2005–06 S.L. Benfica season

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Benfica
2005–06 season
President Luís Filipe Vieira
Head coach Ronald Koeman
Stadium Estádio da Luz
Primeira Liga 3rd
Taça de Portugal Quarter-finals
Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira Winners
UEFA Champions League Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League:
Nuno Gomes (15)
All:
Nuno Gomes (17)
Highest home attendance 65,000 vs Barcelona
(28 March 2006)
Lowest home attendance 18,000 vs Nacional
(8 February 2006)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2005–06 season was Sport Lisboa e Benfica's 102nd season in existence and the club's 72nd consecutive season in the top flight of Portuguese football. It involved Benfica competing in the Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal and the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. Benfica qualified for the Champions League by winning the previous Primeira Liga. Benfica also contested the Supertaça for the second time in a row.

Ronald Koeman replaced Giovanni Trapattoni which didn't renew his contract. Benfica started the season by winning the Supertaça for a fourth time and a first since 1989. In the Primeira Liga, Benfica ended twelve points behind the winners, and failed to retain his title, despite winning both games against them, but secured a spot in the 2006–07 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

In the Taça de Portugal they failed to reach the final, as in the two previous season's, being knock-out at home by Vitória Guimarães.

Perhaps the season's biggest accomplishment was reaching the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, before losing 2–0 on aggregate against Barcelona. In the group stage, Benfica secured a second place, throwing Manchester United out of the competition and defeating title holders Liverpool in the first knock-out stage by a clear 3–0.

At the end of the season, Ronald Koeman was let go and replaced with Fernando Santos. The poor league campaign heavily influenced this decision.

Season summary[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

After winning the title, Giovanni Trapattoni opted to return to Italy to be closer to his wife, immediately signing with VfB Stuttgart.[1][2] Ronald Koeman was appointed as his replacement, Koeman was unemployed since leaving AFC Ajax in February.[3] He express a desire to have a more attacking minded team with the intent to revalidate the title and progress in the Champions League.[4] The team was usually set up with Quim in the keeper's position (replaced by Moretto), in the centre of the defence, Luisão and Anderson, while in the left side, Léo was undisputed, and on the right, Nélson usually starting. Ricardo Rocha was ever present in either, the right, the left or in the centre. In the midfield, in 4-3-3 step-up, Petit played alone (often replaced by Karagounis), with Manuel Fernandes on the left side and Beto on the right, with Geovanni on the right wing and Simão in the left, supporting either Miccoli or Nuno Gomes at the center.[5][6] In the Portuguese Supercup, Benfica faced Vitória Setúbal, which had beaten them months earlier, but managed conquer its fourth supercup, with Nuno Gomes scoring from a individual effort.[7] It has their first since 1989, after five straight losses.[8]

League[edit]

In the Primeira Liga, Benfica started in awful way. At Coimbra, Benfica was left without ideas to beat the local team, in a nil-nil draw.[9] At home, Benfica lost to Gil Vicente with Simão Sabrosa missing a penalty, and Koeman playing in a 3-4-3 formation that proved awful, conceding two goals in counter attacks.[10] In the third matchday, at Alvalade, things got worse, Benfica was outplayed and ended in the relegation spots at the end of the day.[11] It wasn't until the fourth day, that Benfica won its first victory, with a hat-trick from Nuno Gomes, comfortably beating União Leiria.[12] This was followed by a clear victory in Penafiel, with a strong first minutes, that provided a two-nil lead.[13] It then struggled to beat Guimarães in a highly aggressive match, ultimately winning with a deflected goal from Simão.[14] Next it was Porto at Dragão, where Koeman managed a win with 2 goals from Nuno Gomes in a match completely controlled by Benfica, their first win there in 14 years.[15] The Eagles then beat Estrela Amadora in decompression following a Champions League match in Spain, reaching third place.[16] In matchday nine, with the chance to pass Porto and reach the top of the table, the team succumb under pressure and nearly lost in Figueira da Foz.[17] Next, former Porto player António Sousa, nearly beat Benfica for the second year in a row, after winning with Beira-Mar before, but two free-kicks from Petit stopped him.[18] In matchday 11, Benfica visited Braga, and faced a tough opponent which ultimately came out on top, with 2 goals from Bevacqua, the only league goals he ever scored in Portugal.[19] With 7 points lost in 3 matchdays, Benfica continued in a bad form, tying with Belenenses, adding two more points lost.[20] However, Benfica form improved with a win in Madeira, their first league victory in a month,[21] and in the aftermath of the win against Manchester, beat Boavista at home.[22] This was followed with a hard win against Nacional, which proved a tough opponent,[23] and a last minute win in Setúbal in a exciting match.[24] In January 2006, Benfica form improved further with comfortable wins at home against Paços [25] (climbing to second place for the first time in the season), Académica,[26] and on the road against Gil Vicente.[27] Next, Benfica faced Sporting at home, and was again outplayed, proving unable to stop the Lions from scoring three in just 20 minutes.[28] Benfica continued on the bad run, being outplayed, now by Leiria, trained by Jorge Jesus.[29] The Eagles briefly recovered with clear win against Penafiel,[30] but was against outplayed in a away match, this time in Guimarães,[31] thus falling to fourth place. A historic win at home against Porto, for the first time since 1976–77, when Benfica beat them both away and at home,[32][33] was followed by a tough win in Reboleira, with a last minute goal from Miccoli, with the Eagles climbing to third.[34] In the hangover of the European win against Liverpool, Benfica draw against Naval,[35] but return on winning path with another last minute goal, now from Mantorras, against Rio Ave.[36] With Barcelona on their minds, Benfica beat Braga with an early goal,[37] and in the midst of an European match at Nou Camp, beat Belenenses.[38] After their exit from Europe, Benfica nearly lost at home against Maritimo, trailing by two-nil, they managed to tie with a last minute penalty by Simão.[39] The bounced back with a easy win against Boavista.[40] but slipped again, conceding a late goal from Nacional at Madeira,[41] which meant the title or the second place were definitely out of reach. With the team in decompression, they still beat Setúbal at home,[42] but lost in the final matchday, in a awful performance, with Koeman under fire.[43] Benfica only won 58 percent of the league matches and ended 12 points behind Porto, despite both wins against them, with Koeman leaving shortly after to join PSV Eindhoven.[44][45]

Cup[edit]

In the Portuguese Cup, Benfica attempt a third straight final, facing Leixões in the fourth round, winning with a great performance from Simão, in a hard fought match.[46] Next they faced Tourizense in the small village near Coimbra, winning confortambly.[47] After two league defeats, against Sporting and Leiria, Benfica faced Nacional at home and proved ineffective to beat them in regular time, only passing on penalty kicks.[48] The next opponent was even tougher and a irregular goal from Guimarães was all that was needed to kick Benfica out of the Portuguese Cup, adding pressure on Koeman.[49]

Europe[edit]

After six seasons of absence, Benfica returned to the main UEFA competition. They were placed into Pot 4, according to their UEFA coefficient.[50] In the draw, Benfica was gathered with Villarreal, Lille and Manchester United.[51] It faced Lille first, winning with a goal from Miccoli at the 91st minute, after a cross from Mantorras.[52] In the visit to Old Trafford, Benfica almost managed to tie and win its first points in Manchester, but Ruud van Nistelrooy, scored with five minutes to go.[53] In El Madrigal, the Eagles had 15 shots and 10 corners, but only scored with a strike from Manuel Fernandes, in the only goal the Spanish team suffered at home in the group stage.[54] In the home match against Villarreal, with the main goalkeepers injured, 19 year old Rui Nereu made a mistake that allowed Marcos Senna to score the winning goal.[55] In Stade de France, with fifty thousand Benfica fans supporting the team, Benfica draw Lille, needing to win in the last matchday to pass.[56][57] In 7 December, Benfica faced Manchester United, it begun trailing early with a goal from Paul Scholes, but a individual effort from Geovanni and lucky strike from Beto, which bounced on Scholes, decided the match.[58] Benfica passed the group stage in second with 8 points and Manchester United were out of the Champions League for the second time since 1994–95. Benfica then faced Liverpool, despite Koeman preference for Arsenal or Barcelona,[59] In the first leg, they won in a sold-out Estádio da Luz, with a goal from Luisão in the 84th minute.[60] In the second leg, at Anfield Road, Benfica defeated Liverpool with goals from Simão Sabrosa and Miccoli in one historic European night, throwing out the current title holder.[61][62] Facing Barcelona next, the team of Ronaldinho, Eto'o and a 18 year Messi were major favorites in the contender.[63][64] In the first leg, Benfica managed to draw 0-0.[65] In the second leg, Moretto defended a penalty kick from Ronaldinho, but couldn't stopped him from scoring minutes later. A clear opportunity that Simão missed in the 61st minute was a major blow in the teams aspirations, with Eto'o ending the contend with a late goal.[66][67] Barcelona went on to became European Champions.[68]

Squad[edit]

Squad no. Name Nationality Position Date of birth (age) Signed from
Goalkeepers
1 Moreira Portugal GK (1982-03-20)20 March 1982 (aged 23) Youth system
12 Quim Portugal GK (1975-11-13)13 November 1975 (aged 29) Braga
24 Bruno Costa Portugal GK (1986-08-28)28 August 1986 (aged 18) Youth system
31 Moretto Brazil GK (1978-05-10)10 May 1978 (aged 27) Vitória Setúbal
43 Rui Nereu Portugal GK (1986-02-04)04 February 1986 (aged 19) Youth system
49 Ricardo Janota Portugal GK (1987-03-10)10 March 1987 (aged 18) Youth system
Defenders
3 Anderson Brazil CB (1980-04-27)27 April 1980 (aged 25) Corinthians
4 Luisão Brazil CB (1981-02-13)13 February 1981 (aged 24) Cruzeiro
5 Léo Brazil LB (1975-07-06)06 July 1975 (aged 30) Santos
13 Alcides Brazil CB (1985-03-13)13 March 1985 (aged 20) Chelsea
18 Manuel dos Santos France LB (1974-03-28)28 March 1974 (aged 31) Marseille
22 Nélson Portugal RB (1983-06-10)10 June 1983 (aged 22) Boavista
33 Ricardo Rocha Portugal CB (1978-10-03)3 October 1978 (aged 26) Braga
36 Tiago Gomes Portugal LB (1986-07-29)29 July 1986 (aged 19) Youth system
47 João Pereira Portugal RB (1984-02-25)25 February 1984 (aged 21) Youth system
Midfielders
6 Petit Portugal DM/CM (1976-09-25)25 September 1976 (aged 28) Boavista
7 Carlitos Portugal RW/LW (1982-09-06)06 September 1982 (aged 22) Estoril-Praia
8 Bruno Aguiar Portugal CM (1981-02-24)24 February 1981 (aged 24) Alverca
10 Karagounis Greece AM (1977-03-06)06 March 1977 (aged 28) Inter Milan
11 Geovanni Brazil RW (1980-01-11)11 January 1980 (aged 25) Barcelona
15 Nuno Assis Portugal AM (1977-11-25)25 November 1977 (aged 27) Vitória Guimarães
16 Beto Brazil DM/CM (1976-11-20)20 November 1976 (aged 28) Beira-Mar
17 Karyaka Russia AM (1978-04-01)01 April 1978 (aged 27) Krylia Sovetov
20 Simão (C) Portugal LW (1979-10-31)31 October 1979 (aged 25) Barcelona
23 Manduca Brazil LW (1980-06-08)08 June 1980 (aged 25) Maritimo
28 Hélio Roque Portugal LW (1985-07-20)20 July 1985 (aged 20) Youth system
32 Marco Ferreira Portugal RW (1978-03-12)12 March 1978 (aged 27) Penafiel
34 Laurent Robert France LW (1975-05-21)21 May 1975 (aged 30) Newcastle United
37 Manuel Fernandes Portugal DM/CM (1986-02-05)05 February 1986 (aged 19) Youth system
39 João Coimbra Portugal DM/CM (1986-05-24)24 May 1986 (aged 19) Youth system
Forwards
9 Mantorras Angola ST (1982-03-18)18 March 1982 (aged 23) Alverca
21 Nuno Gomes (VC) Portugal FW (1976-07-05)05 July 1976 (aged 29) Fiorentina
19 Marcel Brazil ST (1981-11-12)12 November 1981 (aged 23) Académica
30 Fabrizio Miccoli Italy FW (1979-06-27)27 June 1979 (aged 26) Juventus

Transfers in[edit]

Entry date Position No. Player From club Fee Ref
3 June 2005 DM 16 Brazil Beto Portugal Beira-Mar Loan Return [69]
21 June 2005 AM - Brazil Diego de Souza Brazil Fluminense Undisclosed [70]
27 June 2005 CB 13 Brazil Alcides England Chelsea Loan [71]
2 July 2005 AM 17 Russia Karyaka Russia Krylia Sovetov Undisclosed [72]
3 July 2005 CB 3 Brazil Anderson Brazil Corinthians Undisclosed [73]
12 July 2005 CB 13 Brazil Léo Brazil Santos Undisclosed [74]
24 August 2005 RB 22 Portugal Nélson Portugal Boavista Undisclosed [75]
30 August 2005 AM 10 Greece Karagounis Italy Inter Milan Undisclosed [76]
31 August 2005 FW 30 Italy Miccoli Italy Juventus Loan [77]
28 December 2005 LW 23 Brazil Manduca Portugal Maritimo Undisclosed [78]
2 January 2006 GK 31 Brazil Moretto Portugal Vitória Setúbal Undisclosed [79]
2 January 2006 RW 32 Portugal Marco Ferreira Portugal Penafiel Undisclosed [80]
4 January 2006 LW 34 France Laurent Robert England Newcastle United Undisclosed [81]
17 January 2006 ST 19 Brazil Marcel Portugal Académica Loan [82]

Transfers out[edit]

Entry date Position No. Player From club Fee Ref
27 May 2005 FW 25 Croatia Šokota Portugal Porto Contract end [83]
19 June 2004 CB 2 Portugal Amoreirinha Portugal Estrela da Amadora Loan [84]
1 July 2005 ST 34 Serbia and Montenegro Delibašić Spain Mallorca Loan end [85]
11 July 2005 CB 30 Brazil André Luís France Marseille Loan [86]
21 July 2005 GK 24 France Yannick Quesnel France Marseille Loan [87]
23 July 2005 ST 22 Norway Karadas England Portsmouth Loan [88]
28 July 2005 AM - Brazil Diego de Souza Brazil Flamengo Loan [70]
3 August 2005 LB 14 Greece Fyssas Scotland Hearts Undisclosed [89]
17 August 2005 CM 14 Guinea-Bissau Ednilson Greece OFI Crete Free [90]
18 August 2005 RB 23 Portugal Miguel Spain Valencia €7M [91]
20 August 2005 LB - Portugal Alex Germany VfL Wolfsburg Undisclosed [92]
3 January 2006 LW 28 Portugal Hélio Roque Portugal Vitória Setúbal Loan [93]
9 January 2006 RW/LW 7 Portugal Carlitos Portugal Vitória Setúbal Loan [94]
16 January 2006 CM 19 Brazil Everson Switzerland BSC Young Boys Loan [95]
16 January 2006 LB 18 France Manuel dos Santos France AS Monaco Undisclosed [96]
18 January 2006 CM 8 Portugal Bruno Aguiar Scotland Hearts Undisclosed [97]
24 April 2006 DM 5 Brazil Paulo Almeida Brazil Corinthians Contract terminated [98]

Competitions[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss       Postponed

Pre-season[edit]

Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira[edit]

Primeira Liga[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts Comments
1 Porto (C) 34 24 07 03 54 16 +38 79 UEFA Champions League Group Stage
2 Sporting CP 34 22 06 06 50 24 +26 72
3 Benfica 34 20 07 07 51 29 +22 67 UEFA Champions League 3rd Qualifying 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 H A H H A H A H A H A H A H A H A A H A
Result D L L W W W W W D D L D W W W W W W W L L W L W W D W W W D W D W L
Position 9 14 16 11 9 5 4 3 4 4 6 6 6 5 5 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Last updated: 22 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 Champions League[edit]

Group D[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Villarreal 6 2 4 0 3 1 +2 10
Portugal Benfica 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8
France Lille 6 1 3 2 1 2 −1 6
England Manchester United 6 1 3 2 3 4 −1 6

First knockout round[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

Overall record[edit]

Competition First match Last match Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win % Source
Primeira Liga 20 August 2005 7 May 2006 34 20 7 7 51 29 +22 58.82
Portuguese Cup 26 October 2005 15 March 2006 4 2 1 1 4 2 +2 50.00
UEFA Champions League 14 September 2005 5 April 2006 10 4 3 3 8 7 +1 40.00
Supercup 13 August 2005 13 August 2005 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.000
Total [99] 49 27 11 11 64 38 +26 55.10

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

As of 21 May 2013.[100]
No. Pos Nat Player Total Primeira Liga Portuguese Cup Champions League Supertaça
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK Portugal Moreira 9 -8 6 -6 0 0 2 -2 1 0
12 GK Portugal Quim 12 -6 7 -3 2 -1 3 -2 0 0
31 GK Brazil Moretto 23 -19 18 -17 1 0 4 -2 0 0
43 GK Portugal Rui Nereu 7 -5 4 -3 1 0 2 -2 0 0
Defenders
3 DF Brazil Anderson 41 4 29 4 2 0 9 0 1 0
4 DF Brazil Luisão 45 2 31 1 3 0 10 1 1 0
5 DF Brazil Léo 38 0 26 0 3 0 9 0 0 0
13 DF Brazil Alcides 18 0 12 0 2 0 4 0 0 0
18 DF France Manuel dos Santos 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
22 DF Portugal Nélson 34 0 25 0 2 0 7 0 0 0
27 DF Portugal João Pereira 11 0 6 0 1 0 3 0 1 0
33 DF Portugal Ricardo Rocha 39 0 25 0 4 0 9 0 1 0
Midfielders
6 MF Portugal Petit 42 3 30 3 2 0 9 0 1 0
7 MF Portugal Carlitos 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
10 MF Greece Karagounis 30 1 19 1 4 0 7 0 0 0
11 MF Brazil Geovanni 37 4 25 3 3 0 8 1 1 0
14 MF Portugal Manuel Fernandes 40 2 28 1 3 0 8 1 1 0
15 MF Portugal Nuno Assis 12 0 10 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
16 MF Brazil Beto 37 1 24 0 4 0 8 1 1 0
17 MF Russia Andrey Karyaka 12 1 9 1 1 0 1 0 1 0
19 MF Brazil Everson 5 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
20 MF Portugal Simão 36 12 24 8 3 2 8 2 1 0
28 MF Portugal Hélio Roque 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
32 MF Portugal Marco Ferreira 6 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
34 MF France Laurent Robert 20 3 13 2 3 1 4 0 0 0
39 MF Portugal João Coimbra 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Forwards
9 FW Angola Mantorras 24 3 17 3 2 0 5 0 0 0
19 FW Brazil Marcel 9 0 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
21 FW Portugal Nuno Gomes 42 17 29 15 4 1 8 0 1 1
23 FW Brazil Gustavo Manduca 34 6 31 6 3 0 0 0 0 0
30 FW Italy Fabrizio Miccoli 23 6 17 4 0 0 6 2 0 0

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