C.F. Os Belenenses

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Os Belenenses
Os Belenenses.png
Full name Clube de Futebol
Os Belenenses
Nickname(s) O Belém
Azuis do Restelo
(The Blues from Restelo)
Founded 23 September 1919; 95 years ago (23 September 1919)
Ground Estádio do Restelo
Ground Capacity 25,000[1]
President Patrick Morais de Carvalho
Manager Lito Vidigal
League Primeira Liga
2013–14 Primeira Liga, 14th
Website Club home page

Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses, commonly known simply as Belenenses (Portuguese pronunciation: [bɨlɨˈnẽsɨʃ]), is a Portuguese multi-sports club best known for its football team. Founded in 1919, is one of the oldest Portuguese sports clubs. It is based in the 25,000-seat Estádio do Restelo in the Belém quarter of Lisbon, hence the club name, which translates as "The ones from Belém".

Belenenses won the 1945–46 Primeira Liga, making them the first of two clubs aside from the Big Three to win the league title, the other club being Boavista FC. The club also have 6 Championship of Portugal/Portuguese Cup titles.

The main activities of the club are football, handball, basketball, futsal, athletics, and rugby union. The club has won major national championships in all these sports, but remains best known for its original activity, football.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Founded in 1919, it reached its first Campeonato final in 1926, losing 2–0 to Maritimo, and won the title the next season with a 3–0 win over Vitória de Setúbal and picking up a second championship in 1929. The club lost the 1932 title to Porto 2–1 in a replay after a 4–4 draw. The club won its third and final Campeonato in 1933 by beating Sporting 3–1.[2] With three Campeonato wins, Beleneneses was one of Portugal's "Big Four" from the advent of the Primeira Liga, but have now won significantly fewer honours since then the other three clubs (Benfica, Porto and Sporting).

League Champions[edit]

The club won its only Primeira Liga title in 1945–46, beating Benfica by a point[3] on the first occasion which a club outside the Big Three won the title. On 14 December 1947, they were the first team to face Real Madrid at their newly inaugurated Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (then called Nuevo Estadio Chamartín), in a friendly match which was won 3–1 by the Spanish club.[4] The club came runner-up in the league for the first time in the 1954–55 season, level on 39 points with Benfica.[5] It was not until 1973 that Belenenses finished runner-up again, 18 points behind Benfica, and they never have since.[6]

European forays[edit]

Belenenses were the first club to compete in the UEFA Cup in a two-legged 3–3 draw with Hibernian (at the time one of Scotland's biggest teams) at the Estádio do Restelo in Belém.

The club has also played in the European Cup Winners' Cup, as well as the UEFA Cup. In the 1987–88 UEFA Cup season, the club played powerhouse Barcelona; in the first leg, they lost 2–0 in the Camp Nou, winning 1–0 in Lisbon at the Estádio do Restelo with Mapuata scoring. Belenenses won their sixth, and to date last, Taça de Portugal on 28 May 1989, beating Benfica 2–1.[7] Also that season, they ousted holders Bayer Leverkusen from Cup-Winners' Cup.

Downfall and recovery[edit]

Belenenses were relegated from the Primeira Liga for the first time in 1981–82, and have been relegated three other times since then.

21st century[edit]

The 2005–06 season saw the football team finishing fourth from bottom, which would mean relegation for the team. However, the team won a subsequent appeal that sent Gil Vicente down instead. With this reprieve, the team played in the top level of Portuguese football once again. On 27 May 2007 Belenenses reached their first Taca de Portugal final since their 1989 triumph, and most recent to date, but were beaten 1–0 by Sporting.[8]

Cabral Ferreira, who served as president of Belenenses from 2005 until 2008, died on 26 February 2008, of a long illness.[9] Belenenses were relegated in 2010 to the Segunda Liga, and secured promotion back to the Primeira Liga in March 2013, their longest stint out of the top division.

Honours[edit]

National[edit]

Winners (1): 1945–46
Runners-up (3): 1936–37, 1954–55, 1972–73
Winners (3): 1941–42, 1959–60, 1988–89
Runners-up (5): 1939–40, 1940–41, 1947–48, 1985–86, 2006–07
Runners-up (1): 1989
Winners (3): 1926–27, 1928–29, 1932–33
Runners-up (3): 1925–26, 1931–32, 1935–36
Winners (2): 1983–84, 2012–13
Runners-up (2): 1991–92, 1998–99
Winners (6): 1925–26, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1931–32, 1943–44, 1945–46
Runners-up (6): 1919–20, 1924–25, 1926–27, 1930–31, 1932–33, 1938–39
Winners (12): 1925–26, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1931–32, 1943–44, 1945–46, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1968–69, 1975–76, 1989–90, 1993–94
Runners-up (6): 1964–65, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1979–80, 1983–84, 1985–86

International[edit]

Winners (1): 1975

League and cup history[edit]

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Notes
1934–35 CL 4 14 8 2 4 45 20 18 quarter-final
1935–36 CL 4 14 7 3 4 28 22 17 final
1936–37 CL 2 14 11 1 2 46 17 23 quarter-final
1937–38 CL 5 14 5 0 9 29 28 10
1938–39 1D 4 14 6 1 7 38 29 13 quarter-final
1939–40 1D 3 18 11 3 4 58 21 25 final
1940–41 1D 3 14 9 1 4 59 22 19 final
1941–42 1D 3 22 12 6 4 66 32 30 winner
1942–43 1D 3 18 14 0 4 78 20 28 quarter-final
1943–44 1D 6 18 9 3 6 41 32 21 quarter-final
1944–45 1D 3 18 13 1 4 72 29 27 quarter-final
1945–46 1D 1 22 18 2 2 74 24 38 last 16 Only League title
1946–47 1D 4 26 14 5 7 66 31 33 not held
1947–48 1D 3 26 16 5 5 76 30 37 final
1948–49 1D 3 26 16 3 7 68 36 35 last 16
1949–50 1D 4 26 10 7 9 36 41 27 not held
1950–51 1D 9 26 10 4 12 45 48 24 semi-final
1951–52 1D 4 26 14 8 4 60 28 36
1952–53 1D 3 26 15 6 5 60 29 36
1953–54 1D 4 26 13 5 8 43 39 31 semi-final
1954–55 1D 2 26 17 5 4 63 28 39 LAT 4th place
1955–56 1D 3 26 16 5 5 67 25 37 semi-final
1956–57 1D 3 26 13 7 6 74 50 33
1957–58 1D 4 26 12 4 10 54 42 28
1958–59 1D 3 26 16 6 4 65 27 38
1959–60 1D 3 26 15 6 5 58 25 36 winner
1960–61 1D 5 26 12 4 10 45 37 28 semi-final
1961–62 1D 5 26 12 7 7 51 35 31 semi-final FC 1st round
1962–63 1D 4 26 16 4 6 47 30 36 semi-final FC 1st round
1963–64 1D 6 26 12 6 8 46 36 30 FC 2nd round
1964–65 1D 8 26 12 2 12 39 40 26 FC 1st round
1965–66 1D 7 26 9 7 10 28 29 25
1966–67 1D 11 26 7 6 13 26 34 20
1967–68 1D 7 26 10 5 11 38 40 25
1968–69 1D 8 26 8 10 8 31 33 26
1969–70 1D 7 26 9 5 12 23 34 23 semi-final
1970–71 1D 7 26 7 8 11 20 27 22
1971–72 1D 7 30 11 7 12 35 33 29 semi-final
1972–73 1D 2 30 14 12 4 53 30 40
1973–74 1D 5 30 17 6 7 56 34 40 UC 1st round
1974–75 1D 6 30 14 7 9 45 37 35 semi-final
1975–76 1D 3 30 16 8 6 45 28 40
1976–77 1D 10 30 7 12 11 29 40 26 UC 1st round
1977–78 1D 5 30 14 8 8 25 21 36
1978–79 1D 8 30 10 9 11 47 43 29
1979–80 1D 5 30 13 8 9 33 38 34
1980–81 1D 11 30 8 10 12 24 39 26 semi-final
1981–82 1D 15 30 5 10 15 28 48 20 relegated
1982–83 2D.S 4 30 12 10 8 35 19 34
1983–84 2D.S 1 30 18 8 4 49 13 44 promoted
1984–85 1D 6 30 11 8 11 40 46 30
1985–86 1D 8 30 7 14 9 27 30 28 final
1986–87 1D 6 30 13 4 13 52 40 30
1987–88 1D 3 38 18 12 8 52 38 48 UC 1st round
1988–89 1D 7 38 13 14 11 44 35 40 winner UC 2nd round
1989–90 1D 6 34 16 4 14 32 33 36 semi-final CWC 1st round
1990–91 1D 19 38 10 9 19 27 38 29 relegated
1991–92 2H 2 34 19 10 5 53 25 48 promoted
1992–93 1D 7 34 11 12 11 42 40 34
1993–94 1D 13 34 12 6 16 39 51 30
1994–95 1D 12 34 10 7 17 30 39 27
1995–96 1D 6 34 14 9 1 53 33 51
1996–97 1D 13 34 10 10 14 37 50 40 last 32
1997–98 1D 18 34 5 9 20 22 52 24 last 64 relegated
1998–99 2H 2 34 17 10 7 55 28 61 promoted
1999–2000 1D 12 34 9 13 12 36 38 40 last 64
2000–01 1D 7 34 14 10 10 43 36 52 last 32
2001–02 1D 5 34 17 6 11 54 44 57 last 16
2002–03 1D 9 34 11 10 13 47 48 43 last 32
2003–04 1D 15 34 8 11 15 35 54 35 semi-final
2004–05 1D 9 34 13 7 14 38 34 46 quarter-final
2005–06 1D 15 34 11 6 17 40 42 39 last 64
2006–07 1D 5 30 15 4 11 36 29 49 final
2007–08 1D 8 30 11 10 9 35 33 40 last 64 3 points deducted
2008–09 1D 15 30 5 9 16 28 52 24 last 32
2009–10 1D 15 30 4 11 15 23 44 23 last 16 relegated
2010–11 2H 13 30 8 11 11 33 36 35 last 64
2011–12 2H 5 30 10 11 9 34 32 41 last 16
2012–13 2H 1 42 29 7 6 75 41 94 semi-final promoted
2013–14 1D 14 30 6 10 14 19 33 28 last 64

CL=Campeonato da Liga (winners weren't considered Portuguese champions); 1D=First Division/League
2D=Second Division/League; 2H=Liga de Honra
CWC=Cup Winners' Cup; UC=UEFA Cup
FC=Fairs Cup; LAT=Latin Cup

UEFA Cup (formerly Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, now Europa League)[edit]

Season Team1 Team2 Result1 Result2 Result3
1961–62 Scotland Hibernian Portugal Belenenses 3–3 1–3
1962–63 Portugal Belenenses Spain Barcelona 1–1 1–1 2–3
1963–64 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Trešnjevka Zagreb Portugal Belenenses 2–0 2–1
Italy Roma Portugal Belenenses 1–2 0–1
1964–65 Portugal Belenenses Republic of Ireland Shelbourne 1–1 0–0 1–2
1973–74 Portugal Belenenses England Wolves 0–2 1–2
1976–77 Portugal Belenenses Spain Barcelona 2–2 2–3
1987–88 Spain Barcelona Portugal Belenenses 0–2 1–0
1988–89 Germany Bayer Leverkusen Portugal Belenenses 1–0 1–0
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Velež Mostar Portugal Belenenses 0–0 0–0 3–4 (pen.)
2007–08 Germany Bayern Munich Portugal Belenenses 0–1 0–2

Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

Season Team1 Team2 Result1 Result2
1989–90 Portugal Belenenses France AS Monaco 1–1 0–3

Current squad[edit]

As of 17 July 2014. Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 England GK Matt Jones
2 Portugal DF André Teixeira
5 Portugal MF Ricardo Alves
6 Portugal DF João Meira
7 Portugal MF Miguel Rosa
9 Portugal FW Tiago Caeiro
10 Portugal MF Tiago Silva
11 Angola FW Fredy
13 Portugal DF João Afonso
15 Portugal MF Adilson
16 Portugal MF Bruno China
17 Portugal FW Fábio Sturgeon
20 Portugal DF Filipe Ferreira
No. Position Player
22 Portugal DF Nélson
24 Iceland FW Eggert Jónsson
25 Cape Verde FW Mailó
28 Portugal DF Gonçalo Brandão (on loan from Parma FC)
30 Guinea-Bissau FW Abel Camará
35 Brazil MF Rodrigo Dantas
47 Portugal DF Palmeira
55 Portugal DF Daniel Martins
66 Brazil FW Deyverson
76 Portugal GK Rafael Veloso
77 Portugal GK Filipe Mendes
92 Portugal FW Fábio Nunes
Portugal DF Serginho (on loan from Benfica)

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Portugal FW Arsénio (at Moreirense)


Notable former players[edit]

Former coaches[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Portugal – List of Champions
  3. ^ Portugal 1945–46
  4. ^ Real Madrid C.F. – Official Web Site – Real Madrid play 1,500th official clash at the Santiago Bernabeu
  5. ^ Portugal 1954–55
  6. ^ Portugal 1972–73
  7. ^ Portugal Cup Full Results 1938–1990
  8. ^ Portugal Cup 2006/07
  9. ^ "Passings: Morreu Cabral Ferreira". Jornal de Notícias. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-26. 
  10. ^ From 1922 to 1938, the Portuguese champion was determined in a knock-out competition called Campeonato de Portugal (Portuguese Championship). With the formation of the league, this competition later became the national cup.

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