It's good to know there are other people outside our country looking so carefull to what we do
We needed new stadiums (no so many!) for a few small reasons:
- To get the Euro here we needed to answer all the UEFA regulamentations (roofs, security layouts, etc.) and our stadiums were to obsolete
- To keep a stadium costs a lot of money and the new ones offer thousands of square meters with spaces to rent, restaurants, cinemas, shopping malls, health clubs, etc. That way these buildings can "make money" and have their own life all the days of the year (ie Sporting stadium will have 11 cinemas and a huge bowling room!)
- Without sounding alarmist, Portugal is about to have a big earthquake like we had on 1755(we are on the 200 years of period to have it) and our stadiums, like the rest of the buildings on all country, weren't preapred to resist... Now MAYBE they are...
We didn't have an economical evolution as Ireland did and we have been entretained on paying on the last years big high-ways, subways, bridges, etc. But our education system didn't evoluted much and the new technologies industries don't bet on our country, unlike Ireland.
I wouldn't say backward and poor but yes a place of many economical / cultural constrasts...
You can learn portuguese there at the portuguese association in Dublin