2003–04 S.L. Benfica season

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Benfica
2003–04 season
President Manuel Vilarinho
(until 2 November 2003)
Luís Filipe Vieira
Manager José Antonio Camacho
Stadium Estádio Nacional
(until November 2003)
Estádio da Luz
Primeira Liga 2nd
Taça de Portugal Winners
Champions League Third qualifying round
UEFA Cup Fourth round
Top goalscorer League: Simão (12)
All: Simão (15)
Highest home attendance 65,000 vs Sporting
(4 January 2004)
Lowest home attendance 8,000 vs V. Guimarães
(23 August 2003)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2003–04 season was Sport Lisboa e Benfica's 100th season in existence and the club's 70th consecutive season in the top flight of Portuguese football. It involved Benfica competing in the Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal and the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. Benfica qualified for the Champions League by finishing 2nd in the previous Primeira Liga.[1]

In José Antonio Camacho first full season, Benfica won the Taça de Portugal for a 24th time against Porto, 8 years since the last trophy.

After 6 months at Estádio Nacional, on 25 November 2003, Benfica inaugurated his new Estádio da Luz against Uruguayan champions Nacional de Montevideo beating them with 2 goals from Nuno Gomes.

In the Primeira Liga Benfica finished second, securing a place in next year's UEFA Champions League. The season was marked by the death of Miklós Fehér on 25 January 2004 in Guimarães.[2]

In the European competition's, Benfica was beaten by Lazio in the Champions League third qualifying round. In the UEFA Cup it reach the fourth round, losing 4–3 to Internazionale.[1]

President Luís Filipe Vieira started his first term on 3 November 2003 after defeating Jaime Antunes and Guerra Madaleno, succeeding Manuel Vilarinho.

Season summary[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

After Camacho led Benfica to a calm second place, their best position since 1997-98, Benfica renewed his contract for a further two seasons,[3] with a reported salary of a million a year. He was assisted by Álvaro Magalhães and Pepe Carcelén.[4] Camacho complained about the squad,[5] missing a Goalkeeper, a Left-back and a Centre-back, with Benfica chasing targets like Ricardo,[6] 21 year-old Atouba [7] and Ânderson Polga,[8] but only adding Luisão for a fee close to €4M.[9] The team was usually set up with Moreira in the keeper's position; in the center of the defence, Luisão quickly earned his place alongside either Argel or Ricardo Rocha; on the left, Ricardo Rocha in the first part of the season, then Fyssas; and on the right, Miguel beat Armando Sá for the position on most matches. In the midfield, in 4-4-2 tactic, Petit played side-by-side with Tiago Mendes; with Geovanni (or João Pereira) on the right wing and Simão Sabrosa in the left, supporting Nuno Gomes and Sokota.

League[edit]

The first round of the League started in Porto, against Boavista, four days since the first leg of the qualifying round of the Champions League. Managed by Erwin Sánchez, which had played briefly for Benfica in the nineties, Benfica draw nil-nil, in a dull performance.[10] Five days later, it beat Vitória Guimarães, with Moreira and João Pereira, two youth products, being influential in the result, the first defending three dangerous shots and the latter assisting Miguel, which in turn assisted Féher.[11] The third day was postponed to 29 October, so Benfica could play at the new Estádio Cidade de Coimbra.[12] The next league match was after the International break, nearly 20 days later. Benfica build up a 2-0 lead, but changes by Manuel José proved effective, with 2 goals on overtime, Beleneneses tied 3-3.[13] In day five, Benfica travelled to Estádio das Antas one last time. A good team performance was marked by two individual mistakes, Miguel tried to pass to Moreira with his chest, inadvertedly assisting Derlei for the first goal. The second was an own goal by Argel after a corner from Ricardo Fernandes.[14] In day six, Benfica beat Nacional with strike from outside the box by Tiago.[15] This was followed by a 4-1 win against Moreirense, with Simão in great form, and Roger scoring his first goal in 4 months.[16] In the final home match played at Estádio Nacional, Benfica struggled but beat Gil Vicente, with Simão scoring the tie-breaker.[17] In the late game from day 3, Benfica beat Académica in Coimbra, with Simão assisting one and scoring another, as man of the match.[18] In the first official match in the new stadium, Benfica was beaten by Beira-Mar, despite leading first, with a goal from Simão, it allowed the overturn, with second half goals, dropping to fifth in the league.[19] In day 11, Benfica travelled to Alverca, beating the local team by 3-0, with Tiago scoring a double.[20] On day 9, after a postponement to 12 November, due to the inauguration of the Estádio da Luz,[21] Benfica faced Maritimo away, only earning a point, after trailing with a goal from Dinda, Simão, yet again, scored, his six in the last six matches.[22] Returning from International break, Benfica beat Rio Ave, with a controversial penalty over Tiago, unlocking the match, in their first win in Estádio da Luz.[23] At day 13, in Paços de Ferreira, the Reds beat the local team with a clear three-nil with João Pereira scoring twice in two shots.[24] In the next matchday, Benfica beat Braga, 2-0, in a average but efficient performance.[25] In the last match before the winter break, Benfica beat Estrela da Amadora by 3-0, with Nuno Gomes scoring in the second minute and Tiago at the tenth, sentencing early on.[26] In the first game of the year 2004, Benfica lost at home against Sporting, with Pedro Proença giving two penalties and sending off Miguel and Ricardo Rocha.[27] Benfica complained about the refereeing of Pedro Proença, claiming that in doubt he decided against Benfica, and that he was pressured by an announcement of Sporting the day before.[28][29] In Leiria, at the end of the first round, Camacho started with Hélder, Luisão and newlys arrived Fyssas against Douala, Hugo Almeida and Luis Filipe, recently loaned by Sporting. This choice proved wrong, as a fast-paced attacking trio ravaged a slow defense, with Benfica only managing to bring a point home.[30] In day 18, Benfica beat Boavista at home, quickly building a 2-0 lead; two set-pieces; a free-kick and a corner led to the 2-2 at break, but Sokota scored his second of the day, in a final 3-2 win.[31] In day 19, Benfica faced Guimarães away, in a match marked by tragedy. A few minutes after Benfica scored, Féher suddenly bent forward, seemingly in pain; he then fell backwards to the ground. Members of both teams rushed immediately to aid Fehér before medical personnel arrived. He was rushed to the hospital but hours later his death was confirmed, the cause of death being cardiac arrhythmia brought on by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In his memory Benfica retired the number 29 shirt, which he wore during his time at the club.[32][33] Benfica continued on their winning trend, defeating Académica at home, with a goal at 28th minute being celebrated with a shirt from Féher placed on the ground, in his honor.[34] In day 21, Benfica beat Belenenses with goals from Sokota and João Pereira, both assisted by Armando.[35] Benfica then faced Porto at home; outplayed by a tactically superior team in the first half and losing one-nil (from a corner); Benfica tied in the second-half and continued to pressure, but the final result was left unchanged, an one-one draw.[36] In day 23, Benfica faced Nacional away, which was in a seven match undefeated streak. Again conceding in a set-piece, a free-kick from Adriano; goals from Simão and Nuno Gomes put Benfica in the lead, who conceded two goals in corner-kicks, losing 3-2.[37] In the night of the celebration of the 100 years of the club, Benfica tied with Moreirense, conceding a late goal; A torn muscle on Argel meant Helder had to enter without warming up, and minutes later, he and Ricardo Rocha couldn't stop Demétrios from scoring; It was the six headed goal conceded in the month, after 4 against Nacional and 1 to Porto.[38] In day 25, Benfica beat Gil Vicente, returning to victories three matchdays later; 18 year-old Manuel Fernandes scored the decisive goal after an assist from Simão.[39]÷ The next matchday, Benfica beat Maritimo at home, after Pepe put his hand on the ball inside the box; Simão converted the penalty kick..[40] Benfica continued on their winning run, beating Beira-Mar away, with Fernando Aguiar assisting Nuno Gomes on the only goal of the evening.[41] In day 28, Benfica defeated Alverca; in slow paced match; early goals from Sokota and Simão settled the score.[42] The winning run was stopped in Vila do Conde; suffering from the long season, Benfica draw one-all, with Fyssas, Simão, Tiago,Geovanni and Zahovic, all showing signs of fatigue.[43] In day 30, without Petit and Tiago, both starters, a late goal from Geovanni saved Benfica from a undeserved draw against Paços de Ferreira.[44] In day 31, Benfica travelled to the traditional difficult field of Braga, beating them with a 3-0 with Simão scoring from a free-kick, and assisting in the others.[45] It was the best result in Braga in 14 seasons.[46] In the antepenultimate day, Benfica beat Estrela da Amadora, with Miguel assisting and scoring himself in a good individual effort.[47] Benfica tied Sporting in the second place, facing them next.[48] In their debut at the new Estádio de Alvalade, a highly tactical match was destined to end with a draw, but Geovanni scored from a superb shot in 88th minute.[49] In the last day, only needing a point to end in second place and qualify for the Champions League; Benfica draw Leiria in a nearly sold-out Estádio da Luz, finishing in second place..[50]

Taça de Portugal[edit]

In a competition that didn't win for 7 seasons, Benfica entered the fourth round facing Estrela da Amadora, defeating them at the new Estádio da Luz, with goals from João Pereira, Tiago and Roger.[51] In the next round, it beat Académica away, with Luisão scoring from a free-kick of Simão.[52] In the sixth round, Benfica trailed one-nil for over an hour against Nacional; and with Argel as a striker alongside Sokota, it tied and then scored the winning goal in succession, with Sokota being influential.[53] In the semi-final, Benfica beat Belenenses, with a 3-0 lead constructed on the first half, qualifying for the final, their first since 1997.[54] In the final, Benfica faced Porto, that had won the Cup the year before. After Derlei scored following a loose ball that Moreira didn't catch (a free-kick he didn't build a wall); Fyssas equalized the minute after Derlei sent a ball to the goal posts. After Jorge Costa was sentoff after brutal fouls to Nuno Gomes and Petit, Camacho put Zahovic in the match, and in extra-time, Benfica scored from a headed goal by Simão.[55] It was the first silverware since the 1996 Cup, the first win over Porto since January 2001; as well the last match of Camacho, which a week later moved to Real Madrid.

Europe[edit]

Returning to the UEFA Champions League for the first time since 1998-99, Benfica had to pass to qualifying stages, due to league rank, 7th in 2003.[56] It faced Lazio in the third qualifying round; Lazio had finished fourth in their league. In the first leg, Lazio build a 2-0 lead after defensive mistakes, with Simão reducing in the second half, in a final 3-1 score..[57] In the second leg, played at Bessa, Porto, Benfica lost 1-0, ending 4-1 on aggregate, being demoted to the UEFA Cup.[58] In the first round of the UEFA Cup, Benfica faced Belgian team La Louvière, which had qualified after winning the Belgian Cup. It suffered an early goal after Sokota and Luisão mistakes helped Odemwingie be face-to-face against Moreira, but Simão equalized in the second half.[59] In the second leg, with Nuno Gomes returning from a 5 month injury, Féher scored the winning goal after Benfica pressed hard in the second half.[60] Facing Molde next, in the first leg, Benfica beat the Norwegians 3-1 at home, almost securing qualification,[61] confirming it with a double from Tiago in Norway.[62] In the third round, Benfica faced other Scandinavian team, Danish team Rosenborg. In the first leg, Zahovic scored the only goal in a one-sided match.[63] In the second leg, Rosenberg was in the lead when Nuno Gomes equalized after a Zahovic assist. He then received a yellow card for unsporting conduct, and minutes later was sentoff for diving in the Rosenborg box, with only the Goalkeeper ahead; Moreira then made an amazing double save from Oyvind Storflor after Christer Basma had thumped a powerful header against the bar; Benfica passed on away goals.[64] In the fourth round, Benfica faced Inter Milan for the first time since the 1965 European Cup Final. In the first leg, an outstanding display by Inter's goalkeeper Francesco Toldo denied Benfica the victory, despite numerous efforts.[65] In the second leg, in a seven-goal thriller, Benfica took the lead after Tiago found Nuno Gomes; Inter equalized after Karagounis winding run down the by-line past several Benfica defenders and assisting Martins for a simple tap-in. In ten minutes in the second half, Alvaro Recoba scored one and assisted another; With 3-1, Nuno Gomes scored a second, before Martins scored from another Recoba assist; Tiago reduced to 4-3 with shot from outside of the box; At the 80th minute, referee Alain Sars dismissed a kick to the head by Toldo on Sokota, as unintentional. With the 4-3 at the final whistle, Benfica was eliminated.[66]

Squad[edit]

Squad no. Name Nationality Position Date of birth (age) Signed from
Goalkeepers
1 Moreira Portugal GK (1982-03-20)20 March 1982 (aged 21) Youth system
12 Bossio Argentina GK (1973-12-01)1 December 1973 (aged 29) Estudiantes
24 Zach Thornton United States GK (1971-10-10)10 October 1971 (aged 31) Chicago Fire
Defenders
2 Armando Sá Mozambique RB (1975-09-16)16 September 1975 (aged 27) Braga
3 Argel Brazil CB (1974-09-04)4 September 1974 (aged 28) Palmeiras
4 Luisão (VC) Brazil CB (1981-02-13)13 February 1981 (aged 22) Cruzeiro
5 Cristiano Brazil LB (1976-10-04)04 October 1976 (aged 26) Beira-Mar
14 Takis Fyssas Greece LB (1973-06-12)12 June 1973 (aged 30) Panathinaikos
23 Miguel Portugal WB (1980-01-04)04 January 1980 (aged 23) Estrela da Amadora
32 Hélder (VC) Portugal CB (1971-03-21)21 March 1971 (aged 32) Deportivo de La Coruña
33 Ricardo Rocha Portugal CB (1978-10-03)3 October 1978 (aged 24) Braga
Midfielders
6 Petit Portugal DM/CM (1976-09-25)25 September 1976 (aged 26) Boavista
7 Andersson Sweden CM (1974-03-15)15 March 1974 (aged 29) Aalborg
8 Roger Brazil AM (1978-08-17)17 August 1978 (aged 24) Fluminense
10 Zlatko Zahovič Slovenia AM (1971-02-01)01 February 1971 (aged 32) Valencia
11 Geovanni Brazil RW (1980-01-11)11 January 1980 (aged 23) Barcelona
16 Fernando Aguiar Portugal DM (1972-03-18)18 March 1972 (aged 31) Beira-Mar
19 Alex Portugal RW (1979-09-06)06 September 1979 (aged 23) Moreirense
20 Simão (C) Portugal LW (1979-10-31)31 October 1979 (aged 23) Barcelona
28 Carlitos Portugal RW (1977-03-06)06 March 1977 (aged 26) Gil Vicente
30 Tiago Portugal CM (1981-05-02)02 May 1981 (aged 22) Braga
37 Manuel Fernandes Portugal DM/CM (1986-02-05)05 February 1986 (aged 17) Youth system
39 Hélio Pinto Portugal CM (1984-02-29)29 February 1984 (aged 19) Youth system
47 João Pereira Portugal RW (1984-02-25)25 February 1984 (aged 19) Youth system
Forwards
9 Mantorras Angola ST (1982-03-18)18 March 1982 (aged 21) Alverca
21 Nuno Gomes (C) Portugal FW (1976-07-05)05 July 1976 (aged 27) Fiorentina
25 Šokota Croatia FW (1977-04-08)08 April 1977 (aged 26) Dinamo Zagreb
29 Fehér Hungary FW (1979-07-20)20 July 1979 (aged 24) Porto

Transfers in[edit]

Entry date Position No. Player From club Fee Ref
10 April 2003 RW 11 Portugal Alex Portugal Moreirense Free [67]
2 August 2003 RW 11 Brazil Geovanni Spain Barcelona Free [68]
22 August 2003 CB 11 Brazil Luisão Brazil Cruzeiro Undisclosed [69]
7 January 2004 LB 14 Greece Takis Fyssas Greece Panathinaikos Free [70]
7 January 2004 GK 24 United States Zach Thornton United States Chicago Fire Free [71]

Transfers out[edit]

Entry date Position No. Player To club Fee Ref
29 June 2003 CB 57 Portugal Geraldo Alves Portugal Paços de Ferreira Loan [72]
30 June 2003 GK 24 Portugal Nuno Santos Portugal Vitória Setúbal Loan [73]
7 July 2003 RW 11 Serbia Drulović Serbia Partizan Free [74]
15 July 2003 CB 55 Portugal Eduardo Simões Portugal Amora Loan [75]
24 July 2003 CB 16 Portugal João Manuel Pinto Spain Ciudad de Murcia Free [76]
22 August 2003 DM 22 Portugal Andrade Spain Tenerife Free [77]
22 August 2003 DM 6 Portugal Peixe Portugal Leiria Loan [78]
31 August 2003 CM 14 Guinea-Bissau Ednilson Portugal Vitória Guimarães Loan [79]
24 January 2004 ST 26 Equatorial Guinea André Portugal Marítimo Free [80]
30 January 2004 AM 8 Brazil Roger Brazil Fluminense Loan [81]
31 January 2004 RW 28 Portugal Carlitos Spain Poli Ejido Free [82]
31 January 2004 FW Brazil Anderson Luiz Portugal Naval Loan [83]
31 January 2004 CM 7 Sweden Andersson Portugal Belenenses Free [84]
14 February 2004 LW 26 Portugal Hugo Porfírio None Contract terminated [85]

Competitions[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss       Postponed

Pre-season[edit]

Primeira Liga[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts Comments
1 Porto (C) 34 25 07 02 63 19 +44 82 UEFA Champions League Group Stage
2 Benfica 34 22 08 04 62 28 +34 74 UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying Round
3 Sporting CP 34 23 04 07 60 33 +27 73 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 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 H
Result D W W D L W W W D L W W W W W L D W W W W D L D W W W W D W W W W D
Position 9 4 3 5 8 6 3 2 2 5 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2

Last updated: 22 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]

Champions League[edit]

Third qualifying round[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2003–04 UEFA Cup

First round[edit]

Second round[edit]

Third round[edit]

Fourth round[edit]

Overall record[edit]

Competition First match Last match Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win % Source
Primeira Liga 17 August 2003 9 May 2004 34 22 8 4 62 28 +34 64.71
Portuguese Cup 22 November 2003 16 May 2004 5 5 0 0 11 4 +7 100.000
UEFA Champions League 13 August 2003 27 August 2003 2 0 0 2 1 4 -3 00.00
UEFA Cup 24 September 2003 25 March 2004 8 4 2 2 12 8 +4 50.00
Total [86] 49 31 10 8 86 44 +42 63.27

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

As of 16 May 2004.
No. Pos Nat Player Total Primeira Liga Portuguese Cup Champions League UEFA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK Portugal Moreira 46 -13 33 -28 3 3 2 4 8 8
12 GK United States Zach Thornton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 GK Argentina Carlos Bossio 3 -1 1 0 2 -1 0 0 0 0
Defenders
2 DF Mozambique Armando Sá 27 0 19 0 3 0 0 0 5 0
3 DF Brazil Argel 28 1 19 1 3 0 2 0 4 0
4 DF Brazil Luisão 22 4 15 3 3 1 0 0 4 0
5 DF Brazil Cristiano 17 1 10 1 2 0 2 0 3 0
14 DF Greece Fyssas 16 1 14 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
23 DF Portugal Miguel 45 2 30 2 5 0 2 0 8 0
32 DF Portugal Hélder 26 0 20 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
33 DF Portugal Ricardo Rocha 39 0 25 0 4 0 2 0 8 0
Midfielders
6 MF Portugal Petit 35 0 23 0 3 0 2 0 7 0
7 MF Sweden Anders Andersson 25 0 20 0 1 0 2 0 2 0
8 MF Brazil Roger 17 3 11 2 2 1 2 0 2 0
10 MF Slovenia Zlatko Zahovič 32 3 21 2 3 0 2 0 6 1
11 MF Brazil Geovanni 32 6 21 5 3 0 2 0 6 1
16 MF Portugal Fernando Aguiar 32 3 25 3 4 0 1 0 2 0
19 MF Portugal Alex 18 0 14 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
20 MF Portugal Simão 45 15 31 12 4 1 2 1 8 1
28 MF Portugal Carlitos 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
30 MF Portugal Tiago 43 11 29 5 5 3 1 0 8 3
37 MF Portugal Manuel Fernandes 14 1 10 1 1 0 0 0 3 0
39 FW Portugal Hélio Pinto 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
47 MF Portugal João Pereira 32 3 25 3 1 0 0 0 6 0
Forwards
9 FW Angola Mantorras 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 FW Portugal Nuno Gomes 29 12 21 7 3 0 0 0 5 5
25 FW Croatia Tomo Šokota 40 14 29 11 5 3 1 0 5 0
29 FW Hungary Miklós Fehér 19 4 13 3 2 0 2 0 2 1

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  68. ^ "Geovanni por quatro anos". Record. 2 August 2003. 
  69. ^ "Luisão já está em Lisboa". Record. 22 August 2003. 
  70. ^ "Fyssas fez exames médicos". Record. 7 January 2004. 
  71. ^ "Zach Thornton é reforço". Record. 1 February 2004. 
  72. ^ "Geraldo: «Quero continuar a ganhar experiência»". Record. 29 June 2003. 
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  74. ^ "Drulovic no Partizan Belgrado". Record. 7 July 2003. 
  75. ^ "Simões hoje no Amora". Record. 15 July 2003. 
  76. ^ "João Pinto recebe 350 mil euros". Record. 24 July 2003. 
  77. ^ "Andrade no Tenerife". Record. 22 August 2003. 
  78. ^ "Peixe emprestado à União de Leiria". Record. 22 August 2003. 
  79. ^ "Ednilson, finalmente". Record. 1 September 2003. 
  80. ^ "André regressa por ano e meio". Record. 24 January 2004. 
  81. ^ "Roger é esperado hoje no Fluminense". Record. 30 January 2004. 
  82. ^ "Carlitos assina pelo Poli Ejido". Record. 3 February 2004. 
  83. ^ "Anderson Luiz colocado na Naval". Record. 31 January 2004. 
  84. ^ "Andersson assina com azuis". Record. 31 January 2004. 
  85. ^ "Porfírio rescinde". Record. 14 February 2004. 
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