SL Benfica is a Portuguese football club that plays in the top division in Portugal Super Liga. The club from the Portuguese capital Lisbon and the biggest success in the club’s history to win the European Championship in 1961 and 1962nd
History And General Information
Benfica, fully Sport Lisboa e Benfica, has a rich history, dating back to 1904, when it initially as Sport Lisboa was founded. Later, the current name is used, and today’s city rivals Sporting Lisbon just great rival. Along with Benfica, Sporting and FC Porto the big three in Portugal, won the majority of land titles since the 30’s.
The greatest successes in its history Benfica booked in seasons 60-61 and 61-62, then two times in a row, the European Cup was won . It was the first and now last two European Championship win in the club, which produced a series of victories at the famed Real Madrid then broke. One of the players at that time, the legendary Portuguese / Mozambican footballer Eusébio.
The Club won in its history many as 34 national titles and 24 times the national cup. But in recent decades the success scarcer. Since 1994, only won one league title in 2005 and the Cup win in 2004 was the only one of this century. The last time the club was far managed to kick in a European tournament in the 2006-2007 season, when it won the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup.
The club operates its games in the Estádio da Luz, built in 1954 and after a renovation was reopened on 25 October 2003. This renovation was necessary in the context of the European Football Championship 2004, held in Portugal.Since then, the stadium has a capacity of 65,400 spectators. The name literally means “Stadium of Light”, but also refers to a nearby street; Estrada da Luz.
Club besides football, other sports operating under the same name as basketball, roller hockey, indoor soccer, volleyball, handball, water polo, rugby and athletics. Bekendse the other team’s cycling team, which has the status of ProContinental team and there among cyclists José Azevedo, Rubén Plaza and José Antonio Pecharroman to power.
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