992, they managed to knock out Inter Milan 2-1 in the first round, making it to the quarterfinals in 1993-1994, after knocking out Greece's OFI Crete and S.S. Lazio of Italy.

Boavista has played twice in the UEFA Champions League. After a first, modest, participation in 1999, Boavista surprised Europe in 2001 by beating and knocking out German giants Borussia Dortmund in the first group stages. The panthers went through to the second phase where they met stronger challenges like Manchester United and Bayern Munich. With their financial objective more than complete, new horizons were rising for the team, as they started their group by surprising FC Nantes at home winning by 1-0, and reaching the top of the group after the draw between Manchester and Bayern. The team eventually finished a respectable third.
The football side has reputation in Portugal and, to some extent, abroad, as a result of its aggressive style, resulting always in hard-fought matches for their opponent team, even in defeats. One shining example of this is the 2001 Portuguese title, where the team finished first in goals conceded, with one of the best attacks. This style was mainly the brainchild of coach Jaime Pacheco. With his departure for RCD Mallorca in 2003-04, the team started to play a less attractive football, which kept for the next two years. This image started to change when Pacheco was replaced by Carlos Brito for the 2005-06 season, but, ironically, Pacheco came back to replaced sacked Željko Petrović in October 2006 (who in turn was a late replacement for FC Porto-bound Jesualdo Ferreira (who departed before the first matchday)) and that reputation caught back with the club.
The women's team is one of the strongest in Portugal, having won several titles in a row during the 90's.

Estádio do Bessa
The Estádio do Bessa (now Estádio do Bessa XXI) is a football stadium located in the Boavista area of Porto, Portugal, used by Boavista FC.
Like other stadiums used in Euro 2004, the Bessa is a new ground, but built on top of the old stands, and each one of them was built at a time, which allowed Boavista to continue playing there. It cost €45,164,726 to build, from which €7,785,735 were supported from the Portuguese state, and has an all-seater capacity of 28,263. Plans for improvement actually existed before the organization of the Euro 2004 was given to Portugal in 1999, and by then the first works were already underway. It was designed by Grupo3 arquitectura.

The Sánchez years
Erwin Sánchez is considered to be Boavista F.C.s most influential player of the last 15 years, after captaining the team to the semi-finals of the 2003 UEFA Cup. He is also one of Bolivia's football living legends. A midfielder with an accurate and powerful long-range shot who was a free-kick specialist, he was a leading player for Bolivia both in the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifyings and finals. He was also part of the Boavista squad that became 2000-01 Portuguese Superliga champions. Sánchez left the club in March of 2004, after a brief and unsuccessful spell as manager.

Later years and major difficulties
2003 marked the latest appearance on the spotlight by the club. The construction of the Estádio do Bessa XXI left a deep hole on the club's finances, and the inability to hire quality players, together with internal turmoil contributed to the fall of the club. Today, after three consecutive failures to achieve European competition, Boavista is living through a deep crisis. Talisman coach Jaime Pacheco is currently serving his third stint as Boavista manager, but the club hasn't managed to leave the second half of the table. The team remains competitive, however, and the Bessa is always considered a tough visit for the The Big Three. The financial crisis has prompted the club to a "back-to-basis" attitude, betting on younger players and resurrecting the club's youth academy, in a club that launched the careers of well-known players as João Vieira Pinto, Petit and Nuno Gomes.On the 9th May 2008 Boavista were relegated after the Apito Dourado which is match fixing scandal over paying referees money to win matches for them and also former chairman at the time João Loureiro when the match fixing occured got two years suspension for the match fixing.

Portuguese Liga 2001
Portuguese Cup 1975, 1976, 1979, 1992, 1997
Portuguese Supercup 1979, 1992, 1997

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