Estádio Algarve

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Coordinates: 37°05′18″N7°58′29″W / 37.08833°N 7.97472°W / 37.08833; -7.97472


Estádio Algarve
Location São João da Venda, Algarve, Portugal
Capacity 30,305
Surface Grass
Scoreboard Philips
Opened 2004
Architect Populous [1]
(formerly HOK Sport Venue Event)
Farense (formerly)
Louletano (formerly)
Gibraltar national football team (2013-2017) (temporary)
Portugal national football team (selected matches)
Algarve United (disbanded)

The Estádio Algarve is an association football stadium located between Faro and Loulé, in Portugal. It was the former home of Farense and Louletano, having received some Olhanense and Portimonense matches during their respective stadiums' works of renovation. From 2004 to 2013, Louletano shared the stadium with Sporting Clube Farense.

The Estádio Algarve is also the temporary home ground of the Gibraltar national football team [2] and it also hosts the final match of the Algarve Cup, a major annual international tournament in women's football.

The stadium has a capacity of 30,305 and was built for the Euro 2004 tournament. Aside from football, it has also hosted music festivals and concerts, and was temporarily converted into a super special stage during the 2007 Rally Portugal (part of the 2007 World Rally Championship season).

The Estádio Algarve was designed in the summer of 2000 to UEFA and FIFA standards by Populous. The design team included WS Atkins engineers and local partners including Marobal. The design is regional in nature, alluding to the maritime traditions of Portugal and harmonising with the distinctive local landscape. The stadium is considered a model small/regional flexible use stadium for European football and cultural events, being one of the most used stadiums in Portugal, compared to others used for matches in the main Portuguese Football League.

The stadium hosted the inaugural Algarve Challenge Cup tournament on 22 and 24 July 2008 that saw Cardiff City, Celtic, Middlesbrough, and Vitória de Guimarães in action. Cardiff City were the eventual winners of the tournament with victories over Celtic and Vitória.

Euro 2004 Matches

12 June 2004  Spain 1–0  Russia Group A
20 June 2004  Russia 2–1  Greece Group A
26 June 2004  Sweden 0–0 (4–5 p)  Netherlands Quarter-finals

Portugal national football team

The following national team matches were held in the stadium. [3]

1.18 February 20041–1  England Friendly
2.3 September 20056–0  Luxembourg 2006 World Cup qualification
3.11 February 20091–0  Finland Friendly
4.10 August 20115–0  Luxembourg Friendly
5.15 August 20122–0  Panama Friendly
6.14 August 20131–1  Netherlands Friendly
7.14 November 20141–0  Armenia Euro 2016 qualifying
8.13 November 20164–1  Latvia 2018 World Cup qualification
9.6 September 20181–1  Croatia Friendly

Gibraltar national football team

The following national team matches were held in the stadium. [4]

1.19 November 20130–0  Slovakia Friendly
2.4 June 20141–0  Malta Friendly
3.7 September 20140–7  Poland UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier
4.14 October 20140–3  Georgia UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier
5.13 June 20150–7  Germany UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier
6.4 September 20150–4  Republic of Ireland UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier
7.11 October 20150–6  Scotland UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier
8.6 September 20161–4  Greece 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
9.10 October 20160–6  Belgium 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
10.9 June 20171–2  Cyprus 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
11.3 September 20170–4  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
12.7 October 20170–6  Estonia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

See also