1998–99 S.L. Benfica season

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Benfica
1998–99 season
President João Vale e Azevedo
Manager Graeme Souness
(until 3 May 1999)
Shéu
Stadium Estádio da Luz
Primeira Divisão 3rd
Taça de Portugal Fifth round
UEFA Champions League Group stage (2nd)
Top goalscorer League: Nuno Gomes (24)
All: Nuno Gomes (34)
Highest home attendance 80,000 vs Boavista
(14 March 1999)
Lowest home attendance 2,000 vs Chaves
(14 May 1999)

The 1998–99 season was Sport Lisboa e Benfica's 95th season in existence and the club's 65th 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 Champions League by finishing 2nd in the previous Primeira Divisão.[1]

Having arrived in mid-season, Graeme Souness had renewed confidence to make a squad as he saw fit to the new season. Benfica signed Michael Thomas and Mark Pembridge in July 1998, Dean Saunders in January 1999, plus Gary Charles and Steve Harkness in March. None of them had any effect on the team, despite Souness preference for them. Harkness and Charles started a decisive match against Boavista on 14 May, with only three practises with the squad. All of them left the team in the following year.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

In the Primeira Divisão, Benfica started with 5 wins in the first six matches. A four game winless period saw Benfica drop to fifth place. From November to February, Benfica challenge the second place. This run ended with a home loss against Boavista that put Benfica out of the race for the second position. Further poor results and controversial decisions by Souness saw him being replaced by former glory Shéu Han for the final four matches.[2][8][9]

In the Taça de Portugal, Benfica reached the fifth round, being defeated by Vitória de Setúbal.

In the UEFA Champions League, Benfica reached the group stage by defeating Israeli team Beitar Jerusalem, after beating them 6–0 in the first leg, they were surprised in Israel with a 4–2 defeat, president João Vale e Azevedo demanded explanations after the game. Then in the Group F of the Champions League, Benfica finished second, behind Kaiserslautern. They lost 5 points with Finnish team HJK Helsinki which prevented them from progressing further.[2]

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 7 3 85 26 +59 79 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League First group stage
2 Boavista 34 20 11 3 57 29 +28 71 1999–2000 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 Benfica 34 19 8 7 71 29 +42 65 1999–2000 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 A H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A H H A H A H
Result W W W L W W D L D D W L W W W W W W W D W L W W L D W L D D L W W D
Position 4 1 1 2 2 2 1 5 5 4 4 5 4 4 4 3 2 2 2 3 2 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3

Last updated: 23 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 Champions League[edit]

Second qualifying round[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany Kaiserslautern 6 4 1 1 12 6 +6 13
Portugal Benfica 6 2 2 2 8 9 −1 8
Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 6 2 1 3 10 11 −1 7
Finland HJK Helsinki 6 1 2 3 8 12 −4 5

Overall record[edit]

Competition First match Last match Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win % Source
Primeira Divisão 21 August 1998 30 May 1999 34 19 8 7 71 29 +42 55.88 [2]
Portuguese Cup 10 January 1999 16 February 1999 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 50.00 [2]
UEFA Champions League 12 August 1998 9 December 1998 8 4 2 2 16 13 +3 50.00 [2]
Total 44 23 10 11 91 45 +46 52.27

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

As of 25 June 2013.[10]
No. Nat Pos Player Total Primeira Liga Portuguese Cup UEFA Champions League
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 Belgium GK Preud'homme 27 -31 21 -21 0 0 6 -10
12 Russia GK Sergei Ovchinnikov 18 -18 14 -12 2 -3 2 -3
24 Portugal GK Paulo Lopes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Defenders
2 Morocco DF Tahar 28 4 22 4 2 0 4 0
3 England DF Gary Charles 4 1 4 1 0 0 0 0
5 Portugal DF Paulo Madeira 36 2 28 2 2 0 6 0
6 England DF Steve Harkness 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
13 Brazil DF Ronaldo 40 2 30 2 2 0 8 0
14 Portugal DF Sousa 15 0 10 0 0 0 5 0
16 England DF Scott Minto 17 0 10 0 1 0 6 0
19 Portugal DF Bruno Basto 22 1 18 1 1 0 3 0
Midfielders
4 England MF Michael Thomas 25 1 18 1 1 0 6 0
8 Portugal MF João Pinto 36 7 28 4 1 0 7 3
7 Czech Republic MF Poborský 36 6 27 6 1 0 8 0
15 Wales MF Mark Pembridge 28 3 19 1 1 0 8 2
17 Ukraine MF Kandaurov 27 5 22 5 2 0 3 0
20 Portugal MF Hugo Leal 35 3 27 3 2 0 6 0
22 Portugal MF Calado 33 3 24 0 2 1 7 2
23 Portugal MF Porfírio 6 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
26 Portugal MF Luís Carlos 21 1 19 1 2 0 0 0
30 Portugal MF Andrade 15 0 12 0 0 0 3 0
Forwards
9 Portugal FW Nandinho 4 1 4 1 0 0 0 0
10 Wales FW Dean Saunders 19 5 17 5 2 0 0 0
11 Sweden FW Martin Pringle 19 1 12 1 0 0 7 0
11 Portugal FW Cadete 17 3 16 3 1 0 0 0
18 Portugal FW Pepa 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
21 Portugal FW Nuno Gomes 43 34 34 24 2 3 7 7
28 England FW Brian Deane 7 1 4 0 0 0 3 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Squad 1998/99". foradejogo.net. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Almanaque do Benfica. Lua de Papel. 2012. p. 563. ISBN 978-989-23-2087-8. 
  3. ^ "O caso de Michael Thomas, professor de Calado". Record.pt. 20 April 1999. 
  4. ^ "Everton paga 210 mil contos por Pembridge". Record.pt. 17 July 1999. 
  5. ^ "Everton pretende Saunders e Pembridge". Record.pt. 14 June 1999. 
  6. ^ "Souness teimoso prejudica Benfica". Record.pt. 21 April 1999. 
  7. ^ "Transferência de Steve Harkness para o Blackburn Rovers está consumada". Record.pt. 26 August 1999. 
  8. ^ "Souness vai ser despedido da Luz". Record.pt. 3 July 1999. 
  9. ^ "Benfica vence Gil Vicente por 2-1". Record.pt. 5 June 1999. 
  10. ^ "Sport Lisboa e Benfica Squad 1998-99". footballzz.co.uk/.