On 16 November 2003, Luis de Matus dropped the illusion by helicopter on the field of Estádio do Dragão, thus baptizing the new stadium of Porto, which managed the old stadium of Antas, to the joy of the 50 thousand fans who witnessed Hanukkah live. Since the tricks were others, just like the magic spread countless times on the field by hundreds of players.
A beautiful party that filled the architect with pride. "If I have to choose a moment in these 15 years, I choose the day of inauguration, it was for me the most amazing, to see the work ready and use it by the people, it was a very beautiful party, with a varied program, (2-0) in the game where Lionel Messi first performed. It was an amazing day for me and I think of all the portistas.I witnessed everything I was very cold and people complained about the wind and cold, but overall the comments were very positive, "said DN Manuel Salgado , The architect in charge of the dragon. Since then, 13,149,875 spectators in 373 games have been on the stadium stand.
As an architectural work, the dragon gained its own awards and titles beyond those occupied by the football team. He is faced with FIFA's five-star rating and distinguishes himself in areas such as ecology – the Greenlight Award for the Best European Project by the European Commission's Energy Agency in 2003, the recycling – 100R certification from Sociedade Ponto Verde, which guarantees 100% of waste treatment in 2009 – and even the steel industry – Award for the best European project of the European Convention for Construction Steelwork 2003. The Dragon was also the first stadium in the world to get the integrated quality and environment.
Praised by those who visit him, the work of architect Manuel Salgado is above all functional and versatile. He hosted concerts by some of the world's largest bands, such as the Rolling Stones in 2006, car racing events in the world such as the Champions League, music festivals, conferences, birthday parties and even weddings. "It's a different stadium than most places, it has a very different design with an unusual layout in the stadiums, it's done with great care, with all the spaces outside the planned benches, the bathrooms, the corridors, the places people meet before going in, everything he thought and it was clear that from the day he was sworn in, A great pleasure, "said the architect happily, without hiding the" pride "of the versatility of the complex.
"The adaptation to that difficult and highly inclined territory that required a somewhat complex typography was the solution was a continuous ring and two side benches with a unique cover, so the place was Great inspiration. "
The dragon is the creation of a "very large team," according to the author, who does not spare praise to the leaders of Fortista for the way they conducted the whole operation even in a time of turmoil and competition: "Justice was done to them, especially Pinto da Costa. This was definitely decisive and accurate. "
15 years, 15 minutes
Dedication on Messi's birthday and first day
The inauguration of the Dragon Stadium took place on 16 November 2003, in a private match against Barcelona trained by Frank Rijkaard, and was also in the history of the debut of what is now considered one of the best players in the history of football: Lionel Messi. The Argentinian was then a young promising, was 16 years and 145 days when he stepped on the portista pitch. It was only for 16 minutes, but the magic of Messi started straight on the field of the dragon, when the midfielder took the place of Fernando Navarro in the 74th minute. On the other side were the Porta Porto of the Mourinho and names like Victor Baia, Nuno Espirito Santo, Jorge Costa, Ricardo Carvalho, Maniche, Hugo Almeida and Darli, the last two to win both winners. "I have a supreme 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 with this day. Others are happy, "said Pinto da Costa at the time, and lamented the absence of Prime Minister Barroso and praised the presence of UEFA president Lennart Johnson.
Derlei scored the first goal of the Dragon
"It was punishment and against FC Barcelona, scoring a penalty, with some difficulty and luck, because the grass was not yet good.Today is very present in my memory, this one and those that preceded it: the commitment of the whole world so that the stadium was ready within the time. I have seen great stadiums, but the dragon is one of the most beautiful in the world and there is a part I especially like, a room that has a picture of kicking the ball for the third goal against Celtic in the UEFA Cup final in Seville. It is an honor to enter the story of the dragon. After the game with Barcelona it was a big party, we were all very happy. I remember going home after being accepted by my family and received lots of greetings messages. Now, people are talking about Messi's debut, but the truth is that no one imagined that the boy would become who he was, "he reminded Dan of the former striker of the Dragons, who on the night of 16 November 2003 also entered the stadium's history.
The first official game with a win against União de Leiria
If Derlei was the first to score at the new stadium, Maniche also went down in history with the first goal in official matches at Estádio to do Dragão, on the way to the national championship title, the first of the Jose Mourinho era. It was against the Union of Liria, on 7 February 2004, and Porto FC won 2-1. McSeal scored the second of the dragons and Freddie dropped the can. The difference in time between the opening day and the first official game is explained by the fact that the grass is not in good shape.
European debut Dragon with a victory over Ferguson United
It was in the last 16 of the 2003/04 Champions League because the dragon received the first European game (February 25, 2004). Under Jose Mourinho, the team that won the Champions League that year made a good match against Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, who started the game forever (Fortune's goal in the 14th minute). But the bishop of McCarthy rebuffed the revolution and paved the way for the first leg of the tie (1-1 at Old Trafford) and a hitch ride at the end of the season.
The defeat with Greece in the Euro2004 debut game
The blue of the sea and Porto FC set the stage for the opening ceremony of the Euro2004 at Estádio do Dragão on 13 June 2004. With discoveries as the theme of the party, a few dozen clothes completely cover the lawn of the compound, while a carriage skids on the blue carpet, turning the Portuguese conquests to those Days, in search of a new world. Madness sat down in the dragon with the entrance of the election on the court, led by the Italian judge Pierluigi Collina. But the brilliance of the ceremony was not a sign of victory for the national team, surprised at the field by Greece, who won 2-1 (Karagounis and Basinas earned by the Greeks: Ronaldo for Portugal). In the final of the tournament, the Greeks were again defeating the Portuguese selection (1-0), while led by Louise Felipe Scolari.
The day the dragon got the rolling stones
Twenty themes, played for two hours, animated an audience of 47,000 spectators who attended a stone concert rolling in the Dragon Stadium on July 17, 2006. A huge show that ended at midnight with fireworks explosions to the sound of 'satisfaction'. Just one example of the versatility of a sports par excellence venue, which in addition to football games and concerts, has also been adapted for motorsport races in the world such as champions races, music festivals, conferences, birthday party and even weddings.
The first title was celebrated on the dragon's lawn
FC Porto reached the final round of the 2006/07 league with a lead over 2nd place, Sporting Paolo Bento. The dragons were still tied to the goal with Das Desportivo of Dragon Das Aves, but ended up scoring the second half, beating 4-1 in the game on 20 May 2007. The result allowed the team headed by Jesualdo Ferreira to become the title title (in 2003 / 04 and 2005/06 they were also champions, but celebrated in outdoor games) and Vítor Baía celebrate the 31st title of his career. The 37-year-old goalkeeper was entitled to five minutes of play (he joined the club) to get a clap of applause and be a champion. In Alvalade the players of the sport ended in tears, despite the victory of the Belenenses 4-0.
Classic history with plate 5 Levnica
A handful of classic goals is rare, but it happened on November 7, 2010, when Porto FC received Benfica. Silvestre Varela made the first goal, Hulk and Radamel Falcao scored before 49817 spectators. It was the biggest track ever on Benfica in the games for the championship (5-0). Although this game was in 2010, it recently returned to the ball, when Benfica received Bayern in light and the fans scorned on James Rodriguez, the former player of the dragons who was present that thrashing that answered Vais presents five fingers, remembering that 5- 0 November 2010.
On the way to the final of the European League
The first part of the Europa League semi-finals. With five goals in the second half – four of Falcao (who finished as top scorer with 15 goals) and one of Guarín – FC Porto operated a sensational turn at Estádio do Dragão, which ended in a 5-1 win at Villarreal on 28 April 2011. Their fourth and fourth trophy after UEFA Cup 1997 and 2004 and UEFA Cup in 2003, Porto FC, the national champion and virtual, later visited the Spanish team in the other hand with four goals of advantage, regardless of defeat by 3-2. They were packed for the final of Dublin, where in the final they defeated Sp. Braga 1-0 and lifted the trophy.
Calvin's famous goal that made Jesus kneel down on the dragon
Calvin left the bench to fill his left leg and re-write the history of the 2012/13 league on 11 May 2013. The goal was scored in the 92nd minute and gave FC Porto a 2-1 victory over Benfica at 29. The final round of the championship, which allowed Victor Pereira's dragons to isolate themselves in the classification, with one point more than the competitor. After Calvin's goal, the image of Jorge Jesus, Benfica coach, was famous, kneeling on the dragon's knees. "It was very exciting, I went home, turned on the television to see again, sat on the sofa and cried alone because it was a very exciting moment I will never forget … I want to cry … the coach too!" Everything was marked, even I cried every time That I remember my goal, "Calvin remembered, and the title would be approved later in the Paco de Ferreira on the last day.
The dedication of the museum
The inauguration of the FC Porto Museum took place on September 28, 2013, although it opened its doors only on October 26 of that year. Already this year, and having received the outstanding certificates of TripAdvisor in 2016, 2017 and 2018, the Porto FC Museum won the Passengers Choice Award 2018. The place was ranked as one of the top five Portugal Pinto de Costa finally raised one of his greatest dreams. "The museum has an emotional speech. The history of Porto FC, who lived these moments, almost all great fame, is touched more because he knows more than anyone else what it stands for.This fantastic game and I think it's not just the pride of Porto, it's going to be the pride of Porto too " , Said one of the highlights of FC Porto's 120th anniversary celebrations.
Tribute to the Deco Magician
The tribute to FIFA's enchanting 20 FC Porto was one of the most amazing moments in the stadium, according to the vote in which the supporters of the participating players were invited. On the same day, on 25 July 2014, Estádio do Dragão (50,000 people on the bench) sold the final deco tribute, which reunited with his teammates which is part of the Champions League to win on FC Porto (2004) and Barcelona (2006). "It was the honor I fired from the stadium at Porto Stadium in a game that will mark the rest of my life," said Deco, who donated the proceeds to a number of institutions.
The biggest European hustle in the dragon
BATE Borisov of Belarus was the victim of FC Porto win the greatest in the history of the Champions League game played on 17 September 2014. Brahimi did trick Jason Martinez, Adrian Lopez and Avocar scored the remaining goals of the dragons, a total of six! It was the highest score of the Champions League group, with their biggest victory so far 5-0 at Werder Bremen in Germany in the 1993/94 group stage.
The dragon reaches 10 million viewers
It was on 15 August 2015, in a win over Vitória de Guimarães for the championship, 3-0, because Estádio do Dragão exceeded ten million spectators. On average, the place receives 42,000 fans per game. Until the last meeting, according to data provided by the club, 13,149,875 spectators have already gone through the stadium in total 373 games. At 351 matches in the official season was 12,257,057 spectators to the stadium.
The biggest bustle ever in the house
The biggest bustle in the history of Estádio to do Dragão happened in March 2017, when Porto FC received Nacional in round 24 of the I League. A game that ended with 7-0 in favor of the Dragons. They scored Oliver, Brahimi, André Silva (2), Soares (2) and Layún. It is necessary to return to the 1998/99 season (the former Bantas Stadium) to find similar results of the championship players. At the time, the victim was Beira-Mar. The destruction on the Islanders used the dragons to move to the leadership of the championship. The season, however, was to finish the title next to Benfica.