Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho

Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho[1] is a multi-use stadium in the neighbourhood of Ponta da Mina southeast of the centre of São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe and is located on Avenida das Nações Unidas. The building is classified as a Heritage of Portuguese Influence and Origin (SIPA).[2] It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium can hold 6,500 people and the field size is 105 × 68 m. The surface is Artificial turf.

12 of July National Stadium
Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho
Exterior of the stadium before 2015 renovations.
12 of July National Stadium
Location within São Tomé
Former namesEstadio Sarmento Rodrigues
LocationAvenida das Nações Unidas
São Tome, São Tomé and Príncipe
Coordinates0°20′6.3″N 6°44′15.0″E
OwnerSão Toméan Football Federation
Field size105 x 68
SurfaceArtificial grass
Renovated2002, 2015
ArchitectEurico Pinto Lopes
Structural engineerSalomão Quinhones Levy
Andorinha Sport Club
Sporting Praia Cruz
São Tomé and Príncipe national football team
Sporting São Tomé

Stadium details

The stadium is home to Andorinha, Sporting Praia Cruz and Sporting São Tomé, other clubs that play at the stadium include Vitória Riboque, Agrosport and 6 de Setembro. A former club that once played at the stadium is Porto Folha Fede who once played as Porto de São Tomé.

The stadium is equipped with floodlights and a scoreboard. The stand located where the main entrance is has a roof over it Its interiors and exteriors are coloured pink with its entrance section coloured orange and blue. Before its recent renovations in 2015 the entrance section was coloured pink and had white columns and brown rims. Its doors are of neoclassical style with a mixture of Mediterranean architectural styles; the remaining things are modernistic.

The stadium also has a running track, and track events are sometimes held at the stadium.


The stadium was built around the 1920s as a football field. The building was opened in 1950. It was the first football (soccer) stadium in the nation. The stadium was formerly named Estádio Sarmento Rodrigues. It was renovated in 2002 and expanded in 2003.

The Taça Nacional de São Tomé e Príncipe (Santomean Cup) is played here annually. The most recent final was in 2018, when FC Porto Real beat UDRA 2-1. The São Tomé and Príncipe Super Cup is also played here, with the most recent match in 2017 being FC Porto Real against UDRA. The score was 1-1(4-3 penalties).

Some continental soccer competition were played at the stadium including the 2013 CAF Confederation Cup with CD Guadalupe and the 2014 CAF Champions League. Since Sporting Praia Cruz withdrew, the 2016 edition was not played here.

See also


  1. "Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho profile, Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho statistics, Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho career statistics". Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  2. "Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho" (in Portuguese). Património de Influência Portuguesa. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
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