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Estádio Nacional

Coordinates: 38°42′32″N 9°15′46″W / 38.7089°N 9.2628°W / 38.7089; -9.2628
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Estádio Nacional[1]
The stadium on a matchday
Full nameComplexo Desportivo do Estádio Nacional/Complexo Desportivo do Jamor
LocationAlgés, Linda-a-Velha e Cruz Quebrada-Dafundo, Oeiras
Coordinates38°42′32″N 9°15′46″W / 38.7089°N 9.2628°W / 38.7089; -9.2628
OwnerPortuguese Football Federation
Field size105 by 68 metres (344 ft × 223 ft)[2]
Broke ground1939
Opened10 June 1944[2]
RenovatedSeptember 2012
ArchitectMiguel Jacobetty Rosa[2]
Portugal national football team
Benfica (2003)
B-SAD (2018–2022)
Casa Pia (2022–2023)
Portuguese Cup final (1946–present)
Women's Portuguese Cup final (2010–2019, 2022–present)

The Estádio Nacional (English: National Stadium), also known as National Stadium Sports Complex (Portuguese: Complexo Desportivo do Estádio Nacional) and as Jamor Sports Complex (Portuguese: Complexo Desportivo do Jamor), is a football stadium. It is located in the civil parish of Algés, Linda-a-Velha e Cruz Quebrada-Dafundo, in the municipality of Oeiras, in the southwestern part of Lisbon District.

The Portugal national team played 46 matches at the stadium from 1945 to 1987, then played additional friendlies in 1999, 2003, 2014 and 2024. The venue was used by B-SAD from 2018 to 2022.

The stadium hosted the first ever UEFA club game on 4 September 1955 between Primeira Divisão's third-placed team, Sporting CP, and the Yugoslav champions, Serbian side Partizan Belgrade. It ended as a 3–3 draw and was the first game to be played of the first edition of the European Cup.[3]


In 1933, the decision was made to construct the national stadium alongside the Jamor ravine.[4] The original design was authored by Francisco Caldeira Cabral and Konrad Weisner[5][6] and Jacobetty Rosa, with works beginning in 1939.[4]

It was inaugurated on 10 June 1944 (Portugal Day) by the Council president António Oliveira Salazar.

Work was complete in the Quinta da Graça (in 1953), to install the Comissão Administrativa do Estádio Nacional (National Stadium Administrative Commission).[4]

In 1961, construction on the hippodrome began, in addition to the first phase of work on the shooting range, by the Serviços de Construção e de Conservação (Construction and Conservation Services).[4]

The Plano de Ordenamento do Complexo Desportivo da Jamor (Jamor Sports Complex Development Plan) was issued in July 1982, ordered by the DGEMN Direção-Geral de Edifícios e Monumentos Nacionais (Directorate-General for Buildings and National Monuments), authored by the architects Vasco Croft (coordinator), Nuno Bártolo and Joaquim Cadima, and by the landscape firm Professor Caldeira Cabral, Associados, Estudos e Projectos, Ld. (under the direction of landscape architects Francisco Caldeira Cabral and agronomist engineer João Caldeira Cabral.[4] During this phase, diagnostic studies were performed to reformulate and re-evaluate the strategic importance of the complex.[4]

In May 1985, the study Estabelecimento de zona de protecção (to establish a protection zone) was ordered by the DGEMN, by architects Vasco Croft and Nuno Bártolo, to limit the sports complex zone, providing a buffer for military access, a non aedificandi zone and urban growth, in addition to expansion for green spaces and support areas for nautical sports.[4]

In 1993, a project to construct a sporting pavilion in Jamor was issued.[4]

In September 2012, the Portuguese Football Federation announced that the stadium would undergo renovation in which work would begin in 2014.[7]

It was announced by the Rugby governing body ERC on 2 September that the Portuguese team would hold their home games at the Estádio Nacional.[8] However, all their home games were played at the Portuguese national rugby teams home stadium of Estádio Universitário de Lisboa.

On 6 February 2015, a tender was issued to cover the western edge of the audience seating for the rugby field.[4]


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 and it is the venue for the Portuguese football cup final.



The stadium has traditionally hosted the final of the Portuguese Cup (since 1946); in only five times was this game played in other venues and in total, 52 Cup finals have been played on the grounds. Portuguese football fans have bemoaned the historic stadium, owing to a lack of amenities; following the Euro 2004, there was a movement to move the event to one of the grounds built for the Euro football championships.

One memorable match was played here on 3 May 1949, when Benfica won 4-3 a testimonial to their captain Francisco Ferreira against Torino which turned out to be the last one played by the Grande Torino due to the Superga air disaster the following day.[9]

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 2-1 (becoming the first British European champion team, nicknamed the Lisbon Lions).

In addition to hosting the Portugal national team since 1945, the site has held 50 international events for Portugal.


The Rugby governing body ERC announced on 2 September 2014 that the Portuguese club Lusitanos XV would hold their home games of the 2013-14 Amlin Challenge Cup at National Stadium.[10] 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.


There have been notable concerts at the stadium, including The Police on 25 September 2007, as part of their The Police Reunion Tour and the Black Eyed Peas on 30 May 2010, during their The E.N.D. World Tour. Iron Maiden are scheduled to play a post-pandemic show at the stadium on 31 July 2022, on the final date of their Legacy of the Beast Tour.



  1. ^ "Visiting the Portuguese National Stadium". Football-Weekends. Lucas Laermans. Archived from the original on 13 April 2019. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d "Estádio de Honra". Centro Desportivo Nacional do Jamor (in Portuguese). Instituto Português do Desporto e Juventude. Archived from the original on 8 December 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  3. ^ "When Sporting and Partizan broke new ground". www.uefa.com. José Nuno Pimentel. 4 September 2015. Archived from the original on 29 November 2020. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Costa, Patrícia; Elias, Margarida (2014), Centro de Investigação em Arquitectura, Urbanismo e Design (CIAUD-FA/UTL) (ed.), Complexo Desportivo do Estádio Nacional/Complexo Desportivo do Jamor (IPA.00022419/PT031110080066) (in Portuguese), Lisbon, Portugal: SIPA – Sistema de Informação para o Património Arquitectónico, archived from the original on 29 November 2020, retrieved 5 May 2017
  5. ^ Do Estádio Nacional ao Jardim Gulbenkian, Francisco Caldeira Cabral e a Primeira Geração de Arquitectos Paisagistas, de Teresa Andresen
  6. ^ "Centenário Francisco Caldeira Cabral » O Estádio Nacional e a polémica que envolveu este projecto". proffranciscocaldeiracabral.portaldojardim.com. Archived from the original on 29 November 2020. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  7. ^ "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. Archived from the original on 30 October 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
  8. ^ "News | ERC | Official Website : Portuguese club to compete in Amlin Challenge Cup". www.ercrugby.com. Archived from the original on 2013-09-05.
  9. ^ "The last game of Grande Torino at Lisbon, May 4th 1949". Fox Sports. 2018-08-12. Archived from the original on 2022-03-31. Retrieved 2022-05-10.
  10. ^ ERCRugby.comArchived 2013-09-05 at the Wayback Machine


Relatório da Actividade do Ministério no Ano de 1961 (in Portuguese), vol. 1, Lisbon, Portugal: Ministério das Obras Públicas, 1962

Preceded by European Cup
Final venue

Succeeded by