C.F. Os Belenenses

C.F. Os Belenenses

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

History

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 (1945–46), the only team, together with Boavista, to do so outside the Big Three: (Benfica, FC Porto, and Sporting Clube de Portugal).

Beleneneses was one of Portugal's "Big Four" from the advent of the Portuguese Liga. In the years since, the club fame and glory has tarnished as it consistently sank in the league table.

It was the first club to compete in the UEFA Cup in a back-and-forth 3–3 draw with Hibernian (at the time one of Scotland's biggest teams) at the Estádio do Restelo in Belém.

Like many Portuguese clubs, fan clubs can be found in countries across the world, such as the former Portuguese colonies of Brazil and Cape Verde as well as countries with significant Portuguese populations, such as Belgium, Canada, and the United States.

By 1933, the club was the most successful in Portugal with 3 Championship titles and 2 times runners-up.

The 2005–06 season saw the football team finishing fourth from bottom,...
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