S.L. Benfica (roller hockey)

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Benfica (roller hockey)
Full name Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Founded 19 August 1917 (97 years ago) (1917-08-19)
Chairman José Trindade
Manager Pedro Nunes
Home Ground Pavilhão Fidelidade
(Capacity 2,400)
League First Division
Season 2014–15
Position 1st
Official Website slbenfica.pt
Active departments of
Sport Lisboa e Benfica
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Roller hockey Handball Volleyball
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Rugby union Athletics Swimming
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The S.L. Benfica roller hockey squad is a professional team based in Lisbon, Portugal. They play in Portuguese first division where they are the most successful, with 22 titles, and the current champions. Benfica is also the oldest club in the world to play roller hockey without interruption.

In 2015, they became the second European club, along with CP Voltregà, to have won CERH's most important club title in both men and women competitions.

International success[edit]

Benfica's only European trophy up to the season of 2009–10 was a single CERS Cup won in the 1990–91 season but in the 2010–11 the club's European fate began to change. They made their way up to the 2010–11 CERS Cup Final Four, eventually winning the trophy for the second time (deafeating CP Vilanova in the final by 6–4, at their home ground).[1] With this victory, Benfica had the chance to play the CERH Continental Cup against the CERH European League winner HC Liceo La Coruña. The opponent refused to play the cup's final and Benfica won it by 10–0 (disqualification), conquering their first Continental Cup.[2]

On 2 June 2013, Benfica won its first CERH European League defeating FC Porto at Dragão Caixa by 6–5 (aet), in an all Portuguese final.[3] That made them the fourth Portuguese team to lift the most important clubs European trophy. On 2 November 2013, Benfica won its second Continental Cup defeating CE Vendrell of Spain (5–3, 5–0), thus becoming the only Portuguese club to win the trophy twice.[4] On 16 November 2013, Benfica won the FIRS Intercontinental Cup, defeating Sport Recife by 10–3 and winning the only missing trophy for the club and the second one for Portuguese roller hockey, after the 1992 Óquei de Barcelos win.[5]

Men's honours[edit]

According to S.L. Benfica website[6]


  • Portuguese First Division: 22 (record)
    • 1950–51, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1991–92, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2011–12, 2014–15
  • Portuguese Cup: 14 (shared record)
    • 1962–63, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1990–91, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2009–10, 2013–14




Women's honours[edit]


  • Portuguese League: 2
    • 2012–13, 2013–14
  • Portuguese Cup: 1
    • 2013–14
  • Portuguese Supercup: 2
    • 2013, 2014



Current squad[edit]

As of 8 April 2015
  • 01 Portugal Pedro Henriques
  • 10 Spain Guillem Trabal


  • 02 Portugal Valter Neves (captain)
  • 04 Portugal Diogo Rafael
  • 06 Argentina Esteban "Tuco" Ábalos
  • 14 Portugal Tiago Rafael


  • 05 Argentina Carlos Nicolia
  • 18 Argentina Carlos López


  • 09 Portugal João Rodrigues
  • 44 Portugal Miguel Rocha
Technical staff
  • Portugal Pedro Nunes (head coach)
  • Portugal José Carlos Manaças (assistant coach)
  • Portugal João Paulo Almeida (club doctor)
  • Portugal David Amaro (physiotherapist)
  • Portugal Tiago Vaz (physiologist)

Former notable players[edit]


  1. ^ "Hóquei: Benfica conquista Taça CERS". Mais Futebol (in Portuguese). May 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Benfica conquista Taça Continental sem jogar". Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). November 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Benfica sagra-se campeão europeu de hóquei em patins pela primeira vez". Público (in Portuguese). June 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Benfica conquista Taça Continental de hóquei em patins". Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). November 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Benfica conquista Taça Intercontinental". Jornal Record (in Portuguese). November 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Palmarés" [Achievements]. SLB Official Website. December 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "SL Benfica won the Women's Cup, US Coutras defeated 5-2 in the final match". CERH. 15 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "SL Benfica é Campeão Europeu!" [SL Benfica is European Champion!] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 15 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 

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