On November 16, 2003, the fake Luis de Matos came down by the helicopter on the Estádio do Dragão field, and was baptized at a new stadium of FC Porto that succeeded in the old Antas stadium to oversee 50,000 supporters who witnessed the opening were alive. Since then, the tricks have been others, just as hundreds of players have spread out free on the field.
A beautiful party who filled the architect with pride. "If I have to choose a second in these 15 years, I choose the day of the opening. I was the most impressive to me, to see the work already and to be used by the people. It was a very beautiful party, with diversification program, with a culture that won FC Porto y Barcelona (2-0) in the game where Lionel Messi argued. It was a wonderful day for me and I thought about all the portistas. very cold and people complained about the wind and the cold, but in general the comments were very positive, "said DN Manuel Salgado, who is responsible for the Dragon. Since then, 13,149,875 viewers in 373 games have been on stalls and stadiums.
As an architectural work, Dragon has collected his own prizes and titles beyond those who were prosecuted by the football team. He is proud of the FIFA five-star rating and distinguishes himself in areas such as ecology – the Greenlight award for the best European project from the European Commission's Energy Agency in 2003 – recycling – 100R certification by Sociedade Ponto Green, which guarantees 100% waste treatment in 2009 – and even the steel industry – a prize for the best European project of the European Convention for Construction Steelworks 2003. Dragon was the first stadium in the world to Accepting the Quality Assurance and Integrated Environment.
Praise by those who visit her, the work of the architect Manuel Salgado is more than just practical and flexible. Concerts were held by some of the world's biggest bands, such as Rolling Stones in 2006, world car racing events such as Champions, Music festivals, conventions, birthday parties and even marriages. "There's a different stadium of most settings, it has a very different design with an unusual scheme in the stadium. It's been done very carefully, with all places outside the planned benches, bathrooms, corridors, places where people meet before going in. Everyone was considered and it was clear that the architects were happy right, from the day of the opening, without concealing the "pride" about the flexibility of the field.
Having inspired "at the Roman stadium, fathers and all the steps," for Manuel Salgado, proved the "hard land" a great inspiration: "The adjustment to the land was very difficult, which tends to be a rather complex typing. The answer was a continuous circle and two-side benches with a unique cover, so the place was the great inspiration. "
Dragon is the work of a "very big team", according to the author, who does not release compliment to Portista leaders for the way they manage all the operation even at times of distress and competition: "They are made justice, especially Pinto da Costa. He listened to a bit, but when it made it crucial and accurate."
15 years, 15 seconds
Angry on Messi's feast and premium day
The opening of the Dragon Stadium was held on November 16, 2003 in a private match against Barcelona and was trained by Frank Rijkaard, and was also in history for the first time of what is now considered one of best players in soccer history: Lionel Messi. Then Argentina was a young pledge, at the age of 16 and 145 days stepping on the portista. Just for 16 minutes, but Messi's magic started on the pitch on the pitch, when Fernando Navarro replaced the fieldfielder in the 74 minutes. On the other side was FC Porto José Mourinho and names like Vítor Baía, Nuno Espirito Santo, Jorge Costa, Ricardo Carvalho, Maniche, Hugo Almeida and Derlei, and the last two scorers that allowed them to win 2-0. "I have the supreme happiness of feeling that the whole city is happy today, those who live well, those who live in this way, and those who are ; live badly. " Everyone is happy with this day. Others are happy, "said Pinto da Costa at the time, worried about the absence of Prime Minister Barroso and praises the presence of UEFA President Lennart Johansson.
Derlei scored the first goal of the Dragon
"It was a penalty and against Barcelona, he scored from penalties, with some difficulty and some luck, as the grass was still not good. It was a day today in my stage, the one and the next. the ones that went on: the commitment of the whole world so that the stadium was ready within the appointed time. I remember that the stadium admired. It played in many and just across the world, I am I've seen a great stadium, but Dragon is one of the most beautiful in the world and a part I really like, a room with a picture of me kicking the ball for the third goal against Celtic is the final of the UEFA Cup in Seville, and it's an honor for you to go to the Dragon story. After the game with Barcelona it was a great party, we were all very happy. I can remember going home, I was greeted by my family and received many congratulations. Now, people talk about Messi's first time, but the truth is that no-one was imagining that an agent coming back who came to him, "DN reminded the former attacker of the dragons, who led the stadium's story on that night from November 16, 2003.
The first officer matches a victory against União de Leiria
If Derlei was the first to score in the new stadium, Maniche also went down in history with the first goal in official matches in Estádio do Dragão, on the way to the national championship title, the first from the period of Jose Mourinho. He was against the Iranian Union, on February 7, 2004, who won FC Porto 2-1. Maciel scored the second of the dragons and Fredy's taste to Harry. The difference between time opening and the first official game is explained by the fact that the grass is not in good condition.
European Dragon Award with a victory over Ferguson United
In the first 16 of the 2003/04 Champions League, Dragon received the first European game (February 25, 2004). Under the baton of José Mourinho, the team that would win the Champions League of that year had made a worthy match against Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson, who even started the game to win ( Fortune goal in the 14 minutes). But bishop Benni McCarthy dropped the turning and prepared the way for the first time of the game (1-1 in Old Trafford) and hitch-hike at the end of the season.
The beat with Greece in the first Euro2004 game
Blueport and FC Porto set the platform for the opening ceremony of Euro2004 at Estádio do Dragão on June 13, 2004. With the findings as the theme of the party, a few dozen cloths covered the whole lawn , while Caravel slipped across the blue carpet, attacking the Portuguese conquests in those seas, looking for a new world. The madness settled in the Dragon with the entrance to the extracts in the duck, led by the Italian referee Pierluigi Collina. But the brilliant ceremony was not a sign of victory for the national team, astonished on the field by Greece, who won 2-1 (Karagounis and Basinas scored by the Greeks: Ronaldo for Portugal). At the end of the tournament, the Greeks had to defeat the Portuguese option (1-0), then led by Luiz Felipe Scolari.
The day the Dragon received the Rolling Stones
Twenty two themes played for two hours, an animation and 47,000 spectators who attended the Rolling Stones concert at the Dragon Stadium on July 17, 2006. Mega show that ended at midnight with explosions and fireworks The sound of Satisfaction & # 39; s. Only one example of the excellence of the excellence of the sports venue, which, as well as football games and concerts, has also been adapted for the race of global champions such as Champion Champions, music festivals, conventions, birthday parties and even marriages.
The first title was celebrated at the Dragon lawn
FC Porto reached the 2006/07 League final with a leader over the second place, Sport Paulo Bento. The dragons still tied a goal with Dragon's Desportivo das Aves, but came the final to the second half, beat 4-1 in a game on May 20, 2007. The result was allow the team led by Jesualdo Ferreira to make the title party (in 2003/04 and 2005/06 they also had been champions, but were celebrated in games outside) and Vítor Baía to celebrate the 31st title his career The 37-year-old goalkeeper had the right to five minutes of play (he joined Helton) to receive a tide of approval and therefore became a champion. In Alvalade Sports players ended in tears, despite the 4-0 victory of the Belenenses.
A classic for history with a five plate to Benfica
A handful of classic goals is scarce, but it took place on November 7, 2010 when FC Porto Benfica received. Silvestre Varela made the first goal, Hulk and Radamel Falcao scored before 49817 spectators. Here's the biggest ever-running regime on Benfica in games for the championship (5-0). Although this game in 2010, he returned to the ball recently, when Benfica Bayern received in the Light and the fans joined James Rodriguez, before the dragoon player who was present in that trashing , who answered the five-finger vish, remembering that it was 5-0 November 2010.
On the way to the Europa League final
The first phase of the Europa League final rounds. With five goals in the second half – four of Falcao (who finished as the top scorer with 15 goals) and one of Guarín – FC Porto became attractive in Estádio do Dragão, which ended with a 5-1 victory in Villarreal , on April 28, 2011. When looking for their fifth European final and fourth fourth after the UEFA Cup 1997 and 2004 and the UEFA Cup in 2003, FC Porto, a virtual national champion, later visited a Spanish team in the second hand with four goals of benefit, regardless of the penalty by 3-2. They were packed for the final of Dublin, where in the final they would beat Sp. Brush 1-0 to raise the amount.
The famous goal of Kelvin made Jesus knee in the Dragon
Kelvin left the bench to fill his left foot and rewrite the history of the 2012/13 League on May 11, 2013. The goal scored in the 92 minutes and gave a 2-1 victory to Ben Porto over Benfica on 29th and 2nd The earliest round of the championship, which allowed Vítor Pereira's draggers to be isolated in the classification, with one other point than the competitor. After Kelvin's goal, the image of Jorge Jesus, a coach Benfica, was famous, laying on the Dragon lawn. "It was very exciting, I came home, I turned on the TV to see again, I sat on the sofa and called on its own because it was an exciting moment I will never forget it with me to a crew … The trainer too! Everything had marking, even I crying every time I can remember that my goal is, " says Kelvin. The title would be confirmed later in Paços de Ferreira on the last day.
Opening of the Museum
The opening of the FC Porto Museum was held on September 28, 2013, although it opened its doors to visitors on October 26 that year. Already this year, and after receiving excellence certificates from TripAdvisor in 2016, 2017 and 2018, a Passenger Passenger Prize was awarded to the FC Porto Museum 2018. The space had been located as one of the highest five in Portugal and Pinto Finally, Da Costa has raised one of her great dreams. "The Museum has an emotional speech. It's the history of CC Porto, and who lived in these moments, almost all of the great glory, is more than touching, because he knows in Well no-one what this represents. It's great to play and I think it's not just the pride of Porto, it's also proud of Porto, "said one of the highlights of 120 year celebrations FC Porto birthday.
Tribute to the wizard decoration
The homage to a fascinating 20-game FC Porto was one of the most notable moments in the stadium, according to a place ballot and was involved in supporters porters promoted by the club itself. On that day, on July 25, 2014, Estádio do Dragão (50,000 people on the bench) sold the last tribute to Deco, who joined with friends of a team that he shared. Champions League wins over FC Porto (2004) and Barcelona (2006). "It was an honor that I had fired from the field on the FC Porto stadium in a game that will tell the rest of my life," said Deco, who gave the organization revenue to several organizations.
The biggest European beat in the Dragon
BATE Borisov from Belarus suffered the biggest FC Porto victory in the history of the Champions League in a game held on September 17, 2014. Brahimi hats Jackson Martinez, Adrián López and Aboubakar scored the goal of the rest of the dragons, a total of six! This was the result of the team's top score in the Champions League, with the greatest victory so far 5-0 in Werder Bremen in Germany during the 1993/94 group period.
Dragon gets 10 million viewers
On August 15, 2015, in a victory over Vitória de Guimarães for the 3-0 championship, Estádio do Dragão exceeded the ten million markers mark. On average, the location receives 42,000 fans per game. Up to the last meeting, according to data provided by the club, 13,149,875 viewers have already passed through the stadium for a total of 373 games. In the 351 official games there were 12,257,057 spectators to the stadium.
The biggest ever-hitting at home
The biggest hit in the history of Estádio do Dragão occurred in March 2017, when FC Porto Nacional received the 24th round of the League League. Game ended with 7-0 in favor of the dragons. Óliver, Brahimi, André Silva scored (2), Soares (2) to Layún. There is a need to go back to the 1998/99 season (in the old Antas Stadium) to find the similar results of the championship players. At the time, Beira-Mar was the victim. The inspiration for the islanders served for the dragons to pass into the leadership of the championship. The term, however, would finish the title given to Benfica.