Luís Filipe Vieira
|Luís Filipe Vieira|
Vieira in 2007
|Born||Luís Filipe Vieira Ferreira
22 June 1949
São Domingos de Benfica, Lisbon, Portugal
|Occupation||Real estate businessman|
|Known for||President of S.L. Benfica|
Vieira began his career in football as president of Futebol Clube de Alverca for a couple of years, at a time when Mantorras was a promising player at the Alverca side, and Alverca was an affiliated and satellite club for parent club S.L. Benfica. Mantorras was later transferred to Benfica.
On 31 October 2003, Vieira was elected by the club's associate members (sócios) as the 33rd president of S.L. Benfica, defeating Jaime Antunes and Guerra Madaleno, and succeeding Manuel Vilarinho. Vieira was committed to bring Benfica back to its European glory by becoming European Champions. Months later, Benfica won its first trophy in eight years, the Portuguese Cup with José Antonio Camacho as coach.
In 2005, Vieira stated "If Benfica does not have 300,000 members until October, I will resign". In the 2004–05 season, the club won the Portuguese League with Giovanni Trapattoni as manager, ending an eleven-year drought. In the 2005–06 season, he hired Ronald Koeman as manager with whom Benfica won one Portuguese Super Cup and reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, knocking out defending champions Liverpool. In 2006, Benfica reached 160,000 paying associate members, and was recognized by the Guinness World Records as the largest sports club in the world by number of registered paying associates.
On 27 October 2006, Vieira ran uncontested and was re-elected for a second term by getting 95.6% of the votes. For the 2006–07 season, he hired manager Fernando Santos with whom Benfica did not win any title. Santos was sacked after one match in the following season, being replaced by Camacho, who returned to the club. In September 2006, Vieira stated "Benfica's debt does not scare anyone, let Benfica get to 2011 and you will see that Benfica will be a European colossus, not to say worldwide". In May 2007, Benfica - Futebol, S.A.D. started to be listed on the Portuguese stock exchange Euronext Lisbon.
On 3 July 2009, a total number of 20,672 votes were cast in the presidential elections and Vieira was re-elected with 91.74% of the votes, defeating Bruno Carvalho who got 2.98%. Before winning the elections, he promised a more winning term. In his previous one, Benfica never achieved better than a third place and a League Cup. In his third term, with Jorge Jesus as manager, he won the Portuguese League in the first year, plus another League Cup, but in the following two seasons, the team only managed to retain the League Cup, coming second place in those two years. In 2012 Benfica reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
On 28 September 2012, Vieira became the second president to have the year's accounts flunked in members voting, after Manuel Damásio in 1997. The club presented an €11 million loss, despite heavy earnings in the UEFA Champions League and through sales of players such as Fábio Coentrão and Roberto. Vieira was asked to resign by Benfica members.
On 13 October 2012, he ran for a fourth term and announced the intention to win three Portuguese League, achieve one European final in football, and win a total of 50 titles in other sports. He also promised to broadcast Benfica home games on Benfica TV, therefore not renewing the club's contract with Olivedesportos. On 26 October 2012, Vieira was reelected with 83.02% of votes, defeating Rui Rangel who got 13.83%.
On 7 December 2012, he surpassed Bento Mântua as the president with more days in charge of the club. In 2013, Benfica finished second in the league and were runners-up in the Portuguese Cup and UEFA Europa League. Manager Jesus was contested but remained at the club for two more seasons. In 2014, the club achieved an unprecedented treble of Portuguese League, Portuguese Cup and League Cup, and were again runners-up in the UEFA Europa League. His term in the 2014–15 season was particularly successful in different sports as Benfica won a total 64 titles: 1 international, 41 national and 22 regional.
Trophies won at Benfica
- As of 22 October 2016
List of trophies won by the club (in men's senior teams) during his presidency:
Roller hockey (15)
- "Mantorras pago durante dois anos" (in Portuguese). Record. 18 April 2001. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
- "Benfica pagou 2 milhões por 50% do passe de Mantorras" (in Portuguese). Diario Noticias. 3 November 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
- Ruela, João (4 May 2014). "Nove anos depois, Vieira insiste nos 300 mil sócios" [Nine years later, Vieira insists on 300,000 members]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 20 June 2016.
- "Guinness World Records - GWR Day - Portugal - A Team Effort". Guinness World Records. 2006. Archived from the original on 12 February 2007. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
- "Most widely supported football club". Guinness World Records. 9 November 2006. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
- "Vieira concorre sozinho às eleições do Benfica". Relvado.sapo.pt. 12 October 2006.
- "Luís Filipe Vieira vence eleições do Benfica com 91,74% dos votos". Jornal Noticias. 3 July 2009.
- "Vieira promete "mandato desportivo" para ganhar campeonatos". Publico. 26 June 2009.
- "Benfica campeão! - vídeos". I online. 9 May 2010.
- "Relatório de Contas do exercício de 2011-12" [2011-12 financial information] (PDF). SL Benfica. CMVM. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- "Benfica comunica à CMVM venda de Fábio Coentrão por 30 M€" [Benfica sells Coentrão for €30 million]. Netmadeira.com. 5 July 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- "Benfica vende Roberto por 8,6 milhões de euros" [Benfica sells Roberto for €8.6 million]. Diário Noticias. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
- "Benfica recebe 20 milhões" [Benfica earn €20 million in UEFA Champions League]. Mais Futebol. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
- "Contas chumbadas. Sócios pedem demissão de Vieira" (in Portuguese). Radio Renascença. 28 September 2012.
- "Luís Filipe Vieira anuncia candidatura à presidência do Benfica". Jornal Noticias. 13 October 2012.
- "Bento Mântua". Diário de Notícias.
- "A partir de 2013 os nossos jogos vão ser vistos na Benfica TV" (in Portuguese). 25 October 2012.
- "Benfica: Vieira já é o presidente com mais tempo". Relvado.com.
- "Benfica proud of mammoth Portuguese haul". UEFA. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
- "Melhor ano desportivo de sempre" [Best sports year ever] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
|President of Benfica