CD Estrela. Former portuguese first division team that went into administration at the end of 2009-2010 and dropped down to the non-league. Located in Amadora,Lisboa , best known as Estrela da Amadora, are now fighting to go back to where they feel they should never have left.
With a capacity for roughly 12,000 people , Estádio José Gomes is one of the biggest stadiums in Lisbon, only behind Benfica, Sporting and Belenenses SAD, all first tier clubs. It´s been Estrela's stadium since 1957 and is one of the most beautifull stadiums in the whole of Portugal
Since their first time around in 1932 , CD Estrela have won the Portuguese Cup back in 1990 and the second division title 3 years later, in 1993. They've been runners-up in the Supercup in 1990 and their highest league finish is 7th in the first division in 1994 and 1998
Famous players and managers
CD Estrela has been a launching pad for many managers and players. Have you heard of a certain Fernando Santos? Yes, that guy who won the Euros and the Nations League with Portugal, before all the fame and glory he was Estrela's manager from 1994 to 1998. Another manager to have been in Amadora is Jorge Jesus,former Benfica and Sporting manager, now in Brazil with Flamengo. Jesus was actually born in Amadora so you could say that this club has a special place in his heart ahah. Onto players now. Former Porto and Chelsea right-back Paulo Ferreira started here at Estrela, being developed in the youth academy and then moving to Estoril, before is big move to Porto. Another player you might recognize is Abel Xavier, who played in Estrela before moving to Benfica and then Liverpool. Former Portugal manager and former Benfica and Sporting midfielder Paulo Bento moved from Benfica to Estrela and then eventually moved back to Benfica after some solid seasons. And last but not least, Bebé. Yep , THAT Bebé. Manchester United's own spread his magic in Amadora before going is way into England.
Estrela has one lonely rival, Sport Clube Damaiense or only Damaiense, who are 2 divions above so no encounters in the league yet but theres always the cup...
Now onto proper FM, in this first season has being an amateur club (little curiosity," Amadora" actually means amateur in Portuguese, kinda ironic ahah) we don't have any money to spend. In this level tho we dont really need any because transfers here cost nothing. No money involved and no wages so that's an apropriet budget.
League and Cup
We are located in the 7th tier and not even playing national level football, for that we need to climb 3 more divisions so for now we stick to the Lisbon district. Predicted to finish 3rd and with the board expecting promotion, that's what we are aiming this season in the league, In terms of the cup, its not actually the Portuguese Cup but the AF Lisboa Cup, a cup for all non-league Lisbon teams. For this season board want us to reach the second round ,for that we need to win two games so it is achievable
Formed mostly out of kids, for this level is a very good team and can definitly grant promotion if they play to their full potential. Some names to look out for are Bernado Osório, 16 years old center-back , already key player and 5 star ability, doesn't mess around and has a very physical aproach; Roberto Lima ,17 year old attacking midfielder that can pass and finish well and last Bruno Correia, the oldest player in the squad with 25 , he's gonna be the heart of the midfield and hopefully will pass his experience to the youngsters.
So that's it for the first post , I'll try and update this in the middle of the season, bring the results ,transfers if any and other things you guys might want to see
Good saves everyone and I hope you enjoyed this little history class on Estrela
Looking forward to any feddback , good or bad ahah