Marítimo is best known for its football team that currently plays in the top-flight competition, the Liga Sagres. The club's reserve team, Marítimo B, compete in the Portuguese Second Division. 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. Marítimo have dominated Madeira's regional football scene since its establishment but hold just one national title, the Campeonato de Portugal, which was won in 1926. Often seen participating in the UEFA Cup, Marítimo's most recent foray into European competition came in 2008, when they lost 3-1 on aggregate to Spanish-giants Valencia. Nevertheless, Marítimo still maintain a proud and formidable home record against European opposition with victories over Rangers, Aarau and Leeds United, whilst said club were in its prime. The football team's home ground is the Estádio dos Barreiros which has hosted games since 1927, when it replaced the previous home Campo do Almirante Reis. The ground is currently being redeveloped into a new state-of-the-art stadium which will be operational by 2011. The Complexo Desportivo, which houses the club's training facilities, headquarters and an indoor multi-sport arena was opened in 2006 and is located in the Santo António district of Funchal.
It was on December 8, 1910, after a game, Antonino Figueira presented the idea of creation of the National Sport Group. Nesta reunião ficou também decidido que o '(...) uniforme passaria branco e preto no formato das camisolas do Club Sport da Madeira.' At this meeting it was also decided that the uniform would '(...) black and white jerseys in the format of the Sport Club of Madeira. ' (Figueira, Antonino; Retalhos da História do Nacional) (Figueira, Antonino; Snippets of History of National