C. F. Worth

C.F. Os Belenenses

Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses, usually known simply as Belenenses (pron. bɨlɨ'nẽsɨʃ), founded in 1919, is one of the leading Portuguese sports clubs. It is based in the Belém quarter of Lisbon, hence the club name, which translates as "The ones from Belém".

The main activities of the club are football, handball, basketball, futsal, athletics, and rugby union. The club has won major national championships in all these sports, but remains best known for its original activity, football. They have won the Portuguese Liga once (1945/1946), the only team, together with Boavista FC, to do so outside the Big Three: (FC Porto, Sporting CP and SL Benfica).

When the Portuguese Liga started Beleneneses was one of Portugal's "Big four". It was the first club to compete in the UEFA Cup in an exciting 3-3 draw with Hibernian (at the time one of Scotland's biggest teams) at the Estádio do Restelo in Belem.

Like many Portuguese clubs, fanclubs can be found in Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Belgium and Canada.

In 1933 the club was the most successful in Portugal with the most titles and Cups.

The 2005/2006 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 again, for the 69th of 73 seasons - the team with most presences at top level after the "Big three". This reprieve allowed them to finish fifth in the league, giving them access to the UEFA Cup.

In the Portuguese Cup 2007 fans from Switzerland, Canada, United States, and several Portuguese cities were at the Estádio Nacional in Lisbon to see the final against Sporting CP, where they lost 1-0.

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

The club has also played in the European 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 out of the same competition.

Honours

  • Portuguese League Champions - 1945/46
  • Champions of Portugal (prior to creation of modern league) - 1926/27, 1928/29, 1932/33
  • Portuguese Cup Winners - 1941/42, 1959/60, 1988/89
  • Portuguese 2nd Division Champions - 1983/84
  • Lisbon Championship Winners - 1925/26, 1928/29, 1929/30, 1930/31, 1943/44, 1945/46
  • Lisbon Honour Cup Winners - 9 times
  • Group Winners of UEFA Intertoto Cup 1974/75

League and cup history

Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Notes
1934-1935 CL 4 14 8 2 4 45 20 18

1935-1936 CL 4 14 7 3 4 28 22 17

1936-1937 CL 2 14 11 1 2 46 17 23

1937-1938 CL 5 14 5 0 9 29 28 10

1938-1939 1D 4 14 6 1 7 38 29 13

quarter-final

1939-1940 1D 3 18 11 3 4 58 21 25 final

1940-1941 1D 3 14 9 1 4 59 22 19 final

1941-1942 1D 3 22 12 6 4 66 32 30 winner

1942-1943 1D 3 18 14 0 4 78 20 28

quarter-final

1943-1944 1D 6 18 9 3 6 41 32 21

quarter-final

1944-1945 1D 3 18 13 1 4 72 29 27

quarter-final

1945-1946 1D 1 22 18 2 2 74 24 38

last 16

best classification ever
1946-1947 1D 4 26 14 5 7 66 31 33

not held

1947-1948 1D 3 26 16 5 5 76 30 37 final

1948-1949 1D 3 26 16 3 7 68 36 35

last 16

1949-1950 1D 4 26 10 7 9 36 41 27

not held

1950-1951 1D 9 26 10 4 12 45 48 24 semi-final

1951-1952 1D 4 26 14 8 4 60 28 36

1952-1953 1D 3 26 15 6 5 60 29 36

1953-1954 1D 4 26 13 5 8 43 39 31 semi-final

1954-1955 1D 2 26 17 5 4 63 28 39

LAT 4th place
1955-1956 1D 3 26 16 5 5 67 25 37 semi-final

1956-1957 1D 3 26 13 7 6 74 50 33

1957-1958 1D 4 26 12 4 10 54 42 28

1958-1959 1D 3 26 16 6 4 65 27 38

1959-1960 1D 3 26 15 6 5 58 25 36 winner

1960-1961 1D 5 26 12 4 10 45 37 28 semi-final

1961-1962 1D 5 26 12 7 7 51 35 31 semi-final

FC 1st round
1962-1963 1D 4 26 16 4 6 47 30 36 semi-final

FC 1st round
1963-1964 1D 6 26 12 6 8 46 36 30

FC 2nd round
1964-1965 1D 8 26 12 2 12 39 40 26

FC 1st round
1965-1966 1D 7 26 9 7 10 28 29 25

1966-1967 1D 11 26 7 6 13 26 34 20

1967-1968 1D 7 26 10 5 11 38 40 25

1968-1969 1D 8 26 8 10 8 31 33 26

1969-1970 1D 7 26 9 5 12 23 34 23 semi-final

1970-1971 1D 7 26 7 8 11 20 27 22

1971-1972 1D 7 30 11 7 12 35 33 29 semi-final

1972-1973 1D 2 30 14 12 4 53 30 40

1973-1974 1D 5 30 17 6 7 56 34 40

UC 1st round
1974-1975 1D 6 30 14 7 9 45 37 35 semi-final

1975-1976 1D 3 30 16 8 6 45 28 40

1976-1977 1D 10 30 7 12 11 29 40 26

UC 1st round
1977-1978 1D 5 30 14 8 8 25 21 36

1978-1979 1D 8 30 10 9 11 47 43 29

1979-1980 1D 5 30 13 8 9 33 38 34

1980-1981 1D 11 30 8 10 12 24 39 26 semi-final

1981-1982 1D 15 30 5 10 15 28 48 20

relegated
1982-1983 2D ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

1983-1984 2D ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

promoted
1984-1985 1D 6 30 11 8 11 40 46 30

1985-1986 1D 8 30 7 14 9 27 30 28 final

1986-1987 1D 6 30 13 4 13 52 40 30

1987-1988 1D 3 38 18 12 8 52 38 48

UC 1st round
1988-1989 1D 7 38 13 14 11 44 35 40 winner

UC 2nd round
1989-1990 1D 6 34 16 4 14 32 33 36 semi-final

CWC 1st round
1990-1991 1D 19 38 10 9 19 27 38 29

relegated
1991-1992 2H 2 34 19 10 5 53 25 48

promoted
1992-1993 1D 7 34 11 12 11 42 40 34

1993-1994 1D 13 34 12 6 16 39 51 30

1994-1995 1D 12 34 10 7 17 30 39 27

1995-1996 1D 6 34 14 9 1 53 33 51

1996-1997 1D 13 34 10 10 14 37 50 40

last 32

1997-1998 1D 18 34 5 9 20 22 52 24

last 64

relegated
1998-1999 2H 2 34 17 10 7 55 28 61

promoted
1999-2000 1D 12 34 9 13 12 36 38 40

last 64

2000-2001 1D 7 34 14 10 10 43 36 52

last 32

2001-2002 1D 5 34 17 6 11 54 44 57

last 16

2002-2003 1D 9 34 11 10 13 47 48 43

last 32

2003-2004 1D 15 34 8 11 15 35 54 35 semi-final

2004-2005 1D 9 34 13 7 14 38 34 46

quarter-final

2005-2006 1D 15 34 11 6 17 40 42 39

last 64

2006-2007 1D 5 30 15 4 11 36 29 49 final

2007-2008 1D 8 30 8 12 10 32 41 40

last 64

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 known as Inter-Cities Fairs Cup)

Season Team1 Team2 Result1 Result2 Result3
1961/62 Hibernian 3-3 3-0
1962/63 Barcelona 1-1 1-1 2-3
1963/64 Trešnjevka Zagreb 0-2 1-2
1963/64 A.S. Roma 2-1 1-0
1964/65 Shelbourne F.C. 1-1 0-0 1-2
1973/74 W. Wanderers 0-2 1-2
1976/77 Barcelona 2-2 2-3
1987/88 Barcelona 2-0 0-1
1988/89 Bayer Leverkusen 0-1 0-1
1988/89 Velež Mostar 0-0 0-0 4-3 (pen.)
2007/08 Bayern Munich 1-0 2-0

Cup Winner's Cup

Season Team1 Team2 Result1 Result2
1989/90 Monaco 1-1 0-3

Current squad

Notable former players

Trivia

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

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

Basketball

Futsal

Handball

Rugby

References

External links

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