SL Benfica

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Template:Football club infobox Sport Lisboa e Benfica (commonly referred to as simply SL Benfica, Benfica or Benfica Lisbon) is a football club based in Lisbon, Portugal. Benfica was founded in 1904 as Sport Lisboa, but underwent a name change in 1908 after merging with Sport Club de Benfica.

Benfica was one of Europe's first powerhouses, and was the first team to break Real Madrid's dominance in the early European Champions Cup. Having won two European Cups in a row (1961 and 1962), the Lisbon club never managed to win a European trophy again, despite losing several ECC finals to AC Milan (1963 and 1989), Internazionale (1964), Manchester United (1968) and PSV (1988), plus a UEFA Cup in 1982 (Anderlecht). In 1968, it was considered the best European Team by France Football. Many of its successes in the 1960s were with all-time football great Eusébio in the side.

During the 1970s, the team faded slightly from the European scene, but remained the main force inside the Portuguese football scene. However, financial problems began undermining the club. In the 1980s the board decided to close the third level in the Estádio da Luz, and a questionable signing policy (which included squads composed of well over 30 players, signing players for hefty sums without any sporting or financial return, and signing fading Portuguese star Futre in the early 1990s), resulted in several problems in the years ahead.

Recently, the club has managed to regain some of its sporting and financial prowess and has won the the 2004/05 Portuguese league, a victory which set off massive countrywide celebrations.

Benfica play their home games in the new Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (unofficially "Estádio da Luz", literally the stadium of light) - which is partly built on top of the old stadium grounds -, one of Europe's largest sporting stadiums and host of the Euro 2004 final. They are Portugal's most decorated football team, having won 31 domestic league titles, 24 Portuguese Cups, and two European Cups.

As a multiple sports-oriented club, Benfica also field teams in basketball, roller hockey, indoor football (futsal), volleyball, handball, water polo, rugby and an athletics team. In total, Benfica have 13 international titles: 3 in football (two European Cups - 60/61 and 61/62, one Latin Cup - 49/50); one in roller hockey (CERS Cup - 90/91); 4 in rugby (3 Iberian Cup + 1 Torneio Ibérico) and 5 in athletics (Athletics European Cup).

Pre-Season Football Squad (2005/06 season)

This is the full squad for the 2005/2006 pre-season.

Number Player Position Previous club
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José Filipe da Silva Moreira GK
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Joaquim Manuel S. Silva Quim GK Sporting Clube de Braga
24 French Yannick Daniel Quesnel GK Futebol Clube de Alverca
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Euripedes D. Adão Amoreirinha CD Futebol Clube de Alverca
30 Brazilian André Luís CD Santos Futebol Clube
4 Brazilian Anderson R. L. Silva Luisão CD Cruzeiro Esporte Clube

13 Brazilian Alcides Eduardo M. Araújo Alves CD Santos Futebol Clube
14 Greek Panagiotis Fyssas LD
18 French Manuel Dos Santos Fernandes LD Olympique de Marseille
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Luís Miguel Brito G. Monteiro RD
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João Pedro Da Silva Pereira RD
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Ricardo Sérgio Rocha Azevedo CD\RD
Midfielders / Wingers
5 Brazilian Paulo Almeida Dos Santos DM Santos Futebol Clube
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Armando G. Teixeira "Petit" DM Boavista FC
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Bruno João Morais Aguiar LW\RW Futebol Clube de Alverca
19 Brazilian Everson Pereira Da Silva RM OGC Nice
28 Brazilian Roger Galera Flores AM Fluminense
15 Missing image

Nuno Assis AM Vitória de Guimarães
37 Missing image

Manuel Henriques T. Fernandes CM
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Carlos A. A. Garcia "Carlitos" RF GD Estoril-Praia
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Pedro Manuel Torres "Mantorras" CF
11 Brazilian Geovanni Deiberson Maurício CF\RF
20 Missing image

Simão Pedro Fonseca Sabrosa RF\LF FC Barcelona
21 Missing image

Nuno Miguel S. P. Ribeiro "Gomes" CF Boavista FC
22 Norwegian Azar Karadas CF Rosenborg B.K.
25 Croatian Tomislav Sokota (fired)
Italian Ronald Koeman

External link

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