S.L. Benfica (roller hockey)
|Full name||Sport Lisboa e Benfica|
|Founded||19 August 1917|
|Home ground||Pavilhão Fidelidade
|Active departments of
Sport Lisboa e Benfica
|Football||Football B||Football U-19|
|Swimming||Rugby union||Table tennis|
Sport Lisboa e Benfica is a professional roller hockey team based in Lisbon, Portugal. Benfica play in the Portuguese first division where they are the most successful club, having won a record 23 titles. Currently, Benfica are back-to-back Portuguese champions.
Benfica's only European trophy up to the season of 2009–10 was a single CERS Cup won in the 1990–91 season but in the 2010–11 season the club's European fate began to change. They made their way up to the 2010–11 CERS Cup Final Four, eventually winning the trophy for the second time (defeating CP Vilanova in the final by 6–4, at their home ground). With this victory, Benfica had the chance to play the CERH Continental Cup against the CERH European League winner HC Liceo La Coruña. The opponent refused to play the cup's final and Benfica won it by 10–0 (disqualification), conquering their first Continental Cup.
On 2 June 2013, Benfica won its first CERH European League defeating FC Porto at the Dragão Caixa by 6–5 (aet), in an all Portuguese final. That made them the fourth Portuguese team to lift the most important clubs European trophy. On 2 November 2013, Benfica won its second Continental Cup defeating CE Vendrell of Spain (5–3, 5–0), thus becoming the only Portuguese club to win the trophy twice. On 16 November 2013, Benfica won the FIRS Intercontinental Cup, defeating Sport Recife by 10–3 and winning the only missing trophy for the club and the second one for Portuguese roller hockey, after the 1993 Óquei de Barcelos win.
On 15 March 2015, Benfica became the second European club, after CP Voltregà, to win CERH's most important club title in both men and women competitions, after defeating the French team Coutras in the final of the Women's European Cup. Domestically, earlier that season, the women's section had conquered the national Super Cup on 8 November 2014, and later also won their third consecutive national championship on 8 June 2015, and their second consecutive domestic cup on 14 June, accomplishing the treble, and winning all five competitions they played, including the Torneio de Abertura. Later, on 16 May, Benfica's men squad became Portuguese champions without defeat, totalling 25 wins and one draw.
On 15 May 2016, Benfica were crowned European champions for a second time in their history, beating Oliveirense in the final 5–3. Five months later, Benfica beat Óquei de Barcelos (9–2) in the second leg of the Continental Cup, and won the trophy for a third time.
Men's current squad
- As of 30 August 2016
Out on loan
- 01 Pedro Henriques at Reus Deportiu
Men's technical staff
|Head coach||Pedro Nunes|
|Assistant coach||José Carlos Manaças|
|Club doctor||João Paulo Almeida|
According to Benfica's official website
- Portuguese First Division: 23 (record)
- 1950–51, 1951–52, 1955–56, 1956–57, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1991–92, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Portuguese Cup: 15 (shared record)
- 1962–63, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1990–91, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2009–10, 2013–14, 2014–15
- Portuguese Super Cup: 7
- 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2010, 2012
- CERH European League: 2
- CERS Cup: 2
- 1990–91, 2010–11
- CERH Continental Cup: 3
- 2011, 2013, 2016
- FIRS Intercontinental Cup: 1
Women's current squad
Coach: Paulo Almeida