"This will be the season of the Reconquest " – these words were pronounced by President Luís Filipe Vieira on July 27, 2018. With a set route and destination, the Benfiquista Family answered to the call and supported the club until the end.
Now it is time to make a review. The Official Website shows you the major successes.
In professional football, the objective was very clear! The reconquest of the national title was stipulated at the beginning of the season.
And Benfica delivered and won the Championship! And won it with amazing stats: it amassed 87 points (34 matches, 28 wins, three draws and three losses) and scored 103 goals in Liga NOS.
Seferovic was the competition's top scorer. The striker scored a total of 23 goals and put his name on the shortlist of Benfica players who managed to reach the two figures in the 2018/19 season. That list also includes Rafa (17 goals), João Félix (15), Pizzi (13) and Jonas (11).
Pizzi was the king of assists in the Liga NOS (with 19 assists) and also in Europe's Top 10 leagues.
In the academy football the special emphasis for the U-17 squad, who became two-time National Champions, with two round left to play. In the match that sealed the title, the eagles thrashed Braga by 5-1 at Caixa Futebol Campus.
The first year of the women's football team's project couldn't have gone better. The eagles clinched promotion to the first tier, won the 2nd Division National Championship and also the Portuguese Cup.
Women's football– youth development
Motivated by the success of the Women's football senior squad, Benfica's U-19s became National Champions. In an amazing campaign that culminated in a two-legged final, in which the reds were stronger than SC Braga. Despite the loss (0-1) in the 1st leg, they completed a comeback and beat Braga in the 2nd leg (0-2).
Determined to regain the senior national title, the Futsal was successful. The men under Joel Rocha won the regular phase and in the Liga Sport Zone final beat Sporting by 4-3 in game 5. The national champion trophy returned to the eagles, to the Museum Benfica-Cosme Damião.
Apart from the National Championship, the reds won the League Cup, that took place at Pavilhão Multiusos de Sines. They beat Futsal Azeméis (1-7) and Modicus (2-6), and in the final beat SC Braga by 0-3.
Futsal –youth development
Benfica's U-17 team became National Champion after beating ADCR Caxinas Poça Barca by 3-5 in the game 3.
It was a season filled with successes for Benfica's women's futsal team, who won all domestic competitions. The eagles won the Championship, the Portuguese Cup and the Super Cup.
Women's Futsal – youth development
The U-19 squad successfully defended the national title. The now Two-time champion make Benfica the most successful club in this competition with three trophies out of a possible five.
Another team that delivered great performances at the Pavilion of Luz was the Volleyball squad, coached by Marcel Matz. The red players set the tone and set off on an impressive campaign, clinching the domestic treble (Championship, Portuguese Cup and Super Cup) and carrying out a great European campaign.
In a year of return to the sport, Benfica's women's volleyball team won the 3rd Division National Championship, securing promotion to the second tier.
Women's Roller Hockey
Benfica's women's roller hockey team won all domestic competitions. The eagles won the treble (Championship, Portuguese Cup and Super Cup), were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the European League and were also present in the Intercontinental Cup semifinals.
Roller hockey – youth development
The U-17s became National Champions after beating FC Porto, Sporting and Famalicense in the final stage of the competition. This was the 6th national title in the Reds history.
The handball team, coached by Carlos Resende, started the 2018/19 season winning the Super Cup. The win by 24-29 over the rival Sporting allowed the eagles to add the 6th Super Cup to its honors.
In a season marked by the good results, Benfica' women's handball team returned to the sport's top tier 21 year later.
Text: Diogo Nascimento
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