In Coimbra, complete the eighth relegation draw in Académica’s history, from first to third, since with four rounds to play, athletic ‘students’ can no longer leave the relegation positions: they add up to 16 points, minus 11 of the Académico de Viseu, also in a direct relegation zone, and 12 of Trofense, who occupy the spot for the maintenance match, where these two teams face each other today.
Academia, one of the historical national clubs, will play in La Liga 3 in 2022/23, after 88 consecutive seasons, since 1934/35, between the first and second divisions of Portuguese football, in a track that to this day has been seven relegation. 24 games in the secondary division.
Gone are the glory days in the First Division and the Diamonds for the title achieved in the 1966/67 season, when he finished second, behind Benfica de Eusebio, in a history that also highlights the Portuguese’s two victories. Trophy, 1939 and 2012.
Coimbra City Council regrets the arrival of Academia and hopes the club will reconsider
The mayor of Coimbra, Jose Manuel Silva, expressed his regret today over the relegation of Academia from the second Portuguese Football League, considering that the club must rethink itself, otherwise it will be “a long crossing in the desert”.
It is a deep sadness. Academia, as an institution, did not deserve pedigree. Coimbra Mayor Loza said about the downgrading of “Briosa” to a club with an academic history.
For José Manuel Silva, the difficulties Briusa have faced in recent years – first with relegation to League Two, in 2015/2016, and now with relegation to Liga 3 – also reflect the fact that it is “the responsibility of the “mayors who preceded him,” the activity The economist in Coimbra is not strong enough to keep Academia first class.”
However, the mayor notes that the club itself “must rethink”.
“An organization – whether it’s a football club or not – when they have problems they can’t push their stomachs forward. What we saw was a burden of structural problems that culminated in this circumstance.
According to José Manuel Silva, the current situation is forcing Academia to “rethink itself, to reorganize itself, to think about its goals, in the field of training, in the policy of recruiting players, and in the commitment to stability in the medium term.”
“If nothing changes, Académica will make a long journey through the desert,” said the mayor, who is a member of the “Briosa” but also of other clubs in the city.
Regarding the support to Académica, José Manuel Silva stressed that municipalities cannot fund clubs and, if possible, “there is so much in the municipality, that there will not be enough budget to meet everyone’s needs”.
The Chamber supports sports, cultural and recreational associations with transparency, balance and a sense of justice. He stressed that we cannot support Academia more than we support all the other clubs in the province.
For the mayor, more important than the financial issue is a change in the strategy of the sport, which must pass “between the conditions of training and training”.
“If there is no sports policy, there is no economic policy that can resist,” Jose Manuel Silva said, stressing that it would cost him too much — “in a special and emotional way” — to witness the “difficult path of Academia in recent years.”
The students hope the club will get back on its feet
“It’s a pity to watch this fall. The OAF has taken the Académica icon by far, in both domestic and European competitions – we all remember the win over Atlético de Madrid. [na Liga Europa, em 2012] Or win the Portuguese Cup [em 2012]. It is something that shocks us, given that, in recent years, they have had a competitive team with the possibility of a move to the I Liga”, said Joao Quisero, owner of the sports profile.
The AAC abolished the football section in 1974, and later appeared Clube Académico de Coimbra which in turn gave way, 10 years later, to the OAF, which was created in an effort to reconnect with the parent company and professionalize the club, but without any formal connection to the Student Union .
For João Caseiro, the AAC will help, “within its means”, the club to rebuild itself, while emphasizing that the priority of the federation will always be the cultural and sports departments, which include the football department, which has almost assured maintenance in the Coimbra Honors Division ( area pre-promotion to the Portuguese Championship), in a group in which Team B of the OAF had only one win, predicted a possible relegation to the I District Division of Coimbra.
He stressed that “what we can do to support the return of the OAF to greater travels is through support on the field as fans and a closeness between the two institutions and ensuring that the club’s charm is not lost.”
When asked about enhancing cooperation between the OAF and AAC’s football division, the federation vice president emphasized that with the current board having four months in office, “it is difficult to make a full and comprehensive assessment of what has been accomplished in the past years.”
He stressed that “there may be bridges that can be built, but this is something that needs to be done with all the parties involved and with all the actors involved.”
From the point of view of the person in charge, it is now necessary with the regression that “mystery and connectivity are not neglected”, believing in the club’s ability to re-launch itself.
He stressed that “the presence of a centenary club exceeds its presence in the first, second or third division.”