S.L. Benfica (volleyball)

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Benfica
Full name Sport Lisboa e Benfica
NicknameAs Águias (The Eagles)
Os Encarnados (The Reds)
Founded31 May 1939(83 years ago) (1939-05-31)
Ground Pavilhão da Luz Nº 2
(Capacity: 1,800)
ManagerMarcel Matz [1]
Captain Hugo Gaspar
League League A1
2021–22Champions
Website Club home page
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Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Portuguese pronunciation:  [sɨˈpɔɾ liʒˈβo.ɐ i βɐ̃jˈfikɐ] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen )), commonly known as Benfica, is a professional volleyball team based in Lisbon, Portugal, that plays in the Portuguese First Division, where they are the current champions.

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Founded in 1939, Benfica have won 10 Portuguese league titles, a record 19 Portuguese Cup and a record 11 Portuguese Super Cup. As of April 2022, Benfica is ranked 23rd in the men's European clubs ranking. [2]

History

Beginning

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

From 1965–66 to 1979–80, Benfica played ten Portuguese Cup finals, winning seven. [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

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

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

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

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]

International competition results

Note: Benfica score is always listed first.

Players

Current squad

As of 12 October 2019 [40] [41]
No.NationalityPlayerBirthdateHeightPosition
1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Raphael Oliveira 8 March 1984 (age 38)195Outside hitter
3Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal André Lopes 12 September 1982 (age 40)195Outside hitter
4Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Peter Wohlfahrtstätter 10 March 1989 (age 33)204Middle blocker
7Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Ivo Casas 21 September 1992 (age 30)180Libero
8Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Hugo Gaspar (captain)2 September 1982 (age 40)201Opposite hitter
9Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago Marc-Anthony Honoré 12 June 1984 (age 38)198Middle blocker
10Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Afonso Guerreiro 28 December 1994 (age 27)200Outside hitter
11Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Théo Lopes 31 August 1983 (age 39)199Opposite hitter
14Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Miguel Sinfrónio 18 March 1999 (age 23)192Middle blocker
16Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Flávio "Zelão" Soares 16 August 1982 (age 40)198Middle blocker
17Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Tiago Violas 27 March 1989 (age 33)192Setter
18Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil André Aleixo 21 December 1990 (age 32)190Outside hitter
20Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal Nuno Pinheiro 31 December 1984 (age 37)193Setter
22Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal João Simões 17 April 1999 (age 23)180Libero

Out on loan

[42]

Honours

According to Benfica's official website [43]

Men's

Domestic

Winners (10): 1980–81, 1990–91, 2004–05, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17, 2018–19, 2020–21, 2021–22
Winners (19) – 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, 2018–19, 2021–22
Winners (11) – record: 1990, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021

European

Runners-up: 2014–15

Women's

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

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