On November 16, 2003, illusionist Luis de Matos lowered the helicopter in the Estadio do Dragao field, baptizing a new FC Porto stadium that inherited Ants's old stadium to celebrate 50,000 fans who were witnessing live inauguration. Since then, the tricks were the second, just as magic counted hundreds of players in a number of places.
Beautiful fun filled the architect with pride. "If I have to choose the moment for these 15 years, I choose the day of inauguration. It was the most memorable for me, to see the job ready and to be used by people. It was a very nice party, with a diverse program, with cultural and FC Porto won a powerful Barcelona (2: 0) in a game that debuted Lionel Messi It was a great day for me and I think of all the porters I saw everything I was very cold and people complained about the wind and the cold, but in general, the comments were were very positive, "said DN Manuel Salgado, an architect responsible for the Dragon. Since then, there were 13,149,875 spectators in 373 matches in stadium stands.
As an architectural work, Dragon has accumulated rewards and titles beyond those won by the football team. FIFA has five stars with an asterisk and differs in areas such as ecology – the Greenlight award for the best European project by the European Energy Agency in 2003, recycling – the 100R certificate from Sociedade Ponto Verde, which guarantees 100% waste treatment in 2009 year – and even steel industry – award for the best European project of the European Convention for the Construction of Steel Structures 2003. The Dragon was the first stadium in the world that received certification of integrated quality and environment.
Praised by those who visit him, the work of architect Manuel Salgado is, above all, functional and versatile. It hosted concerts of some of the world's biggest bands, such as Rolling Stones in 2006, world-wide auto racing events such as Champ Champion, music festivals, conventions, birthday parties and even weddings. "It's a different stadium from most places, it has a very different design with an unusual schedule in the stadiums. It's done very carefully, with all the space outside the planned bench, to the bathrooms, corridors, places where people get to know before they get in. what she thought and it was clear that since the inauguration day was great pleasure, "the architect said happily, without hiding the" pride "for the versatility of the armor.
Inspired by "Roman stadiums, who are the eyes of all stages", for Manuel Salgado, "heavy ground" proved to be an excellent inspiration: "Adapting to that very heavy, sloping terrain that required a somewhat complex typography was the solution was an unbroken ring and two side benches with a unique lid so that the place was a great inspiration. "
According to the author, Dragon is the work of a "very large team," who does not respect praise for portal leaders for the way they managed the entire operation, even during turmoil and controversy: "Justice is binding, especially Pinto da Costa. He listened and did a little , but when it did, it was crucial and decisive. "
15 years, 15 moments
Inauguration on the holiday and the premiere of Messiah
The inauguration of the Dragon Stadium took place on November 16, 2003, in a private match against Barcelona, which was coached by Frank Rijkaard, and was also in the history of a debut event that is now considered one of the best players in football history: Lionel Messi. The Argentine was then a young promise, it was 16 years old and 145 days when he entered the field of porters. It was only 16 minutes, but the Messiah's magic began in the Zmaja field, when Fernando Navarro took the lead in the 74th minute. On the other side are FC Porto, Jose Mourinho and names such as Vitor Baia, Nuno Espirito Santo, Jorge Costa, Ricardo Carvalho, Maniche, Hugo Almeida and Derlei, who allowed the last two shooters to win 2-0. "I have the greatest happiness of feeling that today the whole city is happy, those who live well, those who live like this and those who live badly." Everyone is happy this day. others are happy, "said Pinto da Costa at the time, complaining of Barroso's absence and praising the presence of UEFA President Lennart Johansson.
Derlei scored the first goal of the Dragon
"It was a punishment against Barcelona, I scored penalties, with some difficulties and some luck, because the grass was still not good. The very day I remember in my memory, this one and those who preceded it: the commitment of the whole world to make the stadium I've been playing in many and a bit around the world, I've seen great stadiums, but Dragon is one of the most beautiful in the world, and there's a special part, a room that has a picture of me that kicks the ball for the third goal against Seltic in the UEFA Cup final in Seville and I was in the story of the Dragon, after the game with Barcelona, it was a great party, we were all happy, I remember I went home after the family greeted me and received many messages of congratulations, now people are talking about Messi's debut, but the truth is that nobody imagined that this boy would become the one who became, "reminded DN of the former dragon dragon, who entered that stadium on November 16, 2003.
The first official match to win against Uniao de Leiria
If Derlei first scored in the new stadium, Maniche also entered history with the first goal on the official Estadio do Dragao, on the way to the title of the national champion, the first from era Jose Mourinho. It was against Union Leiria, February 7, 2004, and Porto won 2-1. Maciel scored the second of the dragons, and Freddy reduced to Leiria. The time difference between the opening day and the first official game is explained by the fact that the grass is not in good condition.
European premier in a triumph triumph over Ferguson United
In the last 16 Champions League 2003/04. For years, Dragon got the first European game (February 25, 2004). Under the bat Jose Mourinho, the team that won the Champions League this year made a decent match against Manchester United Sir Alec Ferguson, who even started the match for victory (goal Fortune in the 14th minute). But Benni McCarthy bishop used the reversal and opened the way for the first game (1-1 at Old Trafford) and at the end of the season.
Defeat with Greece in the first Euro2004 match
Blue Sea and FC Porto set the stage on the opening ceremony of Euro2004 in Estadio do Dragao on June 13, 2004. With discoveries as the theme of the party, several dozen fabrics completely covered the lawn of the chamber, while the caravel slid across the blue carpet, referring to the Portuguese conquests in these seas, searching for the new world. He crazy settled in the Dragon with the entrance to the village on the ground, led by Italian judge Pierluigi Collina. But the glory of the ceremony was not a sign of a triumph for the national team, surprised in the field by Greece, which won 2-1 (Karagounis and Basinas scored the Greeks: Ronaldo for Portugal). In the finals of the tournament, the Greeks again defeated Portuguese selection (1-0), at the time led by Luiz Felipe Scolari.
On the day the Dragon got Rolling Stones
Twenty themes, played two hours, were animated by 47,000 spectators who attended the Rolling Stones concert at the Dragon Stadium on July 17, 2006. MEGA-shov that ended midnight with explosions and fireworks to the sound of "Satisfaction". Just one example of the versatility of the sporty par excellence, which, in addition to football matches and concerts, is also adapted to world motorcycles such as Champions, music festivals, conventions, birthdays and even weddings.
The first title is celebrated in the Zmaja lawn
Porto reached the final round of the 2006/07 league with the lead of the 2nd place, Sporting Paulo Bento. The goalkeepers continued to be linked to the goal with Desportivo das Aves, but in the second half they finished the result, which ended on May 20, 2007. The result enabled the team led by Jesualdo Ferreira to create the title party (2003 / 04 and 2005/06 were also champions, but celebrated in games outside) and Vitor Baia to celebrate the 31st title of his career. The 37-year-old goalkeeper had the right to five minutes of the game (joining Helton) to get the applause beach and thus become a champion. In Alvalade, Sporting's players finished tearing, despite the victory of Belenenses 4-0.
Classical for history with a record five in Benfica
Several goals in the classroom are rare, but this happened on November 7, 2010 when Porto Porto received Benfic. The first goal was made by Silvestre Varela, while Hulk and Radamel Falcao scored 49817 spectators. It was the biggest influence ever on Benfica in the matches for the championship (5: 0). Although this game was in 2010, it was recently returned to the ball when Benfica received Baiern to Light, and supporters resented James Rodriguez, a former dragon player who was present in that breakdown, who responded to Vaisu with five fingers, to remember 5-0 November 2010.
On the way to finals in the Europa League
First match of the Euroleague semi-final. With five goals in the second half – four from Falcao (who finished as the top scorer with 15 goals) and one from Guarín – Porto managed a sensational turn to Estadio do Dragao, who finished with a 5-1 win in Villarreal, April 28, 2011. In search of the fifth European finals and fourth trophy after the UEFA Cup and UEFA Cup in 2003 and 2004, FC Porto, the virtual state champion, later visited the Spanish team in the second hand with four goals advantage, regardless of the defeat of the 3- 2. They were packed for the finals in Dublin, where they defeated Spragu Braga 1-0 in the final and picked up the trophy.
The famous goal of Kelvin, who kneeled to Jesus in the dragon
Kelvin left the bench to fill his left leg and copy the history of the League 2012/13 on 11 May 2013. Goal was scored 92 minutes and FC Porto won 2-1 over Benfica on 29. "And the last round of the championship, which allowed the dragons of Vitor Pereira to isolate themselves in the classification, with another point from the rivals." After Kelvin's goal, the image of Horde Jesus, coach Benfica, was known, kneeling in the Zmaj meadow. "It was very exciting , I came home, turned on the TV to see again, I sat on the couch and I cried because it was a very exciting moment that I will never forget. with me to cry … and trainer! Everything is marked, even I cry every time I remember that this is my goal, "Kelvin recalled. The title will be confirmed later in Pacos de Ferreira on the last day.
Inauguration of the Museum
The opening of the Porto Museum took place on September 28, 2013, although it opened the door only to visitors on October 26 of that year. Already this year, even after receiving the certificates of excellence in 2016, 2017 and 2018, the Porto Museum was awarded the "Traveler Award" in 2018. The space was ranked as one of the top five in Portugal and Pinto Da Costa is finally he raised one of his great dreams. "The museum has an emotional speech, which is the history of FK Porto and who lived in these moments, almost all of the great celebrations, is more than touched, because he knows better than anyone who represents it. It is a fantastic game and I think that this is not only a pride Porto, it will be Porto's pride, "one of the main events of the 120th anniversary of FC Porto said.
Attend to the magician Decu
The touch of the magic jersey 20 Porto Porto was one of the most important moments of the stadium, according to a vote in which port supporters promoted by their own club. On that day on July 25, 2014, Estadio do Dragao (50,000 people on the bench) sold the last day to Decu, who met again with his teammates with whom he shared the League Cup win over Porto (2004) and Barcelona (2006). "It was an honor to have fired from the field at FC Porto Stadium in a match that will mark the rest of my life," said Deco, who donated revenue to several institutions.
The biggest European hit in the Dragon
BATE Borisov from Belarus was the victim of FC Porto's biggest defeat in the history of the Champions League on September 17, 2014. Brahimi made it het trick Jackson Martinez, Adrian Lopez and Aboubakar scored the remaining goals of the dragons, a total of six! That was the biggest result in the Champions League, with the biggest win that was 5-0 in Werder Bremen in Germany in the 1993/94 group.
The dragon reaches 10 million spectators
It was August 15, 2015, in the win over Vitoria de Guimaraes for the championship, 3-0, that Estadio to Dragao surpassed ten million spectators. On average, the site receives 42,000 fans per game. By the last meeting, according to the data provided by the club, 13,149,875 spectators have already passed through the stadium for a total of 373 matches. There were 12,257,057 spectators at the stadium in 351 official matches.
The biggest blow at home
The biggest blow to the history of Estadio do Dragao took place in March 2017, when Porto Porto received Nacional in the 24th round of the I League. A game that ended with 7-0 in favor of the dragons. They achieved Oliver, Brahimi, Andre Silva (2), Soares (2) and Laiun. It is necessary to return to the 1998/99 season (at the former stadium of Antas) to find similar results of the primary players. Then the victim was Beira-Mar. Breaking the island served dragons into the leadership of the championship. However, the season will end on the title handed over to Benfica.