1996–97 S.L. Benfica season

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Benfica
1996–97 season
President Manuel Damásio
Manager Paulo Autuori (Till 19 January 1997) Mário Wilson (Interin till 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 (11 January vs Porto, Primeira Liga)
Lowest home attendance 3,000 (18 May vs Leça, Primeira Liga)

The 1996–97 S.L. Benfica season 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]

Paulo Autuori was named new coach, replacing Mário Wilson. The season started with the humiliating defeat in the Supertaça, which damaged confidence in Autuori and in new reinforcements like Bermúdez and Jamir.[2]

In the Primeira Divisão, Benfica achieved first place by the third round, keeping it till 8th round, where a loss in Alvalade relegated them 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.[3]

In the Taça de Portugal, Benfica had the advantage of playing all of knockout matches at home, eliminating Porto 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 the row. The season started an eight year period of trophyless seasons.[3][4]

In Europe, Benfica returned to the UEFA Cup Winners Cup, after reaching the semi-final three years earlier, but on this occasion, they were stopped by Rui Costa's Fiorentina in the quarter-final.[3][5]

Competitions[edit]

Legend[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 = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Taça de Portugal[edit]

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup[edit]

First round[edit]

Second round[edit]

Quarter-Finals[edit]

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squad 1996/97". foradejogo.net. 
  2. ^ "100 anos: Paulo Autuori". record.xl.pt. 26 May 2003. 
  3. ^ a b c Almanaque do Benfica. Lua de Papel. 2012. p. 548. ISBN 978-989-23-2087-8. 
  4. ^ "1996/97 - Boavista 3 - Benfica 2 (Final Taça de Portugal)". nacionalmaior.blogspot.pt. 9 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Efeméride – Benfica na Taça das Taças (1996/97)". aoutravisao.wordpress.com. 4 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sport Lisboa e Benfica Squad 1996-97". footballzz.co.uk/.