Marítimo have dominated Madeira's regional football scene since its establishment. The club hold one national title, the Championship of Portugal, won in 1926. After a long period without being able to participate in national championships, they finally made their appearance in 1973. Since then Marítimo was present for thirty-three times in I League, was two times runners-up of the Portuguese Cup, and participated eight times in the UEFA Cup/Europa League. The club also won the II League twice.
Marítimo's most recent foray into European competition came in 2012, when they achieve the group stage of the Europa League. Nevertheless, Marítimo still maintain a proud home record against European opposition with victories over Rangers, Aarau and Leeds United. The football team has produced and featured many notable names in recent years, including Pepe of Real Madrid, Danny of FC Zenit and Nuno Valente, formerly of Everton, to name just a few. According to the ranking of the prestigious International Federation of Football History and Statistics Marítimo is considered the fifth best Portuguese club of this century. This ranking also confirms the status of the Club Sport Marítimo as the best club in Madeira in the 21st century.
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