Clube Desportivo Feirense, commonly known as CD Feirense or just Feirense, is a Portuguese football club based in Santa Maria da Feira. Founded on 18 March 1918, Feirense play in the Primeira Liga, the top flight of Portuguese football. Their chairman is Rodrigo Nunes Silva Abelha and their manager is Nuno Manta Santos. The club plays its home matches at the Estádio Marcolino de Castro, with a capacity of 5,500 spectators. It currently plays in the LigaPro, Portugal's second-tier division of professional football. History One of the first initiatives of its founders, Luís Amorim, Artur Bastos, Luís Cadilon and Arthur Lee, was to acquire land to build the first playground in the woods at Picalhos near the railway Valley Vouga. In 1924, they leased land and started embankments and soon the first few games took place against the Lourosa on 4 May 1924 in which the Feirense won 2–1. The first president was Santa Maria da Feiria native Alcides Machado da Silva, who took office on 30 December 1924. In 1926 and ever since, the club has kept the Feirense, created a committee with the aim of acquiring a new site with better conditions for a new field, having managed in the Place of Montinho, closer to the center of the Town of Fair, belonging to Mr. Simon Adriano. Curiously, this time Feirense were fitted with a red and black sweater with vertical stripes. On 2 March 1931, the field of Montinho was opened with a selection match between Porto and Aveiro, and that year the team was equipped with a blue shirt, black shorts and black socks. In the 1931–32 season, Feirense first participated in a tournament, debuting in the championship of the promotion of Aveiro, the lower division of the district, being defeated 2–1 in the first official game in the field of Cortegaça. Since the late 1930s and until 1950, Feirense went through various difficulties and the main note of relief was the creation of the first emblem of C.D. Feirense designed by António da Costa. Feirense continued its participation in the championship district of Aveiro and on 15 January 1955, Marcolino Castro was elected for the first time as president of Feirense (he would go on to later be elected five more times and lead over a total of nine seasons) and the team began to primarily wear blue shirts and white shorts. The next year, for the first time the team participated in the national championship of the 3rd Division, with the first game played in Avintes. In March 1956, the club's youth department was founded, as well as the creation of a team of juniors. In 1958, the first statutes of the club were approved, the flag's colors and design for the new badge were authored by Dr. Humberto de Paiva. In the 1959–60 season, Feirense won the first district championship of Aveiro and at the same time played the 3rd Division, managing to also climb to the 2nd Division. Feirense repeated the title of district champion of Aveiro in the 1965–66 and 1967–68 seasons. In 1960–61, they first participated in the National League division 2. In the early 1960s, Feirense had one of the best periods in its history, achieving victory in the northern part of the 2nd Division, inauguration of the current stadium and Marcolino Castro premiere at the 1st National Division in 1962–63. In 1968–69, Feirense won its first title of the Aveiro district youth in the juvenile level. In 1969, Arthur Eng Brandão, patron of the training school, was elected for the first time chairman of the board, which happened four more times and a total of nine seasons. Arthur and Marcolino Brandão de Castro were the presidents who had the longest terms leading the club. In 1975–76, the club's youth were in evidence with the presence of the youth team in the final of the National 2nd division held in Tomar. In 1976–77, Feirense won the central area of the 2nd division next season and raced for the 2nd time the national championship in Division 1. In 1982–83, the youth team of juvenile Feirense after winning the same district title, disputed the semi-finals of the National Youth Cup. On 22 September 1987 Feirense for the first time had a field of natural grass turf with the inauguration of the stadium Marcolino Castro. In 1988–89, the Feirense winner was again the center region of the 2nd division next season and race for the 3rd time the national championship in Division 1. In 1990, Fernando Carvalho da Feirense's cycling team won the 52nd back to Portugal in cycling. In 1990–91 the Feirense was matched in the semi-finals of the Cup of Portugal with Porto. After the draw at the end of extra time forced the second game in the Antas stadium which was eventually eliminated. In this year also participated for the 1st time in 2 then created division of honor. In 1996 he was assigned to the Feirense medal for sporting merit by the secretary of state of the sport. After several district titles won by the club's youth, we have since the 1999–00 season on staying at the same time of 3 levels (junior, youth and started) in the national championships, the unique situation in the district in so many consecutive years, continuing to gain Titles on children and schools. Was created in 2000 by Rodrigo Nunes, then responsible for the Juvenile Department, the training school Arthur Brandao. In 2001, he took possession for the first time Rodrigo Nunes, the current President of Feirense and presented his model of the sport of golf, the club anthem written by Ernesto Campos, the monthly magazine Feirense Magazine", the 1st Gala club, the party Christmas and amended the statutes and emblem. At this time the Feirense revitalized the gym and set the terms of swimming, cycling and handball. In the 2002–03 season rose again to the 2nd Division of honor. In June 2003, Rodrigo Nunes is elected for a 2nd term. This would be unprecedented, as no previous president had been elected two consecutive mandates. In late 2004 the Feirense, presented the 1st phase of the new Sports Complex, and from there all the athletes of the club began to train and play only on lawns natural and synthetic, unique in Portugal even in clubs called major (Benfica, Sporting CP, Porto). In June 2005, Rodrigo Nunes is the third consecutive elected President of the Board for more than a full biennium and it will be at the helm of the Feirense for 6 consecutive years, a situation that has never happened before. In the 2007–08 season, the senior team handball went to the 2nd Division. In the 2011–12 the main soccer team participated in the Portuguese Liga, with Rodrigo Nunes still at the helm.