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Benfica, one of the most famous names in world football, are the current Portuguese champions - tipped by some to bring some of the glory days back this season after winning their national title in considerable style last season, thereby loosening FC Porto’s stranglehold on the domestic game in the Western part of the Iberian Peninsula.

 

And you can watch their exciting side defend their title and take on Europe’s elite in the Champions League through live football streaming at Live Sports Network. Catch Benfica live right with our dedicated members area giving you the opportunity to watch live Liga Sagres football. Don’t miss a minute of the action - join today.

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Under coach Jorge Jesus, Benfica produced a brand of attacking football which brought back memories of the club’s halcyon days in the 1960s when they were inspired by the Mozambique-born legend Eusebio.

 

This side has some way to go to match the greats, who lifted the European Cup twice and reached three other finals in the 1960s. But hopes are high that they will make an impact on the Champions League after their run to the later stages of the Europa League last season and their emphatic regaining of the Portuguese Liga title after a five-year gap, an immense wait for a club of the Lisbon giants..

 

Paraguayan Oscar Cardoza’s 26 goals spearheaded a campaign which saw them lose only twice all season and clinch the league by five points. And Benfica have resisted the efforts of many top European sides to take their stars to foreign climes, although Real Madrid and Chelsea have spent over 50 million euros to sign attacking midfielder Angel Di Maria and holding midfielder/defender Ramires.

 

Jesus has been able to hold onto World Cup star Fabio Coentrao, talismanic defender Luisao and the creative talents of Argentine midfielder Pablo Aimar as well as his experienced compatriot Javier Saviola. Cardoza should not be short of supply for his attacking prowess.

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A Brief History

 

Established between 1904 and 1908 after the merger of two clubs, Benfica joined the inaugural ‘Portuguese Liga’ and promptly won three of the first four titles with Joseph Hertzka in charge of the club. In 1950, the club won the Latin Cup by beating French side Bordeaux. Local rivals Sporting Lisbon had lost to Barcelona in the finals of the same tournament a year before.

 

Benfica continued to win domestic titles and eventually moved into the Estadio da Luz (Stadium Of Light), their home to this day. 1961 saw Benfica Lisbon halt Real Madrid's streak of five successive European Cup wins by beating Barcelona 3-2 in Berne. The following year, Benfica grabbed their second title by beating Real 5-3 in the final as 20 year old Eusebio, soon to be a Portuguese legend, scored twice in the second half. Benfica also reached 3 more European Cup finals only to lose to Milan, Inter and Manchester United respectively. Between 1962 and 1980, the club never finished outside the top two in the Portuguese Liga.

 

Benfica reached the final of the UEFA Cup in 1983, but lost to Anderlecht. Five years later, PSV Eindhoven denied them victory in the 1988 European Cup and just two years later A.C. Milan pipped them yet again.

 

The 90's did not see Benfica win as many trophies as in previous decades. They won the 1990-91 and 1993-94 seasons of the Portuguese Liga, and a few Portuguese Cup titles but that was it. It would be eleven years before they won another Portuguese Liga title- in 2004/05 under the guidance of Giovanni Trapattoni. And last season they gained their 32nd title, under former SC Braga coach Jorge Jesus.

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