2008–09 S.L. Benfica season

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Benfica
2008–09 season
President Luís Filipe Vieira
Head coach Quique 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
(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 season was Sport Lisboa e Benfica's 105th season in existence and the club's 75th consecutive season in the top flight of Portuguese football. It involved Benfica competing in the Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal, Taça da Liga and the third qualifying round of the UEFA Cup. Benfica qualified for the UEFA Cup by coming fourth in the previous Primeira Liga.

Quique Flores was hired as coach. Benfica ended the Primeira Liga in third place, despite leading the league in January, failing qualification for the UEFA Champions League, for a second time.

In the Taça de Portugal, Benfica reached the sixth round losing to Leixões on penalty shoot-out. In the Taça da Liga, Benfica won the second edition against Sporting CP, the first of four in a row.

In the UEFA Cup, Benfica beat Napoli on the first round and qualified for the group stage. In the group stage, they lost 3 times and ended in last.

Spanish coach Quique Flores was not given renewed confidence for the upcoming season.

Season summary[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

For the new season, following his retirement, Rui Costa assumed his new position has Sporting director.[3] He appointed Quique Flores as new manager.[4] Quique last job, was managing Valência, achieving qualification for the Champions League on both seasons. Rui Costa brought in a number of high-profile signings, adding Pablo Aimar, which had just been relegated in Zaragoza; José António Reyes which had come out of a poor personal season in Atlético; and David Suazo which experienced a similar situation in Inter Milan. Quique played in a 4-4-1-1 with Quim in the keeper's position; in the center, Luisão and Sidnei, the left , Léo was replaced by David Luiz, and on the right, Maxi Pereira returned to the right back position. Hassan Yebda played alongside Katsouranis in the middle; on the right side, Rúben Amorim assisted the midfield duo; on the left, José Antonio Reyes provided width; Aimar played in the hole, behind the striker, Cardozo, since Suazo was injuried often.[5] It was the first season the Eusebio Cup was played, with Benfica facing Inter Milan.[6]

League[edit]

The first league match of the season was in Vila do Conde, where Benfica faced Rio Ave, recently return to the first division, with the Eagles earning only a point, in a tighly disputed match.[7] In the second day, Benfica faced Porto at home, with Cristian Rodriguez having a hostile reception, after moving to Porto in the transfer season. Benfica suffered a early penalty after Katsouranis grabbed Lucho Gonzalez in the box, but Cardozo equalized in the second half after a Helton mistake, with the match ending in one-one.[8] In day three, Benfica went to Paços de Ferreira, where in a exciting match and after fighting hard to keep the advantage, won 4-3, bringing their first three points.[9] In day four, Benfica beat Sporting at home, with Reyes and Sidnei scoring both goals in a space of four minutes, their first home win against Sporting since 2004-05.[10] Next, it travel to Matosinhos, where it faced Leixões, losing two points after Wesley scored from a corner in the 88th minute, with Yebda helpless.[11] In day six, Benfica beat Naval with a late goal from Cardozo, climbing to third position.[12] In day seven, Benfica beat Guimarães in their home, with Suazo scoring after a exceptional assist from Aimar, while Sidnei scored the 5000th goal in the league.[13] This was followed by another win, now at home, against Estrela da Amadora, with Sidnei scoring again.[14] Benfica continued to amount wins, beating Académica in Coimbra by 2-0.[15] In the next league day, Benfica lost points again, in a home draw against Vitória de Setúbal, with Quim having a poor performance, conceding a 91st minute goal in a bicycle kick from out of the box. The Eagles also complained about the referee Vasco Santos, who permitted a hard game by the visiting team, including an assault on Reyes that the referee didn't saction.[16] However, Benfica recovered quickly, beating Maritimo in Madeira by six-nil, reaching the top of the table, more than a 1000 days later.[17] In day twelve, Benfica draw with Nacional, in a controversial match, with the Eagles scoring in the overtime, but the goal being wrongly disallowed for a handball by Miguel Vitor, which was lying on the floor, facing the other direction.[18] In day thirtheen, Benfica suffered their first league defeat, against Trofense, with Moreira having responsibilities in the first goal, and Binya being sentoff, while Benfica lost the first place, two rounds after earning it.[19] Benfica returned to the first place, beating Jesus's Braga, with David Luiz scoring from offside. Jesus protested vehemently, claiming they only let Braga win in the Playstation.[20] In day fifthteen, Benfica went to Estádio do Restelo and only earned a point, losing first place again, one point behind Porto.[21] In day 16, Benfica beat Rio Ave with Pedro Mantorras scoring the sole goal, minutes after entering.[22] Next, Benfica travelled to Estádio do Dragão, where it ouperformed Porto, leading one-nil till referee Pedro Proença wrongly awarded Porto a penalty, in a controversial decision. Porto remained top of the table.[23] In the next matchday, Benfica beat Paços de Ferreira in another intense match, with Amorim and Di Maria scoring two great goals.[24] In day 19, Benfica went to Alvalade, and was defeated 3-2 with David Luiz making a serious of errors, compromising the team. Sporting equalized Benfica in the second position.[25] In day twenty, Benfica beat Leixões at home, but struggling to do so, with Carlos Martins getting injuried, and with no substitutions left, Benfica was down to 10 men with 20 minutes left, conceded shortly after, but still won.[26] In the next matchday, Benfica beat Naval in Figueira da Foz, with Katsouranis scoring from a Miguel Vitor assist in the second half.[27] In day 22, Benfica lost to Guimarães at home, with Miguel Vitor and David Luiz both making mistakes in the goal from Marquinhos. Benfica dropped to third, as a result.[28] Benfica returned to victories, beating Estrela da Amadora in a dull match with three goals from the penalty spot, in a double from Cardozo.[29] In day 24, Benfica lost at home again, with Académica scoring from a corner, with Miguel Vitor making another mistake, letting Tiero free. Aimar had a goal controversially disallowed with the referee awarding a foul from Nuno Gomes on Peskovic. Porto was now eight points ahead and Sporting four points.[30] In day 25, Benfica went to Setúbal and thrashed the local team with a four-nil, with Nuno Gomes and Cardozo scoring a double.[31] Benfica beat Maritimo in the next matchday at home, with Cardozo scoring two goals again, ending a two month winless period in Lisbon.[32] In day 27, Benfica travelled to Madeira, facing Nacional, and losing 3-1, with Nuno Gomes wasting opportunities in front of the keeeper, David Luiz hitting the woodwork, with the locals having an inspired evening.[33] In day 28, the Eagles tie with Trofense with Valdomiro scoring the first and assisting the second, and Cardozo having another double.[34] In the second-to-last day, Benfica beat Braga away in a good performance, their first win there since 2004, securing the third place as final position.[35] In the final day of the season, Benfica beat Belenenses, ensuring the depromotion of the Lisbon rivals.[36] Quique's Benfica earned 59 points, seven more than the previous season, one position above, but still failed to win the title, or even qualify for the Champions League. Although he was cheered in the last day, with posters asking him to stay,[37] he left in early June in a mutual agreement.[38]

Portuguese Cup[edit]

In the Cup, Benfica chase his 25th trophy. It faced Penafiel in the fourth round. After 120 minutes and no goals, Benfica passed on penalties.[39] In the next round, Benfica had a much better performance, beating Desportivo de Aves by three-nil.[40] In the sixth round, Benfica faced Leixões away, which was the surprise of the year, with wins in Dragão and Alvalade. Although it performed much better than in the league match, the decision was down to the penalty kicks, where Beto defended a penalty from Reyes, kicking Benfica out of Cup.[41]

League Cup[edit]

In the League Cup, Benfica was placed in a group with Guimarães, Olhanense and Beleneneses. It faced Guimarães first, beating them away, earning his first points.[42] Next it beat Olhanense at home with Diego Maradona in the stands, Di Maria scored a stunning goal, in a 4-1 win.[43] In the final match of the group stage, Benfica beat Belenenses with a goal from Katsouranis.[44] In the semi-finals, Benfica faced Guimarães again, where Aimar scored his first goal in Portugal in a 2-1 victory.[45] In the final, against crosstown rivals Sporting, Benfica conceded a goal from Pereirinha, but Lucilio Baptista wrongly awarded a penalty for Benfica and sentoff Pedro Silva, with Benfica equalizing. In the penalty kicks, Quim defended three penalties and Benfica conquered its first trophy since the Supercup in August 2005.[46][47]

Europe[edit]

After failing qualification to Champions League, Benfica had to play the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Cup, facing Napoli in a two leg dispute. In Napoli, with Yebda alone in the midfield, Benfica was outplayed in the first half with Denis and Lavezzi causing troubles to Benfica defence. But a change in halftime, with Katsouranis helping Yebda, Benfica managed to reduce to 3-2 and kept their hopes up.[48] In the second leg, Benfica pressed hard and overturn a 3-2 deficit, beating them 2-0 at home.[49] In the group stage, Benfica were up against Hertha Berlin, Galatasaray, Olypiamkos and Metalist Kharkiv in Group B. In the opening match, Benfica travelled to Berlin, and it went ahead after 51 minutes through Angel Di María goal, but Pantelić, equalized with a deflected strike.[50] In matchday 2, Benfica lost to Galatasaray after Emre converted Lincoln's cross from close range and Ümit Karan then doubled Galatasaray's advantage by scoring from a Arda Turan's cross from the left.[51] In matchday 3, Benfica travelled to Athens, losing 5-1, with David Luiz in the center of the defence for the first time in the season, alongside Sidnei. Benfica went on to have the worst performance of the season and their worst defeat since the tragic seven-nill defeat in Vigo.[52] In the last matchday, Benfica faced Metalist at home, with slim chances of progressing through, and despite shots from Cardozo, Fellipe Bastos or Maxi Pereira, it was Metalist that scored, hitting Benfica on the break, with Marko Dević playing Rykun in from the right and the midfielder scoring the only goal of the night.[53] Benfica ended dead last in Group B, with only one point.

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 26) Youth system
12 Quim Portugal GK (1975-11-13)13 November 1975 (aged 32) Braga
31 Moretto Brazil GK (1978-05-10)10 May 1978 (aged 30) Vitória Setúbal
Defenders
4 Luisão (VC) Brazil CB (1981-02-13)13 February 1981 (aged 27) Cruzeiro
5 Léo Brazil LB (1975-07-06)6 July 1975 (aged 33) Santos
14 Maxi Pereira Uruguay RB (1984-06-08)8 June 1984 (aged 24) Defensor
23 David Luiz Brazil CB (1987-04-22)22 April 1987 (aged 21) Vitória
25 Jorge Ribeiro Portugal LB (1981-11-09)9 November 1981 (aged 26) Boavista
27 Sidnei Brazil CB (1989-08-23)23 August 1989 (aged 18) Internacional
28 Miguel Vítor Portugal CB (1989-06-30)30 June 1989 (aged 19) Youth system
Midfielders
6 Reyes Spain RW/LW (1983-09-01)1 September 1983 (aged 23) Atlético Madrid
8 Katsouranis Greece DM (1979-06-21)21 June 1979 (aged 29) AEK Athens
10 Aimar Argentina AM (1979-11-03)3 November 1979 (aged 27) Zaragoza
18 Javier Balboa Equatorial Guinea RW (1985-05-13)13 May 1985 (aged 23) Real Madrid
13 Fellipe Bastos Brazil CM (1990-02-01)1 February 1990 (aged 18) Botafogo
15 Rúben Amorim Portugal CM (1985-01-27)27 January 1985 (aged 22) Belenenses
16 Urretavizcaya Uruguay LW (1990-03-19)19 March 1990 (aged 18) River Plate Uruguay
18 Binya Cameroon DM (1984-08-29)29 August 1984 (aged 23) MC Oran
20 Ángel Di María Argentina LW (1988-02-14)14 February 1988 (aged 20) Rosario Central
24 Carlos Martins Portugal AM (1982-04-29)29 April 1982 (aged 26) Recreativo de Huelva
26 Hassan Yebda Algeria DM (1981-05-14)14 May 1981 (aged 27) Le Mans
Forwards
7 Óscar Cardozo Paraguay ST (1983-05-20)20 May 1983 (aged 25) Newell's Old Boys
9 Mantorras Angola ST (1982-03-18)18 March 1982 (aged 26) Alverca
21 Nuno Gomes (C) Portugal FW (1976-07-05)5 July 1976 (aged 32) Fiorentina
19 Ariza Makukula Portugal ST (1981-03-04)4 March 1981 (aged 27) Sevilla
30 David Suazo Honduras ST (1979-11-05)5 November 1979 (aged 28) Inter Milan
27 Nélson Oliveira Portugal ST (1991-08-08)8 August 1991 (aged 16) Youth system

Transfers in[edit]

Entry date Position No. Player From club Fee Ref
14 December 2007 CM 13 Brazil Fellipe Bastos Brazil Botafogo Undisclosed [54]
18 April 2008 CM 15 Portugal Rúben Amorim Portugal Belenenses Undisclosed [55]
29 May 2008 DM 26 Algeria Hassan Yebda France Le Mans Free [56]
25 June 2008 RW 11 Equatorial Guinea Javier Balboa Spain Real Madrid €4M [57]
25 June 2008 AM 24 Portugal Carlos Martins Spain Recreativo de Huelva Undisclosed (~€3M) [58]
12 July 2008 LW 16 Uruguay Urretavizcaya Uruguay River Plate Uruguay Undisclosed (~€1.25M) [59]
17 July 2008 AM 10 Argentina Pablo Aimar Spain Zaragoza €6.5M [60]
18 July 2008 AM - Portugal Ivan Santos Portugal Boavista Undisclosed [61]
24 July 2008 LB 25 Portugal Jorge Ribeiro Portugal Boavista Free [62]
24 July 2008 CB 27 Brazil Sidnei Brazil Internacional €5M [63]
7 August 2008 LW 6 Spain Reyes Spain Atlético Madrid Loan (€2.65M) [64]
29 August 2008 ST 30 Honduras David Suazo Italy Inter Milan Loan [65]

Transfers out[edit]

Entry date Position No. Player To club Fee Ref
9 May 2008 AM 10 Portugal Rui Costa None End of contract [66]
19 May 2008 ST 19 Brazil Marcel Brazil Grêmio Loan [67]
4 June 2008 GK 24 Germany Butt Germany Bayern Munich Free [68]
12 June 2008 CB - Serbia Sretenović Romania Politehnica Timişoara Undisclosed [69]
17 June 2008 LW 16 Portugal Fábio Coentrão Spain Zaragoza Loan [70]
17 June 2008 LB 11 Portugal Miguelito Portugal Marítimo Undisclosed [71]
21 June 2008 LW 26 Uruguay Rodríguez France Paris SG Loan return [72]
16 July 2008 RW 15 Portugal Paulo Jorge Portugal Marítimo Undisclosed [73]
16 July 2008 RW 18 Portugal Manú Portugal Marítimo Undisclosed [73]
16 July 2008 CM 28 Portugal João Coimbra Portugal Marítimo Undisclosed [73]
21 July 2008 AM 30 United States Freddy Adu France AS Monaco Loan [74]
21 July 2008 DM 32 Portugal Romeu Ribeiro Portugal Desportivo de Aves Loan [75]
21 July 2008 LB 50 Portugal Rúben Lima Portugal Desportivo de Aves Loan [75]
21 July 2008 LW - Portugal André Carvalhas Portugal Rio Ave Loan [75]
21 July 2008 CM - Portugal Miguel Rosa Portugal Estoril Loan [75]
22 July 2008 AM - Portugal Ivan Santos Portugal Boavista Undisclosed [76]
23 July 2008 CB - Portugal José Fonte England Crystal Palace Undisclosed [77]
24 July 2008 RB 2 Portugal Pedro Correia Spain Racing Ferrol Undisclosed [78]
29 July 2008 DM 6 Portugal Petit Germany Köln Free [79]
30 July 2008 ST - Brazil Jaílson Brazil Coritiba Free [80]
31 July 2008 RW 7 Portugal Marco Ferreira Greece Ethnikos Piraeus Free [81]
6 August 2008 RB 2 Portugal Luís Filipe Portugal Braga Loan [82]
6 August 2008 AM 15 Portugal Nuno Assis Portugal Vitória Guimarães Undisclosed [82]
11 August 2008 LB 36 Portugal Tiago Gomes Spain Osasuna Free [83]
12 August 200 LB 33 Romania László Sepsi Spain Racing Santander Loan [84]
22 August 2008 CB - Argentina Halliche Portugal Nacional Loan [85]
27 August 2008 RB 6 Portugal Nélson Spain Betis €5M [86]
29 August 2008 CB 3 Brazil Edcarlos Brazil Fluminense Loan [87]
26 September 2008 GK 31 Portugal Bruno Costa Portugal Olivais Moscavide Loan [88]
19 December 2008 ST 19 Brazil Marcel Japan Vissel Kobe Loan [89]
5 January 2009 LW 16 Portugal Fábio Coentrão Portugal Rio Ave Loan [90]
7 January 2009 GK 31 Portugal Bruno Costa Portugal Oriental Loan [91]
13 January 2009 LB 5 Brazil Léo Brazil Santos Free [92]
16 January 2009 ST 19 Portugal Ariza Makukula England Bolton Wanderers Loan [93]
20 January 2009 LW - Portugal André Carvalhas Portugal Olhanense Loan [94]
2 February 2009 CB 17 Ivory Coast Marco Zoro Portugal Vitória Setúbal Loan [95]
2 February 2009 ST 27 China Yu Dabao Portugal Olivais Moscavide Loan [96]

Competitions[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss       Postponed

Pre-season[edit]

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: lpfp.pt (Portuguese)
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

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
Portuguese Cup 19 October 2008 13 December 2008 3 1 2 0 3 0 +3 33.33
Portuguese League Cup 7 January 2008 21 March 2009 5 4 1 0 10 3 −7 80.00
UEFA Cup 18 September 2008 18 December 2008 6 1 1 4 6 12 +6 16.67
Total [97] 44 23 12 9 73 47 +26 52.27

Player information[edit]

Squad, appearances and goals[edit]

As of 15 June 2013.
No. Pos Nat Player Total Primeira Liga Portuguese Cup League Cup UEFA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK Portugal José Moreira 17 -13 14 -12 2 0 0 0 1 -1
12 GK Portugal Quim 23 -32 16 -19 0 0 2 -2 5 -11
31 GK Brazil Moretto 4 -2 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 -2
Defenders
14 DF Uruguay Maxi Pereira 41 2 28 1 2 1 5 0 6 0
4 DF Brazil Luisão 33 4 21 2 3 1 5 0 4 1
23 DF Brazil David Luiz 27 2 19 1 2 0 4 0 2 1
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
5 DF Brazil Léo 5 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
25 DF Portugal Jorge Ribeiro 21 2 15 1 0 0 2 1 4 0
Midfielders
18 MF Cameroon Binya 14 0 7 0 3 0 0 0 4 0
26 MF Algeria Hassan Yebda 34 2 25 1 1 1 3 0 5 0
8 MF Greece Konstantinos Katsouranis 35 4 24 2 2 0 5 2 4 0
10 MF Argentina Pablo Aimar 29 2 22 1 2 0 4 1 1 0
24 MF Portugal Carlos Martins 35 1 24 0 1 0 5 1 5 0
13 DF Brazil Fellipe Bastos 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
15 MF Portugal Rúben Amorim 35 2 26 2 2 0 5 0 2 0
6 FW Spain José Antonio Reyes 35 6 24 4 2 0 4 1 5 1
20 MF Argentina Ángel Di María 35 4 24 2 1 0 5 1 5 1
11 FW Equatorial Guinea Javier Balboa 17 0 10 0 3 0 1 0 3 0
16 MF Uruguay Jonathan Urretavizcaya 17 1 10 1 2 0 0 0 5 0
Strikers
7 FW Paraguay Óscar Cardozo 35 17 26 17 2 0 4 0 3 0
21 FW Portugal Nuno Gomes 33 9 24 7 1 0 2 1 6 1
30 FW Honduras David Suazo 22 5 12 4 3 0 3 0 4 1
9 FW Angola Mantorras 5 2 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 FW Portugal Ariza Makukula 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
49 FW Portugal Nélson Oliveira 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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