Founded on the 8th December 1910, C.D. Nacional is often referred to by its nicknames, Alvinegros (White-and-Black) or Nacionalistas.

The clubs most famous player to date has to be Cristiano Ronaldo, who spent two years playing for the junior team. In honour of his prowess and scoring ability on the football field they have named their youth training facilities the ‘Cristiano Ronaldo Football Campus.’

Their promotion to the Primeira Liga has been a mixed bag of highs - beating enemies C.S Marítimo in a 3-0 win at home to take 5th place in the 2014-15 season - and the lows of relegation.

Both C.D. Nacional and C.S. Marítimo are known for their intense rivalry, much of which stems from the cultural and socio-economic status of the fans. The feud was further intensified when the young Ronaldo turned down an offer to play for C.S. Marítimo due to familial ties to Nacional.

Other notable club players include Paulo Assunção (played for F.C. Porto and Atletico Madrid) and Rúben Micael who also played for F.C. Porto and Zaragoza.

In 2011 CNN announced that Nacional’s stadium, ‘Estádio da Madeira’ was one of the world’s most unusual stadiums due to its surreal setting.

Like its counterpart, the club and stadium are also home to a variety of other sporting activities and clubs including boxing, Muay Thai (combat boxing), tennis, padel, triathlon, rallying, swimming, various forms of gymnastics and even beach and veteran soccer.

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