Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Benfica's Team of the Decade 2010-2019

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The decade is over and what a decade it was for Benfica as the club returned to its glory days as the second half of the decade came around. Benfica finished the decade winning 6 League titles from 2010-2019 the highest by any club in Portugal, Benfica also added 6 Taca da Liga crowns, 4 Portuguese Super Cup titles and 2 Taca de Portugal crowns for a total of 18 trophies during the decade. The club also appeared in two Europa League Finals although they lost in both cases the club would like to snap its 50+ year drought without a UEFA trophy. The decade was also a money maker for the club as it came out on top of Europe with €953M in player sales since 2010 and Joao Felix's summer 2019 sale of €126M accounting for 13% of this total alone.

I now take a look at the best starting XI for Benfica this decade:

Keeper: Ederson (2015-2017)

Back up: Jan Oblak (2014-2017) 

Right Back: Maxi Pereira (2010-2015)

Back Up: Nelson Semedo (2015-2017)

Center Backs: Luisao (2010-2018), Ezequiel Garay (2011-2014)

Back Ups: Ruben Dias (2017-2019), Jardel (2011-2019)

Left Back: Alex Grimaldo (2016-2019)

Back Up: Eliseu (2014-2018)

Midfielders: Pizzi (2014-2019), Nico Gaitan (2010-2016), Nemanja Matic (2011-2014), Eduardo Salvio (2012-2019)

Back Ups: Pablo Aimar (2010-2013), Enzo Perez (2011-2015), Renato Sanches (2015-2016), Rafa Silva (2016-2019)

Forwards: Jonas (2014-2019), Oscar Cardozo (2010-2014)

Back Ups: Konstantinos Mitroglou (2015-2017), Lima (2012-2015)

There you have my Benfica Team of the Decade and boy what a decade it has become here is to the next decade being even better.

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