S.L. Benfica

Looking to its right, a wingspread golden eagle stands atop a bicycle wheel's grey tire. Below, on the spoked wheel, a horizontal green and red strip reads "E PLURIBUS UNUM", and a diagonal blue strip with the golden initials "S . L . B ." overlays a red and white shield with a golden football on its centre.
Full nameSport Lisboa e Benfica
Nickname(s)As Águias (The Eagles)
Os Encarnados (The Reds)
O Glorioso (The Glorious One)
Founded28 February 1904; 117 years ago (1904-02-28)
as Sport Lisboa
GroundEstádio da Luz
PresidentRui Costa
Head coachJorge Jesus
LeaguePrimeira Liga
2020–21Primeira Liga, 3rd of 18
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Sport Lisboa e Benfica ComC MHIH OM (Portuguese pronunciation: [sɨˈpɔɾ liʒˈβo.ɐ i βɐ̃jˈfikɐ] (About this soundlisten)), commonly known as Benfica, is a professional football club based in Lisbon, Portugal, that competes in the Primeira Liga, the top flight of Portuguese football.

Founded on 28 February 1904 as Sport Lisboa, Benfica is one of the "Big Three" clubs in Portugal that have never been relegated from Primeira Liga, along with rivals Sporting CP and FC Porto. Benfica are nicknamed As Águias (The Eagles), for the symbol atop the club's crest, and Os Encarnados (The Reds), for the shirt colour. Since 2003, their home ground has been the Estádio da Luz, which replaced the larger, original one, built in 1954. Benfica is the most supported Portuguese club and the European club with the highest percentage of supporters in its own country, having over 250,000 members and an estimated 14 million supporters worldwide.[2][3][4] The club's anthem, "Ser Benfiquista", refers to Benfica supporters, who are called benfiquistas. "E pluribus unum" is the club motto; Águia Vitória, the mascot.

Benfica is honoured with the Portuguese Orders of Christ, of Prince Henry, and of Merit. Competitively, with 83 major trophies won – 84 when including the Latin Cup – Benfica is the most decorated club in Portugal.[5][6] They have won 80 domestic trophies: a record 37 Primeira Liga titles, a record 26 Taça de Portugal, a record 7 Taça da Liga, 8 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira and 3 Campeonato de Portugal. Internationally, they won back-to-back European Cups in 1961 and 1962 – a unique feat in Portuguese football – and were runners-up at the Intercontinental Cup in 1961 and '62, at the European Cup in 1963, '65, '68, '88 and '90, and at the UEFA Cup/Europa League in 1983, 2013 and '14. Benfica's ten European finals are a domestic record and ranked seventh all-time among UEFA clubs in 2014.[7]

Benfica was voted 12th in FIFA Club of the Century[8] and ranked 9th in the IFFHS Top 200 European clubs of the 20th century.[9] In UEFA, Benfica ranks 9th in the all-time club ranking and was 24th in the club coefficient rankings at the end of the 2020–21 season.[10][11] Currently, Benfica have the second most participations in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League (41),[10] tournament in which they hold the overall record for the biggest aggregate win, achieved in 1965–66. Moreover, Benfica hold the European record for the most consecutive wins in domestic league and the record for the longest unbeaten run in Primeira Liga, where they became the first undefeated champions, in 1972–73.

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  3. ^ Pereira 2009, pp. 220–221.
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  7. ^ "Águias reforçam sétimo lugar do "ranking" de finais europeias" [Eagles reinforce seventh place in European finals ranking]. Record (in Portuguese). 1 May 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  8. ^ "The FIFA Club of the Century" (PDF). FIFA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 April 2007.
  9. ^ "Europe's Club of the Century". IFFHS. 10 September 2009. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  10. ^ a b "UEFA Champions League statistics 2020–21 handbook – All-time records 1955–2020" (PDF). UEFA. p. 1.
  11. ^ "Member associations – UEFA rankings – Club coefficients". UEFA. 12 May 2021. Retrieved 25 May 2021.

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