1995–96 S.L. Benfica season

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Benfica
1995–96 season
President Manuel Damásio
Head coach Artur Jorge
(until 9 September 1995)
Mário Wilson
Stadium Estádio da Luz
Primeira Divisão 2nd
Taça de Portugal Winners
UEFA Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League:
João Pinto (18)
All:
João Pinto (23)
Highest home attendance 50,000 vs Porto
(23 March 1996)
Lowest home attendance 4,000 vs Chaves
(9 March 1996)
Home colours

The 1995–96 season was Sport Lisboa e Benfica's 92nd season in existence and the club's 62nd consecutive season in the top flight of Portuguese football. It involved Benfica competing in the Primeira Divisão and the Taça de Portugal. Benfica qualified for the UEFA Cup by coming third in previous League.[1]

The season continued with same transfer policy of the year before, but after a managerial change in September, the new manager guided the club to a second place finish and to a record twenty-third Taça de Portugal.

Season summary[edit]

The second season of Artur Jorge started with much more distrust over his abilities. From the large number of signings, only a handful prove noteworthy, and Tavares and Nelo even showed a complete inability to play for a big club.[2] Despite that, more exits followed, with a 28 year-old Vítor Paneira, and the club league topscorer in the year before; Isaías, causing the most doubts.[3][4] Benfica signed mostly in Portugal, as with the league top goalscorer, Hassan, but also searched in Europe, bringing Valdo and Ricardo Gomes, back from France.

The league entrance was not ideal, dropping four points in three games. Artur Jorge was sacked after the build up of fan pressure.[5] The club chose Mário Wilson as his replacement. The team slowly started colecting wins over the following weeks, but the face-off against FC Porto in the Clássico put Benfica, eight points behind them in title race.[6] In Europe, the situation was even more complicated, being knock out against Bayern Munich, with Klinsmann scoring six goals, in what the press dubbed 'Cataklinsmann'.[7][5]

In the title race, with Porto putting on a strong campaign, the club set eyes on closing the distance on the second place, occupied by Sporting.[6] At the end of January, Benfica reach the second place for the first time, after João Pinto led the club past Vitória Guimarães.[5] In the following month, the Lisbon-side, helped by Marcelo, progressed through the Taça de Portugal semi-finals after defeating Vitória de Guimarães.[8]

However, in the league, February was far more complicated, with the club spending two weeks on the fourth place. [9] But things improved in March, after Benfica received and beat Porto, with João Pinto, as he done in Guimarães, having a decisive contribution.[5] With this win, the club reassumed the second place, which would be its final league position, finishing the season six points ahead of Sporting, but a eleven behind Porto, which had the title wrapped up nearly a month earlier.[10]

With only the Portuguese cup to compete for. Marcelo continued his goalscoring record on the national cup, helping defeat Leiria in early April.[8] On the 18 May, in the 1996 Taça de Portugal Final, João Pinto scored a double against Sporting, with Benfica winning its twenty-third Taça de Portugal, in a match shadowed by the killing of a Sporting supporter, after being accidentally hit by a lost flare.[5]

Squad[edit]

[1][11]

Squad no. Name Nationality Position Date of birth (age) Signed from
Goalkeepers
1 Preud'homme Belgium GK (1959-01-24)24 January 1959 (aged 36) Mechelen
12 Veiga Cape Verde GK (1976-12-18)18 December 1976 (aged 18) Youth system
24 Brassard Portugal GK (1972-04-11)11 April 1972 (aged 23) Gil Vicente
Defenders
2 Paulo Pereira Brazil CB (1965-08-27)27 August 1965 (aged 29) Porto
3 Ricardo Gomes Brazil CB (1964-12-13)13 December 1964 (aged 30) Paris SG
4 Hélder Portugal CB (1971-03-21)21 March 1971 (aged 24) Estoril
5 Paredão Brazil CB (1972-03-30)30 March 1972 (aged 23) Tirsense
13 Dimas Portugal LB (1969-02-16)16 February 1969 (aged 26) Vitória Guimarães
14 Marinho Portugal RB (1970-11-24)24 November 1970 (aged 24) Sporting
16 King Brazil CB (1970-07-01)1 July 1970 (aged 25) Farense
17 Pedro Henriques Portugal LB (1974-10-16)16 October 1974 (aged 20) Youth system
27 Veríssimo Portugal CB (1977-04-17)17 April 1977 (aged 18) Youth system
Midfielders
6 Paulo Bento Portugal DM (1969-06-20)20 June 1969 (aged 26) Vitória Guimarães
7 Calado Portugal CM (1974-03-01)1 March 1974 (aged 21) Estrela da Amadora
8 João Pinto (C) Portugal AM (1971-08-19)19 August 1971 (aged 23) Boavista
10 Valdo Brazil AM (1964-01-12)12 January 1964 (aged 31) Paris SG
11 Panduru Romania AM (1970-07-11)11 July 1970 (aged 25) Steaua Bucureşti
15 Paulão Angola RW (1969-10-22)22 October 1969 (aged 25) Vitória Setúbal
18 Edgar Portugal LW (1977-08-07)7 August 1977 (aged 17) Youth system
19 Bruno Caires Portugal CM (1976-04-02)2 April 1976 (aged 19) Youth system
20 Iliev Bulgaria CM (1968-07-02)2 July 1968 (aged 27) Levski Sofia
27 Maniche Portugal CM (1977-11-11)11 November 1977 (aged 17) Youth system
Forwards
9 Hassan Morocco ST (1965-07-08)8 July 1965 (aged 30) Farense
15 Aílton Brazil ST (1968-09-01)1 September 1968 (aged 26) São Paulo
21 Luiz Gustavo Brazil FW (1972-02-23)23 February 1972 (aged 23) Belenenses
25 Marcelo Brazil ST (1969-10-11)11 October 1969 (aged 25) Tirsense
30 Mauro Airez Argentina FW (1968-10-26)26 October 1968 (aged 26) Belenenses

[1]

Competitions[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss       Postponed

Primeira Liga[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Porto (C) 34 26 6 2 84 20 +64 84 1996–97 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Benfica 34 22 7 5 57 27 +30 73 1996–97 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup First round 1
3 Sporting CP 34 19 10 5 69 27 +42 67 1996–97 UEFA Cup First round

Updated to games played on 2014.
Source: Primeira Divisão
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1 Benfica qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup as Portuguese Cup winners
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Ground H A H A H A H A H A H A H A A H A A H A H AA H A H A H A H A H H A H
Result D W D W W L W W W L D W W W W W D L W W W L D W W D W W W D L W W W
Position 10 7 6 4 3 5 3 3 3 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 2 2 4 4 3 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

Last updated: 26 June 2013.
Source: FootballPortugal.net
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Taça de Portugal[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1995–96 UEFA Cup

First round[edit]

Second round[edit]

Third round[edit]

Overall record[edit]

Competition First match Last match Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win % Source
Primeira Divisão 26 August 1995 12 May 1996 34 22 7 5 57 27 +30 64.71 [11]
Portuguese Cup 1 December 1995 18 May 1996 6 5 1 0 12 2 +10 83.33 [11]
UEFA Cup 12 September 1995 5 December 1995 6 3 1 2 10 11 -1 50.00 [11]
Total 46 30 9 7 79 40 +39 65.22

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

[12][11]

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Primeira Liga Portuguese Cup UEFA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK Belgium Preud'homme 45 -37 33 -24 6 -2 6 -11
24 GK Portugal Brassard 2 -4 2 -4 0 0 0 0
Defenders
2 DF Brazil Paulo Pereira 11 0 7 0 0 0 4 0
3 DF Brazil Ricardo Gomes 37 4 29 4 5 0 3 0
4 DF Portugal Hélder 43 2 31 2 6 0 6 0
5 DF Brazil Paredão 12 1 8 1 2 0 2 0
13 DF Portugal Dimas 41 3 30 2 6 0 5 1
14 DF Portugal Marinho 24 1 18 1 3 0 3 0
16 DF Brazil King 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
17 DF Portugal Pedro Henriques 19 0 16 0 2 0 1 0
27 DF Portugal Veríssimo 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
Midfielders
6 MF Portugal Paulo Bento 40 3 29 2 6 0 5 1
7 MF Portugal Calado 22 0 14 0 4 0 4 0
8 MF Portugal João Pinto 42 23 31 18 6 4 5 1
10 MF Brazil Valdo 39 6 30 4 6 0 3 2
11 MF Romania Nicǎ Panduru 19 4 15 3 1 0 3 1
18 MF Portugal Edgar 31 2 21 2 4 0 6 0
19 MF Portugal Bruno Caires 23 0 16 0 4 0 3 0
22 MF Portugal Daniel Kenedy 30 2 22 1 3 0 5 1
23 MF Angola Paulão 20 3 18 3 2 0 0 0
27 MF Portugal Maniche 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Forwards
9 FW Morocco Hassan 14 8 10 6 1 0 3 2
15 FW Brazil Aílton 5 0 4 0 0 0 1 0
21 FW Brazil Luiz Gustavo 14 0 14 0 0 0 0 0
25 FW Brazil Marcelo 39 13 27 7 6 5 6 1
30 FW Argentina Mauro Airez 28 3 24 0 4 3 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Squad 1995/96". ForaDeJogo. 
  2. ^ Tovar 2012, p. 532.
  3. ^ "Paneira e a seleção: «Se eu tivesse ficado no Benfica...»" [Paneira and the national team: «If I stayed at Benfica...»]. Mais Futebol (in Portuguese). 14 May 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Isaías ataca Artur Jorge: "Chegou para destruir o Benfica"" [Isaías attacks Artur Jorge: "He arrived to destroy Benfica".]. Sapo Desporto (in Portuguese). Planeta Benfica. 22 August 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Tovar 2012, p. 540.
  6. ^ a b Tovar 2012, p. 542.
  7. ^ "Cataklismann". DN (in Portuguese). 
  8. ^ a b Tovar 2012, p. 545.
  9. ^ Tovar 2012, p. 543.
  10. ^ Tovar 2012, p. 544.
  11. ^ a b c d e Tovar 2012, p. 547.
  12. ^ "Sport Lisboa e Benfica Squad 1995-96". footballzz.co.uk/. 

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