2006–07 S.L. Benfica season

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Benfica
2006–07 season
President Luís Filipe Vieira
Head coach Fernando Santos
Stadium Estádio da Luz
Primeira Liga 3rd
Taça de Portugal Sixth round
UEFA Champions League Group stage (3rd)
UEFA Cup Quarter-finals
Top goalscorer League: Simão (11)
All: Simão (16)
Highest home attendance 62,756[1] vs Porto
(1 April 2007)
Lowest home attendance 22,227 vs União de Leiria
(21 January 2007)
Average home league attendance 33,323[2]
Home colours
Away colours

The 2006–07 season was Sport Lisboa e Benfica's 103rd season in existence and the club's 73rd consecutive season in the top flight of Portuguese football. It involved Benfica competing in the Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal and the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. Benfica qualified for the Champions League by coming third in the previous Primeira Liga.

Fernando Santos replaced Ronald Koeman who was sacked. In the Primeira Liga, now reduced to 16 clubs, Benfica ended in third, having a chance to pass to the lead when it drawed Porto in the 23rd matchday, then losing the second placed and finishing third, securing a spot in the third qualifying round of next year's Champions League.

The Taça de Portugal ended at the hands of Varzim in the sixth round.

In European competitions, Benfica beat Austria Wien in the third qualifying round reaching the group stage for second time in a row, ending third behind Manchester United and Celtic, beating Copenhagen for the UEFA Cup placed. In the UEFA Cup, Benfica reached the quarter-finals, losing 3–2 on aggregate to eventual runners-up Espanyol.

President Luís Filipe Vieira ran alone for a second term.[3]

Season summary[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

In the aftermath of exiting of Ronald Koeman, Benfica quickly selected, former Porto and Sporting manager, and confessed supporter, Fernado Santos.[4] Santos abandoned Koeman 4-3-3 and opted for a 4–4–2 diamond or 4–1–2–1–2. The defence was left unchanged with Quim in the keeper's position, in the center, Luisão and Anderson, the left, Léo, and on the right, Nélson. Petit remained the team defensive midfielder, with Katsouranis on the right hand side and Karagounis on the left side, supporting Simão. At the front, Miccoli and Nuno Gomes partnered often.[5] In the transfer window, Rui Costa rejoined after 12 years abroad.

League[edit]

In the Primeira Liga, Benfica first game, with Belenenses was postponed in the wake of the Mateus affair,[6] so the their first match was in 9 September against Boavista with international duty in between, nearly twenty days since they last played, for the Champions League third qualifying round.[7] Unsuspectingly, Benfica struggled to perform and was outplayed with a clear three-nil in Bessa.[8] In the following matchday, without Rui Costa, Petit and Nuno Gomes, Benfica beat Nacional with a sole goal from Luisão, earning his first points.[9] However, against Paços de Ferreira, it lost points again, after Leo being sentoff, Benfica conceded a goal at 93rd minute, being eight points away from the leader, although with a game less.[10][11] Performances improved in following weeks, with a clear victory against Desportivo Aves, with Rui Costa being influential in the second half,[12] followed by a four-nil in Leiria,[13] and easy win against Estrela da Amadora.[14] Next, Benfica travelled to Dragão, where it faced Porto which lead the league. Trailing by two nil after the first twenty minutes, the Eagles managed to tie the match with goals from Katsouranis and Nuno Gomes in the second half, but an irregular throw-in and poor defending led to another goals suffered in extra-time, now resulting in a loss.[15] They bounced back with a clear three-nil win against Beira-Mar,[16] but lost track again, suffering a 3–1 defeat in Braga, in the midst of internal problems regarding football director José Veiga who resigned after personal reasons.[17][18] Benfica returned to Estádio da Luz, beating Maritimo two-one, in a solid performance.[19] In the next round, Benfica played in Alvalade, beating Sporting 2–0, reducing distances to the first place.[20] However, after being eliminated from the Champions League, Benfica went no bether than nil-nil in Figueira da Foz, losing points in the title race.[21] Following this disappointing result, Benfica regain their momentum, beating Vitória Setúbal by three-nil,[22] Belenenses by four-nil in a game from matchday 1,[23] went to Coimbra beat the local team by two-nil,[24] and beat Belenenses in the round trip, and climbed to second post, closing the distance to Porto to just five points.[25] Benfica then wasted two points at home against Boavista, hitting the bar four times, in a good performance but scoreless.[26] It then entered it's best period of the season, with five straight wins, beating Nacional in Madeira by two-nil,[27] Paços de Ferreira at home,[28] Desportivo de Aves away,[29] União de Leiria at home,[30] and finally, Estrela da Amadora away.[31] Benfica had managed to pull away from Sporting, having 5 point advantage in the second place, but also shortened the distance to Porto in the lead to just one point, with the next match being a Benfica-Porto. With sixty-three thousand fans behind them, the Eagles were unable to beat Porto, tying one-nil, wasting the opportunity to pass to the top of the league.[32] In the next matchday, with six rounds to play, Benfica nearly lost in Aveiro against Beira-Mar, with a ghost penalty won by Simão in the last minute preventing that.[33] Porto had pushed a 4-point advantage again, and Sporting closed the difference to one point. With another draw, now against Braga at home, Benfica lost the second place and opened a 5-point gap to the lead, seriously compromising their title chances.[34] A win in Madeira helped keep the hope alive,[35] but another opportunity lost with a home draw against Sporting,[36] meant the title was almost impossible, with a four-point difference with just 3 rounds to go. Three straight wins, against Naval,[37] Vitória de Setúbal,[38] and finally Académica, only helped secure a sport in the next year Champions League.[39] An irregular team throughout the season, Benfica had an opportunity to pass to the front but squandered way, with three straght draws, removing himself from the title and even the second place.

Cup[edit]

In the Portuguese Cup, Benfica faced Third Division team Oliveira do Bairro in the Fourth round, winning comfortably by five-nill.[40] In the Fifth round, a First Division team, Leiria, caused a lot of problems, but a good performance from Mantorras resolved it.[41] Next it faced Varzim, with formed glory Diamantino Miranda at the helm, Benfica was surprised, being knocked out of the competition.[42]

Europe[edit]

After ending in third, the year before, Benfica wanted to join Porto and Sporting in the Champions League, with three Portuguese teams for the first time in the group stage. For that, that had to pass Austria Wien. In the first leg, a back-heeled goal from Nuno Gomes put Benfica in front in a one-nil final result.[43] At home, a clear three-nil, meant Benfica had make history.[44] Benfica ended in Group F with FC København, Celtic FC and Manchester United.[45] In the first match, in Copenhagen, Benfica earned their first points in a goalless draw against the local team.[46] Next, they faced United at home, an opponent they defeated in last December, but this time, they didn't fare so well, losing one-nil.[47] In the third matchday, in Glasgow, Benfica was throughy outplayed, losing three-nil, opening a five-point distance between them.[48] In the return trip, in Lisbon, Benfica enacted their revenge with another three-nil, now, at their favor, closing the distance to two points.[49] Facing FC København in Lisbon, the Eagles earned a convincing 3–1 victory, keep them 2 points clear of the qualification, but needing to win in Manchester to pass, since Celtic had beaten United.[50] A early goal from Nélson gave them hope needed, but United quickly responded with three goals, throwing Benfica to the UEFA Cup, with 7 points in six matches, two shy of qualification.[51]

In the UEFA Cup, Benfica faced Dinamo Bucureşti in the Round of 32, with the first leg at home. A goal from Miccoli in the last minute was enough to beat the Romanians at home.[52] In Bucharest, Benfica conceded a goal but hit back with second-half goals from Anderson and Konstantinos Katsouranis to go through 3–1 on aggregate.[53] In the Round of 16, it faced Paris Saint-Germain. In Paris, it scored first by Simão but Portuguese striker Pauleta equalized and Pierre-Alain Frau made it 2–1, earning Paris Saint-Germain FC a narrow first-leg lead. Benfica had lost Luisão in the half hour to injury and David Luiz made his debut.[54] At home, Benfica struggled to beat them, after an early goal from Simão, Pauleta equalized again, and after relenteless pressing, a beautiful goal from Petit put Benfica equal in the aggregate score, and an 89th-minute penalty ended PSG resistance and put Benfica into the UEFA Cup quarter-finals.[55] Next, Benfica faced Spaniards Espanyol. In the first-leg, while losing three-nil before the hour-mark, Benfica managed to re-enter the game with 2 goals in quick succession, however, Fernando Santos told the team to easy back, so 3–2 was the final result.[56] In the second-leg, Benfica pressed hard, especially in the second half, but a combination of goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz and the woodwork saved Espanyol from defeat, putting them in the semi-finals.[57]

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 24) Youth system
12 Quim Portugal GK (1975-11-13)13 November 1975 (aged 30) Braga
31 Moretto Brazil GK (1978-05-10)10 May 1978 (aged 28) Vitória Setúbal
43 Rui Nereu Portugal GK (1986-02-04)4 February 1986 (aged 20) Youth system
Defenders
2 Pedro Correia Portugal RB (1987-03-27)27 March 1987 (aged 19) Youth system
3 Anderson Brazil CB (1980-04-27)27 April 1980 (aged 26) Corinthians
4 Luisão Brazil CB (1981-02-13)13 February 1981 (aged 25) Cruzeiro
5 Léo Brazil LB (1975-07-06)6 July 1975 (aged 31) Santos
11 Miguelito Portugal LB (1981-02-04)4 February 1981 (aged 25) Nacional
13 Alcides Brazil CB (1985-03-13)13 March 1985 (aged 21) Chelsea
22 Nélson Portugal RB (1983-06-10)10 June 1983 (aged 23) Boavista
23 David Luiz Brazil CB (1987-04-22)22 April 1987 (aged 19) Vitória
33 Ricardo Rocha Portugal CB (1978-10-03)3 October 1978 (aged 27) Braga
Midfielders
6 Petit Portugal DM/CM (1976-09-25)25 September 1976 (aged 29) Boavista
7 Marco Ferreira Portugal RW (1978-03-12)12 March 1978 (aged 28) Penafiel
8 Katsouranis Greece DM (1979-06-21)21 June 1979 (aged 27) AEK Athens
10 Rui Costa Portugal AM (1972-03-29)29 March 1972 (aged 34) A.C. Milan
15 Paulo Jorge Portugal RW (1981-05-05)5 May 1981 (aged 25) Boavista
16 Beto Brazil DM/CM (1976-11-20)20 November 1976 (aged 29) Beira-Mar
18 Manú Portugal LW/RW (1985-07-20)20 July 1985 (aged 21) Alverca
19 Karyaka Russia AM (1978-04-01)1 April 1978 (aged 28) Krylia Sovetov
20 Simão (C) Portugal LW (1979-10-31)31 October 1979 (aged 26) Barcelona
25 Nuno Assis Portugal AM (1977-11-25)25 November 1977 (aged 28) Vitória Guimarães
26 Karagounis Greece AM (1977-03-06)6 March 1977 (aged 29) Inter Milan
34 Diego Souza Brazil AM (1985-06-17)17 June 1985 (aged 21) Fluminense
28 João Coimbra Portugal DM/CM (1986-05-24)24 May 1986 (aged 20) Youth system
Forwards
9 Mantorras Angola ST (1982-03-18)18 March 1982 (aged 24) Alverca
17 Kikin Fonseca Mexico FW (1979-10-02)2 October 1979 (aged 26) Cruz Azul
19 Marcel Brazil ST (1981-11-12)12 November 1981 (aged 24) Académica
21 Nuno Gomes (VC) Portugal FW (1976-07-05)5 July 1976 (aged 30) Fiorentina
27 Derlei Brazil ST (1975-07-14)14 July 1975 (aged 31) Dynamo Moscow
30 Fabrizio Miccoli Italy FW (1979-06-27)27 June 1979 (aged 27) Juventus

Transfers in[edit]

Entry date Position No. Player From club Fee Ref
19 January 2006 ST 19 Brazil Marcel Portugal Académica Undisclosed (~€3.5M) [58]
25 May 2006 AM 10 Portugal Rui Costa Italy A.C. Milan Free [59]
22 June 2006 DM 8 Greece Katsouranis Greece AEK Athens Undisclosed (~€3.5M) [60]
22 June 2006 LW 18 Portugal Manú Portugal Estrela da Amadora Loan return [61]
31 July 2006 AM 34 Brazil Diego de Souza Brazil Flamengo Loan return [62]
5 July 2005 RW 15 Portugal Paulo Jorge Portugal Boavista F.C. Undisclosed(~€1.2M) [63]
26 August 2006 LB 11 Portugal Miguelito Portugal Nacional Undisclosed (~€1M) [64]
29 January 2007 ST 27 Brazil Derlei Russia FC Dynamo Moscow Loan [65]
31 January 2007 CB 23 Brazil David Luiz Brazil Vitória Loan [66]

Transfers out[edit]

Entry date Position No. Player From club Fee Ref
31 May 2006 RW 23 Brazil Geovanni Brazil Cruzeiro Undisclosed (~€1.5M) [67]
23 June 2006 RW/LW 7 Portugal Carlitos Switzerland Sion Loan [68]
6 July 2006 RB 47 Portugal João Pereira Portugal Gil Vicente Undisclosed [69]
11 July 2006 LW 34 France Laurent Robert Spain Levante Free [70]
3 August 2006 LW 23 Brazil Manduca Greece AEK Athens Loan [71]
3 August 2006 LW 28 Portugal Hélio Roque Portugal Olivais e Moscavide Loan [72]
14 August 2006 GK 24 France Yannick Quesnel France AS Monaco Free [73]
20 August 2006 LW - Portugal José Fonte Portugal Estrela Loan [74]
23 August 2006 LB 36 Portugal Tiago Gomes Portugal Estrela Loan [75]
23 August 2006 CB 2 Portugal Amoreirinha Portugal Estrela Loan [76]
23 August 2006 ST 22 Norway Karadas Germany Kaiserslautern Loan [77]
24 August 2006 ST 19 Brazil Marcel Portugal Braga Loan [78]
30 August 2006 CM 37 Mexico Manuel Fernandes England Portsmouth Loan [79]
1 September 2006 CB 30 Brazil André Luís Brazil Cruzeiro Undisclosed (~€1.5M) [80]
26 December 2006 AM 34 Brazil Diego de Souza Brazil Grêmio Loan [81]
10 January 2007 CB 13 Brazil Alcides England Chelsea Loan return [82]
15 January 2007 FW 17 Mexico Kikin Fonseca Mexico Tigres Undisclosed (~€3.6M) [83]
22 January 2007 CB 33 Portugal Ricardo Rocha England Tottenham €5M [84]
24 January 2007 CM 37 Portugal Manuel Fernandes England Everton Loan [85]
28 January 2007 AM 19 Russia Karyaka Russia Saturn Ramenskoye Loan [86]
10 February 2007 ST 19 Brazil Marcel Brazil São Paulo Loan [87]

Competitions[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss       Postponed

Pre-season[edit]

Primeira Liga[edit]

Main article: 2006-07 Primeira Liga

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 Porto (C) 30 22 3 5 65 20 +45 69 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Sporting CP 30 20 8 2 54 15 +39 68
3 Benfica 30 20 7 3 55 20 +35 67 2007–08 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round

Updated to games played on May 10, 2007.
Source: Portuguese Liga 2006-07 at rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(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
Ground H A H A H A H A H A H A A H A A H A H A H A H A H A H H A H
Result W L W D W W W L W L W W D W W W D W W W W W D D D W D W W W
Position 1 6 2 3 3 3 1 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 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]

Portuguese Cup[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Third qualifying round[edit]

Group Stage[edit]

Group F[edit]
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Manchester United 6 4 0 2 10 5 +5 12
Scotland Celtic 6 3 0 3 8 9 −1 9
Portugal Benfica 6 2 1 3 7 8 −1 7
Denmark Copenhagen 6 2 1 3 5 8 −3 7

UEFA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2006–07 UEFA Cup

Round of 32[edit]

Round of 16[edit]

Quarter-finals[edit]

Squad, appearances and goals[edit]

As of 18 December 2012.
No. Pos Nat Player Total Primeira Liga Portuguese Cup Champions League UEFA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK Portugal Moreira 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 GK Portugal Quim 45 -38 29 -20 3 -3 8 -9 5 -6
31 GK Brazil Moretto 2 -1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 -1
Defenders
22 DF Portugal Nélson 43 1 28 0 3 0 6 1 6 0
3 DF Brazil Anderson 32 1 19 0 3 0 4 0 6 1
4 DF Brazil Luisão 29 2 17 2 2 0 7 0 3 0
23 DF Brazil David Luiz 14 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
13 DF Brazil Alcides 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
33 DF Portugal Ricardo Rocha 20 3 12 3 1 0 7 0 0 0
5 DF Brazil Léo 42 2 27 1 3 0 6 1 6 0
11 DF Portugal Miguelito 7 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Midfielders
6 MF Portugal Petit 40 6 24 4 2 0 8 1 6 1
16 MF Brazil Beto 11 0 6 0 1 0 2 0 2 0
8 MF Greece Katsouranis 44 8 29 6 3 1 8 0 4 1
28 MF Portugal João Coimbra 17 0 12 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
19 MF Russia Andrey Karyaka 5 2 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 0
10 MF Portugal Rui Costa 22 5 14 4 3 0 2 1 3 0
26 MF Greece Karagounis 37 2 26 2 2 0 3 0 6 0
25 MF Portugal Nuno Assis 21 1 14 1 0 0 7 0 0 0
15 MF Portugal Paulo Jorge 21 1 14 1 0 0 5 0 2 0
18 MF Portugal Manú 17 0 12 0 2 0 3 0 0 0
20 MF Portugal Simão 39 16 24 11 3 1 6 0 6 4
7 MF Portugal Marco Ferreira 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Strikers
9 FW Angola Mantorras 25 3 17 2 3 1 4 0 1 0
21 FW Portugal Nuno Gomes 41 13 24 6 3 3 8 3 6 1
17 FW Mexico Kikin Fonseca 13 3 8 1 1 2 4 0 0 0
27 FW Brazil Derlei 18 1 12 1 0 0 0 0 6 0
30 FW Italy Fabrizio Miccoli 33 13 22 10 0 0 5 2 6 1

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Overall record[edit]

Competition First match Last match Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win % Source
Primeira Liga 9 September 2006 20 May 2007 30 20 7 3 55 20 +35 66.67
Portuguese Cup 6 January 2007 10 February 2007 3 2 0 1 8 3 +5 66.67
UEFA Champions League 8 August 2006 6 December 2006 8 3 2 3 11 9 +2 37.50
UEFA Cup 14 February 2007 12 April 2007 6 3 1 2 9 7 +2 50.00
Total [89] 47 28 10 9 83 29 +54 59.57

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