Belenenses Lisbon

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Belenenses Lisbon
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Basic data
Surname Club de Futebol Os Belenenses
Seat Lisbon , Portugal
founding September 23, 1919
Colours blue White
president Patrick Morais de Carvalho
First soccer team
Head coach Nuno Oliveira
Venue Estádio do Restelo
Places 19,856
league AF Lisboa 1ª Divisão
2019/20 1st place (2ª Divisão Série 2)

Belenenses Lisbon , officially “Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses”, is a sports and football club . It was founded in 1919 and is at home in Belém , a posh district of Lisbon , Portugal . The home stadium is called Estádio do Restelo and is very close to the Presidential Palace . The club colors are blue and white. The club's main sports are football , handball , basketball and rugby .

Current story

History before 2005

The association was founded in 1919 in the Belém district of Lisbon. After it was founded in Belém in 1919, the club was able to win the Portuguese championship four times over the next 30 years . Belenenses won the Portuguese Cup in 1942 and 1960. After that it went downhill, the league affiliation should change constantly over the next few decades. In 1989 the Portuguese Cup was won again. However, only since the 1990s could Belenenses hold the league in the Primeira Liga and qualified twice for participation in the Europa League in the following years.

Current story

Estádio do Restelo in Belém / Lisbon

The club has not been able to build on the great successes of the past in football in recent years. Other sports such as handball and futsal have been more successful in this regard. In the 2005/06 season Belenenses even rose athletically from the SuperLiga , to which the club had belonged since the 1997/98 season. It is curious that Belenenses, with the national striker Meyong Zé from Cameroon, was the top scorer of the season and that a team of a top scorer in Portugal had never been relegated to the second division before. Nevertheless, the club remained in the top division in the 2006/07 season as Gil Vicente FC was sentenced to relegation. The reason for the forced relegation was the use of the player Mateus Galiano da Costa without a legally valid contract.

Belenenses finished the 2006/07 season in fifth place on a UEFA Cup place. They also reached the Portuguese Cup final this season . In the following season, Belenenses was eliminated in the first round of the UEFA Cup against Bayern Munich . After the 2008/09 season , the club was on the 15th and thus on a relegation zone. The eleventh-placed Estrela Amadora received no license and was sentenced to relegation at the " green table ", so that Os Belenenses continued to play in the first division. After Belenenses also finished penultimate in the 2009/10 season , the team actually had to relegate to the second division this time . In the 2012/13 season , the promotion succeeded. At the end of the 2014/15 season , the club moved into sixth place in the European Cup and reached the group stage in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League after victories over IFK Göteborg and SCR Altach . Despite a 2-1 away win at eventual group winners FC Basel , he was the bottom of the group and missed promotion to the knockout rounds. He was not allowed to participate again in the following seasons.

On June 30, 2018, the club was split up: The football professional division SAD ( Sociedade Anónima Desportiva ) competes in the Primeira Liga under the name Belenenses SAD . The new football division of Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses starts in the sixth division.


European Cup balance sheet

season competition round opponent total To Back
1961/62 Exhibition cities cup 1 round ScotlandScotland Hibernian Edinburgh 4: 6 3: 3 (A) 1: 3 (H)
1962/63 Exhibition cities cup 2nd round Spain 1945Spain CF Barcelona 4: 5 1: 1 (H) 1: 1 (A)
2: 3 in Barcelona
1963/64 Exhibition cities cup 1 round Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia NK Trešnjevka Zagreb 4: 1 2: 0 (A) 2: 1 (H)
2nd round ItalyItaly AS Roma 1: 3 1: 2 (A) 0: 1 (H)
1964/65 Exhibition cities cup 1 round IrelandIreland Shelbourne FC 2: 3 1: 1 (H) 0: 0 (A)
1: 2 in Dublin
1973/74 Uefa cup 1 round EnglandEngland Wolverhampton Wanderers 1: 4 0: 2 (H) 1: 2 (A)
1976/77 Uefa cup 1 round Spain 1945Spain FC Barcelona 4: 5 2: 2 (H) 2: 3 (A)
1987/88 Uefa cup 1 round SpainSpain FC Barcelona 1: 2 0: 2 (A) 1: 0 (H)
1988/89 Uefa cup 1 round Germany Federal RepublicFederal Republic of Germany Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-0 1: 0 (A) 1: 0 (H)
2nd round Yugoslavia Socialist Federal RepublicYugoslavia FK Velež Mostar 0: 0
(3: 4 on  perk )
0: 0 (A) 0: 0 a.d. (H)
1989/90 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1 round FranceFrance AS Monaco 1: 4 1: 1 (H) 0: 3 (A)
2002 UEFA Intertoto Cup 2nd round CroatiaCroatia NK Slaven Belupo 0: 3 0: 2 (A) 0: 1 (H)
2007/08 Uefa cup 1 round GermanyGermany FC Bayern Munich 0: 3 0: 1 (A) 0: 2 (H)
2015/16 UEFA Europa League 3rd qualifying round SwedenSweden IFK Gothenburg 2: 1 2: 1 (H) 0: 0 (A)
Play-offs AustriaAustria SCR Altach 1-0 1: 0 (A) 0: 0 (H)
Group stage PolandPoland Lech poses 0-0 0: 0 (A) 0: 0 (H)
ItalyItaly AC Florence 0: 5 0: 4 (H) 0: 1 (A)
SwitzerlandSwitzerland FC Basel 2: 3 2: 1 (A) 0: 2 (H)
Legend: (H) - home game, (A) - away game, (N) - neutral place, (a) - away goal rule , (i. E.) - on penalties , (n. V.) - after extra time

Overall record: 38 games, 8 wins, 13 draws, 17 defeats, 29:48 goals (goal difference −19)


In handball, the club was five times Portuguese champions in the hall and once on the field. There are also four cup wins. Internationally, they reached the round of 16 in the EHF Cup in 1995/96 and 2008/09.



Belenenses has a number of branch clubs, which are usually independent clubs and share historical relationships, common emblems and collaborations. There are currently 59 branch associations worldwide, most of which come from Portugal or former Portuguese colonies , but there are also Belenenses clubs in Belgium, Germany and the USA (as of December 2017).

Since the end of 2017, the Futebol Clube de Sonaco from Sonaco in Guinea-Bissau and the traditional Portuguese club have been holding talks about the inclusion of Sonaco as a further branch club.


Web links

Commons : Belenenses Lisbon  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Football world rankings - CF Os Belenenses. Retrieved July 10, 2020 .
  2. ^ Association portrait of Belenense Lisbon. In: November 3, 2015, accessed July 10, 2020 .
  3. Direção do Belenenses assume rotura total com a SAD do clube
  4. comecar-do-zero-quase-100-anos-depois-a-nova-vida-dos-belenenses
  5. List of the Belenenses Lisbon branches , club website, accessed on January 8, 2018
  6. CONVERSAÇÕES COM O FC SONACO DA GUINÉ-BISSAU - “Conversations with FC Sonaco from Guinea-Bissau” , article from December 13, 2017 on the FC Belenenses website, accessed on January 8, 2018