Belenenses football club (Est. 1919) won the Portuguese League Championship (1945/46) & were “Champions of Portugal” 3 times, having won 3 Portuguese Cups. Since the early 90’s we’re having a few minor problems, this time however, it was worse…
Last season, the “Blues of Restelo” had a the most important decision of its life: Continue in the 1st division, enslaved by a company that divided our fans and has a CEO that doesn’t even care and celebrates goals from other teams in our own ground, sold (or scared away) our best players, forbid the supporters from Fúria Azul to enter the stadium… Or start all over again from the last division (6th) with our youth players. We decided the hard way, but we got our soul back.
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 or a croissant at Careca.
So next match-day, get on the tram to Belém, buy a blue T-shirt, grab a beer and a snack… and Goooooooooaaaaaaal!!! Beeeeeeeleneeeeeeeenses!!!!!
Football is not a business and I hope this is the turning point for other teams.