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Champions: the beginning of a new era...

Football

On May 22, 2005, Benfica won their 31st National Championship, 11 years later.

15 years ago, May 22, 2005 marked the end of Benfica's longest drought in the football national league. The 31st title was a reality and with it also arrived the first sign of the beginning of the process of reconstruction of the Club in the Luís Filipe Vieira era.

Elected on October 31, 2003, Luís Filipe Vieira succeeded Manuel Vilarinho and became 33rd President of the History of Sport Lisboa e Benfica. The 2004/05 season was the first sign start of the change and recovery process – after that title, the Clube won another 6 League titles (among which the unprecedented four league titles in a row), 2 Portuguese Cups, 5 Super Cups and 7 League Cups, and also played two Europa League finals.

Benfica Campeão 2004/05

End of the drought

It was the last match of the 2004/05 Superliga. Benfica under the Italian Giovanni Trapattoni stepped onto the pitch of Estádio do Bessa aware the title was theirs to lose, a duel fought to the last with FC Porto  – that drew against Académica de Coimbra – and Sporting. 

Benfica Campeão 2004/05

The final whistle ocurred (1-all draw and Benfica was the National Champion. From the banner held by the red supporters – "Habemus campione" – to the tears of Luís Filipe Vieira, who brought the titles back to the Club. The title was celebrated in all cities, towns and villages, from north to south of the country and abroad.

Benfica Campeão 2004/05

Benfica finished the season with 65 points, mais três do que o segundo classificado, o FC Porto. It was 34 rounds, with 19 wins, 8 draws, 7 losses and a total of 51 goals scored.

TOP SCORERS IN 2004/05

PLAYER GOALS
Simão Sabrosa 15 
Nuno Gomes
Geovanni 
Mantorras 
Sokta
Karadas 
Nuno Assis
Miguel 
Petit 2
Luisão 2
Argel 1
Manuel Fernandes 1

Benfica Campeão 2004/05

MATCHES AND MINUTES PLAYED IN 2004/05

PLAYER MATCHES MINUTES
Simão Sabrosa 34 3060
Luisão 29 2539
Manuel Fernandes 29 2531
Petit 29 2512
Geovanni 31 2203
Ricardo Rocha 25 2192
Miguel 22 1968
Manuel dos Santos 21 1772
Quim 19 1710
Karadas 27 1611
Nuno Gomes 23 1567
João Pereira 27 1425
Moreira 15 1350
Fyssas 16 1261
Nuno Assis 15 1101
Bruno Aguiar 18 841
Argel 10 741
Sokota 11 700
Zahovic 10 531
Amoreirinha 8 433
Alcides 7 396
Mantorras 15 357
Paulo Almeida 6 296
Carlitos 10 271
André Luís 1 90
Andrija Delibasic 3 87
Everson 1 11

Text: Filipa Fernandes Garcia

Photos: SL Benfica / Archive

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