2007–08 S.L. Benfica season

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Benfica
2007–08 season
President Luís Filipe Vieira
Manager Fernando Santos
(until 20 August 2007)
José Antonio Camacho
(until 9 March 2008)
Fernando Chalana
Stadium Estádio da Luz
Primeira Liga 4th
Champions League Group stage
Taça de Portugal Semi-finals
Taça da Liga Fourth round
UEFA Cup Round of 16
Top goalscorer League: Óscar Cardozo (13)
All: Óscar Cardozo (22)
Highest home attendance 60,116[1] vs Porto
(1 December 2007)
Lowest home attendance 10,494 vs Moreirense
(27 February 2008)
Average home league attendance 37,558[2]
Home colours
Away colours

The 2007–08 season was Sport Lisboa e Benfica's 104th season in existence and the club's 74th consecutive season in the top flight of Portuguese football. It involved Benfica competing in the Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, the newly created Taça da Liga and the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. Benfica qualified for the Champions League by coming third in the previous Primeira Liga.

The season started with the sale of Manuel Fernandes and Simão, both vital parts of the starting eleven. Fernando Santos already pressured by the fans, was sacked on 20 August 2007 and replace with José Antonio Camacho who left 3 years earlier to manage Real Madrid.[3] Camacho second term was far more troubled and after three consecutive draws, he resigned on 9 March 2008 and was replaced by former glory Fernando Chalana.[4] Afterwards Benfica lost 12 points and finished 4th, despite being second for most of the season. It was the worst finish of president Luís Filipe Vieira, with Benfica ending 17 points behind the winners and failing qualification for the UEFA Champions League, for the first time since the 2001–02 season.

In the Taça de Portugal, Benfica reached the semi-finals, losing 5–3 to Sporting, with Benfica leading 2–0 on half-time but Sporting reverted the result in the second half.[5]

In the European competitions, Benfica beat Copenhagen in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, reaching the group stage for third time in a row, but finished third again, being relegated to the 2007–08 UEFA Cup, which ended in the round of 16 at the hands of Getafe CF.[6]

Among key players arriving were Óscar Cardozo, Maxi Pereira, Ángel Di María, Fábio Coentrão and the permanent signing of David Luiz. All of them formed the backbone of the club's next championship title.

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Since
App(GS/Sub)
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK  POR Moreira 25 EU 1999 120 (120/0) 0 2011 Youth system
12 GK  POR Quim 31 EU 2004 84 (84/0) 0 2011 €2.5M
24 GK  GER Butt 33 EU 2007 0 (/0) 0 2010 Free
22 RB  POR CPV Nélson 24 EU 2005 77 (77/0) 2 2010 Undisclosed
2 RB  POR Luís Filipe 28 EU 2007 1 (0/1) 0 2011 €0.337M
4 CB  BRA Luisão 27 Non-EU 2003 137 (137/0) 10 2011 €3M
3 CB  BRA Edcarlos 23 Non-EU 2007 0 (0/0) 0 2012 €1.8M
23 CB  BRA David Luiz 21 Non-EU 2007 14 (14/0) 0 2012 €0.5M
58 CB  POR Miguel Vítor 18 EU 2006 0 (0/0) 0 2012 Youth system
17 CB  CIV Zoro 23 Non-EU 2007 0 (/0) 0 2011 Free
5 LB  BRA Léo 32 Non-EU 2005 80 (80/0) 2 2010 Free
11 LB  POR Miguelito 26 EU 2006 7 (7/0) 0 2010 €1.5M
33 LB  ROM Sepsi 21 Non-EU 2007 0 (/0) 0 2011 €1.5M
6 DM  POR Petit 30 EU 2002 147 (147/0) 13 2009 €4M
18 DM  CMR Gilles 22 Non-EU 2007 0 (/0) 0 2011 €0.3M
32 DM  POR Romeu Ribeiro 17 EU 2006 0 (/0) 0 2010 Youth system
8 CM  GRE Katsouranis 28 EU 2006 44 (44/0) 8 2010 €1.9M
15 CM  ARG Díaz 24 Non-EU 2007 0 (/0) 0 2010 €0.5M
10 AM  POR Rui Costa 35 EU 2006 133 (133/0) 19 2008 Free
25 AM  POR Nuno Assis 29 EU 2005 53 (53/0) 4 2009 €0.45M
14 RW  URU Maxi Pereira 23 Non-EU 2007 2 (2/0) 0 2012 €3M
16 LW  POR F. Coentrão 19 EU 2007 0 (0/0) 0 2012 €0.9M
26 LW  URU Rodríguez 21 Non-EU 2007 0 (0/0) 0 2008 Loan
20 LW  ITA ARG Di María 19 EU 2007 0 (0/0) 0 2012 €8M
30 LW  USA GHA Adu 18 Non-EU 2007 0 (0/0) 0 2012 €1.5M
7 CF  PAR Cardozo 24 Non-EU 2007 0 (0/0) 0 2012 €11.6M
9 CF  ANG Mantorras 25 Non-EU 2001 109 (109/0) 27 2008 €7M
21 CF  POR Nuno Gomes 30 EU 2002 298 (298/0) 139 2011 Free
19 CF  ARG Bergessio 22 Non-EU 2007 0 (0/0) 0 2012 €2.5M
38 CF  POR Makukula 26 EU 2008 0 (0/0) 0 2012 €4.6M
27 CF  PRC Dabao 19 Non-EU 2006 0 (0/0) 0 2011 Youth system
  • Last updated: 12 December
  • Source: zerozero.com
  • Ordered by position on pitch (from back right to front left).

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

No. Pos. Name Age EU Moving from Type Transfer Window Contract ends Transfer fee Sources
7 FW Paraguay Óscar Cardozo 24 No Argentina Newell's Old Boys Transfer Summer 2012 €11.6M
14 DF/MF Uruguay Maxi Pereira 23 No Uruguay Defensor Sporting Transfer Summer 2012 €3M
3 DF Brazil Edcarlos 22 No Portugal São Paulo Transfer Summer 2011 €1.8M
30 MF United States Freddy Adu 18 No United States Real Salt Lake Transfer Summer 2012 €1.5M
20 MF Argentina Ángel Di María 19 Yes Argentina Rosario Central Transfer Summer 2012 €8M
19 FW Argentina Bergessio 22 No Argentina Racing Avellaneda Transfer Summer 2011 €2.5M
16 MF Portugal Fábio Coentrão 19 Yes Portugal Rio Ave Transfer Summer 2012 €0.9M
23 DF Brazil David Luiz 20 No Brazil Vitória Transfer Summer 2012 €0.5M
2 DF Portugal Luís Filipe 28 Yes Portugal Braga Transfer Summer 2011 €0.337M
15 MF Argentina Andrés Diaz 24 No Argentina Rosario Central Transfer Summer 2011 €0.5M
18 MF Cameroon Gilles Binya 22 No Algeria MC Oran Transfer Summer 2011 €0.3M
17 DF Ivory Coast Zoro 23 No Italy Messina Transfer Summer 2012 Free
24 GK Germany Hans-Jörg Butt 33 Yes Germany Bayer Leverkusen Transfer Summer 2009 Free
# DF Serbia Sreten Sretenović 22 No Serbia Rad Belgrade Transfer Summer 2012 Free
# FW Brazil Jaílson 26 No Russia Rubin Kazan Transfer Summer 2010 Free
28 DF Portugal Miguel Vitor 18 Yes Portugal S.L. Benfica Juniors Promoted Summer 2013 Free
32 MF Portugal Romeu Ribeiro 18 Yes Portugal S.L. Benfica Juniors Promoted Summer 2011 Free
27 FW China Yu Dabao 19 Yes Portugal S.L. Benfica Juniors Promoted Summer 2010 Free
38 FW Portugal Makukula 26 Yes Spain Sevilla FC Transfer Winter 2012 €4.6M
33 DF Romania László Sepsi 21 Yes Romania Gloria Bistriţa Transfer Winter 2011 €1.5M

Out[edit]

No. Pos. Name Age EU Moving to Type Transfer Window Transfer fee Sources
# MF Portugal Simao Sabrosa 27 Yes Spain Atlético Madrid Transfer Summer €20M
# MF Portugal Manuel Fernandes 21 Yes Spain Valencia CF Transfer Summer €18M
# DF Brazil Anderson 27 No France Lyon Transfer Summer €4M
# DF Portugal Amoreirinha 22 Yes Romania CFR Cluj Transfer Summer €1M
# FW Portugal Carlitos 24 Yes Switzerland FC Basel Transfer Summer €1.5M
# FW Brazil Gustavo Manduca 27 No Greece AEK Athens Transfer Summer €0.75M
# FW Norway Azar Karadas 25 No Norway SK Brann Transfer Summer €0.4M
# MF Greece Giorgos Karagounis 30 Yes Greece Panathinaikos F.C. Transfer Summer Free
# MF Portugal Hélio Roque 21 Yes Cyprus AEL Transfer Summer Free
# FW Brazil Marcel 27 No Brazil Grêmio Loan Summer Free
31 GK Brazil Marcelo Moretto 29 No Greece AEK Athens Loan Summer Free
# DF Portugal Tiago Gomes 20 Yes Poland Zagłębie Lubin Loan Summer Free
# DF Serbia Sreten Sretenović 22 No Poland Zagłębie Lubin Loan Summer Free
# MF Portugal Paulo Jorge 27 Yes Spain Málaga Loan Summer Free
# FW Brazil Jaílson 26 No Portugal Braga Loan Summer Free
# MF Portugal João Coimbra 21 Yes Portugal Nacional Loan Summer Free
# FW Portugal Manú 24 Yes Greece AEK Athens Loan Summer Free
# FW Portugal Marco Ferreira 30 Yes England Leicester City Loan Summer Free
# FW Italy Miccoli 28 Yes Italy Juventus F.C. Loan Return Summer Free
# FW Brazil Derlei 31 Yes Russia FC Dynamo Moscow Loan Return Summer Free
# MF Brazil Diego Souza 22 No Brazil Palmeiras Transfer Winter €3.75M
# MF Russia Andrei Karyaka 29 No Russia Saturn Moscow Oblast Transfer Winter €2M
# FW Argentina Bergessio 23 No Argentina San Lorenzo Transfer Winter €2M
# MF Argentina Andrés Díaz 24 No Argentina Banfield Loan Winter Free
# FW Portugal Marco Ferreira 29 Yes Portugal C.F. Os Belenenses Loan Winter Free
# DF Portugal Miguel Vítor 18 Yes Portugal Desportivo de Aves Loan Winter Free
# DF Portugal Miguelito 26 Yes Portugal Braga Loan Winter Free
# DF Portugal Romeu Ribeiro 18 Yes Portugal Desportivo de Aves Loan Winter Free
# FW China Yu Dabao 19 No Portugal Desportivo de Aves Loan Winter Free
# FW Brazil Marcel 27 No Brazil Cruzeiro Loan Winter Free
# GK Portugal Bruno Costa 21 Yes Romania Otopeni Loan Winter Free
# FW Portugal Fábio Coentrão 19 Yes Portugal Nacional Loan Winter Free

Competitions[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss       Postponed

Pre-season[edit]

Primeira Liga[edit]

Main article: 2007-08 Primeira Liga

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Porto (C) 30 24 3 3 60 13 +47 069* 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Sporting CP 30 16 7 7 46 28 +18 55
3 Vitória de Guimarães 30 15 8 7 35 31 +4 53 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
4 Benfica 30 13 13 4 45 21 +24 52 2008–09 UEFA Cup First round

Updated to games played on 10 May 2008.
Source: [1]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
30 13 13 4 45 20 +25 52 7 6 2 26 10 +16 6 7 2 19 10 +9

Last updated: 12 July 2011.
Source: LPFP

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
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
Result D D W W D D W W W W W L L W D D W D W D D D D W D L L W D W
Position 6 9 4 3 4 5 4 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 4 4 4

Last updated: 9 June 2013.
Source: FootballPortugal.net
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Portuguese Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Third round[edit]

Fourth round[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Third qualifying round[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group D[edit]
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Milan 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 13
Celtic 6 3 0 3 5 6 −1 9
Benfica 6 2 1 3 5 6 −1 7
Shakhtar Donetsk 6 2 0 4 6 11 −5 6

UEFA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2007–08 UEFA Cup

Round of 32[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
Liga 4 4 18 Aug 2007 11 May 2008
UEFA Champions League Third Qualifying Round Group Stage 3 14 Aug 2007 4 December 2007
UEFA Cup Round of 32 Round of 16 14 February 2008 12 March 2008
League Cup Third Round 4R 26 Sep 2007 31 October 2007
Cup of Portugal Fourth Round SF 9 December 2007 16 April 2008

Last updated: 12 December 2012
Source: Competitions

Overall record[edit]

Competition First match Last match Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win % Source
Primeira Liga 18 August 2007 11 May 2008 30 13 13 4 45 21 +24 43.33
Portuguese Cup 9 December 2007 16 April 2008 5 4 0 1 13 7 +6 80.00
Portuguese League Cup 26 September 2007 31 October 2007 3 0 2 1 3 4 -1 00.00
UEFA Champions League 14 August 2007 4 December 2007 8 4 1 3 8 7 +1 50.00
UEFA Cup 14 February 2008 12 March 2008 4 1 1 2 4 5 -1 25.00
Total [7] 50 22 17 11 73 44 +29 44.00

Squad, appearances and goals[edit]

As of 12 December 2012.
No. Nat Pos Player Total Primeira Liga Portuguese Cup League Cup Champions League1
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 Portugal GK Moreira 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 Portugal GK Quim 44 -39 30 -21 1 -5 1 -1 12 -12
24 Germany GK Butt 7 -6 1 -1 4 -2 2 -3 0 0
Defenders
22 Portugal DF Nélson 30 0 19 0 4 0 1 0 6 0
2 Portugal DF Luís Filipe 32 0 19 0 3 0 2 0 8 0
3 Brazil DF Edcarlos 27 0 16 0 4 0 1 0 6 0
4 Brazil DF Luisão 35 4 19 3 4 1 3 0 9 0
23 Brazil DF David Luiz 14 0 8 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
58 Portugal DF Miguel Vítor 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
17 Ivory Coast DF Zoro 7 1 2 1 1 0 3 0 1 0
5 Brazil DF Léo 42 0 27 0 3 0 0 0 12 0
11 Portugal DF Miguelito 13 0 10 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
33 Romania DF Sepsi 12 0 7 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Midfielders
6 Portugal MF Petit 26 1 17 1 2 0 0 0 7 0
18 Cameroon MF Binya 25 0 16 0 2 0 3 0 4 0
32 Portugal DF Romeu Ribeiro 6 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
8 Greece DF Katsouranis 43 3 27 2 3 0 1 0 12 1
15 Argentina MF Andrés Díaz 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
10 Portugal MF Rui Costa 45 10 29 5 4 3 0 0 12 2
25 Portugal MF Nuno Assis 30 2 17 1 4 1 2 0 7 0
14 Uruguay MF Maxi Pereira 36 2 23 2 4 0 1 0 8 0
16 Portugal MF F. Coentrão 7 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 1 0
26 Uruguay MF Rodríguez 33 7 24 6 2 1 2 0 5 0
20 Argentina MF Di María 45 0 26 0 5 0 3 0 11 0
30 United States MF Adu 21 5 11 2 3 0 3 3 4 0
Strikers
7 Paraguay FW Óscar Cardozo 45 22 29 13 5 5 0 0 11 4
9 Angola FW Mantorras 14 1 9 1 2 0 1 0 2 0
21 Portugal FW Nuno Gomes 36 9 25 7 3 1 0 0 8 1
38 Portugal MF Makukula 8 2 3 0 2 1 0 0 3 1
19 Argentina FW Bergessio 9 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
27 China MF Dabao 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Painel de Espectadores" [Attendance list per match]. ligaportugal.pt. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Painel de Espectadores" [Attendance list per club]. ligaportugal.pt. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Fernando Santos sacked!". planetbenfica.co.uk. 20 August 2007. 
  4. ^ "Jose Antonio Camacho has resigned as Benfica coach, the Lisbon club's president Luis Filipe Vieira has confirmed.". worldsoccer.com. 9 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Report: Sporting CP 5 – 3 SL Benfica". planetbenfica.co.uk. 16 April 2008. 
  6. ^ "Post Match Views: Benfica 1 – 2 Getafe". planetbenfica.co.uk. 7 March 2008. 
  7. ^ Almanaque do Benfica. Lua de Papel. p. 642. ISBN 978-989-23-2087-8.