Benfica first won the Champions League (then the European Cup)in 1961, becoming, in the process the first team to break the early monopoly of Real Madrid in the competition. In 1961 they defeated Barcelona in the final and retained the Trophy a year later, this time beating Real themselves, by five goals to three, with their greatest ever player, Eusebio, scoring twice.
Sadly for them, they have not managed to win the Trophy since then, but have been Runners Up five times, the last time being in 1990 and lost to Chelsea in last year's Europa League final.
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Benfica failed to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages this season and will have to make do with a place in the Europa League.
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Since Jorge Jesus took over the coaching reins at the club, Benfica has gone from strength to strength, winning the Portuguese League in 2009/10 for the first time since 2005. They had to settle for a runner-up spot behind bitter rivals Porto last year though as Porto dominated the domestic league again.
They have a number of players who are performing really well for the club currently, not least of whom is striker, Oscar Cardoza, who topped scored for the team again last. Other players to keep an eye are as follows: