S.L. Benfica (roller hockey)

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Benfica
Full name Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Founded 19 August 1917 (101 years ago) (1917-08-19)
Home ground Pavilhão Fidelidade
(Capacity 2,400)
Chairman Aristides Meireles
Manager Pedro Nunes
League First Division
2017–18 2nd
Official Website slbenfica.pt
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Sport Lisboa e Benfica, commonly known as 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.[1]

Internationally, Benfica are the most decorated team in Portugal, having won two CERH European League, two CERS Cup, three CERH Continental Cup, and two Intercontinental Cup.[2]

History

International success

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).[3] 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.[4]

On 2 June 2013, Benfica won their first CERH European League defeating FC Porto at Dragão Caixa by 6–5 (aet), in an all Portuguese final.[5] That made them the fourth Portuguese team to lift the most important clubs European trophy. On 2 November 2013, Benfica won their second Continental Cup defeating CE Vendrell of Spain (5–3, 5–0), thus becoming the only Portuguese club to win the trophy twice.[6] On 16 November 2013, Benfica won the 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.[7]

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.[8] Later, on 16 May, Benfica's men squad became Portuguese champions without defeat, totalling 25 wins and one draw.[9]

On 15 May 2016, Benfica were crowned European champions for the second time, after beating Oliveirense in the final 5–3.[10] 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.[11]

On 16 December 2017, Benfica beat Reus Deportiu (3–5) and won their second Intercontinental Cup, thus becoming the second team with most trophies in the competition.[12]

Men's current squad

As of 13 July 2018[2][13]
Goalkeepers
  • 01 Portugal Pedro Henriques
  • 13 Portugal Marco Barros

Defenders/Midfielders

  • 02 Portugal Valter Neves (captain)
  • 03 Spain Albert Casanovas
  • 04 Portugal Diogo Rafael
  • 39 Portugal Xavier Cardoso
  • 74 Portugal Miguel Vieira "Vieirinha"
Forwards
  • 05 Argentina Carlos Nicolía
  • 07 Spain Jordi Adroher
  • 09 Argentina Lucas Ordoñez
  • 44 Portugal Miguel Rocha

Men's technical staff

Position Name
Head coach Pedro Nunes
Assistant coach José Carlos Manaças
Club doctor João Paulo Almeida
Physiotherapist David Amaro
Physiologist Tiago Vaz

Source:[14]

Men's honours

According to Benfica's official website[2]

Domestic

Winners (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
Winners (15): 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
Winners (7): 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2010, 2012

European

Winners (2): 2012–13, 2015–16
Winners (2): 1990–91, 2010–11
Winners (3): 2011, 2013, 2016

Worldwide

Winners (2): 2013, 2017

Other

Winners: 1962
Winners: 2008

Women's current squad

As of 28 August 2018[15]
Goalkeepers
  • 10 Portugal Maria Vieira
  • 14 Portugal Sandra Coelho

Defenders/Midfielders

  • 07 Portugal Inês Vieira
  • 13 Portugal Raquel Abreu
  • 94 Portugal Rute Lopes (captain)
  • Spain Aina Arxé
Forwards
  • 02 Portugal Marlene Sousa
  • 05 Portugal Ana Arsénio
  • 15 Portugal Andreia Leal
  • 77 Portugal Rita Lopes
  • Portugal Maria Sofia Silva

Women's honours

Domestic

  • Portuguese League
Winners (6): 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18[16]
  • Portuguese Cup
Winners (5): 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17,[17] 2017–18[18]
  • Portuguese Super Cup
Winners (4):[19] 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Opening Tournament of Lisbon Roller Sports Association
Winners (5): 2012, 2013,[20] 2014,[21] 2015, 2016

European

Winners: 2014–15[22][23]

References

  1. ^ "Benfica bicampeão português de hóquei em patins" [Benfica is back-to-back champion in roller hockey]. SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). 14 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Hóquei em patins" [Roller hockey]. S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese). Retrieved 20 June 2018. 
  3. ^ "Hóquei: Benfica conquista Taça CERS". Mais Futebol (in Portuguese). 8 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Benfica conquista Taça Continental sem jogar". Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 5 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Benfica sagra-se campeão europeu de hóquei em patins pela primeira vez". Público (in Portuguese). 2 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Benfica conquista Taça Continental de hóquei em patins". Jornal de Notícias (in Portuguese). 2 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Benfica conquista Taça Intercontinental" [Benfica conquer Intercontinental Cup]. Record (in Portuguese). 16 November 2013. Archived from the original on 18 November 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Benfica renova titulo da Taça de Portugal feminina" [Benfica renew women's Portuguese Cup title] (in Portuguese). Record. 14 June 2015. Archived from the original on 14 June 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2017. 
  9. ^ "Sporting falha Liga Europeia, Benfica acaba sem derrotas" [Sporting fail European League, Benfica finish unbeaten]. SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). 16 May 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "SL Benfica é Campeão Europeu!" [SL Benfica are European champions]. S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese). 15 May 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  11. ^ "SL Benfica conquista Taça Continental" [SL Benfica conquer Continental Cup]. S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese). 15 October 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  12. ^ "Benfica conquista Taça Intercontinental" [Benfica conquer Intercontinental Cup]. A Bola (in Portuguese). 16 February 2018. Archived from the original on 18 December 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2018. 
  13. ^ Garcia, Filipa Fernandes (5 September 2018). "Equipa de hóquei pronta para 2018/19" [Roller hockey team ready for 2018–19]. S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese). Retrieved 5 September 2018. 
  14. ^ "Equipa Técnica" [Technical staff]. S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese). Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  15. ^ "Women's squad". S.L. Benfica. Retrieved 20 June 2018. 
  16. ^ Benfica é hexacampeão feminino A Bola (in Portuguese)
  17. ^ Benfica conquista tetra também na Taça feminina (in Portuguese)
  18. ^ Benfica conquista Taça de Portugal de Hóquei feminino S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese)
  19. ^ Hóquei em Patins: Benfica conquista quarta Supertaça feminina consecutiva (in Portuguese)
  20. ^ "Hóquei feminino conquista o Torneio de Abertura da APL" (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  21. ^ "À procura do pleno!" (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 
  22. ^ "SL Benfica won the Women's Cup, US Coutras defeated 5-2 in the final match". CERH. 15 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  23. ^ "SL Benfica é Campeão Europeu!" [SL Benfica is European Champion!] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. 15 March 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 

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