2011–12 S.L. Benfica season

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Benfica
2011–12 season
President Luís Filipe Vieira
Head coach Jorge Jesus
Stadium Estádio da Luz
Primeira Liga 2nd
Taça de Portugal Fifth round
Taça da Liga Winners
UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Óscar Cardozo (20)
All:
Óscar Cardozo (28)
Highest home attendance 63,822 vs Manchester United
(14 September 2011)
Lowest home attendance 14,453 vs Santa Clara
(18 January 2012)
Average home league attendance 42,530[1]
Home colours
Away colours

The 2011–12 season was Sport Lisboa e Benfica's 108th season in existence and the club's 78th consecutive season in the top flight of Portuguese football. It involved Benfica competing in the Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, Taça da Liga and the UEFA Champions League. Benfica qualified for the Champions League by finishing 2nd in the previous Primeira Liga.

In Jesus' third season at the helm of the club, he tried to implement a more balanced system, with Axel Witsel replacing Aimar as a more central midfielder, with Aimar pushed as to second striker role, to give more defensive support than Saviola. Gaitán, now with one year of Europe, was moved to the right, and Bruno César and Nolito alternated on the left. Rodrigo eventually gained his space in starting eleven, and replaced Aimar.[2][3][4]

Although a more successful season than the previous, including winning his UEFA Champions League group, reaching quarter-finals, and leading the Primeira Liga with a 5 point advantage, Benfica only won their fourth League Cup trophy, against Gil Vicente.[5][6][7]

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
Head-to-head
1 Porto (C) 30 23 6 1 69 19 +50 75 2012–13 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Benfica 30 21 6 3 66 27 +39 69
3 Braga 30 19 5 6 59 29 +30 62 2012–13 UEFA Champions League play-off round

Updated to games played on 12 May 2012.
Source: LPFP
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 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 H A H A H A H A H A H H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A
Result D W W W W D W W W D W W W W W W W W L D L W W D W L W D W W
Position 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2

Last updated: 19 May 2013.
Source: FootballPortugal.net
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Taça de Portugal[edit]

Taça da Liga[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Knockout phase[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Third qualifying round[edit]

Play-off round[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group C
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Portugal Benfica 6 3 3 0 8 4 +4 12
Switzerland Basel 6 3 2 1 11 10 +1 11
England Manchester United 6 2 3 1 11 8 +3 9
Romania Oțelul Galați 6 0 0 6 3 11 −8 0

Knockout phase[edit]

Round of 16[edit]
Quarter-finals[edit]

Overall record[edit]

Competition First match Last match Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win % Source
Primeira Liga 12 August 2011 12 May 2012 30 21 6 3 66 27 +39 70.00
Portuguese Cup 14 October 2011 2 December 2011 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 66.67
Portuguese League Cup 3 January 2012 14 April 2012 5 5 0 0 14 4 +10 100.000
UEFA Champions League 27 July 2011 4 April 2012 14 6 5 3 21 14 +7 42.86
Total [19] 52 34 11 7 105 47 +58 65.38

Player information[edit]

Squad, appearances and goals[edit]

As of 7 December 2012.
No. Pos Nat Player Total Primeira Liga Portuguese Cup League Cup Champions League
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK Brazil Artur 47 -43 29 -26 0 0 4 -3 14 -14
39 GK Portugal Mika 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
47 GK Portugal Eduardo 9 -7 1 -1 3 -2 5 -4 0 0
Defenders
14 DF Uruguay Maxi Pereira 43 3 25 0 1 0 4 1 13 2
22 DF Portugal André Almeida 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
4 DF Brazil Luisão 41 2 25 1 2 0 2 0 12 1
33 DF Brazil Jardel 18 0 10 0 1 0 4 0 3 0
24 DF Argentina Ezequiel Garay 41 2 24 2 3 0 3 0 11 0
27 DF Portugal Miguel Vítor 10 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 4 0
38 DF Spain Joan Capdevila 12 0 5 0 2 0 4 0 1 0
3 DF Brazil Emerson 39 0 24 0 1 0 1 0 13 0
36 DF Portugal Luís Martins 5 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Midfielders
6 MF Spain Javi García 39 2 22 1 1 0 4 0 12 1
21 DF Serbia Nemanja Matić 30 1 16 1 2 0 2 0 10 0
5 MF Portugal Rúben Amorim 14 0 6 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
10 MF Argentina Pablo Aimar 42 3 24 2 2 0 4 0 12 1
28 MF Belgium Axel Witsel 49 5 29 1 2 0 4 2 14 2
35 MF Argentina Enzo Pérez 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
26 FW Portugal David Simão 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
37 MF Portugal Rúben Pinto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 MF Brazil Bruno César 44 13 26 10 2 1 4 0 12 2
12 FW Portugal Yannick Djaló 5 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
20 MF Argentina Nicolás Gaitán 44 4 25 3 1 0 4 0 14 1
9 MF Spain Nolito 48 15 29 11 3 0 4 1 12 3
Strikers
7 FW Paraguay Óscar Cardozo 45 28 29 20 0 0 4 3 12 5
11 FW Argentina Franco Jara 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
16 FW Portugal Nélson Oliveira 22 3 12 0 3 0 5 2 2 1
19 FW Spain Rodrigo 38 16 22 9 3 2 4 4 9 1
30 FW Argentina Javier Saviola 31 6 18 4 2 1 5 1 6 0
22 FW Uruguay Rodrigo Mora 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Summer[edit]

No. Pos. Name Age Moving From Type of Transfer Contract Ends Transfer fee Source Notes
1 GK Brazil Artur 30 Portugal Braga Transfer 2016 Free N/A
28 MF Belgium Axel Witsel 22 Belgium Standard Liège Transfer 2017 €6,500,000 N/A
24 DF Argentina Garay 24 Spain Real Madrid Transfer 2016 €5,500,000 N/A
8 MF Brazil Bruno César 22 Brazil Corinthians Transfer 2016 €5,300,000 N/A
21 MF Serbia Nemanja Matić 22 England Chelsea F.C. Transfer 2016 Free N/A Transfer of David Luiz
35 MF Argentina Enzo Pérez 25 Argentina Estudiantes (LP) Transfer 2016 €5,500,000 N/A
3 DF Brazil Emerson 25 France Lille Transfer 2015 €2,000,000 N/A
38 DF Spain Joan Capdevila 33 Spain Villarreal Transfer 2013 €1,000,000 N/A
39 GK Portugal Mika 20 Portugal U.D. Leiria Transfer 2016 €500,000 N/A
# DF Paraguay Melgarejo 20 Paraguay Independiente FBC Transfer 2015 €750,000 N/A
9 MF Brazil Nolito 24 Spain Barcelona B Transfer 2016 Free N/A
34 DF Portugal André Almeida 20 Portugal Belenenses Transfer 2016 Free N/A
22 FW Uruguay Rodrigo Mora 23 Uruguay Defensor Transfer 2015 Free N/A
47 GK Portugal Eduardo 28 Italy Genoa Loan 2012 Free N/A
# MF Portugal Nuno Coelho 23 Portugal Académica Transfer 2014 Free N/A
# DF Denmark Daniel Wass 22 Denmark Brøndby Transfer 2015 Free N/A
36 DF Portugal Luis Martins 19 Portugal S.L. Benfica Juniors Promoted 2016 Free N/A
37 MF Portugal Rúben Pinto 19 Portugal S.L. Benfica Juniors Promoted 2015 Free N/A
26 MF Portugal David Simão 21 Portugal Paços Ferreira Loan Return 2015 Free N/A
# DF Ivory Coast Marco Zoro 27 Romania Universitatea Craiova Loan Return 2012 Free N/A
# DF Argentina José Shaffer 24 Argentina Banfield Loan Return 2013 Free N/A
# FW Uruguay Urreta 21 Uruguay Peñarol Loan Return 2013 Free N/A
# FW United States Freddy Adu 22 Turkey Çaykur Rizespor Loan Return 2012 Free N/A
# FW Equatorial Guinea Javier Balboa 26 Spain Albacete Loan Return 2012 Free N/A
# FW Brazil Marcel 29 Brazil Vasco da Gama Loan Return 2011 Free N/A
# FW Ghana Yartey 21 Portugal Beira Mar Loan Return 2013 Free N/A
# GK Slovenia Jan Oblak 18 Portugal S.C. Olhanense Loan Return 2015 Free N/A
3 DF Portugal Fábio Faria 22 Spain Real Valladolid Loan Return 2014 Free N/A
# DF Portugal Abel Pereira 22 Portugal Gondomar S.C. Loan Return 2013 Free
# FW Portugal Evandro Brandão 20 Portugal Gondomar S.C. Loan Return 2013 Free N/A
# FW Portugal Hélio Vaz 20 Portugal Casa Pia Loan Return 2012 Free
# DF Algeria Hassan Yebda 27 Italy Napoli Loan Return 2013 Free N/A
# FW Spain Rodrigo 20 England Bolton Loan Return 2016 Free N/A
# FW Portugal Nélson Oliveira 19 Portugal Paços Ferreira Loan Return 2018 Free N/A
# FW Portugal José Coelho 21 Portugal C.D. Fátima Loan Return 2012 Free N/A
# FW Portugal Ivan Santos 22 Portugal S.C. Espinho Loan Return 2012 Free N/A
# FW Portugal André Carvalhas 22 Portugal C.D. Fátima Loan Return 2012 Free N/A
# MF Portugal Miguel Rosa 22 Portugal C.F. Os Belenenses Loan Return 2015 Free N/A
# MF Portugal Lassana Camará 19 Switzerland Servette FC Loan Return 2013 Free N/A
# FW Portugal André Soares 21 Switzerland Servette FC Loan Return 2013 Free N/A
# MF Portugal Leandro Pimenta 20 Portugal C.D. Fátima Loan Return 2013 Free N/A
# DF Portugal Mário Rui 20 Portugal C.D. Fátima Loan Return 2013 Free N/A
# DF Portugal Miguel Vitor 22 England Leicester City Loan Return 2012 Free N/A
# DF Portugal Jorge Ribeiro 29 Portugal Vitória Guimarães Loan Return 2012 Free N/A

Winter[edit]

No. Pos. Name Age Moving From Type of Transfer Contract Ends Transfer fee Notes Source
12 MF Portugal Yannick Djaló 25 - Transfer 2015 Free N/A
34 DF Portugal André Almeida 21 Portugal Leiria Loan Return 2015 Free N/A

Spend : Decrease €27,050,000

Out[edit]

Summer[edit]

No. Pos. Name Age Moving to Type of transfer Transfer fee Source
18 DF Portugal Fábio Coentrão 23 Spain Real Madrid Transfer €30,000,000 N/A
12 GK Argentina Roberto 25 Spain Zaragoza Transfer €8,600,000 CMVM
1 GK Portugal José Moreira 29 England Swansea City Transfer €850,000 N/A
21 FW Portugal Nuno Gomes 34 Portugal Braga Transfer Free N/A
22 DF Brazil Luis Filipe 32 Portugal Olhanense Transfer Free N/A
# DF Ivory Coast Marco Zoro 27 - Contract Terminated Free N/A
# FW United States Freddy Adu 22 United States Philadelphia Union Transfer Free N/A
# FW Brazil Marcel 29 South Korea Suwon Bluewings Transfer Free N/A
# FW Brazil Weldon 30 Romania CFR Cluj Transfer Free N/A
# DF Portugal Abel Pereira 22 Cyprus Doxa Transfer Free N/A
# FW Portugal Evandro Brandão 20 Hungary Videoton FC Transfer Free N/A
# DF Algeria Hassan Yebda 27 Spain Granada CF Transfer Free N/A
# DF Portugal Jorge Ribeiro 29 Spain Granada CF Transfer Free N/A
# FW Portugal Ivan Santos 22 Portugal U.D. Oliveirense Transfer Free N/A
# FW Portugal André Carvalhas 22 Portugal Trofense Transfer Free N/A
# MF Portugal Lassana Camará 19 Spain Real Valladolid Transfer Free N/A
# FW Portugal André Soares 21 Portugal Marítimo B Transfer Free N/A
# DF Portugal Mário Rui 20 Italy Parma Transfer Free N/A
# FW Equatorial Guinea Javier Balboa 26 Portugal Beira Mar Transfer Free N/A
24 DF France Lionel Carole 20 France Sedan Loan Free N/A
# DF Denmark Daniel Wass 22 France Évian Loan Free N/A
# MF Argentina Fernández 23 Argentina Estudiantes Loan Free N/A
# DF Paraguay Melgarejo 20 Portugal Paços de Ferreira Loan Free N/A
# DF Portugal Fábio Faria 22 Portugal Paços de Ferreira Loan Free N/A
# MF Portugal Nuno Coelho 23 Portugal Beira Mar Loan Free N/A
34 DF Portugal André Almeida 20 Portugal Leiria Loan Free N/A
# DF Argentina José Shaffer 24 Portugal Leiria Loan Free N/A
# MF Brazil Elvis 20 Portugal Leiria Loan Free N/A
# GK Slovenia Jan Oblak 18 Portugal Leiria Loan Free N/A
# FW Uruguay Urreta 21 Portugal Vitória Guimarães Loan Free N/A
# FW Portugal Hélio Vaz 20 Portugal Atlético Loan Free N/A
# FW Portugal José Coelho 21 Portugal Atlético Loan Free N/A
# MF Portugal Leandro Pimenta 20 Portugal Atlético Loan Free N/A
# MF Portugal Miguel Rosa 22 Portugal C.F. Os Belenenses Loan Free N/A
# FW Argentina Franco Jara 22 Spain Granada CF Loan €400,000 N/A
# MF Portugal Carlos Martins 29 Spain Granada CF Loan €500,000 N/A
# GK Brazil Júlio César 24 Spain Granada CF Loan Free N/A
# DF Brazil Sidnei 21 Turkey Beşiktaş Loan €200,000 N/A
# MF Brazil Airton 21 Brazil Flamengo Loan €300,000 N/A
# FW Brazil Alan Kardec 22 Brazil Santos FC Loan Free N/A
# FW Ghana Ishmael Yartey 21 Switzerland Servette Loan Free N/A
# DF Portugal Roderick Miranda 20 Switzerland Servette Loan Free N/A
# MF Argentina Eduardo Salvio 20 Spain Atlético Madrid Loan Return Free N/A

Winter[edit]

No. Pos. Name Age Moving to Type of transfer Transfer fee Source
25 DF Portugal César Peixoto 31 Portugal Gil Vicente Transfer Free N/A
# FW Portugal José Coelho 21 Moldova Sheriff Transfer Free N/A
5 MF Portugal Rúben Amorim 26 Portugal Braga Loan Free N/A
35 MF Argentina Enzo Pérez 25 Argentina Estudiantes (LP) Loan €300,000 N/A
22 FW Uruguay Rodrigo Mora 24 Uruguay Peñarol Loan Free N/A
26 MF Portugal David Simão 21 Portugal Académica Loan Free N/A
# DF Portugal Fábio Faria 22 Portugal Rio Ave Loan Free N/A
Transfer income: Increase €41,150,000

Overall transfer activity[edit]

References[edit]

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