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Introduction: Leiria

^ The Leiria castle overlooks the city and the most ancient pine forest in Portugal.

Located midway between fellow UEFA EURO 2004 host cities Lisbon and Coimbra, the city of Leiria is known for its large pine forest, which was planted by King D. Dinis in the 13th century, and the magnificent castle that overlooks the whole city. 

With about 105,000 inhabitants, Leiria has developed into a thriving city which has a lively and varied economy. Cement, plaster, ceramics, plastics, moulds, wood, furniture, wine, horticulture, fruit, pig farming, commerce, tourism and spas provide just some of the city’s livelihood.

However, despite the industrial nature of many of its major concerns

Leiria remains a town of great beauty, spread across the hillsides. Downtown, the landscape is dominated by exquisite houses built over archways and behind graceful arcades.


Stadium: Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa

^ The stadium's shape blends into the city landscape.

Capacity 30,000
Leiria Town Hall
Tomás Taveira

The stadium is located in the middle of the Leiria pine forest, which supplied the timber to build the caravels of the Portuguese discoverers. It is part of the city's sports complex and the remodelling work was designed to increase its capacity from about 11,000 to 30,000 seats by building three new, completely covered stands. 

The old stadium has been substantially improved. Its support facilities are located on Level 0 and Level 1. 

The stadium's shape blends into the city landscape. The undulating roof affords an excellent view of Leiria Castle, which overlooks the stadium from the top of the hill. It is certainly one of this ground's most attractive features. 

On 19 November 2003, the Portuguese national team beat Kuwait 8-0 in a friendly match to mark the official opening of the remodelled Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa. Pauleta's name will go down in history as the scorer of the first goal in the new stadium.




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Guimarães D. Afonso Henriques
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 « Climate »

Average highest temperature in June: 22.6ºC


 « Fixtures »

A Switzerlands v Croatia 
   1800 CET 13 June 2004
B Croatia v France
   2045 CET 17 June 2004


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