C.F. Os Belenenses
|Full name||Clube de Futebol
Azuis do Restelo
(The Blues from Restelo)
Pastéis de Belém
|Founded||23 September 1919|
|Ground||Estádio do Restelo, Lisbon
|2012–13||Segunda Liga, 1st (promoted)|
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.
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. 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).
The club won its only Primeira Liga title in 1945–46, beating Benfica by a point 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. The club came runner-up in the league for the first time in the 1954–55 season, level on 39 points with Benfica. It was not until 1973 that Belenenses finished runner-up again, 18 points behind Benfica, and they never have since.
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 last Taca de Portugal on 28 May 1989, beating Benfica 2–1. Also that season, they ousted holders Bayer Leverkusen from Cup-Winners' Cup.
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.
Cabral Ferreira, who served as president of Belenenses from 2005 until 2008, died on 26 February 2008, of a long illness. Belenenses were relegated in 2010 to the Segunda Liga, and secured promotion back to the Primeira Liga in March 2013.
- Lisbon Championship: 6
- 1925–26, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1931–32, 1943–44, 1945–46
- Lisbon Honour Cup: 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
League and cup history
|1945–46||1D||1||22||18||2||2||74||24||38||last 16||Only League title|
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)
|Velež Mostar||Belenenses||0–0||0–0||4–3 (pen.)|
Cup Winners' Cup
As of 16 August 2013. Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Notable former players
- CF Belenenses (basketball)
- CF Belenenses (futsal)
- CF Belenenses (handball)
- C.F. Os Belenenses (rugby)
- Portugal – List of Champions
- Portugal 1945–46
- Real Madrid C.F. – Official Web Site – Real Madrid play 1,500th official clash at the Santiago Bernabeu
- Portugal 1954–55
- Portugal 1972–73
- Portugal Cup Full Results 1938–1990
- Portugal Cup 2006/07
- "Passings: Morreu Cabral Ferreira". Jornal de Notícias. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-26.
- 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.
- Official website (Portuguese)