List of S.L. Benfica presidents

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Sport Lisboa e Benfica, commonly known as Benfica, is a Portuguese sports club based in Lisbon. Ever since its foundation on 28 February 1904 as Sport Lisboa, later merged with Grupo Sport Benfica, it has had a total of 33 presidents.[1] Benfica's first president was José Rosa Rodrigues and the current one is Luís Filipe Vieira, elected in 2003. The latter surpassed Bento Mântua in 2012 as the longest-serving Benfica president.[2]

To elect a president, the paying members of Benfica (sócios), along with Benfica houses, filiations, and delegations, vote in the club's elections, which are currently held every four years since 2010.[3][4] In 2003 the club switched to electronic voting,[5] and since 2010 only effective members with 25 years of continuous membership as an adult can candidate to the presidency of Benfica. Therefore, they must be at least 43 years old to do so.[6][7]

The following chronological list comprises all those who have held the position of president of Benfica since its inception. Each president's entry includes his dates of tenure (and duration) as well as the club's football honours won while under his term.

List of presidents[edit]

No. Cit. Name From To Duration Football trophies
1 Flag of Portugal (1830).svg José Rosa Rodrigues
(1st president of Sport Lisboa)
28 February 1904 22 November 1906 2 years, 267 days
2 Flag of Portugal (1830).svg Luís Carlos de Faria Leal
(1st president of Grupo Sport Benfica)
18 November 1906 15 September 1907 301 days
3 Flag of Portugal (1830).svg Januário Barreto
(2nd president of Sport Lisboa)
18 December 1906 13 September 1908 1 year, 270 days
4 Flag of Portugal (1830).svg João José Pires
(2nd president of Grupo Sport Benfica;
1st president after the club merger)
15 September 1907 2 February 1910 2 years, 140 days
5 Portugal Alfredo Alexandre Luís da Silva 2 February 1910 26 March 1911 1 year, 52 days 1 Campeonato de Lisboa
6 Portugal António Nunes de Almeida Guimarães 26 March 1911 9 July 1911 105 days
7 Portugal Alberto Lima 9 July 1911 31 March 1912 1 year, 85 days 1 Campeonato de Lisboa
8 Portugal José Eduardo Moreira Sales 31 March 1912 5 December 1912 249 days
Portugal Alberto Lima 5 December 1912 29 August 1915 2 years, 267 days 2 Campeonato de Lisboa
9 Portugal José Antunes dos Santos Júnior 29 August 1915 15 July 1916 321 days 1 Campeonato de Lisboa
10 Portugal Félix Bermudes 15 July 1916 7 October 1916 1 year, 84 days
11 Portugal Nuno Freire Themudo 7 October 1916 22 July 1917 288 days 1 Campeonato de Lisboa
12 Portugal Bento Mântua 22 July 1917 25 August 1926 9 years, 34 days 2 Campeonato de Lisboa
13 Portugal Alfredo Silveira Ávila de Melo 25 August 1926 15 August 1930 3 years, 355 days 1 Campeonato de Portugal
14 Portugal Manuel da Conceição Afonso 15 August 1930 20 August 1933 3 years, 5 days 1 Campeonato de Portugal
1 Campeonato de Lisboa
15 Portugal Vasco Rosa Ribeiro 20 August 1933 4 November 1936 3 years, 76 days 1 Primeira Liga
1 Campeonato de Portugal
Portugal Manuel da Conceição Afonso 4 November 1936 31 July 1938 1 year, 269 days 2 Primeira Liga
16 Portugal Júlio Ribeiro da Costa 31 July 1938 1 August 1939 1 year, 1 day
17 Portugal Augusto da Fonseca Júnior 1 August 1939 18 January 1945 5 years, 170 days 2 Primeira Divisão
3 Taça de Portugal
1 Campeonato de Lisboa
Portugal Félix Bermudes 18 January 1945 19 January 1946 1 year, 1 day 1 Primeira Divisão
Portugal Manuel da Conceição Afonso 19 January 1946 25 January 1947 1 year, 6 days
18 Portugal João Tamagnini Barbosa 25 January 1947 29 January 1949 2 years, 4 days
19 Portugal Mário Lampreia de Gusmão Madeira 29 January 1949 15 March 1952 3 years, 46 days 1 Primeira Divisão
2 Taça de Portugal
1 Latin Cup
20 Portugal Joaquim Ferreira Bogalho 15 March 1952 30 March 1957 5 years, 15 days 1 Primeira Divisão
3 Taça de Portugal
21 Portugal Maurício Vieira de Brito 30 March 1957 31 March 1962 5 years, 1 day 3 Primeira Divisão
2 Taça de Portugal
1 European Cup
22 Portugal António Cabral Fezas Vital 31 March 1962 26 March 1964 1 year, 361 days 1 Primeira Divisão
1 Taça de Portugal
1 European Cup
23 Portugal Adolfo Vieira de Brito 26 March 1964 8 May 1965 1 year, 43 days 2 Primeira Divisão
1 Taça de Portugal
24 Portugal António Catarino Duarte 8 May 1965 17 June 1966 1 year, 40 days
25 Portugal José Ferreira Queimado 17 June 1966 3 July 1967 1 year, 16 days 1 Primeira Divisão
Portugal Adolfo Vieira de Brito 3 July 1967 12 April 1969 1 year, 283 days 1 Primeira Divisão
26 Portugal Duarte Borges Coutinho 12 April 1969 26 May 1977 8 years, 44 days 7 Primeira Divisão
3 Taça de Portugal
Portugal José Ferreira Queimado 26 May 1977 29 May 1981 4 years, 3 days 1 Primeira Divisão
2 Taça de Portugal
1 Supertaça de Portugal
27 Portugal Fernando Martins 29 May 1981 27 March 1987 5 years, 302 days 2 Primeira Divisão
3 Taça de Portugal
1 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
28 Portugal João Maria dos Santos Júnior 27 March 1987 24 April 1992 5 years, 28 days 3 Primeira Divisão
1 Taça de Portugal
1 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira
29 Portugal Jorge de Brito 24 April 1992 7 January 1994 1 year, 258 days 1 Taça de Portugal
30 Portugal Manuel Damásio 7 January 1994 31 October 1997 3 years, 297 days 1 Primeira Divisão
1 Taça de Portugal
31 Portugal João Vale e Azevedo 31 October 1997 27 October 2000 2 years, 362 days
32 Portugal Manuel Vilarinho 27 October 2000 31 October 2003 3 years, 4 days
33 Portugal Luís Filipe Vieira 31 October 2003 Present 16 years, 79 days 7 Primeira Liga
3 Taça de Portugal
7 Taça da Liga
5 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira

References[edit]

  1. ^ "33 outstanding names of our history". S.L. Benfica. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  2. ^ Nunes, Luís Miguel (7 December 2012). "Benfica: Vieira já é o presidente com mais tempo" [Benfica: Vieira already is the longest-serving president]. Relvado (in Portuguese). Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Statutes" (PDF). S.L. Benfica. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Sport Lisboa e Benfica - Estatutos" [Sport Lisboa e Benfica - Statutes] (PDF). S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese). p. 19.
  5. ^ "Comunicado da Assembleia Geral sobre voto electrónico" [General Assembly announcement about electronic vote]. S.L. Benfica (in Portuguese). 25 October 2012. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Sócios aprovam filiação de 25 anos e mandatos de quatro" [Members approve 25-year membership and four-year terms]. SAPO Desporto (in Portuguese). 30 April 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Mandatos passam de 3 para 4 anos" [Mandates change from 3 to 4 years]. Record (in Portuguese). 30 April 2010. Retrieved 2 October 2019.