C.F. Os Belenenses

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
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 (23 September 1919)
GroundEstádio do Restelo
Capacity19,856[1]
PresidentPatrick Morais de Carvalho
Head coachNuno Oliveira
LeagueLisbon FA 1ª Divisão Série 2
2018–19Lisbon FA 1ª Divisão, Champion
WebsiteClub website

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.

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.

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.

History

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]

Honours

Domestic

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

European

Winners (1): 1975

League and cup history

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Notes
1934–35 CL 4 14824 452018 quarter-final
1935–36 CL 4 14734 282217 final
1936–37 CL 2 141112 461723 quarter-final
1937–38 CL 5 14509 292810
1938–39 1D 4 14617 382913 quarter-final
1939–40 1D 3 181134 582125 final
1940–41 1D 3 14914 592219 final
1941–42 1D 3 221264 663230 winner
1942–43 1D 3 181404 782028 quarter-final
1943–44 1D 6 18936 413221 quarter-final
1944–45 1D 3 181314 722927 quarter-final
1945–46 1D 1 221822 742438 last 16 Only League title
1946–47 1D 4 261457 663133 not held
1947–48 1D 3 261655 763037 final
1948–49 1D 3 261637 683635 last 16
1949–50 1D 4 261079 364127 not held
1950–51 1D 9 2610412 454824 semi-final
1951–52 1D 4 261484 602836
1952–53 1D 3 261565 602936
1953–54 1D 4 261358 433931 semi-final
1954–55 1D 2 261754 632839 LAT4th place
1955–56 1D 3 261655 672537 semi-final
1956–57 1D 3 261376 745033
1957–58 1D 4 2612410 544228
1958–59 1D 3 261664 652738
1959–60 1D 3 261565 582536 winner
1960–61 1D 5 2612410 453728 semi-final
1961–62 1D 5 261277 513531 semi-final FC1st round
1962–63 1D 4 261646 473036 semi-final FC1st round
1963–64 1D 6 261268 463630 FC2nd round
1964–65 1D 8 2612212 394026 FC1st round
1965–66 1D 7 269710 282925
1966–67 1D 11 267613 263420
1967–68 1D 7 2610511 384025
1968–69 1D 8 268108 313326
1969–70 1D 7 269512 233423 semi-final
1970–71 1D 7 267811 202722
1971–72 1D 7 3011712 353329 semi-final
1972–73 1D 2 3014124 533040
1973–74 1D 5 301767 563440 UC1st round
1974–75 1D 6 301479 453735 semi-final
1975–76 1D 3 301686 452840 ICGC
1976–77 1D 10 3071211 294026 IC
UC
2nd Gr
1st round
1977–78 1D 5 301488 252136
1978–79 1D 8 3010911 474329
1979–80 1D 5 301389 333834
1980–81 1D 11 3081012 243926 semi-final
1981–82 1D 15 3051015 284820 relegated
1982–83 2D.S 4 3012108 351934
1983–84 2D.S 1 301884 491344 promoted
1984–85 1D 6 3011811 404630
1985–86 1D 8 307149 273028 final
1986–87 1D 6 3013413 524030
1987–88 1D 3 3818128 523848 UC1st round
1988–89 1D 7 38131411 443540 winner UC2nd round
1989–90 1D 6 3416414 323336 semi-final CWC1st round
1990–91 1D 19 3810919 273829 relegated
1991–92 2H 2 3419105 532548 promoted
1992–93 1D 7 34111211 424034
1993–94 1D 13 3412616 395130
1994–95 1D 12 3410717 303927
1995–96 1D 6 341491 533351
1996–97 1D 13 34101014 375040 last 32
1997–98 1D 18 345920 225224 last 64 relegated
1998–99 2H 2 3417107 552861 promoted
1999–2000 1D 12 3491312 363840 last 64
2000–01 1D 7 34141010 433652 last 32
2001–02 1D 5 3417611 544457 last 16
2002–03 1D 9 34111013 474843 last 32 IC2nd round
2003–04 1D 15 3481115 355435 semi-final
2004–05 1D 9 3413714 383446 quarter-final
2005–06 1D 15 3411617 404239 last 64
2006–07 1D 5 3015411 362949 final
2007–08 1D 8 3011109 353340 last 64 UC1st round 3 points deducted
2008–09 1D 15 305916 285224 last 32
2009–10 1D 15 3041115 234423 last 16 relegated
2010–11 2H 13 3081111 333635 last 64
2011–12 2H 5 3010119 343241 last 16
2012–13 2H 1 422976 754194 semi-final promoted
2013–14 1D 14 3061014 193328 last 64
2014–15 1D 6 34121210 343548 quarter final
2015–16 1D 9 34101113 446641 last 32 ELGroup stage
2016–17 1D 14 349916 274536 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 Winners' Cup; UC=UEFA Cup
FC=Fairs Cup; LAT=Latin Cup; IC=Intertoto Cup

European record

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1961–62 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Hibernian 1–3 3–3 4–6
1962–63 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Barcelona 1–1 1–1 2–21
1963–64 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Tresnjevka Zagreb 2–0 2–1 4–1
2R Roma 0–1 1–2 1–3
1964–65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Shelbourne 1–1 0–0 1–12
1973–74 UEFA Cup 1R Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–2 1–2 1–4
1976–77 UEFA Cup 1R Barcelona 2–2 2–3 4–5
1987–88 UEFA Cup 1R Barcelona 1–0 0–2 1–2
1988–89 UEFA Cup 1R Bayer Leverkusen 1–0 1–0 2–0
2R Velež Mostar 0–0 0–0 0–03
1989–90 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R Monaco 1–1 0–3 1–4
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1R Bayern Munich 0–2 0–1 0–3
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 3Q IFK Göteborg 2–1 0–0 2–1
PO Rheindorf Altach 0–0 1–0 1–0
Group I Basel 0–2 2–1 4th place
Fiorentina 0–4 0–1
Lech Poznań 0–0 0–0
Notes
  • 1R: First round
  • 2R: Second round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

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.

Former coaches

See also

References

  1. http://www.ligaportugal.pt/oou/clube/20152016/liganos/106
  2. Portugal – List of Champions
  3. Portugal 1945–46
  4. Real Madrid C.F. – Official Web Site – Real Madrid play 1,500th official clash at the Santiago Bernabeu
  5. Portugal 1954–55
  6. Portugal 1972–73
  7. Portugal Cup Full Results 1938–1990
  8. Portugal Cup 2006/07
  9. "Passings: Morreu Cabral Ferreira". Jornal de Notícias. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2008.
  10. https://ionline.sapo.pt/638547
  11. From 1922 to 1938, the Portuguese champion was determined in a knock-out competition called Campeonato de Portugal (Portuguese Championship). With the formation of the league, this competition later became the national cup.
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