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 European football season was the 105th season of Sport Lisboa e Benfica's existence and the club's 75th consecutive season in both Portuguese football and UEFA competitions. The season ran from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009; Benfica competed domestically in the Primeira Liga, Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga. The club also participated in the UEFA Cup as a result of finishing fourth in the Primeira Liga in the previous season.

Following José Antonio Camacho resignation in March 2008, Benfica was left without a permanent manager. They inquired on Quique Flores, Sven-Göran Eriksson and others, ultimately settling with Quique Flores. With Rui Costa leading transfer activity, Benfica continued to invest heavily, dropping nearly €19 million on Javier Balboa, Carlos Martins, Pablo Aimar and Sidnei, and also bringing in José Antonio Reyes and David Suazo on loan deals. To offset, major departures included Rui Costa himself, Rodríguez, Petit and Nélson.

Benfica's season did not start in the best form but they quickly recovered, gaining some momentum domestically and eliminating Napoli to qualify for the group stage of the UEFA Cup. Until January, Benfica performances fluctuated in their European campaign and the domestic league. In the first competition they finished last with an overall poor record, while in the Primeira Liga, they reached the first-place for the first time since 2005.

In the New Year, Benfica conceded their first league loss and dropped to second place, marking the beginning of their erratic spell. Despite a immaculate League Cup, where they earned their first honour in four seasons, the league run was not as positive. They battled Porto's leadership until March, where they experienced another damaging loss and were overtaken by Sporting. In the remaining eight matches, Benfica attempted to retake the second place. In early May, they dropped five points and their faith was sealed, finishing third and missing on the UEFA Champions League for a second consecutive season

Season summary[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

In February 2008, President Luis Filipe Vieira announced that a new director of football for 2008–09 had already been selected.[3] Although he did not named anyone, a month later Rui Costa confirmed he would take over the position meant to oversee the entire football division.[4] With the unexpected resignation of José Antonio Camacho in 10 March, his assistant Fernando Chalana led the team in the final two months.[5] On 12 April, Spanish manager Quique Sánchez Flores confirmed contacts from Benfica with intention to immediately take over the team.[6] Quique Flores declined the offer because he did not saw himself as a temporary manager, as he rather start a season from the beginning.[7] On 7 May, Luis Filipe Vieira and Rui Costa travelled to Manchester to convince Sven-Göran Eriksson to do a third spell at Benfica.[8] Both parties officially confirmed the meeting, but after over a week without an agreement, the club moved on to other options.[9][10][11] They then contacted Getafe manager Michael Laudrup,[12] as well Brazilian manager Zico.[13] After failing to agree terms with any of them, Benfica turned to their first option, Quique Flores, signing him on 24 May.[14] Flores would be aided by his technical assistant Fran Escribá; goalkeeper coach, Emilio Álvarez; fitness coach, Paco Ayestaran and two other, Diamantino Miranda and Chalana, as links to the club management.[15][16] Regarding the transfer market, Benfica made their first deals in late April, adding Rúben Amorim and Jorge Ribeiro, both had previously represented Benfica in their youth.[17][18] Already with Quique Flores in charge, Benfica added midfielder Hassan Yebda for free,[19] but spent €4 million on Javier Balboa.[20] His signing came only three days after the shock transfer of former loaner Cristian Rodríguez to Porto. Benfica negotiated with the Uruguayan for months, but they never agreed terms.[21] In the following weeks, Benfica kept spending high, first dropping €3 million on Carlos Martins,[22] and two weeks later, at the end of a prolonged transfer saga, a further €6,5 million on Pablo Aimar.[23]

Banners showing the club's 24 Portuguese Cup's and one Latin Cup at the Eusébio Cup on 15 August

The pre-season began on 8 July with the standard medical tests that extended for a full two days.[24] The first training session was on 10 July, nine days before the first pre-season match with Estoril Praia.[25][26] After a draw with Estori on 19 July,[26] Benfica played the Guadiana Trophy with Blackburn Rovers and Sporting, losing both matches.[27][28] In the same week, Benfica made more squad adjustments, paying €5 million for 18-year old Sidnei,[29] and releasing Petit after six-years in the club.[30] In the first days of August, Benfica competed and won the Cidade de Guimarães Trophy against Paris Saint-Germain and Vitória de Guimarães, after levelling with the first and beating the second.[31] Before their presentation match with Feyenoord, Benfica signed Spanish winger José Antonio Reyes on a €2.6 million loan deal.[32] In the match with the Dutch-team, Óscar Cardozo scored the winner for Benfica.[33] Benfica closed preparations against Inter Milan on 15 August, at the newly created Eusébio Cup.[34] After a goalless draw in regular time, the Milanese triumphed on penalties, winning the first edition.[35]

August–September[edit]

Benfica first competitive game was a Primeira Liga opener against Rio Ave. Quique Flores was without Reyes, so Urreta started instead.[36] At Estádio dos Arcos, the home team opened hostilities with a 55th minute goal from Semedo. A minute later, Benfica evened up, with Urreta assisting Nuno Gomes for the one-one and the final result.[37] It was the fourth consecutive time that Benfica failed to win their league start.[38] To Quique Flores, Rio Ave created unexpected problems for Benfica: "It was not a easy game. We had a quality opponent, who left us trailing when we were not expecting it."[39] In the final week of August, Benfica brought in Honduran striker David Suazo on a loan deal.[40] Sold right-back Nélson Marcos to Betis,[41] and on 29 August, participated in the UEFA Cup first round draw, being paired with Italian side, Napoli.[42] A day later, Benfica hosted Porto for the first Clássico of the season. The visitors started better when they converted a 10th minute penalty that punished a foul from Katsouranis over Lucho. In the 56th minute, Cardozo exploited a mistake from Helton to head in the equaliser. Three minutes later, Katsouranis was sent-off but Benfica held the result 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]

With the first two weeks of September dedicated to international football, Benfica only returned to competition on the 18. In the first leg of the qualifying stage for the UEFA Cup, they met Napoli at the San Paolo. Suazo opened the score-board with a 16th minute header, but the lead lasted only two minutes. Vitale levelled it on the 18th and Germán Denis made the 2–1 in the following minute. In the second half, Maggio added another for Napoli, with Luisão establishing the final score just three minutes later.[45] To Quique Flores, the loss was due to a combination of referee mistakes and individual errors from his players; Nonethless, he believe it was possible to qualify Benfica.[46] In the following Monday, Benfica visited Estádio da Mata Real to play Paços de Ferreira. In a match with seven goals, Benfica came out on top with a 4–3 win. Nuno Gomes scored the one-wil on the 6th minute, with Paços equalising less than 10 minutes later. Before half-time, Quique's men added two more. In the restart, Paços brought it down to 3–2 on the 63th minute, with Benfica responding with a fourth through Jorge Ribeiro. Until the final whistle, William scored another for Paços, but the result did not change again.[47] It was Quique Flores first win at Benfica, who said "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 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 get closer. The only goals of the game came in the second half, with the first arriving in the 67th minute, when Pablo Aimar assisted Reyes. Just four minutes later, Sidnei headed in a free-kick from Carlos Martins for the second.[49] To Quique, the win was a great outcome against a strong team like Sporting.[50]

October–November[edit]

October began with a defining match against Napoli. Benfica had only beat Italian teams in four matches, with the previous win in 29 March 1994.[51] On the pitch, Benfica defeated the Italians with two second half goals, an opener from Reyes and a confirmation goal from Nuno Gomes, qualifying for the group stage.,[52] The win put Quique Flores on club history, as Benfica had never eliminated a Italian team after losing the first leg.[53] Additionally, the game also acted as Benfica TV first broadcast.[54] On 6 October, Benfica played Leixões on the road. With the top spot of the Primeira Liga, just three points away,[55] Benfica could not beat the home team and dropped two points. They led the game for over an hour, but were stopped with 88th minute equaliser from Wesley.[56] To Quique Flores, the draw was consequence of Benfica performance, which included low possession, missed passes and many fouls that resulted in dangerous free-kicks.[57] The following day, Benfica received news from Nyon that their UEFA Cup group would have Olympiacos, Galatasaray, Hertha Berlin and Metalist Kharkiv.[58] After a two weeks break for international matches, competition resumed with the 2008–09 Taça de Portugal on the 18. Benfica met third tier-side Penafiel at home, but were unable to beat them in regular and extra-time, requiring the need of penalty-kicks. Dias missed one for Penafiel, enabling Benfica to advance to the fifth round.[59] Quique Flores said: "We wanted to play good football but that did not happened".[60] On the following Thursday, Benfica travelled to Berlin to play Hertha for the opening game of Group B. They went ahead through a 51th minute goal from Ángel Di María, but Hertha responded with 74th minute equaliser, when a shot from Marko Pantelic deflected on Maxi Pereira.[61] Captain Nuno Gomes said that a away draw in Europe was a good result, and that Hertha's equaliser left a bitter taste on the team.[62] October closed with a reception to Naval. After a first half were both teams failed to convert their opportunities, Benfica scored their opening goal in the 71th minute. Naval evened up just eleven minutes later, but Cardozo responded with 86th minute winner for Benfica.[63] Quique Flores said that the game was made harder because of Benfica irregularity.[64]

In November, Benfica had a busy schedule with six matches, two of them for the UEFA Cup. They started with a visit to Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, home of Vitória de Guimarães. Suazo scored for Benfica on the 14th minute, the club 5000th goal in the competition.[65] Sidnei then made it two up, with Guimarães still notching down to 1–2.[66] With the win, Benfica reached second-place, one shy of the leader, Leixões. To Quique, it was all down the players commitment.[67] On next Thursday, Benfica hosted Galatasaray in match-day 2 of the UEFA Cup. They lost two-nil with second half goals from Emre Asik and Ümit Karan.[68] It was their first European loss against a Turkish team, and the largest home loss in Europe since 6 March 1997.[69] With just a point earned in two games, Benfica had to collect points in their next match, if they wish to remain in the competition.[70] On 10 November, Benfica walked past Desportivo de Aves in the Portuguese Cup. The Liga de Honra-side was helpless against Benfica offence and trailed by three-nil at the 30th minute mark.[71] Almost a week later, Benfica hosted a league game against Estrela da Amadora. After a first half, where they struggled to beat Estrela's goalkeeper Nélson; on the 51th minute, Nuno Gomes assisted Sidnei for the first and only goal of the game.[72] Quique Flores said that the win was important because it kept Benfica's lead over their rivals.[73] Benfica remained in the winning path domestically, with a away win against Académica on the 23.[74] Reaching 21 points from nine match-days was a club best in the 2000s and only matched by 2000–01.[75] Four days later, Benfica visited the Karaiskakis Stadium to play Olympiakos. A 39 seconds goal from Galletti put Benfica trailing from of the very start. They conceded three more in the first half and 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 reminiscence of the worst their worst European defeat, just nine years before in Vigo.[77] Their performance was critically panned, being described by Luís Avelãs as "extremely poor, full of beginner's mistake, inadmissible distractions and multiple poor choices".[78] Quique Flores immediately apologised to the fans.[79]

December–January[edit]

Benfica started December, hoping to keep their domestic winning streak. Their first game was hosting Vitória de Setúbal on 1 December. Laionel opened the score for Setúbal on 35th minute, with Benfica only responding in the second half, through Katsouranis. On the 59th minute, Suazo fired a powerful shot that beat Pedro Alves and put Benfica in the lead. However, in the 91th minute, a bicycle kick from Anderson do Ó passed over Quim and levelled the game.[80] Quique Flores labelled the equaliser an accident, but he soon dropped Quim in favour of Moreira.[81][82] A week later, Benfica visited the Estádio dos Barreiros to play Marítimo. They had their best performance all season, winning 6–0, with Suazo and Nuno Gomes both bagging a double.[83] The win put Benfica at the top of the table for the first time since May 2005.[84] It was also their largest away win since 1974.[84] On 13 December, Benfica discussed a place in the quarter-finals of the Portuguese Cup with Leixões. On a rainy night at Estádio do Mar, both teams could not to find the back of the net in regular and extra-time. In the penalties, Reyes missed one, putting Leixões through.[85] Nuno Gomes was frustrated for the elimination, but said that was time to held head high and win the league.[86] On Thursday, the 18, Benfica closed their European campaign with a reception to Metalist Kharkiv. To qualify, Benfica had to win 8–0 and Olympiakos not win, and in case of a draw there, Benfica needed a better goal-average.[87] They ended up losing one-nil, and finish dead last in Group B.[88] Quique Flores assumed full responsibility for his team performance in the competition.[89] Out of forty teams, only Partizan, Heerenveen and Feyenoord fared worst than Benfica.[90] The year ended with a home game against Nacional. Benfica never overcame Nacional's goalkeeper Rafael Bracalli and wasted the opportunity to open a four-point lead in the league table.[91][92] The match finished in controversy after Cardozo had a goal disallowed because Miguel Vítor had previously deflected the ball with his hands.[93] To Quique Flores, the goal was legit and Benfica was prevented from winning the three points that they deserve.[94]

In January, Benfica had seven scheduled matches, four for the Primeira Liga and three for the League Cup. They opened with a away game against Trofense, where they suffered their first league loss. Reguila scored Trofense's first, with Hélder Barbosa adding the confirmation goal in the 82th minute.[95] The loss cost Benfica their first place, as they now trailed Porto by a point.[96] Quique Flores defined Benfica with: "We played very poorly, weak in all aspects, especially offensively".[97] Benfica rebounded back with a away win in Guimarães in the first match-day of the Taça da Liga. Katsouranis headed in the first on the 9th minute and Carlos Martins ended discussion with a second goal in the 82th minute.[98] On 11 January, Benfica defeated Braga in Luz. At the stroke of half-time, David Luiz headed in a controversial winner.[99] Quique Flores stated that Benfica was on course to regain their confidence after a negative period in the last few weeks.[100] They won their third match in a row on 14 January, when they beat Olhanense for the League Cup. Benfica won 4–1, with Dí Maria scoring the final goal in a individual effort, which he dedicated to Diego Maradona, who was present.[101] On 17 January, Benfica confirmed a place in the semi-finals of the League Cup after a one-nil win against Belenenses. The goal was scored by Katsouranis after an assist of Dí Maria.[102] In the following Friday, Benfica faced Beleneses for the second time in the same week. However, they did have as much success and dropped two points in goalless draw.[103] Quique Flores said that Benfica could have won, and the draw was not a good result.[104] Benfica closed the month with a home win against Rio Ave. Mantorras scored the only goal in the 70th minute, three minutes after being substituted in.[105] Mantorras become a squad player after several injuries plagued seasons, and was now regarded as super sub, with 12 of his 28 goals for Benfica, coming from the bench.[106]

February–March[edit]

In February, Benfica faced a schedule with that contained two difficult away matches against Porto and Sporting.[107] They started with the semi-finals of the 2008–09 Taça da Liga against Vitória de Guimarães. Benfica scored their opening goal in a corner from Carlos Martins that Arnolin headed in to his own net. Near the end of regulation time, Aimar added the second, his first for Benfica, 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 in the league table.[107] They scored first through Yebda, heading in a corner from Reyes; In the second half, Benfica held back Porto until the 72th minute, when Pedro Proença signalled a controversial penalty from Yebda over Lisandro López. Lucho González converted it, and established the final score in a one-all draw.[109] Quique Flores was satisfied with his players, because they had played well and controlled the game.[110] The result kept everything the same at the front, with Porto leading by a point.[111] On 15 February, Benfica played at home with Paços de Ferreira. The game only had goals in the second half, the first in the 69th minute, when Aimar assisted Cardozo. Four minutes later, Ruben Amorim made it two-nil, with Paços reacting immediately with the 2–1 from Ferreira. Near the end, Di Maria scored the third for Benfica, but was Paços who ended on top, first lessening it to 3–2 and then hitting the post.[112] Quique Flores said that it a hard-fought win, but was all down to his players commitment, which kept Porto at bay.[113][114] Almost a week later, Benfica visited Alvalade to face Sporting. A 11th minute opener from Liedson was answered with a equaliser from Reyes before half-time. In the second half, Derlei unlocked the draw and scored the second for Sporting, with Liedson doubling his tally and ending discussion; Cardozo still brought it down to 3–2, with the clock running out three minutes later.[115] Benfica's second league loss had troubling consequences, Sporting matched them in second place with 37 points and Porto opened a four-point window.[116] They finished February with a home win against Leixões. In the opening goal, Èlvis, relieved the ball into his own net. Later, Nuno Gomes bagged the second, his fifth of the season, with Leixões replying with a goal of their own. Despite playing with 10-men, Benfica held Leixões back and won.[117] To Quique Flores, the match was intense and difficult, but with the victory, Benfica 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 forty points, two less than Porto.[119]

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

March was less crowded than February, with only three matches. Their first was at the Municipal José Bento Pessoa against Naval. It began in the best way possible for Benfica, taking the lead with a 3th minute goal from Aimar. Naval evened up at the start of the second half, through Marcelinho, but Benfica pushed again and scored their second goal by Katsouranis.[120] Miguel Vítor, who took part in the second goal, told the media that Benfica wants to keep on winning, in the event of a slip from Porto.[121] On 14 March, Benfica played host to Vitória Guimarães in the third game between them in 2009. However, this time Benfica was caught off guard and lost one-nil, with a 66th minute goal from Roberto.[122] Quique Flores stated the defeat with Guimarães was an "accident that sometimes happens", and that his team was now focused in the remaining eight games.[123] Nevertheless, the loss had immediate impact in the league standings; Benfica was overtaken by Sporting and dropped to third while Porto distance themselves to a five-point lead.[124] A week later, Benfica and Sporting decided the 2009 Taça da Liga Final in Estádio do Algarve.[125] After a goalless first half, Sporting scored the opening goal through Bruno Pereirinha in the 48th minute. Benfica retaliated with the equalizer in the 75th minute from Reyes, in the conversion of a penalty kick. No more goals occurred, leaving the game to be decided on penalties, where Benfica bested Sporting, and won their first League Cup.[126] With his first trophy at Benfica, Quique Flores said that the win was fair and that he Benfica had now set his sights on recovering the second place and do its best to win the league.[127][128]

April–May[edit]

Club competition stopped in the final week of March and only resumed on first weekend of April. Benfica's first game was a visit to the nearby Estádio da Reboleira to meet Estrela da Amadora. The match was very atypical, with referee Hugo Miguel signalling three penalties in the first half hour, two for Benfica and one for Estrela. Cardozo converted them both, on the 5th and 16th minute, while Silvestre Varela scored for Estrela. With the game at 2–1 for Benfica, neither team pushed for more and it ended without more goals.[129] Quique Flores admitted that Benfica played a very poor match, but what mattered was winning.[130] On 11 April, Benfica received Académica in another home loss. A 23th minute goal from Tiero was enough to secure Académica's second consecutive away win against Benfica.[131] The defeat effectively ended any hope of winning the title, as Porto gained a eight-point lead.[131] The battle for second place and his UEFA Champions League spot also suffered a setback, with Sporting now enjoying a four-point advantage.[131] At the end, the fans turned on Quique Flores, showing him the traditional request for resignation, the white handkerchiefs.[132] The Spaniard recognized that winning the Primeira Liga had became very difficult feat, and Benfica would focus on reaching the Champions League.[133] Benfica rebounded with a away win against Vitória de Setúbal. They started strong and scored three goals in the first half for a final score of 4–0. Cardozo and Nuno Gomes scored two each.[134] A week after Setúbal, Benfica hosted Marítimo for the last match of April. After two consecutive losses, the home team fared better and by the 38th minute, it was already winning three-nil. Marítimo reacted and brought it down to 3–2 on the 60th minute. Afterwards, Benfica resumed control and defended their lead.[135] Quique Flores was happy with the three points, but said that Benfica should have controlled the game better.[136]

In May, Benfica had four matches left to regain four points over Sporting. The first was at the Estádio da Madeira, with Nacional. Knowing that Sporting had dropped points with Académica, Benfica hoped to close the distance 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. The visitors pressed unsuccessfully for the equaliser, but was Nacional who scored again through Fidalgo.[137] Quique Flores recognized that winning the league title was now impossible.[138] On 9 May, Benfica met Trofense at home. Valdomiro scored first for Trofense in the 31th minute, leading to immediate reaction from Benfica, who scored twice in two minutes, going on break with a 2–1 lead. In the second half, what looked like a quiet evening for Benfica, soon changed; Paulinho equalised for Trofense and Benfica futilely search for winner.[139] With Sporting's win in the same day, Benfica trailed by a seven-point deficit with only two match-days left, therefore failing qualification for the Champions League.[140] The loss of this objective caused Quique Flores to be even more contested, to which he said: "I know when to arrive and when to leave. I do not want to be a problem for the club".[141] Playing the remaining two games without objectives, Benfica first visited the Municipal de Braga. They won 3–1 and ended a five-year streak without a victory there.[142] Incidentally, the win occurred against Jorge Jesus, which by then was widely reported as the certain successor to Quique Flores.[143] A week later, Benfica ended their campaing with a 3–1 against Belenenses.[144] Quique Flores anaylsed the club season: "They ask 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, the Spanish mutually terminated his contract with Benfica.[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 listed in the tables below, as well as staff member Quique Flores (manager), Fran Escribá (assistant manager), Emilio Álvarez (goalkeeper coach), Paco Ayestaran (fitness coach) and, Diamantino Miranda and Fernando Chalana as links to the 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
42 FW Portugal Nélson Oliveira 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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 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 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 Butt Bayern Munich Free [154]
12 June 2008 CB Sretenovic Politehnica Timișoara Undisclosed [155]
17 June 2008 LB Miguelito Marítimo Undisclosed [156]
21 June 2008 LW 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 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 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 Zaragoza 30 June 2009 [167]
21 July 2008 AM Freddy Adu AS 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 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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  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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  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 4 February 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. 
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  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 2 February 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 2 February 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. 
  113. ^ "Quique Flores: "Vitória muito importante"" [Quique Flores: "Very important win"]. Record (in Portuguese). 15 February 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  114. ^ "Águia masoquista apanha susto" [Masochist Eagle nearly stopped]. Jornal de Noticias (in Portuguese). 16 February 2009. Retrieved 2 February 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 2 February 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 2 February 2016. 
  119. ^ "Águia sofre para vencer um grande" [Eagle suffers to beat rivals]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 28 February 2009. Retrieved 2 February 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 3 February 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 3 February 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 3 February 2016. 
  125. ^ "Taça da Liga: Dérbi da honra". Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 21 March 2009. Retrieved 3 February 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 3 February 2016. 
  127. ^ "Quique Flores: "Considero o resultado justo"" [Quique Flores: "The result is fari"]. 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 3 February 2016. 
  130. ^ "Quique flores reconhece má exibição" [Quique Flores recognized bad game]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 6 April 2009. Retrieved 3 February 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 3 February 2016. 
  132. ^ "Novo chumbo de Quique" [Quique flunks again]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 12 April 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  133. ^ "O título está muito mais difícil" [The league title is much more difficult]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 12 April 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  134. ^ "Benfica tira barriga de misérias" [Benfica wins comfortably]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 20 April 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  135. ^ "Benfica bate Marítimo" [Benfica beats Marítimo]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 26 April 2009. Retrieved 3 February 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 3 February 2016. 
  137. ^ "Benfica diz adeus à Champions" [Benfica says goodbye to the Champions League]. Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 3 May 2009. Retrieved 3 February 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 3 February 2016. 
  139. ^ "Quique perdeu o crédito" [Quique lost all credit]. Jornal de Noticias (in Portuguese). 10 May 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  140. ^ "Champions chega com sofrimento" [Champions arrives with grief]. Jornal de Noticias (in Portuguese). 9 May 2009. Retrieved 3 February 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 3 February 2016. 
  142. ^ "Benfica garante terceiro lugar" [Benfica secures third place]. Jornal de Noticias (in Portuguese). 17 May 2009. Retrieved 3 February 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 3 February 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 3 February 2016. 
  145. ^ "Quique vai falar com Filipe Vieira" [Quique will speak to Vieira]. Record (in Portuguese). 24 May 2009. Retrieved 3 February 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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  151. ^ "Urreta já cá está" [Urreta has arrived]. Record (in Portuguese). 12 July 2008. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  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. 
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General
  • Tovar, Rui Miguel (2012). Almanaque do Benfica [Benfica Almanac]. Portugal: Lua de Papel. ISBN 978-989-23-2087-8.