Estádio da Luz
O Inferno da Luz
|Full name||Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica|
|Public transit||at Colégio Militar/Luz|
|Owner||S.L. Benfica - Futebol, SAD|
|Record attendance||Official match: 64,591|
(13 May 2017)
(25 October 2003)
|Field size||105 x 68 m|
|Opened||25 October 2003|
|Construction cost||€162 million|
|Architect||HOK Sport (now Populous)|
|S.L. Benfica (2003–present)|
S.L. Benfica B (2003–2006, 2012–2013)
Portugal national football team (selected matches)
The Estádio da Luz (Portuguese pronunciation: [(ɨ)ˈʃtaðju ðɐ ˈluʃ]), officially named Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, is a multi-purpose stadium located in Lisbon, Portugal. It is used mostly for association football matches, hosting the home games of Portuguese club S.L. Benfica. It is owned by the club's SAD.
Opened on 25 October 2003 with an exhibition match between Benfica and Uruguayan club Nacional, it replaced the original Estádio da Luz, which had 120,000 seats. The seating capacity was decreased to 65,647 and is currently set at 64,642. The stadium was designed by HOK Sport Venue Event and had a construction cost of €162 million.
A UEFA category four stadium and one of the biggest stadiums by capacity in Europe (the biggest of Portugal), the Estádio da Luz hosted several matches of the UEFA Euro 2004, including its final, and the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final. Moreover, it was the venue for the New7Wonders of the World announcement ceremony in 2007. In 2014, it was elected as the most beautiful stadium of Europe in an online poll by L'Équipe.
The previous stadium, which was also officially named "Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica", was named in honour of 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"). Therefore, the stadium's common name became "Estádio da Luz", which is usually anglicised to "Stadium of Light". This translation, however, is inaccurate because Luz refers not to "light" but to the original address of the stadium: Estrada da Luz. Moreover, like its predecessor, the current stadium is also referred to as a Catedral (the Cathedral) or as o Inferno da Luz.
Architect Damon Lavelle, from HOK Sport Venue Event (now Populous), designed the stadium to focus on light and transparency. Its polycarbonate roof allows the sunlight to penetrate the stadium in order to illuminate it. The roof, which is supported by tie-beams of four steel arches, seems to float on the underlying tribunes. The arches are 43 metres high and help define the look of the stadium, after having been shaped to be similar to the wavy profile of its three tiers.
|Nuno Gomes 7', 47'||Report||Mello 11'|
UEFA Euro 2004
UEFA Euro 2004 - Quarter-finals
Rui Costa 110'
In the first quarter-final ever between England and Portugal, the English side 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 the header was ruled out for what referee Urs Meier deemed a foul on the Portuguese goalkeeper Ricardo. The sides exchanged goals in extra-time, sending the match to penalty kicks, which Portugal eventually won 6–5. Ricardo saved the penalty from Darius Vassell and then scored the winning goal.
UEFA Euro 2004 - Final
2014 UEFA Champions League Final
|Real Madrid||4–1 (a.e.t.)||Atlético Madrid|
Ronaldo 120' (pen.)
Portugal national football team matches
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 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|
|14.||29 March 2015||2–1||Serbia||Euro 2016 qualifying|
|15.||8 June 2016||7–0||Estonia||Friendly|
|16.||25 March 2017||3–0||Hungary||2018 World Cup qualification|
|17.||10 October 2017||2–0||Switzerland||2018 World Cup qualification|
|18.||7 June 2018||3–0||Algeria||Friendly|
|19.||10 September 2018||1–0||Italy||2018–19 UEFA Nations League|
Euro 2004 matches
|13 June 2004||France||2–1||England||Group B|
|16 June 2004||Russia||0–2||Portugal||Group A|
|21 June 2004||Croatia||2–4||England||Group B|
|24 June 2004||Portugal||2–2 (6–5 on pen.)||England||Quarter-finals|
|4 July 2004||Portugal||0–1||Greece||Final|
Benfica matches in European competitions
- As of match played 7 November 2018
- 2003–04 (UEFA Cup)
- 3–1 Molde
- 1–0 Rosenborg
- 0–0 Inter Milan
- 1–0 Anderlecht (UEFA Champions League)
- 2–0 Dukla Banská Bystrica (UEFA Cup)
- 4–2 Heerenveen
- 2–0 Dinamo Zagreb
- 1–1 CSKA Moscow
- 2005–06 (UEFA Champions League)
- 1–0 Lille
- 0–1 Villarreal
- 2–1 Manchester United
- 1–0 Liverpool
- 0–0 Barcelona
- 3–0 Austria Wien (UEFA Champions League)
- 0–1 Manchester United
- 3–0 Celtic
- 3–1 Copenhagen
- 1–0 Dinamo București (UEFA Cup)
- 3–1 Paris Saint-Germain
- 0–0 Espanyol
- 2–1 Copenhagen (UEFA Champions League)
- 0–1 Shakhtar Donetsk
- 1–0 Celtic
- 1–1 Milan
- 1–0 Nürnberg (UEFA Cup)
- 1–2 Getafe
- 2008–09 (UEFA Cup)
- 2–0 Napoli
- 0–2 Galatasaray
- 0–1 Metalist Kharkiv
- 2009–10 (UEFA Europa League)
- 4–0 Vorskla
- 2–0 BATE Borisov
- 5–0 Everton
- 2–1 AEK Athens
- 4–0 Hertha Berlin
- 1–1 Marseille
- 2–1 Liverpool
- 2–0 Hapoel (UEFA Champions League)
- 4–3 Lyon
- 1–2 Schalke 04
- 2–1 Stuttgart (UEFA Europa League)
- 2–1 Paris Saint-Germain
- 4–1 PSV Eindhoven
- 2–1 Braga
- 2011–12 (UEFA Champions League)
- 2–0 Trabzonspor
- 3–1 Twente
- 1–1 Manchester United
- 1–1 Basel
- 1–0 Oțelul Galați
- 2–0 Zenit
- 0–1 Chelsea
- 0–2 Barcelona (UEFA Champions League)
- 2–0 Spartak Moscow
- 2–1 Celtic
- 2–1 Bayer Leverkusen (UEFA Europa League)
- 1–0 Bordeaux
- 3–1 Newcastle United
- 3–1 Fenerbahçe
- 2–0 Anderlecht (UEFA Champions League)
- 1–1 Olympiakos
- 2–1 Paris Saint-Germain
- 3–0 PAOK (UEFA Europa League)
- 2–2 Tottenham
- 2–0 AZ Alkmaar
- 2–1 Juventus
- 2014–15 (UEFA Champions League)
- 0–2 Zenit
- 1–0 Monaco
- 0–0 Bayer Leverkusen
- 2015–16 (UEFA Champions League)
- 2–0 Astana
- 2–1 Galatasaray
- 1–2 Atlético Madrid
- 1–0 Zenit
- 2–2 Bayern Munich
- 2016–17 (UEFA Champions League)
- 1–1 Beşiktaş
- 1–0 Dynamo Kyiv
- 1–2 Napoli
- 1–0 Borussia Dortmund
- 2017–18 (UEFA Champions League)
- 1–2 CSKA Moscow
- 0–1 Manchester United
- 0–2 Basel
- 2018–19 (UEFA Champions League)
- 1–0 Fenerbahçe
- 1–1 PAOK
- 0–2 Bayern Munich
- 1–1 Ajax
- All-time statistics
- 83 matches: 52 wins, 15 draws, 16 losses
- 130 goals scored, 63 goals conceded
Number of spectators
As of its 15th birthday, the Estádio da Luz has welcomed more than 17 million spectators.
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- "Das Sete Novas Maravilhas do Mundo, o Cristo Redentor" [From the New Seven Wonders of the World, Christ the Redeemer]. Expedia.com.br (in Portuguese). 19 November 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
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- 6–5 after penalty shoot-out.
- "Luz recebeu mais de 17 milhões de espectadores em 15 anos" [Da Luz welcomed more than 17 million spectators in 15 years]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 25 October 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
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