Estádio José Alvalade (1956)
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|Full name||Estádio José Alvalade|
|Owner||Sporting Clube de Portugal|
|Capacity||~ 60,000 |
|Opened||10 June 1956|
|Sporting Clube de Portugal|
The home ground of Sporting Clube de Portugal for 47 years, it was mostly used for football matches, but also athletics. It was named after Sporting founder José Alfredo Holtreman Roquette, known as José Alvalade after his family. José Alvalade borrowed money from his grandfather, the Viscount of Alvalade, in order to fund Sporting. The club was founded on 1 July 1906.
It was closed in 2003, when the new Estádio José Alvalade opened.
During the 1990s, Estadio José Alvalade was one of the most prominent venue for rock concerts in Portugal, hosting tour dates of many high-profile international artists, including among many others, rock band Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, U2, R.E.M., David Bowie, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd and Genesis. This era was inaugurated on June 29, 1989 with a concert by The Cure, during their Prayer Tour promoting the album Disintegration.
Tina Turner performed on September 29, 1990 and September 22, 1996. Michael Jackson performed on September 26, 1992, to a sold-out crowd of 80,000 people. Also, Guns N' Roses performed on July 2, 1992, again, to a sold-out concert. Both are important to notice since they are the only artists to sold-out the stadium in its maximum capacity on a music event.
Portugal national football team
The national team first played in the stadium in 1957 and had its last game in 2002.
|1.||16 January 1957||1–1||Northern Ireland||World Cup 1958 qualification|
|2.||24 March 1957||0–1||France||Friendly|
|3.||3 June 1959||1–0||Scotland||Friendly|
|4.||17 May 1962||1–2||Belgium||Friendly|
|5.||16 April 1969||0–2||Switzerland||World Cup 1970 qualification|
|6.||14 November 1973||1–1||Northern Ireland||World Cup 1974 qualification|
|7.||19 November 1975||1–1||England||Euro 1976 qualifying|
|8.||22 December 1976||2–1||Italy||Friendly|
|9.||11 October 1978||1–1||Belgium||Euro 1980 qualifying|
|10.||23 September 1981||2–0||Poland||Friendly|
|11.||21 September 1983||5–0||Finland||Euro 1984 qualifying|
|12.||14 November 1984||1–3||Sweden||World Cup 1986 qualification|
|13.||30 January 1985||2–3||Romania||Friendly|
|14.||29 March 1989||6–0||Angola||Friendly|
|15.||13 November 1994||1–0||Austria||Euro 1996 qualifying|
|16.||5 June 1999||1–0||Slovakia||Euro 2000 qualifying|
|17.||6 June 2001||6–0||Cyprus||World Cup 2002 qualification|
|18.||14 November 2001||5–1||Angola||Friendly|
|19.||17 April 2002||1–1||Brazil||Friendly|
- Portugal was 5-1 up at 68 minutes, but then one of the Angola players was injured. All the team's 7 substitutions have been used by then and 4 Angola's players had already been sent-off. Hence the game was abandoned at that time with the said scoreline, due to Angola not being allowed to play with 6 players on the field.
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