S.L. Benfica (volleyball)

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Benfica
Full name Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Founded 31 May 1939 (79 years ago) (1939-05-31)
Ground Pavilhão da Luz Nº 2
(Capacity: 1,800)
Chairman Rui Mourinha
Manager Marcel Matz[1]
League League A1
2017–18 2nd
Website Club home page
Uniforms
Home
Away
Championships
7

Sport Lisboa e Benfica, commonly known as Benfica, is a professional volleyball team based in Lisbon, Portugal, that plays in the Portuguese first division.

Benfica have won 7 Portuguese league titles, a record 17 Portuguese Cup and a record 7 Portuguese Super Cup. As of May 2018, Benfica is ranked 31st in the men's European clubs ranking.[2]

History[edit]

Beginning[edit]

Founded on 31 May 1939, Benfica is one of the oldest Portuguese volleyball teams.[3] Not having the success and notability of other club sections such as basketball and roller hockey, Benfica's volleyball team won their first title 27 years after being founded.

Road to the first title[edit]

From 1965–66 to 1979–80, Benfica played 10 Portuguese Cup finals, winning 7.[4] In 1980–81, led by coach Fernando Luís, Benfica finally achieved their first league title, with players such as Luís Quelhas, Manuel Silva, Jorge Infante, José Barros, João Abelho, Pedro Barros, Ilídio Ramos, and already with a young José Jardim appearing in some matches.[5]

Second title and disbandment[edit]

In a vibrating match against local rivals Sporting CP, trailing 2–0 at Nave de Alvalade, Benfica, now led by captain José Jardim, alongside teammates Nuno Brites, Luís Quelhas, Nilson Júnior, Eduardo Gallina, Miguel Silva, Márcio Karas, Davidkov, and Radoslav Peytchev, managed to recover the disadvantage and win the match 3–2, claiming their second title.[6][7][8]

In the 1993–94 season, then club president Jorge de Brito decided to disband the volleyball team. The following president, João Vale e Azevedo, restarted it in 1996–97 but in the Third Division. Former player José Jardim led Benfica back to the first tier in 2000 with the help of players such as André Cabacinha, Nuno Brites, António Silva, and captain José Fernandez.[9][10]

Third title[edit]

In 2004–05, with coach José Jardim and players such as Brazilians Adriano Lamb, Renato Júnior, André França, Roberto Purificação, André Lukianetz, as well as Portuguese players André Lopes, Carlos Teixeira, António Silva, Rui Guedes, António Seco, José Simões, Bruno Feteira, and Pedro Fiúza, Benfica won the third title for the section, plus their 11th Portuguese Cup.[11][12]

Between championships[edit]

The next season, important players, such as Adriano Lamb, Renato Junior and André França, left, and Benfica only managed to win the Portuguese Cup[12][13] and reach the quarter-finals of CEV Top Teams Cup.[14]

In the 2006–07 season, Benfica won their third Portuguese Cup in a row and 12th overall.[15]

Three years later, in 2010–11, Benfica signed Hugo Gaspar and Flávio Cruz, who were later joined by Roberto Reis in 2011–12,[16][17] all players from the Portugal national team.[18] In spite of these investments, the team failed to win the league, coming runners-up to Fonte Bastardo in the first season, and then to Sporting de Espinho in the second one.[19][20] Nevertheless, Benfica managed to win the Portuguese Cup and Super Cup in 2010–11,[21][22] and another Portuguese Cup in 2011–12.[23]

Back-to-back titles[edit]

In 2012–13, Portuguese international Flávio Cruz left for Espinho and was replaced by Brazilian Willian Reffati.[24][25] A new setter, Brazilian Rafael "Vinhedo", was also contracted to replace Ronaldo "Royal" and Robert Koch.[26] Benfica started the season by winning their third Super Cup, defeating Espinho 3–0.[27]

On 4 May 2013, Benfica defeated league title holders Espinho 3–2 and conquered their fourth championship, after a seven-year wait and three consecutive second places.[28] After SC Espinho protested at the Portuguese Volleyball Federation on a basis of a technical error, the final match was annulled and scheduled to be replayed on 12 May. Still, Benfica won the replay match 3–1.[28][29] In the following season, on 4 May 2014, Benfica successfully defended their league title by defeating Fonte Bastardo 3–1; consequently, they secured their first back-to-back titles ever.[30]

On 9 May 2015, Benfica won a third consecutive league title for the first time in their history, winning away 3–0 away to Fonte Bastardo in the fifth and final match (3–2).[31] Moreover, Benfica also won the Portuguese Cup and Super Cup, thus winning all domestic competitions. On 3 October 2015, Benfica won a fifth consecutive Super Cup and became the club with most trophies in that competition (6).[32]

Results in European competitions[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 28 August 2018[40][41]
No. Nationality Player Birthdate Height Position
1  Brazil Raphael Oliveira (1984-03-08) 8 March 1984 (age 34) 195 Outside hitter
3  Portugal André Lopes (1982-09-12) 12 September 1982 (age 36) 195 Outside hitter
4  Austria Peter Wohlfahrtstätter (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989 (age 29) 204 Middle blocker
5  Portugal Manuel Rodrigues 184 Setter
6  Brazil Théo Lopes (1983-08-31) 31 August 1983 (age 35) 199 Opposite hitter
7  Portugal Ivo Casas (1992-09-21) 21 September 1992 (age 25) 180 Libero
8  Portugal Hugo Gaspar (captain) (1982-09-02) 2 September 1982 (age 36) 201 Opposite hitter
9  Trinidad and Tobago Marc-Anthony Honoré (1984-06-12) 12 June 1984 (age 34) 198 Middle blocker
10  Portugal Bernardo Martins (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 23) Outside hitter
11  Portugal Filip Cveticanin (1996-06-19) 19 June 1996 (age 22) 201 Middle blocker
14  Portugal Miguel Sinfrónio (1993-03-18) 18 March 1993 (age 25) 192 Middle blocker
15  Canada Fred Winters (1982-09-25) 25 September 1982 (age 35) 195 Outside hitter
16  Brazil Flávio "Zélão" Soares (1982-08-16) 16 August 1982 (age 36) 198 Middle blocker
17  Portugal Tiago Violas (1989-03-27) 27 March 1989 (age 29) 192 Setter
20  Portugal Nuno Pinheiro (1984-12-31) 31 December 1984 (age 33) 193 Setter
22  Portugal João Simões 177 Libero

Out on loan[edit]

[42]

Honours[edit]

According to Benfica's official website[43]

Men[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Winners (7): 1980–81, 1990–91, 2004–05, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17
Winners (17) – record: 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, 2017–18
Winners (7) – record: 1990, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

European[edit]

Runners-up: 2014–15

Women[edit]

Winners (9): 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75
Winners (2): 1972–73, 1973–74

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trindade, João Paulo (29 May 2018). "Marcel Matz é o novo treinador de voleibol" [Marcel Matz is the new volleyball coach]. S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese). Retrieved 31 May 2018. 
  2. ^ Eurotopteams
  3. ^ Alberto Miguéns (21 October 2011). "Uma Por Semana: Voleibol" [One per week: Volleyball]. Em Defesa do Benfica. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Alberto Miguéns (2 April 2012). "Obrigado! Querido! Benfica!" [Thank you, dear Benfica]. Em Defesa do Benfica. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Carlos Perdigão; António M. Morais; José de Oliveira Santos (1989). Benfica 85 anos de História [Benfica 85 years of History] (in Portuguese) (1 ed.). Portugal: Edição JML. p. 76. Depósito Legal [Deposit number]: 32848/89. 
  6. ^ Alberto Miguéns (5 October 2011). "Dia 39 302 SLB" [Day 39 302 SLB]. Em Defesa do Benfica. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Voleibol: "Velhas" glórias sofrem no banco" [Volleyball: "Old" players suffer on the bench]. Record. 15 April 2005. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Voleibol: Jogo especial marca reencontro de amigos" [Volleyball: Special match sets new friends gathering]. Record (in Portuguese). 31 October 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2018. 
  9. ^ Carlos Martiano (21 March 2000). "José Jardim: "Voleibolistas do Benfica são amadores profissionais" [José Jardim: Benfica's volleyball players are profissional... amateurs]. Record. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Voleibol: Benfica regressa ao escalão principal" [Volleyball: Benfica return to top tier]. Record (in Portuguese). 19 March 2000. Retrieved 23 June 2018. 
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  12. ^ a b "Voleibol: Águias confiantes querem voar alto" [Volleyball: Confident eagles want to fly high]. Record (in Portuguese). 24 September 2005. Retrieved 23 June 2018. 
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  15. ^ "Voleibol: Benfica conquista 12.ª Taça de Portugal" [Benfica conquer their 12th Portuguese Cup]. Record (in Portuguese). 25 April 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2018. 
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  17. ^ Ângela Marques; Marco Rebelo (12 April 2012). "Flávio Cruz e Roberto Reis confessam paixões" [Flávio Cruz and Roberto Reis confess their passions]. S.L. Benfica. Archived from the original on 17 May 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
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  20. ^ "Sp. Espinho campeão na Luz" [Espinho become champions at Luz]. Público. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "Kibinho: "Quero deixar a minha marca no Benfica"" [Kibinho: "I want to leave my mark at Benfica"]. Record (in Portuguese). 30 June 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2018. 
  22. ^ "Benfica vence Fonte Bastardo e conquista Supertaça de Voleibol" [Benfica beat Fonte Bastardo and conquer Volleyball Super Cup]. Jornal de Notícias. 5 October 2011. Retrieved 23 June 2018. 
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  30. ^ "Benfica revalida título de campeão" [Benfica retain league title]. Record (in Portuguese). 4 May 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2018. 
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  40. ^ "Plantel" [Squad] (in Portuguese). S.L. Benfica. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  41. ^ "Voleibol já iniciou a pré-época" [Volleyball team has started pre-season]. S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese). 16 August 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2018. 
  42. ^ "Empréstimos no voleibol" [Volleyball loans]. S.L Benfica (in Portuguese). 6 July 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  43. ^ "Palmarés" [Achievements]. SL Benfica.pt. 7 August 2012. 

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