The Cidade de Coimbra Stadium is the stage, starting at 7.30 pm on Monday, for the 59th clash between Académica and Varzim.
This time, the two historic Portuguese football clubs are playing in the 3rd round of the Portuguese Cup and the match will be the 29th between the two teams in Lusa-Atenas.
The students, who have 64 participations in the 1st League in their curriculum – the last one in 2015-2016, two Portuguese Cups (1938/1939 and 2011/2012) and four participations in European competitions (Taça das Cidades com Feira, Taça das das Cups, UEFA Cup and Europa League), face the people from Coimbra who were 21 times in the 1st League – the last one in 2002/2003. In the “queen competition” of Portuguese football, the best result of the varzinistas was the quarterfinals, in the 2006/2007 season.
It will be the 29th match in the city of Coimbra and the history of matches is very favorable to academics. In the previous 28 matches, Académica won on 17 occasions, drew nine and lost just twice against Varzim. The last defeat happened in the 5th round of the 2001/2002 2nd League. The people beat Briosa, coached by Carlos Garcia, 3-0.
The other defeat of academics in Coimbra against Varzim dates back to the 1980/1981 season. Académica, by Mário Wilson lost, 1-0, in the 20th round of the then 1st Division.
In the most recent history, Académica has won the last four duels at home. In the last, played on January 13, 2019, João Alves's men beat Varzim, 2-0, with goals from Yuri and Hugo Almeida.
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