Eusébio Cup

Coordinates: 38°45′13″N 9°10′57.5″W / 38.75361°N 9.182639°W / 38.75361; -9.182639

The Eusébio Cup is a pre-season friendly football match hosted by Portuguese club S.L. Benfica. It has been played mostly at their home stadium, Estádio da Luz, in Lisbon, with the only exceptions being the 2015 and 2018 editions. The two-team competition was inaugurated in 2008 and is named after Portuguese international and former Benfica player Eusébio,[1][2] who presented the trophy to the winning team until 2013, before his death in January 2014.

Eusébio Cup
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Eusébio Cup logo
Organising bodyBenfica
Founded2008
Number of teams2
Current championsFrance Lyon (1st title)
Most successful club(s)Portugal Benfica (3 titles)
Television broadcastersBenfica TV
Eusébio with the trophy of the fourth edition (2011)
Poster for the ninth edition of the Eusébio Cup (2016)

The invitational match takes place in late July or early August, and it is usually Benfica's last pre-season match. So far, Benfica's opponents have been Inter Milan, A.C. Milan, Tottenham, Arsenal, Real Madrid, São Paulo, Ajax, Monterrey (at the Estadio BBVA Bancomer), Torino, and Lyon (at the Estádio Algarve), respectively.

It was played annually, without interruption, until 2016. Despite two tries,[3][4] there was no edition in 2017. A year later, the Eusébio Cup was played as part of the 2018 International Champions Cup.

TrophyEdit

The Eusébio Cup trophy is made out of glass and bears the name of the match and its winners. Moreover, it features a figure of Eusébio, on the top, performing his trademark shooting technique. The figure is similar to Eusébio's statue outside Estádio da Luz. The trophy is symbolic because it is dedicated to Eusébio, who is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, and Benfica's greatest.

BroadcastersEdit

The Eusébio Cup editions of 2008, 2009 and 2010 were broadcast on SIC, the 2011 edition on TVI,[5] the 2012 edition on RTP1,[6] and the 2013 edition on Benfica's own channel, Benfica TV, which then broadcast the next three editions.

MatchesEdit

2008Edit

Benfica  0–0  Inter Milan
Report
Penalties
4–5
Attendance: 54,001
Referee: Bruno Paixão (Portugal)

2009Edit

Benfica  1–1  Milan
Cardozo   58' Report Sidnei   87' (o.g.)
Penalties
5–4
Attendance: 62,342
Referee: João Ferreira (Portugal)

2010Edit

Benfica  0–1  Tottenham Hotspur
Report Bale   55'
Attendance: 30,215
Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)

2011Edit

Benfica  2–1  Arsenal
Aimar   49'
Nolito   60'
Report Van Persie   34'
Attendance: 40,833
Referee: Duarte Gomes (Portugal)

2012Edit

Benfica  5–2  Real Madrid
García   4'
Witsel   22'
Pérez   53'85'
Martins   58'
Report Callejón   18'20'
Attendance: 35,476
Referee: Bruno Paixão (Portugal)

2013Edit

Benfica  0–2  São Paulo
Report Aloísio   53'
Rafael Tolói   63'
Attendance: 30,638
Referee: Duarte Gomes (Portugal)

2014Edit

Benfica  0–1  Ajax
Report Kishna   41'
Attendance: 25,240
Referee: Hugo Miguel (Portugal)

2015Edit

Monterrey  3–0  Benfica
Montes   49'
Funes Mori   58' (pen.)
Rivera   81'
Report
Attendance: 51,000
Referee: Francisco Chacón (Mexico)

2016Edit

Benfica  1–1  Torino
Vives   11' (o.g.) Report Ljajić   32'
Penalties
5–6
Attendance: 45,818
Referee: Fábio Veríssimo (Portugal)

2018Edit

Benfica  2–3  Lyon
Report
Attendance: 17,510
Referee: Hélder Malheiro (Portugal)

Performance by teamEdit

Team Winners Runners-up Year(s) won Year(s) runners-up
  Benfica 3 7 2009, 2011, 2012 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
  Inter Milan 1 2008
  Tottenham Hotspur 1 2010
  São Paulo 1 2013
  Ajax 1 2014
  Monterrey 1 2015
  Torino 1 2016
  Lyon 1 2018
  Milan 1 2009
  Arsenal 1 2011
  Real Madrid 1 2012

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Planet Benfica: Eusébio Cup 2008". Planet Benfica. 1 August 2008. Archived from the original on 24 October 2008. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  2. ^ Mira, Luís (7 August 2008). "Eusébio Cup Preview: SL Benfica – AC Milan". Goal. Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  3. ^ "CBF "inviabiliza" Chapecoense" [CBF make Chapecoense "infeasible"]. S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese). 14 June 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  4. ^ "ESE assumes responsibility in the Eusébio Cup". S.L. Benfica. 3 October 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  5. ^ Lourenço, Tiago (4 August 2011). "TVI transmite Eusébio Cup" [TVI broadcasts Eusébio Cup]. Propagandista Social (in Portuguese). Retrieved 26 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Eusébio Cup: SL Benfica x Real Madrid". RTP Desporto (in Portuguese). July 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2018.