S.L. Benfica

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S.L. Benfica
Full nameSport Lisboa e Benfica
Founded28 February 1904
GroundEstádio da Luz
Lisbon, Portugal
Capacity65,647
ChairmanLuís Filipe Vieira
ManagerBruno Lage
LeaguePrimeira Liga
2018/19Primeira Liga, 1st

Sport Lisboa e Benfica, simply known as Benfica or SLB, is a professional football team from Portugal. It is based in the capital city of Portugal, Lisbon. The team plays their home games at Estádio da Luz.

Benfica has won 37 Portuguese Leagues, 29 Portuguese Cups, 7 League Cups, 8 Portuguese Supercups and 2 UEFA Champions League titles. They also reached 5 Champions League finals, 3 Europa League finals and 2 Intercontinental Cup finals. They are the most successful team in the Primeira Liga and its fanbase is the biggest in Portugal, being traditionally very popular among workclass Lisbon suburbs and around the world among the portuguese diaspora, especially in its ex-colonies.

Players[change | change source]

First-team squad[change | change source]

As of 6 October 2020[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Belgium Belgium Mile Svilar
2 DF Brazil Brazil Gilberto
3 DF Spain Spain Álex Grimaldo
5 DF Belgium Belgium Jan Vertonghen
7 MF Brazil Brazil Everton
8 MF Brazil Brazil Gabriel
9 FW Uruguay Uruguay Darwin Núñez
10 FW Germany Germany Luca Waldschmidt
11 MF Argentina Argentina Franco Cervi
14 FW Switzerland  Switzerland Haris Seferović
17 MF Portugal Portugal Diogo Gonçalves
18 DF France France Jean-Clair Todibo (on loan from Barcelona)
19 MF Portugal Portugal Chiquinho
21 MF Portugal Portugal Pizzi
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 MF Greece Greece Andreas Samaris
27 MF Portugal Portugal Rafa Silva
28 MF Germany Germany Julian Weigl
30 DF Argentina Argentina Nicolás Otamendi
33 DF Brazil Brazil Jardel (captain)
34 DF Portugal Portugal André Almeida (vice-captain)
37 FW Argentina Argentina Facundo Ferreyra
38 MF Brazil Brazil Pedrinho
49 MF Morocco Morocco Adel Taarabt
71 DF Portugal Portugal Nuno Tavares
77 GK Brazil Brazil Helton Leite
88 FW Portugal Portugal Gonçalo Ramos
97 DF Portugal Portugal Ferro
99 GK Greece Greece Odysseas Vlachodimos

Out on loan[change | change source]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
84 DF Portugal Portugal Tomás Tavares (at Spain Alavés until 30 June 2021)
95 FW Brazil Brazil Carlos Vinícius (at England Tottenham Hotspur until 30 June 2021)
MF Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau Alfa Semedo (at [England Reading until 30 June 2021)
DF Portugal Portugal Pedro Pereira (at Italy Crotone until 30 June 2021)
MF Brazil Brazil Caio (at QatarSharjah until 30 June 2021)
MF Portugal Portugal David Tavares (at Moreirense until 30 June 2021)
MF Croatia Croatia Filip Krovinović (at England West Bromwich Albion until 30 June 2021)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Portugal Portugal Florentino (at FranceMonaco until 30 June 2021)
MF Portugal Portugal Gedson Fernandes (at England Tottenham Hotspur until 30 June 2021)
MF Portugal Portugal Jota (at Spain Real Valladolid until 30 June 2021)
MF Argentina Argentina Óscar Benítez (at Ecuador Delfín)
FW Venezuela Venezuela Jhonder Cádiz (at United States Nashville SC until 30 June 2021)
FW Colombia Colombia Yony González (at United States LA Galaxy until 31 December 2020)

Retired numbers[change | change source]

No. Player Position Benfica debut Last match
29 Hungary Miklós Fehér FW 24 August 2002 25 January 2004

On 27 January 2004, Benfica retired squad number 29 in memory of Miklós Fehér, who had died while playing for them two days earlier.

Honours[change | change source]

Domestic[change | change source]

Winners (37) – record: 1935–36, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1941–42, 1942–43, 1944–45, 1949–50, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1993–94, 2004–05, 2009–10, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2018–19
Winners (26) – record: 1939–40, 1942–43, 1943–44, 1948–49, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1961–62, 1963–64, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1992–93, 1995–96, 2003–04, 2013–14, 2016–17
Winners (7) – record: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
Winners (8): 1980, 1985, 1989, 2005, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019
Winners (3): 1929–30, 1930–31, 1934–35

European[change | change source]

Winners (2): 1960–61, 1961–62

Other[change | change source]

Winners (1): 1950

Doubles[change | change source]

11 – record: 1942–43, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1963–64, 1968–69, 1971–72, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1986–87, 2013–14, 2016–17
4 – record: 2009–10, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
1 – shared record: 2013–14
1: 1960–61

References[change | change source]

  1. "First team squad information". S.L. Benfica. Retrieved 30 September 2020.