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Os Belenenses
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Full name Clube de Futebol
Os Belenenses
Nickname(s) O Belém
(The Bethlehem)
Os Azuis do Restelo
(The Blues from Restelo)
Pastéis (Pastries)
A Cruz de Cristo
(The Order of Christ Cross)
Founded 23 September 1919; 104 years ago (23 September 1919)
Ground Estádio do Restelo
Ground Capacity 19,856
President Patrick Morais de Carvalho
Head coach Bruno Dias
League Liga 3
2021–22 Campeonato de Portugal: Promoted
Third colours

Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses, commonly known as Os Belenenses (Portuguese pronunciation: [bɨlɨˈnẽsɨʃ]), is a Portuguese sports club best known for its football team. Founded in 1919, it is one of the oldest Portuguese sports clubs. It is based in the 25,000-seat Estádio do Restelo in the Belém parish of Lisbon, hence the club name, which translates as "The ones from Belém". Among its fanbase, the club is commonly nicknamed O Belém, in reference to the neighborhood; Os Pastéis (The Pastries), in reference to a traditional Portuguese pastry originated in the parish; Azuis (Blues) or Azuis do Restelo (The Blues from Restelo), in reference to the club's color and its home stadium; and A Cruz de Cristo (The Order of Christ Cross), for its emblem, or also "Os Rapazes da Praia" (The Boys of the Beach), a reference to the zone of Belém in the earlier 20th century.

Os Belenenses won the 1945–46 Primeira Liga, making them the first club other than the Big Three to win the league title. Os Belenenses has also won six Championship of Portugal/Portuguese Cup trophies, and is the fifth most decorated team in Portuguese football.

Until 1982, Os Belenenses was one of four teams that had never been relegated from the first division. Nowadays, it is the team with the fourth most seasons in the Primeira Liga as well as the team with the fifth most points in the championship's history.

Os Belenenses was the first Portuguese team with a turf pitch and artificial lighting, and was also the first Portuguese club to participate in the UEFA Europa League.

The main sports of the club are football, handball, basketball, futsal, athletics, and rugby union. The club has won national championships in all these sports, but it remains best known for football, its original activity. In the club's history, Os Belenenses has won more than 10,000 trophies, including the first divisions of football, handball, basketball, rugby, and the Portuguese Cup in football and futsal, among other sports.

History

Early years

Founded in 1919, Os Belenenses reached their first Campeonato final in 1926, losing 2–0 to Marítimo, and won the title the next season with a 3–0 win over Vitória de Setúbal and winning a second championship in 1929. The club lost the 1932 title to Porto 2–1 in a replay after a 4–4 draw. The club won its third and final Campeonato in 1933 after defeating Sporting CP 3–1. With three Campeonato wins, Os Belenenses was one of Portugal's "Big Four". Since the advent of the Primeira Liga, Os Belenenses failed to keep up with the other three clubs (Benfica, FC Porto and Sporting CP).

League champions

The club won its only Primeira Liga title in 1945–46, edging Benfica by one point, the first time that a club outside the Big Three won the title. On 14 December 1947, they were the first team to face Real Madrid at their newly inaugurated Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (then called the Nuevo Estadio Chamartín) in a friendly match won 3–1 by Madrid. The club were runners-up in the league for the first time in the 1954–55 season, level on 39 points with Benfica. It was not until 1973 that Os Belenenses finished as runners-up again, 18 points behind Benfica, and they never have since.

European forays

Os Belenenses were the first club to compete in the UEFA Cup in a two-legged 3–3 draw with Hibernian at the Estádio do Restelo in Belém.

The club has also played in the European Cup Winners' Cup. In the 1987–88 UEFA Cup, the club played Barcelona. In the first leg, they lost 2–0 in the Camp Nou, winning 1–0 at the Estádio do Restelo with Mapuata scoring. Os Belenenses won their sixth (and to date last) Taça de Portugal on 28 May 1989, defeating Benfica 2–1. Also that season, they knocked out the holders Bayer Leverkusen from the Cup Winners' Cup.

Downfall and recovery

Os Belenenses were relegated from the Primeira Liga for the first time in 1981–82, and have been relegated three other times since then.

21st century

The 2005–06 season saw Os Belenenses finishing fourth from bottom, which would mean relegation for the team. However, as Gil Vicente had fielded an ineligible player that season, Os Belenenses won a subsequent appeal which saw them remain in the top division with Gil Vincente being relegated instead. On 27 May 2007, Os Belenenses reached their first Taça de Portugal final since their 1989 triumph, but were defeated 1–0 by Sporting CP.

Cabral Ferreira, who served as club president of Os Belenenses from 2005 until 2008, died on 26 February 2008 after a long illness. Os Belenenses were relegated in 2010 to the Segunda Liga, but secured promotion back to the Primeira Liga in March 2013, their longest stint out of the top division.

During the 2014–15 season, Os Belenenses finished the championship in sixth place, thereby returning to European competition, qualifying for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League.

They reached the group stage of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League after eliminating IFK Göteborg (2–1 on aggregate) and Rheindorf Altach (1–0 on aggregate). They finished fourth and last in their group, recording a surprising 2–1 away win against Basel, but drawing 0–0 twice against Lech Poznań, losing the return match against Basel, and losing both matches to Fiorentina.

Club split

At the end of 2017–18 season, CF Os Belenenses (club) and Belenenses SAD went their separate ways, as the "Protocol on the use of Estádio do Restelo" ended and the SAD refused to negotiate a new contract with the club. So from the 2018–19 season, Belenenses SAD (the professional team) play their Primeira Liga home games at Estádio Nacional, whereas CF Os Belenenses registered an amateur team in 1ª Divisão Distrital de Lisboa, the equivalent to the Sixth Division (lowest Portuguese division), with the support of the majority of fans and club members.

As a consequence, Belenenses SAD was legally forbidden from using Belenenses' logo and name and now uses a new logo (along with being renamed to B-SAD after the 2021–22 season). In the first games of the season, the professional team saw home attendances of only a few hundred, whereas the new, amateur team saw home attendances of approximately 5,000, reversing a long decline in attendance figures.

Honours

Domestic

Winners (1): 1945–46
Winners (3): 1941–42, 1959–60, 1988–89
Runners-up (5): 1939–40, 1940–41, 1947–48, 1985–86, 2006–07
  • Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
Runners-up (1): 1989
Winners (3): 1926–27, 1928–29, 1932–33
Runners-up (3): 1925–26, 1931–32, 1935–36
  • Segunda Divisão / Segunda Liga
Winners (2): 1983–84, 2012–13
  • Lisbon FA 1ª Divisão
Winners (2): 2018–19, 2020–21
  • Lisbon Championship
Winners (6): 1925–26, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1931–32, 1943–44, 1945–46

European

  • Intertoto Cup
Winners (1): 1975

League and cup history

Season League Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup League Cup Europe Notes
1934–35 CL 4 14 8 2 4 45 20 18 Quarter-final The cup competition played in Portugal was still the Portuguese Championship, while the league worked as an experimental competition.
1935–36 CL 4 14 7 3 4 28 22 17 Final
1936–37 CL 2 14 11 1 2 46 17 23 Quarter-final
1937–38 CL 5 14 5 0 9 29 28 10 Quarter-final
1938–39 1D 4 14 6 1 7 38 29 13 Quarter-final First season of both the Portuguese Cup and Primeira Liga.
1939–40 1D 3 18 11 3 4 58 21 25 Final
1940–41 1D 3 14 9 1 4 59 22 19 Final
1941–42 1D 3 22 12 6 4 66 32 30 Winners
1942–43 1D 3 18 14 0 4 78 20 28 Quarter-final
1943–44 1D 6 18 9 3 6 41 32 21 Quarter-final
1944–45 1D 3 18 13 1 4 72 29 27 Quarter-final
1945–46 1D 1 22 18 2 2 74 24 38 Last 16 Only League title
1946–47 1D 4 26 14 5 7 66 31 33 Not held
1947–48 1D 3 26 16 5 5 76 30 37 Final
1948–49 1D 3 26 16 3 7 68 36 35 Last 16
1949–50 1D 4 26 10 7 9 36 41 27 Not held
1950–51 1D 9 26 10 4 12 45 48 24 Semi-final
1951–52 1D 4 26 14 8 4 60 28 36 Quarter-final
1952–53 1D 3 26 15 6 5 60 29 36 Last 16
1953–54 1D 4 26 13 5 8 43 39 31 Semi-final
1954–55 1D 2 26 17 5 4 63 28 39 Quarter-final Lat 4th place
1955–56 1D 3 26 16 5 5 67 25 37 Semi-final
1956–57 1D 3 26 13 7 6 74 50 33 Last 16
1957–58 1D 4 26 12 4 10 54 42 28 Last 16
1958–59 1D 3 26 16 6 4 65 27 38 Quarter-final
1959–60 1D 3 26 15 6 5 58 25 36 Winners
1960–61 1D 5 26 12 4 10 45 37 28 Semi-final
1961–62 1D 5 26 12 7 7 51 35 31 Semi-final FC 1st round
1962–63 1D 4 26 16 4 6 47 30 36 Semi-final FC 1st round
1963–64 1D 6 26 12 6 8 46 36 30 Semi-final FC 2nd round
1964–65 1D 8 26 12 2 12 39 40 26 Quarter-final FC 1st round
1965–66 1D 7 26 9 7 10 28 29 25 2nd round
1966–67 1D 11 26 7 6 13 26 34 20 3rd round
1967–68 1D 7 26 10 5 11 38 40 25 Quarter-final
1968–69 1D 8 26 8 10 8 31 33 26 Quarter-final
1969–70 1D 7 26 9 5 12 23 34 23 Semi-final
1970–71 1D 7 26 7 8 11 20 27 22 Quarter-final
1971–72 1D 7 30 11 7 12 35 33 29 Semi-final
1972–73 1D 2 30 14 12 4 53 30 40 Last 32
1973–74 1D 5 30 17 6 7 56 34 40 Last 16 UC 1st round
1974–75 1D 6 30 14 7 9 45 37 35 Semi-final
1975–76 1D 3 30 16 8 6 45 28 40 Last 16 IC GC
1976–77 1D 10 30 7 12 11 29 40 26 2nd round IC
UC
2nd Gr
1st round
1977–78 1D 5 30 14 8 8 25 21 36 Last 32
1978–79 1D 8 30 10 9 11 47 43 29 Last 16
1979–80 1D 5 30 13 8 9 33 38 34 Last 16
1980–81 1D 11 30 8 10 12 24 39 26 Semi-final
1981–82 1D 15 30 5 10 15 28 48 20 Last 16 relegated
1982–83 2D.S 4 30 12 10 8 35 19 34 Last 64
1983–84 2D.S 1 30 18 8 4 49 13 44 Last 16 promoted
1984–85 1D 6 30 11 8 11 40 46 30 Last 64
1985–86 1D 8 30 7 14 9 27 30 28 Final
1986–87 1D 6 30 13 4 13 52 40 30 Last 64
1987–88 1D 3 38 18 12 8 52 38 48 Last 128 UC 1st round
1988–89 1D 7 38 13 14 11 44 35 40 Winners UC 2nd round
1989–90 1D 6 34 16 4 14 32 33 36 Semi-final CWC 1st round
1990–91 1D 19 38 10 9 19 27 38 29 Last 64 relegated
1991–92 2H 2 34 19 10 5 53 25 48 5th round promoted
1992–93 1D 7 34 11 12 11 42 40 34 6th round
1993–94 1D 13 34 12 6 16 39 51 30 Quarter-final
1994–95 1D 12 34 10 7 17 30 39 27 4th round
1995–96 1D 6 34 14 9 1 53 33 51 6th round
1996–97 1D 13 34 10 10 14 37 50 40 5th round
1997–98 1D 18 34 5 9 20 22 52 24 4th round relegated
1998–99 2H 2 34 17 10 7 55 28 61 3rd round promoted
1999–00 1D 12 34 9 13 12 36 38 40 4th round
2000–01 1D 7 34 14 10 10 43 36 52 5th round
2001–02 1D 5 34 17 6 11 54 44 57 6th round
2002–03 1D 9 34 11 10 13 47 48 43 5th round IC 2nd round
2003–04 1D 15 34 8 11 15 35 54 35 Semi-final
2004–05 1D 9 34 13 7 14 38 34 46 Quarter-final
2005–06 1D 15 34 11 6 17 40 42 39 4th round
2006–07 1D 5 30 15 4 11 36 29 49 Final
2007–08 1D 8 30 11 10 9 35 33 40 4th round Last 16 UC 1st round 3 points deducted; Taça da Liga 1st edition
2008–09 1D 15 30 5 9 16 28 52 24 Last 32 Group stage 2
2009–10 1D 15 30 4 11 15 23 44 23 Last 16 Group stage 1 relegated
2010–11 2H 13 30 8 11 11 33 36 35 Last 64 Group stage 1
2011–12 2H 5 30 10 11 9 34 32 41 Last 16 1st round
2012–13 2H 1 42 29 7 6 75 41 94 Semi-final Group stage 1 Promoted; Liga 2 champions
2013–14 1D 14 30 6 10 14 19 33 28 Last 64 Group stage 2
2014–15 1D 6 34 12 12 10 34 35 48 Quarter final Group stage 2
2015–16 1D 9 34 10 11 13 44 66 41 Last 32 Group stage EL Group stage
2016–17 1D 14 34 9 9 16 27 45 36 Last 64 Group stage
2017–18 1D 12 34 9 10 15 33 46 37 Last 64 Group stage Separation from Belenenses SAD
2018–19 L.1D 1 30 27 1 2 143 17 82 Did not compete Did not compete Promoted; won group 2 of the Lisbon FA 1st Division and then became overall champions
2019–20 L.2D 1 20 18 0 2 62 16 54 Did not compete Did not compete Promoted; league was concluded at 20 games due to COVID-19 pandemic
2020–21 L.1D 1 18 15 2 1 38 10 47 Did not compete Did not compete Promoted; Lisbon FA 1st Division champions
2021–22 CP 1 18 10 3 5 25 12 33 Last 64 Did not compete Group E of Campeonato de Portugal
3 10 4 4 2 17 9 16 South Zone promotion play-off; promoted to Liga 3 due to Cova da Piedade's registration failure
2022–23 L3 Did not compete

CL=Campeonato da Liga (winners weren't considered Portuguese champions);
1D=First Division/League
2D=Second Division/League;
2H=Liga de Honra
CWC=Cup Winners' Cup;
UC=UEFA Cup
FC=Fairs Cup;
LAT=Latin Cup;
IC=Intertoto Cup
CP=Campeonato de Portugal (4th tier of Portuguese football);
L.1D=Lisbon FA 1st Division (Lisbon's 3rd level in 2018-19 and 1st level in 2020–21);
L.2D=Lisbon FA 2st Division (Lisbon's 2nd level in 2019–20);
L3=Liga 3

European record

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
1961–62 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Scotland Hibernian 1–3 3–3 4–6
1962–63 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Spain Barcelona 1–1 1–1 2–21
1963–64 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Tresnjevka Zagreb 2–0 2–1 4–1
2R Italy Roma 0–1 1–2 1–3
1964–65 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1R Republic of Ireland Shelbourne 1–1 0–0 1–12
1973–74 UEFA Cup 1R England Wolverhampton Wanderers 0–2 1–2 1–4
1976–77 UEFA Cup 1R Spain Barcelona 2–2 2–3 4–5
1987–88 UEFA Cup 1R Spain Barcelona 1–0 0–2 1–2
1988–89 UEFA Cup 1R Germany Bayer Leverkusen 1–0 1–0 2–0
2R Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Velež Mostar 0–0 0–0 0–03
1989–90 European Cup Winners' Cup 1R France Monaco 1–1 0–3 1–4
2007–08 UEFA Cup 1R Germany Bayern Munich 0–2 0–1 0–3
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 3Q Sweden IFK Göteborg 2–1 0–0 2–1
PO Austria Rheindorf Altach 0–0 1–0 1–0
Group I Switzerland Basel 0–2 2–1 4th place
Italy Fiorentina 0–4 0–1
Poland Lech Poznań 0–0 0–0

Former coaches

  • Portugal Cândido de Oliveira (1937–38)
  • Hungary Lippo Hertzka (1939–40)
  • Argentina Alejandro Scopelli (1939–41)
  • Hungary Sándor Peics (1943–44)
  • Argentina Alejandro Scopelli (1947–48)
  • Portugal Artur Quaresma (1948–49)
  • Hungary Sándor Peics (1950–51)
  • Portugal Fernando Vaz (1951–53)
  • Chile Fernando Riera (1954–57)
  • Argentina Helenio Herrera (1957–58)
  • Portugal Fernando Vaz (1958–59)
  • Brazil Otto Glória (1959–61)
  • Portugal Fernando Vaz (1962–64)
  • Spain Ángel Zubieta (1964)
  • Austria Franz Fuchs (1 July 1964 – 30 June 1965)
  • Spain Ángel Zubieta (1968–69)
  • Portugal Mário Wilson (1968–70)
  • Argentina Alejandro Scopelli (1972–74)
  • Portugal Juca (1 July 1979 – 30 June 1980)
  • England Jimmy Hagan (1980–81)
  • Portugal Artur Jorge (1981)
  • Portugal Nelo Vingada (1 July 1981 – 30 June 1982)
  • Portugal José Mourinho Félix (1982–83)
  • England Jimmy Melia (1983–86)
  • Brazil Marinho Peres (1988–89)
  • England John Mortimore (1988–89)
  • Bulgaria Hristo Mladenov (1989)
  • Brazil Antônio Lopes (1990)
  • Belgium Henri Depireux (1990–1991)
  • Brazil Abel Braga (1992–93)
  • Portugal José Romão (1993–94)
  • Portugal João Alves (1994–96)
  • Portugal Quinito (1996)
  • Bulgaria Stoycho Mladenov (1997)
  • Portugal Manuel Cajuda (1 July 1997–98)
  • Portugal Vítor Oliveira (1998–00)
  • Brazil Marinho Peres (2000–03)
  • Portugal Manuel José (11 Feb 2003 – 22 Nov 2003)
  • Serbia Vladislav Bogićević (26 Nov 2003 – 20 Jan 2004)
  • Portugal Augusto Inácio (20 Jan 2004 – 12 May 2004)
  • Portugal Carlos Carvalhal (21 May 2004 – 27 Oct 2005)
  • Portugal José Couceiro (28 Oct 2005 – 7 May 2006)
  • Portugal Jorge Jesus (12 May 2006 – 19 May 2008)
  • Brazil Casemiro Mior (1 July 2008 – 8 Oct 2008)
  • Portugal Jaime Pacheco (9 Oct 2008 – 11 May 2009)
  • Portugal Rui Jorge (12 May 2009 – 25 May 2009)
  • Portugal João Carlos Pereira (4 June 2009 – 21 Dec 2009)
  • Portugal António Conceição (23 Dec 2009 – 9 May 2010)
  • Brazil Baltemar Brito (5 June 2010 – 6 July 2010)
  • Portugal Rui Gregório (8 July 2010 – 26 Oct 2010)
  • Brazil Filgueira (interim) (27 Oct 2010 – 1 Nov 2010)
  • Portugal José Mota (2 Nov 2010 – 14 Feb 2012)
  • Portugal Marco Paulo (15 Feb 2012 – 14 May 2012)
  • Netherlands Mitchell van der Gaag (1 July 2012 – 26 Sept 2013)
  • Portugal Marco Paulo (interim) (26 Sept 2013 – 18 March 2014)
  • Angola Lito Vidigal (20 March 2014 – 17 March 2015)
  • Serbia Milos Dukic (18 March 2015 – 30 June 2015)
  • Portugal Ricardo Sá Pinto (1 July 2015 – 15 December 2015)
  • Spain Julio Velázquez (17 December 2015 – 6 October 2016)
  • Portugal Domingos Paciência (20 April 2017 – 16 January 2018)
  • Portugal Silas (19 January 2018 – 30 June 2018)
  • Portugal Nuno Oliveira (20 July 2018 – )

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses para niños

  • C.F. Os Belenenses (basketball)
  • C.F. Os Belenenses (futsal)
  • C.F. Os Belenenses (handball)
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  • B-SAD
  • CSA Steaua București (football)
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