Estádio do Restelo

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Estádio do Restelo
Estádio do Restelo seen from Museu Manuel Bulhosa.jpg
Full nameEstádio do Restelo[1]
LocationLisbon, Portugal
OwnerClube de Futebol Os Belenenses
Capacity19,856[2]
Construction
Built1956
Opened23 September 1956
ArchitectCarvalho de Melo

The Estádio do Restelo is a multi-purpose stadium in Lisbon, Portugal. The stadium has a capacity of 19,856 people and was built in 1956, in an old stone quarry. It is situated behind the Jerónimos Monastery in the Lisbon parish of Belém.

It is currently used mostly for football matches, by first division club Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses, but also stages musical performances. The Pope John Paul II has also celebrated a mass there attended by more than 100.000 people.

The inauguration game was against Sporting Lisbon, and Belenenses won by 2-1. The first international match was against Stade de Reims, 2-0 for Belenenses. Finally, the first game counting for the Portuguese First Division was a Belenenses 5-1 Vitória de Setúbal.

As a music venue[edit]

On 23 May 2000, American hard rock band Pearl Jam recorded a live album at the stadium.[3]

On 4 October The Smashing Pumpkins played in the stadium during the Sacred and Profane Tour, their last one before the band's breakup latter that year.[4]

Queen + Paul Rodgers performed at the stadium during their tour on 2 July 2005, being the first Queen show in Portugal and the first stadium show in 19 years for the band.[5]

On 18 July 2009 The Killers, Duffy, Mando Diao, Brandi Carlile, The Walkmen and Bettershell made the lineup for the Lisbon's 15th edition of Super Bock Super Rock festival, held at the stadium.[6]

Other performances: The Police, Xutos & Pontapés, James, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Metallica and Slipknot.

UEFA Women's Champions League Final[edit]

Stadium with surroundings

The stadium hosted the 2014 UEFA Women's Champions League Final.

Also in 2019, a solidarity game was played there between the women's team of Benfica and Sporting CP, organised by the Federação Portuguesa de Futebol and Belenenses, with the revenues reverting to Mozambique, after Cyclone Idai. The game established the new record of a women's match in Portugal, having an attendance of 15 000 people.

Curiosity[edit]

In 2011, the Portuguese soap opera, "Sedução" produced by TVI told the history of a fictional player of Belenenses and recorded some episodes at the stadium, including during game days.

International matches by the Portugal National Football Team[edit]

Game# Date Score Opponent Competition
1. 16 December 1962 3–1  Bulgaria UEFA Euro 1964 Preliminary Round
2. 7 October 1980 1–1  United States Friendly
3. 23 February 1983 1–0  West Germany Friendly
4. 6 September 1984 1–0  Bulgaria Friendly
5. 27 March 1996 1–0  Greece Friendly
6. 12 October 2002 1–1  Tunisia Friendly
7. 11 October 2003 5–3  Albania Friendly

Also, in 2004, the stadium was chosen by the Italy national football team as their headquarters to the UEFA European Championship.

In 2016, the Portugal national football team did its stage before the UEFA European Championship at Restelo too.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Visiting the Estádio do Restelo". Football-Weekends. Lucas Laermans. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Liga Portugal". Ligaportugal.pt. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Bootlegs". Pearl Jam Bootlegs. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  4. ^ "The Smashing Pumpkins Concert Setlist at Estadio do Restelo, Lisbon on October 4, 2000". Setlist.fm. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  5. ^ "02.07.2005 - Queen + Paul Rodgers live at the Estadio Restelo, Lisbon, Portugal". Queen Concerts. 2 July 2005. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  6. ^ "BLITZ – The Killers em Portugal em Julho [actualizado]". Blitz.sapo.pt. 25 January 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2016.

Coordinates: 38°42′10″N 9°12′28″W / 38.70278°N 9.20778°W / 38.70278; -9.20778