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Euro 2004 - Useful Info



The opening game of the tournament will take place on June 12th, 2004, at 19.15 in the new Estádio das Antas, the stadium of FC Porto. The Final will take place at the new Estádio da Luz (Benfica) on July 4th. The full schedule is due to be announced in early February 2003.



There will be 16, 15 of which will qualify plus Portugal as hosts. Qualification ends on November 19th, 2003.



The draw for the final phase will take place on November 30th, 2003 at the Pavilhão Atlântico (site of Expo '98) in Lisbon.



As from March 2003, people will be able to apply for tickets. Prices have not yet been confirmed (as at January 2003), but the national daily Diário de Notícias has  revealed that for the group games, the price will be around 50 euros (except for the opening game), while for the final they will be nearer 250 euros. Each individual will be able to buy up to four tickets per game and per day. The actual tickets will only be available a few months before the competition begins. Official news here.



Ten stadiums will be used, O Estádios: da Luz (Benfica), Alvalade XXI (Sporting), das Antas (FC Porto), do Bessa (Boavista), D. Afonso Henriques (Vitória de Guimarães), Municipal de Coimbra (Académica), Municipal de Leiria (União), Municipal de Braga (Sporting Braga), Municipal de Aveiro (Beira-Mar) and Intermunicipal Faro/ Loulé (Farense/ Louletano). Each stadium will be the venue for at least two games. In the quarter-finals, the Luz, Antas and Alvalade will be used, plus one other. The semis will be at the Antas and Alvalade. The Final will be at the Luz (65,000 seats). (See Euro 2004 Stadiums)



The organisers of Euro 2004 need volunteers in many areas, including drivers, admin assistants, press support, etc. You must be over 15 and speak Portuguese and at least one other language. For more information: Instituto Português da Juventude (e-mail)and Euro 2004 (e-mail)


Miscellaneous Facts

The organisation of the tournament is a joint venture between two companies: Euro 2004, S.A. and Portugal 2004, S.A. The former is run by UEFA (54%), the Portuguese Football Federation (41%) and the Government (5%). The latter was created by the Portuguese Government, which holds 95% of the shares in it.

On July 24th, 1999, 34,310 people gathered at the National Stadium, on the outskirts of Lisbon, to form a giant reproduction of the then-Euro 2004 logo, a publicity stunt that helped to win Portugal the staging of the tournament.

It was announced that Portugal would organise Euro 2004 on October 12th, 1999.


General Information on Portugal

Map of Portugal
Lonely Planet
Portugal Travel Guide
Portugal Travel & Hotels Guide
Virtual Portugal
The Algarve
The Portugal News



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