2012–13 S.L. Benfica season

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Benfica
2012–13 season
President Luís Filipe Vieira
Manager Jorge Jesus
Stadium Estádio da Luz
Primeira Liga 2nd
Taça de Portugal Runners-up
Taça da Liga Semi-finals
Champions League Group stage (3rd)
Europa League Runners-up
Top goalscorer League: Lima (20)
All: Óscar Cardozo (33)
Highest home attendance 63,847 vs Barcelona
(2 October 2012)
Lowest home attendance 13,872 vs Académica
(9 January 2013)
Average home league attendance 42,359[1]
Home colours
Away colours

The 2012–13 season was Sport Lisboa e Benfica's 109th season in existence and the club's 79th 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 group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Benfica qualified for the Champions League by coming second in the previous Primeira Liga.

In May, Benfica could have enjoyed a treble if they could win the UEFA Europa League, maintain their lead in the Primeira Liga and win the Taça de Portugal. In the league, they lost against Porto after conceding a 90th minute goal and despite a win in their last match, they could not prevent their rivals from winning the title. Afterwards, they lost the UEFA Europa League final against European champions Chelsea (2–1) when Branislav Ivanović headed in an injury-time winner. In the Taça de Portugal, Benfica reached the final for the first time since 2004–05 Taça de Portugal but lost to Vitória Guimarães, conceding two goals in 2 minutes. The Taça da Liga ended at the semi-finals, preventing Benfica for winning their fifth league cup in a row. In the UEFA Champions League, Benfica finished with 10 points, behind Barcelona and Celtic, and was relegated to the UEFA Europa League where they reached the club's ninth European final and first since the 1990 European Cup Final.

Review and events[edit]

In manager Jorge Jesus' fourth year with the club, starting midfielders Javi García and Axel Witsel were sold to Manchester City for €23 million and Zenit Saint Petersburg for €40 million, respectively; Nemanja Matić and Enzo Pérez replaced the duo in the regular starting lineup. Striker Javier Saviola's contract was mutually terminated, where he then joined Málaga CF of the Spanish La Liga on a free transfer. Starting left-back Emerson was also sold, joining Turkish club Trabzonspor for a transfer fee of €1.6 million. Other notable outgoing transfers included left-back and former Spanish international Joan Capdevila to RCD Espanyol for €500,000, the loaning of longtime Benfica midfielder Rúben Amorim to Braga, and the loaning of Portuguese international striker Nélson Oliveira to Deportivo de La Coruña. In the winter transfer window, winger Nolito was loaned to Granada CF.

On the right wing, Eduardo Salvio, on loan with Benfica for the 2010–11 season from Atlético Madrid, returned to regain his place after the club paid Atlético €13.5 million for his services. Ola John, part of the FC Twente squad that faced Benfica the year before in UEFA Champions League qualifying, was also purchased for a fee of €9 million, providing Jesus with another option on the left wing behind Nicolás Gaitán, now back on the left wing. Benfica then added striker Lima from Braga, who quickly established himself as a starting striker alongside Óscar Cardozo, relegating Rodrigo to the bench.[2][3]

For the upcoming season, Benfica also signed depth players Paulo Lopes from Feirense, Luisinho from Paços de Ferreira, Michel from Braga, and Hugo Vieira from Gil Vicente, who was immediately loaned out to Sporting de Gijón. Returning from loan were Lorenzo Melgarejo from Paços de Ferreira, Carlos Martins from Granada, Enzo Pérez from Estudiantes de La Plata, and Alan Kardec from Santos FC.[4]

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) 30 24 6 0 70 14 +56 78 2013–14 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 S.L. Benfica 30 24 5 1 77 20 +57 77
3 Paços de Ferreira 30 14 12 4 42 29 +13 54 2013–14 UEFA Champions League Play-off round

Updated to games played on 19 May 2013.
Source: LPFP (Portuguese)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head away goals scored; 5th goal difference; 6th number of matches won; 7th 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 24 5 1 77 20 +57 77 12 3 0 42 9 +33 12 2 1 35 11 +24

Last updated: 19 May 2013.
Source: lpfp.pt and League matches

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 H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A A H A H H A H A H A H A H A H
Result D W W D W W W W W W W W W D W W W D W W W W W W W W W D L W
Position 5 1 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2

Last updated: 19 May 2013.
Source: LPFP
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]

Group D
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Benfica 3 2 1 0 6 4 +2 7
Moreirense 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
Académica 3 0 2 1 4 5 –1 2
Olhanense 3 0 2 1 1 2 –1 2

Knockout phase[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Group G
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Barcelona 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 13
Scotland Celtic 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 10
Portugal Benfica 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8
Russia Spartak Moscow 6 1 0 5 7 14 −7 3

UEFA Europa League[edit]

Knockout phase[edit]

Round of 32[edit]
Round of 16[edit]
Quarter-finals[edit]
Semi-finals[edit]
Final[edit]

Overall record[edit]

As of 26 May 2013

Competition First match Last match Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win % Source
Primeira Liga 18 August 2012[14] 19 May 2013[14] 30 24 5 1 77 20 +57 80.00 [15]
Taça de Portugal 18 October 2012[14] 26 May 2013[14] 7 5 1 1 20 3 +17 71.43 [14]
Taça da Liga 19 December 2012 27 February 2013 4 2 2 0 6 4 +2 50.00 Taça da Liga results
Champions League 19 September 2012[14] 5 December 2012[14] 6 2 2 2 5 5 +0 33.33 [14]
Europa League 14 February 2013[14] 15 May 2013[14] 9 6 1 2 15 9 +6 66.67 [14]
Total 56 39 11 6 123 41 +82 69.64

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

As of 26 May 2013.
No. Pos Nat Player Total Primeira Liga Portuguese Cup League Cup Europe2
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK Brazil Artur 50 0 30 0 4 0 1 0 15 0
13 GK Portugal Paulo Lopes 5 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0
64 GK Brazil Júlio Cesar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Defenders
14 DF Uruguay Maxi Pereira 41 3 28 3 4 0 1 0 8 0
4 DF Brazil Luisão 33 1 18 1 5 0 1 0 9 0
24 DF Argentina Ezequiel Garay 46 2 27 1 4 0 1 0 14 1
33 DF Brazil Jardel 34 0 16 0 4 0 4 0 10 0
27 DF Portugal Miguel Vítor 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 DF Portugal Roderick Miranda 7 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 3 0
25 DF Paraguay Lorenzo Melgarejo 40 2 21 2 3 0 2 0 14 0
5 DF Portugal Luisinho 10 1 5 1 3 0 2 0 0 0
75 DF Brazil Sidnei 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Midfielders
21 MF Serbia Nemanja Matić 47 5 26 3 7 1 1 0 13 1
34 DF Portugal André Almeida 34 0 14 0 5 0 3 0 12 0
20 MF Argentina Nicolás Gaitán 44 5 23 3 6 1 2 0 13 1
15 MF Netherlands Ola John 42 4 22 0 4 2 4 0 12 2
10 MF Argentina Pablo Aimar 21 0 13 0 3 0 2 0 3 0
17 MF Portugal Carlos Martins 22 0 13 0 2 0 2 0 5 0
18 MF Argentina Eduardo Salvio 51 13 29 10 6 2 3 0 13 1
35 MF Argentina Enzo Pérez 47 4 28 4 3 0 3 0 13 0
89 MF Portugal André Gomes 18 2 7 1 4 1 2 0 5 0
23 MF Uruguay Urreta 8 1 4 1 1 0 1 0 2 0
Strikers
7 FW Paraguay Óscar Cardozo 47 33 25 17 6 6 2 1 14 9
19 FW Spain Rodrigo 39 11 20 7 6 2 3 1 10 1
31 FW Brazil Alan Kardec 5 1 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 0
11 FW Brazil Lima 49 30 27 20 7 5 3 3 12 2
No longer at club1
6 MF Spain Javi García 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 MF Belgium Axel Witsel 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 FW Portugal Yannick Djaló 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 MF Brazil Bruno César 15 0 6 0 3 0 2 0 4 0
9 MF Spain Nolito 15 1 6 1 3 0 3 0 3 0
30 FW Argentina Javier Saviola 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 FW Brazil Michel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

No. Pos. Name Age EU Moving from Type Transfer Window Contract ends Transfer fee Sources
13 GK Portugal Paulo Lopes 34 Yes Portugal Gil Vicente Transfer Summer 2014 Free [4]
5 DF Portugal Luisinho 27 Yes Portugal Paços de Ferreira Transfer Summer 2016 Undisclosed [2]
25 DF Paraguay Lorenzo Melgarejo 21 No Portugal Paços de Ferreira Loan return Summer 2016 - [3]
17 MF Portugal Carlos Martins 30 Yes Spain Granada Loan return Summer 2016 - [4]
15 MF Netherlands Ola John 21 Yes Netherlands Twente Transfer Summer 2018 Undisclosed [5]
18 MF Argentina Eduardo Salvio 22 No Spain Atlético Madrid Transfer Summer 2018 Undisclosed [6]
35 MF Argentina Enzo Pérez 27 No Argentina Estudiantes Loan return Summer 2016 - [7]
31 FW Brazil Alan Kardec 23 No Brazil Santos Loan return Summer 2015 - [8]
40 FW Brazil Michel 25 No Portugal Paços de Ferreira Transfer Summer 2017 Undisclosed [9]
70 FW Portugal Hugo Vieira 23 Yes Portugal Gil Vicente Transfer Summer 2016 Undisclosed [10]
11 FW Brazil Lima 29 No Portugal Braga Transfer Summer 2016 Undisclosed [11]
3 DF Portugal Roderick Miranda 21 Yes Spain Deportivo La Coruña Loan return Winter 2018 - [12]

Out[edit]

No. Pos. Name Age EU Moving to Type Transfer Window Transfer fee Sources
- DF Brazil Emerson 27 No Turkey Trabzonspor Transfer Summer €1.6M [13]
- DF Denmark Daniel Wass 23 Yes France Evian Transfer Summer €1M [14]
- MF Brazil Fellipe Bastos 23 No Brazil Vasco da Gama Transfer Summer €0.3M [15]
- MF Spain Javi García 25 Yes England Manchester City Transfer Summer €20M + €3M in add-ons [16]
- MF Belgium Axel Witsel 23 Yes Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg Transfer Summer €40M [17]
- MF Ghana Ishmael Yartey 22 No France Sochaux Transfer Summer €1.5M [18]
- FW Brazil Éder Luís 27 No Brazil Vasco da Gama Transfer Summer €3M [19]
- FW Spain Joan Capdevila 34 Yes Spain Espanyol Transfer Summer €0.5M [20]
- FW Portugal Hélio Vaz 23 Yes Portugal União de Leiria Transfer Summer Free [21]
- FW Argentina Javier Saviola 30 Yes Spain Málaga Transfer Summer Free [22]
- GK Slovenia Jan Oblak 19 Yes Portugal Rio Ave Loan Summer - [23]
- DF Portugal Roderick Miranda 20 Yes Spain Deportivo La Coruña Loan Summer - [24]
- DF Brazil Léo Kanu 24 No Brazil Ponte Preta Loan Summer - [25]
- MF Brazil Airton 24 No Brazil Flamengo Loan Summer - [26]
- MF Portugal Rúben Amorim 26 Yes Portugal Braga Loan Winter - [27]
- MF Brazil Felipe Menezes 24 No Brazil Sport Recife Loan Summer - [28]
- MF Brazil Diego Lopes 18 No Portugal Rio Ave Loan Summer - [29]
- MF Portugal David Simão 23 Yes Portugal Marítimo Loan Summer - [30]
- MF Portugal Nuno Coelho 24 Yes Greece Aris Loan Summer - [31]
- FW Portugal Nélson Oliveira 21 Yes Spain Deportivo La Coruña Loan Summer - [32]
- FW Argentina Franco Jara 24 No Argentina San Lorenzo Loan Summer - [33]
- FW Uruguay Rodrigo Mora 25 No Argentina River Plate Loan Summer - [34]
- FW Portugal Hugo Vieira 24 Yes Spain Sporting de Gijón Loan Summer - [35]
- FW Portugal Yannick Djaló 26 Yes France Toulouse Loan Summer - [36]
- FW Argentina José Luis Fernández 26 No Portugal Olhanense Loan Summer - [37]
- FW Brazil Michel 26 No Portugal Braga Loan Summer - [38]
- GK Portugal Eduardo 30 Yes Italy Genoa Loan return Summer - [39]
- FW Argentina José Luis Fernández 26 No Argentina Godoy Cruz Loan Winter - [40]
- DF Brazil Léo Kanu 25 No Brazil Grêmio Osasco Loan Winter - [41]
8 MF Brazil Bruno César 24 No Saudi Arabia Al-Ahli SC Transfer Winter €5M [42]
- FW Portugal Hugo Vieira 24 Yes Portugal Gil Vicente Loan Winter - [43]
- FW Spain Nolito 26 Yes Spain Granada Loan Winter €0.6M [44]
- MF Brazil Airton 24 No Brazil Internacional Loan Winter - [45]
- DF Portugal Fábio Faria 24 Yes - Career termination - - [46]

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