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Miracle required in Bethlehem (again)

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Belenenses, my Portuguese club, is in big financial difficulties after having its stadium sequestered by the bank earlier this year. The club is now in talks with Lisbon City Council on a plan to develop the ground and its surrounding 11 hectares, located in the plush suburb of Restelo, with a modernized but smaller stadium surrounded by a high-end gym, private clinic and care home.

Previous schemes to develop the impressive Belenenses stadium and its facilities, involving construction of flats and office blocks, have flopped because of the sensitive location a few hundred yards behind the 16th century Jeronimos Monastery. Club president Antonio Soares told Publico the latest plan to redevelop the stadium area doesn’t involve any residential or commercial premises. With debts of at least €20 million Belenenses future could rest on the scheme getting approval from the local authorities, warned Soares.

Belenenses, said to be the second team of most Lisbon folk who either support Benfica or Sporting but with a hard-core fanbase of around 2,000, won the Portuguese league in 1946 to become only the second team to break the Portuguese ‘trioploly’ of Porto, Benfica and Sporting. Boavista of Porto were crowned Portuguese champions in 2001.


Written by porkncheezer

September 12, 2011 at 9:54 am