Rio Ave Futebol Clube, commonly known as Rio Ave [ˈʁi.u ˈavɨ], is a Portuguese professional football club based in Vila do Conde, northern Portugal, which competes in the Liga Portugal 2. The club is named after the Ave River, which flows through the town and into the Atlantic Ocean.
Founded in 1939, they play their home matches at Estadio do Rio Ave, also known as the Estadio dos Arcos. Built in 1985, the current stadium seats approximately 12,815 people and is a multi-sports venue, although it is used mainly for Rio Ave's football matches.
The club's home colours are green and white striped shirts with white shorts and socks, while their away kit consists of a red and white striped shirt and white shorts with yellow socks. Portuguese internationals Alfredo, Paulinho Santos, Quim, Rui Jorge and Fabio Coentrao started their careers at the club. Goalkeepers Jan Oblak and Ederson are some famous talents that were part of this side.
The Vilacondenses' best top-tier league finish was fifth in the 1981–82, 2017–18 and 2019–20 seasons. They reached the 1984 Taca de Portugal Final, where they lost to Porto 4–1, and the 2014 Taca de Portugal Final, where they lost to Benfica 1–0. With this result, Rio Ave qualified for the 2014–15 UEFA Europa League, their first participation in a major European competition.
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