Performance records of Benfica football club

by on April 13, 2011
in Football Clubs

Portuguese football club Benfica

Benfica football club is not only one of the most successful clubs ever that has come out of Portugal, but they have won a number of accolades in Europe which make them somewhat legendary within the world of club football. Benfica football club is one of the most popular football clubs from Portuguese football league.

They have won a record number of Portuguese national league titles with a total of 32 trophies to date. To their credit, Benfica FC have 24 ‘cup of Portugal’ titles as well along with 2 league cups both of which are a national record as well. The Portuguese Super Cup is another favorite hunting ground for this legendary club as they have bagged 4 titles and have been the runners up on 11 different occasions.

Benfica football club have a supreme record in Europe as well and one is amazed with the consistency with which they have performed although their league has seldom drawn in a lot of money. They have won the UEFA Champions league which was formerly known as the UEFA Cup twice and have been runners up five times.  The club were runners up in the UEFA Cup once as well along with a few victories in the other lesser known European and international titles.

Profile of Benfica football club

by on April 13, 2011
in Football Clubs

European football club Benfica_logo

Based in Lisbon, Portugal, Sport Lisboa e Benfica better known as Benfica are a multi sport club which was formed back in 1904. The club has a rich sporting history with over 18000 trophies in various sports making it one of the most decorated sporting ventures in the world.

Benfica football club is an arm of the Benfica sports club and is one of the best known Portuguese football teams known as a part of the big three in Portugal. The club plays it’s home football at Estadio Da Luz with a capacity exceeding 65,000. The home kit is red and white whereas the away kit is a nice mixture of beige and blue.

Benfica football club has been dominant on the local football scene ever since it was formed and has been a source of some great talent for the world of football. They got immense success in Europe and nationally since they took the bull by it’s horns and broke the amazing run of European form by Real Madrid FC. The club faced dark times in the middle of 1990s when it went through serious financial troubles since they had done a lot of buying and the squad soared to over 30 players with debts accumulating on the side. They did not manage a lot of success up until 2003 but ever since then have been going through a rebuilding phase whereby they are trying to regain their status as a dominant European club.

Performance record of Porto football club

FC Porto club of Portuguese

F.C. Porto is the top league club of Portugal, widely reconginsed for its outstanding for its outstanding performances on both the domestic and international level. The club took participation in the Top-Division “Portuguese Liga” 76  times. In total of 1988 games being played the club has won 1278 games, drawing 369 games and losing 332 games.

Performance record of Porto football club

National League

  • Portuguese Liga: 24
  • League Championship (Campeonato da Liga)
    • 1934–35
  • First Division National Championship (Campeonato Nacional da Primeira Divisão)
    • 1938–39, 1939–40, 1955–56, 1958–59, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99
  • Premier League (Primeira Liga)
    • 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
  • Liga Intercalar: 1
    • 2009
  • Oporto Championship: 30
    • 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946
  • Oporto Championship/Reserves: 32
    • 1914, 1915, 1917, 1919, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994

Cups

  • Portuguese Championship (Campeonato de Portugal): 4
    • 1921–22, 1924–25, 1931–32, 1936–37
  • Portuguese Cup (Taça de Portugal): 15
    • 1955–56, 1957–58, 1967–68, 1976–77, 1983–84, 1987–88, 1990–91, 1993–94, 1997–98, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10
  • Portuguese Supercup (Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira): 17
    • 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010
  • Cup Jose Monteiro da Costa: 5
    • 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915
  • Cup BES: 5
    • 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Cup José Maria Pedroto: 2
    • 1989, 1990
  • Cup North of Portugal: 3
    • 1967, 1970, 1971
  • Cup Beginning: 8
    • 1960, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1973, 1974
  • Cup of Honour of Oporto (Taça de Honra do Porto): 14
    • 1915, 1916, 1947, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1980, 1981

International

  • European Cup/UEFA Champions League: 2
    • 1986–87, 2003–04
  • UEFA Cup: 1
    • 2002–03
  • European Super Cup: 1
    • 1986–87
  • Intercontinental Cup: 2
    • 1987, 2004

The above list proves how well Porto football club has performed. No wonder this football club is people’s favorite.

Team Portugal in World Cup Football

by on June 24, 2010
in FIFA, Football teams

Cristiano Ronaldo

The Portuguese National team made its debut appearance at the 1966 World Cup… over thirty years after the tournament first began. They stormed into the World Cup scene and managed to take third place that same year. Sadly, that has been Team Portugal’s best showing to date. Still, this year’s tournament will make only their fifth attempt to reach the finals of World Cup play. Perhaps they are just working their way up the ranks slowly?

Selecção das Quinas (the team’s nickname) qualified for the 1966 Cup and, as mentioned before, shook up the World Cup with a stunning debut performance. That 1966 Squad boasted a talented roster, but one player in particular stood out from the rest. Eusebio da Silva Ferreira, known as either the Black Pearl or, sometimes as the Black Panther, is in the country’s history books as one of Team Portugal’s best scorers. In that World Cup series alone, he scored more goals than any other player, a total of nine. That’s not too bad for a first time team who had to settle for a third place prize.

Since that debut, the Portuguese team has been a simmering pot, coming close to boiling over and yet not quite. Maybe this year things in South Africa will go their way and we’ll get to see them hit a really hot streak all the way to the finals. Still, with one win and one draw so far in this year’s Tournament, it’s going to take a big rally to push them through past some of the great teams in this year’s World Cup competition.

The men of Luis Felipe Scolari produced some unbelievable results till 2008 when they went to the finals of 2004 Euro Cup and topped the chart of 2006 world cup qualifiers with the good goal difference of +30 on the charts. Even though, they lost the 2004 Euro cup final to the unfenced Greece, they do not let themselves down in the process to 2006 qualifier. The 2006 was a dream run for them as they went through the group stage and defeat the England side in quarter finals which actually they also did in 2004 Euro cup. The charismatic leadership of Luis Figo saw them through to the semi-finals of 2006 world cup and where they lost to determined France.

They had a good run in 2010 world cup qualifier and booked their world cup berth swiftly. The immediate future of Portugal football team looks bright. The huge experience of Maniche, Costinha and Deco in accordance with polished exuberance of Ricardo Quaresma, Nani and world’s costliest player Cristiano Ronaldo shows the best transition period for the Portugese team. The new faces like Bruno Gama and Ariza Makukula are providing outstanding performances. Portugal did not reach the semi finals of 2010 and 2014 football world cups, but Cristiano Ronaldo nevertheless was still among the best players in both football world cups. 

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