Crest and Shirt
The emblem is composed of an eagle, a shield in the club colours of red and white, and the acronym SLB for "Sport Lisboa e Benfica" over a football, all superimposed over a bicycle wheel, which was taken from the Grupo Sport Benfica emblem. The club motto is "E Pluribus Unum", Latin for "Out of many, one".
The origin of the current emblem goes back to 1908, when Grupo Sport Lisboa was merged with Grupo Sport Benfica. The emblem was reformulated in 1930 and 1999, the last modification was essentially the repositioning of the eagle. Since 2008, the club has been using commemorative emblems about important football titles in its history by adding stars on top of the current emblem.
Águia Vitória (Victory Eagle) is an eagle and the mascot of Sport Lisboa e Benfica. Usually before a match at the Estádio da Luz, the eagle flies in the stadium and then lands on top of Benfica's emblem, completing it.
The table below shows the evolution of the club symbol between 1904 and 2011. The logo had makeovers in 1930 and 1999, the last one, essentially a repositioning of the eagle.
Grupo Sport Lisboa (1904 - 1908)
Grupo Sport Benfica (1906 - 1908)
Sport Lisboa e Benfica (1908 - 1930)
Sport Lisboa e Benfica (1930 - 1999)
Sport Lisboa e Benfica (1999–present)
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