S.L. Benfica (rugby union)

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Benfica (rugby union)
Full name Associação SLB Rugby
Union Portuguese Rugby Federation
Founded 4 October 1924
(90 years ago)
Location Lisbon, Portugal
Ground(s) Campo da Sobreda
Pupilos do Exército
Chairman João Queimado
Coach(es) José Mendes
League(s) Rugby I Divisão
2013–14 4th
Official website
Active departments of
Sport Lisboa e Benfica
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Football Futsal Basketball
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Roller hockey Handball Volleyball
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Rugby union Athletics Swimming
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Canoeing Gymnastics Judo

The S.L. Benfica rugby union squad is an amateur team based in Lisbon, Portugal. It is one of the most ancient Portuguese rugby teams. The men's section currently competes in the Campeonato Nacional de Rugby I Divisão, the Portuguese second tier. On 27 June 2014, the club refused the invitation to join the first division.[1] The women's section competed in the Campeonato Nacional, the first tier, but recent changes in the competition means they only compete in Seven's.

Unlike the club other sports, which are in his direct control, thus getting vast investment. Rubgy is not directly under the club control, but rather as an association which manages the sport with the permission from the club, so investment is far more limited. It has no field of its own, but rents Campo da Sobreda for its games, and the youth teams play in Pupilos do Exército, near Colégio Militar in Lisbon.

Benfica hoped to secure a rugby field in Oeiras in a 20 year rental but the project never materialized. It was supposed to have a grass field capable of international matches, plus 2 synthetic fields for youth development, 3 football fields for Under 12, a 2,000 people stand and additional logistical support.[2]

The club had a player in Portuguese National Team which participated in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Diogo Gama.

Squad 2011–12[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Alvaro Raul Santillan Lock Argentina Argentina
Andrew Christopher Velasco Fly-half England England
António João Gomes Da Silva Prop Portugal Portugal
Bruno Miguel Carreiras Silva Teodoro Wing Portugal Portugal
Bruno Terrera Fly-half Portugal Portugal
Carlos Evaristo Silva Gomes (c) Wing Portugal Portugal
Dario Jerez Leavy Hooker Argentina Argentina
Diogo Jorge Santos da Costa Flanker Portugal Portugal
Filipe Correia da Silva Hooker Portugal Portugal
Filipe Olegario Lopes Pereira Wing Portugal Portugal
Filipe Romeu Esteves Grenho Fly-half Portugal Portugal
Frederico da Silva Dimas Flanker Portugal Portugal
Gonçalo Filipe Oliveira Ramos Flanker Portugal Portugal
Gonzalo Mosso Centre Argentina Argentina
João Francisco Lourenço Luz Ventosa Flanker Portugal Portugal
João Maria Ezequiel Escudero Vinas Wing Portugal Portugal
João Pedro Nora Mestre Centre Portugal Portugal
João Santiago Mira Ponce Dentinho Prop Portugal Portugal
José Miguel Martins Moita Wing Portugal Portugal
Juan Pablo Alvarez Number 8 Argentina Argentina
Leandro Martin Pereyra Vallejo Prop Portugal Portugal
Luis Filipe Cruz e Silva Pinot Coelho Wing Portugal Portugal
Luis Tiago Reis Pinho Meneses Nazaré Centre Portugal Portugal
Narciso Pinto Costa Monteiro Prop Portugal Portugal
Nuno Alexandre Cardoso Figueiredo Lock Portugal Portugal
Patrício Andrés Desmond Miranda Lock Chile Chile
Ricardo Jorge Canhão Serrano Lock Portugal Portugal
Ricardo Jorge Mira Romeiras Prop Portugal Portugal
Tiago de Campos Mendes Caeiro de Sá Fullback Portugal Portugal
Tiago Tavares Bastos Hooker Portugal Portugal
Urryel Bandeira Maquengo Tores Wing Portugal Portugal
Vasco Pereira Antunes Scrum-half Portugal Portugal

Current coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
President Portugal João Queimado
Manager Portugal Bruno Conceição
Manager Portugal Filipe Grenho
Manager Portugal Bruno Teodoro
Head Coach Portugal José Mendes da Silva
Team Director Portugal Ricardo Nuno Rodrigues
Physical Fitness Coach Portugal Carlos Banza

Last updated: 7 August 2012
Source: SLBenfica


According to the official website[3]


Winners (9): 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1969–70, 1975–76, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1990–91, 2000–01
Winners (10): 1961, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1983, 1984, 1985
Winners (4): 1971, 1986, 1988, 1991
  • Campeonato Regional de Lisboa
Winners (12): 1931, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1942, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1955
  • Taça de Honra da FPR
Winners (3): 1949, 1950, 1966
  • Torneio Abertura
Winners (13): 1947, 1948, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1962, 1971, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984
  • Campeonato Nacional 2ª Divisão
Winners (4): 1975, 1976, 1984, 1996
  • Campeonato Nacional Reservas
Winners (13): 1936, 1937, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992
  • Torneio FPR Reservas
Winners (1): 1979
  • Torneio de Sevilla
Winners (3):1969, 1970, 1979


Winners (5): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
Winners (6): 2004–05, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
  • Supertaça Nacional
Winner (7): 2006-07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
  • Campeonato Nacional de Seven's
Winners (3): 2010, 2013, 2014
  • Taça de Portugal de Seven's
Winners (1): 2014


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