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Belenenses is a football (soccer) club from Portugal.

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About Belenenses

Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses, commonly known simply as Belenenses , founded in 1919, is one of the oldest Portugal sports clubs. It is based in the Belém, Lisbon quarter of Lisbon, hence the club name, which translates as "The ones from Belém."

Belenenses won the 1945–46 Primeira Liga and 6 Portuguese Cup/Portuguese Cup titles.


The main activities of the club are football (soccer), Team handball, basketball, futsal, Athletics (track and field), and rugby union. The club has won major national championships in all these sports, but remains best known for its original activity, football.

By 1933, the club was the most successful in Portugal with 3 pre-Liga tournaments and finishing as runner-up on two other occasions. Beleneneses was one of Portugal's "Big Four" from the advent of the Portuguese Liga. They have won less honours since than the other three clubs.

They won the Portuguese Liga once (1945–46), the only team, together with Boavista F.C. (in 2001), to do so outside the Big Three (Portugal): (S.L. Benfica, F.C. Porto, and Sporting Clube de Portugal). On 14 December 1947, they were the first team to face Real Madrid at their newly inaugurated Santiago Bernabeu stadium stadium (then called Nuevo Estadio Chamartín), a friendly match that they lost 3-1 to Los Blancos.

It was the first club to compete in the UEFA Cup in a two-legged 3–3 draw with Hibernian F.C. (at the time one of Scotland's biggest teams) at the Estádio do Restelo in Belém.

The club has also played in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, as well as the UEFA Cup. In the UEFA Cup 1987–88 season, the club played powerhouse FC Barcelona; in the first leg, they lost 2–0 in the Camp Nou, winning 1–0 in Lisbon at the Estádio do Restelo with Bulgarian international Stoycho Mladenov scoring. In the following season, they ousted holders Bayer 04 Leverkusen from the same competition.

The 2005–06 season saw the football team finishing fourth from bottom, which would mean relegation for the team. However, the team won a subsequent appeal that sent Gil Vicente F.C. down instead. With this reprieve, the team played in the top level of Portuguese football once again.

Cabral Ferreira, who served as president of Belenenses from 2005 until 2008, died on 26 February 2008, of a long illness.

Belenenses were relegated in 2010 to the Liga de Honra.


- Portuguese Liga Champions — 1945–46
- Champions of Portugal (prior to creation of modern league) — 1926–27, 1928–29, 1932–33
- Cup of Portugal Winners — 1941–42, 1959–60, 1988–89
- Liga de Honra Champions — 1983–84
- Lisbon Championship Winners — 1925–26, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1943–44, 1945–46
- Lisbon Honour Cup Winners — 9 times
- UEFA Intertoto Cup — 1975 Intertoto Cup

League and cup history

CL=Campeonato da Liga (winners weren't considered Portuguese champions); 1D=First Division/League
2D=Second Division/League; 2H=Liga de Honra
CWC=Cup Winner's Cup; UC=UEFA Cup
FC=Fairs Cup; LAT=Latin Cup

UEFA Cup (formerly Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, now Europa League)

Cup Winner's Cup

Notable former players

- Fernando Chalana
- Jorge Martins
- José António Bargiela
- José Mourinho
- Juanico
- Paulo Madeira
- Matateu
- Félix Mourinho
- António Morato
- Pepe (Portuguese footballer 1908-1930)
- Ruben Amorim
- Silas (Portuguese footballer)
- Luís Sobrinho
- Jaime Mercês
- Rolando (Portuguese footballer)
- António Mendonça
- Wilson Constatino Novo Estrela
- Alejandro Scopelli
- João Batista da Silva (footballer)
- Marco Aurélio Siqueira
- Emerson Moisés Costa
- Weldon Santos de Andrade

- Fábio Januário
- Borislav Mikhailov
- Stoycho Mladenov
- Albert Meyong
- David Embé
- José Rui
- Dady
- Pedro Pelé
- Pedro Celestino Silva Soares
- Tomislav Ivković
- Henry Antchouet
- Edgaras Jankauskas
- Armando Sá
- Gabriel Enrique Gómez
- José Luis Garcés
- Dariusz Adamczuk
- Anders Andersson (footballer)
- Nick Sakiewicz
- Owen Holley
- Freddy Adu

Former coaches

- John Mortimore (footballer)
- Helenio Herrera
- Marinho Peres
- Jorge Jesus


Belenenses played the inaugural football match at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on 14 December 1947, against Real Madrid C.F..

The club's anthem

Ilustrando o nosso emblema

Consagrado e popular

Vê-se a cruz que foi um tema

nas conquistas de além mar

Hoje, como antigamente

Nada temos que temer

Belenenses para a frente!

Com a certeza de vencer

Illustrating our emblem

Established and popular

There is the cross that was a symbol

of the conquests overseas

Today, like yesterday

We have nothing to fear

Go forward Belenenses!

Certain of the victory





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