Thursday, June 23, 2022

Benfica set to open camp on the weekend

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Benfica are ready to get their preparations for the 2022/23 season under way this upcoming weekend as the technical team arrives tomorrow while players will start to arrive on the weekend for their medicals and physical tests. Benfica will train for about two weeks before kicking off their pre-season with a game against Reading on July 9.

Benfica will then have additional friendlies against Nice (July 15), Fulham (July 17), Athletic Bilbao (July 22) and Newcastle (July 26). Benfica's third qualifying round opponent in the Champions League will be known when UEFA complete their draw on July 18, dates of the two leg encounter will be released at the time of the draw.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Benfica to continue moving out players

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Benfica continue their overhaul of their club as they prepare for the 2022/23 season under new manager Roger Schmidt and yesterday saw the arrival of David Neres from Shakhtar Donetsk and the departure of Everton to Flamengo. The club is far from done with their moves and the next few weeks are critical and should see more arrivals and departures for a club that has failed to win a trophy over their past two seasons.

Benfica players, Julian Weigl, Goncalo Ramos, Alex Grimaldo, Vlachodimos, Haris Seferovic, Adel Taarabt and Rafa Silva's names have all come up in recent weeks with moves away from the club if the price is right. Benfica are also not done their own shopping and continue on the lookout to add a few key pieces to the roster with the names Ricardo Horta, Enzo Fernandez and Ugurcan Cakir linked to the club.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Benfica back in again for Trabzonspor keeper

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Benfica are once again linked with Trabzonspor and Turkish national team starter Ugurcan Cakir as the club continues their search for a new keeper for the upcoming season. Benfica first looked at a potential deal for the 26 year old a couple of seasons ago but did not move forward with a move at that time but with new manager Roger Schmidt looking to shake things up at the club, expect Benfica to have a new number one when the season is underway.

Trabzonspor are said to want €15M to move on from Cakir and Benfica are not the only club interested in Cakir with French clubs Marseille and Monaco also said to be in the mix for his services. Cakir has appeared in 159 games across all competitions for Trabzonspor in his time at the club and has kept 34 clean sheets. Cakir was in net earlier this year for Turkey when they faced Portugal in a playoff for a place at Qatar 2022.