Estádio Nacional

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Estádio Nacional
Estádio Nacional
StadionJamor.JPG
Location Jamor, Oeiras
Owner Portuguese Football Federation
Capacity 39,000[1]
Construction
Broke ground 1939
Opened 10 June 1944
Architect Jacobetty Rosa
Tenants
Portugal national football team
S.L. Benfica (2003)
Lusitanos XV (2013-)

The Estádio Nacional (English: National Stadium), also known as Estádio do Jamor, is a stadium that used to be the Portuguese national football ground. It is located in the Jamor sports complex, in Oeiras, near Lisbon. It was designed by Jacobetty Rosa and the building works started in 1939, with its inauguration happening on 10 June 1944 (Portugal Day) by the Council president António Oliveira Salazar. Architecturally the stadium is noteworthy for its open east side, unusual for a stadium otherwise featuring a typical oval configuration. Its current capacity is 39,000[2] and it is the venue for the Portuguese football cup final.

The stadium traditionally hosts the final of the Portuguese Cup since 1946; only 5 times was this game played on other venues. In total, 52 Cup finals have been played on this ground. Many Portuguese football fans believe time has taken its toll on the historic stadium, given the fact other, more modern and comfortable stadiums have been built (namely after Euro 2004) and that the final should be moved to a newer ground despite the tradition; nevertheless, the Portuguese FA has many times dismissed this possibility. The most prestigious international game ever staged at the Estádio Nacional was the 1967 European Cup final, played between Celtic and Internazionale with the former winning by 2-1 and becoming the first British European champion team, nicknamed the Lisbon Lions.

In September 2012, the Portuguese Football Federation announced that the stadium would undergo renovation in which work would begin in 2014.[3]

Portugal national football team[edit]

The national team first played in the stadium in 1945. It hosted 49 internationals for Portugal, more than any other stadium in the country.

Lusitanos XV[edit]

It was announced by the Rugby governing body ERC on September 2 that the Portuguese representative club Lusitanos XV would hold their home games of the 2013-14 Amlin Challenge Cup at Estadio National. [4] However, all their home games of the 2013-14 Amlin Challenge Cup were played at the Portuguese national rugby teams home stadium of Estádio Universitário de Lisboa.

Concerts[edit]

The Black Eyed Peas performed in here on May 30, 2010 during The E.N.D. World Tour.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.worldstadiums.com/stadium_menu/stadium_list/35000.shtml
  2. ^ http://www.worldstadiums.com/stadium_menu/stadium_list/35000.shtml
  3. ^ "Jamor vai acolher a "Cidade do Futebol": obras começam em 2014" [Jamor will host the "Soccer City": works begin in 2014]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 5 September 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.ercrugby.com/eng/news/22029.php#.UiS1Kza-2So
Preceded by
Heysel Stadium
Brussels
European Cup
Final Venue

1967
Succeeded by
Wembley Stadium
London

Coordinates: 38°42′31.74″N 9°15′39.03″W / 38.7088167°N 9.2608417°W / 38.7088167; -9.2608417