SL Benfica: Curse…?! What Curse?
Welcome once again to my new story.
I’ve been busy with a few personal commitments, hence why my previous stories haven’t continued, but now I shall start afresh.
For this story, I shall be…
Yeah, it’s a bit of an odd one for me since I am a Sporting Lisbon fan, although I must confess that I have always hated Porto more. I’ve chosen Benfica because I believe they have a very nice crop of players, but primarily because I want to remove their huge hoodoo.
As many of you guys know, Benfica are under the curse of Bela Guttmann. In 1962, Guttmann led his Benfica team, which included the likes of Eusebio, to their second consecutive European Cup trophy, but left shortly after due to the club failing to give the Hungarian a wage rise.
Upon his departure, Guttmann said Benfica wouldn’t win a European trophy for 100 years. Since then, Benfica have lost eight European finals, two of which have come in the last two UEFA Europa League finals.
So the task is simple – win a European trophy (or wait another 48 years)!