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SL Benfica

SL Benfica
Benfica's players celebrate with the trophy after winning their first European Champions Clubs' Cup in 1961 ©Hulton Archive

SL Benfica

Formed: 1904
Nickname: As Águias (The Eagles), Encarnados (The Reds)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• European Champion Clubs' Cup: 1961, 1962; (1963), (1965), (1968), (1988), (1990)
• UEFA Cup: (1983)

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
• League title: 32 (2010)
• Portuguese Cup: 24 (2004)

History
• On 28 February 1904, Sport Lisboa e Benfica – originally known as Grupo Sport Lisboa – was founded at a meeting in a Lisbon pharmacy, Farmácia Franco, involving 24 men led by Cosme Damião.

• After winning ten Lisbon regional championships, a first national title arrived at the 15,000-capacity Campo das Amoreiras in 1935/36. Benfica moved to Campo Grande, where on-the-pitch success continued, and then to the Estádio da Luz in 1954.

• Under Hungarian Béla Guttmann the Eagles ended Real Madrid CF's monopoly of the European Champion Clubs' Cup in 1960/61, beating FC Barcelona in the final. The next year they defeated Madrid to retain the trophy, aided by a new young signing from Mozambique: Eusébio.

• With Eusébio and a considerable number of Portuguese internationals in the squad, Benfica monopolised the domestic game in the 1960s, reaching – but losing – another three European Cup finals, in 1963, 1965 and 1968. The Encarnados suffered further European Cup final disappointment in 1988 and 1990 following two more decades of dominance alongside Sporting Clube de Portugal and FC Porto.

• The club earned their 30th Portuguese title in 1993/94 but had to wait eleven years for No31 under Giovanni Trapattoni. By then Benfica were playing at the new Estádio da Luz, rebuilt to stage the UEFA EURO 2004 final. The Eagles made it 32 in the 2009/10 season under Jorge Jesus, ending Porto's four-year monopoly.

Club records
Most appearances: Nené (802)
Most goals: Eusébio (638)
Record victory: Benfica 13-1 AD Sanjoanense (Primeira Divisão, 27 April 1947)
Record defeat: Sporting Clube de Portugal 7-1 Benfica (Primeira Divisão, 14 December 1986)

* Last updated 10 June 2010

Last updated: 24/01/11 11.17CET

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Matches

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 24/04/2014 02:00 CET
MarítimoMarítimo2-1BenficaBenfica
BenficaBenfica2-1Gil VicenteGil Vicente
SportingSporting1-1BenficaBenfica
BenficaBenfica3-1Paços FerreiraPaços Ferreira
BenficaBenfica2-0AnderlechtAnderlecht
GuimarãesGuimarães0-1BenficaBenfica
BenficaBenfica1-1BelenensesBelenenses
ParisParis3-0BenficaBenfica
EstorilEstoril1-2BenficaBenfica
CinfãesCinfães0-1BenficaBenfica
BenficaBenfica1-1OlympiacosOlympiacos
BenficaBenfica2-0NacionalNacional
AcadémicaAcadémica0-3BenficaBenfica
OlympiacosOlympiacos1-0BenficaBenfica
BenficaBenfica4-3SportingSporting
BenficaBenfica1-0BragaBraga
AnderlechtAnderlecht2-3BenficaBenfica
Rio AveRio Ave1-3BenficaBenfica
BenficaBenfica2-2AroucaArouca
BenficaBenfica2-1ParisParis
OlhanenseOlhanense2-3BenficaBenfica
SetúbalSetúbal0-2BenficaBenfica
BenficaBenfica5-0Gil VicenteGil Vicente
BenficaBenfica2-0PortoPorto
BenficaBenfica2-0MarítimoMarítimo
Gil VicenteGil Vicente1-1BenficaBenfica
PenafielPenafiel0-1BenficaBenfica
BenficaBenfica2-0SportingSporting
Paços FerreiraPaços Ferreira0-2BenficaBenfica
PAOKPAOK0-1BenficaBenfica
BenficaBenfica1-0GuimarãesGuimarães
BenficaBenfica3-0PAOKPAOK
BelenensesBelenenses0-1BenficaBenfica
BenficaBenfica2-0EstorilEstoril
TottenhamTottenham1-3BenficaBenfica
NacionalNacional2-4BenficaBenfica
BenficaBenfica2-2TottenhamTottenham
BenficaBenfica3-0AcadémicaAcadémica
PortoPorto1-0BenficaBenfica
BragaBraga0-1BenficaBenfica
AZAZ0-1BenficaBenfica
BenficaBenfica4-0Rio AveRio Ave
BenficaBenfica2-0AZAZ
AroucaArouca0-2BenficaBenfica
BenficaBenfica3-1PortoPorto
BenficaBenfica2-0OlhanenseOlhanense
BenficaBenfica21:05JuventusJuventus
JuventusJuventus21:05BenficaBenfica
BenficaBenfica17:00SetúbalSetúbal
PortoPorto17:00BenficaBenfica

Trophy cabinet

Club record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    05/10/1965, Benfica 10-0 Stade Dudelange, Lisbon
  • Biggest defeat:
    25/11/1999, Celta 7-0 Benfica, Vigo
  • Appearances in UEFA Champions League:  33
  • Appearances in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup:  7
  • Appearances in EUSA Cup:  2
  • Appearances in UEFA Europa League:  19
  • Player with most UEFA appearances: 93
    Luisão (  BRA)
  • Top scorers in UEFA club competitions: 56
    Eusébio (  POR)
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