Varzim Sport Club are based in Póvoa de Varzim - a medium-sized city in the very north west of Portugal. It once had the biggest fish market in the north of the country, but these days it is better known for tourism, lured by its many miles of long, sandy beaches. Indeed, Varzim's ground is only a few short yards from the beach - so close in fact that a stray shot could very easily end up in the sea. This is undoubtedly how they acquired their nickname - The Sea Devils.
Estádio do Varzim Sport Club. Currently part of the Portuguese second level, the Liga de Honra, they have spend a full 21 seasons in their country's top flight, the last time in 2002-03 when ironically the made the quarter finals of the Portuguese Cup - their best performance in living memory.The club have a rather edifying policy whereby 70% of the team have to come from their youth ranks. Notable former players to have come through the junior set up include Portuguese internationals Bruno Alves, Hélder Postiga and Rui Barros, and the Chelsea fringe keeper Henrique Hilário also put in a stint between the Varzim sticks.
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