S.L. Benfica B

Sport Lisboa e Benfica "B", commonly known as Benfica B, is a Portuguese professional football team based in Seixal. Founded in 1999, dissolved in 2006, and restarted in 2012, it is the reserve team of Portuguese club S.L. Benfica. They play in the LigaPro, holding home matches at Futebol Campus's main pitch.

Benfica B
Full nameSport Lisboa e Benfica "B"
Nickname(s)As Águias (The Eagles)
Os Encarnados (The Reds)
Founded1999
GroundBenfica Futebol Campus
Capacity2,720
PresidentLuís Filipe Vieira
Head coachRenato Paiva
LeagueLigaPro
2018–194th
WebsiteClub website

During the 2012–13 season, Benfica B played home matches at the Estádio da Luz until February, when they moved to Estádio da Tapadinha to prevent excessive wear of the stadium's grass.[1] In 2013–14, they moved permanently to their own training ground, capable of receiving professional league matches.

As a reserve team, Benfica B cannot play in the same division as the club's main team, thus being ineligible for promotion to the Primeira Liga. Moreover, they cannot enter domestic cup competitions such as the Taça de Portugal and Taça da Liga.

History

As Benfica sought a way to provide playing time for their youth and reserve players, they created a B team in 1999. The team officially started competing in the 1999–2000 season, with their first match played away against Portimonense S.C. (2–2) in late August.[2] After three seasons in the Portuguese Second Division, they suffered relegation to the Portuguese Third Division, where they would spend three years,[3] before achieving promotion to the Portuguese Second Division in 2005. In May of the following year, the board of directors extinguished the side, which returned to activity shortly after as part of the Liga Intercalar. As part of this competition, the team's best league finish was a second place, behind Estoril B, in the South Zone of the 2010–11 season.

Before the end of the 2011–12 football season in Portugal, seven Primeira Liga clubs announced their interest in creating a reserve team to fill the six vacancies available in the Segunda Liga (now LigaPro) for the 2012–13 campaign.[4] Of those seven clubs, six were selected to take part in the competition: Benfica, Braga, Marítimo, Porto, Sporting CP and Vitória de Guimarães.[5]

LPFP, who organize the professional football tiers in Portugal, announced that the clubs would have to pay €50,000 to register themselves at the league in order to compete in the upcoming season.[6] In addition, LPFP also required them to follow new rules regarding player selection, in which each B team must have a squad with a minimum of ten players formed at the club's academy and with an age between 15 and 21 years, and a maximum of three players above 23 years old. LPFP also decided that reserve teams are unable to compete in cup competitions and to gain promotion to the Primeira Liga due to the possibility of playing against their club's first team.

In late May 2012, it was officially announced that the B teams of six Primeira Liga clubs would compete in the 2012–13 Segunda Liga, a decision that increased the number of teams from 16 to 22 and the number of matches from 30 to 42.[7]

In 2014, Benfica B were invited to play in the first Premier League International Cup. On 29 May 2015, they played a friendly against F.C. United of Manchester in Broadhurst Park's official opening match.[8][9] On 26 May 2019, they played a practice match against Liverpool in Marbella, Spain, five days before the latter's Champions League final.[10]

Players

Current squad

As of 10 November 2019[11][12]

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 Mile Svilar
2 DF Germán Conti
38 DF Morato
44 MF Martin Chrien
47 FW Tiago Gouveia
50 FW Vasco Paciência
51 GK Celton Biai
53 MF Rodrigo Conceição
59 DF Miguel Nóbrega
60 MF Vinícius Ferreira
63 DF Godfried Frimpong
65 DF Luís Pinheiro
66 MF Diogo Pinto
68 MF Rafael Brito
74 FW Kevin Csoboth
75 DF Branimir Kalaica
No. Position Player
76 DF Jorginho
77 FW Nuno Santos (captain)
80 FW Daniel dos Anjos
81 MF Ilija Vukotić
82 DF João Ferreira
84 DF Tomás Tavares
85 FW Umaro Embaló
86 MF Tiago Dantas
87 MF Diogo Mendes (vice-captain)
88 MF Gonçalo Ramos
89 DF Pedro Álvaro
90 DF David Zec
92 MF David Tavares
93 FW Pedro Henrique
94 GK Diogo Garrido
98 GK Fábio Duarte

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
DF Alex Pinto (at Gil Vicente until 30 June 2020)
MF Keaton Parks (at New York City until 31 December 2019)
FW Chris Willock (at West Bromwich Albion until 30 June 2020)
No. Position Player
FW Diogo Gonçalves (at Famalicão until 30 June 2020)
FW Heriberto Tavares (at Boavista until 30 June 2020)
FW José Gomes (at Portimonense until 30 June 2020)

Coaching staff

Position Name
Head coach Renato Paiva
Assistant coaches Pedro Valido
Marco Pimenta
Minervino Pietra
Marco Pedroso
Alen Velić
Goalkeeping coach Paulo Lopes
Analyst coach Tiago Maia
Personal trainers Nuno Matias
Jan Schimpchen

Last updated: 12 September 2019
Source: [13]

Records and statistics

Season-to-season record

Season Div Pos Pld W D L GF GA Pts Top scorer Goals Refs
1999–2000 III 13th 38 14 6 18 53 49 48 Cláudio Oeiras 11 [14][15]
2000–2001 III 9th 38 14 11 13 58 57 57 Jorge Cordeiro 16 [16][17]
2001–2002 III 18th 38 11 11 16 35 42 44 Jorge Ribeiro 5 [18]
2002–2003 IV 3rd 34 14 14 6 47 25 56 [19]
2003–2004 IV 5th 34 15 8 11 63 48 53 [19]
2004–2005 IV 1st 34 21 9 4 71 29 72 [19]
2005–2006 III 11th 30 11 8 11 40 40 41 Vasco Firmino 5 [20][21]
2012–2013 II 7th 42 15 17 10 71 54 62 Miguel Rosa 17 [22][23]
2013–2014 II 5th 42 20 10 12 77 56 70 Funes Mori 13 [24][25]
2014–2015 II 6th 46 22 11 13 81 60 77 Rui Fonte 17 [26][27]
2015–2016 II 19th 46 15 10 21 59 64 55 Sancidino Silva 6 [28][29]
2016–2017 II 4th 42 18 9 15 56 58 63 Heriberto Tavares 11 [30][31]
2017–2018 II 13th 38 14 7 17 54 60 49 Heriberto Tavares 14 [32]
2018–2019 II 4th 34 15 7 12 47 42 52 Chris Willock 11 [33]
Champions Relegated

Managerial statistics

As of match played 10 November 2019. Only competitive matches are counted.

Name Nat From To P W D L GF GA Win % Honours Refs
Alan Murray 1999 November 1999 9 4 0 5 13 12 044.44 [34][35]
José Morais November 1999 2001 67 24 17 26 98 94 035.82 [36][37]
António Veloso 9 June 2001 2002 38 11 11 16 35 42 028.95 [38][39]
Carlos Gomes 2002 July 2004 68 28 24 16 107 72 041.18 [40][41]
João Santos 2004 2006 64 32 17 15 111 69 050.00 2004–05 Terceira Divisão [42][43]
Luís Norton de Matos 4 May 2012 30 May 2013 42 15 17 10 71 54 035.71 [44][45]
Hélder Cristóvão 3 July 2013[46] 12 May 2018 224 93 49 82 340 309 041.52 [47][48]
Bruno Lage 1 July 2018[49] 3 January 2019 15 8 3 4 15 11 053.33 [50][51]
Nélson Veríssimo (caretaker) 13 January 2019 15 January 2019 3 0 1 2 5 7 000.00 [52][53]
Renato Paiva 15 January 2019 Present 30 12 5 13 37 43 040.00 [54]

Honours

Winners: 2004–05

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