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Benfica Basket
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Leagues Portuguese Basketball League
Founded 1927
Arena Pavilhão Açoreana Seguros (2400 seats)
Location Lisbon, Portugal
Team colors Red, White
President Portugal Luís Filipe Vieira
Head coach Portugal Henrique Vieira
Championships 21 Portuguese Championships
18 Portuguese Cups
5 Portuguese League Cups
7 Portuguese SuperCups
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Benfica Basket is the professional basketball team of Sport Lisboa e Benfica, based in Lisbon, Portugal. It used to play in LCB, but in June 2007, the team decided to leave the LCB professional top league and join for the 2007/2008 season the Proliga, a league organized by the Federação Portuguesa de Basquetebol. For 2008/09, Benfica decided to return to the LCB.

SL Benfica are a top club in Portugal. One of its most memorable moments was when Benfica's basketball team won a European Cup clash against Italian giants Buckler Bologna, beating the Italians 102-90, in December 4, 1993 at Pavilhão da Luz in Lisbon. However, basketball is not nearly as popular with the population as football. Just as in football, Benfica has a major rivalry with FC Porto's basketball team and it usually leads to arguments between the fans and players.

On June 6, 2009, Benfica became the national champion after 14 years without titles.



Created in 1927, the basketball team followed the steps of many other sports that were supported by the club, achieving great success almost immediately.


1939/40, 1945/46, 1946/47, 1960/61, 1961/62, 1962/63, 1963/64, 1964/65, 1969/70, 1974/75, 1984/85, 1985/86, 1986/87, 1988/89, 1989/90, 1990/91, 1991/92, 1992/93, 1993/94, 1994/95, 2008/09

1945/46, 1946/47, 1960/61, 1963/64, 1964/65, 1965/66, 1967/68, 1968/69, 1969/70, 1971/72, 1972/73, 1973/74, 1980/81, 1991/92, 1992/93, 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96

1989/90, 1990/91, 1992/93, 1993/94, 1994/95

1984/85, 1988/89, 1990/91, 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1997/98

Current Squad 2009/10

# Name Birthdate Position Last Season Club
Portugal Miguel Barroca 1984 Guard SL Benfica
8 Portugal Diogo Carreira 1978 Guard SL Benfica
4 Portugal António Tavares 1975 Guard SL Benfica
10 Portugal Miguel Minhava 1983 Guard/Forward SL Benfica
11 United States Ben Reed 1983 Guard/Forward SL Benfica
25 Portugal João Santos 1979 Forward SL Benfica
6 Portugal Sérgio Ramos 1975 Forward SL Benfica
Portugal Cristóvão Cordeiro 1989 Forward SL Benfica (junior team)
United States Nick DeWitz 1982 Forward/Center Osaka Evessa
Portugal Ekjersey Viana 1977 Forward/Center SL Benfica
United States Will Frisby 1981 Center Dakota Wizards
12 Portugal/Cape Verde Elvis Évora 1978 Center SL Benfica

Former Notable Players



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