Club Sport Marítimo
|Full name||Club Sport Marítimo|
|Founded||Same time as Zebras|
|Ground||Estádio Nos Carreiros,|
|2006/07||In free-fall from 4th|
to 11th (lower than Nacional)
Club Sport Marítimo, often just referred to as Marítimo, are a Portuguese football club from Funchal, Madeira. They are the first Brazilian club to play in Liga Portuguesa, and are widely considered by non-Nacional fans to be the best team in Madeira.
Marítimo's history is far far greater than that of the high-brow Nacionalistas, with such honours aas a didn't-count-as-a-title league title waaaay back when, as well as not one, but two Taça de Portugal appearances, which makes them the 28th best club in Portugal, as stated proudly by their website (this is despite them having the fourth most money).
How can a team from Madeira (part of Portugal) be called a Brazilian club?
Rivalry with CD Nacional
Marítimo have always had a quarrel with their Funchal neighbours Nacional, which started way back on the day they were both founded. The (much) lower class CSM have always been slightly opressed by various Nacionalistas, which has led to some bloody conflicts.
This rivalry came to its strongest point during the Cristiano Ronaldo saga. Marítimo were going to sign him according to every media outlet (Record, O Jogo and A Bola). However, the negotiator who would conclude the deal was distracted by the need to fill Marítimo's quota of 30 Brazilians, amd so jetted off to Rio de Janeiro instead, allowing Nacional to steal the prodigy, and win the next few Madeiran diving championships. The negotiator, however, was promoted to manager.
CSM's Title a.k.a. Tumbleweed
Marítimo won their solitary title way back in the 1926. However, this title had the misfortune to be one of those won while the Portuguese were idiotically making their Cup the proper trophy, and thus CSM don't count among the
few two who have defeated Três Grandes over a season.
Marítimo's green and red originates from the jumpsuits of the same colours that the Lords of Funchal gave them during the oppression. The colours were designed to stand out, and they achieved this, but ridicule was what it was best at.
Marítimo's current crop of players is, in strak contrast to Nacional, the most similar set of faces in football. They're all Brazilian. There's the triplets; Juan Ribeirão, Carlos Ribeirão and Tonel Ribeirão, the fat striker Pie Lias Olive Ira, the goalkeeper Não Fab-io Santos who stands out as the only player who isn't the Brazilian requirement of 5'8", and of course the playmaker Wênio, mocked by all for his rather careless choice of nickname. Coincidentally, the yellow-shirted Paços de Ferreira are always linked with him in the transfer market.
Estádio Nos Carreiros
The Estádio dos Barreiros is currently the home stadium of both Marítimo and C.F. União da Madeira, and has at one point been used by every team in Madeira (all nine of them) as well as Santa Clara when the Açores were rioting. This is despite the fact that there are barely any seats, and that it is generally falling into rubble.
Estádio do Marítimo
The new Estádio do Marítimo was planned when the Madeira government realised that they were pumping money into a team that had such a poor stadium as Carreiros. It is designed to be cost-effective, while still maintaining that quality Portuguese "About to Break" quality that fills all the best stadia.
Construction began in 2006, and was due to be completed by the end of the 2007 season. However, lazy Portuguese workmen, sub-standard concrete that the EU had forced the Madeiran government to use due to red tape, and a cost that went up from €10,000,000 to €65,000,000 in a space of month all conspired against the stadium, and it remains woefully unfinished.
All of the above must have been written by some jealous little portuguese man of war also known by 'portugues de segunda class 'or Zebra"!