Estádio da Luz
|Full name||Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica|
|Public transit||Colégio Militar / Luz
Lisbon Metro Blue Line
|Owner||S.L. Benfica S.A.D.|
|Record attendance||65,400 (opening match)|
|Field size||105 x 68 m|
|Opened||25 October 2003|
|Construction cost||€120 million|
|Architect||HOK Sport (now Populous)|
Benfica B (2003–2006, 2012–2013)
UEFA Euro 2004/Final
2014 UEFA Champions League Final
It was opened on 25 October 2003 with an exhibition match between Benfica and Nacional of Montevideo. The previous Estádio da Luz with 120,000 seats was demolished in 2003, and the new stadium was built with a maximum capacity of 65,647 (64,642 in Primeira Liga matches). HOK Sport Venue Event (now Populous) designed the stadium to use as much natural light as possible.
The Estádio da Luz is a UEFA category four stadium and the twenty-first biggest stadium by capacity in Europe. It hosted several matches in the UEFA Euro 2004, including the final, and hosted the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final. In October 2014, it was elected as the most beautiful stadium of Europe, in an online poll by L'Équipe.
The old stadium was named in honour 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 Light".
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.
The return of Benfica
With the new stadium, Benfica became more confident. In 2003–04 season, Benfica conquered the Taça de Portugal after beating 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 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.
25 October 2003
|Benfica||2–1||Nacional de Montevideo|
|Nuno Gomes 7', 47'||Report||Mello 11'|
UEFA Euro 2004
- UEFA Euro 2004 - Quarter-finals
24 June 2004
Rui Costa 110'
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
4 July 2004
2014 UEFA Champions League Final
24 May 2014
|Real Madrid||4–1 (a.e.t.)||Atlético Madrid|
Ronaldo 120' (pen.)
Portugal national football team
The following national team matches were held in the stadium.
|1.||16 June 2004||2–0||Russia||Euro 2004 Group Stage|
|2.||24 June 2004||2–2||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-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-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 matches in UEFA competitions
- As of 9 December 2014
- Benfica 3–1 Molde
- Benfica 1–0 Rosenborg
- Benfica 0–0 Inter
- Benfica 1–0 Anderlecht
- Benfica 2–0 Banská Bystrica
- Benfica 4–2 Heerenveen
- Benfica 2–0 Dinamo Zagreb
- Benfica 1–1 CSKA Moscow
- Benfica 1–0 Lille
- Benfica 0–1 Villareal
- Benfica 2–1 Manchester United
- Benfica 1–0 Liverpool
- Benfica 0–0 Barcelona
- Benfica 3–0 Austria Vienna
- Benfica 0–1 Manchester United
- Benfica 3–0 Celtic
- Benfica 3–1 FC Kopenhavn
- Benfica 1–0 Dinamo Bucharest
- Benfica 3–1 Paris Saint-Germain
- Benfica 0–0 Espanyol
- Benfica 2–1 FC Kopenhavn
- Benfica 0–1 Shaktar Donetsk
- Benfica 1–0 Celtic
- Benfica 1–1 Milan
- Benfica 1–0 Nuremberga
- Benfica 1–2 Getafe
- Benfica 2–0 Napoli
- Benfica 0–2 Galatasaray
- Benfica 0–1 Metalist Kharkiv
- Benfica 4–0 Vorskla Poltava
- Benfica 2–0 BATE Borisov
- Benfica 5–0 Everton
- Benfica 2–1 AEK Atenas
- Benfica 4–0 Hertha Berlin
- Benfica 1–1 Olympique Marseille
- Benfica 2–1 Liverpool
- Benfica 2–0 Hapoel Tel-Aviv
- Benfica 4–3 Olympique Lyon
- Benfica 1–2 Schalke 04
- Benfica 2–1 VfB Stuttgart
- Benfica 2–1 Paris Saint-Germain
- Benfica 4–1 PSV Eindhoven
- Benfica 2–1 SC Braga
- Benfica 2–0 Trabzonspor
- Benfica 3–1 Twente
- Benfica 1–1 Manchester United
- Benfica 1–1 FC Basel
- Benfica 1–0 Otelul Galati
- Benfica 2–0 Zenit
- Benfica 0–1 Chelsea
- Benfica 0–2 Barcelona
- Benfica 2–0 Spartak Moscovo
- Benfica 2–1 Celtic
- Benfica 2–1 Bayer Leverkusen
- Benfica 1–0 Bordeaux
- Benfica 3–1 Newcastle United
- Benfica 3–1 Fenerbahçe
- Benfica 2–0 Anderlecht
- Benfica 1–1 Olympiakos
- Benfica 2–1 Paris Saint-Germain
- Benfica 3–0 PAOK
- Benfica 2–2 Tottenham
- Benfica 2–0 AZ Alkmaar
- Benfica 2–1 Juventus
- Benfica 0–2 Zenit
- Benfica 1–0 Monaco
- Benfica 0–0 Bayer Leverkusen
- ALL TIME STATS:
- 67 MATCHES: 46 wins, 11 draws, 10 losses
- 114 goals scored, 46 goals conceded
- "Stadiums in Portugal". World Stadiums. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- "Estádio Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Estádio da Luz)". StadiumDB.com. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- "Estádio da Luz é o mais bonito da Europa" [Estádio da Luz is the most beautiful stadium of Europe] (in Portuguese). Record. 22 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
- "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.
- "Benfica beat Olhanense to take title". FIFA. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
- "Mais de 11 milhões de espectadores já pisaram a Catedral" [More than 11 million spectators have already stepped the Catedral] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- "Estádio do SL Benfica atinge os 12 milhões de espectadores" [SL Benfica stadium reaches 12 million spectators] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- "Full-time report". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
- 6–5 after penalty shoot-out.
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