Estádio da Luz
Inferno da Luz
|Full name||Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica|
|Public transit||Colégio Militar / Luz
Lisbon Metro Blue Line
|Owner||S.L. Benfica S.A.D.|
|Capacity||64,642 (originally 65,647)|
|Record attendance||65,400 (opening match)|
|Field size||105 x 68 m|
|Opened||25 October 2003|
|Construction cost||€119 million|
|Architect||HOK Sport (now Populous)|
Benfica B (2003–2006, 2012–2013)
UEFA Euro 2004/Final
2014 UEFA Champions League Final
Portugal national football team
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 commonly translated to English as "Stadium of Light", although inaccurately, as Luz refers not to "light" but to the original address of the stadium: Estrada da Luz.
The stadium is used mostly for football matches, hosting the home matches of Portuguese club S.L. Benfica, which is the owner. It is sometimes referred to as A Catedral (The Cathedral) or O Inferno da Luz.
It was opened on 25 October 2003 with an exhibition match between Benfica and Nacional of Montevideo. The previous Estádio da Luz with 120,000 seats was demolished in 2003, and the new stadium was built with a maximum capacity of 65,647. Currently it has 64,642 seats. HOK Sport Venue Event (now Populous) designed the stadium to use as much natural light as possible.
The Estádio da Luz is a UEFA category four stadium and one of the biggest stadiums by capacity in Europe. It hosted several matches in the UEFA Euro 2004, including the final, and hosted the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final. In October 2014, it was elected as the most beautiful stadium of Europe, in an online poll by French newspaper L'Équipe.
The old stadium was named in honour of the 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"), so the common name for the stadium became Estádio da Luz, which is usually translated to English as "Stadium of Light" although officially named Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica.
The architect Damon Lavelle designed the stadium to focus on light and transparency, offering an incentive to name it like the previous stadium. The polycarbonate roof of the stadium allows the rays of sunlight to penetrate it, lighting the stadium. The roof, which is supported by tie-beams of four steel arches, seems to float on the underlying tribunes. The arches measure 43 metres in height and help to define the look of the stadium after having been shaped to be similar to the wavy profile of the three tiers of the stadium.
The return of Benfica
With the new stadium, Benfica became more confident. In 2003–04 season, Benfica conquered the Taça de Portugal after beating Porto in the final, 2–1. In the 2004–05 season, the Estádio da Luz was the venue for a 1–0 victory over Sporting, before a 1–1 draw away against Boavista which sealed the championship. Following the final whistle, thousands of fans joined the stadium to celebrate the 31st championship. In 2009–10, Benfica defeated Porto 1–0, an important victory to win their 32nd championship. On 20 April 2014, Benfica conquered their 33rd championship after defeating Olhanense 2–0 at home. Benfica has also qualified for two Europa League finals whilst playing at the new stadium.
25 October 2003
|Nuno Gomes 7', 47'||Report||Mello 11'|
UEFA Euro 2004
- UEFA Euro 2004 - Quarter-finals
24 June 2004
Rui Costa 110'
In the first quarter-final between England and Portugal, the English 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 his header was ruled out for what the referee Urs Meier deemed a foul on the Portuguese goalkeeper Ricardo Pereira. The sides exchanged goals in extra-time, sending the match to penalty kicks and Portugal won 6–5; Portugal's goalkeeper Ricardo saved a penalty from Darius Vassell and then scored the winning goal.
- UEFA Euro 2004 - Final
4 July 2004
2014 UEFA Champions League Final
24 May 2014
|Real Madrid||4–1 (a.e.t.)||Atlético Madrid|
Ronaldo 120' (pen.)
Portugal national football team
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|
Euro 2004 matches
|13 June 2004||France||2–1||England||Group B|
|17 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 13 September 2016
- 2003–04 (UEFA Cup)
- Benfica 3–1 Molde
- Benfica 1–0 Rosenborg
- Benfica 0–0 Inter Milan
- Benfica 1–0 Anderlecht (UEFA Champions League)
- Benfica 2–0 Dubla Banská Bystrica (UEFA Cup)
- Benfica 4–2 Heerenveen
- Benfica 2–0 Dinamo Zagreb
- Benfica 1–1 CSKA Moscow
- 2005–06 (UEFA Champions League)
- Benfica 1–0 Lille
- Benfica 0–1 Villareal
- Benfica 2–1 Manchester United
- Benfica 1–0 Liverpool
- Benfica 0–0 Barcelona
- Benfica 3–0 Austria Wien (UEFA Champions League)
- Benfica 0–1 Manchester United
- Benfica 3–0 Celtic
- Benfica 3–1 Copenhagen
- Benfica 1–0 Dinamo București (UEFA Cup)
- Benfica 3–1 Paris Saint-Germain
- Benfica 0–0 Espanyol
- Benfica 2–1 Copenhagen (UEFA Champions League)
- Benfica 0–1 Shakhtar Donetsk
- Benfica 1–0 Celtic
- Benfica 1–1 Milan
- Benfica 1–0 Nürnberg (UEFA Cup)
- Benfica 1–2 Getafe
- 2008–09 (UEFA Cup)
- Benfica 2–0 Napoli
- Benfica 0–2 Galatasaray
- Benfica 0–1 Metalist Kharkiv
- 2009–10 (UEFA Europa League)
- Benfica 4–0 Vorskla Poltava
- Benfica 2–0 BATE Borisov
- Benfica 5–0 Everton
- Benfica 2–1 AEK Athens
- Benfica 4–0 Hertha BSC
- Benfica 1–1 Marseille
- Benfica 2–1 Liverpool
- Benfica 2–0 Hapoel Tel Aviv (UEFA Champions League)
- Benfica 4–3 Lyon
- Benfica 1–2 Schalke 04
- Benfica 2–1 Stuttgart (UEFA Europa League)
- Benfica 2–1 Paris Saint-Germain
- Benfica 4–1 PSV Eindhoven
- Benfica 2–1 Braga
- 2011–12 (UEFA Champions League)
- Benfica 2–0 Trabzonspor
- Benfica 3–1 Twente
- Benfica 1–1 Manchester United
- Benfica 1–1 Basel
- Benfica 1–0 Oțelul Galați
- Benfica 2–0 Zenit Saint Petersburg
- Benfica 0–1 Chelsea
- Benfica 0–2 Barcelona (UEFA Champions League)
- Benfica 2–0 Spartak Moscow
- Benfica 2–1 Celtic
- Benfica 2–1 Bayer Leverkusen (UEFA Europa League)
- Benfica 1–0 Bordeaux
- Benfica 3–1 Newcastle United
- Benfica 3–1 Fenerbahçe
- Benfica 2–0 Anderlecht (UEFA Champions League)
- Benfica 1–1 Olympiakos
- Benfica 2–1 Paris Saint-Germain
- Benfica 3–0 PAOK (UEFA Europa League)
- Benfica 2–2 Tottenham
- Benfica 2–0 AZ Alkmaar
- Benfica 2–1 Juventus
- 2014–15 (UEFA Champions League)
- Benfica 0–2 Zenit Saint Petersburg
- Benfica 1–0 Monaco
- Benfica 0–0 Bayer Leverkusen
- 2015–16 (UEFA Champions League)
- Benfica 2–0 Astana
- Benfica 2–1 Galatasaray
- Benfica 1–2 Atlético de Madrid
- Benfica 1–0 Zenit Saint Petersburg
- Benfica 2–2 Bayern Munich
- 2016–17 (UEFA Champions League)
- Benfica 1–1 Beşiktaş
- ALL TIME STATS:
- 73 MATCHES: 49 wins, 13 draws, 11 losses
- 123 goals scored, 52 goals conceded
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- "Estádio da Luz é o mais bonito da Europa" [Estádio da Luz is the most beautiful of Europe]. Record (in Portuguese). 22 October 2014. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
- "Benfica novo campeão da Liga Zon Sagres" [Benfica new champion of Liga Zon Sagres] (in Portuguese). Liga Portugal. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
- "Benfica beat Olhanense to take title". FIFA. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
- "Mais de 11 milhões de espectadores já pisaram a Catedral" [More than 11 million spectators have already stepped the Catedral] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
- "Estádio do SL Benfica atinge os 12 milhões de espectadores" [SL Benfica stadium reaches 12 million spectators] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
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- 6–5 after penalty shoot-out.
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