Eusébio Cup

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Eusébio Cup
Founded 2008
Number of teams 2
Current champions Italy Torino
Television broadcasters Benfica TV
Poster for the ninth edition of the Eusébio Cup (2016)

The Eusébio Cup is an annual friendly football match held at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal.

S.L. Benfica organizes it in early-mid August, one or two weeks before the regular season kicks off. It is usually Benfica's and the participating team's last pre-season match. Until 2013, the trophy was presented to the winning team by Eusébio, to whom the matches are dedicated.

Media coverage[edit]

Eusébio Cup of 2008, 2009 and 2010 were broadcast on SIC, the 2011 edition was broadcast on TVI,[1] the 2012 edition was broadcast on RTP1,[2] the 2013 edition was broadcast on Benfica TV which will continue to broadcast the match.


The trophy is made out of glass and bears the name of the match and its winners. It also features Eusébio on the top performing one of his trademark shooting techniques. The Eusébio figure is similar to the statue outside the Estádio da Luz. The trophy is symbolic as it is dedicated to Eusébio who is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time.





3 August 2010
19:45 WEST
Benfica Portugal 0–1 England Tottenham Hotspur
Report Bale Goal 55'
Estádio da Luz
Attendance: 30,215
Referee: Pedro Proença


6 August 2011
19:45 WEST
Benfica Portugal 2–1 England Arsenal
Aimar Goal 49'
Nolito Goal 60'
Report Van Persie Goal 34'
Estádio da Luz
Attendance: 40,833
Referee: Duarte Gomes


27 July 2012
19:00 WEST
Benfica Portugal 5–2 Spain Real Madrid
García Goal 4'
Witsel Goal 22'
Pérez Goal 53'85'
Martins Goal 58'
Report Callejón Goal 18'20'
Estádio da Luz
Attendance: 35,476
Referee: Bruno Paixão


3 August 2013
19:45 WEST
Benfica Portugal 0–2 Brazil São Paulo
Report Aloísio Goal 53'
Rafael Tolói Goal 63'
Estádio da Luz
Attendance: 30,638
Referee: Duarte Gomes


26 July 2014
19:45 WEST
Benfica Portugal 0–1 Netherlands Ajax
Report Kishna Goal 41'
Estádio da Luz
Attendance: 25,240
Referee: Hugo Miguel


2 August 2015
22:00 CDT
Monterrey Mexico 3–0 Portugal Benfica
Montes Goal 49'
Funes Mori Goal 58' (pen.)
Rivera Goal 81'
Estadio BBVA Bancomer
Attendance: 51,000
Referee: Francisco Chacón


27 July 2016
19:45 WEST
Benfica Portugal 1–1 Italy Torino
Vives Goal 11' (o.g.) Report Ljajić Goal 32'
Estádio da Luz
Attendance: 45,818
Referee: Fábio Veríssimo

Performance by team[edit]

Eusébio with the trophy of the fourth edition (2011)
Team Winners Runners-up Years won Years runners-up
Portugal Benfica 3 6 2009, 2011, 2012 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Italy Inter Milan 1 2008
England Tottenham Hotspur 1 2010
Brazil São Paulo 1 2013
Netherlands Ajax 1 2014
Mexico Monterrey 1 2015
Italy Torino 1 2016
Italy Milan 1 2009
England Arsenal 1 2011
Spain Real Madrid 1 2012


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Coordinates: 38°45′13″N 9°10′57.5″W / 38.75361°N 9.182639°W / 38.75361; -9.182639