Chelsea and Manchester City prepare to fight for the UCL title today at the Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal.
Let’s take a look at some amazing facts about the historic stadium hosting these two champions.
Estádio do Dragão is the homebase stadium of FC Porto. It replaced the club’s former stadium, Estádio Das Antas. The stadium is the 3rd largest stadium in Portugal with 52,000 capacity.
The 105X68cm stadium was designed by architect Manuel Salgado, which was built by Portuguese contractor Somague at €97,755,318.
The stadium got its name from the dragon symbol on the FC Porto logo. It was named by FC Porto’s President, Pinto da Costa, in 2019.
“It is a name that says it all and needs no explanation. The Dragon is in our symbol and the city’s coat of arms. There was no better way to symbolize the strength and vitality of FC Porto, nor the certainty of our future”, Pinto da Costa.
The stadium has hosted big international football leagues and athletic games. In 2004, the stadium hosted the UEFA Euro League, it hosted the inaugural match, 3 group stage, one of the quarter finals and semifinals games.
Also, the 2019 UEFA Nations League Final held at Estádio do Dragão. The game which was played by Portugal and Netherlands ended with a 1-0 win by the host country, Portugal.
The stadium also featured Lionel Messi’s debut match at age 16 for FC Barcelona in a friendly match against FC Porto at the official opening of the stadium on November 16, 2003.
In 2009, the stadium was converted into an asphalt course to accommodate the South Regional Europe Final of the Race of Champions.
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