TEAM PROFILE: C.F. Os Belenenses Currently Lead Liga De Honra By 6 Points

Posted: December 26, 2012 in Primeira Liga
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For those less familiar with Portuguese futebol, Belenenses is a storied futebol club based in Belém, a historic western suburb of Portugal’s enchanting capital. Its stadium, Estádio do Restelo lies just behind the impressive Jerónimos Monastery. The club is the fourth most successful club in Portuguese futebol history in terms of games played, wins and points in the top division. They also have one league title, coming in 1945-46 and six domestic cup titles.

Belenenses were relegated to the second division in 2010 but it seems likely that they will be promoted next season. The team’s success this season is due to a variety of reasons. They only have one leading scorer in the top 15 in the Liga de Honra, Portuguese midfielder Fernando Ferreira has seven goals. But the team has relied on scoring by committee.

Their success has been mostly attributed to not conceding goals, giving up only thirteen in eighteen matches this season. English goalkeeper, Matt Jones has received much of the credit for their success. Belenenses is managed by Dutchmen Mitchell van der Gaag who previously was at Maritimo.

Current Benfica manager Jorge Jesus is a former player and manager for the club. Current Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho played for the club during his playing career, his father Felix also playing for the club as a goalkeeper and managed them for one year. Porto defender Rolando and Sporting Braga midfielder Ruben Amorim are also former players.


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