26 Facts About Benfica


Benfica are nicknamed, for the symbol atop the club's crest, and, for the shirt colour.

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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.

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Benfica is honoured with the Portuguese Orders of Christ, of Prince Henry, and of Merit.

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Benfica was voted 12th in FIFA Club of the Century and ranked 9th in the IFFHS Top 200 European clubs of the 20th century.

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For Grupo Sport Benfica, they maintained the field Campo da Feiteira, the main directors and the club's house.

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Benfica moved to their first football grass field, Campo de Sete Rios, in 1913.

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Consequently, Benfica played in the Intercontinental Cup, where they were runners-up to Penarol in 1961 and Santos in 1962.

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Later on, Benfica reached three more European Cup finals, losing them to AC Milan in 1963, Inter Milan in 1965, and Manchester United in 1968.

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Therefore, for their international performance, Benfica were ranked first in European football in 1965, '66 and '69, and were presented with the France Football European Team of the Year award in 1968.

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The following year, Benfica won their first league title since 1994, and the Supertaca Candido de Oliveira.

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Benfica's crest is composed of an eagle, as a symbol of independence, authority and nobility, positioned atop a shield with red and white colours, symbolizing bravery and peace respectively; the motto "E pluribus unum", defining union between all members; and the club's initials, "SLB", over a football – all this superimposed on a bicycle wheel representing one of the club's first sports, cycling.

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Benfica have always worn red shirts; for that reason, in Portugal, Benfica and their supporters were nicknamed.

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In some countries, since 1952, Benfica has had supporters' clubs known as, places for cultural, social and sport interaction among.

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Benfica is the most popular club in Portugal and has always been seen as the working-class club of Portugal.

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On 9 November 2006, Benfica set the Guinness World Record for "the most widely supported football club", with 160,398 paid-up members.

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In 2014, according to a study by Movimento Por Um Futebol Melhor, Benfica had 270,000 members and was the biggest club in the world in membership terms.

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On 31 March 2015, Benfica reported having 246,401 members; however, after a scheduled renumbering by the club in August that year, the number decreased to 156,916.

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Benfica has rivalries with Sporting CP and FC Porto, with whom it forms the "Big Three", Portugal's most decorated clubs.

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In 2008, Benfica launched its own sports-oriented television network, Benfica TV, the first channel by a Portuguese club, and has operated it since.

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Benfica SAD entered the PSI-20 on 21 May 2007 with an initial stock value of €5 on 15,000,001 shares.

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In May 2019, Benfica was ranked by Brand Finance as the 40th most valuable football brand.

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On 27 January 2004, Benfica retired squad number 29 in memory of Miklos Feher, who had died while playing for them two days earlier.

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Benfica is Benfica's top scorer in UEFA club competitions, with 56 goals.

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In 2014, Benfica achieved the first ever treble of Primeira Liga, Taca de Portugal and Taca da Liga.

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Benfica was the first club to win the Primeira Liga and Taca da Liga double, moreover, a record four times.

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Benfica is the only club in Portugal to have successfully defended every major domestic title.

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