S.L. Benfica (volleyball)

Sport Lisboa e Benfica, commonly known as Benfica, is a professional volleyball team based in Lisbon, Portugal, that plays in the Portuguese first division, where they are the current champions.

Full nameSport Lisboa e Benfica
NicknameAs Águias (The Eagles)
Os Encarnados (The Reds)
Founded31 May 1939 (1939-05-31)
GroundPavilhão da Luz Nº 2
(Capacity: 1,800)
Head coachMarcel Matz[1]
CaptainHugo Gaspar
LeagueLeague A1
WebsiteClub home page

Benfica have won 8 Portuguese league titles, a record 17 Portuguese Cup and a record 9 Portuguese Super Cup. As of October 2019, Benfica is ranked 26th in the men's European clubs ranking.[2]



Founded on 31 May 1939, Benfica is one of the oldest Portuguese volleyball teams.[3] Not having the success and notability of other club sections such as basketball and roller hockey, Benfica's volleyball team won their first title 27 years after being founded.

Road to the first title

From 1965–66 to 1979–80, Benfica played 10 Portuguese Cup finals, winning 7.[4] In 1980–81, led by coach Fernando Luís, Benfica finally achieved their first league title, with players such as Luís Quelhas, Manuel Silva, Jorge Infante, José Barros, João Abelho, Pedro Barros, Ilídio Ramos, and already with a young José Jardim appearing in some matches.[5]

Second title and disbandment

In a vibrating match against local rivals Sporting CP, trailing 2–0 at Nave de Alvalade, Benfica, now led by captain José Jardim, alongside teammates Nuno Brites, Luís Quelhas, Nilson Júnior, Eduardo Gallina, Miguel Silva, Márcio Karas, Davidkov, and Radoslav Peytchev, managed to recover the disadvantage and win the match 3–2, claiming their second title.[6][7][8]

In the 1993–94 season, then club president Jorge de Brito decided to disband the volleyball team. The following president, João Vale e Azevedo, restarted it in 1996–97 but in the Third Division. Former player José Jardim led Benfica back to the first tier in 2000 with the help of players such as André Cabacinha, Nuno Brites, António Silva, and captain José Fernandez.[9][10]

Third title

In 2004–05, with coach José Jardim and players such as Brazilians Adriano Lamb, Renato Júnior, André França, Roberto Purificação, André Lukianetz, as well as Portuguese players André Lopes, Carlos Teixeira, António Silva, Rui Guedes, António Seco, José Simões, Bruno Feteira, and Pedro Fiúza, Benfica won the third title for the section, plus their 11th Portuguese Cup.[11][12]

Between championships

The next season, important players, such as Adriano Lamb, Renato Junior and André França, left, and Benfica only managed to win the Portuguese Cup[12][13] and reach the quarter-finals of CEV Top Teams Cup.[14]

In the 2006–07 season, Benfica won their third Portuguese Cup in a row and 12th overall.[15]

Three years later, in 2010–11, Benfica signed Hugo Gaspar and Flávio Cruz, who were later joined by Roberto Reis in 2011–12,[16][17] all players from the Portugal national team.[18] In spite of these investments, the team failed to win the league, coming runners-up to Fonte Bastardo in the first season, and then to Sporting de Espinho in the second one.[19][20] Nevertheless, Benfica managed to win the Portuguese Cup and Super Cup in 2010–11,[21][22] and another Portuguese Cup in 2011–12.[23]

Back-to-back titles

In 2012–13, Portuguese international Flávio Cruz left for Espinho and was replaced by Brazilian Willian Reffati.[24][25] A new setter, Brazilian Rafael "Vinhedo", was also contracted to replace Ronaldo "Royal" and Robert Koch.[26] Benfica started the season by winning their third Super Cup, defeating Espinho 3–0.[27]

On 4 May 2013, Benfica defeated league title holders Espinho 3–2 and conquered their fourth championship, after a seven-year wait and three consecutive second places.[28] After SC Espinho protested at the Portuguese Volleyball Federation on a basis of a technical error, the final match was annulled and scheduled to be replayed on 12 May. Still, Benfica won the replay match 3–1.[28][29] In the following season, on 4 May 2014, Benfica successfully defended their league title by defeating Fonte Bastardo 3–1; consequently, they secured their first back-to-back titles ever.[30]

On 9 May 2015, Benfica won a third consecutive league title for the first time in their history, winning away 3–0 away to Fonte Bastardo in the fifth and final match (3–2).[31] Moreover, Benfica also won the Portuguese Cup and Super Cup, thus winning all domestic competitions. On 3 October 2015, Benfica won a fifth consecutive Super Cup and became the club with most trophies in that competition (6).[32]

Results in international competition

Note: Benfica score is always listed first.


Current squad

As of 12 October 2019[40][41]
No. Nationality Player Birthdate Height Position
1 BrazilRaphael Oliveira (1984-03-08) 8 March 1984195Outside hitter
3 PortugalAndré Lopes (1982-09-12) 12 September 1982195Outside hitter
4 AustriaPeter Wohlfahrtstätter (1989-03-10) 10 March 1989204Middle blocker
7 PortugalIvo Casas (1992-09-21) 21 September 1992180Libero
8 PortugalHugo Gaspar (captain) (1982-09-02) 2 September 1982201Opposite hitter
9 Trinidad and TobagoMarc-Anthony Honoré (1984-06-12) 12 June 1984198Middle blocker
10 PortugalAfonso Guerreiro (1994-12-28) 28 December 1994200Outside hitter
11 BrazilThéo Lopes (1983-08-31) 31 August 1983199Opposite hitter
14 PortugalMiguel Sinfrónio (1993-03-18) 18 March 1993192Middle blocker
16 BrazilFlávio "Zelão" Soares (1982-08-16) 16 August 1982198Middle blocker
17 PortugalTiago Violas (1989-03-27) 27 March 1989192Setter
18 BrazilAndré Aleixo (1990-12-21) 21 December 1990190Outside hitter
20 PortugalNuno Pinheiro (1984-12-31) 31 December 1984193Setter
22 PortugalJoão Simões (1999-04-17) 17 April 1999180Libero

Out on loan



According to Benfica's official website[43]



Winners (8): 1980–81, 1990–91, 2004–05, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17, 2018–19
Winners (18) – record: 1965–66, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1989–90, 1991–92, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2017–18, 2018–19
Winners (9) – record: 1990, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019


Runners-up: 2014–15


Winners (9): 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75
Winners (2): 1972–73, 1973–74


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