C.F. Os Belenenses

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Full nameClube de Futebol
Os Belenenses
Nickname(s)O Belém
(The Bethlehem)
Os Azuis do Restelo
(The Blues from Restelo)
Pastéis (Pastries)
A Cruz de Cristo
(The Order of Christ Cross)
Founded23 September 1919;101 years ago (23 September 1919)
Ground Estádio do Restelo
Capacity19,856 [1]
PresidentPatrick Morais de Carvalho
Head coachNuno Oliveira
League Lisbon FA 1ª Divisão Série 2
2018–19Lisbon FA 1ª Divisão, Champion
Website Club website

Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses, commonly known as Belenenses (Portuguese pronunciation:  [bɨlɨˈnẽsɨʃ] ), is a Portuguese sports club best known for its football team. Founded in 1919, it is one of the oldest Portuguese sports clubs. It is based in the 25,000-seat Estádio do Restelo in the Belém parish of Lisbon, hence the club name, which translates as "The ones from Belém". Among its fanbase, the club is commonly nicknamed O Belém, in reference to the neighborhood; Os Pastéis (The Pastries), in reference to a traditional Portuguese pastry originated in the parish; Azuis (Blues) or Azuis do Restelo (The Blues from Restelo), in reference to the club's color and its home stadium; and A Cruz de Cristo (The Order of Christ Cross), for its emblem, or also "Os Rapazes da Praia" (The Boys of the Beach), a reference to the zone of Belém in the earlier 20 Century.


Belenenses won the 1945–46 Primeira Liga, making them the first club other than the Big Three to win the league title. Belenenses has also won six Championship of Portugal/Portuguese Cup trophies, and is the fifth most decorated team in Portuguese football.

Until 1982, Belenenses was one of four teams that had never been relegated from the first division. Nowadays, it is the team with the fourth most seasons in the Primeira Liga as well as the team with the fourth most points in the championship's history.[ citation needed ]

Belenenses was the first Portuguese team with a turf pitch and artificial lighting, and was also the first Portuguese club to participate in the UEFA Europa League.[ citation needed ]

The main sports of the club are football, handball, basketball, futsal, athletics, and rugby union. The club has won national championships in all these sports, but it remains best known for football, its original activity. In the club's history, Belenenses has won more than 10,000 trophies, including the first divisions of football, handball, basketball, rugby, and the Portuguese Cup in football and futsal, among other sports.


Early years

Founded in 1919, it reached its first Campeonato final in 1926, losing 2–0 to Marítimo, and won the title the next season with a 3–0 win over Vitória de Setúbal and winning a second championship in 1929. The club lost the 1932 title to Porto 2–1 in a replay after a 4–4 draw. The club won its third and final Campeonato in 1933 after defeating Sporting CP 3–1. [2] With three Campeonato wins, Belenenses was one of Portugal's "Big Four". Since the advent of the Primeira Liga, Os Belenenses has failed to keep up with the other three clubs (Benfica, FC Porto and Sporting CP).

League champions

The club won its only Primeira Liga title in 1945–46, edging Benfica by one point, [3] the first time that a club outside the Big Three won the title. On 14 December 1947, they were the first team to face Real Madrid at their newly inaugurated Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (then called the Nuevo Estadio Chamartín) in a friendly match won 3–1 by Madrid. [4] The club were runners-up in the league for the first time in the 1954–55 season, level on 39 points with Benfica. [5] It was not until 1973 that Belenenses finished runner-up again, 18 points behind Benfica, and they never have since. [6]

European forays

Belenenses were the first club to compete in the UEFA Cup in a two-legged 3–3 draw with Hibernian at the Estádio do Restelo in Belém.

The club has also played in the European Cup Winners' Cup. In the 1987–88 UEFA Cup, the club played Barcelona. In the first leg, they lost 2–0 in the Camp Nou, winning 1–0 at the Estádio do Restelo with Mapuata scoring. Belenenses won their sixth (and to date last) Taça de Portugal on 28 May 1989, defeating Benfica 2–1. [7] Also that season, they knocked out the holders Bayer Leverkusen from the Cup Winners' Cup.

Downfall and recovery

Belenenses were relegated from the Primeira Liga for the first time in 1981–82, and have been relegated three other times since then.

21st century

The 2005–06 season saw Belenenses finishing fourth from bottom, which would mean relegation for the team. However, the club won a subsequent appeal which sent Gil Vicente down instead. With this reprieve, the club played in the top level of Portuguese football once again. On 27 May 2007, Belenenses reached their first Taça de Portugal final since their 1989 triumph, but were defeated 1–0 by Sporting CP. [8]

Cabral Ferreira, who served as club president of Belenenses from 2005 until 2008, died on 26 February 2008 after a long illness. [9] Belenenses were relegated in 2010 to the Segunda Liga, but secured promotion back to the Primeira Liga in March 2013, their longest stint out of the top division.

During the 2014–15 season, Belenenses finished the championship in sixth place, thereby returning to European competition, qualifying for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League.

They reached the group stage of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League after eliminating IFK Göteborg (2–1 on aggregate) and Rheindorf Altach (1–0 on aggregate). They finished fourth and last in their group, recording a surprising 2–1 away win against Basel, but drawing 0–0 twice against Lech Poznań, losing the return match against Basel, and losing both matches to Fiorentina.

Club split

At the end of 2017–18 season, CF os Belenenses (Club) and Belenenses SAD went their separate ways, as the "Protocol on the use of Estádio do Restelo" ended and the SAD refused to negotiate a new contract with the Club. So from the 2018–19 season, Belenenses SAD (the professional team) play their Primeira Liga home games at Estádio Nacional, whereas CF os Belenenses registered an amateur team in 1ª Divisão Distrital de Lisboa, the equivalent to the Sixth Division (lowest Portuguese division), with the support of the majority of fans and club members.

As a consequence, Belenenses SAD was legally forbidden from using Belenenses' Logo and name and now uses a new logo. [10] In the first games of the season, the professional team saw home attendances of only a few hundred, whereas the new, amateur team saw home attendances of approximately 5,000, reversing a long decline in attendance figures. [11]



Winners (1): 1945–46
Winners (3): 1941–42, 1959–60, 1988–89
Runners-up (5): 1939–40, 1940–41, 1947–48, 1985–86, 2006–07
Runners-up (1): 1989
Winners (3): 1926–27, 1928–29, 1932–33
Runners-up (3): 1925–26, 1931–32, 1935–36
Winners (2): 1983–84, 2012–13
Winners (1): 2018–19
Winners (6): 1925–26, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1931–32, 1943–44, 1945–46


Winners (1): 1975

League and cup history

SeasonPos.Pl.WDLGSGAP Cup EuropeNotes
1934–35 CL414824452018quarter-final
1935–36 CL414734282217final
1936–37 CL2141112461723quarter-final
1937–38 CL514509292810
1938–39 1D414617382913quarter-final
1939–40 1D3181134582125final
1940–41 1D314914592219final
1941–42 1D3221264663230winner
1942–43 1D3181404782028quarter-final
1943–44 1D618936413221quarter-final
1944–45 1D3181314722927quarter-final
1945–46 1D1221822742438last 16Only League title
1946–47 1D4261457663133not held
1947–48 1D3261655763037final
1948–49 1D3261637683635last 16
1949–50 1D4261079364127not held
1950–51 1D92610412454824semi-final
1951–52 1D4261484602836
1952–53 1D3261565602936
1953–54 1D4261358433931semi-final
1954–55 1D2261754632839 LAT 4th place
1955–56 1D3261655672537semi-final
1956–57 1D3261376745033
1957–58 1D42612410544228
1958–59 1D3261664652738
1959–60 1D3261565582536winner
1960–61 1D52612410453728semi-final
1961–62 1D5261277513531semi-final FC 1st round
1962–63 1D4261646473036semi-final FC 1st round
1963–64 1D6261268463630 FC 2nd round
1964–65 1D82612212394026 FC 1st round
1965–66 1D7269710282925
1966–67 1D11267613263420
1967–68 1D72610511384025
1968–69 1D8268108313326
1969–70 1D7269512233423semi-final
1970–71 1D7267811202722
1971–72 1D73011712353329semi-final
1972–73 1D23014124533040
1973–74 1D5301767563440 UC 1st round
1974–75 1D6301479453735semi-final
1975–76 1D3301686452840 IC GC
1976–77 1D103071211294026 IC
2nd Gr
1st round
1977–78 1D5301488252136
1978–79 1D83010911474329
1979–80 1D5301389333834
1980–81 1D113081012243926semi-final
1981–82 1D153051015284820relegated
1982–83 2D.S43012108351934
1983–84 2D.S1301884491344promoted
1984–85 1D63011811404630
1985–86 1D8307149273028final
1986–87 1D63013413524030
1987–88 1D33818128523848 UC 1st round
1988–89 1D738131411443540winner UC 2nd round
1989–90 1D63416414323336semi-final CWC 1st round
1990–91 1D193810919273829relegated
1991–92 2H23419105532548promoted
1992–93 1D734111211424034
1993–94 1D133412616395130
1994–95 1D123410717303927
1995–96 1D6341491533351
1996–97 1D1334101014375040last 32
1997–98 1D18345920225224last 64relegated
1998–99 2H23417107552861promoted
1999–2000 1D123491312363840last 64
2000–01 1D734141010433652last 32
2001–02 1D53417611544457last 16
2002–03 1D934111013474843last 32 IC 2nd round
2003–04 1D153481115355435semi-final
2004–05 1D93413714383446quarter-final
2005–06 1D153411617404239last 64
2006–07 1D53015411362949final
2007–08 1D83011109353340last 64 UC 1st round3 points deducted
2008–09 1D15305916285224last 32
2009–10 1D153041115234423last 16relegated
2010–11 2H133081111333635last 64
2011–12 2H53010119343241last 16
2012–13 2H1422976754194semi-finalpromoted
2013–14 1D143061014193328last 64
2014–15 1D634121210343548quarter final
2015–16 1D934101113446641last 32 EL Group stage
2016–17 1D14349916274536last 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 Winners' Cup; UC=UEFA Cup
FC=Fairs Cup; LAT=Latin Cup; IC=Intertoto Cup

European record

1961–62 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Flag of Scotland.svg Hibernian 1–33–34–6
1962–63 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona 1–11–12–21
1963–64 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Tresnjevka Zagreb 2–02–14–1
2R Flag of Italy.svg Roma 0–11–21–3
1964–65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Flag of Ireland.svg Shelbourne 1–10–01–12
1973–74 UEFA Cup 1R Flag of England.svg Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–21–21–4
1976–77 UEFA Cup 1R Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona 2–22–34–5
1987–88 UEFA Cup 1R Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona 1–00–21–2
1988–89 UEFA Cup 1R Flag of Germany.svg Bayer Leverkusen 1–01–02–0
2R Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Velež Mostar 0–00–00–03
1989–90 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Flag of France.svg Monaco 1–10–31–4
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1R Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich 0–20–10–3
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 3Q Flag of Sweden.svg IFK Göteborg 2–10–02–1
PO Flag of Austria.svg Rheindorf Altach 0–01–01–0
Group I Flag of Switzerland.svg Basel 0–22–14th place
Flag of Italy.svg Fiorentina 0–40–1
Flag of Poland.svg Lech Poznań 0–00–0

1 Barcelona progressed to the Second round after winning a play-off match 3–2.
2 Shelbourne progressed to the Second round after winning a play-off match 2–1.
3 Velež Mostar progressed to the Third round after winning a penalty shoot-out 4–3.

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