S.L. Benfica B

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Benfica B
Full name Sport Lisboa e Benfica "B"
Nickname(s)As Águias (The Eagles)
Os Encarnados (The Reds)
Founded1999
Ground Benfica Campus
Capacity2,720
President Luís Filipe Vieira
Head coach Renato Paiva
League Liga Portugal 2
2019–20 14th
Website Club website

Sport Lisboa e Benfica "B", commonly known as 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 Liga Portugal 2, holding home matches at Benfica Campus's main pitch.

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During the 2012–13 season, Benfica B played home matches 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, they moved permanently to their own training ground, capable of receiving professional league matches.

As a reserve team, Benfica B cannot play in the same division as the club's main team, thus being ineligible for promotion to the Primeira Liga. Moreover, they cannot enter domestic cup competitions such as the Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga.

History

As Benfica sought a way to provide playing time for their youth and reserve players, they created a B team in 1999. The team officially started competing in the 1999–2000 season, with their first match played away against Portimonense S.C. (2–2) in late August. [2] After three seasons in the Portuguese Second Division, they suffered relegation to the Terceira Divisão, where they would spend three years, [3] before achieving 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 this competition, the team's best league finish was a 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 Primeira Liga clubs announced their interest in creating a reserve team to fill the six vacancies available in the Segunda Liga (now Liga Portugal 2) for the 2012–13 campaign. [4] Of those seven clubs, six were selected to take part in the competition: Benfica, Braga, Marítimo, Porto, Sporting CP and Vitória de Guimarães. [5]

LPFP, who organize the professional football tiers in Portugal, announced that the clubs would have to pay €50,000 to register themselves at the league in order to compete in the upcoming season. [6] In addition, LPFP also required them to follow new rules regarding player selection, in which each B team must have a squad with a minimum of ten players formed at the club's academy and with an age between 15 and 21 years, and a maximum of three players above 23 years old. LPFP also decided that reserve teams are unable to compete in cup competitions and to gain promotion to the Primeira Liga due to the possibility of playing against their club's first team.

In late May 2012, it was officially announced that the B teams of six Primeira Liga clubs would compete in the 2012–13 Segunda Liga, a decision that increased the number of teams from 16 to 22 and the number of matches from 30 to 42. [7]

Starting line-up of Benfica B for a friendly match against F.C. United of Manchester in May 2015 Benfica B v FCUM.jpg
Starting line-up of Benfica B for a friendly match against F.C. United of Manchester in May 2015

In 2014, Benfica B were invited to play in the first Premier League International Cup. On 29 May 2015, they played a friendly against F.C. United of Manchester in Broadhurst Park's official opening match. [8] [9] On 26 May 2019, they played a practice match against Liverpool in Marbella, Spain, five days before the latter's Champions League final. [10]

Players

Current squad

As of 8 October 2020 [11] [12]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
40 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Pedro Ganchas
41 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Samuel Pedro
42 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Luís Lopes
45 GK Flag of Japan.svg  JPN Leobrian Kokubo
47 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Tiago Gouveia
48 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Jair Tavares
52 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Gonçalo Loureiro
55 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Paulo Bernardo
57 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Sandro Cruz
58 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Ronaldo Camará
62 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Fábio Baptista
63 DF Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED Godfried Frimpong
64 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Diogo Capitão
No.Pos.NationPlayer
68 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Rafael Brito
72 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Tomás Araújo
74 FW Flag of Hungary.svg  HUN Kevin Csoboth
78 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Tiago Araújo
80 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Daniel dos Anjos
81 MF Flag of Montenegro.svg  MNE Ilija Vukotić
82 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR João Ferreira
83 GK Flag of the United States.svg  USA CJ dos Santos
85 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Umaro Embaló
87 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Diogo Mendes
91 DF Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA Morato
96 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Diogo Almeida
98 GK Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Fábio Duarte (captain)

Out on loan

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
59 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Miguel Nóbrega (at Grasshopper until 30 June 2021) [13]
86 MF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Tiago Dantas (at Bayern Munich until 30 June 2021) [14]
89 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Pedro Álvaro (at Belenenses SAD until 30 June 2021) [15]
DF Flag of Slovenia.svg  SVN David Zec (at Rukh Lviv until 30 June 2021) [16]
No.Pos.NationPlayer
DF Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG Germán Conti (at Atlas until 31 December 2020) [17]
DF Flag of Nigeria.svg  NGA Tyronne Ebuehi (at Twente until 30 June 2021) [18]
FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Nuno Santos (at Boavista until 30 June 2021) [19]

Other players under contract

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
20 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR José Gomes
44 MF Flag of Slovakia.svg  SVK Martin Chrien
No.Pos.NationPlayer
75 DF Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO Branimir Kalaica

Coaching staff

PositionName
Head coach Renato Paiva
Assistant coaches Pedro Valido
Marco Pimenta
Goalkeeping coachGonçalo Simões
Analyst coachesTiago Maia
Gonçalo Marques
Personal trainersNuno Matias
Jan Schimpchen

Last updated: 22 September 2020
Source: [20]

Records and statistics

Season-to-season record

SeasonDivPosPldWDLGFGAPtsTop scorerGoalsRefs
1999–2000 III 13th3814618534948 Flag of Portugal.svg Cláudio Oeiras11 [21] [22]
2000–2001 III 9th38141113585757 Flag of Portugal.svg Jorge Cordeiro 16 [23] [24]
2001–2002 III 18th38111116354244 Flag of Portugal.svg Jorge Ribeiro 5 [25]
2002–2003 IV 3rd3414146472556 [26]
2003–2004 IV 5th3415811634853 [26]
2004–2005 IV 1st342194712972 [26]
2005–2006 III 11th3011811404041 Flag of Portugal.svg Vasco Firmino5 [27] [28]
2012–2013 II 7th42151710715462 Flag of Portugal.svg Miguel Rosa 17 [29] [30]
2013–2014 II 5th42201012775670 Flag of Argentina.svg Funes Mori 13 [31] [32]
2014–2015 II 6th46221113816077 Flag of Portugal.svg Rui Fonte 17 [33] [34]
2015–2016 II 19th46151021596455 Flag of Portugal.svg Sancidino Silva 6 [35] [36]
2016–2017 II 4th4218915565863 Flag of Portugal.svg Heriberto Tavares 11 [37] [38]
2017–2018 II 13th3814717546049 Flag of Portugal.svg Heriberto Tavares14 [39]
2018–2019 II 4th3415712474252 Flag of England.svg Chris Willock 11 [40]
2019–2020 II 14th247710313528 Flag of Brazil.svg Daniel dos Anjos 8 [41]
Champions Relegated

Managerial statistics

As of match played 24 October 2020. Only competitive matches are counted, including those in the Premier League International Cup.

NameNatFromToPWDLGFGAWin %HonoursRefs
Alan Murray Flag of England.svg 1999November 199994051312044.44 [42] [43]
José Morais Flag of Portugal.svg November 19992001672417269894035.82 [44] [45]
António Veloso Flag of Portugal.svg 9 June 20012002381111163542028.95 [46] [47]
Carlos Gomes Flag of Portugal.svg 2002July 20046828241610772041.18 [48] [49]
João Santos Flag of Portugal.svg 200420066432171511169050.00 2004–05 Terceira Divisão [50] [51]
Luís Norton de Matos Flag of Portugal.svg 4 May 201230 May 2013421517107154035.71 [52] [53]
Hélder Cristóvão Flag of Portugal.svg 3 July 2013 [54] 12 May 2018224934982340309041.52 [55] [56]
Bruno Lage Flag of Portugal.svg 1 July 2018 [57] 3 January 2019158341511053.33 [58] [59]
Nélson Veríssimo (caretaker) Flag of Portugal.svg 3 January 201915 January 2019301257000.00 [60] [61]
Renato Paiva Flag of Portugal.svg 15 January 2019Present531911237777035.85 [62]

Honours

Winners: 2004–05

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