CAF Champions League: Petro de Luanda aiming to rewrite Angolan football history


Atletico Petroleos, affectionately known as Petro de Luanda or Petro, stands as the beacon of hope for Angolan football on the continental stage as the sole representative of the nation in the current season of the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League.

Founded 44 years ago, the club has risen to become the most successful in Angola, and now carries the aspirations of a nation of 34 million people as they eye a historic run in the prestigious tournament.

Prepared to make their second Quarter-Finals appearance, Atletico Petroleos faces a formidable challenge in the form of five-time champions TP Mazembe.

The double-legged affair, slated for 30th March (away) and 6th April (home), presents an opportunity for Petro to etch their name in the annals of African football history.

While Atletico Petroleos is yet to claim continental glory in any CAF Inter-Club competition, this season holds promise for the Angolan side.

Building on their previous Quarter-Finals appearance, Petro is determined to go all the way and make their mark on the African football landscape.

A closer look at the club reveals a rich history and a wealth of achievements. Founded in 1980, Atletico Petroleos celebrates 44 years of existence, with their home matches played at the iconic Estadio 11 de Novembro in Luanda, boasting a capacity of 48,000 passionate fans.

Domestically, Petro de Luanda has dominated, clinching a record 17 Angolan Premier League titles since their inaugural triumph in 1982.

Additionally, they have lifted the Angola Cup on 14 occasions and secured the Angola Super Cup six times, solidifying their stature as a powerhouse within the Angolan football scene.

On the continental stage, Atletico Petroleos has showcased their prowess, notably reaching the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League in the 2021/22 season after stunning Mamelodi Sundowns.

Under the guidance of head coach Alexandre Santos, the club continues to strive for excellence. Santos, a Portugal-born tactician, brings a wealth of experience to the helm, having previously coached in Portugal’s top-flight leagues.

Crucial to Petro’s success is goalkeeper Hugo Marques, whose commanding presence and exceptional shot-stopping abilities provide stability to the team’s defense.

Marques’ leadership on the pitch serves as a driving force for Atletico Petroleos as they embark on their quest for continental glory.

As Atletico Petroleos carries the hopes and dreams of Angola, they stand ready to write a new chapter in their storied history and leave an indelible mark on the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League.


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