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Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Portugal)

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Benfica flag
image by António Martins, Jorge Candeias and André Serranho, 26 Jul 1999
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About the flag

It’s a red flag with the club symbol centered: a pointy shield over a bicicle wheel proper, the shield with a white border and vertically partitioned in red and white, charged with a golden old-style foot ball in the center and with a counter bend, blue, with the club’s initials ("SLB" — standing for Sport Lisboa e Benfica, that is, Sport Lisbon and Benfica, Benfica being a neighborhood in Lisbon) in gold on it, all topped by a golden eagle holding a green and red scroll with the club’s motto in black: "E PLURIBUS UNUM".
Jorge Candeias, 28 Jan 1999

This flag can be seen at the clubs HQ and stadium in Lisbon and in many other locations throughout the country. The Benfica flag described by Adolf Durand in [drn92], with white background and thin red stripes top and bottom, is not the official flag but one of many often variations.
António Martins, 26 Jul 1999

Fan flags

Triband (often variant)

Variant Benfica flag
image by António Martins, Jorge Candeias and André Serranho, 10 Dec 2001

Variations exist and are often used by the supporters, notably horizontal tribands of red-white-red with the club badge centered (or with two club badges in the white stripe, or with several inscriptions) and the same, but with the another stripe, white, added to the top and the bottom of the flag.
Jorge Candeias, 28 Jan 1999

Adolf Durán [drn92] describes incorrectly the red-white-red unnoficial flag design as the official one — perhaps influenced by the (similar) official flag of F.C.Porto.
António Martins, 22 Aug 2003

This incorrect version of Sport Lisboa e Benfica club was proeminently shown on TV today, in a animation clip announcing this club’s victory in the national soccer cup, at the end of the official TV broadcast. As usual, the official flag (all red with the emblem on it), was flown at the club stadium.
António Martins, 16 May 2004

Red rainbow stripes

Benfica flag
image by Jorge Candeias, 26 Jul 1999

A Benfica fan flag, probbably an one-off flag, not the flag of any fan organization.
Jorge Candeias, 26 Jul 1999

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