O Inferno da Luz
|Full name||Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica|
|Address||Av. Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, 1500-313|
|Public transit|| at Alto dos Moinhos|
at Colégio Militar/Luz
|Record attendance||Official match: 64,591|
(13 May 2017)
(25 October 2003)
|Field size||105 x 68 m|
|Opened||25 October 2003|
|Construction cost||EUR162 million|
|S.L. Benfica (2003-present)|
S.L. Benfica B (2003-2006, 2012-2013)
Portugal national football team (selected matches)
The Estádio da Luz (Portuguese pronunciation: [(?)'?taðju ð? 'lu?]), officially named Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, is a multi-purpose stadium located in Lisbon, Portugal. It is used mostly for association football matches, hosting the home games of Portuguese club S.L. Benfica, its owner.
Opened on 25 October 2003 with an exhibition match between Benfica and Uruguayan club Nacional, it replaced the original Estádio da Luz, which had 120,000 seats. The seating capacity was decreased to 65,647 and is currently set at 64,642. The stadium was designed by HOK Sport Venue Event and had a construction cost of EUR162 million.
A UEFA category four stadium and one of the biggest stadiums by capacity in Europe (the biggest in Portugal), Estádio da Luz hosted several matches of the UEFA Euro 2004, including its final, as well as the 2014 and 2020 finals of the UEFA Champions League. Moreover, it was the venue for the New7Wonders of the World announcement ceremony in 2007. It was elected the most beautiful stadium of Europe in a 2014 online poll by L'Équipe.
By its fifteenth birthday, Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica Luz had welcomed more than 17 million spectators.
While the previous Benfica stadium was also officially named "Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica", both the old and the new stadia are invariably referred to by their unofficial name, Estádio da Luz. Luz is the name of the neighborhood the stadium was built on, on the border between the parishes of Benfica and Carnide, which itself derives its name from the nearby Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Luz (Church of Our Lady of Light). This unofficial name caught on soon after the original stadium's construction; the people of Lisbon used to simply call it a Luz ("the Light"). Therefore, the stadium's common name became "Estádio da Luz", which is usually anglicised to "Stadium of Light". This translation, however, could be argued to be inaccurate, since Luz refers not to "light" but to the original address of the stadium: Estrada da Luz ("Road of Light"). Like its predecessor, the current stadium is also referred to as a Catedral (the Cathedral) or as o Inferno da Luz.
Architect Damon Lavelle, from HOK Sport Venue Event (now Populous), designed the stadium to focus on light and transparency. Its polycarbonate roof allows the sunlight to penetrate the stadium in order to illuminate it. The roof, which is supported by tie-beams of four steel arches, seems to float on the underlying tribunes. The arches are 43 metres (141') high and help define the look of the stadium, after having been shaped to be similar to the wavy profile of its three tiers.
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In the first quarter-final ever between England and Portugal, the English side opened the scoring after only two minutes through Michael Owen. Portugal's constant attacking pressure from then on resulted in Hélder Postiga's 83rd-minute equaliser. A controversial incident came in the dying minutes when Michael Owen hit the Portuguese crossbar, resulting in a Sol Campbell header, which appeared to have given England the lead again, but the header was ruled out for what referee Urs Meier deemed a foul on the Portuguese goalkeeper Ricardo. The sides exchanged goals in extra-time, sending the match to a penalty shoot-out, which Portugal won 6-5. Ricardo saved the penalty from Darius Vassell and then scored the winning goal.
|Real Madrid||4-1 (a.e.t.)||Atlético Madrid|
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The following national team matches were held in the stadium.
|1.||16 June 2004||2-0||Russia||Euro 2004 Group Stage|
|2.||24 June 2004||2-2||England||Euro 2004 Quarter-Finals|
|3.||4 July 2004||0-1||Greece||Euro 2004 Final|
|4.||4 June 2005||2-0||Slovakia||2006 World Cup qualification|
|5.||8 September 2007||2-2||Poland||Euro 2008 qualifying|
|6.||10 October 2009||3-0||Hungary||2010 World Cup qualification|
|7.||14 November 2009||1-0||Bosnia and Herzegovina||2010 World Cup UEFA play-offs|
|8.||17 November 2010||4-0||Spain||Friendly|
|9.||4 June 2011||1-0||Norway||Euro 2012 qualifying|
|10.||15 November 2011||6-2||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Euro 2012 qualifying play-offs|
|11.||2 June 2012||1-3||Turkey||Friendly|
|12.||7 June 2013||1-0||Russia||2014 World Cup qualification|
|13.||15 November 2013||1-0||Sweden||2014 World Cup UEFA play-offs|
|14.||29 March 2015||2-1||Serbia||Euro 2016 qualifying|
|15.||8 June 2016||7-0||Estonia||Friendly|
|16.||25 March 2017||3-0||Hungary||2018 World Cup qualification|
|17.||10 October 2017||2-0||Switzerland|
|18.||7 June 2018||3-0||Algeria||Friendly|
|19.||10 September 2018||1-0||Italy||2018-19 UEFA Nations League|
|20.||22 March 2019||0-0||Ukraine||Euro 2020 qualifying|
|21.||25 March 2019||1-1||Serbia|
|22.||11 November 2020||7-0||Andorra||Friendly|
|23.||14 November 2020||0-1||France||2020-21 UEFA Nations League|
|13 June 2004||France||2-1||England||Group B|
|16 June 2004||Russia||0-2||Portugal||Group A|
|21 June 2004||Croatia||2-4||England||Group B|
|24 June 2004||Portugal||2-2 (6-5 on pen.)||Quarter-finals|
|4 July 2004||0-1||Greece||Final|