S.L. Benfica B

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Benfica B
Full name Sport Lisboa e Benfica "B"
Founded 1999
Ground Caixa Futebol Campus
Ground Capacity 2,720
President Luís Filipe Vieira
Manager Hélder Cristóvão
League LigaPro
2015–16 19th
Website www.slbenfica.pt
Active departments of
Sport Lisboa e Benfica
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Sport Lisboa e Benfica "B" is a Portuguese professional football team based in Seixal. Founded in 1999, dissolved in 2006, and restarted in 2012, it is the reserve team of Portuguese club S.L. Benfica. They play in the LigaPro, holding home games at the Caixa Futebol Campus.

During the 2012–13 season, they played home games at the Estádio da Luz until February, when they moved to Estádio da Tapadinha to prevent excessive wear of the stadium's grass.[1] In 2013–14, Benfica B moved permanently to their own training ground now capable of receiving professional league matches. As a reserve team they cannot play in the same division as the main team, thus being ineligible for promotion. They are also not permitted to enter cup competitions such as the Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga.

History[edit]

As Benfica sought a way to provide playing time for their youth players and reserves it created this B team in 1999, it officially started competing in the 1999–2000 season. After three seasons in the Portuguese Second Division, it suffered relegation to the Portuguese Third Division, where it would spend a further three years.[2] The team achieved promotion to the Portuguese Second Division in 2005. In May of the following year, the board of directors extinguished the side, which returned to activity shortly after as part of the Liga Intercalar. As part of the Liga Intercalar, the club's best league position saw them finish second place behind Estoril B in the south zone of the 2010–11 season.

Before the end of the 2011–12 football season in Portugal, seven clubs in the Primeira Liga announced there interest in constructing a B team to fill the six vacant places available to compete in the Segunda Liga for the 2012–13 season.[3] Of those seven, the six clubs which were selected to take part in the competition were the B teams of Benfica, Porto, Sporting CP, Braga, Marítimo and Vitória de Guimarães.[4]

The LPFP who organizes the professional football tiers in Portugal announced that for the clubs to compete next season they would have to pay €50,000 to register themselves in the league.[5] In addition the LPFP would also require the clubs to follow new rules regarding player selection in which each 'B' team must have a squad of a minimum of ten players who were formed at the club's academy as well as having an age requirement between 15 and 21 years old. The LPFP also went on to saw that the clubs are unable to compete in cup competitions as well as gaining promotion due to the possibility of playing the senior team. Each 'B' team may have 3 players above 23 years old.

In late May 2012, it was officially announced that the six Primeira Liga clubs' B teams would compete in the 2012–13 Segunda Liga which would increase the number of teams in the league from 16 to 22 as well as increasing the number of games needed to play in one season from thirty games to forty two games.[6]

Starting line-up of Benfica B for a friendly game against F.C. United of Manchester in May 2015

In 2014 they were invited to play in the Premier League International Cup. On 29 May 2015, Benfica B played a friendly against F.C. United of Manchester in Broadhurst Park's official opening match.[7][8]

Season to season record[edit]

As of end of the 2015–16 season
Season Div Pos Pld W D L GF GA Pts Top scorer Goals Refs
1999–2000 III 13th 38 14 6 18 53 49 48 Portugal Cláudio Oeiras 11 [9][10]
2000–2001 III 9th 38 14 11 13 58 57 57 Portugal Jorge Cordeiro 16 [11][12]
2001–2002 III 18th 38 11 11 16 35 42 44 [13]
2002–2003 IV 3rd 34 14 14 6 47 25 56 [14]
2003–2004 IV 5th 34 15 8 11 63 48 53 [14]
2004–2005 IV 1st 34 21 9 4 71 29 72 [14]
2005–2006 III 11th 30 11 8 11 40 40 41 Portugal Vasco Firmino 5 [15][16]
2012–2013 II 7th 42 15 17 10 71 54 62 Portugal Miguel Rosa 17 [17][18]
2013–2014 II 5th 42 20 10 12 77 56 70 Argentina Funes Mori 13 [19][20]
2014–2015 II 6th 46 22 11 13 81 60 77 Portugal Rui Fonte 17 [21][22]
2015–2016 II 19th 46 15 10 21 59 64 55 Portugal Sancidino Silva 6 [23][24]
Champions Relegated

Honours[edit]

  • Winners: 2004–05

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 1 March 2017[25][26]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
16 Croatia DF Branimir Kalaica
26 Serbia FW Ivan Šaponjić
35 Serbia FW Luka Jović
52 Brazil FW Igor Rocha
53 Belgium DF Alexis Scholl
54 Portugal FW Romário Baldé
60 Portugal DF Pedro Amaral
61 Portugal MF Florentino Luís
65 Portugal DF João Escoval
66 Portugal DF Rúben Dias (captain)
68 Portugal MF Gonçalo Rodrigues
70 Portugal FW José Gomes
72 Russia GK Ivan Zlobin
73 Portugal FW João Filipe
75 Portugal MF Filipe Soares
No. Position Player
79 Portugal MF João Félix
80 Portugal FW Dálcio
81 Portugal MF Filipe Ferreira
82 Brazil FW Luquinhas
83 Portugal MF Gedson Fernandes
84 Portugal FW Diogo Gonçalves
86 Portugal GK André Ferreira
88 Portugal MF Pedro Rodrigues
91 Portugal FW Heriberto Tavares
94 Portugal MF Aurélio Buta
95 Portugal DF Yuri Ribeiro
97 Portugal DF Francisco Ferreira
98 Portugal GK Fábio Duarte
99 Chile DF Simón Ramírez

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
31 Brazil MF Victor Andrade (at 1860 Munich until 30 June 2017)
40 Portugal MF João Teixeira (at Nottingham Forest until 30 June 2017)
51 Morocco MF Adel Taarabt (at Genoa)
55 Portugal MF Gilson Costa (at Arouca until 30 June 2017)
56 Cape Verde MF Carlos Ponck (at Chaves until 30 June 2017)
59 Montenegro FW Oliver Šarkić (at Fafe until 30 June 2017)
67 Mozambique DF Reinildo Mandava (at Fafe until 30 June 2017)
90 Portugal MF João Carvalho (at Vitória de Setúbal until 30 June 2017)
96 Portugal DF João Lima (at União de Leiria until 30 June 2017)
Portugal DF Alexandre Alfaiate (at Académica until 30 June 2017)
No. Position Player
Brazil DF César (at Nacional until 30 June 2017)
Serbia DF Emir Azemović (at Fafe until 30 June 2017)
Portugal DF Hildeberto Pereira (at Nottingham Forest until 30 June 2017)
Russia DF Vitali Lystsov (at Tondela until 30 June 2017)
Guinea-Bissau MF Alfa Semedo (at Vilafranquense until 30 June 2017)
Paraguay MF Jorge Rojas (at Cerro Porteño)
Poland MF Paweł Dawidowicz (at VfL Bochum until 30 June 2017)
Paraguay FW Francisco Vera (at Fénix)
Libya FW Hamdou Elhouni (at Chaves until 30 June 2017)
Uruguay FW Juan San Martín (at Louletano)

Personnel[edit]

Technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head coach Hélder Cristóvão
Assistant coach Nélson Veríssimo
André Sousa
Nuno Alves
Trainee coach Marco Pimenta
Goalkeeping coach Fernando Ferreira

Last updated: 25 August 2016
Source: S.L. Benfica

Managerial statistics[edit]

Information correct as of end of the 2015–16 season. Only competitive matches are counted.

Name Nat From To P W D L GF GA Win % Honours Refs
Alan Murray England 1999 November 1999 9 4 0 5 13 12 44.44 [27][28]
José Morais Portugal November 1999 2001 67 24 17 26 98 94 35.82 [29][30]
António Veloso Portugal 9 June 2001 2002 38 11 11 16 35 42 28.95 [31][32]
Carlos Gomes Portugal 2002 2004 68 28 24 16 107 72 41.18 [33][34]
João Santos Portugal 2004 2006 64 32 17 15 111 69 50.00 2004–05 Terceira Divisão [35][36]
Luís Norton de Matos Portugal 4 May 2012 30 May 2013 42 15 17 10 71 54 35.71 [37][38]
Hélder Cristóvão Portugal 31 May 2013 Present 134 57 31 46 217 180 42.54 [39][40]

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