Luís Filipe Vieira
|Luís Filipe Vieira|
22 June 1949 |
São Domingos de Benfica, Lisbon, Portugal
|Known for||President of S.L. Benfica|
Luís Filipe Vieira began his career in football as President of Futebol Clube de Alverca for a couple of years, at a time when Angolan player Pedro Mantorras was a rising young star at the Alverca side, and Alverca an affiliated satellite football club for parent club Sport Lisboa e Benfica. Later he was transferred to Benfica for a total of €7 million.
On 3 November 2003, Vieira was elected by the club's associate members (sócios) as the 33rd President of S.L. Benfica, defeating Jaime Antunes and Guerra Madaleno, and succeeding Manuel Vilarinho. He was committed to bring Benfica back to its European glory. In the first months in charge, he saw the club win its first trophy in eight years, after a triumph at the Portuguese Cup.
In the 2004–05 football season, the club won the Portuguese League, with the Italian Giovanni Trapattoni as manager. In the 2005–06 season, he hired Ronald Koeman, a Dutch international and former Ajax coach, as manager. Benfica won the Portuguese SuperCup and went to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, knocking out the defending champions Liverpool. Under his presidency, Benfica reached over 160,000 paying associates members in 2006, and was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the largest sports club in the world by number of registered paying associates.
On 27 October 2006, Vieira ran uncontested and was re-elected for a second term by getting 95,6% of the votes.
For the 2006–07 season, he hired Portuguese manager Fernando Santos as the new coach for the football team. The team also signed veteran footballer Rui Costa, who wished to back at his beloved club Benfica after a long stint in the Italian Serie A.
On 3 July 2009, a total number of 20,672 votes were cast in the presidential elections and Vieira was re-elected with 91.74% of the votes, defeating Bruno Carvalho which got 2,98%. Before winning the elections, he promised a more winning term. In his previous one, Benfica never achieved better than a third place and a League Cup, but by winning the latter it became the only club to win all Portuguese competitions. In his third term, with Jorge Jesus, he won the Portuguese League in the first year, plus another League Cup, but in the following two, the team only managed to retain the League Cup, coming second place in the two years. In 2012 Benfica reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
On 28 September 2012, Vieira became the second president to have the year's accounts flunked in members voting, after Manuel Damásio in 1997. The club presented a €11 million loss, despite heavy earnings in the Champions League and through sales of players like Fábio Coentrão and Roberto. He was asked to resign by the members.
On 13 October 2012, he ran for a fourth term and announced the intention to win three Portuguese Leagues, achieve one European final in football and win a total of 50 titles in other sports. He also promised to broadcast Benfica home games on BTV. On 26 October 2012, he was re-elected with 83,02% of the votes defeating Rui Rangel who got 13,83%.
On 7 December 2012, he surpassed Bento Mântua as the president with more days in charge of the club.
In 2013, Benfica became the first club to broadcast its own Championship home games. Benfica finished the Portuguese League in second place and were runners-up in the Portuguese Cup and UEFA Europa League. Jorge Jesus was very contested at the time but remained at Benfica for at least two more seasons.
In 2014, Benfica achieved an unprecedented treble of Portuguese League, Portuguese Cup and League Cup and was runners-up in the UEFA Europa League. It also won the Portuguese SuperCup, becoming the first Portuguese club to have won all four domestic titles in a year. According to the FIFA The Weekly magazine, Benfica is the club with the most paying associates in the world, with a total of 235,000. It is also the European club with the biggest percentage of supporters in its own country (47%).
Trophies won by Benfica
List of trophies won by club during presidency:
Roller hockey (10)
- "Mantorras pago durante dois anos" (in Portuguese). Record. 18 April 2001.
- "Benfica pagou 2 milhões por 50% do passe de Mantorras" (in Portuguese). Diario Noticias. 3 November 2009.
- Guinness Book of Records - Benfica
- "Vieira concorre sozinho às eleições do Benfica". Relvado.sapo.pt. 12 October 2006.
- "Luís Filipe Vieira vence eleições do Benfica com 91,74% dos votos". Jornal Noticias. 3 July 2009.
- "Vieira promete "mandato desportivo" para ganhar campeonatos". Publico. 26 June 2009.
- "Benfica campeão! - vídeos". I online. 9 May 2010.
- "Relatório de Contas do exercício de 2011-12" [2011-12 financial information]. SL Benfica (CMVM). 19 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- "Benfica comunica à CMVM venda de Fábio Coentrão por 30 M€" [Benfica sells Coentrão for 30 million]. Netmadeira.com. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- "Benfica vende Roberto por 8,6 milhões de euros" [Benfica sells Roberto for 8,6 million]. Diário Noticias. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- "Benfica recebe 20 milhões" [Benfica earn 20 million in UEFA Champions League]. Mais Futebol. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
- "Contas chumbadas. Sócios pedem demissão de Vieira" (in Portuguese). Radio Renascença. 28 September 2012.
- "Luís Filipe Vieira anuncia candidatura à presidência do Benfica". Jornal Noticias. 13 October 2012.
- "Bento Mântua". Diario Noticias.
- "A partir de 2013 os nossos jogos vão ser vistos na Benfica TV" (in Portuguese). 25 October 2012.
- "Luís Filipe Vieira diz que juiz Rui Rangel "envergonha a magistratura"". JN. 25 October 2012.
|President of Sport Lisboa e Benfica