Estádio do Canindé
|Estádio do Canindé|
|Full name||Estádio Oswaldo Teixeira Duarte|
|Former names||Estádio Independência|
|Location||São Paulo, São Paulo state, Brazil|
|Owner||Associação Portuguesa de Desportos|
|Opened||January 11, 1956|
The Estádio do Canindé, also known as Estádio Oswaldo Teixeira Duarte, is a football stadium inaugurated on January 11, 1956 in Canindé neighborhood, São Paulo, São Paulo state, with a maximum capacity of 21,004 spectators. Although the stadium maximum capacity is 28,500 people, due to a Paulista Football Federation decision, and following FIFA requirements, Canindé stadium had its maximum capacity reduced to 25,470 spectators. As of 2011, it has a maximum capacity of 21,004. The stadium is owned by Associação Portuguesa de Desportos. Its formal name honors Oswaldo Teixeira Duarte, a former president of Portuguesa.
The stadium was built after Portuguesa bought in 1956, from São Paulo Futebol Clube, a groundplot located in Canindé neighborhood. At that time, the groundplot had only a training field, a restaurant with a great hall, dressing-rooms and other minor installations. To be able to host games, following the requirements of Federação Paulista de Futebol, were built an area surrounded with a wire fence, an official football field and provisional wood bleachers, which gave the stadium the nickname "Ilha da Madeira" (Island of the Wood, in English).
The inaugural match was played on January 11, 1956, when Portuguesa beat a Palmeiras-São Paulo combined team 3–2. The first Portuguesa goal at the stadium was scored by Nelsinho.
During the administration of Oswaldo Teixeira Duarte, on January 9, 1956, Canindé's first ring was inaugurated, with a capacity of 10,000 spectators. The stadium was reinaugurated as Estádio Independência.
In 1973, the construction works of the second ring started, which sheltered the press cabins and the numbered chairs.
On January 11, 1981, the stadium floodlights were inaugurated with a commemorative tournament called Torneio dos Refletores, carried out with the help of Banco Itaú. The participating teams were Portuguesa, Corinthians, Fluminense and Sporting Lisboa. On January 15, 1981, Portuguesa won the tournament, after defeating Sporting, 2–0.
In 1984, the Portuguesa chairman of that time, Manoel Mendes Gregório, renamed the stadium to Estádio Oswaldo Teixeira Duarte.
The stadium's attendance record currently stands at 25,000, set on December 9, 1998, when Cruzeiro Esporte Clube beat Portuguesa, 1–0.
- Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 2 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.
- Official Site of Portuguesa
- Stadium image
- Templos do Futebol
- Canindé Stadium no Google Maps