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Belenenses
Os Belenenses.png
Full name Clube de Futebol
Os Belenenses
Nickname(s) O Belém
Azúis do Restelo
(The Blues from Restelo)
Founded 23 September 1919
Ground Estádio do Restelo, Lisbon
(Restelo Stadium)
(Capacity: 32,500)
Manager Toni
League Portuguese Liga
2008–09 Portuguese Liga, 15th
Home colours
Away colours

Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses, commonly known as just Belenenses (Portuguese pronunciation: [bɨlɨˈnẽsɨʃ]), founded in 1919, is one of the oldest Portuguese sports clubs. It is based in the Belém quarter of Lisbon, hence the club name, which translates as "The ones from Belém."

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History

The main activities of the club are football, handball, basketball, futsal, athletics, and rugby union. The club has won major national championships in all these sports, but remains best known for its original activity, football. They have won the Portuguese Liga once (1945–46), the only team, together with Boavista, to do so outside the Big Three: (FC Porto, Sporting Clube de Portugal, and Benfica).

Beleneneses was one of Portugal's "Big Four" from the advent of the Portuguese Liga. In the years since, the club fame and glory has tarnished as it consistently sank in the league table.

It was the first club to compete in the UEFA Cup in a back-and-forth 3–3 draw with Hibernian (at the time one of Scotland's biggest teams) at the Estádio do Restelo in Belém.

Like many Portuguese clubs, fan clubs can be found in countries across the world, such as the former Portuguese colonies of Brazil and Cape Verde as well as countries with significant Portuguese populations, such as Belgium, Canada, and the United States.

In 1933, the club was the most successful in Portugal with the most titles and Cups.

The 2005–06 season saw the football team finishing fourth from bottom, which would mean relegation for the team. However, the team won a subsequent appeal that sent Gil Vicente down instead. With this reprieve, the team played in the top level of Portuguese football once again, for the 69th of 73 seasons – the team with most presences at top level after the "Big Three". This reprieve allowed them to finish fifth in the league, giving them access to the UEFA Cup.

In the Portuguese Cup 2007, fans from Switzerland, Canada, United States, and several Portuguese cities were at the Estádio Nacional in Lisbon to see the final against Sporting CP, one of the "Big Three", where they lost 1–0.

In the 2008–09 season, the football team was again relegated from the league position, 15th out of 16 teams, but again, a decision of the Portuguese Football Federation held them in the top league, because 11th placed Estrela da Amadora were relegated for an infringement, and so Belenenses continued with having just missed four of all the 76 seasons in the 1st Portuguese League.

Cabral Ferreira, who served as president of Belenenses from 2005 until 2008, died on 26 February 2008, of a long illness.[1]

The club has also played in the European Cup Winners' Cup, as well as the UEFA Cup. In the UEFA Cup 1987–88 season, the club played powerhouse Barcelona; in the first leg, they lost 2–0 in the Camp Nou, winning 1–0 in Lisbon at the Estádio do Restelo with Bulgarian international Stoycho Mladenov scoring. In the following season, they ousted holders Bayer Leverkusen out of the same competition.

Honours

  • Portuguese League Champions — 1945–46
  • Champions of Portugal (prior to creation of modern league) — 1926–27, 1928–29, 1932–33
  • Portuguese Cup Winners — 1941–42, 1959–60, 1988–89
  • Portuguese 2nd Division Champions — 1983–84
  • Lisbon Championship Winners — 1925–26, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1943–44, 1945–46
  • Lisbon Honour Cup Winners — 9 times
  • Group Winners of UEFA Intertoto Cup — 1974–75

League and cup history

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Notes
1934–35 CL 4 14 8 2 4 45 20 18
1935–36 CL 4 14 7 3 4 28 22 17
1936–37 CL 2 14 11 1 2 46 17 23
1937–38 CL 5 14 5 0 9 29 28 10
1938–39 1D 4 14 6 1 7 38 29 13 quarter-final
1939–40 1D 3 18 11 3 4 58 21 25 final
1940–41 1D 3 14 9 1 4 59 22 19 final
1941–42 1D 3 22 12 6 4 66 32 30 winner
1942–43 1D 3 18 14 0 4 78 20 28 quarter-final
1943–44 1D 6 18 9 3 6 41 32 21 quarter-final
1944–45 1D 3 18 13 1 4 72 29 27 quarter-final
1945–46 1D 1 22 18 2 2 74 24 38 last 16 best classification ever
1946–47 1D 4 26 14 5 7 66 31 33 not held
1947–48 1D 3 26 16 5 5 76 30 37 final
1948–49 1D 3 26 16 3 7 68 36 35 last 16
1949–50 1D 4 26 10 7 9 36 41 27 not held
1950–51 1D 9 26 10 4 12 45 48 24 semi-final
1951–52 1D 4 26 14 8 4 60 28 36
1952–53 1D 3 26 15 6 5 60 29 36
1953–54 1D 4 26 13 5 8 43 39 31 semi-final
1954–55 1D 2 26 17 5 4 63 28 39 LAT 4th place
1955–56 1D 3 26 16 5 5 67 25 37 semi-final
1956–57 1D 3 26 13 7 6 74 50 33
1957–58 1D 4 26 12 4 10 54 42 28
1958–59 1D 3 26 16 6 4 65 27 38
1959–60 1D 3 26 15 6 5 58 25 36 winner
1960–61 1D 5 26 12 4 10 45 37 28 semi-final
1961–62 1D 5 26 12 7 7 51 35 31 semi-final FC 1st round
1962–63 1D 4 26 16 4 6 47 30 36 semi-final FC 1st round
1963–64 1D 6 26 12 6 8 46 36 30 FC 2nd round
1964–65 1D 8 26 12 2 12 39 40 26 FC 1st round
1965–66 1D 7 26 9 7 10 28 29 25
1966–67 1D 11 26 7 6 13 26 34 20
1967–68 1D 7 26 10 5 11 38 40 25
1968–69 1D 8 26 8 10 8 31 33 26
1969–70 1D 7 26 9 5 12 23 34 23 semi-final
1970–71 1D 7 26 7 8 11 20 27 22
1971–72 1D 7 30 11 7 12 35 33 29 semi-final
1972–73 1D 2 30 14 12 4 53 30 40
1973–74 1D 5 30 17 6 7 56 34 40 UC 1st round
1974–75 1D 6 30 14 7 9 45 37 35 semi-final
1975–76 1D 3 30 16 8 6 45 28 40
1976–77 1D 10 30 7 12 11 29 40 26 UC 1st round
1977–78 1D 5 30 14 8 8 25 21 36
1978–79 1D 8 30 10 9 11 47 43 29
1979–80 1D 5 30 13 8 9 33 38 34
1980–81 1D 11 30 8 10 12 24 39 26 semi-final
1981–82 1D 15 30 5 10 15 28 48 20 relegated
1982–83 2D ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1983–84 2D ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? promoted
1984–85 1D 6 30 11 8 11 40 46 30
1985–86 1D 8 30 7 14 9 27 30 28 final
1986–87 1D 6 30 13 4 13 52 40 30
1987–88 1D 3 38 18 12 8 52 38 48 UC 1st round
1988–89 1D 7 38 13 14 11 44 35 40 winner UC 2nd round
1989–90 1D 6 34 16 4 14 32 33 36 semi-final CWC 1st round
1990–91 1D 19 38 10 9 19 27 38 29 relegated
1991–92 2H 2 34 19 10 5 53 25 48 promoted
1992–93 1D 7 34 11 12 11 42 40 34
1993–94 1D 13 34 12 6 16 39 51 30
1994–95 1D 12 34 10 7 17 30 39 27
1995–96 1D 6 34 14 9 1 53 33 51
1996–97 1D 13 34 10 10 14 37 50 40 last 32
1997–98 1D 18 34 5 9 20 22 52 24 last 64 relegated
1998–99 2H 2 34 17 10 7 55 28 61 promoted
1999–00 1D 12 34 9 13 12 36 38 40 last 64
2000–01 1D 7 34 14 10 10 43 36 52 last 32
2001–02 1D 5 34 17 6 11 54 44 57 last 16
2002–03 1D 9 34 11 10 13 47 48 43 last 32
2003–04 1D 15 34 8 11 15 35 54 35 semi-final
2004–05 1D 9 34 13 7 14 38 34 46 quarter-final
2005–06 1D 15 34 11 6 17 40 42 39 last 64
2006–07 1D 5 30 15 4 11 36 29 49 final
2007–08 1D 8 30 8 12 10 32 41 40 last 64

CL=Campeonato da Liga (winners weren't considered Portuguese champions); 1D=First Division/League
2D=Second Division/League; 2H=Liga de Honra
CWC=Cup Winner's Cup; UC=UEFA Cup
FC=Fairs Cup; LAT=Latin Cup

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UEFA Cup (formerly known as Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, now known as the Europa League)

Season Team1 Team2 Result1 Result2 Result3
1961–62 Scotland Hibernian Portugal Belenenses 3–3 3–0
1962–63 Portugal Belenenses Spain Barcelona 1–1 1–1 2–3
1963–64 Yugoslavia Trešnjevka Zagreb Portugal Belenenses 0–2 1–2
1963–64 Italy Roma Portugal Belenenses 2–1 1–0
1964–65 Portugal Belenenses Republic of Ireland Shelbourne 1–1 0–0 1–2
1973–74 Portugal Belenenses England Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–2 1–2
1976–77 Portugal Belenenses Spain Barcelona 2–2 2–3
1987–88 Spain Barcelona Portugal Belenenses 2–0 0–1
1988–89 Germany Bayer Leverkusen Portugal Belenenses 0–1 0–1
1988–89 Yugoslavia Velež Mostar Portugal Belenenses 0–0 0–0 4–3 (pen.)
2007–08 Germany Bayern Munich Portugal Belenenses 1–0 2–0

Cup Winner's Cup

Season Team1 Team2 Result1 Result2
1989–90 Portugal Belenenses France Monaco 1–1 0–3

Current squad

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Assis
3 Portugal GK Nélson
4 Portugal MF Barge
5 Portugal DF Tiago Gomes
6 Panama MF Gabriel Gómez
7 Portugal MF Mano
9 Cameroon MF Jean Paul Yontcha
10 Portugal MF Celestino
11 Portugal MF José Pedro
13 Brazil DF Rodrigo Arroz
14 Portugal MF André Almeida
15 Serbia DF Vukašin Dević
No. Position Player
16 Portugal FW Tiago Almeida
17 Brazil FW Igor (on loan from Sevilla)
21 Portugal DF André Pires
22 Portugal MF Fredy
23 Portugal GK Bruno Vale
26 Brazil MF Ivan Santos
27 Portugal DF Cândido Costa
33 Portugal DF Beto
56 Portugal MF Pelé
80 Mali MF Mourtala Diakité
89 Brazil FW Romário
90 Brazil FW Lima

Notable former players

Former Coaches

Trivia

Belenenses played the inaugural football match at the Santiago Bernabéu on 14 December 1947, against Real Madrid.

The club's anthem

Ilustrando o nosso emblema
Consagrado e popular
Vê-se a cruz que foi um tema
nas conquistas de além mar
Hoje, como antigamente
Nada temos que temer
Belenenses para a frente!
Com a certeza de vencer

Illustrating our emblem
Established and popular
There is the cross that was a symbol
of the conquests overseas
Today, like yesterday
We have nothing to fear
Go forward Belenenses!
Certain of the victory

Basketball

Futsal

Handball

Rugby

References

External links


Simple English

C.F. Os Belenenses
Full nameClube de Futebol Os Belenenses
Founded1919
GroundEstádio do Restelo,
Lisbon, Portugal
(Capacity 32,500)
ManagerToni
LeaguePortuguese Liga
2008/09Portuguese Liga, 15th

C.F. Os Belenenses is a football club which plays in Portugal.

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