Estádio da Luz

Estádio da Luz
A Catedral
O Inferno da Luz
Full name Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Location Lisbon, Portugal
Coordinates Coordinates: 38°45′10″N 9°11′05″W / 38.752678°N 9.184681°W / 38.752678; -9.184681
Public transit  Azul  at Colégio Militar/Luz
Owner S.L. Benfica's SAD
Operator S.L. Benfica
Executive suites 156
Capacity 64,642
Record attendance Official match: 64,591[1]
(13 May 2017)
All-time: 65,400
(25 October 2003)
Field size 105 x 68 m
Surface Grass
Scoreboard Yes
Construction
Broke ground 2003
Opened 25 October 2003
Construction cost €118.7 million[2]
Architect HOK Sport (now Populous)
Tenants
S.L. Benfica (2003–present)
S.L. Benfica B (2003–2006, 2012–2013)
Portugal national football team (selected matches)
Website
slbenfica.pt

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 (and owner) S.L. Benfica.

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[3][4] and is currently set at 64,642.[5] The stadium was designed by HOK Sport Venue Event and had a construction cost of €118.7 million.[2]

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 UEFA Euro 2004, including the final, and the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final. Moreover, it was the venue for the Seven Wonders of Portugal announcement in 2007. In October 2014, it was elected as the most beautiful stadium of Europe in an online poll by French newspaper L'Équipe.[6][7][8]

Naming

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",[9] although inaccurately, because Luz refers not to "light" but to the original address of the stadium: Estrada da Luz.[10] The stadium is also referred to as a Catedral (the Cathedral) or o Inferno da Luz[11].

Characteristics

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 measure 43 metres in height and help define the look of the stadium after having been shaped to be similar to the wavy profile of its three tiers.

Spectators

The stadium reached up to 11 million spectators on its tenth birthday;[12] 12 million on 17 August 2014.[13]

Notable matches

Opening game

Benfica 2–1 Nacional
Nuno Gomes  7', 47' Report Mello  11'
Attendance: 65,400

In the opening match Benfica beat Club Nacional de Football by 2–1. Benfica player Nuno Gomes scored both goals, and became the first scorer in the history of Estádio da Luz.

UEFA Euro 2004

UEFA Euro 2004 - Quarter-finals

In the first quarter-final 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 his 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 won 6–5; Ricardo saved the penalty from Darius Vassell, and then scored the winning goal.

UEFA Euro 2004 - Final
Portugal  0–1  Greece
(Report) Charisteas  57'
Attendance: 62,865
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)

2014 UEFA Champions League Final

Real Madrid 4–1 (a.e.t.) Atlético Madrid
Ramos  90+3'
Bale  110'
Marcelo  118'
Ronaldo  120' (pen.)
Report Godín  36'
Attendance: 60,976[14]

Portugal national football team matches

The following national team matches were held in the stadium.

#DateScoreOpponentCompetition
1.16 June 20042–0 RussiaEuro 2004 Group Stage
2.24 June 20042–2[15] EnglandEuro 2004 Quarter-Finals
3.4 July 20040–1 GreeceEuro 2004 Final
4.4 June 20052–0 Slovakia2006 World Cup qualification
5.8 September 20072–2 PolandEuro 2008 qualifying
6.10 October 20093–0 Hungary2010 World Cup qualification
7.14 November 20091–0 Bosnia and Herzegovina2010 World Cup UEFA play-offs
8.17 November 20104–0 SpainFriendly
9.4 June 20111–0 NorwayEuro 2012 qualifying
10.15 November 20116–2 Bosnia and HerzegovinaEuro 2012 qualifying play-offs
11.2 June 20121–3 TurkeyFriendly
12.7 June 20131–0 Russia2014 World Cup qualification
13.15 November 20131–0 Sweden2014 World Cup UEFA play-offs
14.29 March 20152–1 SerbiaEuro 2016 qualifying
15.8 June 20167–0 EstoniaFriendly
16.25 March 20173–0 Hungary2018 World Cup qualification
17.10 October 20172–0  Switzerland2018 World Cup qualification
18.7 June 20183–0 AlgeriaFriendly

Euro 2004 matches

DateResultRound
13 June 2004 France2–1 EnglandGroup B
16 June 2004 Russia0–2 PortugalGroup A
21 June 2004 Croatia2–4 EnglandGroup B
24 June 2004 Portugal2–2 (6–5 on pen.) EnglandQuarter-finals
4 July 2004 Portugal0–1 GreeceFinal

Benfica matches in European competitions

As of match played 21 August 2018
  • 2003–04 (UEFA Cup)
  • Benfica 3–1 Molde
  • Benfica 1–0 Rosenborg
  • Benfica 0–0 Inter Milan
  • 2004–05
  • 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 Villarreal
  • Benfica 2–1 Manchester United
  • Benfica 1–0 Liverpool
  • Benfica 0–0 Barcelona
  • 2006–07
  • 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
  • 2007–08
  • 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
  • 2010–11
  • 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
  • 2012–13
  • 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
  • 2013–14
  • 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
  • Benfica 1–0 Dynamo Kyiv
  • Benfica 1–2 Napoli
  • Benfica 1–0 Borussia Dortmund
  • 2017–18 (UEFA Champions League)
  • Benfica 1–2 CSKA Moscow
  • Benfica 0–1 Manchester United
  • Benfica 0–2 Basel
  • 2018–19 (UEFA Champions League)
  • Benfica 1–0 Fenerbahçe
  • Benfica 1–1 PAOK
  • All-time statistics
81 matches: 52 wins, 14 draws, 15 losses
129 goals scored, 60 goals conceded

References

  1. "History has been made". S.L. Benfica. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  2. 1 2 "Estádio Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Estádio da Luz)". StadiumDB.com. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  3. "Stadiums in Portugal". World Stadiums. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  4. "Estadio da Luz". World Stadium Database. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  5. "fsd150611.pdf" (PDF). CMVM (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 14 April 2016. pp. 81–82. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  6. "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.
  7. "Luz considerado o estádio mais bonito" [Luz considered the most beautiful stadium]. SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). 22 October 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  8. Tavares da Silva, Hugo (22 October 2014). "Estádio da Luz é o mais bonito da Europa" [Estádio da Luz is the most beautiful of Europe]. Observador (in Portuguese). Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  9. Lutz, Tom (20 March 2012). "Benfica's Stadium of Light to host 2014 Champions League final". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  10. "Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Luz)". Sport Lisboa e Benfica - Site Oficial. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  11. "Benfica junta a festa de Carnaval ao inferno da Luz" [Benfica joins Carnival celebrations to inferno da Luz]. 13 February 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  12. "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.
  13. "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.
  14. "Full-time report" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  15. 6–5 after penalty shoot-out.
Preceded by
Feijenoord Stadion
Rotterdam
UEFA European Football Championship
Final Venue

2004
Succeeded by
Ernst Happel Stadion
Vienna
Preceded by
Wembley Stadium
London
UEFA Champions League
Final Venue

2014
Succeeded by
Olympic Stadium
Berlin
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