Estádio D. Afonso Henriques

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Estádio D. Afonso Henriques
Estádio de Guimarães.JPG
Location Guimarães, Portugal
Built 1965
Opened 1999
Renovated 2003
Owner Municipality of Guimarães
Surface Grass
Architect Eduardo Guimarães
Capacity 30,165
Tenants
Vitória de Guimarães

The Estádio D. Afonso Henriques (English: D. Afonso Henriques Stadium) is a football stadium in the city of Guimarães, Portugal.

The stadium is home of Guimarães's most successful team, Vitória de Guimarães, presently completing in the top-flight Portuguese Liga. The stadium was built in 1965 and was renovated and expanded in 2003 for the UEFA Euro 2004 tournament by architect Eduardo Guimarães. Estádio D. Afonso Henriques has a capacity of 30,165 and it is named after the first King of Portugal — and also a Guimarães native — Dom Afonso Henriques. It was formerly known as Estádio Municipal de Guimarães, and before that as the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques.

During Euro 2004, the stadium hosted two of the tournament's matches.

Games held[edit]

The Estádio D. Afonso Henriques hosted two games at UEFA Euro 2004. The opening fixture of Group C was between Denmark and Italy, in which the match ended 0–0. The last fixture of Group C was also played at the stadium, this time between Bulgaria and Italy, in which it ended 2–1 to Italy with goals from Martin Petrov for Bulgaria and goals from Simone Perrotta and Antonio Cassano for Italy. Although Cassano's late 94th minute strike won the game for Italy 2–1, in the other game between Denmark and Sweden, it ended 2–2 with a late 89th minute strike from Mattias Jonson. Jonson's goal resulted in Italy's exit out of the tournament on goals scored in third place, behind Sweden in second place and Denmark in first place.

Portugal national football team[edit]

The following national team matches were held in the stadium.

Miklós Fehér's death[edit]

The stadium witnessed the death of Sport Lisboa e Benfica player Miklós Fehér. This occurred during a league match in between Vitória de Guimarães and Benfica on 25 January 2004. Late in the second half, Fehér received a yellow card shortly after coming on as a substitute. He then collapsed and went into a cardiac arrest. Fehér later died in hospital. Every time Benfica play in Guimarães, there is a remembrance ceremony at the location where Fehér died.

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Coordinates: 41°26′45″N 8°18′04″W / 41.44583°N 8.30111°W / 41.44583; -8.30111