Estadio Da Luz, Lisboa, Portugal


Home of Benfica this is a thoroughly modern stadium built – or more accurately rebuilt – for the 2004 European Championship. It is certainly impressive – large dressing rooms and warm up areas and a large media room. Everything is top quality and yet unlike other modern stadia it still retains its atmosphere. The Benfica museum is also top quality with a vast array of trophies from the glorious past including European Cups from the Super Eagles glorious years as the best in Europe in the 60’s. Special mention for the display of lifesize golden trophies. Outside the stadium is a statue of perhaps the greatest Portuguese player of all time – Eusebio – but perhaps the most enduring monument is the tribute to Hungarian Miklos Feher, the Benfica striker who died on the field of play in January 2004. The tour of the stadium is not to be missed.

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