Formed in 1910, the team comprised mostly dock workers (hence their name) and adopted the colours red and green from the new Republican flag of Portugal. C.S. Marítimo is best known for its football and their first ever game was against Santa Clara (comprising of a team of Western Telegraph Workers) which they won 2-1. After this initial success the players started pitching their skills against teams of sailors from British ships that docked here.
In the 1921/22 season the team played in the newly formed national competition the ‘Campeonato de Portugal; which they finally won during their 1925/26 season. However, it was not all good news as the newly created Primeira Liga excluded island teams and it wasn’t until 1972/73 that the Portuguese Football Association finally agreed that Madeira could play a qualifying round against the bottom second division and top third division teams.
C.S. Marítino play at their home ground Estadio do Marítimo, while their B team play at Campo da Imaculada Conceição in Santo António. Ticket prices for Marítimo games range from €12.50 to €30.00 depending on who they are playing and can be purchased from their shop in Funchal or at the stadium.
In addition to its footballing prowess, Marítimo has created several clubs which encourage and teach several different sporting activities including volleyball, handball, basketball, table tennis, futsal, roller hockey, speed skating, athletics, gymnastics, cycling, Muay Thai (combat boxing), taekwondo, sport fishing and shooting.