Estádio da Luz

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, its owner.

Estádio da Luz
A Catedral
O Inferno da Luz
UEFA
Full nameEstádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
AddressAv. Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, 1500-313
LocationLisbon, Portugal
Coordinates
Public transit  Azul  at Alto dos Moinhos
 Azul  at Colégio Militar/Luz
OwnerS.L. Benfica
OperatorS.L. Benfica
Executive suites156
Capacity64,642
Record attendanceOfficial match: 64,591[1]
(13 May 2017)
All-time: 65,400
(25 October 2003)
Field size105 x 68 m
SurfaceGrass
ScoreboardYes
Construction
Broke ground2003
Opened25 October 2003
Construction cost€162 million[2]
ArchitectHOK 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

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 €162 million.[2]

A UEFA category four stadium and one of the biggest stadiums by capacity in Europe (the biggest in Portugal), Estádio da Luz hosted several matches of the UEFA Euro 2004, including its final, as well as the 2014 and 2020 finals of the UEFA Champions League. Moreover, it was the venue for the New7Wonders of the World announcement ceremony in 2007.[6] It was elected the most beautiful stadium of Europe in a 2014 online poll by L'Équipe.[7][8][9]

By its fifteenth birthday, Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica Luz had welcomed more than 17 million spectators.[10]

Naming

While the previous Benfica stadium was also officially named "Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica", both the old and the new stadia are invariably referred to by their unofficial name, Estádio da Luz. Luz is the name of the neighborhood the stadium was built on, on the border between the parishes of Benfica and Carnide, which itself derives its name from the nearby Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Luz (Church of Our Lady of Light). This unofficial name caught on soon after the original stadium's construction;[11] the people of Lisbon used to simply call it a Luz ("the Light"). Therefore, the stadium's common name became "Estádio da Luz", which is usually anglicised to "Stadium of Light".[12] This translation, however, could be argued to be inaccurate, since Luz refers not to "light" but to the original address of the stadium: Estrada da Luz ("Road of Light").[13][14] Like its predecessor, the current stadium is also referred to as a Catedral (the Cathedral) or as o Inferno da Luz.[15]

Characteristics

Architect Damon Lavelle,[16] 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.

A panorama of the Estádio da Luz on 30 July 2009

Notable matches

Opening game

Benfica 2–1 Nacional
Nuno Gomes  7', 47' Report Mello  11'
Attendance: 65,400
Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)

In the opening match, Benfica beat Uruguayan side Nacional 2–1 with goals from Nuno Gomes, who became the first ever scorer at the Estádio da Luz.

UEFA Euro 2004

Quarter-finals

Portugal 2–2 (a.e.t.) England
Postiga  83'
Rui Costa  110'
Report Owen  3'
Lampard  115'
Penalties
Deco
Simão
Rui Costa
Ronaldo
Maniche
Postiga
Ricardo
6–5 Beckham
Owen
Lampard
Terry
Hargreaves
A. Cole
Vassell
Attendance: 62,564
Referee: Urs Meier (Switzerland)

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 a penalty shoot-out, which Portugal won 6–5. Ricardo saved the penalty from Darius Vassell and then scored the winning goal.

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[17]
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)

2019–20 UEFA Champions League

Quarter-finals

Atalanta 1–2 Paris Saint-Germain
  • Pašalić  27'
Report
Attendance: 0[18][note 1]
Referee: Anthony Taylor (England)
Barcelona 2–8 Bayern Munich
Report
Attendance: 0[19][note 1]
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

Semi-finals

RB Leipzig 0–3 Paris Saint-Germain
Report
Attendance: 0[20][note 1]
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)

Final

Paris Saint-Germain 0–1 Bayern Munich
Report Coman  59'
Attendance: 0[note 1]
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)

Portugal national football team matches

Entrance of the stadium during UEFA Euro 2004

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[21] 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  Switzerland
18.7 June 20183–0 AlgeriaFriendly
19.10 September 20181–0 Italy2018–19 UEFA Nations League
20.22 March 20190–0 UkraineEuro 2020 qualifying
21.25 March 20191–1 Serbia
22.11 November 20207–0 AndorraFriendly
23.14 November 20200–1 France2020–21 UEFA Nations League

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.)Quarter-finals
4 July 20040–1 GreeceFinal

Benfica matches in UEFA competitions

As of match played 3 December 2020
  • 2003–04 UEFA Cup
  • 3–1 Molde
  • 1–0 Rosenborg
  • 0–0 Inter Milan
  • 2004–05
  • 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
  • 2006–07
  • 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
  • 2007–08
  • 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
  • 2010–11
  • 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
  • 2012–13
  • 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
  • 2013–14
  • 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
  • 1–0 Fenerbahçe (UEFA Champions League)
  • 1–1 PAOK
  • 0–2 Bayern Munich
  • 1–1 Ajax
  • 1–0 AEK Athens
  • 0–0 Galatasaray (UEFA Europa League)
  • 3–0 Dinamo Zagreb
  • 4–2 Eintracht Frankfurt
  • 2019–20
  • 1–2 RB Leipzig (UEFA Champions League)
  • 2–1 Lyon
  • 3–0 Zenit
  • 3–3 Shakhtar Donetsk (UEFA Europa League)
  • 2020–21 UEFA Europa League
  • 3–0 Standard Liège
  • 3–3 Rangers
  • 4–0 Lech Poznań
  • All-time statistics
94 matches: 59 wins, 18 draws, 17 losses
157 goals scored, 74 goals conceded

Notes

  1. The match was played behind closed doors to comply with restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

References

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  2. "Vender jogadores para gerar receitas" [Selling players to generate revenue]. Record (in Portuguese). 29 April 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  3. "Stadiums in Portugal". World Stadiums. Archived from the original on 6 June 2012. 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. "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.
  7. "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.
  8. "Luz considerado o estádio mais bonito" [Luz considered the most beautiful stadium]. SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). 22 October 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  9. 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.
  10. "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.
  11. Silveira, João Pedro. "Luz: a Catedral" [Luz: the Cathedral]. zerozero (in Portuguese). Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  12. Lutz, Tom (20 March 2012). "Benfica's Stadium of Light to host 2014 Champions League final". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
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  14. Hunter, James (20 April 2017). "The Princess Diana Stadium? Sir Bob Murray reveals request to rename the Stadium of Light". ChronicleLive. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  15. "Benfica junta a festa de Carnaval ao inferno da Luz" [Benfica join Carnival celebrations to the inferno da Luz]. 13 February 2018. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  16. "15 Best Football Stadiums in the World". twelfthman blog. 10 December 2019. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
  17. "Full-time report" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  18. "Full Time Summary Quarter-finals – Atalanta v Paris Saint-Germain" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 12 August 2020. Retrieved 12 August 2020.
  19. "Full Time Summary Quarter-finals – Barcelona v Bayern Munich" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 14 August 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
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  21. 6–5 after penalty shoot-out.
Preceded by
De Kuip
Rotterdam
UEFA European Championship
Final venue

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

2014
Succeeded by
Olympiastadion
Berlin
Preceded by
Metropolitano Stadium
Madrid
UEFA Champions League
Final venue

2020
Succeeded by
Estádio do Dragão
Porto
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