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S.L. Benfica in European football

Sport Lisboa e Benfica is a Portuguese professional football club based in Lisbon, whose involvement in European competition dates back to the 1950s. As champions of Portugal, Benfica were supposed to participate in the inaugural edition of the European Cup in 1955, but they were not invited by the organizers. Two years later, they made their European debut against Sevilla in the European Cup, on 19 September 1957. Benfica won its first European title in 1961, defeating Barcelona to win the European Cup, and successfully defended the title the following year after victory over real Madrid. After that, they appeared in five finals – 1963, 65, 68, 88 and 90, but couldnt win the title. These successive final loss was attributed to the famous curse of the Hungarian Manager Bela Guttmann in 1962. Benfica also played in three UEFA Cup / Europa League UEFA final – 1983, 2013 and 14 – losing all three. With 10 matches Benfica Portuguese will hold the record for number of appearances in the finals of the UEFA and 39 participations in the Champions League, former European Cup, second only to real Madrid. In addition, they are the second most successful Portuguese club in UEFA competitions, two titles, and occupy the seventh place in the club ranking. Brazilian Luisao holds the club record for appearances in Europe, in 124 games, while former Portuguese striker Eusebio is the clubs European Cup scorer with 56 goals. Benficas Europes biggest victory is 10-0, which were against Stade Dudelange Luxembourg at the European championship in 1965-66, and their 18-0 aggregate win is the European Cup record.

                                               

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