1997–98 S.L. Benfica season

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Benfica
1997–98 season
President Manuel Damásio
(until November 1997)
João Vale e Azevedo
Manager Manuel José
(until 20 September 1997)
Mário Wilson
(interin until 1 November 1997)
Graeme Souness
Stadium Estádio da Luz
Primeira Divisão 2nd
Taça de Portugal Semi-finals
UEFA Cup First round
Top goalscorer League: Nuno Gomes (18)
All: Nuno Gomes (22)
Highest home attendance 70,000 vs Braga
(1 March 1998)
Lowest home attendance 5,000 vs Varzim
(21 December 1997)

The 1997–98 season was Sport Lisboa e Benfica's 94th season in existence and the club's 64th 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 by finishing 3rd in the previous Primeira Divisão.[1]

Manuel José continued as coach from the previous season. In the off-season, Benfica added Nuno Gomes, Carlos Gamarra, and the joint-top scorer of the Brazilian league, Paulo Nunes. While the first two immediately became starters, the latter couldn't find his place and left the club to Palmeiras in the next transfer window. In the winter transfer season, Benfica lost starting centre-back Carlos Gamarra, sold after good performances. However reinforcements Poborský, Luís Carlos and Brian Deane help improve the team performance, with the first two becoming starters.[2]

In the Primeira Divisão, Benfica started with 2 losses in the first four matches, with the last causing the dismissal of Manuel José. João Pinto allegedly assaulted a fireman after the game, being acquitted for lack of evidences.[3] Mário Wilson led the team as interim manager until November. Graeme Souness assumed the team, comfortably reaching the second place, in the process beating Sporting and Porto. The match against Sporting marked the return of João Pinto after two months absence after a brutal elbow to the face from Porto player Paulinho Santos. More than 15 years later, it was the last time Benfica beat their two biggest rivals with a 3 goal difference in the same league season.[2][4]

In the Taça de Portugal, Benfica reached the semi-finals, before being stopped by Braga. It was the fourth time, after 1966, 1979 and 1982, that they were eliminated by Braga.[2]

In the UEFA Cup, Benfica lost in the first round against Bastia. The defeat in the first leg, significantly inscreased the pressure against Manuel José, four days before his dismissal, as Bastia was deemed an accessible opponent.[2][5]

In November 1997, Manuel Damásio was replaced by João Vale e Azevedo after defeating another contestant, Luís Tadeu.[6]

Competitions[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss       Postponed

Primeira Liga[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Porto (C) 34 24 5 5 75 38 +37 77 1998–99 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Benfica 34 20 8 6 62 29 +33 68 1998–99 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
3 Vitória de Guimarães 34 17 8 9 42 25 +17 59 1998–99 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 A H A H A H A A H AA H A H A H A H H A H A H A H
Result W L D L D D W W W D W D L W L D W W W W W W W D W W L W W W D W L W
Position 1 5 7 11 11 11 7 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 6 5 5 5 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

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[edit]

Main article: 1997–98 UEFA Cup

First round[edit]

Overall record[edit]

Competition First match Last match Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win % Source
Primeira Divisão 24 August 1997 17 May 1998 34 20 8 6 62 29 +33 58.82 [2]
Portuguese Cup 26 October 1997 24 February 1998 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 66.67 [2]
UEFA Cup 16 September 1997 30 September 1997 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1 00.00 [2]
Total 42 24 10 8 73 35 +38 57.14

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

As of 27 June 2013.[7]
No. Nat Pos Player Total Primeira Liga Portuguese Cup UEFA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 Belgium GK Michel Preud'homme 33 -26 28 -22 4 -4 1 0
12 Russia GK Sergei Ovchinnikov 9 -9 6 -7 2 -1 1 -1
24 Portugal GK Paulo Lopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Defenders
2 Morocco DF Tahar El Khalej 25 6 21 5 2 1 2 0
3 Portugal DF Jorge Soares 6 0 5 0 0 0 1 0
4 Paraguay DF Carlos Gamarra 17 1 13 0 2 1 2 0
5 Portugal DF Paulo Madeira 26 0 22 0 4 0 0 0
13 Brazil DF Ronaldo 35 0 27 0 6 0 2 0
15 Portugal DF José Soares 5 0 3 0 2 0 0 0
16 England DF Scott Minto 25 0 21 0 4 0 0 0
18 Morocco DF Abdelkrim El Hadrioui 21 0 17 0 2 0 2 0
19 Portugal DF Bruno Basto 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
36 Portugal DF Sousa 30 1 25 1 5 0 0 0
Midfielders
6 Portugal MF Tiago Pereira 24 1 21 1 1 0 2 0
8 Portugal MF João Pinto 30 7 25 6 3 1 2 0
25 Czech Republic MF Karel Poborský 23 5 19 5 4 0 0 0
10 Bolivia MF Erwin Sánchez 30 6 26 6 3 0 1 0
11 Romania MF Nicǎ Panduru 20 4 15 2 5 2 0 0
15 Brazil MF Amaral 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
19 Portugal MF Bruno Caires 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
20 Portugal MF Jordão 8 0 6 0 1 0 1 0
22 Portugal MF Calado 37 2 29 2 6 0 2 0
25 Portugal MF Hugo Leal 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
26 Portugal MF Luís Carlos 33 1 29 1 4 0 0 0
27 Ukraine MF Serhiy Kandaurov 9 1 7 1 2 0 0 0
Forwards
7 Brazil FW Paulo Nunes 8 2 5 2 1 0 2 0
14 Brazil FW Leônidas 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 0
17 Netherlands FW Gaston Taument 20 1 16 0 2 1 2 0
21 Portugal FW Nuno Gomes 40 22 33 18 6 4 1 0
23 Portugal FW Edgar Pacheco 13 3 12 3 1 0 0 0
25 Sweden FW Martin Pringle 19 3 14 2 3 1 2 0
28 England FW Brian Deane 17 7 14 7 3 0 0 0
34 Brazil FW Duda 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squad 1997/98". foradejogo.net. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Almanaque do Benfica. Lua de Papel. 2012. p. 556. ISBN 978-989-23-2087-8. 
  3. ^ "http://www.record.xl.pt/Arquivo/interior.aspx?content_id=15592". Record (in Portuguese). 11 October 1999. Retrieved 24 September 2014. "Na pretérita temporada, João Pinto estava bem fisicamente mas um castigo da Liga (devido a uma alegada agressão a um bombeiro em Vila do Conde) impediu o camisola 8 benfiquista de actuar nos encontros de preparação." 
  4. ^ "João Manuel Pinto. "O Paulinho Santos detestava o João Vieira Pinto, aliás detestava o Benfica"". ionline.pt. 13 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Benfica-Marselha: franceses não assustam apesar do... Bastia". tvi24.iol.pt. 26 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Vale e Azevedo: "O Benfica tinha desaparecido completamente"". record.xl.pt. 27 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sport Lisboa e Benfica Squad 1997-98". footballzz.co.uk/.