Estádio Algarve

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Estádio Algarve
Location São João da Venda, Algarve, Portugal
Capacity 30,002
Surface Grass
Opened 2004
Architect Populous[1]
(formerly HOK Sport Venue Event)
Farense (formerly)
Louletano (formerly)
Gibraltar national football team

The Estádio Algarve is an association football stadium located between Faro and Loulé, in Portugal and the former home of Farense and Louletano, having received some Olhanense and Portimonense matches during their respective stadiums' works of renovation. The Estádio Algarve is also the temporary home ground of Gibraltar national football team[2] and it also hosts the final match of the Algarve Cup, a major annual international tournament in women's football. From 2004 to 2013, Louletano shared the stadium with Sporting Clube Farense.

The stadium has a capacity of 30,002,[3] and was built for the Euro 2004 tournament. Aside from football, it has also hosted music festivals and concerts, and was temporarily converted into a super special stage during the 2007 Rally Portugal (part of the 2007 World Rally Championship season).

The Estádio Algarve was designed in the summer of 2000 to UEFA and FIFA standards by Damon Lavelle of Populous (formerly HOK Sport) London. The design team included WS Atkins engineers and local partners including Marobal. The design is regional in nature, alluding to the maritime traditions of Portugal and harmonising with the distinctive local landscape. The stadium is considered a model small/regional flexible use stadium for European Football and cultural events, being one of the most used stadiums in Portugal, compared to others used for matches in the main Portuguese Football League.

The stadium hosted the inaugural Algarve Challenge Cup tournament on 22 and 24 July 2008 that saw Cardiff City, Celtic, Middlesbrough, and Vitória de Guimarães in action. Cardiff City were the eventual winners of the tournament with victories over Celtic and Vitória.

Euro 2004 Matches[edit]

Date Result Round
12 June 2004  Spain 1–0  Russia Group A
20 June 2004  Russia 2–1  Greece Group A
26 June 2004  Sweden 0–0 (4–5 on pen.)  Netherlands Quarter-finals

Portugal national football team[edit]

The following national team matches were held in the stadium.

# Date Score Opponent Competition
1. 18 February 2004 1–1  England Friendly
2. 3 September 2005 6–0  Luxembourg 2006 World Cup qualification
3. 11 February 2009 1–0  Finland Friendly
4. 10 August 2011 5–0  Luxembourg Friendly
5. 15 August 2012 2–0  Panama Friendly
6. 14 August 2013 1–1  Netherlands Friendly
7. 14 November 2014 1–0  Armenia Euro 2016 qualifying

Gibraltar national football team[edit]

The following national team matches were held in the stadium.

# Date Score Opponent Competition
1. 19 November 2013 0–0  Slovakia Friendly
2. 4 June 2014 1–0  Malta Friendly
3. 7 September 2014 0–7  Poland UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier
4. 14 October 2014 0–3  Georgia UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier
5. 13 June 2015  Germany UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier
6. 4 September 2015  Republic of Ireland UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier
7. 11 October 2015  Scotland UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier
  • Gibraltar 0–0 Slovakia, 19 November 2013 (UEFA accepted friendly)
  • Gibraltar 1–0 Malta, 4 June 2014 (UEFA accepted friendly)
  • 5 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches


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Coordinates: 37°05′18″N 7°58′29″W / 37.08833°N 7.97472°W / 37.08833; -7.97472