S.L. Benfica (volleyball)

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Benfica
Full name Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Founded 31 May 1939 (78 years ago) (1939-05-31)
Ground Pavilhão da Luz Nº 2
(Capacity: 1,800)
Chairman Rui Mourinha
Manager José Jardim
League League A1
2016–17 1st
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Sport Lisboa e Benfica is a professional volleyball team based in Lisbon, Portugal, that play in the Portuguese first division as defending champions.

Benfica have won 7 Portuguese league titles, 16 Portuguese Cup and 7 Portuguese Super Cup. As of April 2017, Benfica is ranked 38th in the Men's European clubs ranking.[1]

History[edit]

Beginning[edit]

Founded on 31 May 1939, it is one of the oldest Portuguese volleyball clubs.[2] Never achieving the success and notability of other sections like basketball and roller hockey, Benfica won its first title 27 years after its foundation.

Road to the first title[edit]

Starting in 1965–66 until 1979–80, Benfica was present at 10 Portuguese Volleyball Cup finals, winning 7 and losing 3.[3] In 1980/81, Benfica finally achieved its first championship, led by coach Fernando Luís, with players like Luís Quelhas, Manuel Silva, Jorge Infante, José Barros, João Abelho, Pedro Barros, Ilídio Ramos [4] and already with a young José Jardim appearing in some matches.[5]

Second title and disbandment[edit]

In a vibrating game against Sporting CP, trailing 2–0 at Nave de Alvalade, Benfica led now by captain José Jardim, plus others like Nuno Brites,[6] Luís Quelhas, Nilson Júnior, Eduardo Gallina, Miguel Silva, Márcio Karas, Davidkov [7] and Radoslav Peytchev [8] managed to recover the disadvantage and win 3–2, claiming its second title. [9] In 1993–94, then president Manuel Damásio decided to disband the volleyball team. The next president João Vale e Azevedo restarted it in 1996–97, but in Third Division. Former player José Jardim lead them back to Portuguese Volleyball League A1 in 2000 with the help of players like André Cabacinha, Nuno Brites, António Silva and captain José Fernandez. [10]

Third title[edit]

In 2004–05, a team coached by José Jardim, with players like the Brazilians Adriano Lamb, Renato Júnior, André França, Roberto Purificação, André Lukianetz, plus Portuguese André Lopes, Carlos Teixeira, António Silva, Rui Guedes, António Seco, José Simões, Bruno Feteira and Pedro Fiúza [11] win the third title for the section, plus the Portuguese Cup[12][13][14]

Between championships[edit]

The next season, important players like Adriano Lamb, Renato Junior and André França left,[15] and Benfica only managed to win the Portuguese Cup.[16] and reach the quarter-finals of the Top Teams Cup.[17]

In 2006–07, Benfica won their third Portuguese Cup in a row.[18]

In 2010–11 season, Benfica acquired Hugo Gaspar [19] and Flávio Cruz, which were later joined by Roberto Reis in 2011–2012,[20][21] all players of the Portugal men's national volleyball team.[22] In spite of this investments, the team failed to win the league, coming runners-up to Fonte Bastardo in the first season,[23] and then Sporting Espinho in the latter.[24] Still, Benfica managed to win the Portuguese Cup [25] and Super Cup [26] in 2010–11, and another Portuguese Cup in 2011–2012.[27]

Dominance[edit]

In 2012–13, Flávio Cruz left for Espinho[28] and was replaced by Brazilian Willian Reffati.[29] A new setter to replace Ronaldo "Royal" and Robert Koch was also acquired, Brazilian Rafael "Vinhedo".[30] Benfica started the season by winning their third Super Cup by defeating Espinho (3–0).[31]

On 4 May 2013, Benfica defeated title holders Espinho (3–2) and conquered their fourth championship after a 7-year wait and three consecutive second places.[32] After a SC Espinho protest with the Portuguese Volleyball Federation on a basis of a technical error, the match at May 4 was annulled and the game ordered to be repeated. Benfica won the replay match by 3–1[33][34] On 4 May 2014, Benfica successfully defended their title, defeating Fonte Bastardo by 3–1, winning their first back-to-back championship.[35]

On 9 May 2015, Benfica won a third consecutive league title, for the first time in their history, winning at Fonte Bastardo (0–3) in the fifth and final match (2–3).[36] They also won the Portuguese Cup and Super Cup thus winning all the domestic competitions. On 3 October 2015, they won a fifth consecutive Super Cup and became the club with most trophies in that competition (6).[37]

Results in European competitions[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 June 2017[45]
No. Nationality Player Birth Date Height Position
2  Brazil Raphael Margarido "Vinhedo" (1983-04-28) 28 April 1983 (age 34) 185 Setter
3  Portugal André Lopes (1982-09-12) 12 September 1982 (age 34) 195 Middle hitter
7  Portugal Ivo Casas (1992-09-21) 21 September 1992 (age 24) 180 Libero
8  Portugal Hugo Gaspar (1982-09-02) 2 September 1982 (age 34) 201 Outside hitter
9  Netherlands Mart van Werkhoven (1991-12-11) 11 December 1991 (age 25) 208 Opposite hitter
14  Trinidad and Tobago Marc-Anthony Honoré (1984-06-12) 12 June 1984 (age 33) 198 Opposite hitter
16  Brazil Flávio Soares "Zélão" (1982-08-16) 16 August 1982 (age 34) 198 Opposite hitter
17  Portugal Tiago Violas (1989-03-27) 27 March 1989 (age 28) 192 Setter
20  Portugal João Magalhães (1988-06-13) 13 June 1988 (age 29) 189 Libero
 Portugal Filip Cveticanin (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 21) 201 Opposite hitter
 Serbia Milija Mrdak (1991-10-26) 26 October 1991 (age 25) 200 Outside hitter
 Bulgaria Miroslav Gradinarov (1985-02-10) 10 February 1985 (age 32) 204 Middle hitter

Out on loan[edit]

Honours[edit]

According to Benfica's official website[46]

Men[edit]

Domestic[edit]

1980–81, 1990–91, 2004–05, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17

1965–66, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1989–90, 1991–92, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16

1990, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

European[edit]

Women[edit]

1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75

1972–73, 1973–74

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eurotopteams
  2. ^ "Uma Por Semana: Voleibol" [One a Week: Volleyball]. Em Defesa do Benfica. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Obrigado! Querido! Benfica!" [Thanks Dear Benfica]. Em Defesa do Benfica. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Morreu Ilídio Ramos" [Ilidio Ramos dies]. TSF. 16 April 2001. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "O rosto do sucesso" [The face of success]. BenficaOnline.com. 10 April 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Voleibol: "Velhas" glórias sofrem no banco" [Old players suffer on the stands]. Record. 15 April 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Dia 39 302 SLB" [Day 39 302 SLB]. Em Defesa do Benfica. 5 October 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Edisport. ":.: Voleibol: Jogo especial marca reencontro de amigos - Jornal Record :.:". xl.pt. 
  9. ^ "Voleibol: Jogo especial marca reencontro de amigos" [Special day marks reunion]. Record. 31 October 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Voleibolistas do Benfica são amadores profissionais" [Volleyball players are profissional amauters]. Record. 21 March 2000. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Plantel 04/05" [Squad 04/05]. BenficaOnline.com. 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Homenagem merecida" [Deserve Homage]. BenficaOnline.com. 10 May 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Benfica Campeão" [Benfica are Champions]. O bandeirinha. 25 April 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Benfica à conquista de outra dobradinha" [Benfica on the race for another double]. Record. 23 April 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Campeões regressam ainda mais ambiciosos" [Champions return with more ambition]. SerBenfiquista.com. 14 September 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Benfica reconquista Taça de Portugal de modo inequívoco" [Benfica wins Cup undisputed]. SerBenfiquista.com. 2 March 2006. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Volei: Benfica apura-se para os 1/4 de final da Top Teams Cup" [Benfica in the Quarter-finals of Top Teams Cup]. SerBenfiquista.com. 22 December 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Tri-Campeões da Taça de Portugal" [Triple winners of the Portuguese Volleyball Cup]. SerBenfiquista.com. 25 April 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "Hugo Gaspar é reforço do Benfica" [Hugo Gaspar joins Benfica]. Expresso. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  20. ^ "Tópico de Roberto Reis" [Roberto Reis discussion]. Serbenfiquista.com. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "Flávio Cruz e Roberto Reis confessam paixões" [Flávio Cruz and Roberto Reis confess passion's]. SlBenfica.pt. 12 April 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  22. ^ "Convocatória Liga Mundial 2012" [Squad list for 2012 World League]. Voleibolportugues. 7 April 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  23. ^ "Fonte Bastardo Campeão pela primeira vez" [Fonte Bastardo wins first championship]. Publico. 30 April 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  24. ^ "Sp. Espinho campeão na Luz" [Espinho wins in Luz]. Publico. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  25. ^ "Benfica vence Taça de Portugal" [Benfica wins Portuguese Cup]. Mais Futebol. 16 April 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  26. ^ "Benfica conquista Supertaça de Voleibol" [Benfica wins Super Cup]. Jornal Noticias. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  27. ^ "Voleibol: Benfica vence Taça de Portugal!" [Benfica wins Portuguese Cup 2011/2012]. Publico. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  28. ^ "Flávio Cruz regressa ao Sporting Espinho" [Flávio Cruz returns to Espinho]. Sóvolei. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  29. ^ "Reffati acerta com Benfica" [Reffati signs for Benfica]. Noticiasmundovolei. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  30. ^ "Vinhedo no Benfica" [Vinhedo signs for Benfica]. Noticiasmundovolei. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
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  45. ^ "Plantel" [Squad] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  46. ^ "Palmarés" [Achievements]. SL Benfica.pt. 7 August 2012. 

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