Sport NEC Benfica
Sport NEC Benfica is a Portuguese Hattrick club based in the Lisbon region. The club was founded on the 30th of January 2009 by NunoEspadinha, under the name Sport Million e Benfica. The 26th Portuguese Season was finishing at that time and the actual name of the club was choosed right after, on 5 of May. NEC stands for Nuno Espadinha Correia, the team owner's name.
|Sport NEC Benfica (859313)|
The owner of the club had another Hattrick team in the past, but the serious assumption of the game started in 2009.
Sport NEC Benfica started it's carrer in the end of Portuguese Season 25. The 3rd finishing position on Season 26 was the prize for the basis work started at that time... It was the beginning for a fantastic Season 27 where the team conquered 13 wins, ascending to the first place and the deserved promotion to the Division IX. That was the first Championship title for the NEC Benfica team. The 3 Top Scorers of the season where Sport NEC Benfica players: Mamede Santos got the first prize with 15 goals, followed by Matias Ligorne with 12 and Olivier Degreave, counting 9.
Division IX was a transition period and, incredibly or not, the team showed a fantastic consistency... the final results where the major proof: First place (Second consecutive title) and promotion, 14 wins, an amazing goal average of 111-3... and the 7 (!!!) first Top Scorers of the League - Mamede Santos (22), Jorge Carvão (14), Matias Ligorne (13), Daniel Gonçalves (12), Emílio Vale (9), Emídio Puim (8) and Hugo Gyldenfeldt (8). Bruno Torres was also in the Top 10 with 7 goals scored.
Season 29 represented a big challenge after two consecutive promotions. The team was breathing confidence and the number of fans was increasing day after day. NunoEspadinha always defended the supported growth of the club, so this was a season to get the feet well grounded. Some new players arrived and some others departed... Some young ones ascended to the main team, also. The finishing position was the expected one: a 3rd place, just 3 points behind the first classified team, and heads up for the next season.
Sport NEC Benfica originally wore a green kit with gold trim as their home kit and a white kit with gold trim as their away kit, as most teams without supporter wear.
In July 2009 NunoEspadinha became supporter so a completly new world opened it's doors to the team. A very simple red and white kit became the first personalized one, being the away kit mainly white. Obviously, the influence from the historical portuguese club Sport Lisboa e Benfica is present on the team kits and will always be. The black socks are the remembrance of the first kit used by Benfica back in 1904, year of it's foundation.
Some time after, improved kits were presented to the team fans... Being NunoEspadinha a long time lover of all that involves game graphics, these new kits were a massive improvement to the basic initial ones. Of course that red and white dominated the Home kit design, while the black color present on the Away one is exactly the same as the SL Benfica wears at the 2009/2010 official Portuguese Season. The main sponsor on the back of the shirts is "Sagres", the portuguese beer that is also the favourite one of the team owner.
A very nice conversion of the team logo was made by Eminence and was added to the team kits as soon as it was finished. Honouring this great work NunoEspadinha designed a special kit, completly white, where the logo appears very clear. This kit is used by the team in some special events.
New versions of the kits are already prepared for the next season. A lot of Hattrick Benfica fans already saw them and the reactions were fantastic.
Sport NEC Benfica first showed their club emblem to the world in Season 27.
The first emblem is dated from 03-09-2009 and was designed by Mister_CH. It was a simple design but already had most of the elements wanted by NunoEspadinha.
On the making was the official design, which was unveiled on 26 of the same September, 2009. The main colours were red, white and black to match the team kits.
The logo is composed, at the center, by the Benfica Centenarium eagle and lettering. The background transports us to the Sport Liboa e Benfica cathedral, known as Estádio da Luz (Stadium of Light). The logo was designed by ArYus, an esteemed logomaker from Portugal and founder of the OgoLLogO Federation. NunoEspadinha requested that the artist design a modern emblem which portrayed an image related to Benfica, but containing NEC Benfica club name as well as keeping the club colours.
The emblem will suffer a small change in a near future, where the date of the club foundation will be added.
Sport NEC Benfica play their home games at the NEC Benfica Stadium. When first built, the stadium had a capacity of 12.000.
During the Season 28, expansion work boosted the capacity to 18.555. These works finished on 20-10-2009.
The stadium was made up of:
- 10.348 Terraces
- 4.068 Basic Seats
- 3.686 Seats under roof
- 453 Seats in VIP boxes
The first sold out attendance was against FC Dragao on 20-03-2010 (Season 29). Sport NEC Benfica won 4-2 in a League match on that occasion. The stadium has sold out once more since that game, on 29-05-2010 - already Season 30. It was again a League match, this time against AC Expert, and the final result was a victory by 3-1. After the 3rd sold out attendance, against F.C. Barreiro, the team owner decided that that was the right time to make some rebuilding again. Works started at 15-06-2010. The stadium acomodate now 30.000 souls...
Actually, the stadium is made up of:
- 17.815 Terraces
- 7.136 Basic Seats
- 4.349 Seats under roof
- 700 Seats in VIP boxes
The Sport NEC Benfica Youth Academy is a project for the future. The team owner and club responsables think that it's still not the right time for such a investment.
Anyway, the club invests 20.000 € every week in it's Junior Team... That bet in the young players already gave some good results in the past, being one of them the goalkeeper Pedro Vidal Correia, which conquered a place in the main team since February 2010.
Silvestre Carocha was the first member of the Junior Team to get a full time contract, on 27-03-2009.
|Name||Nationality||Date Joined||Buying Fee||Previous Club||Transfer Date||Transfer Fee||Destination Club|
|Juliano Tambor||30-01-2009||- - -||- - -||- - -||- - -||*Ex-Coach*|
|Andrea Draetta||23-04-2009||- - -||- - -||- - -||- - -||*Ex-Coach*|
|Artur Grácio||30-01-2009||- - -||- - -||- - -||- - -||*Player fired*|
|Silvestre Carocha||27-03-2009||- - -||- - -||- - -||- - -||*Player fired*|
|Aarão Matos||01-07-2009||- - -||- - -||- - -||- - -||*Player fired*|
|Hektor Hjort||27-03-2009||1.000 €||Partihallers BK||- - -||- - -||*Player fired*|
|Mark Janssen||27-03-2009||1.000 €||Blue White Army||09-05-2009||1.000 €||Glorioso SLM|
|Carlos Gaspar||22-04-2009||- - -||- - -||14-07-2009||1.000 €||Macedo_city|
|Ricardo Poeira||31-07-2009||21.000 €||Penteas_team||03-01-2010||797.000 €||Borel United FC|
|Frederico Chaves||30-01-2009||- - -||- - -||17-01-2010||3.000 €||Guiness FC|
|Benevenuto Tereso||30-01-2009||- - -||- - -||20-02-2010||16.000 €||SV Huse|
|Antenor Sustelo||30-01-2009||- - -||- - -||12-04-2010||15.000 €||Moldavian's Lords|
|Roberto Silva||01-07-2009||6.000 €||U.D.Belmonte||15-04-2010||310.000 €||TSKA BUCURESTI01|
|Átila Aires||30-01-2009||- - -||- - -||27-04-2010||1.000 €||KS PrivateTeam|
|Global Season||Portuguese Season||Competition Result||Trophy|
|39||27||1st in X.1912|
|40||28||1st in IX.731|
The club won their first title in Portuguese Season 27 when they won Division X.1912. 13 consecutive wins were the key to the Title.
Portuguese striker Mamede Santos claimed the league Top Goalscorer award with 15 goals.
One season later Sport NEC Benfica added a second winners trophy to their collection when the won Division IX.731 conquering a 100% record, winning all 14 league games.
Again portuguese striker Mamede Santos claimed the league Top Goalscorer award, this time with 22 goals.
Records and Statistics
Hall of Fame
For the time being, there are still no players in the Sport NEC Benfica Hall of Fame.
- Below is a list of the 20 players with the most appearances for Sport NEC Benfica, as of June 08, 2010:
- Below is a list of the Sport NEC Benfica 20 players with the most goals in their careers, as of June 08, 2010:
|16||Casimiro Silva Figueiredo||8|
Sport NEC Benfica have been seriously chasing flags since Portuguese Season 27. The team owner is mostly interested in hosting matches... travels will come in the future.
- Below is a chart of their Hosted International Friendlies. Sometimes, more than one team from the same country played at the NEC Benfica Stadium - This table consists only on the first team hosted from each country, because these were the matches that counted for the flag conquer.
This big list is increasing it's size every week that passes, since NunoEspadinha continues to schedule a lot of friendly matches with new countries...
|Country Visited||Flag||Team Name||Date||Origin|
|Portugal||juv. acad. pessegueirense||27-05-2009||Challenge|
Total number of flags attained in away matches: 5 of 124.
Total number of flags attained in home matches: 43 of 124.
|08-04-2009||Played international friendly match||35|
|21-06-2009||Team reached an average match rating of weak||4|
|16-05-2010||Team reached at least 40 stars in a match||15|
|26-03-2009||Wrote a forum post||10|
|13-05-2009||Wrote a press announcement||10|
|- - -||Team has 0 expenses (deleted achievement)||15|
Total 16 of 30 possible achievements
Total 144 of 983 possible points
NunoEspadinha and Sport NEC Benfica are proud members of the following HT Federations.
This Federation was founded on the 10th of May 2007 and has over 290 members from 84 nations. The Federation aims to help all flag fans to find friendlies with teams from other nations and to help members find achievements. The federation is limited to 6 members from each HT nation.
- Kits and Friendlies For Free - KFFF
KFFF is a federation where you can get kits for your team. You can also get nice friendly games vs teams from rare or semi-rare countries like Bahrain, Brunei, Armenia, Salvador, Nigeria, Chinese Taipei, Jamaica, South Africa, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and much more via competitions or lotteries in this federation!
- Federação Sport Lisboa e Benfica - FSLB
This federation is made by Sport Lisboa e Benfica fans. The main objective is to talk about the club every day aspects, being football or every other sport. It's also a friendly place, where people now each other and where some real events are scheduled from times to times: lunches, live football meetings, etc.
- Federação Portuguesa de Logos HT - OgoLLogO
In this federation you can request for free a logo/emblem for your team. It's composed by a dynamic group of designers and the rest of the logo requesters. It has a very good atmosphere and a forum where you can discuss a lot of different topics and questions.
- Hatsticks - Hatsticks
The official federation that makes the HT World Cup virtual stickers albuns. Counting more than 1100 members, this is the place where people debates all the issues around these virtual collections. A lot of fun and the priceless secret codes hunting are the major features of this group.