Graeme Souness was appointed as Benfica’s new supervisor on this present day in 1997.
The previous Rangers and Liverpool boss had simply had a short stint in control of Torino when he was introduced in by recently-elected Benfica president Joao Vale E Azevedo.
Souness stated his purpose was for the staff to play “soccer the followers take pleasure in” and pressured that the Portuguese giants, who had made an underwhelming begin to their league marketing campaign, nonetheless had an opportunity of profitable the title.
The staff would find yourself ending second within the desk that season, 9 factors behind champions Porto.
Benfica misplaced 2-0 at Porto in January earlier than beating their nice rivals 3-0 of their third-from-last sport of the marketing campaign – in addition they received 4-1 at Sporting Lisbon in February.
Souness already had one British participant in his squad when he arrived in Scott Minto, and added Brian Deane quickly after.
Michael Thomas and Mark Pembridge subsequently joined in the summertime of 1998, and within the season that adopted, Dean Saunders, Gary Charles and Steve Harkness additionally made the change to the membership from English soccer.
That season began promisingly earlier than a dip in outcomes and a 3-1 loss at Porto in November.
The staff bounced again with a streak of league wins taking them into the brand new yr, however that they had didn’t get out of their Champions League group, with their matches having included an away defeat to and residential draw in opposition to HJK Helsinki.
In March, their league momentum was hit by a 3-0 loss to Boavista on the Estadio da Luz, the beginning of a run of seven video games that includes only one win, and Souness departed on the finish of a season that noticed the membership end third.
It appeared his relationship with the president had soured significantly – Souness was reportedly suspended by Benfica after a 1-1 draw with Campomaiorense in April 1999, and he was quoted on the time as saying Azevedo was a person to not be trusted.