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)
Home colours
Away colours

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]

Season summary[edit]

Having arrived in mid-season in 1997-98, leading them to a second place finish. Graeme Souness had his powers increased, with freedom to assemble a squad as he saw better. Nelo Vingada, his assistant was let go and replaced by Phil Boersma, a personal friend of Souness.[2] Benfica signed Michael Thomas and Mark Pembridge in July 1998, Dean Saunders in January 1999, plus Gary Charles and Steve Harkness in March, but lost Brian Deane and Scott Minto.[3]

Souness second season was much more controversial. He refused to learn the language, constantly flew back to the UK, and played negative, English-style long-ball football. His assistant, was far less useful than Vingada, displaying total ignorance regarding other team talented players.[4][5]

Benfica league performance was irregular, with negative patches in October and April.[6] However, ten wins in 12 matchdays midseason, close the distance to Boavista, which was top of the table and was the team next opponent. Souness opted to play Harkness and Charles with only three practises, with disastrous results, losing three-nil with the team derailing after that, with only three wins in 9 matchdays.[7] In early May, Souness was sacked, being forcibly locked out of Estádio da Luz by President Vale e Azevedo, with former glory Shéu Han replacing him for the final four matches..[7][8][9]

In the Taça de Portugal, Benfica reached the fifth round, losing to Vitória de Setúbal. In the UEFA Champions League, Benfica reached the group stage defeating Israeli team Beitar Jerusalem, thrashing them 6–0 in the first leg, but being surprised in Israel with a 4–2 defeat. 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.[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 39) Mechelen
12 Sergei Ovchinnikov Russia GK (1970-11-10)10 November 1970 (aged 27) Lokomotiv Moscow
24 Paulo Lopes Portugal GK (1978-06-29)29 June 1978 (aged 20) Youth system
Defenders
2 Tahar Morocco CB (1968-06-16)16 June 1968 (aged 30) União Leiria
3 Gary Charles England RB (1970-04-13)13 April 1970 (aged 28) Aston Villa
5 Paulo Madeira Portugal CB (1970-09-06)06 September 1970 (aged 27) Belenenses
6 Steve Harkness England LB (1971-08-27)27 August 1971 (aged 26) Liverpool
13 Ronaldo Brazil CB (1974-02-18)18 February 1974 (aged 24) Atlético Mineiro
14 Sousa Portugal RB (1977-10-09)09 October 1977 (aged 20) Youth system
16 Scott Minto England LB (1971-08-06)06 August 1971 (aged 26) Chelsea
19 Bruno Basto Portugal LB (1978-05-21)21 May 1978 (aged 20) Youth system
Midfielders
4 Michael Thomas England DM (1967-08-24)24 August 1967 (aged 30) Liverpool
7 Poborský Czech Republic RW (1972-03-30)30 March 1972 (aged 26) Manchester United
8 João Pinto (C) Portugal AM (1971-08-19)19 August 1971 (aged 26) Boavista
9 Nandinho Portugal RW (1973-03-17)17 March 1973 (aged 25) Salgueiros
15 Mark Pembridge Wales LW (1970-11-29)29 November 1970 (aged 27) Sheffield Wednesday
17 Kandaurov Ukraine CM (1972-02-02)02 February 1972 (aged 26) Maccabi Haifa
20 Hugo Leal Portugal CM (1980-05-21)21 May 1980 (aged 18) Youth system
22 Calado Portugal CM (1974-03-01)01 March 1974 (aged 24) Estrela da Amadora
23 Porfírio Portugal LW (1973-09-28)28 September 1973 (aged 24) Racing Santander
26 Luís Carlos Portugal LW (1972-08-21)21 August 1972 (aged 25) Salgueiros
30 Andrade Portugal DM (1973-09-30)30 September 1973 (aged 24) Belenenses
Forwards
10 Dean Saunders Wales ST (1964-06-21)21 June 1964 (aged 34) Sheffield United
11 Martin Pringle Sweden ST (1970-11-18)18 November 1970 (aged 27) Helsingborgs
18 Cadete Portugal FW (1968-08-27)27 August 1968 (aged 29) Celta de Vigo
21 Nuno Gomes Portugal ST (1976-07-05)05 July 1976 (aged 22) Boavista
28 Brian Deane England ST (1968-02-07)07 February 1968 (aged 30) Sheffield United
31 Pepa Portugal FW (1980-12-14)14 December 1980 (aged 17) Youth system

Transfers in[edit]

Entry date Position No. Player From club Fee Ref
1 July 1998 DM 30 Portugal Andrade Portugal Belenenses Undisclosed [10]
1 July 1999 RW 9 Portugal Nandinho Portugal Salgueiros Undisclosed [11]
1 July 1998 DM 6 Angola Marco Freitas Portugal Vitória Guimarães Free [12]
1 July 1998 DM 4 England Michael Thomas England Liverpool Free [13]
1 July 1998 LW 15 Wales Mark Pembridge England Sheffield Wednesday Free [14]
1 July 1998 LW 26 Portugal Porfírio Spain Racing Santander Undisclosed [15]
8 December 1998 ST 10 Wales Dean Saunders England Sheffield United Undisclosed (~0.7M) [16]
16 December 1998 FW 18 Portugal Jorge Cadete Spain Celta de Vigo Undisclosed (~2M) [17]
1 January 1999 LB 19 Portugal Bruno Basto Portugal Alverca Loan return [18]
9 March 1999 LB 6 England Steve Harkness England Liverpool Undisclosed (~1M) [19]
14 January 1999 RB 3 England Gary Charles England Aston Villa Undisclosed (~1.4M) [20]

Transfer Out[edit]

Exit date Position No. Player To club Fee Ref
1 July 1998 LW 14 Brazil Leonidas Russia Arsenal Tula Undisclosed [21]
1 July 1998 RW 23 Portugal Edgar Spain Real Madrid Free [22]
1 July 1998 CB 3 Portugal Jorge Soares Portugal Marítimo Free [23]
1 July 1998 CB 15 Portugal José Soares Portugal Alverca Loan [24]
1 July 1998 DM 30 Brazil Amaral Brazil Corinthians Loan [25]
1 July 1998 LB 18 Morocco El Hadrioui Netherlands AZ Alkmaar Undisclosed [26]
1 July 1998 DM 6 Portugal Tiago Spain Rayo Vallecano Undisclosed [27]
1 July 1998 AM 10 Bolivia Erwin Sánchez Portugal Boavista Loan [28]
1 July 1998 AM 11 Romania Panduru Portugal Porto Free [29]
12 October 1998 ST 28 England Brian Deane England Sheffield United Undisclosed (~4.2M) [30]
1 January 1999 DM 6 Brazil Jamir Portugal Alverca Undisclosed [31]
1 January 1999 CM 20 Portugal Jordão Portugal Braga Undisclosed [32]
14 January 1999 LB 16 England Scott Minto England West Ham United Undisclosed (~1.4M) [33]
8 January 1999 ST 28 Sweden Martin Pringle England Charlton Athletic Loan [34]
4 March 1999 ST 28 Sweden Martin Pringle England Charlton Athletic Undisclosed (~1.2M) [35]

Competitions[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss       Postponed

Pre-season[edit]

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 [7]
Portuguese Cup 10 January 1999 16 February 1999 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 50.00 [7]
UEFA Champions League 12 August 1998 9 December 1998 8 4 2 2 16 13 +3 50.00 [7]
Total 44 23 10 11 91 45 +46 52.27

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

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

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Dezassete meses de Graeme Souness". Record (in Portuguese). 21 April 1998. 
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  11. ^ "Nandinho na Luz para se despedir". Record. 11 July 1999. 
  12. ^ "Benfica chega acordo com V. Guimarães sobre o "caso" Marco Freitas". Record. 19 June 1999. Marco Freitas possuía um vínculo contratual com a turma minhota. No final da temporada transacta, altura em que o contrato expirou, o clube da Luz contratou o jogador a custo zero. 
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  14. ^ "Mark Pembridge". soccerbase.comt. 
  15. ^ "Porfírio pode ter nova oportunidade no Benfica". Record. 1 July 1999. Contratado há um ano aos espanhóis do Racing Santander 
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  17. ^ "Vale e Azevedo quer 650 mil por Jorge Cadete". Record. 8 February 2000. Aliás, esta verba significaria que o Benfica conseguiria vender Jorge Cadete por um preço superior ao despendido há cerca de um ano, quando o jogador foi contratado ao Celta de Vigo por aproximadamente 400 mil contos 
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  34. ^ Charlton run into a spot of trouble on brink of the snake pit; The Guardian, 19 April 1999
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