S.L. Benfica Juniors

Sport Lisboa e Benfica "Juniors", commonly known as Benfica Juniors (Juniores do Benfica), is the under-19 football team belonging to the youth department of Portuguese club S.L. Benfica. Based in Seixal, they hold home matches at the club's training centre and youth academy, Benfica Campus.

Benfica Juniors
Full nameSport Lisboa e Benfica "Juniors"
Nickname(s)As Águias (The Eagles)
Os Encarnados (The Reds)
GroundBenfica Campus
Capacity2,720
PresidentRui Costa
Head coachLuís Araújo
LeagueCampeonato Nacional de Juniores
2019–20CNJ South, 1st
WebsiteClub website

Domestically, Benfica have won a record 24 Campeonato Nacional de Juniores. Internationally, they won the Blue Stars/FIFA Youth Cup in 1996 and have reached three UEFA Youth League finals, in the 2013–14, 2016–17 and 2019–20 seasons.[1] They were distinguished for "Best implementation of the UEFA Youth League values" in the former campaign.[2]

Internationally, Benfica hold UEFA Youth League records for the biggest win, 1–11 at Galatasaray, the biggest home win, 8–0 against Astana,[3] and, as of the end of the 2016–17 campaign, the record for most games played (37) and most goals scored (89).[1]

There are other main development teams below under-19, completing Benfica's youth academy: Juvenis "A" and "B"; Iniciados "A" and "B"; Infantis "A", "B", "C" and "D"; Benjamins "A" and "B"; and Traquinas "A". In 2015, Benfica received the Globe Soccer award for Best Academy of the year.[4]

Starting from the 2018–19 season, Benfica have an under-23 team playing in the newly created Liga Revelação (Revelation League).

PlayersEdit

Current playersEdit

As of 2 August 2021[5][6][7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   POR Pedro Souza (U23)
GK   POR Samuel Soares (B)
DF    SUI Adrian Bajrami (B)
DF   POR Fábio Baptista (B)
DF   POR Filipe Cruz (B)
DF   POR Gabriel Araújo (U23)
DF   POR Gonçalo Loureiro (B)
DF   POR Guilherme Montóia
DF   POR Rafael Rodrigues (B)
DF   POR Renato Matos (U23)
DF   POR Tomás Araújo (B)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   POR Diogo Nascimento (B)
MF   POR Famana Quizera
MF   POR Martim Neto (B)
MF   POR Paulo Bernardo (B)
MF   POR Rafael Brito (B)
MF   POR Ronaldo Camará (B)
FW   POR Francisco Domingues (U23)
FW   POR Gerson Sousa (B)
FW   POR Henrique Araújo (B)
FW   POR Henrique Pereira (B)
Key

B = player for Benfica B; U23 = player for the under-23s

Notable playersEdit

The following is a list of players who have represented Benfica's first-team in a minimum of 25 matches or have become full internationals while at Benfica. Over 1,000 players have come through the youth ranks, but only a small part of them played for the main team. Those who meet the aforementioned criteria are listed below.[8] In rare exceptions, some graduates debuted for the first-team but left the club before reaching 25 matches and went on to achieve recognition elsewhere while representing their country at full international level; those players are also included. Additionally, outstanding performances (Player of the Year) without ever playing for Benfica are also noteworthy of inclusion.

Coaching staffEdit

Position Staff
Head coach Luís Araújo
Assistant coaches André Matos
Vítor Couto
Goalkeeping coach Paulo Marques
Observation coach Rodolfo Fernandes
Fitness coach Hugo Zagalo

Last updated: 22 July 2019
Source: [71]

Competitive recordEdit

UEFA Youth LeagueEdit

As of match played 8 December 2021

Note: Benfica score is always listed first.

HonoursEdit

Winners (24) – record: 1943–44, 1944–45, 1948–49, 1950–51, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1999–00, 2003–04, 2012–13, 2017–18
Winners: 1996
Runners-up: 1997, 2014
Runners-up: 2014, 2017, 2020

Other youth honoursEdit

Juvenis (under-17)

Winners (19): 1963–64, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1982–83, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1992–93, 1995–96, 1996–97, 2000–01, 2007–08, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2017–18, 2018–19

Iniciados (under-15)

Winners (10): 1978–79, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1988–89, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17

Infantis (under-13)

Winners (3): 1988–89, 1989–90, 1995–96

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