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1999–2000 S.L. Benfica season

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Benfica
1999–2000 season
President João Vale e Azevedo
Head coach Jupp Heynckes
Stadium Estádio da Luz
Primeira Liga 3rd
Taça de Portugal Sixth round
UEFA Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League:
Nuno Gomes (18)

All:
Nuno Gomes (20)
Highest home attendance 75,000 vs Sporting
(9 January 2000)
Lowest home attendance 3,000 vs Amora
(12 January 2000)
Home colours
Away colours

The 1999–2000 season was Sport Lisboa e Benfica's 96th season in existence and the club's 66th consecutive season in the top flight of Portuguese football. It ran from 1 July 1999 to 30 June 2000. Benfica competed domestically in the Primeira Liga and the Taça de Portugal. The club also participated in the UEFA Cup, by virtue of finishing third in that tournament the previous season.[1]

After sacking Scottish coach Graeme Souness, Benfica appointed UEFA Champions League-winning manager Jupp Heynckes.[2] Limited by ongoing financial difficulties, the club signings consisted of players either on the books, free transfers or loans, such as with the Spaniards Chano and Tote, the former on a free deal, and the latter on loan.[3] Tote arrived to replace Rushfeldt, who signed and practised with the team, before being recalled back by Rosenborg with disagreements over his transfer.[4] Benfica started their campaign with a six-game winning streak in their first seven league games, topping the league until December; when a record-setting loss to Celta de Vigo, the greatest in its history, negatively affected the team mentality, causing them to drop to third place in Matchday 19, which would become their final position, finishing eight points behind Sporting, but securing a position in the upcoming season's UEFA Cup.[5][6]

In total Benfica won 21 league matches, drew 6 and lost 7. Nuno Gomes was the season topscorer with 20 goals, of which 18 occurred in the Primeira Liga.

Summary[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

After a season which saw Graeme Souness sacked,[7] the club looked for more experience and chose Jupp Heynckes on 30 May. During a 20-year career, the German manager had won titles for Bayern Munich and Real Madrid and was the first manager in 32 years to clinch a European title for Madrid the previous year.[8]

The pre-season, which began in early July, included nine preparation matches in Portugal and abroad. From 18 to 31 July, the team played six matches against German teams. Their first game in Lisbon was against Bayern Munich on 10 August, and four days later they participated in the Trofeo Memorial Nereo Rocco against AC Milan.[9]

Heynckes immediately requested signings in all three positions: defence, midfield and attack.[10] Although the club scouted Hanuch (signed by Sporting) and Claudio Husaín for the midfield,[11][12] the only players to join the team were Maniche and Marco Freitas (both on the club payroll and returning from one-year loans to Alverca). For attack Benfica considered Barcelona player Giovanni (who said, "It would be an honour for me to work with Heynckes") but ultimately signed Chano, a 34-year-old Spanish player from CD Tenerife.[13][14]

The club was involved in a transfer saga over Norwegian striker Rushfeldt. He signed and practised with the team but left after Rosenborg claimed there were financial issues related to his transfer.[15] He was replaced by Tote, on loan from Real Madrid, with the club president saying that "Tote was always the first choice" and Rushfeldt "did not have the personality or mental strength to play for Benfica".[16]

Goalkeeper Michel Preud'homme retired at age 39. Arriving in 1994, he made nearly 200 appearances over five seasons and became a fan favourite.[17] Benfica hired two replacements: Argentine Carlos Bossio and German Robert Enke. Heynckes described Bossio as the "more experienced" goalkeeper, with "a great talent", but also defining Enke as a "good, young goalkeeper; a promise".[18] The Argentine had appearances on his national team and was the first choice at Estudiantes, while the German had its breakthrough at Borussia Mönchengladbach only a few months earlier.[19][20] However, in a pre-season game against Bayern Munich Bossio conceded two goals: "I am calm, although we lost the game and my performance led to some 'scolding'."[21] Enke confidently stepped into the position: "If I do not make mistakes, there will be no reason to change goalkeepers."[22]

August and September[edit]

Benfica visited Vila do Conde for their opening Primeira Liga game on 22 August.[23] Although Sérgio Nunes scored in the ninth minute, Hugo Henrique of the home team equalised it minutes later for a 1–1 draw.[24] During the last week of August Benfica hosted Salgueiros, scoring one goal and missing a number of opportunities to increase their lead. Record entitled its article "If the Spaniard was a goalscorer it would have been a slaughter", referring to the wastefulness of Tote.[25]

On 12 September Benfica visited Azores and beat Santa Clara 3–0 to move to top of the league table, tied with five other teams.[26] Four days later the club started their European campaign, facing Dinamo Bucuresti at home. They lost 1–0, when a shot by Nastase slipped through Enke's legs.[27] In the title race, Benfica led the table after defeating Vitória Setúbal. Newspaper Record portrayed the game as easy win for the club, writing, "Nothing better to raise morale than to win comfortably, without rush, without pushing, without any problem whatsoever."[28]

Before their European game, the team travelled to Faro to defend their lead. They won their fourth consecutive match, with Nuno Gomes scoring his fourth goal in five games.[23][29] At the end of September, Benfica travelled to Romania to play Dinamo Bucuresti.[30] After a first-half goal by Maniche, Chano scored in the 71st minute to send Benfica into second round.[31]

October and November[edit]

The club's momentum continued into October, when they defeated Estrela da Amadora with two second-half goals; Record summarized that the goals, "Finished the game off when it was most needed".[32] On 16 October Benfica visited Barcelos, and increased their lead to four points over second-place FC Porto.[23][33] In Europe, the club defeated P.A.O.K. in Greece, taking an advantage back to Portugal for the second leg.[34]

In their eighth Primeira Liga match Benfica hosted Boavista F.C., settling for a draw after Whelliton scored in the 80th minute.[23] It was the first time since late August that Benfica dropped points.[35] For their last October game, they visited Alverca to face the local team, F.C. Alverca. Benfica lost their first league match; with a display that Record characterized as being under a Halloween spell; that resulted in "their worst performance of the season, and seeing Porto close in on the top of the table."[36]

On 4 November, Benfica hosted P.A.O.K. for the second leg of their European qualifier.[30] They lost 2–1 in normal time, requiring extra time and a penalty shootout to decide the match. The Lisbon side converted all their shots, progressing into to the next round.[37] Four days later, the club defeated S.C. Braga by one goal in a league match to open a three-point lead.[38]

After a one-week break for the Taça de Portugal,[39] Benfica visited Estádio das Antas for the Clássico against Porto.[40] They lost 2–0 with goals from Capucho and Jardel, and the title-holders reduced Benfica's league lead to one point. In João Marcelino view, "The game between Porto and Benfica had to forcibly answer some questions — and it did not disappoint expectations. The easy win by Fernando Santos' team clearly showed who still is, almost six years later, the best team in domestic football; and the way that Jupp Heynckes accepted defeat could be used as evidence that he has been pushing his players to their current limit."[41]

The following Thursday, Benfica visited Vigo for the third round of the UEFA Cup. Benfica made club history in the match; at half-time they were already losing 4–0, and three more goals in the second half broke the record for goals conceded, in their worst defeat ever.[42][43] At their next training session hundreds of fans booed the team, and the club president compelled his players to apologize for their performance.[44][45] Team captain João Pinto read a statement: "To Benfica, and to their supporters; aware of the abnormality of the result from the match in Vigo; the players, represented by the captain and vice-captain, publicly acknowledge that they didn't perform to club standards. We promise to redouble our commitment, towards dignifying this club. To them and to the millions of fans, we formally apologize." [46] November's final game, a 2–0 victory over Campomaiorense, retained Benfica's league lead.[47]

December and January[edit]

Benfica began December with a draw against Belenenses, with Porto's victory ensuring they surpassed Benfica in the league table. The team performance was at such a level that it allowed Record to claim, "The goalscoring chances could be counted on the fingers of a hand."[48] In the second leg of the UEFA Cup against Celta de Vigo, the Spaniards and Heynckes fielded lineups almost entirely composed of reserves and the match ended in a one-all draw.[49] On Matchday 14, Benfica beat U.D. Leiria by 3–2 with "two freak goals ensuring a win.", as Record put it.[50] The final game of the year was a visit to Guimarães. Benfica scored first but allowed Vitória S.C. to come back, losing a third league match.[40] They had not won outside Estádio da Luz since 16 October (when they led by four points), and began the New Year four points behind the leader in third place.[51][52]

The year started with a Derby de Lisboa at home.[40] After a scoreless tie, Sporting CP benefited from the points-share and Benfica fell to six points behind Porto.[53] On 12 January the club hosted Amora for the Portuguese Cup, scoring seven goals against the third-tier team.[30][54] Three days later, Benfica visited Funchal and nearly lost; Record labelled Enke's performance as crucial for Benfica, illustrating, "In the key moment of the game, when Enke defended a penalty in the 10th minute, he saved Benfica from leaving Funchal with a defeat. In a sluggish performance, only new signings Uribe and Machairidis showed good form." [55]

On Matchday 18, Benfica hosted Rio Ave, winning their first league game in a month.[56] Four days later, Benfica again played Sporting for the Portuguese Cup.[30] Losing 3–1, the team were eliminated in their own stadium for the fourth time in club history; the first three were by Sporting in 1962–63, Braga in 1965–66 and Boavista in 1991–92.[57] Benfica ended January with three points away from home for the first time since October, after defeating Salgueiros 2–1 in the Vidal Pinheiro.[58]

February and March[edit]

Now focused on the league, Benfica continued their momentum and defeated Santa Clara at home.[59] Chano was decisive in unlocking the game in the perspective of Record: "He was the vitamin that gave imagination and clarity to Benfica's midfield".[60] They won a fourth consecutive time, beating Vitória de Setúbal in Estádio do Bonfim and gaining ground on Porto and Sporting (both of whom lost points).[61] On 22 February, Benfica hosted Farense knowing that a win would put them one point behind the joint Primeira Liga leaders.[59]

Benfica were surprised by the Faro side's opposition. José Manuel Delgado wrote in his match report for Record: "Heynckes' defence show[ed] inexplicable passivity, and Quinzinho was a loose threat that no one could stop. With an impressive performance, Farense made one, two and nearly three goals".[62] Shortly after the 15-minute mark the Angolan striker was injured and Farense threats stopped, allowing Benfica to turn the match around: "After his substitution Benfica started to settle in the midfield, better supporting the attack ...until Maniche put the threats in practise and scored in the 23rd and 38th minutes, with Nuno Gomes leaving Benfica in the lead before halftime".[62] For their last February match, Benfica visited Estádio José Gomes to face the local team, Estrela da Amadora.[59] Two goals by Gáucho and another by Kenedy gave them their first league loss since 19 December, with Porto and Sporting regaining a four-point lead.[63]

The Lisbon side rebounded with a home win against Gil Vicente F.C.; José Manuel Delgado called the victory "convincing, with moments of good football".[64] The second game in March was at Estádio do Bessa.[59] The match report in Record depicted Benfica's performance as good to begin with ("[Benfica] was better in the first half, scored first and stopped the Boavista press in the beginning of the second half"), until they conceded to Boavista before the final whistle: "[Benfica] receded, receded, until suffering a last-minute goal by Litos with Boavista reduced to ten men."[65] On Matchday 26 Benfica hosted Alverca, defeating them with a late goal by João Tomás and avenging October's loss.[66] The team ended March with a visit to Braga, undefeated by Benfica since 1995–96.[67] Although the team led the game early, another late goal and the subsequent loss allowed both rivals to increase their lead.[68]

April and May[edit]

On 1 April Benfica faced Porto in the second Clássico of the season, and a second-half goal by Sabry helped the club defeat their historic rivals.[69] Gomes Ferreira commented: "The game was perfect for a nil-nil draw, when in the 67th minute a moment of genius decided the game: a great, meaningful goal from Saby, launching Benfica into the title race and hampering Porto".[70] Benfica maintained their momentum on a trip to the Portalegre team, Campomaiorense.[69] An early dismissal of José Soares helped them win easily, with Sabry scoring in a fourth consecutive game.[71]

On 16 April Benfica hosted Lisbon rivals Belenenses, losing 3-2 and dampening any championship hopes.[72] A week later the team lost their second straight match (their seventh defeat of the season) to União de Leiria 2–1, despite scoring first.[73] On 30 April Benfica returned to top form, and in Miguel Costa Nunes opinion, defeated a "debilitated and riddled with internal conflicts" Vitória de Guimarães 3–0.[74]

In the penultimate game of the season, Benfica faced Sporting for the third time; in their previous meetings, the club had tied once and lost once.[75] Sporting, the league leader, was three points away from ending an 18-year drought dating to 1981–82. A late goal by Sabry dashed their hopes, preventing them from winning the title from Benfica. In the aftermath of the game, Record reported in their headline: "Till the end: A late goal from Sabry completely froze the thousands of Sporting fans waiting to celebrate the title", while O Jogo header read "Sabry causes short-circuit in Alvalade".[76] Benfica ended the season with a third consecutive win, beating Madeira side Marítimo 2–1. However, in José Ribeiro's piece for Record, he wrote that Benfica "missed out on a thrashing that the fans and Marítimo deserved".[77] The club finished four points from a Champions League berth and eight behind Sporting, who won their long-awaited title.[78][79]

Competitions[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss   Postponed

Overall record[edit]

Competition First match Last match Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win % Source
Primeira Liga 22 August 1999 14 May 2000 34 21 6 7 58 33 +25 61.76 [78]
Taça de Portugal 13 November 1999 26 January 2000 3 2 0 1 9 3 +6 66.67 [78]
UEFA Cup 16 September 1999 9 December 1999 6 2 1 3 6 12 −6 33.33 [78]
Total 43 25 7 11 73 48 +25 58.14

Primeira Liga[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Sporting CP (C) 34 23 8 3 57 22 +35 77 2000–01 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Porto 34 22 7 5 66 26 +40 73 2000–01 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 Benfica 34 21 6 7 58 33 +25 69 2000–01 UEFA Cup First round

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 A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H
Result D W W W W W W D L W L W D W L D D W W W W W L W D W L W W L L W W W
Position 11 7 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

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]

First round[edit]

Second round[edit]

Third round[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

The squad for the season consisted of the players listed in the tables below, as well as staff member Heynckes (manager).[78][80]

Note 1: Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Note 2: Players with squad numbers marked ‡ joined the club during the 1999-0000 season via transfer, with more details in the following section.

No. Pos Nat Player Total Primeira Liga Taça de Portugal UEFA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Argentina Carlos Bossio 9 -14 8 -14 1 0 0 0
2 DF Morocco Tahar El Khalej 5 0 4 0 1 0 0 0
3 DF Portugal José Soares 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
4 DF Nigeria Samuel Okunowo 12 1 9 1 1 0 2 0
4 MF England Michael Thomas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 DF Portugal Paulo Madeira 38 1 32 1 1 0 5 0
6 MF Angola Marco Freitas 4 0 1 0 2 0 1 0
7 MF Czech Republic Karel Poborský 36 5 29 5 1 0 6 0
8 MF Portugal João Pinto 35 3 29 3 1 0 5 0
10 MF Spain Chano 41 1 33 0 2 0 6 1
11 FW Portugal Jorge Cadete 5 0 3 0 1 0 1 0
12 GK Portugal Nuno Santos 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
13 DF Brazil Ronaldo 33 1 27 1 1 0 5 0
14 FW Spain Tote 11 3 7 0 2 3 2 0
15 MF Portugal Luís Carlos 10 0 7 0 2 0 1 0
16 DF Portugal Jorge Ribeiro 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
17 MF Ukraine Serhiy Kandaurov 37 7 31 6 2 0 4 1
18 FW Portugal Pepa 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
19 DF Portugal Bruno Basto 33 0 27 0 1 0 5 0
20 MF Portugal Maniche 35 12 28 10 1 1 6 1
21 FW Portugal Nuno Gomes 41 20 34 18 2 1 5 1
22 MF Portugal José Calado 35 2 28 2 1 0 6 0
23 DF Paraguay Ricardo Rojas 30 0 23 0 2 0 5 0
24 GK Germany Robert Enke 33 -34 26 -19 1 -3 6 -12
25 MF Egypt Abdel Sattar Sabry 13 5 13 5 0 0 0 0
26 DF Greece Triantafyllos Machairidis 16 0 14 0 2 0 0 0
27 MF Chile Cristián Uribe 13 4 11 1 2 3 0 0
28 FW Portugal João Tomás 9 2 9 2 0 0 0 0
29 DF Portugal Sérgio Nunes 22 2 17 2 1 0 4 0
30 MF Portugal Luís Andrade 17 0 11 0 2 0 4 0
31 GK Portugal José Moreira 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 DF Portugal Nuno Abreu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 MF Portugal Hugo Porfírio 6 1 3 0 2 1 1 0
33 DF Portugal Bruno Pereira 24 2 23 2 1 0 0 0
45 FW Angola João Mawete 4 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
55 FW Cape Verde Toy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Entry date Position Player From club Fee Ref
2 June 1999 CB José Soares Alverca Loan return [81]
2 June 1999 CM Maniche Alverca Loan return [81]
2 June 1999 DM Marco Freitas Alverca Loan return [81]
5 June 1999 GK Robert Enke Borussia Mönchengladbach Free [20]
13 June 1999 FB Ricardo Rojas Estudiantes Undisclosed [82]
13 June 1999 GK Carlos Bossio Estudiantes Undisclosed [82]
17 June 1999 CB Sérgio Nunes União Leiria Undisclosed [83]
18 June 1999 GK Nuno Santos Leeds United Undisclosed [84]
6 July 1999 AM Chano Tenerife Free [14]
13 July 1999 ST Sigurd Rushfeldt Rosenborg Undisclosed [85]
30 December 1999 LW Abdel Sattar Sabry PAOK Undisclosed [86]
30 December 1999 DM Triantafyllos Machairidis PAOK Undisclosed [87]
1 February 2000 ST João Tomás Académica Undisclosed [88]

In by loan[edit]

Date from Position Player From club Date to Ref
22 June 1999 RB Samuel Okunowo Barcelona 30 June 2000 [89]
21 August 1999 FW Tote Real Madrid 30 June 2000 [90]
2 January 2000 DM Cristián Uribe Huachipato 30 June 2000 [91]

Out[edit]

Exit date Position Player To club Fee Ref
11 June 1999 GK Paulo Lopes Gil Vicente Undisclosed [92]
17 June 1999 GK Michel Preud'homme None Retired [93]
10 July 1999 RB José Sousa Alverca Free [94]
12 July 1999 LW Nandinho Vitória Guimarães Free [95]
16 July 1999 AM Hugo Leal Atlético Madrid Unilateral termination [96]
17 July 1999 GK Sergei Ovchinnikov Bétis Undisclosed [97]
17 July 1999 CM Mark Pembridge Everton Undisclosed [98]
4 August 1999 ST Dean Saunders Bradford City Undisclosed [99]
7 August 1999 RB Gary Charles West Ham United Undisclosed [100]
13 August 1999 ST Sigurd Rushfeldt Rosenborg Transfer annulled [101]
27 August 1999 LB Steve Harkness Blackburn Rovers Undisclosed [102]
26 December 1999 AM Erwin Sánchez Boavista Free [103]
9 March 2000 CB Tahar El Khalej Southampton Undisclosed [104]

Out by loan[edit]

Date from Position Player To club Date to Ref
4 July 1999 DM Amaral Vasco da Gama 30 June 2000 [105]
2 January 2000 CB José Soares Campomaiorense 30 June 2000 [106]
8 February 2000 FW Jorge Cadete Bradford City 30 June 2000 [107]
13 March 2000 FW Pepa Lierse 30 June 2001 [108]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  45. ^ "Vale e Azevedo obriga atletas a pedir desculpa" [Vale e Azevedo makes athletes ask for forgiveness]. Record (in Portuguese). 27 November 1999. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  46. ^ "Jogadores do Benfica pedem perdão aos sócios" [Benfica players ask forgiveness to the associates]. Record (in Portuguese). 27 November 1999. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  47. ^ "Benfica recebe um cafezinho Delta para adoçar amargos do Celta" [Benfica receives coffee from Campomaiorense to sweeten the bitter taste of the defeat in Vigo]. Record (in Portuguese). 30 November 1999. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  48. ^ "Num Belenenses-Benfica demasiado táctico calculismo explica o nulo final" [In a Belenenses-Benfica too tactical, the nill-nill is understandable]. Record. 5 December 1999. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  49. ^ "Benfica mostrou empenho, mas faltou arte" [Benfica showed commitment but lacked poise]. Record (in Portuguese). 10 December 1999. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  50. ^ "Golos esquisitos para animar um Benfica em convalescença" [Freak goals to cheer up Benfica]. Record (in Portuguese). 14 December 1999. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  51. ^ "Comentário à 15ª jornada da I Liga: Benfica atrasa-se" [Commentary to the matchday 15 of the I Liga: Benfica fall behind]. Record (in Portuguese). 20 December 1999. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  52. ^ "Benfica até prometeu muito mas o V. Guimarães é que cumpriu" [Benfica promised allot but it was Guimarães who accomplish it]. Record (in Portuguese). 20 December 1999. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  53. ^ "Faltou ousadia ao Sporting" [Sportinglacked boldness]. Record (in Portuguese). 10 January 2000. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  54. ^ "Nova história de sete golos no Benfica mas esta com um final feliz" [New story with seven goals, but this one with a happy ending]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 January 2000. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  55. ^ "Benfica: Sexto sentido de Enke" [Benfica: Six sense of Enke]. Record (in Portuguese). 16 January 2000. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  56. ^ "Um golo de ponta-de-lança mascara falta de psicanalista do Benfica" [A strikers goal hides lack of psychoanalylist]. Record (in Portuguese). 23 January 2000. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  57. ^ "Erros de "casting" na TV-Benfica e "Canal Sporting" directo ao golo" [Casting errors at TV Benfica and "Sporting's channel"]. Record (in Portuguese). 27 January 2000. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  58. ^ "Suor e raça na vitória do Benfica um sinal dos tempos que correm" [Sweat and strength in Benfica's win]. Record (in Portuguese). 31 January 2000. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
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  61. ^ ""Oposição" no ataque prejudica a nova "sociedade" de Heynckes" ["Opposition" at the front, hurts new "society" of Heynckes]. Record (in Portuguese). 15 February 2000. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
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  63. ^ "Heynckes despreza as bases e perde "congresso" da Reboleira" [Heynckes forgets the basics and loses in Reboleira]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 February 2000. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  64. ^ "Um egípcio divino que acaricia a bola como um objecto sagrado" [A Egypcian god that treats the ball like a sacred object]. Record (in Portuguese). 5 March 2000. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  65. ^ "A "maldição axadrezada" mostrou-se ao cair do pano" [The "checkered curse" shows up at the end]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 March 2000. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  66. ^ "Não era opção para Nuno Gomes mas domingo João Tomás foi o "pai" da vitória" [It wasn't an option for Nuno Gomes but this Sunday, João Tomás was the "father" of the win]. Record (in Portuguese). 20 March 2000. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
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  70. ^ "A beleza egípcia de Sabry" [The Egyptian beauty]. Record (in Portuguese). 2 April 2000. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  71. ^ "Ganhar depressa no Alentejo dá jeito e pode virar tradição" [Win quickly in Alentejo is good and could turn tradition]. Record (in Portuguese). 9 April 2000. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  72. ^ "Sporting firme Benfica afunda" [Sporting clings one, Benfica sinks]. Record (in Portuguese). 17 April 2000. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  73. ^ "Benfica perde em Leiria" [Benfica loses in Leiria]. Record (in Portuguese). 22 April 2000. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  74. ^ "Benfica: Contraste germano-argentino na baliza" [Benfica: The German-Argentine distinction in the goalposts]. Record (in Portuguese). 1 May 2000. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
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  77. ^ "Benfica-Marítimo, 2-1: Benfiquistas mereciam mais após época tão sofrida" [Benfica-Marítimo 2-1: Benfiquistas deserve more from such a painful season]. Record. 15 May 2000. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
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  79. ^ "Sporting Campeão: Era uma vez um vencedor" [Sporting Champions: There was once a winner...]. Record (in Portuguese). 16 May 2000. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
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  81. ^ a b c "Alverca acerta renovação com técnico José Romão" [Alverca finishes new deal with coach José Romão]. Record (in Portuguese). 2 June 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  82. ^ a b "Benfica já tem acordo com Bossio e Rojas" [Benfica has deal with Bossio and Rojas]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 June 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  83. ^ "Sérgio Nunes: "Quero impor-me no Benfica"" [Sérgio Nunes: "I want to make it at Benfica"]. Record (in Portuguese). 17 June 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-04-16. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  84. ^ "Nuno Santos assina quatro épocas pelo Benfica" [Nuno Santos signs a four year deal with Benfica]. Record (in Portuguese). 18 June 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  85. ^ "Vale e Azevedo diz que Rushfeldt era o desejado" [Vale e Azevedo says that Rushefeldt was the chosen one]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 July 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  86. ^ "Benfica paga 600 mil contos por Sabry" [Benfica pays 600 thousand for Sabry]. Record (in Portuguese). 30 December 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  87. ^ "Machaeridis na Luz por três anos e meio" [Machairidis signs for three and half years]. Record (in Portuguese). 30 December 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  88. ^ "João Tomás: "Se o Benfica me contratou foi por necessidade"" [João Tomás: "If Benfica signed me, it was out of necessity"]. Record (in Portuguese). 1 February 2000. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  89. ^ "Okunowo assina por uma época com Benfica" [Okunowo signs for one year]. Record (in Portuguese). 22 June 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  90. ^ "Jovem Tote (Real Madrid) emprestado ao Benfica" [Youngster Tote (Real Madrid) loaned to Benfica]. Record (in Portuguese). 21 August 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  91. ^ "Uribe cedido ao Benfica até ao final da temporada" [Uribe loaned to Benfica until the end of the season]. Record (in Portuguese). 2 January 2000. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  92. ^ "Paulo Lopes quer relançar carreira no Gil Vicente" [Paulo Lopes wants to relaunch career in Gil Vicente]. Record (in Portuguese). 11 June 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  93. ^ "Vale e Azevedo anuncia: Preudhomme não joga mais" [Vale e Azevedo announces: PreudHomme will not play anymore]. Record (in Portuguese). 17 June 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  94. ^ "Sousa rescindiu contrato com o Benfica" [Sousa terminates contract with Benfica]. Record (in Portuguese). 10 July 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  95. ^ "Nandinho assinou pelo V. Guimarães" [Nandinho signed with V.Guimarães]. Record (in Portuguese). 12 July 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  96. ^ "Atlético Madrid anuncia contratação de Hugo Leal" [Atlético Madrid announced signing of Hugo Leal]. Record (in Portuguese). 16 July 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  97. ^ "Benfica vende Ovchinnikov e encaixa 475 mil contos" [Benfica sold Ovchinnikov and cashes in 475 thousand]. Record (in Portuguese). 17 July 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  98. ^ "Everton paga 210 mil contos por Pembridge" [Everton pays 210 thousand for Pembridge]. Record (in Portuguese). 17 July 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  99. ^ "Pembridge e Saunders dão 450 mil contos ao Benfica" [Pembridge and Saunders give 450 thousand to Benfica]. Record (in Portuguese). 4 August 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  100. ^ "Benfica e West Ham chegaram a acordo por Gary Charles" [Benfica and West Ham reach deal for Gary Charles]. Record (in Portuguese). 7 August 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  101. ^ "Benfica desiste de Rushfeldt" [Benfica gives up on Rushfeldt]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 August 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  102. ^ "Steve Harkness assina pelo Blackburn Rovers" [Steve Harkness signs for Blackburn Rovers]. Record (in Portuguese). 27 August 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  103. ^ "Erwin Sanchez e Erivan apresentados no Bessa" [Erwin Sanchez and Erivan presented in Bessa]. Record (in Portuguese). 26 December 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  104. ^ "El Khalej: "Saio do Benfica com muita mágoa"" [El Khalej: "I left Benfica grief stricken"]. Record (in Portuguese). 9 March 2000. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  105. ^ "Amaral emprestado ao Vasco da Gama" [Amaral loaned to Vasco da Gama]. Record (in Portuguese). 4 July 1999. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  106. ^ "José Soares (Benfica) ruma a Campo Maior" [José Soares heads to Campo Maior]. Record (in Portuguese). 2 January 2000. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  107. ^ "Vale e Azevedo quer 650 mil por Jorge Cadete" [Vale e Azevedo wants 650 thousand for Jorge Cadete]. Record (in Portuguese). 8 February 2000. Archived from the original on 2015-07-06. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  108. ^ "Pepa cedido ao Lierse por uma época e meia" [Pepa loaned to Lierse for one and half years]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 March 2000. Archived from the original on 2015-07-11. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
General
  • Tovar, Rui Miguel (2012). Almanaque do Benfica [Benfica Almanac]. Portugal: Lua de Papel. ISBN 978-989-23-2087-8.