For the past 3 seasons prior to 2018/19 season, F.C. Famalicão was a regular mid table team in LigaPro, a Portuguese second division League after the Primiera Liga which is the top league.
At the beginning of the 2018/19 season, Quantum Pacific Group acquired 51% shares in the club hence helping it win a promotion to the Primiera Liga for this ongoing season. After a successful first season, the group increased their share hold by 85%.
In preparation for their first outing in Portuguese top division football for the first time in 25 years, Famalicão signed 19 players which totally seemed like a big gamble and a laughing point in top European football divisions to sign such a big number of players in one transfer window but, it has heavily paid off for them since.
In 7 games, they have registered 6 wins, 0 loses and 1 draw, a streak other teams in the division can only dream of since all the other 17 have one or more loses.
Famalicão acquired a record 10 loan signings with a pair from Atletico de Madrid in which also Quantum Pacific Group owns a 33% stake, a pair from Valencia and others from the top sides in the Primiera Liga like Porto and Braga. They also gave the job of the head coach to Joao Pedro Sousa who has had several stints in England as an assistant manager.
Famalicão is Sousa’s first assignment as a head coach and when one looks at the current status of the team and what they have achieved so far, you can confidently say he is doing it very well.
Famalicão head into the international break top of the Portuguese Primiera Liga with one point above traditional giants Porto and Benfica. Their biggest challenge of the season will come when they take trips away to Porto, Braga and Benfica in their next seven fixtures.
These coming fixtures will determine if Famalicão is having similarities with England’s Leicester City who went on to win the trophy in 2015/16 or Hoffenheim who slipped and finished 7th in 2008/2009.
Whether the “Whites and Blues” fairy tale continues or it is dismantled by the traditional giants, this already is big enough an achievement for a club which hosts its games in a stadium with a capacity of 5,307 in a town of a population of less than 150,000 people.
Author: Katende Basajjabaka
Katende writes about sports and occasionally technology.