S.L. Benfica (futsal)

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Benfica
Full name Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Founded 13 September 2001
(13 years ago)
 (2001-09-13)
Ground Pavilhão Fidelidade
Ground Capacity 2,400
Head coach Joel Rocha
League 1ª Divisão
2014–15 1st / Winners
Website Club home page
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Sport Lisboa e Benfica is a professional futsal team based in Lisbon, Portugal. They play in the Liga Portuguesa de Futsal where they are the current champions.

Since its creation in 2001, the team has been a constant challenger for the championship and won at least one trophy per season between 2005 and 2013. Benfica won all three Portuguese titles (treble) in the 2006–07 and 2011–12 seasons. Benfica is the only Portuguese team to have won the UEFA Futsal Cup and to be ranked first in UEFA Futsal Cup rankings, in 2012.[1]

History[edit]

Establishment (2001–2004)[edit]

Established on 13 September 2001, Benfica merged with futsal team Olímpico and became managed by company MPM on 2 June, with Benfica only providing the facilities, medical staff and kits. This union allowed Benfica to participate in the 2001–02 first division.[2][3] In their debut, Benfica were runners-up, losing 3–2 to Miramar Futsal Clube with the decisive goal coming from a future Benfica glory, André Lima.[4] Benfica's notable players in their first season were Portuguese internationals Naná, Vitinho I, Drula and Nelito, who were coached by Alípio Matos.

The following season, with new players like André Lima,[5] Rogério Vilela,[6] Pedro Costa and Arnaldo Pereira,[7] Benfica won their first league title, against Sporting CP,[8] their first Portuguese Cup,[9] and their first Supercup.[10]

In 2003–04, notable players Ciço and Ricardinho joined Benfica.[11] Benfica reached the 2003–04 UEFA Futsal Cup final, losing 7–5 on aggregate to Interviu.[12]

Adil Amarante years (2004–2008)[edit]

In 2004–05, Adil Amarante replaced Alípio Matos, and added Nelito, Estrela and Pica Pau.[13] Benfica won the Portuguese Cup against Boavista FC[14] and the second league title against Sporting.[15]

The next season, players like Wilson[16] Côco[17] and Sidney all joined Benfica, while Zé Maria left.[18][19] Benfica lost the Portuguese Cup to Sporting in the Final Four,[20] and then the league.[21]

In 2006–07, Benfica improved their squad with new players such as Gonçalo Alves, Bebé, Pedro Costa, Zé Maria and Estrela, who returned. Nelito ended his career.[22] Benfica conquered the Supercup.[23] In January, Alex joined Benfica.[24] In May Benfica won another Portuguese Cup[25] and by June another league[26]

In the 2007–08 season, Arnaldo Pereira and Miguel Almeida returned,[27] while Estrela left. Benfica started the season by winning the Supercup.[28] In January, César Paulo joined Benfica.[29] In March, Adil Amarante left in disagreement with Benfica about his new contract,[30] and was replaced by Beto Aranha,[31] who lead Benfica to their first back-to-back champion titles.[32]

André Lima years (2008–2010)[edit]

In July 2008, despite being in charge only for four months, Benfica replaced Beto Aranha with former player and coach, André Lima.[33] The only reinforcement was Pedrinho, while Miguel Almeida left.[34] Benfica lost the Supercup[35] but won the Portuguese Cup[36] and the third league title in a row for the first time.[37]

In 2009–10, Benfica hired Davi and Marinho.[38] Benfica won their 13th title, the Supercup.[39]

On 25 April 2010, Benfica became European champions by conquering the UEFA Futsal Cup, after defeating Luparense by 8–4 in the semi-finals, they beat Interviu 3–2 in the final; Benfica conceded first by Marquinho, but Joel Queirós and then Arnaldo put Benfica in the lead, Interviu equalised by Betão, but Davi in the final minutes sealed the historic victory.[40][41]

In the rest of season, Benfica lost the Portuguese Cup to Belenenses[42] and then the league to Sporting.[43]

Recent years (2010–present)[edit]

In the 2010–11 season, coach Paulo Fernandes, who had just won the league for Sporting, replaced European champion André Lima.[44] Ricardinho left[45] and was replaced by Diece.[46] Another addition was Diego Sol who arrived from Belenenses, and Teka from Sporting.[47][48] In this season Benfica lost the Portuguese Cup[49] and then the league in three matches, despite winning the regular phase.[50] In European competitions, Benfica finished fourth in the 2010–11 UEFA Futsal Cup.[51]

In 2011–12, Benfica added Marcão, Dentinho and Bruno Coelho.[52] The season was better than the previous one as Benfica won all three competitions they entered: the Supercup,[53] Portuguese Cup[54] and the league.[55] Ricardinho returned in January on a 6 month-loan[56] but failed to make an impact, being suspended for three matches in the final.[57][58]

In 2012–13, Benfica hired Vitor Hugo[59] and Nené.[60] On 2 September 2012, they won their sixth Supercup against Modicus (5–3) and tied with Sporting in terms of overall titles (17).[61] After a series of bad results, including an early exit of the UEFA Futsal Cup,[62] Paulo Fernandes was sacked and replaced by João Freitas Pinto.[63] However, Benfica failed to retain the league title, losing 3–1 in the final against Sporting.[64] In the offseason, Benfica did not renew the contract of Davi, Diego Sol, Diece, Marinho and César Paulo, replacing them with Ricardo Fernandes, Pablo del Moral, Rafael Henmi, Serginho, Bruno Pinto, Paulinho, Alan Brandi and Ivo Oliveira.[65]

On 14 June 2015, Benfica became Portuguese champions for the seventh time and achieved their seventh double, defeating Sporting on penalties (2–3) in the fourth match of playoffs final.[66][67][68] Benfica also became the first team to reach the playoff finals without defeat.

Season to season[edit]

Season Division Place Portuguese Cup
2001–02 1ª Divisão 2nd
2002–03 1ª Divisão 1st Winners
2003–04 1ª Divisão 2nd
2004–05 1ª Divisão 1st / W Winners
2005–06 1ª Divisão 2nd / F Runners-up
2006–07 1ª Divisão 1st / W Winners
2007–08 1ª Divisão 1st / W Winners
2008–09 1ª Divisão 1st / W Winners
2009–10 1ª Divisão 3rd / F Runners-up
2010–11 1ª Divisão 1st / F Runners-up
2011–12 1ª Divisão 1st / W Winners
2012–13 1ª Divisão 2nd / F
2013–14 1ª Divisão 1st / SF Runners-up
2014–15 1ª Divisão 1st / W Winners

Results in European competitions[edit]

[69]

Current squad[edit]

As of 29 June 2015

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Portugal GK Bebé
2 Brazil FW Chaguinha
3 Portugal FW Bruno Coelho
7 Japan FW Rafael Henmi
8 Italy FW Alessandro Patias
9 Portugal DF Gonçalo Alves (captain)
11 Portugal FW Bruno Pinto
12 Spain GK Juanjo
No. Position Player
14 Spain FW Alan Brandi
15 Portugal GK Cristiano Marques
20 Portugal FW
23 Brazil FW Jefferson
Portugal DF Fábio Cecílio
Argentina FW Fernando Wilhelm
Portugal FW Mário Freitas
Portugal FW Tiago Fernandes

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
17 Portugal FW Ivo Oliveira (at AD Fundão)
 

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

According to the official website[70]

Winners (7): 2002–03, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2014–15
Winners (6): 2002–03, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2014–15 (record)
Winners (6): 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 (shared record)
  • Taça de Honra AF Lisboa
  • Winner: 2014

European competitions[edit]

Winners: 2009–10[71]
Runners-up: 2003–04
Runners-up: 2006–07

Women's honours[edit]

Regional competitions[edit]

  • Lisbon Championship
    • Winners (5): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10
  • Lisbon Honour Cup
Winners (10): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15[72][73]

National competitions[edit]

Winners (5): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2009–10
  • Portuguese Cup
Winners (1): 2013–14[74]
  • Portuguese Supercup
Winners (1): 2014[75]

European competitions[edit]

  • Iberian Cup
Winners (2): 2006–07, 2008–09

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