Sport Lisboa e Benfica is a pro football club based in Lisbon, Portugal, which competes in the Primeira Liga, the highest level of Portuguese football, and is the current champion.
Benfica, along with rivals Sporting CP and FC Porto, is one of the “Big Three” clubs in Portugal that have never been relegated from the Primeira Liga since its inception on 28 February 1904 as Sport Lisboa. As Guias (The Eagles) and Os Encarnados (The Reds) are nicknames for Benfica, based on the symbol atop the club’s insignia and the colour of the team’s jerseys, respectively.
Benfica is the most loved and supported Portuguese and the European club securing the highest percentage of supporters in Portugal, with an estimated 14 million supporters worldwide and more than 250,000 members, making it the largest sports club in Portugal and the second largest in the world by membership. “Ser Benfiquista” alludes to Benfica fans, who are known as benfiquistas. “E pluribus unum” is the club’s motto; the mascot’s name is Guia Vitória.
|Name||Sport Lisboa e Benfica|
|Established||28 February 1904, as Sport Lisboa|
|Ground||Estádio da Luz|
|Head coach||Roger Schmidt|
|2022–23||Primeira Liga, 1st of 18 (champions)|
SL Benfica Progress Summary
- Benfica has won 85 major trophies, making it the most decorated club in Portugal. They won 82 domestic trophies: a record 38 Primeira Liga titles, a record 26 Taca de Portugal, a record 7 Taca da Liga, 8 Supertaca Candido de Oliveira and 3 Campeonato de Portugal.
- They won Latin Cup in 1950 and consecutive European Cups in 1961, 1962. SL Benfica remained runners-up at the Intercontinental Cup in 1961 and ’62, at the UEFA Cup/Europa League in 1983, 2013 and ’14 and at European Cup in 1963, ’65, ’68, ’88 and ’90.
- In 2014, Benfica’s ten appearances in European finals set a domestic record and ranked seventh all-time among UEFA clubs. Benfica is awarded the Portuguese Orders of Christ (Commander), Merit (Officer), and Prince Henry for non-competitive achievements.
- Benfica ranked 12th in the FIFA Club of the Century and 9th in the IFFHS Top 200 European clubs of the 20th Century.
- In 2022–23 season, Benfica ranks eighth in the all-time UEFA club rankings and seventeenth in the UEFA coefficient club rankings. Benfica holds the record for the most significant aggregate European Cup victory, set in 1965–1966, and has the second-most participation in the UEFA Champions League (42). In addition, Benfica holds European record for the most successive wins in a domestic league (29), in which they became the first undefeated champions in 1972–73.
SL Benfica Current Squad
|24||GK||Portugal Samuel Soares|
|42||FW||Cape Verde Gilson Benchimol|
|43||DF||Brazil Tiago Coser|
|44||DF||Albania Adrian Bajrami|
|45||GK||Japan Leo Kokubo|
|46||FW||Portugal Gerson Sousa|
|47||DF||Slovenia Amir Feratovič|
|51||FW||Portugal João Resende|
|52||DF||Portugal Henrique Pereira|
|53||DF||Portugal Ricardo Teixeira|
|57||FW||Portugal José Precatado|
|60||MF||Portugal Nuno Félix|
|62||DF||France Lenny Lacroix|
|65||DF||Portugal Rafael Rodrigues|
|68||MF||Portugal João Veloso|
|70||MF||Portugal Filipe Cruz|
|71||DF||Portugal João Tomé|
|73||MF||Italy Cher Ndour|
|74||MF||Slovenia Žan Jevšenak|
|75||GK||Portugal André Gomes|
|76||MF||Portugal Martim Neto|
|78||DF||Portugal Francisco Domingues|
|80||MF||Portugal Pedro Santos|
|81||MF||Portugal Tomás Azevedo|
|87||MF||Portugal João Neves|
|89||FW||Brazil João Neto|
|90||FW||Portugal Luís Semedo|
|92||GK||Portugal Pedro Souza|
|96||MF||Portugal Diego Moreira|
|97||FW||Portugal Ricardo Marques|
|—||DF||United States Joshua Wynder|
SL Benfica Champions League Record
|2020-2021||Third Qualifying Round||1||0||0||1|
|2016-2017||Round of 16||8||3||2||3|
|2004-2005||Third Qualifying Round||2||1||0||1|
|2003-2004||Third Qualifying Round||2||0||0||2|
Has SL Benfica Ever Won the Champions League
Yes, SL Benfica won the Champions League in 1961 and 1962.