Belenenses football club (founded in 1919) won the Portuguese League Championship once (1945/46), were “Champions of Portugal” 3 times and won 3 Portuguese Cups. Since 82 they’ve been relegated 7 times, hopefully this won’t happen again!
Restelo Stadium, located up the hill at Belém, really deserves a visit: The place was built in 1956 and it’s still one of the prettiest stadiums I’ve ever been to. The atmosphere is authentic – and remember, this is a local club although it has fans everywhere. The view is breathtaking: The Tagus river, the 25th April Bridge, the Belém Tower… Can you imagine a better view from a football stadium?! On the way to the Stadium, locals eat a cake at Fábrica dos Pastéis de Belém, a croissant at Careca, or a Beer Cake. Every time Belenenses wins, the place becomes crowded.
Last season, the “Blues of Restelo” finished in 9th place, and the dream of playing their access to the UEFA Cup vanished! Hopefully this season they’ll reach it again. Promising players like Fábio Sturgeon, and experienced players as well, like Gonçalo Brandão are doing their best to lift Belenenses’ name again in Europe.
So next match-day, get on the tram to Belém, buy a CF Belenenses shirt at the Blue Shop, grab a beer and a snack… And it’s Miguel Rosa, left to Dálcio… early cross to Fábio… he shoots from a distance… and Goooooooooaaaaaaal!!! Beeeeeeeleneeeeeeeenses!!!!!