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|
Luís Filipe Vieira began his career in football as President of Futebol Clube de Alverca for a couple of years, at a time when Angolan player Pedro Mantorras was a rising young star at the Alverca side, and Alverca an affiliated satellite football club for parent club Sport Lisboa e Benfica. Later he was transferred to Benfica for a total of €7 million.
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. He was committed to bring Benfica back to its European glory. In the first months in charge, he saw the club win its first trophy in eight years, after a triumph at the Portuguese Cup.
In the 2004–05 football season, the club won the Portuguese League, with the Italian Giovanni Trapattoni as manager. In the 2005–06 season, he hired Ronald Koeman, a Dutch international and former Ajax coach, as manager. Benfica won the Portuguese Super Cup and went to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League, knocking out the defending champions Liverpool. Under his presidency, Benfica reached over 160,000 paying associates members in 2006, 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 Portuguese manager Fernando Santos as the new coach for the football team. The team also signed veteran footballer Rui Costa after a long stint in the Italian Serie A.
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 which 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, but by winning the latter it became the only club to win all Portuguese competitions. In his third term, with Jorge Jesus, he won the Portuguese League in the first year, plus another League Cup, but in the following two, the team only managed to retain the League Cup, coming second place in the 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 a €11 million loss, despite heavy earnings in the Champions League and through sales of players like Fábio Coentrão and Roberto. He was asked to resign by the 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. On 26 October 2012, he was re-elected with 83,02% of the 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 as Benfica won a total 64 titles (41 national and 22 regional) in different sports.
Trophies won by Benfica
- As of 3 October 2015
List of trophies won by the club during his presidency:
Roller hockey (12)
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- "Benfica pagou 2 milhões por 50% do passe de Mantorras" (in Portuguese). Diario Noticias. 3 November 2009.
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- "Vieira concorre sozinho às eleições do Benfica". Relvado.sapo.pt. 12 October 2006.
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- "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". Diario Noticias.
- "A partir de 2013 os nossos jogos vão ser vistos na Benfica TV" (in Portuguese). 25 October 2012.
- "Luís Filipe Vieira diz que juiz Rui Rangel "envergonha a magistratura"". JN. 25 October 2012.
- "Eleições SL Benfica: Maior afluência de sempre!". Sport Lisboa e Benfica - Site Oficial.
- "Eleições SL Benfica: Lista A vence com 83,02% dos votos". Sport Lisboa e Benfica - Site Oficial.
- "Eleições: Conheça a votação dada a cada uma das listas". Sport Lisboa e Benfica - Site Oficial.
- "Benfica: Vieira já é o presidente com mais tempo". Relvado.com.
- "Melhor ano desportivo de sempre" [Best sports year ever] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
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