2014–15 S.L. Benfica season

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Benfica
2014–15 season
President Luís Filipe Vieira
Manager Jorge Jesus
Stadium Estádio da Luz
Primeira Liga 1st
Taça de Portugal Fifth round
Taça da Liga Final
Supertaça Winners
Champions League Group stage (4th)
Top goalscorer League: Jonas (18)[1]
All: Jonas (28)
Highest home attendance 63,534[2] vs Porto
(26 April 2015)
Lowest home attendance 11,955 vs Arouca
(14 January 2015)
Average home league attendance 47,775[3]
Home colours
Away colours

The 2014–15 season is Sport Lisboa e Benfica's 111th season in existence and the club's 81st consecutive season in the top flight of Portuguese football.

Season overview[edit]

July[edit]

In the 111th season, manager Jorge Jesus started his sixth consecutive season at Benfica, for the first time in the last 60 years, since János Biri. The president Luís Filipe Vieira started his eleventh consecutive season.

After winning an historic treble, Benfica lost many players of the starting eleven. Nemanja Matić had moved to Chelsea on 15 January 2014.[4] Guilherme Siqueira had returned to Granada in June.[5] On 25 June, Ezequiel Garay had moved to Zenit.[6] Rodrigo's and André Gomes' economic rights had been sold to an investment firm on 31 January;[7][8] in July they moved to Valencia. On 15 July, Lazar Marković moved to Liverpool.[9][10] The next day, Jan Oblak moved to Atlético Madrid.[11][12]

August[edit]

On 4 August, after seven seasons, Benfica's ninth all-time top scorer Óscar Cardozo moved to Trabzonspor.[13]

On 10 August, Benfica won its fifth Supercup, beating Rio Ave 3–2 on penalties after a goalless draw. A severely remodeled squad, only presented seven starters of the Portuguese Cup final played just two months earlier: Luisão, Maxi Pereira, Rúben Amorim, Eduardo Salvio, Enzo Pérez, Nicolás Gaitán, and Lima. The new players Talisca, Derley, Eliseu, and Bebé made their official debut for Benfica. Benfica dominated throughout the match but was unable to score on multiple occasions, finally beating Rio Ave on penalties, after Artur defended three of them.[14][15] It was the first time since 2010 that Benfica played the Supercup, winning a previous one in 2005. With this conquest, Benfica became the only Portuguese club to have won all four domestic titles in a year.

On 17 August, in the league's first day, Benfica beat Paços de Ferreira (2–0) with goals from Maxi Pereira and Salvio, with Artur saving a penalty in the 10th minute.[16] Additionally, Benfica won the first matchday ten years later; the first with Jorge Jesus and the second during the ten-year term of Luís Filipe Vieira. On 19 August, Júlio César joined Benfica. On 22 August, Benfica signed Andreas Samaris.[17] On 24 August, Benfica won at Boavista with a strike by Eliseu from 25 meters out.[18] During the match, played in an artificial turf, Rúben Amorim got severely injured,[19] with news in next day reporting an anterior cruciate ligament injury.[20] On 31 August, Benfica drew against Sporting CP (1–1). Nicolás Gaitán scored the first goal, while Artur made a mistake which allowed Islam Slimani to tie the match. It was the first league goal for Sporting at the Estádio da Luz since 29 April 2007. It was also the first time in seven seasons that Sporting made any points in a league match against Benfica, while playing as a visitor at the Derby de Lisboa.[21]

September[edit]

On 1 September, Benfica signed Bryan Cristante and extended Sílvio's loan. On 11 September, Benfica signed Jonas. On 12 September, after the early break for the Euro 2016 qualifying, Benfica returned with a 0–5 win at Vitória de Setúbal, with a hat-trick from Anderson Talisca, in his first goals in the Primeira Liga. Furthermore, Samaris and Cristante made their debuts for Benfica, while Ola John scored his first goal in the league.[22] On 16 September, in the first matchday of the Champions League, Benfica lost 0–2 to Zenit. Hulk scored, Artur was sent off for a foul on Danny outside of the box, and former Benfica player Witsel scored the second goal. It was Benfica's first home defeat in 51 matches, and the first home defeat in the Champions League since 2 October 2012.[23][24] On 21 September, Benfica struggled to defeat Moreirense, suffering an early goal from João Pedro in the debut of Júlio César. In the second half, after Marcelo Oliveira was sent off for tackling Talisca, Eliseu scored from 30 meters out; eight minutes later Maxi Pereira untied the match; and in the final minutes Lima scored from penalty kick after being tackled in the box.[25] On 27 September, Benfica won at Estoril (2–3) with two goals from Talisca and one from Lima. Winning 0–2, the Eagles allowed Estoril to tie the match, with goals from Diogo Amado and Kléber, but in an individual effort from Derley, Lima scored the winning goal.[26]

October[edit]

On 1 October, Benfica lost at Bayer Leverkusen (3–1) and remained point-less in the Champions League group stage.[27] Nonetheless, four days later Benfica won 4–0 against Arouca, in the debut of Lisandro, Jonas, and Pizzi, maintaining the lead in Portuguese league.[28] On 18 October, Benfica defeated Covilhã (2–3) with a hat-trick from Jonas in the third round of Taça de Portugal.[29] On 22 October, Benfica drew at Monaco (0–0) and achieved their first point in the Champions League. On 26 October, Benfica lost for the first time in the league, (1–2) at Braga, but kept the first position. On 31 October, Benfica beat Rio Ave (1–0) with a goal from Talisca, who scored his fourth consecutive goal in Primeira Liga.

November[edit]

On 4 November, Benfica beat Monaco with a goal from Talisca and secured the first victory in group stage of Champions League.[30] On 9 November, Benfica won at Nacional (1–2), with goals from Salvio and Jonas, and maintained the lead of Primeira Liga. On 22 November, Benfica advanced to the fifth round of Portuguese Cup by beating Moreirense (4–1), with Jonas and Salvio scoring two goals each. On 26 November, Benfica lost at Zenit (1–0) and were eliminated from European competitions following the Monaco win at Leverkusen. On 30 November, Benfica won at Académica (0–2) with goals from Nicolás Gaitán and Luisão, and kept the first place in the Portuguese league.

December[edit]

On 6 December, Benfica continued leading the Portuguese league by defeating Belenenses (3–0) with goals from Lima, Pérez, and Salvio. On 9 December, Benfica draw with Bayer Leverkusen (0–0). On 14 December, Benfica defeated Porto at the Estádio do Dragão (0–2) with two goals from Lima, securing the first place in Primeira Liga with 6 more points than the second classified Porto. On 18 December, Benfica was eliminated from Taça de Portugal by Braga (1–2). On 21 December, Benfica beat Gil Vicente (1–0) in Primeira Liga with a goal from Nicolás Gaitán. On 30 December, Benfica beat Nacional (1–0) with a header from Jonas in the third round of Taça da Liga, their last match of 2014. Miralem Sulejmani returned after suffering an injury in May 2014.

January[edit]

On 1 January, Nélson Oliveira moved to Swansea City on loan. On 2 January, Enzo Pérez moved to Valencia. On 4 January, Benfica beat Penafiel (0–3) with goals from Talisca, Jonas, and Jardel, achieving 7 consecutive wins in Primeira Liga, thus scoring in every league match since 21 April 2012 (79 matches).[31] Gonçalo Guedes made his debut. On 8 January, Bebé (Tiago) moved to Córdoba on loan. On 10 January, Benfica defeated Vitória de Guimarães (3–0) with goals from Jonas, Ola John and Nicolás Gaitán. Eliseu and Salvio returned after injury, the former was out of competition since 31 October. It was Júlio César's sixth consecutive league match without conceding a goal, in a total of 629 minutes.[32] On 14 January, Benfica beat Arouca (4–0) in the third round of League Cup and became leader of group A with 6 points. Pizzi, Cristante, Salvio, and Jonas scored the goals. Rui Fonte debuted and Sílvio returned after suffering an injury in April 2014. On 18 January, Benfica won at Marítimo (0–4) with goals from Salvio (2), Ola John, and Lima. It was Benfica's ninth consecutive win and seventh match without conceding a goal in Primeira Liga, leading it with 46 points in 17 matches, with an effiency of 90.2%, the best record of the Top 20 leagues in Europe.[33][34] On 21 January, Benfica won at Moreirense (0–2) and secured the first place in League Cup's group A with 9 points, advancing to the semi-finals, without conceding a goal. On 26 January, Benfica lost at Paços de Ferreira (1–0) from a penalty kick in the 90th minute, ending the serie of consecutive wins (9) and clean sheets (7) in the league. Lima failed a penalty kick in the first-half. Despite this, Benfica kept the lead with 6 more points than the second classified which also lost. On 29 January, Jonathan Rodríguez joined Benfica on loan from Peñarol. On 31 January, Benfica beat Boavista (3–0) with goals from Lima, Maxi Pereira, and Jonas.

February[edit]

On 8 February, Benfica drew at Sporting CP (1–1) with a last-minute goal from Jardel in the 94th minute,[35] and continued leading the Primeira Liga with 4 more points than the second classified. On 11 February, Benfica advanced to their sixth Taça da Liga final and second consecutive without conceding a goal, after beating Vitória de Setúbal (3–0) with goals from Talisca, Pizzi, and Jonas. Rúben Amorim returned as a substitute after suffering an injury in August 2014. On 15 February, Benfica beat Vitória de Setúbal (3–0) in Primeira Liga, with goals from Jardel and Lima (2). On 21 February, Benfica won at Moreirense (1–3) with goals from Luisão, Eliseu, and Jonas; and continued leading the Primeira Liga. On 28 February – on the club's 111th anniversary – Benfica thrashed Estoril (6–0) with goals from Luisão, Salvio, Pizzi, Jonas (2), and Lima; and set the league's biggest home win.

March[edit]

On 8 March, Benfica won at Arouca (1–3) with goals from Jonas and Lima (2). On 14 March, Benfica beat Braga (2–0) with goals from Jonas and Eliseu. On 21 March, Benfica lost at Rio Ave (2–1). Salvio scored for the Eagles.

April[edit]

On 4 April, Benfica beat Nacional (3–1) with goals from Jonas (2) and Lima. On 11 April, Benfica defeated Académica (5–1) with Jardel, Jonas (2), Lima, and Fejsa scoring the goals. Fejsa returned to the first-team after an injury in April 2014; Jonathan Rodríguez debuted in Primeira Liga. On 18 April, Benfica won at Belenenses (0–2), with Jonas scoring twice for a third consecutive league match. On 26 April, Benfica drew against Porto (0–0), and kept leading the Primeira Liga, three points ahead. It was the first time since 11 April 2009 that Benfica did not score at home in a league match.

May[edit]

On 2 May, Benfica won at Gil Vicente (0–5) with goals from Maxi Pereira (2), Jonas, Luisão, and Lima. On 9 May, Benfica beat Penafiel (4–0) with goals from Lima (2), Jonas, and Pizzi. On 17 May, Benfica drew at Guimarães (0–0) and became Portuguese champions for a second consecutive time, with one game to spare, three points ahead of Porto, which had drawn at Belenenses.[36][37]

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

N
P
Nat.
Name
Age
EU
Since
App
Goals
Ends
Transfer fee
Notes
1 GK Brazil Artur 34 EU 2011 144 0 2015 Free Second nationality: Italy
2 CB Argentina Lisandro 25 Non-EU 2014 10 0 2018 Undisclosed Second nationality: Spain
4 CB Brazil Luisão (captain) 34 EU 2003 456 44 2017 Undisclosed Second nationality: Portugal
5 DM Serbia Fejsa 26 Non-EU 2013 32 1 2018 Undisclosed
6 DM Portugal R. Amorim (VC) 30 EU 2008 154 6 2017 Undisclosed Originally from the youth system
7 CM Greece Samaris 25 EU 2014 35 0 2019 €10,000,000
8 LW Serbia Sulejmani 26 Non-EU 2013 33 3 2018 Free
9 ST Brazil Derley 27 Non-EU 2014 27 2 2018 Undisclosed
10 AM Argentina Nico Gaitán 27 Non-EU 2010 214 30 2018 €8,400,000
11 ST Brazil Lima 31 EU 2012 142 68 2016 Undisclosed Second nationality: Portugal
13 GK Portugal Paulo Lopes 36 EU 2012 9 0 2015 Free Originally from the youth system
14 RB Uruguay Maxi (VC) 30 Non-EU 2007 331 21 2015 €3,000,000
15 LW Netherlands John 23 EU 2012 86 8 2017 Undisclosed Second nationality: Liberia
17 ST Brazil Jonas 31 EU 2014 33 28 2016 Free Second nationality: Italy
18 RW Argentina Salvio 24 Non-EU 2010 149 38 2017 €13,500,000
19 LB Portugal Eliseu 31 EU 2014 31 4 2016 Undisclosed Second nationality: Cape Verde
20 GK Brazil Júlio César 35 EU 2014 28 0 2016 Free
21 AM Portugal Pizzi 25 EU 2014 29 4 2019 €6,000,000
23 LB Switzerland Benito 23 EU 2014 6 0 2019 Undisclosed Second nationality: Spain
24 MF Italy Cristante 20 EU 2014 15 1 2019 €4,840,000 Second nationality: Canada
25 ST Uruguay J. Rodríguez 21 Non-EU 2015 1 0 2017 €2,000,000 On loan
28 FB Portugal Sílvio 27 EU 2013 24 0 2015 Loan Originally from the youth system
30 AM Brazil A. Talisca 21 Non-EU 2014 42 11 2019 €4,000,000
33 CB Brazil Jardel 29 Non-EU 2011 (Winter) 123 6 2018 Undisclosed
34 DM Portugal A. Almeida 24 EU 2012 95 0 2019 Undisclosed
37 CB Brazil César 22 Non-EU 2014 9 0 2019 Undisclosed
78 ST Portugal G. Guedes 18 EU 2014 8 0 2019 Youth system Promoted from Benfica B
  • Last updated: 17 May 2015
  • Source: S.L. Benfica
  • Ordered by squad number.

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Pos No. Player Age From Ends Fee Ref
20 May 2014 MF 57 Poland Paweł Dawidowicz 19 Poland Lechia Gdańsk 2019 Undisclosed [38]
22 May 2014 FW 79 Austria Kevin Friesenbichler 20 Germany Bayern Munich II 2018 Free [39]
7 June 2014 DF Brazil Djavan 26 Brazil Corinthians Alagoano 2018 Undisclosed [40]
20 June 2014 DF 37 Brazil César 21 Brazil Ponte Preta 2019 Undisclosed [41]
22 June 2014 DF 23 Switzerland Loris Benito 22 Switzerland Zürich 2019 Undisclosed [42]
3 July 2014 MF 50 Portugal Daniel Candeias 26 Portugal Nacional 2019 Free [43]
4 July 2014 DF 42 Brazil Luís Felipe 23 Brazil Palmeiras Free [44]
5 July 2014 MF 30 Brazil Talisca 20 Brazil Bahia 2019 €4,000,000 [45]
8 July 2014 DF Portugal Serginho 20 Portugal Bragança 2019 Free [46]
11 July 2014 FW 31 Brazil Victor Andrade 18 Brazil Santos 2019 Free [47]
16 July 2014 FW 9 Brazil Derley 26 Portugal Marítimo 2018 Undisclosed [48]
24 July 2014 DF 19 Portugal Eliseu 30 Spain Málaga 2016 Undisclosed [49]
25 July 2014 FW 32 Portugal Bebé 24 England Manchester United 2018 Undisclosed [50]
19 August 2014 GK 20 Brazil Júlio César 34 England Queens Park Rangers 2016 Free [51]
22 August 2014 MF 7 Greece Andreas Samaris 25 Greece Olympiacos 2019 €10,000,000 [52]
30 August 2014 FW 96 Angola Dolly Menga 21 Belgium Lierse 2017 Undisclosed [53]
1 September 2014 MF 24 Italy Bryan Cristante 19 Italy Milan 2019 €4,840,000 [54]
1 September 2014 FW 59 Montenegro Oliver Šarkić 17 Belgium Anderlecht Undisclosed [55]
11 September 2014 FW 17 Brazil Jonas 30 Unattached 2016 Free [56]
15 January 2015 MF 27 Germany Hany Mukhtar 19 Germany Hertha Berlin 2020 Undisclosed [57]
29 January 2015 MF 80 Uruguay Elbio Álvarez 20 Uruguay Peñarol Undisclosed [58]
1 February 2015 FW 91 Portugal Flávio Silva 18 Portugal Torreense 2020 Undisclosed [59][60]
4 February 2015 FW Nigeria Jesse Sekidika 18 Portugal AD Oeiras Free [61]
12 February 2015 DF Portugal Alfa Semedo 17 2020 [62]
24 February 2015 FW Portugal Sancidino Silva 20 Unattached 2020 Free [63]

Loan in[edit]

Date Pos No. Player Age From Ends Fee Ref
1 September 2014 DF 28 Portugal Sílvio 26 Spain Atlético Madrid 30 June 2015 Free [64]
29 January 2015 FW 25 Uruguay Jonathan Rodríguez 21 Uruguay Peñarol 30 June 2017 €2,000,000 (40%) [58][65][66]
2 February 2015 DF 79 Russia Vitali Lystsov 19 Portugal União de Leiria 30 June 2015 Free [60][67]
2 February 2015 MF 71 Brazil Carlos David 18 Portugal Vilafranquense 30 June 2015 Free [60][68]
24 February 2015 MF Mozambique Wittiness Quembo 18 Portugal Nacional 30 June 2015 Free [69]

Loan return[edit]

Date Pos Player Age From Ends Ref
2 July 2014 FW Argentina Franco Jara 25 Argentina Estudiantes 2016 [70]
2 July 2014 DF Argentina Lisandro López 24 Spain Getafe 2018 [71]
2 July 2014 MF Argentina Luis Fariña 23 United Arab Emirates Baniyas 2018 [71]
2 July 2014 FW Portugal Nélson Oliveira 22 France Rennes 2018 [72]
2 July 2014 FW Netherlands Ola John 22 Germany Hamburg 2017 [71]
2 July 2014 MF Portugal Pizzi 24 Spain Espanyol 2019 [71]
1 September 2014 FW Brazil Michel 27 Qatar Al-Wakrah [73]
1 September 2014 DF Uruguay Jim Varela 19 Portugal Farense 2018 [74]
1 September 2014 FW Uruguay Juan San Martín 20 Portugal Farense 2018 [74]
1 September 2014 FW Mozambique Clésio Baúque 19 United States Harrisburg City Islanders 2018 [75]
2 December 2014 FW Portugal Yannick Djaló 28 United States San Jose Earthquakes 2016 [76]

Out[edit]

Date Pos No. Player Age Private company Fee Ref
31 January 2014 MF 30 Portugal André Gomes 20 Meriton Capital Limited €10,500,000 (70%) (+ 25%) [7][8]
31 January 2014 FW 19 Spain Rodrigo 22 Meriton Capital Limited €22,800,000 (76%) (+ €10,000,000) [7][8]
FW Paraguay Cláudio Correa Master International FZC Undisclosed [77]
FW Paraguay Derlis González Master International FZC Undisclosed [77]
Date Pos No. Player Age To Fee Ref
6 May 2014 FW Brazil Alan Kardec 25 Brazil São Paulo €2,250,000 (50%) (+ 10%) [78][79]
20 May 2014 FW Paraguay Derlis González 20 Switzerland Basel Undisclosed [77]
6 June 2014 DF 16 Brazil Guilherme Siqueira 28 Spain Granada End of loan [80]
17 June 2014 FW Portugal Filipe Nascimento 19 Portugal Académico de Viseu Free [81]
20 June 2014 GK Brazil Rafael Copetti 23 Brazil Vasco da Gama Undisclosed (50%) [82]
25 June 2014 DF 24 Argentina Ezequiel Garay 27 Russia Zenit €2,400,000 (40%) [83][84]
30 June 2014 DF 96 China Huang Wei 20 Portugal Farense End of contract [85]
30 June 2014 FW 74 Guinea-Bissau Sancidino Silva 20 Unattached End of contract [86]
2 July 2014 DF Cape Verde Rony Santos 19 Portugal Nacional Free [87]
8 July 2014 DF Portugal Rafael Ramos 19 United States Orlando City Undisclosed [88]
8 July 2014 MF Angola Valdomiro Lameira 18 United States Orlando City Undisclosed [88]
14 July 2014 DF Serbia Stefan Mitrović 24 Germany Freiburg €1,175,000 [48]
15 July 2014 MF 50 Serbia Lazar Marković 20 England Liverpool €12,500,000 (50%) [89]
16 July 2014 GK 41 Slovenia Jan Oblak 21 Spain Atlético Madrid €16,000,000 [90]
22 July 2014 FW Paraguay Cláudio Correa 21 Paraguay Sol de América Undisclosed [91]
2 August 2014 DF Brazil Djavan 26 Portugal Braga €1,000,000 [48]
2 August 2014 DF Sweden Robert Mirosavić 19 Sweden Ängelholms FF Undisclosed [92]
4 August 2014 FW 7 Paraguay Óscar Cardozo 31 Turkey Trabzonspor €4,000,000 (80%) (+ €1,650,000) [93]
15 August 2014 MF 51 Serbia Filip Marković 22 Spain Mallorca Undisclosed [94]
22 August 2014 DF 88 Guinea-Bissau Rudinilson Silva 20 Poland Lechia Gdańsk Undisclosed [95]
1 September 2014 FW 23 Uruguay Urreta 24 Portugal Paços de Ferreira End of contract [96]
1 September 2014 MF 62 Portugal Didi 20 Portugal Braga Undisclosed [96]
16 September 2014 MF 17 Portugal Carlos Martins 32 Unattached End of contract [97]
2 December 2014 MF 30 Portugal André Gomes 21 Spain Valencia End of contract [98]
2 December 2014 FW 19 Spain Rodrigo 23 Spain Valencia End of contract [98]
2 January 2015 MF 35 Argentina Enzo Pérez 28 Spain Valencia €25,000,000 [99][100]
20 January 2015 MF Portugal Bernardo Silva 20 France Monaco €15,750,000 [101]
21 January 2015 MF Uruguay Jim Varela 20 Uruguay Rampla Juniors Undisclosed [102][103]
24 January 2015 FW 22 Argentina Franco Jara 26 Greece Olympiacos €1,500,000 [104][105][106]
27 January 2015 MF 54 Portugal João Amorim 22 Portugal Desportivo das Aves End of contract [107]
30 January 2015 DF Spain Kike Pina 17 Spain Málaga End of contract [108]
2 February 2015 FW Brazil Michel 28 Portugal Penafiel End of contract [109]
2 February 2015 DF Portugal Serginho 21 Portugal Académico de Viseu End of contract [68][110]
2 February 2015 FW 96 Angola Dolly Menga 21 Portugal Braga Undisclosed [68]

Loan out[edit]

Date Pos No. Player Age To Ends Ref
8 July 2014 MF Paraguay Jorge Rojas 21 Argentina Gimnasia 31 December 2015 [111]
8 July 2014 FW 9 Argentina Rogelio Funes Mori 23 Turkey Eskişehirspor 30 June 2015 [112]
17 July 2014 MF 30 Portugal André Gomes 20 Spain Valencia [113]
23 July 2014 MF 10 Serbia Filip Đuričić 22 Germany Mainz 05 30 June 2015 [114]
23 July 2014 FW 19 Spain Rodrigo 23 Spain Valencia [115]
27 July 2014 MF Argentina Luis Fariña 23 Spain Deportivo 30 June 2015 [116]
7 August 2014 MF 94 Portugal Bernardo Silva 19 France Monaco 30 June 2015 [117]
7 August 2014 FW 90 Portugal Ivan Cavaleiro 20 Spain Deportivo 30 June 2015 [117]
13 August 2014 DF 42 Brazil Luís Felipe 23 Brazil Criciúma 31 December 2014 [118]
14 August 2014 MF Portugal Jota 19 Portugal Vilaverdense 30 June 2015 [119]
14 August 2014 DF Portugal Serginho 20 Portugal Belenenses 30 June 2015 [120]
20 August 2014 DF Portugal João Cancelo 20 Spain Valencia 30 June 2015 [121]
24 August 2014 MF 50 Portugal Daniel Candeias 26 Germany Nürnberg 30 June 2015 [122]
25 August 2014 FW 79 Austria Kevin Friesenbichler 20 Poland Lechia Gdańsk 30 June 2015 [123]
30 August 2014 MF 56 Spain Lolo 21 Spain Lugo 30 June 2015 [124]
30 August 2014 MF 95 Portugal Raphael Guzzo 19 Portugal Chaves 30 June 2015 [125]
1 September 2014 DF Brazil Sidnei 25 Spain Deportivo 30 June 2015 [126]
1 September 2014 FW 80 São Tomé and Príncipe Harramiz Soares 24 Portugal Farense 30 June 2015 [96]
1 September 2014 DF 76 Portugal Bruno Gaspar 21 Portugal Vitória de Guimarães 30 June 2015 [96]
11 September 2014 FW Uruguay Juan San Martín 20 Uruguay Central Español 30 June 2015 [127]
1 January 2015 FW 16 Portugal Nélson Oliveira 23 England Swansea City 30 June 2015 [128]
5 January 2015 DF 42 Brazil Luís Felipe 23 Brazil Joinville 31 December 2015 [129]
7 January 2015 MF 77 Portugal Rúben Pinto 22 Portugal Paços de Ferreira 30 June 2015 [130]
8 January 2015 FW 32 Portugal Bebé 24 Spain Córdoba 30 June 2015 [131]
15 January 2015 DF 65 Portugal Fábio Cardoso 20 Portugal Paços de Ferreira 30 June 2015 [132]
19 January 2015 FW 67 Portugal Hélder Costa 21 Spain Deportivo 30 June 2015 [133]
26 January 2015 FW Portugal Yannick Djaló 28 Russia Mordovia Saransk 30 June 2015 [134]
26 January 2015 MF 70 Portugal Rochinha 19 England Bolton Wanderers 30 June 2015 [135]
29 January 2015 MF 50 Portugal Daniel Candeias 26 Spain Granada 30 June 2015 [136]
2 February 2015 MF Serbia Filip Đuričić 23 England Southampton 30 June 2015 [137]
2 February 2015 FW 83 Portugal Rui Fonte 24 Portugal Belenenses 30 June 2015 [68][138]
5 February 2015 DF Uruguay Gianni Rodríguez 20 Uruguay Peñarol 30 June 2015 [139]
9 February 2015 DF 3 Portugal Steven Vitória 28 United States Philadelphia Union 31 December 2015 [140]
12 May 2015 DF 42 Brazil Luís Felipe 23 Brazil Paysandu 31 December 2015 [141]

Overall transfer activity[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Includes €1,200,000 in transfer fees of former Benfica players: €75,000 from Zenit Saint Petersburg corresponding to 0.5% of Javi García,[142] and €1,125,000 from Manchester United corresponding to 1.5% of Ángel Di María.[143]

Technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Jorge Jesus
Assistant coach Raúl José
Miguel Quaresma
Minervino Pietra
Goalkeeping coach Hugo Oliveira
Fitness coach Mário Monteiro
Motivational consultant Evandro Mota
Director of football Lourenço Coelho
B team coach Hélder Cristóvão

Source: S.L. Benfica

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Competitions[edit]

Overall record[edit]

As of match played 17 May 2015
Performance by competition
Competition Starting round Current position/round Final position/round First match Last match
Primeira Liga N/A 1st Winners 17 August 2014 23 May 2015
Taça de Portugal Third round Fifth round 18 October 2014 18 December 2014
Taça da Liga Third round Final 30 December 2014 29 May 2015
Supertaça N/A Winners 10 August 2014
UEFA Champions League Group stage Group stage (4th) 16 September 2014 9 December 2014
Statistics by competition
Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%
Primeira Liga 33 26 4 3 82 15 +67 78.79
Taça de Portugal 3 2 0 1 8 5 +3 66.67
Taça da Liga 4 4 0 0 10 0 +10 100.000
Supertaça 1 0 1 0 0 0 +0 00.00
UEFA Champions League 6 1 2 3 2 6 -4 16.67
Total 47 33 7 7 102 26 +76 70.21

Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira[edit]

Primeira Liga[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Benfica (C, Q) 33 26 4 3 82 15 +67 82 Qualification to UEFA Champions League group stage
2 Porto (Q) 34 25 7 2 74 13 +61 82
3 Sporting CP (Q) 33 21 10 2 66 29 +37 73 Qualification to UEFA Champions League play-off round
4 Braga (T) 33 16 7 10 50 28 +22 55 Qualification to UEFA Europa League Group stage[a]
5 Vitória de Guimarães (T) 33 14 10 9 46 33 +13 52 Qualification to UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
Updated to match(es) played on 22 May 2015. Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) points in matches between tied teams; 3) goal difference in matches between tied teams; 4) away goals in matches between tied teams; 5) goal difference; 6) wins; 7) goals scored. The LPFP decided that only criteria 1, 5, 6 and 7 would be applied to establish the classification during the competition.[144] Qualification for the 2015–16 Europa League has changed:[145] the best-placed non-qualified domestic championship club will enter the UEFA Europa League from the 2015–16 season, rather than the domestic cup runners-up, should the domestic cup winners also qualify for the UEFA Champions League via the final championship standings.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (T) Qualified, but not yet to the particular phase indicated.
Notes:
  1. ^ Since both finalists of the 2014–15 Taça de Portugal, Sporting CP and Braga, are qualified for European competition based on league position: if Sporting CP win the cup, the spot awarded to the cup winner (Europa League group stage) is passed to the fourth-placed team and the spot originally meant for the fourth-placed team (Europa League third qualifying round) is given to the sixth-placed team; if Braga win the cup, they take the cup winner spot and the league spots are adjusted accordingly.

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 H A H A H A H A H A A H A H A H A A H A H A H A H A H H A H A H A H
Result W W D W W W W L W W W W W W W W W L W D W W W W W L W W W D W W D
Position 4 4 5 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Last updated: 17 May 2015.
Source: LPFP
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Taça de Portugal[edit]

Third round[edit]

Fourth round[edit]

Fifth round[edit]

Taça da Liga[edit]

Third round[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Benfica 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9 Advances to knockout phase
2 Moreirense 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
3 Arouca 3 1 0 2 1 6 −5 3
4 Nacional 3 0 1 2 1 3 −2 1
Source: LPFP
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers

Semi-finals[edit]

Final[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification MON LEV ZEN BEN
1 France Monaco 6 3 2 1 4 1 +3 11 Advance to knockout phase 1–0 2–0 0–0
2 Germany Bayer Leverkusen 6 3 1 2 7 4 +3 10 0–1 2–0 3–1
3 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg 6 2 1 3 4 6 −2 7 Transfer to Europa League 0–0 1–2 1–0
4 Portugal Benfica 6 1 2 3 2 6 −4 5 1–0 0–0 0–2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Statistics[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

As of match played 17 May 2015
No. Pos Nat Player Total Primeira Liga Taça de Portugal1 Taça da Liga UEFA Champions League
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Brazil Artur 20 -10 12 -7 2 -2 3 0 3 -1
2 DF Argentina Lisandro López 10 0 6 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
3 DF Portugal Steven Vitória 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 DF Brazil Luisão 37 4 29 4 2 0 1 0 5 0
5 MF Serbia Ljubomir Fejsa 5 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 MF Portugal Rúben Amorim 12 0 10 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
7 MF Greece Andreas Samaris 35 0 27 0 1 0 2 0 5 0
8 FW Serbia Miralem Sulejmani 7 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
9 FW Brazil Derley 27 2 15 1 4 0 3 1 5 0
10 MF Argentina Nicolás Gaitán 35 4 26 4 3 0 1 0 5 0
11 FW Brazil Lima 42 17 33 17 2 0 1 0 6 0
13 GK Portugal Paulo Lopes 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -1
14 DF Uruguay Maxi Pereira 40 5 31 5 2 0 2 0 5 0
15 MF Netherlands Ola John 35 3 26 3 4 0 3 0 2 0
16 FW Portugal Nélson Oliveira 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
17 FW Brazil Jonas 33 28 26 18 3 6 4 4 0 0
18 MF Argentina Eduardo Salvio 37 13 28 9 2 2 2 1 5 1
19 DF Portugal Eliseu 31 4 25 4 1 0 2 0 3 0
20 GK Brazil Júlio César 28 -15 22 -8 2 -3 1 0 3 -4
21 MF Portugal Pizzi 29 4 22 2 2 0 4 2 1 0
22 FW Argentina Franco Jara 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 DF Switzerland Loris Benito 6 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 0
24 MF Italy Bryan Cristante 15 1 5 0 3 0 4 1 3 0
25 FW Uruguay Jonathan Rodríguez 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 DF Portugal Sílvio 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
30 MF Brazil Talisca 42 11 31 9 3 0 2 1 6 1
32 FW Portugal Tiago 6 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
33 DF Brazil Jardel 41 4 30 4 3 0 4 0 4 0
34 MF Portugal André Almeida 31 0 20 0 3 0 2 0 6 0
35 MF Argentina Enzo Pérez 19 1 11 1 3 0 0 0 5 0
37 DF Brazil César 8 1 3 0 2 1 1 0 2 0
78 FW Portugal Gonçalo Guedes 9 0 5 0 1 0 3 0 0 0
83 FW Portugal Rui Fonte 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
92 DF Sweden Victor Lindelöf 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
97 MF Portugal João Teixeira 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

^ Includes Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

Top scorers[edit]

As of match played 17 May 2015
Rnk Pos No. Player League Cup League
Cup
Champions
League
Total
1 FW 17 Brazil Jonas 18 6 4 28
2 FW 11 Brazil Lima 17 0 0 0 17
3 MF 18 Argentina Eduardo Salvio 9 2 1 1 13
4 MF 30 Brazil Talisca 9 0 1 1 11
5 DF 14 Uruguay Maxi Pereira 5 0 0 0 5
6 MF 10 Argentina Nicolás Gaitán 4 0 0 0 4
DF 19 Portugal Eliseu 4 0 0 0 4
DF 33 Brazil Jardel 4 0 0 0 4
DF 4 Brazil Luisão 4 0 0 0 4
MF 21 Portugal Pizzi 2 0 2 0 4
11 MF 15 Netherlands Ola John 3 0 0 0 3
12 FW 9 Brazil Derley 1 0 1 0 2
13 MF 35 Argentina Enzo Pérez 1 0 0 0 1
MF 24 Italy Bryan Cristante 0 0 1 0 1
MF 5 Serbia Ljubomir Fejsa 1 0 0 0 1
Totals 82 8 10 2 102

Clean sheets[edit]

As of match played 17 May 2015
Rnk No. Pos Player League Cup1 League
Cup
Champions
League
Total
1 20 GK Brazil Júlio César 15 0 1 1 17
2 1 GK Brazil Artur 6 1 3 2 12
3 13 GK Portugal Paulo Lopes 0 0
Totals 21 1 4 3 29

1Includes Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

Disciplinary record[edit]

N P Nat. Name League Europe Cup League Cup Total Notes
Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card
4 DF Brazil Luisão 1 1 1 1 1 1
2 DF Argentina Lisandro López 1 1 1 2 1
1 GK Brazil Artur 1 1 1 1
30 MF Brazil Talisca 6 1 1 1 8 1
7 MF Greece Andreas Samaris 12 3 15
14 DF Uruguay Maxi Pereira 11 1 1 1 14
35 MF Argentina Enzo Pérez 5 2 1 8 Cup includes Supercup
19 DF Portugal Eliseu 7 1 8
34 DF Portugal André Almeida 7 7
10 MF Argentina Nicolás Gaitán 6 1 7
18 MF Argentina Eduardo Salvio 4 2 6
17 FW Brazil Jonas 4 1 5
20 GK Brazil Júlio César 4 1 5
33 DF Brazil Jardel 3 1 4
24 MF Italy Bryan Cristante 1 2 3
37 DF Brazil César 2 2
9 FW Brazil Derley 2 2
5 MF Serbia Ljubomir Fejsa 2 2
22 FW Argentina Franco Jara 1 1
15 MF Netherlands Ola John 1 1
28 DF Portugal Sílvio 1 1
78 FW Portugal Gonçalo Guedes 1 1
21 MF Portugal Pizzi 1 1
6 MF Portugal Rúben Amorim 1 1

Last updated: 17 May 2015
Source: LPFP and competitions above.
Ordered by Red card, Second yellow card and Yellow card
Yellow card = Number of bookings; Second yellow card = Number of sending offs after a second yellow card; Red card = Number of sending offs by a direct red card.

Awards[edit]

No. Pos Name Award Month Ref
30 MF Brazil Talisca SJPF Player of the Month August 2014 [148]
September 2014
17 FW Brazil Jonas SJPF Player of the Month February 2015 [149]
April 2015 [150]

See also[edit]

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