S.L. Benfica (handball)

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Benfica (handball)
Full name Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Founded 8 May 1932 (82 years ago) (1932-05-08)
Arena Pavilhão da Luz Nº 2
Capacity 1,800
President Felipe Gomes
Head coach Mariano Ortega
League Andebol 1
2013–14 4th
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Website
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The S.L. Benfica handball squad is a professional team based in Lisbon, Portugal. They play in the top tier domestic league, the Andebol 1. It is the senior representative of the handball section of Sport Lisboa e Benfica. They play their home matches at the Pavilhão da Luz Nº 2 arena.

The club also has a reserve team, Benfica B, which plays in the Portuguese Handball Second Division.[1]

History[edit]

Beginning[edit]

Founded on 8 May 1932, it endured a troubled start, shortly after being founded, the section was shutdown from 1939 to 1942/43 in a conflict between Benfica and the Handball Federation.[2] Till the sixties, handball was played by eleven players, and after 1962/63 in another dispute with Handball Federation it closed the eleven players handball team and opted for the current Team handball[3] The handball section didn't achieve success till 1961/62, being overshadowed by the football, cycling, basketball and roller hockey sections during that time.

Golden years[edit]

After a period of dominance by crosstown rivals Sporting, Benfica experienced great success in the 1980s and early 1990s, led by Romanian coach Eugene Troffin and later Ângelo Pintado,[4] along with players like Angolan Paulo Bunze,[5]Swedish internacional Fredrik Appelgren,[6] romanians, Dogărescu, Covaciu, Drăgăniță [7] and Portuguese goalkeeper João Santa Barbara, wingman Mário Gentil,[8] Vasco Vasconcelos, Luis Lopes and Rui Ferreira,[9] winning four National Championships, three Portuguese Handball Cup and two Portuguese Handball Super Cup

Decay[edit]

In 1997/98 season, President João Vale e Azevedo decided to shutdown the section.[10] The next season, the section was restarted, but from the Regional Championship, 4 divisions away from the Top division[11]

Rebuilding years[edit]

After years in anonymity, in 2005, Benfica hired former ABC Braga coach, Aleksander Donner in a 3 year deal.[12] Due to dispute between Liga and Handball Federation which managed the Divisão de Elite, there where 2 simultaneous championships. In 2005/2006, Benfica played in Divisão de Elite. In 2006/2007, Benfica joined Liga Portuguesa de Andebol along with Sporting, during this season Benfica won its first title since 1994, the Portuguese Handball League Cup[13] The following season, Benfica finally achieved its first championship since 1990.[14] Aleksander Donner didn't renew his contract at the end of the season.[15]

Recent years[edit]

To replace Donner, Benfica hired coach José António Silva, who won 3 titles in 3 years, the 2008/2009 Portuguese Handball League Cup, 2010/11 Portuguese Handball Cup[16] and 2010/11 Portuguese Handball Super Cup[17] In 2010-11, Benfica reached the final of the EHF Challenge Cup but lost to RK Cimos Koper.[18] In 2011/12, coach José António Silva was replaced with another former ABC Braga coach, Jorge Rito.[19] Benfica finish his first season with Jorge Rito in 4th.[20] On 2 September 2012, Jorge Rito won its first title for Benfica, the section fourth Super Cup.[21] The season ended with only a second place in the League.[22] In 2013-14, Benfica performances worsened, finishing the league in 4th. Jorge Rito didn't renew his contract and was replaced with Mariano Ortega.[23][24]

Results in European competitions[edit]

[25]

Honours[edit]

According to the official website[26]

Domestic competitions[edit]

  • Portuguese League: 7
    • 1961–62, 1974–75, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1988–89, 1989–90, 2007–08

European competitions[edit]

Current squad[edit]

S.L. Benfica handball roster
Goalkeepers
  •  01 Spain Vicente Álamo
  •  12 Portugal João Ferreirinho
  •  16 Portugal Miguel Moreira
  •  23 Portugal Hugo Figueira

Wingers

  •  06 Portugal Tiago Ferro
  •  08 Portugal João Pais
  •  27 Portugal Dario Andrade
  •  03 Portugal Davide Carvalho
  •  22 Portugal António Areia
Line players
  •  05 Spain Albert Pujol
  •  24 Portugal Alexandre Cavalcanti
  •  30 Portugal Elledy Semedo
  •  04 Spain Javier Borragan
  •  10 Portugal Cláudio Pedroso
  •  20 Portugal Gonçalo Valério
  •  77 Cape Verde Flávio Fortes
  •  — Spain Asier Antonio

Back players

  •  13 Portugal Paulo Moreno
  •  54 Portugal José Costa

Universal

  •  19 Portugal Ivo Santos
Technical staff
  • Head coach Spain Mariano Ortega
  • Assistant coach Portugal João Castro
  • Sport director Portugal Carlos Cruz
  • Physiotherapist Portugal Miguel Ourique
  • Club doctor Portugal João Paulo Almeida

Roster updated on 9 January 2015


Women's honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

  • Portuguese League: 7
    • 1983–84, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1992–93
  • Portuguese Cup: 6
    • 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1991–92
  • Portuguese Super Cup: 2
    • 1990–91, 1992–93

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SL Benfica B". Federaçao de Andebol de Portugal (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Andebol a caminho dos 80 anos" [Handball on his away to 80 years old]. Em Defesa do Benfica. 5 November 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Andebol, pergunta e resposta" [Handball, question and answer]. Em Defesa do Benfica. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Angêlo Pintado homenageado" [Angêlo Pintado homage]. Record. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Paulo Bunze". Serbenfiquista. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Svenska landslagsmän i handboll 1934-2005" [Swedish internacionals 1934-2005]. sporthistoria. 10 August 2012. 
  7. ^ 1 FEDERAŢIA ROMÂNĂ DE HANDBAL. "ISTORIA HANDBALULUI ROMÂNESC 1921 - 20 1 4" (PDF). p. 62. 
  8. ^ "100 anos, extremo moderno" [100 years, modern wingman]. Record. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Obrigado querido Benfica" [Thanks dear Benfica]. Em Defesa do Benfica. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "José Manuel Antunes: "Tudo farei para manter eclectismo no Benfica"" [José Manuel Antunes "I will do everything to keep amateur sports in Benfica "]. Record. 1 December 1999. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Andebol: "Cabelos brancos" ajudam mística do novo Benfica" [Handball: "white hair's" help Benfica]. Record. 11 October 1999. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Donner: "Desafio como no início do ABC"" [Donner "Challenge like in beginning of ABC"]. Record. 20 June 2005. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Benfica vence Taça da Liga" [Benfica wins League Cup]. Região Sul. 18 January 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "S.L. Benfica - Campeão Nac. Andebol 2007/08 : 1ºParte (Jogo)" [Benfica National Champion 2007/08]. Youtube. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Aleksander Donner deixa andebol encarnado no final da época" [Donner leaves Benfica in end of season]. RTP. 16 April 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Andebol: Benfica vence Taça 24 anos depois" [Benfica wins Portuguese Cup]. Mais Futebol. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Benfica vence Supertaça" [Benfica wins Portuguese Super Cup]. Sol Noticias. 22 January 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "BENFICA PERDE JOGO DA 2.ª MÃO DA FINAL DA CHALLENGE CUP" [Benfica loses Challenge Cup final]. Banhadas de Andebol. 22 May 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "Jorge Rito é o novo treinador do andebol do Benfica" [Jorge Rito new coach of Benfica]. TSF. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  20. ^ "Madeira SAD 27-26 Benfica". Vivaaobenfica. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "Benfica vence 4ª Supertaça" [Benfica win's 4th Super Cup]. Vivaaobenfica. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  22. ^ "Campeonato Nacional Seniores Masculinos - 1.Divisao - 2012/2013" [Handball Championship 2012/13]. fpa.pt. 
  23. ^ "Jorge Rito deixa comando técnico do andebol do Benfica Ler mais: http://visao.sapo.pt/jorge-rito-deixa-comando-tecnico-do-andebol-do-benfica=f782523". visao. 27 May 2014. 
  24. ^ "Mariano Ortega: "Representar o Benfica é uma responsabilidade"". slbenfica.pt. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  25. ^ EHF page on Benfica
  26. ^ "Palmarés" [Achievements]. slbenfica.pt. 7 August 2012. 

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