S.L. Benfica (rugby union)

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Benfica
Full name Associação SLB Rugby
Union Portuguese Rugby Federation
Founded 4 October 1924
(92 years ago)
 (1924-10-04)
Location Lisbon, Portugal
Ground(s) Complexo Desportivo do Estádio da Luz
Campo dos Pupilos do Exército
Chairman Filipe Grenho
Coach(es) José Mendes
League(s) Rugby I Divisão
2015–16 3rd
Official website
www.slbenfica.pt/pt-pt/mais/rugby.aspx
Active departments of
Sport Lisboa e Benfica
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Sport Lisboa e Benfica is an amateur rugby union team based in Lisbon, Portugal. Benfica is one of the most ancient Portuguese rugby teams. The men's section competes in the Campeonato Nacional de Rugby I Divisão, the Portuguese second tier. On 27 June 2014, the club refused the invitation to join the first division.[1] The women's section competed in the Campeonato Nacional, the first tier, but recent changes in the competition means they only compete in Sevens.

Unlike the club other sports, which are in his direct control, thus getting vast investment. Rugby is not directly under the club control, but rather as an association which manages the sport with the permission from the club, so investment is far more limited. It has no field of its own, but rents Campo da Sobreda for its games, and the youth teams play in Pupilos do Exército, near Colégio Militar in Lisbon.

Benfica hoped to secure a rugby field in Oeiras in a 20-year rental but the project never materialized. It was supposed to have a grass field capable of international matches, plus 2 synthetic fields for youth development, 3 football fields for Under 12, a 2,000 people stand and additional logistical support.[2]

The club had a player in Portuguese National Team which participated in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Diogo Gama.

Current coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach José Mendes Silva
Assistant coach Carlos Castro
Assistant coach Frederico Caetano Nunes

Last updated: 6 September 2016
Source: S.L. Benfica

Honours[edit]

According to Benfica's official website[3]

Men[edit]

Winners (9): 1959–60, 1960–61, 1961–62, 1969–70, 1975–76, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1990–91, 2000–01
Winners (10): 1961, 1965, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1983, 1984, 1985
Winners (4): 1971, 1986, 1988, 1991
  • Campeonato Regional de Lisboa
Winners (12): 1931, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1942, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1955
  • Taça de Honra da FPR
Winners (3): 1949, 1950, 1966
  • Torneio Abertura
Winners (13): 1947, 1948, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1962, 1971, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984
  • Campeonato Nacional 2ª Divisão
Winners (4): 1975, 1976, 1984, 1996
  • Campeonato Nacional Reservas
Winners (13): 1936, 1937, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1974, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992
  • Torneio FPR Reservas
Winners (1): 1979
  • Torneio de Sevilla
Winners (3):1969, 1970, 1979

Women[edit]

Winners (5): 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
Winners (7): 2004–05, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
  • Supertaça
Winner (8): 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016
  • Campeonato Nacional de Sevens
Winners (5): 2009–10, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
  • Taça de Portugal de Sevens
Winners (3): 2014, 2014, 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rugby: Projecto do SL Benfica segue rumo sustentado". Sport Lisboa e Benfica - Site Oficial. 
  2. ^ "Rugby em Oeiras" [Rugby in Oeiras]. CM Oeiras.pt. 17 February 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Palmarés" [Achievements]. SL Benfica.pt. 7 August 2012. 

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