S.L. Benfica (youth)

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Juniores do Benfica
Full nameJuniores do Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Nickname(s)As Águias (The Eagles)
Os Encarnados (The Reds)
Ground Benfica Campus
Capacity2,720
President Rui Costa
Head coachFilipe Coelho (domestic league)
Luís Araújo (UEFA Youth League)
League Campeonato Nacional de Juniores
2021–221st (champions)
Website Club website

Juniores do Sport Lisboa e Benfica are the under-19 team of Portuguese football club S.L. Benfica. They hold home matches at Benfica Campus, the club's training ground and youth academy in Seixal.

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Benfica's under-19s have won a record 25 Campeonato Nacional de Juniores (current champions), one Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup (1996), one UEFA Youth League (2021–22) and one Under-20 Intercontinental Cup (2022). Benfica hold UEFA Youth League records for the biggest win in a final, 6–0 against Red Bull Salzburg, most final appearances (4, joint-record with Chelsea) and most games played (70). [1] They were distinguished for "Best implementation of the UEFA Youth League values" in 2013–14. [2]

There are other development teams below under-19, completing Benfica's youth system: Juvenis "A" and "B"; Iniciados "A" and "B"; Infantis "A", "B", "C" and "D"; Benjamins "A" and "B"; and Traquinas "A". In 2015, Benfica received the Globe Soccer award for Best Academy of the year. [3]

Players

Current players

As of 14 September 2022 [4] [5]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
GK Flag of Portugal.svg  POR André Gomes
GK Flag of Portugal.svg  POR André Moreira
GK Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Diogo Ferreira
GK Flag of Poland.svg  POL Marcel Mendes
GK Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Rodrigo Anjos
DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Diogo Spencer
DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Francisco Machado
DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Guilherme Montóia
DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Henrique Sá
DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Hugo Faria
DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR João Conceição
DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR João Fonseca
DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR João Pereira
DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR João Tomé (B)
DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR José Sampaio
DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Júlio Gil
DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Leandro Santos
DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Mario Tudose
DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Tiago Coser
DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Vladimir Mendes
DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Žan Jevšenak (B)
MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Alamara Djabi
MF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Cher Ndour (B)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Diogo Prioste
MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Hugo Félix
MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR João Neves (B)
MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR João Veloso
MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Nuno Félix
MF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Paul Okon
MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Rafael Luís
MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Tiago Reisinho
FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Diego Moreira (B)
FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Franculino Djú
FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Gustavo Varela
FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Iuri Moreira
FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Ivan Lima
FW Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL Jelani Trevisan
FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR João Rêgo
FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR José Marques
FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Luís Semedo (B)
FW Flag of Estonia.svg  EST Karel Mustmaa
FW Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED Kyanno Silva
FW Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Miguel Constantinescu
FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Ricardo Marques
FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Rodrigo Rêgo
Key

B = current Benfica B player

Notable players

The following is a list of players who have represented Benfica's first-team in a minimum of 25 matches or have become full internationals while at Benfica. Over 1,000 players have come through the youth ranks, but only a small part of them played for the main team. Those who meet the aforementioned criteria are listed below. [6] In rare exceptions, some graduates debuted for the first-team but left the club before reaching 25 matches and went on to achieve recognition elsewhere while representing their country at full international level; those players are also included. Additionally, outstanding performances (Player of the Year) without ever playing for Benfica are also noteworthy of inclusion.

Coaching staff

PositionStaff
Head coachFilipe Coelho
Assistant coachesVítor Couto
Luís Tralhão
Goalkeeping coachJoão Regino
Observation coachTiago Martins
Fitness coachHugo Zagalo

Last updated: 18 July 2022
Source: [70]

Competitive record

UEFA Youth League

As of match played 14 September 2022

Note: Benfica score is always listed first.

Honours

Winners (25) – record: 1943–44, 1944–45, 1948–49, 1950–51, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1999–00, 2003–04, 2012–13, 2017–18, 2021–22
Winners: 1996
Winners: 2021–22
Winners – record: 2022

Other youth honours

Juvenis (under-17)

Winners (19): 1963–64, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1982–83, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2007–08, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2017–18, 2018–19

Iniciados (under-15)

Winners (10): 1978–79, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1988–89, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17

Infantis (under-13)

Winners (3) - shared record: 1988–89, 1989–90, 1995–96

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