Clube de Futebol Os Belenenses, commonly known as Belenenses (Portuguese pronunciation: [bɨlɨˈnẽsɨʃ]), is a Portuguese sports club best known for its football team. Founded in 1919, is one of the oldest Portuguese sports clubs. It is based in the 25,000-seat Estádio do Restelo in the Belém parish of Lisbon, hence the club name, which translates as "The ones from Belém". Among its fanbase, the club is commonly nicknamed O Belém, in reference to the neighborhood; Os Pastéis (The Pastries), in reference to a traditional Portuguese pastry originated in parish; Azuis (Blues) or Azuis do Restelo (The Blues from Restelo), in reference to the club's color and its home ground; and A Cruz de Cristo (The Order of Christ Cross), for its emblem.
Belenenses won the 1945–46 Primeira Liga, making them the first of two clubs aside from the Big Three to win the league title, the other club being Boavista FC. The club also have 6 Championship of Portugal/Portuguese Cup titles.
The main activities of the club are football, handball, basketball, futsal, athletics, and rugby union. The club has won major national championships in all these sports, but remains best known for its original activity, football.Close