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.

In the Primeira Liga, Benfica ended in fourth position, 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 at Sporting CP.[3]

In the European competitions, Benfica beat Copenhagen in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, reaching the group stage, finishing in third again, being relegated to the 2007–08 UEFA Cup, which ended in the round of 16 at the hands of Getafe CF.[4]

Season summary[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Following a disappointing season where the lack of depth on the squad was one of the problems during the title race, Benfica set out to improve the overall quality of their players. With José Veiga now only assisting in some deals, president Luís Filipe Vieira was in charge of building the squad. He acted as sporting director since roughly May 2001,[5] till March 2004, when he appointed José Veiga.[6] Benfica also changed its approach to football, spending much more on individual players, with more than €30 million spend.[7] He purchased Oscar Cardozo for €9 million, to be the team main striker, but also a large number of wingers, with Fábio Coentrão, Di María, Freddy Adu, Cristian Rodriguez and Maxi Pereira. Fernando Santos tactic, didn't use wingers, playing in a 4-4-2 diamond, with two midfielders linking the team, mostly Katsouranis and Karagounis,[8] forcing him to practise other tactics, like the 4-3-3 in just 2 weeks, before official matches begun.[9] The original team was seriously remodelled, losing Karagounis which was coming out of a good second half of season, and also Miccoli, with Benfica unwilling to pay the 2M per year he earned. The bigger blow, however, was the sale of Simão Sabrosa. He represented the club for 6 seasons, and had a good individual season, winning Primeira Liga Footballer of the Year for 2006–07.[10] Other problems troubled his preseason, with Manuel Fernandes refusing to join the team in Copenhagen, forcing a sale to Everton.[11] And Anderson, wanting to return to Brazil, to be close to his son, which had a rare disease.[12]

League[edit]

In the first match of the season, Benfica travelled to Porto to face newly-promoted Leixões. It struggled to win, scoring in the 89th minute, but conceding in the 94th, losing their first points of the season.[13] Fernando Santos was immediately sacked and replaced by José António Camacho.[14] He last managed the team in 2003–04, winning the Portuguese Cup against Mourinho's Porto. In his first match back, he drew against Guimarães at home, in a dull game, mostly played in the midfield.[15] Benfica earn his first game in the third matchday, comfortably beating Nacional da Madeira with Cardozo scoring a double.[16] After the international break for national teams, Benfica won its first game at home, with Rui Costa in evidence.[17] Next, Benfica went to Braga face the local team, which had beaten them in the two previous seasons, managing to draw nil-nil, in a unispired performance.[18] The team then faced Sporting at home, in an intense match, which ended in another draw, with both teams complaining about referee Pedro Henriques.[19] The Eagles performances improved, winning in Leiria with Nuno Gomes scoring a double,[20] followed by another victory, now against Maritimo, with Freddy Adu scoring a late goal, and Butt defending a penalty after Quim was sentoff.[21] The string of good results continued, with a win in Paços de Ferreira, with another late goal, therefore, reducing to 6 points the difference to Porto.[22] Next, Benfica trashed Boavista in a 6–1 win, in the best performance of the season, reducing the distance to Porto to just 4 points.[23] In Coimbra, Benfica had its fifth straight win, with late goals from Luisão and Adu.[24] Benfica was 4 points away from Porto, facing them next, at home, and like the year before, a win was vital for the title race. However, Benfica was thoroughly outplayed during the match, with Quaresma scoring the winner in the first league loss since 18 November 2006.[25] The defeat against Porto crushed the team spirit, with another loss following, now against Belenenses.[26] The team briefly recovered, with a win against Estrela da Amadora.[27] In Setúbal, with Benfica making a poor match, Luisão and Katsouranis started insulting and pushing each other, succumbing both to the immense pressure the team was on. Mantorras scored but Edinho equalized near the end.[28] In the next round, another poor performance, facing Leixões at home, Benfica nearly lost, with two strikes on the woodwork, in a nil-nil draw.[29] Benfica returned in good fashion, beating Guimarães with a double from Cardozo,[30] but lost more points at home, drawing Nacional in another poor performance.[31] Benfica then beat Naval in Figueira da Foz with goals from Rodriguez and Nuno Assis, only their third win in eight matches.[32] In the next match, Benfica faced Braga, losing another 2 points in a one-one draw, climbing to 13 the points lost at home.[33] The next away match was in Alvalade, and without David Luiz, Luisão, Petit and Nuno Gomes. Benfica tied with a goal from Cardozo in a cross from Rui Costa.[34] In matchday 22, Benfica drew União de Leiria, with the visitors team in front in half-time, Benfica scored two goals in 10 minutes, but another goal shortly after from Leiria devastated the team, with Porto now 14 points ahead.[35] Camacho resigned immediately, blaming the lack of motivation from the players, as well his inability to motivate them.[36] Former glory Chalana replaced him.[37] The string of bad results continued, with Benfica achieving a fifth straight draw in Madeira, against Maritimo, they last victory being nearly a month earlier.[38] Benfica finally returned to victories, beating Paços de Ferreira 4–1, with Rui Costa having an inspired night, being Man of the Match.[39] This, however, was short notice, with another draw, agains Boavista in Bessa, their 12th of the season.[40] The team performance degraded further, being outplayed by Académica at home 3–0, losing the second place and tumbling to fourth, behind Vitória de Guimarães and Sporting and 21 points behind Porto.[41] Visiting Porto next, which had conquered the league early in the month, Benfica was again defeated, never posing a real danger to the local team.[42] Benfica won again, 3 matchdays later, beating Belenenses by two-nil, now only racing for a Champions League place.[43] They dropped points again, in a away draw against Estrela da Amadora, which was having financial problems, with unpaid salaries, in another poor performance.[44] In the last matchday, with Rui Costa retiring, Benfica beat Vitória de Setúbal 3–0.[45] Benfica finished in fourth place, one point behind Guimarães, missing the Champions League for the first time since 2001–02. A troubled preseason, and the team's inability to cope with the defeat on 1 December against Porto, were some of the causes of this disappointing season.

Portuguese Cup[edit]

In the Portuguese Cup, Benfica attempted a record 25th win. They faced Académica at home, beating them easily and progressing to the fifth round.[46] Facing Feirense at home, Cardozo untied a match that was proving hard to win, helping Benfica progress.[47] Playing at home in the sixth round, they beat comfortably Paços de Ferreira in a 4–1 victory with Cardozo scoring a double.[48] In the quarter-final, Benfica beat Moreirense at home with goals from Rui Costa and Makukula.[49] In the semi-finals, Benfica travelled to Alvalade. Benfica led by 2–0 at half-time in a good performance from Di María, but Sporting overturned that deficit with three goals in 8 minutes. Rodriguez still tied but another two goals from Sporting set the final score, with Benfica crashing out of Portuguese Cup.[50]

League Cup[edit]

In the newly created League Cup, intended to give more playing time to younger players. Benfica faced Estrela da Amadora in the third round, nearly losing, with Adu scoring a equalizer in overtime, and then winning 5-4 in penalties.[51] In the fourth round, it faced Vitória de Setúbal, again suffering to draw, with Adu scoring another goal in overtime.[52] In the replay match, Vitória triumphed, eliminating Benfica from the first edition of the League Cup.[53]

Europe[edit]

Since finishing in third the previous year, Benfica had to pass the third qualifying round. They were paired with Copenhagen, a team they had faced a year before. With Rui Costa scoring a thunderous shot four minutes from the end, Benfica travelled to Denmark with a 2–1 lead.[54] In the return journey, a goal from Katsouranis proved enough to secure a 3–1 aggregate victory, with Benfica qualifying to the group stage. In the draw, Benfica was set to face AC Milan, the reigning European champion, Shaktar Donestk and again Celtic. In the first matchday, facing Milan in San Siro, Pirlo put the Milanese in the front with a free-kick, and a 18 year old Miguel Vitor made a bad pass that ended in Káká, that passed it to Pirlo and then Inzaghi to score. Cardozo had opportunities to score but couldn't hit the target, finally Nuno Gomes scoring from a Katsouranis cross.[55] Next, Benfica faced Shaktar at home, and lost one-nil, squandering away a number of opportunities to equalize.[56] Facing Celtic at home, a Cardozo goal three minutes from regular time finally broke down a disciplined Celtic FC defence, giving the club the first three points.[57] In the return trip, Celtic beat Benfica with a shot from Aiden McGeady, that deflected off Luisão beating Quim. Notably, Binya was sentoff after a dangerous tackle.[58] In match five, Benfica faced Milan at home, suffering a early goal from Pirlo, as he ran past defenders unchallenged. Maxi Pereira equalized with a remarkable shot five minutes later. However, as Celtic had beat Shaktar at home, Benfica was out of Champions League.[59] In the final matchday, only fighting for UEFA Cup place, Benfica beat Shaktar in Ukraine, with Cardozo scoring a double, first from a mistake and then from a Maxi Pereira cross, finishing the group stage in third with 7 points.[60]

In the UEFA Cup, Benfica faced Nürnberg in the Round of 32, beating them with a goal from Makukula in a poor team performance, but enought to take a slender advantage ahead of the second leg.[61] In Germany, a shocking performance from Edcarlos and Luis Filipe very nearly resulted in elimination. While trailing 2–0, two late goals equalized the match and sent Benfica through.[62] In the Round of 16, Benfica faced Getafe from Madrid. In the first leg, Cardozo hit defender Belenguer after swinging an arm trying to reach a high-ball and was sentoff. Getafe easily beat a 10 men Benfica, with Mantorras giving a late hope.[63] In the second leg, with Camacho replaced by Fernando Chalana, a second half goal from Albin was enough to beat Benfica, as the Reds were out of European competitions.[64]

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 25) Youth system
12 Quim Portugal GK (1975-11-13)13 November 1975 (aged 31) Braga
24 Butt Germany GK (1974-04-28)28 April 1974 (aged 33) Bayer 04 Leverkusen
31 Bruno Costa Portugal GK (1986-08-28)28 August 1986 (aged 20) Youth system
Defenders
2 Luís Filipe Portugal RB (1979-06-14)14 June 1979 (aged 28) Braga
3 Edcarlos Brazil CB (1985-05-10)10 May 1985 (aged 22) São Paulo
4 Luisão (VC) Brazil CB (1981-02-13)13 February 1981 (aged 26) Cruzeiro
5 Léo Brazil LB (1975-07-06)06 July 1975 (aged 32) Santos
11 Miguelito Portugal LB (1981-02-04)04 February 1981 (aged 26) Nacional
17 Marco Zoro Ivory Coast CB (1983-12-27)27 December 1983 (aged 23) Messina
22 Nélson Portugal RB (1983-06-10)10 June 1983 (aged 24) Boavista
23 David Luiz Brazil CB (1987-04-22)22 April 1987 (aged 20) Vitória
28 Miguel Vítor Portugal CB (1989-06-30)30 June 1989 (aged 18) Youth system
33 László Sepsi Romania LB/RB (1986-06-07)7 June 1986 (aged 21) Gloria Progresul Bistrița
50 Rúben Lima Portugal LB (1989-10-03)3 October 1989 (aged 17) Youth system
Midfielders
6 Petit Portugal DM/CM (1976-09-25)25 September 1976 (aged 30) Boavista
8 Katsouranis Greece DM (1979-06-21)21 June 1979 (aged 28) AEK Athens
10 Rui Costa Portugal AM (1972-03-29)29 March 1972 (aged 35) A.C. Milan
14 Maxi Pereira Uruguay RW (1984-06-08)08 June 1984 (aged 23) Defensor
15 Díaz Argentina CM (1983-03-21)21 March 1983 (aged 24) Rosario Central
16 Fábio Coentrão Portugal LW (1988-03-11)11 March 1988 (aged 19) Rio Ave
18 Binya Cameroon DM (1984-08-29)29 August 1984 (aged 22) MC Oran
20 Ángel Di María Argentina LW (1988-02-14)14 February 1988 (aged 19) Rosario Central
25 Nuno Assis Portugal AM (1977-11-25)25 November 1977 (aged 29) Vitória Guimarães
26 Rodríguez Uruguay LW (1985-09-30)30 September 1985 (aged 21) Paris Saint-Germain
30 Freddy Adu United States AM (1989-06-02)02 June 1989 (aged 18) Real Salt Lake
32 Romeu Ribeiro Portugal DM (1989-01-13)13 January 1989 (aged 18) Youth system
41 André Carvalhas Portugal RW/LW (1989-03-07)07 March 1989 (aged 18) Youth system
43 David Simão Portugal AM (1989-03-07)07 March 1989 (aged 18) Youth system
54 Abdoulaye Fall Senegal DM (1989-05-18)18 May 1989 (aged 18) Youth system
Forwards
7 Óscar Cardozo Paraguay ST (1983-05-20)20 May 1983 (aged 24) Newell's Old Boys
9 Mantorras Angola ST (1982-03-18)18 March 1982 (aged 25) Alverca
19 Bergessio Argentina FW (1984-07-20)20 July 1984 (aged 23) Racing Club
21 Nuno Gomes (C) Portugal FW (1976-07-05)05 July 1976 (aged 31) Fiorentina
27 Yu Dabao China ST (1988-04-18)18 April 1988 (aged 19) Youth system
38 Ariza Makukula Portugal ST (1981-03-04)04 March 1981 (aged 26) Sevilla

Transfers in[edit]

Entry date Position No. Player From club Fee Ref
29 March 2007 LW 16 Portugal Fábio Coentrão Portugal Rio Ave Undisclosed [65]
19 May 2007 CB 17 Ivory Coast Marc Zoro Italy Messina Free [66]
30 May 2007 CB 23 Brazil David Luiz Brazil Vitória Undisclosed [67]
21 June 2007 ST 7 Paraguay Óscar Cardozo Argentina Newell's Old Boys 9.1M [68]
22 June 2007 FW 19 Argentina Bergessio Argentina Racing Club Undisclosed (~2.5M) [69]
29 June 2007 CB - Serbia Sretenović Serbia FK Rad Undisclosed [70]
17 July 2007 GK 24 Germany Butt Germany Bayer Leverkusen Free [71]
27 July 2007 LW 20 Argentina Ángel Di María Argentina Rosario Central 6M [72]
27 July 2007 CM 15 Argentina Díaz Argentina Rosario Central Free [73]
30 July 2007 AM 30 United States Freddy Adu United States Real Salt Lake Undisclosed (~1.5M) [74]
2 August 2007 RB 2 Portugal Luís Filipe Portugal Braga Undisclosed (~0.5M) [75]
2 August 2007 ST - Brazil Jaílson Brazil Corinthians Undisclosed [76]
10 August 2007 DM 18 Cameroon Binya Algeria MC Oran Undisclosed [77]
26 August 2007 RW 14 Uruguay Maxi Pereira Uruguay Defensor Sporting 3M [78]
26 august 2007 LW 26 Uruguay Rodríguez France Paris SG Loan [79]
30 August 2007 CB 3 Brazil Edcarlos Brazil São Paulo Undisclosed (~1.8M) [80]
14 January 2008 LB 33 Romania László Sepsi Romania Gloria Bistrița Undisclosed (~1.8M) [81]
30 January 2008 ST 38 Portugal Ariza Makukula Spain Sevilla Undisclosed (~4M) [82]
30 January 2008 CB - Algeria Halliche Algeria NA Hussein Dey Undisclosed (~0.3M) [83]

Transfer Out[edit]

Entry date Position No. Player From club Fee Ref
18 May 2007 LW 23 Brazil Manduca Greece AEK Athens Undisclosed(~0.8M) [84]
2 June 2007 CB 2 Portugal Amoreirinha Romania CFR Cluj Undisclosed (~1M) [85]
5 June 2007 CM 28 Portugal João Coimbra Portugal Nacional Loan [86]
5 June 2007 GK 43 Portugal Rui Nereu Portugal Académica Undisclosed [87]
11 June 2007 CM 16 Brazil Beto Switzerland Sion Undisclosed [88]
25 June 2007 ST 27 Brazil Derlei Russia Dynamo Moscow Loan return [89]
1 July 2007 LW 28 Portugal Hélio Roque Cyprus AEL Free [90]
2 July 2007 LB 36 Portugal Tiago Gomes Poland Zagłębie Lubin Loan [91]
3 July 2007 AM 26 Greece Karagounis Greece Panathinaikos Free [92]
5 July 2007 FW 30 Italy Miccoli Italy Juventus Loan return [93]
13 July 2007 GK 31 Brazil Marcelo Moretto Greece AEK Athens Loan [94]
14 July 2007 RW/LW 7 Portugal Carlitos Switzerland FC Basel Undisclosed(~1.5M) [95]
20 July 2007 ST 19 Brazil Marcel Brazil Grêmio Loan [96]
20 July 2007 RB 2 Portugal Pedro Correia Portugal Olhanense Loan [97]
21 July 2007 RW 15 Portugal Paulo Jorge Spain Málaga Loan [98]
26 July 2007 LW 20 Portugal Simão Sabrosa Spain Atlético Madrid 20M [99]
31 July 2007 LW - Portugal José Fonte England Crystal Palace Loan [100]
2 August 2007 ST - Brazil Jaílson Portugal Braga Loan [101]
23 August 2007 CB - Serbia Sretenović Poland Zagłębie Lubin Loan [102]
24 August 2007 CB 3 Brazil Anderson France Lyon 4M [103]
25 August 2007 ST 22 Norway Karadas Norway SK Brann Undisclosed (~0.35M) [104]
27 August 2007 CM 37 Portugal Manuel Fernandes Spain Valencia CF 18M [105]
28 August 2007 RW 18 Portugal Manú Greece AEK Athens Loan [106]
31 August 2007 RW 7 Portugal Marco Ferreira England Leicester City Loan [107]
3 December 2007 AM 19 Russia Karyaka Russia Saturn Ramenskoye Undisclosed (~3M) [108]
2 January 2008 LB 11 Portugal Miguelito Portugal Braga Loan [109]
2 January 2008 LW 16 Portugal Fábio Coentrão Portugal Nacional Loan [110]
6 January 2008 CB 28 Portugal Miguel Vítor Portugal Desportivo de Aves Loan [111]
6 January 2008 DM 32 Portugal Romeu Ribeiro Portugal Desportivo de Aves Loan [112]
6 January 2008 CB 27 China Yu Dabao Portugal Desportivo de Aves Loan [113]
6 January 2008 CM 15 Argentina Andrés Díaz Argentina Banfield Loan [114]
11 January 2008 RW 7 Portugal Marco Ferreira Portugal Belenenses Loan [115]
11 January 2008 AM 34 Brazil Diego de Souza Brazil Palmeiras Undisclosed (~3.75M) [116]
11 January 2008 ST 19 Brazil Marcel Brazil Cruzeiro Loan [117]
28 January 2008 GK 31 Portugal Bruno Costa Romania Otopeni Loan [118]
30 January 2008 LB 50 Portugal Rúben Lima Portugal Desportivo de Aves Loan [119]
1 February 2008 CB - Algeria Halliche Portugal Nacional Loan [120]
6 February 2008 FW 19 Argentina Bergessio Argentina San Lorenzo Undisclosed [121]

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 2 2 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 [122] 50 22 17 11 73 44 +29 44.00

Squad, appearances and goals[edit]

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

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