S.L. Benfica B

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Benfica B
Full name Sport Lisboa e Benfica "B"
Founded 1999–2006, 2012–
Ground Caixa Futebol Campus
Ground Capacity 2,720
Owner S.L. Benfica
President Luís Filipe Vieira
Manager Hélder Cristóvão
League Segunda Liga
2013–14 5th
Website Club home page

Sport Lisboa e Benfica "B" is a Portuguese professional football team based in Seixal. Founded in 1999, dissolved in 2006, and restarted in 2012, it is the reserve team of S.L. Benfica and currently plays in Segunda Liga, holding home games at the Caixa Futebol Campus.

During the 2012–13 season, they played the home games at the Estádio da Luz until February 2013, when they moved to Estádio da Tapadinha to prevent excessive wear of the stadium's grass.[1] In 2013–14, Benfica B moved permanently to their own training ground now capable of receiving professional league matches. As a reserve team they cannot play in the same division as the main team, thus being ineligible for promotion. They are also not permitted to enter cup competitions such as the Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga.


As Benfica sought a way to provide playing time for their youth players and reserves it created this B team in 1999, it officially started competing in the 1999–2000 season. After three seasons in the Portuguese Second Division, it suffered relegation to the Portuguese Third Division, where it would spend a further three years.[2] The team achieved promotion to the Portuguese Second Division in 2005. In May of the following year, the board of directors extinguished the side, which returned to activity shortly after as part of the Liga Intercalar. As part of the Liga Intercalar, the club's best league position saw them finish second place behind Estoril B in the south zone of the 2010–11 season.

Before the end of the 2011–12 football season in Portugal, seven clubs in the Primeira Liga announced there interest in constructing a B team to fill the six vacant places available to compete in the Segunda Liga for the 2012–13 season.[3] Of those seven, the six clubs which were selected to take part in the competition were the B teams of Benfica, Porto, Sporting CP, Braga, Marítimo and Vitória de Guimarães.[4]

The LPFP who organizes the professional football tiers in Portugal announced that for the clubs to compete next season they would have to pay €50,000 to register themselves in the league.[5] In addition the LPFP would also require the clubs to follow new rules regarding player selection in which each 'B' team must have a squad of a minimum of ten players who were formed at the club's academy as well as having an age requirement between 15 and 21 years old. The LPFP also went on to saw that the clubs are unable to compete in cup competitions as well as gaining promotion due to the possibility of playing the senior team. Each 'B' team may have 3 players above 23 years old.

In late May 2012, it was officially announced that the six Primeira Liga clubs' B teams would compete in the 2012–13 Segunda Liga which would increase the number of teams in the league from 16 to 22 as well as increasing the number of games needed to play in one season from thirty games to forty two games.[6]

In 2014, Benfica B was invited to play in the 2014–15 Premier League International Cup.

Season to season[edit]

Season Division Place
1999–00 2ªB 13th
2000–01 2ªB 9th
2001–02 2ªB 18th
2002–03 3rd
2003–04 5th
2004–05 1st
2005–06 2ªB 11th
2012–13 7th
2013–14 5th


  • Winners (1): 2004–05


Current squad[edit]

As of 24 February 2015 [7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
12 Portugal GK Bruno Varela
25 Uruguay FW Jonathan Rodríguez (on loan from Peñarol)
31 Brazil FW Victor Andrade
53 Cape Verde GK Thierry Graça
57 Poland MF Paweł Dawidowicz
59 Montenegro FW Oliver Šarkić
60 Portugal DF Pedro Rebocho
61 Mozambique FW Clésio Baúque
63 Portugal DF João Nunes
64 Portugal DF Marcos Valente
66 Portugal DF Rúben Dias
71 Brazil MF Carlos David (on loan from Vilafranquense)
74 Portugal FW Romário Baldé
75 Portugal DF Alexandre Alfaiate
No. Position Player
79 Russia DF Vitali Lystsov (on loan from União de Leiria)
80 Uruguay MF Elbio Álvarez
84 Portugal FW Diogo Gonçalves
85 Portugal MF Renato Sanches
87 Portugal GK Miguel Santos
89 Portugal FW Nuno Santos
90 Portugal MF João Carvalho
91 Portugal FW Flávio Silva
92 Sweden DF Victor Lindelöf
93 Portugal MF Nélson Semedo
95 Portugal DF Yuri Ribeiro
97 Portugal MF João Teixeira
Portugal FW Sancidino Silva

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
56 Spain MF Lolo (at Lugo until 30 June 2015)
65 Portugal DF Fábio Cardoso (at Paços de Ferreira until 30 June 2015)
67 Portugal FW Hélder Costa (at Deportivo until 30 June 2015)
70 Portugal MF Rochinha (at Bolton Wanderers until 30 June 2015)
76 Portugal DF Bruno Gaspar (at Vitória de Guimarães until 30 June 2015)
77 Portugal MF Rúben Pinto (at Paços de Ferreira until 30 June 2015)
79 Austria FW Kevin Friesenbichler (at Lechia Gdańsk until 30 June 2015)
No. Position Player
80 São Tomé and Príncipe FW Harramiz Soares (at Farense until 30 June 2015)
83 Portugal FW Rui Fonte (at Belenenses until 30 June 2015)
Paraguay MF Jorge Rojas (at Gimnasia until 31 December 2015)
Portugal MF Raphael Guzzo (at Chaves until 30 June 2015)
Portugal MF Jota (at Vilaverdense until 30 June 2015)
Uruguay MF Juan San Martín (at Central Español)
Uruguay DF Gianni Rodríguez (at Peñarol)


Technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Hélder Cristóvão
Assistant coach André Sousa
Nélson Veríssimo
Nuno Alves
Goalkeepeing coach Fernando Ferreira

Last updated: 26 July 2014
Source: S.L. Benfica

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