S.L. Benfica (volleyball)

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Benfica (volleyball)
Full name Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Founded 31 May 1939 (75 years ago) (1939-05-31)
Ground Pavilhão da Luz Nº 2
(Capacity: 1,800)
Chairman Rui Mourinha
Manager José Jardim
League League A1
2013–14 1st
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The S.L. Benfica volleyball squad is a professional team based in Lisbon, Portugal. They play in the Volleyball League A1, where they are the current champions, having won two consecutive leagues.

History[edit]

Beginning[edit]

Founded on 31 May 1939, it is one of the oldest Portuguese volleyball clubs.[1] Never achieving the success and notability of other sections like basketball and roller hockey, Benfica won its first title 27 years after its foundation.

Road to the first title[edit]

Starting in 1965–66 until 1979–80, Benfica was present at 10 Portuguese Volleyball Cup finals, winning 7 against clubs like Leixoes SC and FC Porto, losing 3, twice against FC Porto.[2] In 1980/81, Benfica finally achieved its first championship, led by coach Fernando Luís, with players like Luís Quelhas, Manuel Silva, Jorge Infante, José Barros, João Abelho, Pedro Barros, Ilídio Ramos [3] and already with a young José Jardim appearing in some matches.[4]

Second title and disbandment[edit]

In a vibrating game against Sporting CP, trailing 2–0 at Nave de Alvalade, Benfica led by now captain José Jardim, plus others like Nuno Brites,[5] Luís Quelhas, Nilson Júnior, Eduardo Gallina, Miguel Silva, Márcio Karas, Davidkov [6] and Radoslav Peytchev [7] managed to recover the disadvantage and win 3–2, claiming its second title. [8] In 1993–94, then president Manuel Damásio decided to disband the volleyball team. The next president João Vale e Azevedo restarted it in 1996–97, but in Third Division. Former player José Jardim lead them back to Portuguese Volleyball League A1 in 2000 with the help of players like André Cabacinha, Nuno Brites, António Silva and captain José Fernandez. [9]

Third title[edit]

In 2004–05, a team coached by José Jardim, with players like the Brazilians Adriano Lamb, Renato Júnior, André França, Roberto Purificação, André Lukianetz, plus Portuguese André Lopes, Carlos Teixeira, António Silva, Rui Guedes, António Seco, José Simões, Bruno Feteira and Pedro Fiúza [10] win the third title for the section, plus the Portuguese Volleyball Cup[11][12][13]

Between championship's[edit]

The next season, important players like Adriano Lamb, Renato Junior and André França left,[14] and Benfica only managed to win the Portuguese Volleyball Cup.[15] and reach the quarter-finals of the Top Teams Cup.[16]

In 2006–07 Benfica win their third Portuguese Volleyball Cup in a row.[17]

In 2010–11 season, Benfica acquired Hugo Gaspar [18] and Flavio Cruz, which were later joined by Roberto Reis in 2011–2012,[19][20] all players of the Portugal men's national volleyball team.[21] In spite of this investments, the team failed to win the Portuguese League, coming runners-up to Fonte Bastardo in the first season,[22] and then Sporting Espinho in the latter.[23] Still, Benfica managed to win the Portuguese Cup [24] and Supercup [25] in 2010–11, and another Portuguese Cup in 2011–2012.[26]

Fourth and fifth title[edit]

For 2012–13, Flavio Cruz left for Sporting Espinho[27] and was replaced with Brazilian Willian Reffati.[28] A new setter to replace Ronaldo "Royal" and Robert Koch was also acquired, Brazilian Rafael "Vinhedo".[29] Benfica started the season by winning their third Supercup by defeating SC Espinho for 3–0.[30] On 4 May 2013, Benfica defeated title holders SC Espinho (3–2) and conquered its fourth Championship after a 7 year wait and three consecutive second places.[31] After a SC Espinho protest with the Portuguese Volleyball Federation on a basis of a technical error, the match at May 4 was annulled and the game ordered to be repeated. Benfica won the replay match by 3–1 [32][33] On 4 May 2014, Benfica successfully defended their title, defeating Fonte Bastardo by 3–1, winning their first back-to-back championship.[34]

Results in European competitions[edit]

[35]

Honours[edit]

According to the official website[36]

Men[edit]

1980–81, 1990–91, 2004–05, 2012–13, 2013–14

1965–66, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1989–90, 1991–92, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2010–11, 2011–12

1990, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Women[edit]

1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75

1972–73, 1973–74

Current squad[edit]

As of 11 September 2014
No. Nationality Player Birth Date Height Position
2  Portugal João Magalhães (1988-06-13) 13 June 1988 (age 26) 189 Libero
3  Portugal André Lopes (1982-09-12) 12 September 1982 (age 32) 193 Middle hitters
5  Portugal Roberto Reis (1980-03-02) 2 March 1980 (age 34) 187 Middle hitters
6  Brazil  Portugal Fabrício Silva "Kibinho" (1981-10-24) 24 October 1981 (age 33) 195 Opposite hitter
7  Portugal Ivo Casas (1992-09-21) 21 September 1992 (age 22) 182 Libero
8  Portugal Hugo Gaspar (1982-09-02) 2 September 1982 (age 32) 200 Outside hitter
9  Trinidad and Tobago Marc-Anthony Honoré (1984-06-12) 12 June 1984 (age 30) 198 Opposite hitter
10  Portugal João Oliveira (1995-07-31) 31 July 1995 (age 19) 198 Middle hitters
12  Cuba Joan Diaz "Ché" (1983-10-21) 21 October 1983 (age 31) 201 Outside hitter
14  Portugal Flávio Cruz (1982-08-28) 28 August 1982 (age 32) 195 Middle hitters
16  Brazil Flávio Soares "Zelão" (1982-08-16) 16 August 1982 (age 32) 196 Opposite hitter
17  Brazil Ricardo Perini (1984-01-18) 18 January 1984 (age 31) 188 Setter
20  Brazil Raphael Margarido "Vinhedo" (1983-04-28) 28 April 1983 (age 31) 185 Setter

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Uma Por Semana: Voleibol" [One a Week: Volleyball]. Em Defesa do Benfica. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Obrigado! Querido! Benfica!" [Thanks Dear Benfica]. Em Defesa do Benfica. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Morreu Ilídio Ramos" [Ilidio Ramos dies]. TSF. 16 April 2001. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "O rosto do sucesso" [The face of success]. BenficaOnline.com. 10 April 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Voleibol: "Velhas" glórias sofrem no banco" [Old players suffer on the stands]. Record. 15 April 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Dia 39 302 SLB" [Day 39 302 SLB]. Em Defesa do Benfica. 5 October 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.record.xl.pt/Arquivo/interior.aspx?content_id=321928
  8. ^ "Voleibol: Jogo especial marca reencontro de amigos" [Special day marks reunion]. Record. 31 October 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Voleibolistas do Benfica são amadores profissionais" [Volleyball players are profissional amauters]. Record. 21 March 2000. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Plantel 04/05" [Squad 04/05]. BenficaOnline.com. 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Homenagem merecida" [Deserve Homage]. BenficaOnline.com. 10 May 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Benfica Campeão" [Benfica are Champions]. O bandeirinha. 25 April 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Benfica à conquista de outra dobradinha" [Benfica on the race for another double]. Record. 23 April 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Campeões regressam ainda mais ambiciosos" [Champions return with more ambition]. Serbenfiquista.com. 14 September 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Benfica reconquista Taça de Portugal de modo inequívoco" [Benfica wins Cup undisputed]. Serbenfiquista.com. 2 March 2006. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Volei: Benfica apura-se para os 1/4 de final da Top Teams Cup" [Benfica in the Quarter-finals of Top Teams Cup]. Serbenfiquista.com. 22 December 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Tri-Campeões da Taça de Portugal" [Triple winners of the Portuguese Volleyball Cup]. Serbenfiquista.com. 25 April 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Hugo Gaspar é reforço do Benfica" [Hugo Gaspar joins Benfica]. Expresso. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "Tópico de Roberto Reis" [Roberto Reis discussion]. Serbenfiquista.com. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  20. ^ "Flávio Cruz e Roberto Reis confessam paixões" [Flávio Cruz and Roberto Reis confess passion's]. SlBenfica.pt. 12 April 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "Convocatória Liga Mundial 2012" [Squad list for 2012 World League]. Voleibolportugues. 7 April 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  22. ^ "Fonte Bastardo Campeão pela primeira vez" [Fonte Bastardo wins first championship]. Publico. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  23. ^ "Sp. Espinho campeão na Luz" [Espinho wins in Luz]. Publico. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  24. ^ "Benfica vence Taça de Portugal" [Benfica wins Portuguese Cup]. Mais Futebol. 16 April 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  25. ^ "Benfica conquista Supertaça de Voleibol" [Benfica wins Supercup]. Jornal Noticias. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  26. ^ "Voleibol: Benfica vence Taça de Portugal!" [Benfica wins Portuguese Cup 2011/2012]. Publico. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  27. ^ "Flávio Cruz regressa ao Sporting Espinho" [Flávio Cruz returns to Espinho]. Sóvolei. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  28. ^ "Reffati acerta com Benfica" [Reffati signs for Benfica]. Noticiasmundovolei. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  29. ^ "Vinhedo no Benfica" [Vinhedo signs for Benfica]. Noticiasmundovolei. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  30. ^ "SC Espinho – Benfica, 0-3: Voleibol conquista 3.ª Supertaça". www.slbenfica.pt (in Portuguese). 5 October 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  31. ^ "Voleibol: Benfica sagra-se campeão nacional 2012/13". modalidades.com.pt. 4 May 2013. 
  32. ^ "Partida entre Benfica e Sp. Espinho terá de ser repetida". 8 May 2013. 
  33. ^ "Benfica volta a vencer Sp. Espinho e é campeão nacional" (in Portuguese). 12 May 2013. 
  34. ^ "Voleibol Bicampeão". slbenfica.pt. 4 May 2014. 
  35. ^ CEV page on Benfica
  36. ^ "Palmarés" [Achievements]. SL Benfica.pt. 7 August 2012. 

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