League of Nations: The ball has been rolling at Estádio D. Afonso Henriques for more than 50 years

League of Nations: The ball has been rolling at Estádio D. Afonso Henriques for more than 50 years


The Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, in Guimarães, has been in operation since 1965, acquired the current configuration at the Euro2004 football, and will receive, in June, the final phase of the League of Nations.

Located one kilometer from the historic center of Vimaranense, the venue was inaugurated as Estádio Municipal de Guimarães on January 3, 1965, in a game in which Vitória de Guimarães defeated Belenenses (2-1) for the Portuguese 1st Division.

The home of the Vimaranense emblem since then, the infrastructure has undergone changes, both for the U-20 World Cup that Portugal organized in 1991 and for Euro2004, when it came to have a current configuration thanks to a requalification that cost 27.3 million of euros.

The current version of the stadium opened on July 25, 2003, when Vitoria beat the Germans of the Kaiserslautern (4-1) in a private match and received two Group C matches in the European Championship: the draw between Denmark and Italy (0-0) and Italy's triumph over Bulgaria (2-1).

The infrastructure was in the possession of the City Hall until 1989, the year in which Vitoria became the owner. The members of the club approved the designation D. Afonso Henriques Stadium in 1995.



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