Estádio da Luz

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This article is about Benfica's new stadium. For the old stadium, see Estádio da Luz (1954). For the Sunderland A.F.C. stadium, see Stadium of Light.
Estádio da Luz
A Catedral
Estadio Benfica April 2013-1.jpg
Full name Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Location Lisbon, Portugal
Coordinates 38°45′10″N 9°11′05″W / 38.752678°N 9.184681°W / 38.752678; -9.184681
Broke ground 2003
Opened 25 October 2003
Owner S.L. Benfica
Operator S.L. Benfica
Surface Grass
Scoreboard Yes
Construction cost 120 million[1]
Architect HOK Sport (now Populous)
Capacity 65,647[2]
Executive suites 156
Record attendance 65,400 (opening match)
Field size 105 x 68 m
Public transit access Colégio Militar / Luz
Lisbon Metro Blue Line
Website slbenfica.pt
Tenants
Benfica (2003–present)
Benfica B (2003–2006, 2012–2013)
UEFA Euro 2004 / Final
2014 UEFA Champions League Final

Estádio da Luz (Portuguese pronunciation: [(ɨ)ˈʃtaðju ðɐ ˈluʃ], Stadium of the Light), officially named Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, is a multi-purpose stadium located in Lisbon, Portugal. It is used mostly for football matches and hosts the home matches of S.L. Benfica. It is also called A Catedral (The Cathedral) by Benfica supporters. It was opened on 25 October 2003 with an exhibition match between Benfica and Nacional de Montevideo.

It is a UEFA category four stadium and the twenty-first biggest stadium by capacity in Europe. The Estádio da Luz hosted several matches in the UEFA Euro 2004, including the final, and hosted the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final. The previous Benfica stadium with 120,000 seats, also called Estádio da Luz, was demolished in 2003 and the new one was built with a maximum capacity of 65,647 making it the 21st largest stadium in Europe in terms of capacity. HOK Sport Venue Event (now Populous) designed the stadium to use as much natural light as possible. The original Estádio da Luz hosted the second leg of the 1983 UEFA Cup Final, the 1992 European Cup Winners' Cup final and the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship Final held in Portugal with an attendance of 127,000 people. The original stadium replaced the Estádio do Campo Grande.

The old stadium was named in honor of the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Luz (Church of Our Lady of the Light) and the people of Lisbon used to call it a Luz ("the Light"), so the common name for the stadium became Estádio da Luz, which is usually translated to English as "Stadium of the Light".

Stadium characteristics[edit]

The architect Damon Lavelle designed the stadium to focus on light and transparency, offering an incentive to name the stadium "Estádio da Luz" as the original stadium had the same name. The polycarbonate roof of the stadium allows the rays of sunlight to penetrate it, lighting the stadium. The roof, which is supported by tie-beams of four steel arches, seems to float on the underlying tribunes. The arches measure 43 metres in height and help to define the look of the stadium after having been shaped to be similar to the wavy profile of the three tiers of the stadium.

A panorama of the new Estádio da Luz.

The return of Benfica[edit]

With the new stadium, Benfica became more confident. In 2003–04 season, Benfica conquered the Taça de Portugal after beating FC Porto in the final, 2–1. In the 2004–05 season, the Estádio da Luz was the venue for a 1–0 victory over Sporting, before a 1–1 draw away against Boavista which sealed the championship. Following the final whistle, thousands of fans joined the stadium to celebrate the 31st championship. In 2009–10, Benfica defeated FC Porto 1–0, an important victory to win their 32nd championship. On 20 April 2014, Benfica conquered their 33rd championship after defeating Olhanense 2–0 at home. Benfica has also qualified for two Europa League finals whilst playing at the new stadium.[3][4]

The stadium has reached the mark of more than 11 million spectators on its tenth birthday.[5]

Notable matches[edit]

Opening Game[edit]

25 October 2003
21:05 WEST
Benfica Portugal 2 – 1 Uruguay Nacional de Montevideo
Nuno Gomes Goal 7'47' Report Mello Goal 11'

Attendance: 65,400
Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)

In the opening game Benfica beat Nacional de Montevideo by 2-1. Benfica's Nuno Gomes scored both goals, becoming the first scorer in the history of Estádio da Luz.

UEFA Euro 2004[edit]

UEFA Euro 2004 - Quarter-finals
24 June 2004
19:45 WEST
Portugal  2 – 2 (a.e.t.)  England
Postiga Goal 83'
Rui Costa Goal 110'
Report Owen Goal 3'
Lampard Goal 115'
  Penalties  
Deco Penalty scored
Simão Penalty scored
Rui Costa Penalty missed
Ronaldo Penalty scored
Maniche Penalty scored
Postiga Penalty scored
Ricardo Penalty scored
6 – 5 Penalty missed Beckham
Penalty scored Owen
Penalty scored Lampard
Penalty scored Terry
Penalty scored Hargreaves
Penalty scored Cole
Penalty missed Vassell

Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Urs Meier (Switzerland)

In the first quarter-final between England and Portugal, the English opened the scoring after only two minutes through Michael Owen. Portugal's constant attacking pressure from then on resulted in Hélder Postiga's 83rd minute equaliser. A controversial incident came in the dying minutes when Michael Owen hit the Portuguese crossbar, resulting in a Sol Campbell header, which appeared to have given England the lead again, but his header was ruled out for what the referee Urs Meier deemed a foul on the Portuguese goalkeeper Ricardo Pereira. The sides exchanged goals in extra-time, sending the match to penalty kicks and Portugal won 6–5; Portugal's goalkeeper Ricardo saved a penalty from Darius Vassell and then scored the winning goal.

UEFA Euro 2004 - Final
Main article: UEFA Euro 2004 Final
4 July 2004
20:45 WEST
Portugal  0 – 1  Greece
(Report) Charisteas Goal 57'

Attendance: 62,865
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)

2014 UEFA Champions League Final[edit]

24 May 2014
19:45 WEST
Real Madrid Spain 4–1 (a.e.t.) Spain Atlético Madrid
Ramos Goal 90+3'
Bale Goal 110'
Marcelo Goal 118'
Ronaldo Goal 120' (pen.)
Report Godín Goal 36'

Attendance: 60,976[6]
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)

Portugal national football team[edit]

Entrance of the stadium during the UEFA Euro 2004

The following national team matches were held in the stadium.

# Date Score Opponent Competition
1. 16 June 2004 2–0  Russia Euro 2004 Group Stage
2. 24 June 2004 2–2[7]  England Euro 2004 Quarter-Finals
3. 4 July 2004 0–1  Greece Euro 2004 Final
4. 4 June 2005 2–0  Slovakia 2006 World Cup qualification
5. 8 September 2007 2–2  Poland Euro 2008 qualifying
6. 10 October 2009 3–0  Hungary 2010 World Cup qualification
7. 14 November 2009 1–0  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2010 World Cup UEFA play-offs
8. 17 November 2010 4–0  Spain Friendly
9. 4 June 2011 1–0  Norway Euro 2012 qualifying
10. 15 November 2011 6–2  Bosnia and Herzegovina Euro 2012 qualifying play-offs
11. 2 June 2012 1–3  Turkey Friendly
12. 7 June 2013 1–0  Russia 2014 World Cup qualification
13. 15 November 2013 1–0  Sweden 2014 World Cup UEFA play-offs

Benfica european matches[edit]

  • 2003/2004
  • Benfica 3 - Molde 1
  • Benfica 1 - Rosenborg 0
  • Benfica 0 - Inter 0
  • 2004/2005
  • Benfica 1- Anderlecht 0
  • Benfica 2 - Banská Bystrica 0
  • Benfica 4 - Heerenveen 2
  • Benfica 2 - Dinamo Zagreb 0
  • Benfica 1 - CSKA Moscow 1
  • 2005/2006
  • Benfica 1 - Lille 0
  • Benfica 0 - Villareal 1
  • Benfica 2 - Manchester United 1
  • Benfica 1 - Liverpool 0
  • Benfica 0 - Barcelona 0
  • 2006/2007
  • Benfica 3 - Austria Vienna 0
  • Benfica 0 - Manchester United 1
  • Benfica 3 - Celtic 0
  • Benfica 3 - FC Kopenhavn 1
  • Benfica 1 - Dinamo Bucharest 0
  • Benfica 3 - Paris Saint Germain 1
  • Benfica 0 - Espanyol 0
  • 2007/2008
  • Benfica 2 - FC Kopenhavn 1
  • Benfica 0 - Shaktar Donetsk 1
  • Benfica 1 - Celtic 0
  • Benfica 1 - Milan 1
  • Benfica 1 - Nuremberga 0
  • Benfica 1 - Getafe 2
  • 2008/2009
  • Benfica 2 - Napoli 0
  • Benfica 0 - Galatasaray 2
  • Benfica 0 - Metalist Kharkiv 1
  • 2009/2010
  • Benfica 4 - Vorskla Poltava 0
  • Benfica 2 - BATE Borisov 0
  • Benfica 5 - Everton 0
  • Benfica 2 - AEK Atenas 1
  • Benfica 4 - Hertha Berlin 0
  • Benfica 1 - Olympique Marseille 1
  • Benfica 2 - Liverpool 1
  • 2010/2011
  • Benfica 2 - Hapoel Tel-Aviv 0
  • Benfica 4 - Olympique Lyon 3
  • Benfica 1 - Schalke 04 2
  • Benfica 2 - VfB Stuttgart 1
  • Benfica 2 - Paris Saint Germain 1
  • Benfica 4 - PSV Eindhoven 1
  • Benfica 2 - SC Braga 1
  • 2011/2012
  • Benfica 2 - Trabzonspor 0
  • Benfica 3 - Twente 1
  • Benfica 1 - Manchester United 1
  • Benfica 1 - FC Basel 1
  • Benfica 1 - Otelul Galati 0
  • Benfica 2 - Zenit 0
  • Benfica 0 - Chelsea 1
  • 2012/2013
  • Benfica 0 - Barcelona 2
  • Benfica 2 - Spartak Moscovo 0
  • Benfica 2 - Celtic 1
  • Benfica 2 - Bayer Leverkusen 1
  • Benfica 1 - Bordeaux 0
  • Benfica 3 - Newcastle United 1
  • Benfica 3 - Fenerbahçe 1
  • 2013/2014
  • Benfica 2 - Anderlecht 0
  • Benfica 1 - Olympiakos 1
  • Benfica 2 - Paris Saint Germain 1
  • Benfica 3 - PAOK 0
  • Benfica 2 - Tottenham 2
  • Benfica 2 - AZ Alkmaar 0
  • Benfica 2 - Juventus 1
  • ALL TIME STATS:
  • 64 MATCHES: 45 wins, 10 draws, 9 losses
  • 113 goals scored, 44 goals conceded

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ StadiumDB.com
  2. ^ http://www.worldstadiums.com/europe/countries/portugal.shtml
  3. ^ "Benfica novo campeão da Liga Zon Sagres" [Benfica new champion of Liga Zon Sagres] (in Portuguese). Liga Portugal. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Benfica beat Olhanense to take title". FIFA. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Mais de 11 milhões de espectadores já pisaram a Catedral
  6. ^ "Full-time report". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  7. ^ 6-5 after penalty shoot-out.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Feijenoord Stadion
Rotterdam
UEFA European Football Championship
Final Venue

2004
Succeeded by
Ernst Happel Stadion
Vienna
Preceded by
Wembley Stadium
London
UEFA Champions League
Final Venue

2014
Succeeded by
Olympic Stadium
Berlin