1996–97 S.L. Benfica season

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Benfica
1996–97 season
President Manuel Damásio
Manager Paulo Autuori
(until 19 January 1997)
Mário Wilson
(interin until 26 January 1997)
Manuel José
Stadium Estádio da Luz
Primeira Divisão 3rd
Taça de Portugal Runners-up
Supertaça Runners-up
UEFA Cup Winners Cup Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League: Donizete (7)
All: João Pinto (16)
Highest home attendance 75,000 vs Porto
(11 January 1997)
Lowest home attendance 3,000 vs Leça
(18 May 1997)
Home colours
Away colours

The 1996–97 season was Sport Lisboa e Benfica's 93rd season in existence and the club's 63rd consecutive season in the top flight of Portuguese football. It involved Benfica competing in the Primeira Divisão and the Taça de Portugal. Benfica qualified for the UEFA Cup Winners Cup by winning the previous Taça de Portugal.[1]

Season summary[edit]

Following a season which produced a Cup win and a second place, Paulo Autuori was named new coach,[2] replacing Mário Wilson which was only a short-term solution.[3] The season started with a historic defeat in the Supertaça, causing Autuori and reinforcements like Bermúdez and Jamir to be questioned.[4]

In the Primeira Divisão, Benfica achieved first place by the third round, keeping it until 8th round, where a loss at Alvalade relegated the team to second place. In the winter transfer window, regular starters Hélder and Dimas were sold, further exasperating the team defensive cohesion. Two losses against Porto and Vitória Guimarães caused the dismissal of Autuori. Mário Wilson was interin for a game, another defeat, this time against Belenenses, causing the "Reds" to tumble down to third. It was the first time since 1957 that Benfica lost three league games in a row. Manuel José was named new manager. Benfica remained inconsistent, ending the season with another three straight defeats, against exactly the same clubs, 27 points from first place, and with ten league defeats, both a new record low for the club.[5]

In the Taça de Portugal, Benfica had the advantage of playing all of knockout matches at home, eliminating Porto (2–0) on their way to the final. Great performances from Erwin Sánchez and Nuno Gomes, both of them joined the club the following season, prevented Benfica from lifting their second Portuguese Cup in a row. The season started an eight-year period of trophyless seasons.[5][6]

In Europe, Benfica returned to the UEFA Cup Winners Cup, after reaching the semi-finals three years earlier, but on this occasion they were stopped by Rui Costa's Fiorentina in the quarter-finals.[5][7]

Squad[edit]

Squad no. Name Nationality Position Date of birth (age) Signed from
Goalkeepers
1 Preud'homme Belgium GK (1959-01-24)24 January 1959 (aged 37) Mechelen
12 Brassard Portugal GK (1972-04-11)11 April 1972 (aged 24) Gil Vicente
Defenders
2 Tahar Morocco CB (1968-06-16)16 June 1968 (aged 28) União Leiria
3 Jorge Soares Portugal CB (1971-10-22)22 October 1971 (aged 24) Farense
4 Hélder Paraguay CB (1971-03-21)21 March 1971 (aged 25) Estoril
4 Ronaldo Brazil CB (1974-02-18)18 February 1974 (aged 22) Atlético Mineiro
5 Bermúdez Colombia CB (1971-06-18)18 June 1971 (aged 25) América de Cali
13 Dimas Portugal LB (1969-02-16)16 February 1969 (aged 27) Vitória Guimarães
14 Marinho Portugal RB (1970-11-24)24 November 1970 (aged 25) Sporting
17 Pedro Henriques Portugal LB (1974-10-16)16 October 1974 (aged 21) Youth system
27 Veríssimo Portugal CB (1977-04-17)17 April 1977 (aged 19) Youth system
28 El Hadrioui Morocco LB (1972-03-06)06 March 1972 (aged 24) FAR Rabat
35 Lúcio Wagner Brazil LB (1976-06-15)15 June 1976 (aged 20) Corinthians Alagoano
37 Nélson Morais Portugal FB (1974-03-24)24 March 1974 (aged 22) Alverca
Midfielders
6 Jamir Brazil DM (1972-05-13)13 May 1972 (aged 24) Leiria
8 João Pinto (C) Portugal AM (1971-08-19)19 August 1971 (aged 24) Boavista
10 Valdo Brazil AM (1964-01-12)12 January 1964 (aged 32) Paris SG
11 Panduru Romania AM (1970-07-11)11 July 1970 (aged 26) Steaua Bucureşti
13 Tiago Pereira Portugal DM (1975-07-04)04 July 1975 (aged 21) Marítimo
15 Paulão Angola RW (1969-10-22)22 October 1969 (aged 26) Vitória Setúbal
15 Luís Gustavo Brazil CM (1968-09-08)08 September 1968 (aged 27) Marítimo
19 Bruno Caires Portugal CM (1976-04-02)02 April 1976 (aged 20) Youth system
20 Iliev Bulgaria CM (1968-07-02)02 July 1968 (aged 28) Levski Sofia
22 Calado Portugal CM (1974-03-01)01 March 1974 (aged 22) Estrela da Amadora
23 Edgar Portugal LW (1977-08-07)07 August 1977 (aged 18) Youth system
29 Glenn Helder Netherlands LW (1968-10-28)28 October 1968 (aged 27) Arsenal
30 Amaral Brazil DM (1973-02-28)28 February 1973 (aged 23) Parma
34 Hugo Leal Portugal CM (1980-05-21)21 May 1980 (aged 16) Youth system
Forwards
9 Hassan Morocco ST (1965-07-08)8 July 1965 (aged 31) Farense
18 Mauro Airez Argentina FW (1968-10-26)26 October 1968 (aged 27) Belenenses
21 Donizete Brazil ST (1968-10-24)24 October 1968 (aged 27) Verdy Kawasaki
21 Valdir Brazil ST (1972-03-15)15 March 1972 (aged 24) Atlético Mineiro
24 Akwá Angola FW (1977-05-30)30 May 1977 (aged 19) Nacional Benguela
25 Martin Pringle Sweden ST (1970-11-18)18 November 1970 (aged 25) Helsingborgs

Transfers in[edit]

Entry date Position No. Player From club
July 1996 CB 3 Portugal Jorge Soares Portugal Farense
July 1996 CB 2 Morocco Tahar Portugal União Leiria
July 1997 CB 5 Colombia Bermúdez Colombia América de Cali
July 1996 CM 13 Portugal Tiago Pereira Portugal Marítimo
July 1996 DM 30 Brazil Amaral Italy Parma
July 1996 ST 21 Brazil Donizete Japan Verdy Kawasaki
July 1996 CM 16 Brazil Luís Gustavo Portugal Marítimo
July 1996 ST 25 Sweden Martin Pringle Sweden Helsingborgs
July 1996 CB 4 Brazil Ronaldo Brazil Atlético Mineiro
July 1996 LB 28 Morocco El Hadrioui Morocco FAR Rabat
July 1996 DM 15 Brazil Amaral Italy Parma
July 1996 FB 37 Portugal Nélson Morais Portugal Alverca
July 1996 LW 29 Netherlands Glenn Helder England Arsenal
July 1996 DM 6 Portugal Jamir Portugal Leiria
March 1997 ST 21 Brazil Valdir Brazil Atlético Mineiro
March 1997 LB 35 Brazil Lúcio Wagner Brazil Corinthians Alagoano

Transfer Out[edit]

Exit date Position No. Player To club
July 1996 GK 12 Cape Verde José Veiga Portugal Alverca
July 1996 LB 2 Brazil Paulo Pereira Italy Genoa
July 1996 CB 3 Brazil Ricardo Gomes Retired
July 1996 CB 5 Brazil Paredão Portugal Alverca
July 1996 CB 16 Brazil King Portugal Farense
July 1996 DM 6 Portugal Paulo Bento Spain Oviedo
July 1996 LB 22 Portugal Kenedy France Paris Saint-Germain
July 1996 ST 15 Brazil Aílton Brazil São Paulo
July 1996 FW 21 Brazil Luiz Gustavo Brazil Internacional
July 1996 ST 25 Brazil Marcelo Spain Deportivo Alavés
July 1996 CM 27 Portugal Maniche Portugal Alverca
December 1996 LB 13 Portugal Dimas Italy Juventus
December 1996 CB 4 Portugal Hélder Spain Deportivo
January 1997 ST 21 Brazil Donizete Brazil Corinthians

Competitions[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss       Postponed

Supertaça[edit]

Primeira Liga[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Porto (C) 34 27 4 3 80 24 +56 85 1997–98 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Sporting CP 34 22 6 6 55 19 +36 72 1997–98 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
3 Benfica 34 17 7 10 49 30 +19 58 1997–98 UEFA Cup First round

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Ground H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A
Result D W W W W W W L D W W W D W L L L D W W W L L D W D W W D L W L L L
Position 12 3 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Last updated: 26 June 2013.
Source: FootballPortugal.net
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Taça de Portugal[edit]

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

First round[edit]

Second round[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

Overall record[edit]

Competition First match Last match Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win % Source
Primeira Divisão 25 August 1996 15 June 1997 34 17 7 10 49 30 +19 50.00 [5]
Portuguese Cup 8 December 1996 10 June 1997 6 5 0 1 17 8 +9 83.33 [5]
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 12 September 1996 20 March 1997 6 4 1 1 10 5 +5 66.67 [5]
Supercup 18 August 1996 18 September 1996 2 0 0 2 0 6 -6 00.00 [5]
Total 48 26 8 14 76 49 +27 54.17

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

As of 9 August 2013.[8]
No. Pos Nat Player Total Primeira Liga Portuguese Cup Supercup UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK Belgium Preud'homme 47 -48 34 -30 5 -7 2 -6 6 -5
12 GK Portugal Brassard 1 -1 0 0 1 -1 0 0 0 0
Defenders
2 DF Morocco Tahar 38 1 25 1 6 0 1 0 6 0
3 DF Portugal Jorge Soares 28 2 20 2 6 0 0 0 2 0
4 DF Portugal Hélder 15 3 10 3 0 0 2 0 3 0
4 DF Brazil Ronaldo 4 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
5 DF Colombia Bermúdez 38 2 27 1 3 1 2 0 6 0
13 DF Portugal Dimas Teixeira 13 0 8 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
14 DF Portugal Marinho 21 1 15 0 4 1 0 0 2 0
17 DF Portugal Pedro Henriques 26 1 21 1 3 0 0 0 2 0
27 DF Portugal Veríssimo 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 DF Morocco El Hadrioui 8 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
35 DF Bulgaria Lúcio Wagner 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
37 DF Portugal Nélson Morais 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Midfielders
6 MF Brazil Jamir 21 2 12 1 1 0 2 0 6 1
8 MF Portugal João Pinto 42 16 28 7 6 6 2 0 6 3
10 MF Brazil Valdo 43 9 30 5 6 2 2 0 5 2
11 MF Romania Panduru 28 4 19 2 2 1 1 0 6 1
13 MF Portugal Tiago Pereira 22 0 19 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
15 MF Angola Paulão 7 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
16 MF Brazil Luis Gustavo 14 2 10 2 1 0 2 0 1 0
19 MF Portugal Bruno Caires 26 2 18 2 2 0 2 0 4 0
20 MF Bulgaria Illiev 28 3 21 3 2 0 1 0 4 0
22 MF Portugal Calado 35 1 24 0 5 1 2 0 4 0
23 MF Portugal Edgar 23 6 15 4 5 1 0 0 3 1
29 MF Netherlands Glenn Helder 13 1 11 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
30 MF Brazil Amaral 24 0 19 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
34 MF Portugal Hugo Leal 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Forwards
9 FW Morocco Hassan 13 1 7 1 1 0 1 0 4 0
18 FW Argentina Mauro Airez 17 0 12 0 3 0 0 0 2 0
21 FW Brazil Donizete 22 9 16 7 1 0 2 0 3 2
21 FW Brazil Valdir 13 5 10 3 3 2 0 0 0 0
28 FW Angola Akwá 4 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
25 FW Sweden Martin Pringle 17 4 15 3 2 1 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squad 1996/97". foradejogo.net. 
  2. ^ "100 anos: Paulo Autuori". Record. 26 May 2003. 
  3. ^ "Mário Wilson". Glórias do Passado. 30 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Os 5-0 na Luz". oesfericonarede.blogspot.pt. 11 November 2006. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Almanaque do Benfica. Lua de Papel. 2012. p. 548. ISBN 978-989-23-2087-8. 
  6. ^ "1996/97 - Boavista 3 - Benfica 2 (Final Taça de Portugal)". nacionalmaior.blogspot.pt. 9 August 2009. 
  7. ^ "Efeméride – Benfica na Taça das Taças (1996/97)". aoutravisao.wordpress.com. 4 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Sport Lisboa e Benfica Squad 1996-97". footballzz.co.uk/.