Sport Lisboa e Benfica, commonly known as Benfica is one of the most prominent football clubs in Portugal. The club from the capital of Lisbon was formed on the 28th February 1904 as Sport Lisboa when former students from Real Casa Pia de Lisboa and members of Associação do Bem met at the back of Farmácia Franco on Rua de Belém.
The club has departments for futsal, basketball, roller hockey, handball, volleyball, rugby union, cycling, athletics, beach soccer, swimming, archery and table tennis. However, it as a football club that the SL Benfica name is most prominent.
I get on the Azul line on the metro from its last stop at Santa Apolonia. It was eleven stops to Alto dos Moinhos on the packed train and significantly less time than I believed. The rain was teeming down as I emerged from the station. A gang of Brits were also heading to the game. One said, “It’s just like been at Rochdale!”
My video of the match build up can be viewed here