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S.L. Benfica is a Portuguese club founded in 1904. The club is one of the most successful in Portuguese football. Together with their city rivals Sporting Libson and F.C. Porto, they make up the traditional “Big Three” in Portugal.

The club plays its football at Estádio da Luz in Lisbon. The stadium was built in 2003 and seats 65,000 spectators. Benfica are nicknamed The Eagles, as one appears on their badge. At Benfica’s home matches an eagle is released to fly around the stadium.

Unlike many European clubs, Benfica is owned by the supporters of the club. The club holds the Guinness World Record for the most widely supported football club, as it has over 160,000 paid-up members, more than any other club in the world.

Benfica holds the record for the most domestic league titles in Portugal, having won the Primeira Liga on 32 occasions. They also hold the record for the most Portugese Cup wins with 24. The club has won the Champions League twice in its history and was the first Portuguese side to do so. Because of their strong performances in their domestic league, Benfica regularly feature in the Champions League and Europa League.

Portuguese legend Eusébio is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer. He scored 473 goals in 440 appearances for the club. Other notable players to have played for Benfica include Real Madrid winger Angel Di María, Chelsea defender,David Luiz and Portuguese legend Rui Costa.

The club’s manager is Jorge Jesus. Jesus took charge of the team in 2009. He has won the Portuguese League Cup three times and the Primeira Liga once, in 2010. Benfica are captained by Brazilian defender Luisão. Benfica has a strong squad with players like Miranda, Maxi Perieira, Nemanja Matić and winger Nicolás Gaitán in addition to youngsters Ola John and Rodrigo.

2013 - 2014 fixtures:

Nov 23 Benfica v Braga Estadio da Luz Liga
Nov 27 19:45 Anderlecht v Benfica Constant Vanden Stock UEFA Champions League (2013 First Phase)
Dec 1 17:45 Rio Ave v Benfica Estádio do Rio Ave F.C. Liga
Dec 6 20:15 Benfica v Arouca Estadio da Luz Liga
Dec 10 19:45 Benfica v Paris Saint-Germain Estadio da Luz UEFA Champions League (2013 First Phase)
Dec 15 18:15 Olhanense v Benfica Estádio José Arcanjo Liga
Dec 20 21:00 Vitoria Setubal v Benfica Estadio do Bonfim Liga
Jan 12 16:00 Benfica v FC Porto Estadio da Luz Liga
Jan 27 16:00 Benfica v Maritimo Estadio da Luz Liga
Feb 2 16:00 Gil Vicente v Benfica Estádio Cidade de Barcelos Liga
Feb 9 16:00 Benfica v Sporting Lisbon Estadio da Luz Liga
Feb 16 16:00 Paços de Ferreira v Benfica Estádio do Mata Real Liga
Feb 23 16:00 Benfica v Guimaraes Estadio da Luz Liga
Mar 2 16:00 Belenenses v Benfica Estadio do Restelo Liga
Mar 9 16:00 Benfica v Estoril Estadio da Luz Liga
Mar 16 16:00 CD Nacional de Madeira v Benfica Estádio da Madeira Liga
Mar 23 16:00 Benfica v Academica de Coimbra Estadio da Luz Liga
Mar 30 15:00 Braga v Benfica Braga Municipal Liga
Apr 6 15:00 Benfica v Rio Ave Estadio da Luz Liga
Apr 13 15:00 Arouca v Benfica Municipal de Arouca Liga
Apr 19 15:00 Benfica v Olhanense Estadio da Luz Liga
May 4 15:00 Benfica v Vitoria Setubal Estadio da Luz Liga
May 11 15:00 FC Porto v Benfica Estadio do Dragao Liga

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Portuguese League (Football (Soccer)) Lisbon, Portugal - Estadio da Luz (Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica) 20 Apr 2014
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UEFA Europa League (Football (Soccer)) Lisbon, Portugal - Estadio da Luz (Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica) 24 Apr 2014
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UEFA Europa League (Football (Soccer)) Turin, Italy - Juventus Arena 01 May 2014
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Portuguese League (Football (Soccer)) Lisbon, Portugal - Estadio da Luz (Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica) 04 May 2014
16:00Not Final
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Portuguese League (Football (Soccer)) Porto, Portugal - Estadio do Dragao 11 May 2014
16:00Not Final
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Portuguese Cup (Taça de Portugal) (Football (Soccer)) Oeiras, Portugal - Estádio Nacional 18 May 2014
Friendly matches - Football (Football (Soccer)) Toronto, Canada - BMO Field 21 May 2014
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