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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Team Preview: Sport Lisboa Benfica



Official Web Site (In Portuguese and English)


S. L. Benfica

History

The club was formed in 1904 as Sport Lisboa. In 1908, they merged with Grupo Sport Benfica. They are now known as S.L. Benfica. Or more commonly outside of Portugal as "Benfica." Benfica has the largest number of paying members (over 160,000) out of any club in the world.

Team Colors and Mascot

Red and White. An eagle flies across the pitch before each home game. The team motto is "E Pluribus Unum."

Playing Stadium

Estadio da Luz. Capacity of over 65,000.

Team Honors

Portuguese Liga: 31 times, which is a record.
Portuguese Cup: 24 times, which is a record.
European Cup: 2 times.
Iberian Cup: 1 time.

European Players of the Year

Eusebio: one time.

Ownership

Sport Lisboa e Benfica SGPS, S.A. is the private holding company that owns the club.

Chairman


Mr. Luis Filipe Vieira

Head Coach

Mr. Jose' Camacho.

2007-2008 European Competition

Qualifying round of the Champions League.

Team roster and image courtesy of Wikipedia under the terms of their GNU Free Documentation License.

Current as of August 6, 2007.

No.
Position Player
1 Flag of Portugal GK José Moreira
2 Flag of Portugal DF Luis Filipe
3 Flag of Brazil DF Anderson
4 Flag of Brazil DF Luisão
5 Flag of Brazil DF Léo
6 Flag of Portugal MF Petit
7 Flag of Paraguay FW Oscar Cardozo
8 Flag of Greece MF Konstantinos Katsouranis
9 Flag of Angola FW Pedro Mantorras
10 Flag of Portugal MF Rui Costa
11 Flag of Portugal DF Miguelito
12 Flag of Portugal GK Quim
13 Flag of Serbia DF Sreten Sretenović
15 Flag of Argentina MF Andrés Díaz

No.
Position Player
16 Flag of Portugal FW Fábio Coentrão
17 Flag of Côte d'Ivoire DF Marc Zoro
18 Flag of Portugal FW Manú
19 Flag of Argentina FW Gonzalo Bergessio
20 Flag of Argentina MF Ángel Di María
21 Flag of Portugal FW Nuno Gomes
22 Flag of Portugal DF Nélson
23 Flag of Brazil DF David Luiz
24 Flag of Germany GK Hans-Jörg Butt
25 Flag of Portugal MF Nuno Assis
27 Flag of the People's Republic of China FW Yu Dabao
30 Flag of the United States MF Freddy Adu

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