While Benfica are heavily remembered for the Bela Guttmann/Euséubio period in which they dominated not only domestically but continentally as well, it was actually after this era that Benfica, led by former Chelsea player John Mortimore went on the longest unbeaten run in Portuguese history totalling 56 games that spanned across three seasons between 1976-78, a run that ended with a 1-0 defeat to rivals FC Porto.
What made this run more impressive in my opinion is that this Benfica team didn’t possess the quality that the team contained 5 years or so prior. They were still a very good team, but they didn’t quite have the same ability.
So where does this link in with my dynasty, and my adventure at Benfica?
Between the dates of April 23, 2016 and March 7, 2018 we went on a Primeira League unbeaten run that spanned across three separate seasons in which we went from a third placed side, to one that is seemingly dominating the Portuguese scene once more. While I never saw this run coming, I’m extremely to have beaten the run set by that great Benfica side back in the 70s, and I don’t see it as being beatable anytime soon.
I don’t know how long my reign in Portugal will last, or how successful I’ll be but the one thing for sure, is that my name will be written in the history books along with the names of the players we have in this wonderful, talented squad.
Unlike that unbeaten 56, our run ended at the hands of surprise-package Uniao de Madeira who beat us 1-0 at the Centro Desportivo de Madeira, with Jimmy picking up the only goal of the game.
With the run finally over, it’s now time for us to focus on the competitions we remain a part of, more importantly the UEFA Champions League where we will face a tough Liverpool side only days after our shock defeat..