Talking about the Portuguese Cup final and not talking about “An old man” Jamor National Stadium is almost impossible. However, in the past two years, the two parties have separated, but they will meet again in 2021/22, in the duel between FC Porto and Tondela.
It could be argued that drawing Jamor for the final in the Queen’s Football Test was indeed a tradition, but the truth is that throughout history, in its 82nd editions, there have been many times when this historic venue has not been able to receive precisely this play.
In recent years, this “distance” has been due to the conditions of the stadium itself and the stadium – this year it has already shown improvements on these two points – but that was not always the reason why the final was not held there. In fact, at first, Jamor was not the home of the Trophy, as it is known today.
The Portugal Cup was created in 1938/39, when it replaced the extinct Campeonato de Portugal – the first official national football competition – and maintained the same system of qualifying and prizes.
Académica won the first edition of the cup at the Salésias Associao Acadmica de Coimbra / OAF
At the time of its creation, the Estádio Nacional do Jamor was not “born”, so it is only natural that, at first, their destinies did not intersect. Thus, in its early years, the Portuguese Cup final “jumped” from one stadium to another.
The first edition – won by Academia by defeating Benfica 4×3 – Disputed in Salesian fieldlocated in Agoda, which today is handed over to the Belenenses and is the home of the Belenenses Football School/EFB Football, but the following year the house was another, in the meantime it was demolished Lisbon Stadiumin Lumiere (that year Benfica beat Belenenses 3 x 1).
In the following two seasons, these two stadiums once again hosted a copy of the Portuguese Cup final each, but then followed three seasons where Campo das Salícias was the home of the Portuguese Football Queen competition.
In 1944, the Estádio Nacional do Jamor was opened and from there began its association with the cup final and the tradition was born. In total, there were 25 years in a row in Jamor, until the first exceptions began to appear.
Orders, winner advantage, controversy and epidemic
The 1960/61 season was the first, besides the early years, in which the Portuguese Cup final was held away from his friend Jamor. That year, the two finalists were FC Porto and Leixões (Matosinhos won 2 x 0), two teams from the North, and to prevent both teams from traveling more than 300 kilometers to play a match, the Dragon asked the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) that the match be played at their home, Estádio das Antas.
Leixões shone from Jamor
It took 14 years for the relationship between Jamor and the Portuguese Cup final to stop again, because during that time at least one Lisbon team always made it to the crucial meeting. However, here, the phase change came for various reasons.
In 1975, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FPF) decided that the final of the Portuguese Cup would since then be played at the winner’s ground in the last edition, resulting in the 1974-75 season being the final between Boavista and Benfica (2 x 1(If he played in Estádio de Alvalade, because in the previous season Sporting defeated the same Benfica in the final)2 x 1).
This FPF rule has been maintained for two more seasons, but with some privacy. After Boavista’s victory, the final of the next edition was supposed to be played at Estádio do Bessa, but the Federation considered that the Chess House was too small to host that game and ended up with Estádio das Antas to host it again.
At that time, 1975/76, Boavista won the Portuguese Cup again (2 x 1 against Vitoria SC) and the FPF maintained their standards regarding Besa, so Estádio das Antas hosted the final again, this time in 1976/77, but this time with FC Porto’s chance to play and win (1 x 0 against SC Braga).
The Brazilian Football Confederation abandoned this rule for five years, but at the beginning of the 1982/83 season, the FC Porto decided to organize the Taça de Portugal final that year. At first, this decision did not cause much confusion, but later, in May, criticism began, when it became known that the final match would be played between FC Porto and Benfica.
Estádio das Antas was in the middle of the controversy
By that time, it was already another FPF chief, Silva Resende, who wanted the final to be played in Jamor, as usual, and who had the support of the Reds, who refused to play a game of this importance on their land of dragons. In opposition was the newly elected young president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, who refused to play anywhere other than Antas.
FC Porto organized a general assembly to promote its protest, and the FNPR met the Council of Justice on July 1, opting to postpone the final indefinitely. Led by Sven-Goran Eriksson, Benfica ended up accepting play at Antas, on August 21, and would even win the match. 0x1.
In 2019/20, the federation took the decision to withdraw the Portuguese Cup final from Jamour, considering that the stadium did not guarantee the necessary safety conditions in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic, which was spreading more and more a little. Little by little around the world, a scenario repeated in the following season, in 2020/21, by eliminating the Jamour Cup final for two seasons and placing it in Coimbra.
All in all, six different stages have already hosted the Portugal Cup final – Estádio Cidade de Coimbra (twice), and Salesian field (first stage, on five occasions), and Lumiere field (twice), Estádio das Antas (four times) and Estádio de Alvalade (once), as well as the traditional Jamor. This year is the 82nd edition of the Portuguese Cup, and throughout history, the final has been played outside the Nacional de Jamor 14 times, but in 2021/22.
The 14 matches played outside Jamor National Stadium:
|1938/39||Academia vs Benfica||3-4||sales|
|1939/40||Benfica vs Belenenses||3-1||light|
|1940/41||Sporting x Belenenses||4-1||sales|
|1941/42||Belenenses vs Vitoria SC||2-0||light|
|1942/43||Benfica vs Vitoria||5-1||sales|
|1943/44||Benfica vs Estoril||8-0||sales|
|1944/45||Sporting x Olhannes||1-0||sales|
|1960/61||Leixões vs FC Porto||2-0||tapir|
|1974/75||Boavista vs Benfica||2-1||valadi|
|1975/76||Boavista vs Vitoria SC||2-1||tapir|
|1976/77||Porto vs SC Braga||1-0||tapir|
|1982/83||Benfica vs Porto||1-0||tapir|
|2019/20||Benfica vs Porto||1-2||Coimbra|
|2020/21||Braga vs Benfica||2-0||Coimbra|