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2008–09 S.L. Benfica season

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Benfica
2008–09 season
President Luís Filipe Vieira
Manager Quique Sánchez Flores
Stadium Estádio da Luz
Primeira Liga 3rd
Taça de Portugal Fifth round
Taça da Liga Winners
UEFA Cup Group stage (5th)
Top goalscorer League:
Óscar Cardozo (17)

All:
Óscar Cardozo (17)
Highest home attendance 60,022[1] vs Sporting CP
(27 September 2008)
Lowest home attendance 9,570 vs Metalist Kharkiv
(18 December 2008)
Average home league attendance 35,698[2]
Home colours
Away colours

The 2008–09 European football season was Sport Lisboa e Benfica's 105th season and their 75th consecutive season in the top flight of Portuguese football. The season ran from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009, with Benfica competing domestically in the Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga. The club also participated in the UEFA Cup, since they finished fourth in the Primeira Liga the previous season.

After José Antonio Camacho's March 2008 resignation, Benfica did not have a permanent manager. The club inquired about Quique Sánchez Flores, Sven-Göran Eriksson and others, ultimately choosing Flores. Rui Costa led the transfer activity as Benfica continued to invest heavily, spending nearly €19 million on Javier Balboa, Carlos Martins, Pablo Aimar and Sidnei and bringing in José Antonio Reyes and David Suazo on loan. Major departures included Rui Costa, Cristian Rodríguez, Petit and Nélson.

Benfica's season began inauspiciously but they quickly recovered, gaining momentum domestically and eliminating Napoli to qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Cup. Until January, club performance fluctuated in their European campaign and the domestic league. Although they finished last in the former, they reached first place in the Primeira Liga for the first time since 2005.

In the new year, Benfica suffered their first league loss, falling to second place and beginning their erratic spell. Despite a sterling League Cup (where they earned their first honour in four seasons), the club's league play was not as impressive. They battled Porto for first place until March, when they had another costly loss and were passed by Sporting CP. Benfica tried to retake second place in the remaining eight matches, but in early May, the club dropped five points, sealing their fate; they finished third, missing the UEFA Champions League for a second consecutive season.

Season summary[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

In February 2008, club president Luís Filipe Vieira announced that a new director of football for 2008–09 had been selected.[3] Although he did not name the individual, one month later Rui Costa confirmed that he would oversee Benfica's football division.[4] With the unexpected resignation of head coach José Antonio Camacho on 10 March, assistant Fernando Chalana led the team through the final two months of the season.[5] On 12 April Spanish manager Quique Sánchez Flores confirmed contacts from Benfica, who wanted him to take over the team immediately.[6] Sánchez Flores declined the offer because he did not wish to be a temporary manager, and preferred to join a team at the beginning of the season.[7]

On 7 May, Vieira and Rui Costa travelled to Manchester to persuade Sven-Göran Eriksson to return for a third stint with Benfica.[8] Although both sides confirmed the meeting, after more than a week without an agreement the club moved on to other coaching candidates.[9][10][11] Benfica then contacted Getafe manager Michael Laudrup[12] and Brazilian manager Zico.[13] After failing to come to terms with either, the club turned to first choice Sánchez Flores and signed him on 24 May.[14] Sánchez Flores would be aided by technical assistant Fran Escribá, goalkeeper coach Emilio Álvarez and fitness coach Pako Ayestarán, with Diamantino Miranda and Chalana links to club management.[15][16]

Benfica made their first transfer deals in late April, adding Rúben Amorim and Jorge Ribeiro, both of whom had previously played for Benfica.[17][18] With Sánchez Flores in charge, Benfica added midfielder Hassan Yebda on a free transfer[19] and spent €4 million on Javier Balboa from Real Madrid.[20] Balboa was signed only three days after the shock transfer of former Paris Saint-Germain loan Cristian Rodríguez to rival Porto. Although Benfica negotiated with PSG and the Uruguayan for months, the sides could not reach an agreement.[21] During the next few weeks Benfica continued to spend, paying €3 million to Recreativo de Huelva for Carlos Martins[22] and €6.5 million two weeks later, after a prolonged transfer saga, to Real Zaragoza for Pablo Aimar.[23]

Grandstand with two large banners and fans wearing red and white
Banners commemorating Benfica's 24 Portuguese Cups and one Latin Cup at the Eusébio Cup on 15 August

The club's pre-season began on 8 July with two days of medical tests.[24] Benfica's first training session was held two days later, nine days before their first pre-season match with Estoril.[25][26] After a draw with Estori,[26] the club lost Guadiana Trophy matches to Blackburn Rovers and Sporting CP.[27][28] That week Benfica made more squad adjustments, paying €5 million for 18-year old Sidnei[29] and releasing Petit after six years with the club.[30] Early in August, Benfica won the Cidade de Guimarães Trophy against Paris Saint-Germain and Vitória de Guimarães, drawing with the former and defeating the latter.[31] Before their presentation match with Feyenoord, Benfica signed Spanish winger José Antonio Reyes in a €2.6 million loan deal.[32] In the match with Feyenoord, Óscar Cardozo scored the winning goal for Benfica.[33] The club ended its preparation for the season against Inter Milan on 15 August in the new Eusébio Cup.[34] After a goalless draw in regular time, the Milanese won on penalties.[35]

August–September[edit]

Benfica's first competitive game was an away Primeira Liga opener against Rio Ave. Sánchez Flores did not have Reyes, and Jonathan Urretaviscaya started instead.[36] At the Estádio dos Arcos, the home team scored first with a 55th-minute goal from José Semedo. A minute later Benfica evened the score, with Urreta assisting Nuno Gomes for the 1–1 final result.[37] It was the fourth consecutive time that Benfica failed to win their league start.[38] Sánchez Flores said that Rio Ave created unexpected problems: "It was not a easy game. We had a quality opponent, who left us trailing when we were not expecting it."[39] During the last week of August Benfica brought in Honduran striker David Suazo on loan,[40] sold right-back Nélson Marcos to Betis[41] and was paired with Italian side Napoli in the UEFA Cup first-round draw on 29 August.[42] A day later, Benfica hosted Porto for the first Clássico of the season. The visitors started better, converting a 10th-minute penalty kick for a Kostas Katsouranis foul against Lucho González. In the 56th minute, Cardozo exploited a mistake by Helton to head in the equaliser. Three minutes later Katsouranis was sent off, but Benfica held the tie until the final whistle.[43] Quique Flores said, "It was a good game. In normal conditions we would have done better, but circumstances made it a little harder."[44]

After the first two weeks of September were dedicated to international football, Benfica returned to competition on the 18th. In the first leg of the qualifying stage for the UEFA Cup, the club faced Napoli at the Stadio San Paolo. Suazo began the scoring for Benfica with a 16th-minute header, but the lead lasted only two minutes. Luigi Vitale tied the score, and Germán Denis scored again for Napoli a minute later. In the second half Christian Maggio added another for Napoli, with Luisão scoring for Benfica three minutes later.[45] Although Quique Flores believed that the loss was a combination of referee mistakes and errors by his players, he believed his club could qualify.[46] The following Monday, Benfica visited the Estádio da Mata Real to play Paços de Ferreira in a 4–3 win. Nuno Gomes scored the one-nil in the sixth minute, and Paços equalised less than 10 minutes later. Before half-time, Quique's men added two more goals. In the restart, Paços made the match 3–2 in the 63th minute before Benfica responded with a fourth goal from Jorge Ribeiro. Before the final whistle, William scored another for Paços.[47] Sánchez Flores said about his first win at Benfica, "I am happy for the fans, who needed this to feel that their team also fights for the league."[48] On 27 September, Benfica hosted Sporting CP for the first Derby de Lisboa of the season. With the visitors enjoying a four-point lead in the league, Benfica had to win to move up in the standings. The game's only goals were in the second half, the first in the 67th minute when Pablo Aimar assisted Reyes; four minutes later, Sidnei headed in a free kick from Carlos Martins for the second.[49] Sánchez Flores was encouraged by the victory against a team as strong as Sporting.[50]

October–November[edit]

October began with a crucial match against Napoli. Benfica had only defeated Italian teams four times, most recently on 29 March 1994.[51] The club won with two second-half goals (an opener from Reyes and a confirmation goal from Nuno Gomes), qualifying for the group stage.[52] The victory placed Sánchez Flores in club history, since Benfica had never eliminated an Italian team after losing the first leg.[53] The game was Benfica TV's first broadcast.[54] On 6 October, the club played Leixões on the road. With the top of the Primeira Liga just three points away,[55] Benfica could not beat the home team, losing two points; they led the game for over an hour, but were stopped by an 88th-minute equaliser from Wesley.[56] To Sánchez Flores, the draw was due to Benfica's performance: low possession, missed passes and fouls resulting in free kicks.[57] The following day, Benfica heard from UEFA headquarters in Nyon that their UEFA Cup group would include Olympiacos, Galatasaray, Hertha BSC and Metalist Kharkiv.[58] After a two-week break for international matches, competition resumed with the Taça de Portugal on the 18th. Benfica met third-tier side Penafiel at home; unable to defeat them in regular and extra time, they required penalty kicks. Luís Dias missed one for Penafiel, enabling Benfica to advance to the fifth round.[59] Sánchez Flores said, "We wanted to play good football, but that did not happen."[60] The following Thursday, Benfica travelled to Berlin to play Hertha in the Group B opening game. They took the lead with a 51st-minute goal from Ángel Di María, but Hertha responded with a 74th-minute equaliser when a shot by Marko Pantelić was deflected by Maxi Pereira.[61] Captain Nuno Gomes said that although an away draw in Europe was a good result, Hertha's equaliser was bitter for the team.[62] October ended with a home game against Naval. After a first half in which both teams failed to convert opportunities, Benfica scored their opening goal in the 71st minute. Naval evened the score eleven minutes later, but Cardozo responded with an 86th-minute winner for Benfica.[63] Sánchez Flores said that the game was difficult because of his club's inconsistency.[64]

In November, Benfica had a busy schedule with six matches, two for the UEFA Cup. They began with a visit to Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, home of Vitória de Guimarães. David Suazo's 14th-minute goal was Benfica's 5,000th goal in competition.[65] Sidnei made the score 2–0, with Guimarães scoring a goal.[66] The win gave Benfica second place, one point shy of leader Leixões. Sánchez Flores attributed the victory to his players' commitment.[67] The following Thursday, Benfica hosted Galatasaray in match-day two of the UEFA Cup. They lost two-nil, with second-half goals from Emre Aşık and Ümit Karan.[68] It was the club's first European loss to a Turkish team, and their largest home loss in European competition since 6 March 1997.[69] With one point in two games, Benfica had to earn points in their next match to remain in the competition.[70] On 10 November, the club romped over Desportivo das Aves in the Portuguese Cup. The Liga de Honra side was helpless against Benfica's offence, trailing three-nil at the 30-minute mark.[71] Almost a week later, Benfica hosted a league game against Estrela da Amadora. After a first half in which they struggled to beat Estrela goalkeeper Nélson, in the 51th minute Nuno Gomes assisted Sidnei for the game's only goal.[72] Sánchez Flores called the win important because it held Benfica's lead over their rivals.[73] The club continued to win domestically, with an away victory over Académica on the 23rd.[74] Earning 21 points in nine match days was a club high for the 2000s, matched only in 2000–01.[75] Four days later, Benfica visited Karaiskakis Stadium to play Olympiacos. With a 39th-second goal from Luciano Galletti, the club trailed from the beginning. They conceded three more goals in the first half and a fifth in the second half, losing 5–1.[76] The result left Benfica on the brink of a UEFA Cup exit, and was a dark remembrance of their worst European defeat nine years before in Vigo.[77] Their performance was criticised; according to Luís Avelãs it was "extremely poor, full of beginner's mistakes, inadmissible distractions and multiple poor choices",[78] and Sánchez Flores apologised to the fans.[79]

December–January[edit]

Benfica began December hoping to extend their domestic winning streak, and the club's first game hosted Vitória de Setúbal on 1 December. Laionel opened the score for Setúbal in the 35th minute, with Benfica only responding in the second half with Kostas Katsouranis. In the 59th minute, David Suazo fired a powerful shot that beat Pedro Alves and put Benfica in the lead. However, in the 91st minute, a bicycle kick by Anderson do Ó cleared Quim and levelled the game.[80] Although Sánchez Flores called the equaliser an accident, he soon dropped Quim in favour of José Moreira.[81][82] A week later, Benfica visited the Estádio dos Barreiros to play Marítimo. They had their best performance of the season, winning 6–0 with Suazo and Nuno Gomes each scoring twice.[83] The win put Benfica at the top of the table for the first time since May 2005,[84] and was their largest away win since 1974.[84] On 13 December, Benfica played Leixões for a place in the Portuguese Cup quarter-finals. On a rainy night at Estádio do Mar, neither team could find the back of the net in regular and extra time. Reyes missed a penalty, giving Leixões the win.[85] Although Nuno Gomes was frustrated with the elimination, he said it was time to hold their heads high and win the league.[86] On Thursday the 18th, Benfica closed their European campaign by hosting Metalist Kharkiv. To qualify, Benfica had to win 8–0 and Olympiacos not win; in case of a draw, Benfica needed a better goal average.[87] They lost one-nil, finishing last in Group B.[88] Sánchez Flores assumed full responsibility for his team's performance in the competition.[89] Of 40 teams, only Partizan, Heerenveen and Feyenoord played worse than Benfica.[90] The year ended with a home game against Nacional. Benfica never overcame Nacional goalkeeper Rafael Bracalli, wasting an opportunity to open a four-point lead in the league table.[91][92] The match ended in controversy after Cardozo had a goal disallowed because Miguel Vítor had deflected the ball with his hands.[93] According to Sánchez Flores, the goal was legitimate and Benfica were deprived of three points.[94]

In January, the club had seven scheduled matches, four in the Primeira Liga and three for the League Cup. They opened with an away game against Trofense, their first league loss. Reguila scored first for Trofense, with Hélder Barbosa adding a confirmation goal in the 82nd minute.[95] The loss cost Benfica first place, and they trailed Porto by one point.[96] Quique Flores said, "We played very poorly, weak in all aspects, especially offensively".[97] Benfica rebounded with an away win in Guimarães in the first match day of the Taça da Liga. Katsouranis headed in the first goal in the ninth minute, and Carlos Martins added a second goal in the 82nd minute.[98] On 11 January, Benfica defeated Braga at the Estádio da Luz. At half-time, David Luiz headed in a controversial winner,[99] and Sánchez Flores said that the club were on course to regain their confidence after a poor past few weeks.[100] They won their third match in a row on 14 January, defeating Olhanense 4–1 for the League Cup. Dí Maria scored the final goal in an individual effort dedicated to Diego Maradona, who was present.[101] On 17 January, Benfica confirmed a place in the semi-finals of the League Cup with a one-nil win against Belenenses. The goal was scored by Katsouranis, assisted by Di María.[102] The following Friday, Benfica faced Beleneses for the second time in a week. They had less success, losing two points in a goalless draw.[103] Sánchez Flores said that Benfica could have won, and the draw was a poor result.[104] The club ended the month with a home win against Rio Ave. Mantorras scored the only goal in the 70th minute, three minutes after entering the game.[105] Now a squad player after several injury-plagued seasons, he was regarded as a super-sub; 12 of his 28 Benfica goals came from the bench.[106]

February–March[edit]

In February, Benfica's schedule included two difficult away matches against Porto and Sporting.[107] They began the month with the semi-final of the 2008–09 Taça da Liga against Vitória de Guimarães. Benfica scored the opening goal on a Carlos Martins corner kick which Grégory headed into his own net. Near the end of regulation time, Pablo Aimar added the second (his first for the club), and Guimarães responded with a consolation goal.[108] Four days later, Benfica played Porto at the Estádio do Dragão in a game between the top two teams on the league table.[107] They scored first through Hassan Yebda, who headed in a corner kick from José Antonio Reyes. In the second half, Benfica held Porto until the 72th minute, when Pedro Proença signalled a controversial penalty by Yebda on Lisandro López. Lucho González converted it for a 1–1 draw.[109] Sánchez Flores was satisfied, because the club played well and controlled the game.[110] The result kept Porto on top of the league table by one point.[111] On 15 February, Benfica hosted Paços de Ferreira. The scoring came in the second half – the first goal in the 69th minute, when Aimar assisted Óscar Cardozo. Four minutes later, Rúben Amorim made it 2–0, with Paços reacting immediately with the 2–1 from Ferreira. Near the end, Di María scored the third goal for Benfica, with Paços cutting their lead to 3–2 and then hitting the post.[112] Sánchez Flores called it a hard-fought win, with his players' commitment keeping Porto at bay.[113][114] Almost a week later, Benfica visited the Estádio José Alvalade to face Sporting. An 11th-minute opener from Liédson was answered with an equaliser from Reyes before half-time. In the second half, Derlei unlocked the draw, scoring Sporting's second goal before Liédson scored a third; Cardozo brought it down to 3–2, and the clock ran out three minutes later.[115] Benfica's second league loss had troubling consequences; Sporting was tied for second place with 37 points, and Porto had a four-point lead.[116] The club finished February with a home win against Leixões. Élvis opened with an own goal for Benfica. Nuno Gomes later scored the second (his fifth goal of the season), with Leixões replying with a goal of their own. Despite playing with ten men, Benfica held Leixões back and won.[117] To Sánchez Flores, the match was intense and difficult, but the victory put pressure on their opponents (who faced each other in following day).[118] With a goalless draw in the game between Porto and Sporting, Benfica finished February with 40 points, two fewer than Porto.[119]

Five trophies on display
The 2009 Taça da Liga (top left) was Benfica's first trophy since August 2005.

March was less busy than February, with only three matches. Benfica's first was at the Municipal José Bento Pessoa against Naval. The club took the lead with a third-minute goal from Aimar. Naval evened the score at the start of the second half with a goal by Marcelinho, but Katsouranis scored Benfica's second goal.[120] Miguel Vítor, who assisted the goal, told the media that Benfica wanted to keep winning in case Porto slipped.[121] On 14 March, the club hosted Vitória de Guimarães in their third game of 2009. Benfica was caught off-guard, losing 1–0 on a 66th-minute goal from Roberto.[122] Sánchez Flores called the defeat an "accident that sometimes happens", and said his team was focused on the remaining eight games.[123] The loss impacted the league standings; Benfica dropped to third place, and Porto had a five-point lead over Sporting.[124] A week later, Benfica and Sporting played the 2009 Taça da Liga Final at the Estádio do Algarve.[125] After a goalless first half, Sporting scored the opening goal through Bruno Pereirinha in the 48th minute. Reyes levelled the score for Benfica in the 75th minute, converting a penalty kick. The game was decided on penalties, and the club won their first League Cup.[126] With his first trophy at Benfica, Sánchez Flores called the win fair and the club had their sights on recovering second place and winning the league championship.[127][128]

April–May[edit]

Club competition paused in the last week of March, resuming over the first weekend of April. Benfica's first game was a visit to nearby Estádio da Reboleira to meet Estrela da Amadora. Referee Hugo Miguel called three penalties in the first half-hour: two for Benfica and one for Estrela. Cardozo converted both (in the fifth and 16th minutes), and Silvestre Varela scored for Estrela in a 2–1 final result.[129] Sánchez Flores said that although Benfica played poorly, winning was what mattered.[130] On 11 April, Benfica hosted Académica in another home loss; a 23rd-minute goal by William Tiero secured Académica's second consecutive away win against Benfica.[131] The loss ended any hope of winning the title, since Porto had an eight-point lead.[131] The race for second place (and a UEFA Champions League spot) also experienced a setback, since Sporting now had a four-point lead.[131] The fans turned on Sánchez Flores, waving white handkerchiefs in the traditional request for resignation.[132] The Spaniard realised that winning the Primeira Liga was nearly impossible, and Benfica should focus on qualifying for the Champions League.[133] The club rebounded with an away win against Vitória de Setúbal. They started strong, scoring three goals in the first half for a final score of 4–0. Cardozo and Nuno Gomes scored two goals apiece.[134] A week after Setúbal, Benfica hosted Marítimo for April's final match. By the 38th minute, the club was winning 3–0. Marítimo reacted, cutting Benfica's lead to 3–2 in the 60th minute, but the club defended their lead.[135] Although Sánchez Flores was happy with the three points, he said that Benfica should have better controlled the game.[136]

In May, Benfica had four matches to gain four points on Sporting. The first was at the Estádio da Madeira with Nacional. Knowing that Sporting had lost points to Académica, Benfica hoped to narrow the gsp between them to two points. After an uneventful first half, in the 56th minute Nenê scored the opening goal for Nacional. Eight minutes later, Rúben Micael extended the lead, with Reyes reducing it in the 67th minute. Benfica pressed unsuccessfully for the equaliser before Nacional scored again with Miguel Fidalgo.[137] Sánchez Flores realised that winning the league title was now impossible.[138] On 9 May, Benfica met Trofense at home. Valdomiro scored first for the visitors in the 31st minute before Benfica scored twice in two minutes, reaching half-time with a 2–1 lead. In the second half, Paulinho tied the score for Trofense.[139] Sporting won that day, so Benfica trailed by seven points with two match days left and could not qualify for the Champions League.[140] Sánchez Flores said, "I know when to arrive and when to leave. I do not want to be a problem for the club."[141] Playing out the schedule, Benfica first visited the Municipal de Braga. They won 3–1, ending a five-year winless streak there.[142] The victory was against Jorge Jesus, widely reported as Sánchez Flores' successor.[143] A week later, Benfica ended their campaign with a 3–1 win against Belenenses.[144] Sánchez Flores analysed the club's season: "They asked me to improve the team and I did. But we all know what happened last year; we should set realistic goals. Second place was possible, but we failed in the final third. I won a title and fought for another."[145] A short time later, he and the club terminated his contract.[146]

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 24 August 2008 23 May 2009 30 17 8 5 54 32 +22 56.67 [147]
Portuguese Cup 19 October 2008 13 December 2008 3 1 2 0 3 0 +3 33.33 [147]
Portuguese League Cup 7 January 2008 21 March 2009 5 4 1 0 10 3 +7 80.00 [147]
UEFA Cup 18 September 2008 18 December 2008 6 1 1 4 6 12 −6 16.67 [147]
Total 44 23 12 9 73 47 +26 52.27

Primeira Liga[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Porto (C) 30 21 7 2 61 18 +43 70 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Sporting CP 30 20 6 4 45 20 +25 66 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 Benfica 30 17 8 5 54 32 +22 59 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round

Source: [148]
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd head-to-head points; 3rd head-to-head goal difference; 4th head-to-head away goals scored; 5th goal difference; 6th matches won; 7th 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 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 D W W D W W W W D W D L W D W D W L W W L W L W W L D W W
Position 6 10 7 5 4 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

Last updated: 9 May 2009.
Source: FootballPortugal.net
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

Portuguese Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Group Stage[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

Main article: 2008–09 UEFA Cup

First round[edit]

Group stage[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv 4 3 1 0 3 0 +3 10
Turkey Galatasaray 4 3 0 1 4 1 +3 9
Greece Olympiacos 4 2 0 2 9 3 +6 6
Germany Hertha BSC 4 0 2 2 1 6 −5 2
Portugal Benfica 4 0 1 3 2 9 −7 1

Friendlies[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

The squad for the season consisted of the players in the tables below and staff members Quique Flores (manager), Fran Escribá (assistant manager), Emilio Álvarez (goalkeeper coach), Paco Ayestaran (fitness coach), and Diamantino Miranda and Fernando Chalana as links to club management.[15][147][149]

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 2008–09 season via transfer, with more details in the following section.

No. Pos Nat Player Total Primeira Liga Portuguese Cup League Cup UEFA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Portugal José Moreira 17 -13 14 -12 2 0 0 0 1 -1
4 DF Brazil Luisão 33 4 21 2 3 1 5 0 4 1
5 DF Brazil Léo 5 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
6 FW Spain José Antonio Reyes 35 6 24 4 2 0 4 1 5 1
7 FW Paraguay Óscar Cardozo 35 17 26 17 2 0 4 0 3 0
8 MF Greece Kostas Katsouranis 35 4 24 2 2 0 5 2 4 0
9 FW Angola Mantorras 5 2 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 MF Argentina Pablo Aimar 29 2 22 1 2 0 4 1 1 0
11 FW Equatorial Guinea Javier Balboa 17 0 10 0 3 0 1 0 3 0
12 GK Portugal Quim 23 -32 16 -19 0 0 2 -2 5 -11
13 DF Brazil Fellipe Bastos 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
14 DF Uruguay Maxi Pereira 41 2 28 1 2 1 5 0 6 0
15 MF Portugal Rúben Amorim 35 2 26 2 2 0 5 0 2 0
16 MF Uruguay Jonathan Urretaviscaya 17 1 10 1 2 0 0 0 5 0
18 MF Cameroon Gilles Binya 14 0 7 0 3 0 0 0 4 0
19 FW Portugal Ariza Makukula 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
20 MF Argentina Ángel Di María 35 4 24 2 1 0 5 1 5 1
21 FW Portugal Nuno Gomes 33 9 24 7 1 0 2 1 6 1
23 DF Brazil David Luiz 27 2 19 1 2 0 4 0 2 1
24 MF Portugal Carlos Martins 35 1 24 0 1 0 5 1 5 0
25 DF Portugal Jorge Ribeiro 21 2 15 1 0 0 2 1 4 0
26 MF Algeria Hassan Yebda 34 2 25 1 1 1 3 0 5 0
27 DF Brazil Sidnei 35 4 24 3 3 0 2 1 6 0
28 DF Portugal Miguel Vítor 23 0 16 0 1 0 5 0 1 0
30 FW Honduras David Suazo 22 5 12 4 3 0 3 0 4 1
31 GK Brazil Marcelo Moretto 4 -2 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 -2

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Entry date Position Player From club Fee Ref
14 December 2007[A] CM Fellipe Bastos Botafogo Undisclosed [150]
18 April 2008 CM Rúben Amorim Belenenses Undisclosed [17]
29 May 2008 DM Hassan Yebda Le Mans Free [19]
25 June 2008 RW Javier Balboa Real Madrid €4M [20]
25 June 2008 AM Carlos Martins Recreativo de Huelva €3M [22]
12 July 2008 LW Urretavizcaya River Plate Uruguay Undisclosed [151]
17 July 2008 AM Pablo Aimar Real Zaragoza €6.5M [23]
18 July 2008 AM Ivan Santos Boavista Undisclosed [152]
1 July 2008 LB Jorge Ribeiro Boavista Free [18]
24 July 2008 CB Sidnei Internacional €5M [29]

In by loan[edit]

Entry date Position Player From club Exit date Ref
7 August 2008 LW José Antonio Reyes Atlético Madrid 30 June 2009 [32]
28 August 2008 ST David Suazo Inter Milan 30 June 2009 [40]

Out[edit]

Entry date Position Player To club Fee Ref
9 May 2008 AM Rui Costa None Retired [153]
4 June 2008 GK Hans-Jörg Butt Bayern Munich Free [154]
12 June 2008 CB Sreten Sretenović Politehnica Timișoara Undisclosed [155]
17 June 2008 LB Miguelito Marítimo Undisclosed [156]
21 June 2008 LW Cristian Rodríguez Paris Saint-Germain Loan return [157]
16 July 2008 RW Paulo Jorge Marítimo Undisclosed [158]
16 July 2008 RW Manú Marítimo Undisclosed [158]
16 July 2008 CM João Coimbra Marítimo Undisclosed [158]
23 July 2008 CB José Fonte Crystal Palace Undisclosed [159]
24 July 2008 RB Pedro Correia Racing Ferrol Undisclosed [160]
29 July 2008 DM Petit 1. FC Köln Free [30]
30 July 2008 ST Jaílson Coritiba Free [161]
31 July 2008 RW Marco Ferreira Ethnikos Piraeus Free [162]
6 August 2008 AM Nuno Assis Vitória de Guimarães Undisclosed [163]
11 August 2008 LB Tiago Gomes Osasuna Free [164]
27 August 2008 RB Nélson Real Betis Undisclosed [41]
13 January 2009 LB Léo Santos Free [165]

Out by loan[edit]

Entry date Position Player From club Return date Ref
19 May 2008 ST Marcel Grêmio 31 December 2008 [166]
17 July 2008 LW Fábio Coentrão Real Zaragoza 30 June 2009 [167]
21 July 2008 AM Freddy Adu Monaco 30 June 2009 [168]
21 July 2008 DM Romeu Ribeiro Desportivo das Aves 30 June 2009 [169]
22 July 2008 AM Ivan Santos Boavista 30 June 2009 [170]
6 August 2008 RB Luís Filipe Braga 30 June 2009 [163]
12 August 200 LB László Sepsi Racing Santander 30 June 2009 [171]
22 August 2008 CB Rafik Halliche Nacional 30 June 2009 [172]
29 August 2008 CB Edcarlos Fluminense 31 December 2009 [173]
19 December 2008 ST Marcel Vissel Kobe 31 December 2009 [174]
5 January 2009 LW Fábio Coentrão Rio Ave 30 June 2009 [175]
16 January 2009 ST Ariza Makukula Bolton Wanderers 30 June 2009 [176]
2 February 2009 CB Marco Zoro Vitória de Setúbal 30 June 2009 [177]
2 February 2009 ST Yu Dabao Olivais e Moscavide 30 June 2009 [178]

References[edit]

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  1. ^ Arrived under-age, had to wait to register as professional player due to FIFA regulations
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  34. ^ "Quique promete melhor equipa Taça Eusébio" [Quique promises best team at the Eusebio Cup]. Record (in Portuguese). 31 July 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  35. ^ "Benfica-Inter, 0-0 (4-5 g.p.)". Record (in Portuguese). 15 August 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
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  38. ^ "Neblina sem fim" [Endless mist]. Record (in Portuguese). 25 August 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
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  40. ^ a b "Empréstimo de Suazo assegurado" [Suazo's loan confirmed]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 August 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  41. ^ a b "Betis oficializa contratação de Nélson" [Bétis confirms signing of Nélson]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 August 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  42. ^ "Duelo com Nápoles na Taça UEFA" [Battle with Napoli at the UEFA Cup]. Record (in Portuguese). 29 August 2008. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
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  45. ^ "Nápoles-Benfica, 3-2 (Vitale 18', Denis 20', Maggio 55'; Suazo 16', Luisão 60')". Record (in Portuguese). 18 September 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  46. ^ "Quique Flores com queixas da arbitragem" [Quique Flores complains of the referee]. Record (in Portuguese). 18 September 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  47. ^ "P. Ferreira-Benfica, 3-4 (Ozeia 14', Rui Miguel 63' e William 86'; Nuno Gomes 7', Maxi Pereira 31', Cardozo 44' g.p. e Jorge Ribeiro 76')". Record (in Portuguese). 22 September 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  48. ^ "Quique: "Feliz pelos adeptos"" [Quique: "I am happy for the fans"]. Record (in Portuguese). 22 September 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  49. ^ "Benfica-Sporting, 2-0 (Reyes 67', Sidnei 72')". Record (in Portuguese). 27 September 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  50. ^ "Quique Flores: "Estamos naturalmente felizes"" [Quique: "We are naturally happy"]. Record (in Portuguese). 27 September 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  51. ^ "Repetir Parma" [Repeat Parma]. Record (in Portuguese). 19 September 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  52. ^ "Benfica 3-2 Napoli". UEFA.com. 2 October 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  53. ^ "Quique faz história" [Quique makes history]. Record (in Portuguese). 3 October 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  54. ^ "Benfica TV sintonizada por 100 mil clientes Meo" [Benfica TV tuned in with 100 thousand clients]. Record (in Portuguese). 3 October 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  55. ^ "Topo à vista" [Top on sight]. Record (in Portuguese). 6 October 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  56. ^ "Leixões-Benfica, 1-1 (Wesley 88'; Cardozo 33')". Record (in Portuguese). 6 October 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  57. ^ "Quique Flores: "Não jogámos bem"" [Quique Flores: "We did not play well"]. Record (in Portuguese). 6 October 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  58. ^ "Olympiacos, Galatasaray, Hertha e Metalist no grupo do Benfica" [Olympiacos, Galatasaray, Hertha and Metalist in Benfica's group]. Record (in Portuguese). 7 October 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  59. ^ "Benfica-Penafiel, 0-0 (5-3 g.p.)". Record (in Portuguese). 19 October 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  60. ^ "Quique: "Queríamos ter jogado bem"" [Quique Flores: "We wanted to play well"]. Record (in Portuguese). 19 November 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  61. ^ "Pantelic pounces to earn Hertha a point". UEFA.com. 24 October 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  62. ^ "Nuno Gomes: "Empate positivo com sabor amargo"" [Nuno Gomes: "Draw was good, albeit with a bitter taste"]. Record (in Portuguese). 23 October 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  63. ^ "Benfica vence Naval na Luz". Correio da Manhã (in Portuguese). 26 October 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  64. ^ "Quique Flores: »Foi um jogo complicado»" [Quique Flores: "It was a difficult game"]. Record (in Portuguese). 26 October 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  65. ^ "Um tiro mágico de Suazo" [A magical shot from Suazo]. Record (in Portuguese). 3 November 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  66. ^ "V. Guimarães-Benfica, 1-2 (Douglas 41'; Suazo 15', Sidnei 18')". Record (in Portuguese). 2 November 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  67. ^ "Quique Flores: "Estou muito contente com os jogadores"" [Quique Flores: "I am very happy with my players"]. Record (in Portuguese). 2 November 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  68. ^ "Benfica scalp keeps Galatasaray climbing". UEFA.com. 7 November 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  69. ^ "Velhos fantasmas" [Old ghosts]. Record (in Portuguese). 7 November 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  70. ^ "Quique Flores: "Foi um dia mau"" [Quique Flores: "It was a bad day"]. Record (in Portuguese). 6 November 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  71. ^ "Benfica-Aves, 3-0 (Yebda 3', Luisão 19', Maxi Pereira 30')". Record (in Portuguese). 10 November 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  72. ^ "Benfica-E. Amadora, 1-0 (Sidnei 51')". Record (in Portuguese). 16 November 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  73. ^ "Quique Flores: "Momentos melhores que outros"" [Quique Flores: "Some moments better than others"]. Record (in Portuguese). 16 November 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  74. ^ "Académica-Benfica, 0-2 (Ruben Amorim 31', Cardozo 47' gp)". Record (in Portuguese). 23 November 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  75. ^ "Únicos invencíveis em ligas europeias" [Only team undefeated in Europe]. Record (in Portuguese). 24 November 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  76. ^ "Slick Olympiacos leave Benfica standing". UEFA.com. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  77. ^ "Toma lá mais cinco" [There, take five more]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 November 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  78. ^ "Humilhante tragédia em Atenas" [Humiliating tragedy in Athens]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 November 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  79. ^ "Quique Flores: "Queria pedir desculpa aos adeptos"" [Quique Flores: "I want to apologise to the fans"]. Record (in Portuguese). 27 November 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  80. ^ "Benfica-V. Setúbal, 2-2 (Katsouranis 48', Suazo 59'; Laionel 35', Anderson 90'+1)". Record (in Portuguese). 1 December 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  81. ^ "Quique Flores: "Golo de empate foi um acidente"" [Quique Flores: "Equaliser was an accident"]. Record (in Portuguese). 1 December 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  82. ^ "O drama de Quim" [Quim's drama]. Record (in Portuguese). 10 December 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  83. ^ "Marítimo-Benfica, 0-6 (Reyes 20' gp, Suazo 42', 85', Luisão 66', Nuno Gomes 87', 90'+3)". Record (in Portuguese). 7 December 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  84. ^ a b "Líder 1.295 dias depois" [Leader 1.295 days later]. Record (in Portuguese). 8 December 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  85. ^ "Leixões-Benfica, 0-0 (5-4 gp)". Record (in Portuguese). 13 December 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  86. ^ "Nuno Gomes: "Levantar a cabeça e ganhar a Liga"" [Nuno Gomes: "Held head high and win the league"]. Record (in Portuguese). 14 December 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  87. ^ "Benfica sai da UEFA com mais uma derrota" [Benfica exits UEFA Cup with another loss]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 19 December 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  88. ^ "Metalist scavenge victory in Lisbon". UEFA.com. 18 December 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  89. ^ "Quique Flores: "Repudiamos o que fizemos aqui"" [Quique Flores: "We repudiate what he did here"]. Record (in Portuguese). 19 December 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  90. ^ "Eliminação com números impensáveis" [Elimination with unthinkable numbers]. Record (in Portuguese). 18 December 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  91. ^ "Benfica-Nacional 0-0". Record (in Portuguese). 22 December 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  92. ^ "Benfica empata com Nacional". Record (in Portuguese). 22 December 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  93. ^ "Pedro Henriques: "Mão inverte trajectória da bola"" [Pedro Henriques: "Hand deflects the ball trajectory"]. Record (in Portuguese). 23 December 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  94. ^ "Quique Flores: "Pensamos que o golo foi limpo"" [Quique Flores: "We thought the goal was clean"]. Record (in Portuguese). 22 December 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  95. ^ "Trofense 2-0 Benfica". Sapo Desporto (in Portuguese). 4 January 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  96. ^ "Benfica derrotado (2-0) pelo Trofense" [Benfica defeated by Trofense]. Record (in Portuguese). 4 January 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  97. ^ "Quique: "Jogo mau em todos os aspectos"" [Quique: "Awful game in all aspects"]. Record (in Portuguese). 4 January 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  98. ^ "V. Guimarães-Benfica, 0-2 (Katsouranis 9' e Carlos Martins 81')". Record (in Portuguese). 7 January 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  99. ^ "Benfica-Sp. Braga, 1-0 (David Luiz 45'+2)". Record (in Portuguese). 11 January 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  100. ^ "Quique Flores: "Estamos a recuperar a confiança"" [Quique Flores: "We are regaining our trust"]. Record (in Portuguese). 11 January 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  101. ^ "Benfica-Olhanense, 4-1 (Nuno Gomes 25', Jorge Ribeiro 29', Sidnei 62', Di María 88'; Djalmir 13')". Record (in Portuguese). 14 January 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  102. ^ "Benfica vence Belenenses" [Benfica beats Belenenses]. Jornal de Noticias (in Portuguese). 17 January 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  103. ^ "Belenenses-Benfica, 0-0". Record (in Portuguese). 23 January 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  104. ^ "Quique Flores: "Podíamos ter ganho"" [Quique Flores: "We could have won"]. Record (in Portuguese). 23 January 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  105. ^ "Benfica-Rio Ave, 1-0 (Mantorras 70')". Record (in Portuguese). 31 January 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  106. ^ "Santorras" [SaintTorras]. Record (in Portuguese). 1 February 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  107. ^ a b "A época em 18 dias" [The season in just 18 days]. Record (in Portuguese). 4 February 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  108. ^ "Benfica - V.Guimarães, 2-1 (Gregory 70' p.b. e Aimar 88'; Desmarets 90')". Record (in Portuguese). 4 February 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  109. ^ "FC Porto-Benfica, 1-1 (Lucho 72' gp; Yebda 45'+1)". Record (in Portuguese). 8 February 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  110. ^ "Quique Flores: "Satisfeito com atitude da equipa"" [Quique Flores: "I am pleased with my players attitude"]. Record (in Portuguese). 8 February 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  111. ^ "Águia agarra Dragão" [Eagle grabs Dragon]. Jornal de Noticias (in Portuguese). 9 February 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  112. ^ "Benfica-P. Ferreira, 3-2 (Cardozo 69', Ruben Amorim 73', Di María 87'; Ferreira 75', Chico Silva 90'+3)". Record (in Portuguese). 15 February 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
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  114. ^ "Águia masoquista apanha susto" [Masochist Eagle nearly stopped]. Jornal de Noticias (in Portuguese). 16 February 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
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  116. ^ "Sporting vence Benfica e deixa F. C. Porto mais líder" [Sporting beats Benfica and leaves Porto further ahead]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 21 February 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
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  118. ^ "Quique realça pressão aos adversários" [Quique highlights pressure on opponents]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 28 February 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  119. ^ "Águia sofre para vencer um grande" [Eagle suffers to beat rivals]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 28 February 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  120. ^ "Benfica passou a sua "final" na Figueira da Foz sem glória" [Benfica passes their "final in the Figueira da Foz]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 9 March 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  121. ^ "Miguel Vítor: "Continuar a ganhar até surgir um deslize"" [Miguel Vítor: "Keep on winning until there is a slip"]. Record (in Portuguese). 9 March 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  122. ^ "Guimarães derrota Benfica na Luz" [Guimarães defeats Benfica in Luz]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 14 March 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  123. ^ "Quique: "São acidentes que acontecem"" [Quique: "It's accidents that happen"]. Record (in Portuguese). 14 March 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  124. ^ "Passadeira azul para um novo tetra" [Blue crosswalk for another Tetra]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 16 March 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  125. ^ "Taça da Liga: Dérbi da honra". Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 21 March 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  126. ^ "Benfica venceu Sporting na final da Taça da Liga" [Benfica beat Sporting in Taça da Liga Final]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 21 March 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  127. ^ "Quique Flores: "Considero o resultado justo"" [Quique Flores: "The result is fair"]. Record (in Portuguese). 21 March 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  128. ^ "Agora a Liga". Record (in Portuguese). 23 March 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  129. ^ "Penáltis polémicos mantêm Benfica a sonhar" [Controversial penalties keep Benfica afloat]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 5 April 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  130. ^ "Quique flores reconhece má exibição" [Quique Flores recognized bad game]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 6 April 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  131. ^ a b c "Benfica perde em casa e hipoteca luta pelo título" [Benfica loses at home and leverages their league race]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 11 April 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  132. ^ "Novo chumbo de Quique" [Quique flunks again]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 12 April 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  133. ^ "O título está muito mais difícil" [The league title is much more difficult]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 12 April 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  134. ^ "Benfica tira barriga de misérias" [Benfica wins comfortably]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 20 April 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  135. ^ "Benfica bate Marítimo" [Benfica beats Marítimo]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 26 April 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  136. ^ "Quique Flores: "Controlo podia ter sido melhor"" [Quique Flores: "Control could have been better"]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 27 April 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  137. ^ "Benfica diz adeus à Champions" [Benfica says goodbye to the Champions League]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 3 May 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  138. ^ ""É impossível" que o Benfica lute pelo título" ["It is impossible" that Benfica fights for the title]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 2 May 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  139. ^ "Quique perdeu o crédito" [Quique lost all credit]. Jornal de Noticias (in Portuguese). 10 May 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  140. ^ "Champions chega com sofrimento" [Champions arrives with grief]. Jornal de Noticias (in Portuguese). 9 May 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  141. ^ "Quique: "É importante saber chegar e sair"" [Quique: "It is important to know when to arrive and when to leave"]. Record (in Portuguese). 10 May 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  142. ^ "Benfica garante terceiro lugar" [Benfica secures third place]. Jornal de Noticias (in Portuguese). 17 May 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  143. ^ "Quem quiser Jesus tem de pagar um milhão" [Who wants Jesus has to pay a million]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 18 May 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  144. ^ "Benfica triunfa no último jogo de Quique" [Benfica wins in Quique's last game]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 24 May 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  145. ^ "Quique vai falar com Filipe Vieira" [Quique will speak to Vieira]. Record (in Portuguese). 24 May 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  146. ^ "Benfica confirma rescisão com Quique Flores" [Benfica confirms Quique's release]. Expresso (in Portuguese). 8 June 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
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  152. ^ "Ivan Santos contratado" [Ivan Santos signed]. Record (in Portuguese). 18 July 2008. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  153. ^ "A despedida do Maestro Rui Costa" [The departure of the Maestro Rui Costa]. Record (in Portuguese). 9 May 2008. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  154. ^ "Hans-Jörg Butt agrees switch to Bayern". Bayern Munich. 4 June 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2016. 
  155. ^ "Roménia: Timisoara confirma dois portugueses e Sretenovic" [Romania: Timisoara confirms two Portuguese and Sretenovic]. Mais Futebol (in Portuguese). 2 June 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  156. ^ "Miguelito assina pelo Marítimo" [Miguelito signs with Marítimo]. Diário de Noticias (in Portuguese). 17 June 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
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General
  • Tovar, Rui Miguel (2012). Almanaque do Benfica [Benfica Almanac]. Portugal: Lua de Papel. ISBN 978-989-23-2087-8.