S.L. Benfica (women's football)

Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Portuguese pronunciation: [sɨˈpɔɾ liʒˈboɐ i βɐ̃jˈfikɐ]), commonly known as Benfica, is a Portuguese women's football team based in Lisbon that plays in the Campeonato Nacional, the top-level women's football league in Portugal, following promotion in the 2018–19 season. Founded on 12 December 2017, it is the women's football section of sports club S.L. Benfica.[1][2] They have won one Second Division title, one Portuguese Cup and one Super Cup (the first two trophies in their debut season). Their home ground is the 4,500-seater Estádio da Tapadinha.[3]

Full nameSport Lisboa e Benfica
Nickname(s)As Águias (The Eagles)
Os Encarnados (The Reds)
Founded12 December 2017 (2017-12-12)
GroundEstádio da Tapadinha
Lisbon, Portugal
PresidentLuís Filipe Vieira
Head coachLuís Andrade
LeagueCampeonato Nacional de Futebol Feminino
2018–19Campeonato Nacional II Divisão, 1st (promoted)
WebsiteClub website


On 12 December 2017, Benfica publicly confirmed that it was forming a long-mooted women's football team.[4] Compiling a squad replete with several international players and a distinctly Brazilian flavour, they entered the Portuguese second division and promptly doled out several comprehensive thrashings to their outmatched opponents.[5]

The initial squad contained a total of seven players from Brazil (an eighth, Rilany, arrived in December). Brazilians were targeted because many had the required skills and experience. As Lusophones, they were also expected to adapt quickly to Portuguese culture.[6] This mirrored the policy of Benfica's male team, who had a successful policy of importing talented players from the Brazilian transfer market.[7]

On 17 September 2018, Benfica made their league debut in the Campeonato Nacional II Divisão and beat UD Ponte de Frielas 28–0. The result established a new record winning margin in Portuguese senior football, surpassing Sporting CP's 21–0 win over CS Mindelense in 1971.[8][9] Former Benfica player Luís Andrade was appointed as technical co-ordinator of the club's women's section in October 2018. He was tasked with developing a women's B team and revamping the youth structure, which contained approximately 200 players.[10]

On 26 January 2019, Benfica broke their own Portuguese scoring record by thrashing CP Pego 32–0 at the Estádio da Tapadinha, thus increasing their league tally to 257 goals scored and none conceded in 14 matches,[11][12] and the overall tally to 293–0 in 16 matches.[13] Four days later, Benfica conceded a goal for the first time in their history, in a 5–1 away win over Marítimo in the third round of the Portuguese Cup.[14]

Campeonato Nacional side Braga inflicted Benfica's first ever defeat on 24 March 2019, winning 2–1 away in the first leg of the Portuguese Cup semi-final.[15] Six days later, Benfica met Sporting CP in the first but unofficial female Derby de Lisboa between their main teams. The match was staged at the Estádio do Restelo to raise money for the Cyclone Idai relief effort in Mozambique, attracting 15,2014 spectators – a national record crowd at the time for a women's match in Portugal. Despite dominating play, Benfica lost 1–0 to Joana Marchão's 86th-minute penalty kick.[16]

On 18 May 2019, after eliminating Braga on 5–4 aggregate in the Portuguese Cup semi-finals,[17] Benfica beat Valadares Gaia 4–0 in the final to conquer their first trophy, in a Portuguese Cup record attendance of 12,632.[18][19] Following an 8–0 win over Estoril Praia B on 29 May, Benfica secured promotion to the 2019–20 Campeonato Nacional de Futebol Feminino.[20] Later, on 23 June, they were crowned second division champions as they beat Braga B on 9–0 aggregate in the finals.[21][22]

After the departure of head coach João Marques,[23] Luís Andrade took his position,[24] and Benfica started their second season by beating Portuguese champions Braga 1–0 with a goal from Pauleta to conquer their first Super Cup trophy.[25] A week later, Benfica debuted in the first division with a 24–0 thrashing of A-dos-Francos.[26] On 19 October, Benfica beat Sporting 3–0 at the Estádio da Luz in the first official derby between both sides, played before 12,812 spectators, who set a new attendance record for a women's match in Portugal.[27][28]


Current squad

As of 15 November 2019[29]

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Dani Neuhaus
2 DF Daiane Rodrigues
3 DF Ana Seiça
4 DF Sílvia Rebelo (vice-captain)
5 DF Raquel Infante
6 MF Andreia Faria
7 FW Darlene (captain)
8 MF Patrícia Llanos
9 FW Geyse
10 MF Ana Vitória
11 FW Annaysa
12 GK Dida
13 FW Lúcia Alves
14 DF Diva Meira
16 FW Adriana Gomes
No. Position Player
19 MF Catarina Amado
20 FW Cloé Lacasse
21 MF Pauleta
24 DF Inês Queiroga
28 FW Nycole Raysla
33 DF Giulia Franceschini
35 DF Beatriz Cameirão
48 MF Daniela Santos
51 MF Evy Pereira
70 FW Lara Pintassilgo
71 DF Yasmim Ribeiro
77 DF Tita
91 GK Íris Silva
DF Caroline Van Slambrouck [30]

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
17 FW Carlota Cristo (at Leixões until 30 June 2020)[31]
No. Position Player
39 GK Carolina Vilão (at Valadares Gaia until 30 June 2020)[32]

Former players

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Luís Andrade
Assistant coach Valter Pinheiro
Goalkeeping coach Paulo Silva

Source: [33]

Records and statistics

Competition record

Benfica's performance in their latest completed season:

Season PosPldWDLGFGAPtsTop league scorerGoalsTop overall scorerGoalsTPTLSTUCLReferences

W = Winners

Managerial statistics

As of match played 2 November 2019. Only competitive matches are counted.

Name Nat From To P W D L GF GA Win % Honours Refs
João Marques 8 March 2018[36] 25 June 2019[23] 36 34 1 1 452 6 094.44 Portuguese Second Division, Portuguese Cup [34]
Luís Andrade 2 July 2019[24] Present 7 7 0 0 57 0 100.00 Portuguese Super Cup [37]


Winners (1): 2018–19
Winners (1): 2018–19
Winners (1): 2019


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