Atletico Petroleos on the continental radar

Edwin  - CEO March 25, 2024
Updated 2024/03/25 at 10:14 PM
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Atletico Petroleos Image credit: CAFonline
Atletico Petroleos Image credit: CAFonline

Carrying the hopes of Angolan football in Africa



Atletico Petroleos is carrying the hopes of Angolan football as the only club representing the nation of 34 million people in the current season of the TotalEnergies CAF Champions League, CAFonline reports.


Founded 44 years ago to grow into the most successful club in the country, Os Tricolores, as the club is affectionately known, is preparing to make its second Quarterfinal appearance when it faces five-time champions TP Mazembe in a double-legged affair on 30 March (away) and 06 April (home).


Petro has yet to go all the way in any CAF Inter-Club competition, but with this being their second appearance in the knockout stages, the Angolan side will be hoping to go all the way this season.


CAFOnline takes a look at some interesting information about the club.


Brief History


Atletico Petroleos, also known as Petro de Luanda or Petro was formed in 1980. It is celebrating 44 years of existence as a club.


Home Ground


The club plays its home matches at the Estadio 11 de Novembro in Luanda, which has a capacity 48 000.




They are the current champions of the Angolan Premier League, which has taken their titles to a record 17, with their first title league dating back to 1982.


Petro also won the Angola Cup 14 times and Angola Super Cup 6 times.


Continental Achievements


Petro has yet to taste continental success in any CAF Inter-club competitions. Their best run came in the 2021/22 season when they reached the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League after shocking Mamelodi Sundowns.


Head Coach – Alexandre Santos


Alexandre Santos is a Portugal-born coach appointed by the club in 2021. The 47-year-old coach is in his second appointment as head coach at club level after his first stint with FC Alverca in Portugal.


He has also been head coach of Sporting CP U23 side, preceded by being assistant at SC Braga and other clubs in Portugal.


Key Player – Hugo Marques  


Hugo Marques is Petro’s trusted man in between the sticks. The lanky shot-stopper is a crucial figure for coach Santos’ side, and not only through his shot-stopping and acrobatic saves but his leadership and command of his defense affords the club a strong leader on the pitch.


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