S.L. Benfica (handball)

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Full name Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Founded 8 May 1932 (84 years ago) (1932-05-08)
Arena Pavilhão da Luz Nº 2
Capacity 1,800
President Felipe Gomes
Head coach Mariano Ortega
League Andebol 1
2015–16 2nd
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Sport Lisboa e Benfica is a professional handball team based in Lisbon, Portugal. Benfica play in the top tier domestic league, the Andebol 1. They hold home matches at the Pavilhão da Luz Nº 2.

The club also has a reserve team, Benfica B, who play in the second division.[1]



Founded on 8 May 1932, Benfica's handball section endured a troubled start, shortly after being founded. It was inactive from 1939 to 1942–43 because of a conflict between Benfica and the Portuguese Handball Federation.[2] Until the 1960s, handball was played by eleven players, and after 1962–63, in another dispute with the federation, Benfica closed the eleven players team and opted for the current team handball.[3] The handball section did not achieve success until 1961–62, being overshadowed by the football, cycling, basketball and roller hockey sections during that time.

Golden years[edit]

After a period of dominance by crosstown rivals Sporting CP, Benfica experienced great success in the 1980s and early 1990s, when was led by coach Eugene Troffin, and later by Ângelo Pintado,[4] along with players such as Paulo Bunze,[5] Swedish international Fredrik Appelgren,[6] Dogărescu, Covaciu and Drăgăniță,[7] goalkeeper João Santa Bárbara, wingman Mário Gentil,[8] Vasco Vasconcelos, Luís Lopes and Rui Ferreira;[9] Benfica won four national championships, three Portuguese Cup and two Portuguese Super Cup.


In the 1997–98 season, club president João Vale e Azevedo decided to shut down the section.[10] It was restarted in the next season, but from the Regional Championship, four divisions away from the top division.[11]

Rebuilding years[edit]

After years in anonymity, in 2005, Benfica hired former ABC Braga coach, Aleksander Donner, on a three-year deal.[12] Because of a dispute between Liga and the Handball Federation, which managed the Divisão de Elite, there were two simultaneous championships. In the 2005–06 season, Benfica played in the Divisão de Elite. In 2006–07, Benfica joined the Liga Portuguesa de Andebol along with Sporting CP. During that season, Benfica won their first title since 1994, the League Cup.[13] In the following season, Benfica finally achieved their first league title since 1990.[14] Despite the success, Aleksander Donner did not renew his contract at the end of the season.[15]

Recent years[edit]

To replace Donner, Benfica hired José António Silva, who won three titles in three years: the 2008–09 League Cup, 2010–11 Portuguese Cup[16] and 2010 Super Cup.[17] In the 2010–11 season, Benfica reached the final of the EHF Challenge Cup, but lost to Slovene side RK Cimos Koper.[18] In 2011–12, José António Silva was replaced by another former ABC Braga coach, Jorge Rito.[19] With him, Benfica finished fourth in league for the first time.[20] On 2 September 2012, Jorge Rito won Benfica's fourth Super Cup trophy.[21] The season ended with only a second place in the league.[22] In 2013–14, Benfica's performances worsened, and the team finished the league in fourth place. Jorge Rito did not renew his contract and was replaced by Mariano Ortega.[23][24] On 3 April 2016, Benfica, who had beaten rivals FC Porto in the semi-finals the day before,[25] beat Lisbon rivals Sporting in the final and conquered their fifth Portuguese Cup, ending a trophy drought.[26][27]

Results in European competitions[edit]


Note: Benfica score always listed first.


According to Benfica's official website[29]

Domestic competitions[edit]

European competitions[edit]

Current squad[edit]

S.L. Benfica roster


  • 03 Portugal Davide Carvalho
  • 08 Portugal João Pais (c)
  • 17 Croatia Luka Raković
  • 33 Portugal André Lima
  • 34 Portugal Fábio Vidrago

Back players

  • 04 Portugal Hugo Lima
  • 07 Portugal Tiago Pereira
  • 09 Serbia Stefan Terzić
  • 11 Portugal Belone Moreira
  • 15 Brazil Uelington da Silva
  • 24 Portugal Alexandre Cavalcanti
  • 30 Portugal Elledy Semedo
  • 31 Portugal João Ferreira
  • 50 Portugal Francisco Pereira
  • Slovenia Jernej Papež
  • 05 Portugal Valter Soares
  • 13 Portugal Paulo Moreno
  • 20 Portugal David Pinto
  • 86 Brazil Ales Silva


  • Head coach: Mariano Ortega
  • Assistant coach: João Castro
As of 11 January 2017

Sources: roster, coaches

Women's honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]


  1. ^ "SL Benfica B". Federaçao de Andebol de Portugal (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Andebol a caminho dos 80 anos" [Handball on his away to 80 years old]. Em Defesa do Benfica. 5 November 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Andebol, pergunta e resposta" [Handball, question and answer]. Em Defesa do Benfica. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Angêlo Pintado homenageado" [Angêlo Pintado homage]. Record. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Paulo Bunze". Serbenfiquista. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Svenska landslagsmän i handboll 1934-2005" [Swedish internationals 1934-2005]. sporthistoria. 10 August 2012. 
  7. ^ 1 FEDERAŢIA ROMÂNĂ DE HANDBAL. "ISTORIA HANDBALULUI ROMÂNESC 1921 - 2014" [History of Romanian handball 1921-2014] (PDF). p. 62. 
  8. ^ "100 anos, extremo moderno" [100 years, modern wingman]. Record. 15 September 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Obrigado querido Benfica" [Thanks dear Benfica]. Em Defesa do Benfica. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "José Manuel Antunes: "Tudo farei para manter eclectismo no Benfica"" [José Manuel Antunes "I will do everything to keep amateur sports in Benfica "]. Record. 1 December 1999. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Andebol: "Cabelos brancos" ajudam mística do novo Benfica" [Handball: "white hair's" help Benfica]. Record. 11 October 1999. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Donner: "Desafio como no início do ABC"" [Donner "Challenge like in beginning of ABC"]. Record. 20 June 2005. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Benfica vence Taça da Liga" [Benfica wins League Cup]. Região Sul. 18 January 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "S.L. Benfica - Campeão Nac. Andebol 2007–08 : 1ºParte (Jogo)" [Benfica National Champion 2007–08]. Youtube. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Aleksander Donner deixa andebol encarnado no final da época" [Donner leaves Benfica in end of season]. RTP. 16 April 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Andebol: Benfica vence Taça 24 anos depois" [Benfica wins Portuguese Cup]. Mais Futebol. 29 May 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Benfica vence Supertaça" [Benfica wins Portuguese Super Cup]. Sol Noticias. 22 January 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "BENFICA PERDE JOGO DA 2.ª MÃO DA FINAL DA CHALLENGE CUP" [Benfica loses Challenge Cup final]. Banhadas de Andebol. 22 May 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "Jorge Rito é o novo treinador do andebol do Benfica" [Jorge Rito new coach of Benfica]. TSF. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  20. ^ "Madeira SAD 27-26 Benfica". Vivaaobenfica. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "Benfica vence 4ª Supertaça" [Benfica win's 4th Super Cup]. Vivaaobenfica. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  22. ^ "Campeonato Nacional Seniores Masculinos - 1.Divisao - 2012/2013" [Handball Championship 2012/13]. fpa.pt. 
  23. ^ "Jorge Rito deixa comando técnico do andebol do Benfica" [Jorge Rito leaves position as head coach]. visao. 27 May 2014. 
  24. ^ "Mariano Ortega: "Representar o Benfica é uma responsabilidade"" [Mariano Ortega: "To represent Benfica is a responsibility"]. slbenfica.pt. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  25. ^ "Andebol: Benfica vence FC Porto no último segundo e está na final da Taça" [Handball: Benfica beat FC Porto in the last second and is in the Portuguese Cup final]. Maisfutebol (in Portuguese). 2 April 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  26. ^ "Benfica vence Taça de Portugal de andebol" [Benfica win handball Portuguese Cup]. Maisfutebol (in Portuguese). 3 April 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  27. ^ "Andebol conquista 5.ª Taça de Portugal" [Handball conquer fitth Portuguese Cup]. S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese). 3 April 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  28. ^ "European Handball Federation - S.L. Benfica". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  29. ^ "Palmarés" [Achievements]. slbenfica.pt. 7 August 2012. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Perdigão, Carlos; Pires, Fernando (2004). 100 Anos de Lenda [100 Years of Legend] (in Portuguese) (First ed.). Diário de Notícias. pp. 254–257. ISBN 972-9335-52-4. 

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