Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Man City were interested in Benfica youngster

Manchester City had Benfica youngster Florentino Luis on it's short list of players that they wanted to acquire to replace an aging Fernandinho. Pep's Man City side inquired about what it would take to acquire Florentino from Benfica before the close of the English league transfer window but Benfica's move to increase the 20 year old defensive midfielders buy out clause to €120M put off any deal being reached at this time for the promising youngster. Benfica are hoping to striker gold with Florentino as they did earlier this summer with forward Joao Felix and his appearances as a member of the starting eleven will have many team scouts watching his every move.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Benfica's strong second half leads to win over Belenenses

Benfica continued their perfect run to start the season with a 2-0 win over Belenenses away from home at Jamor. Benfica faced a strong defending Belenenses squad in the smaller Lisbon derby and needed two second half goals to earn the victory. Benfica opened the scoring with an early second half goal from Rafa Silva set up by a Pizzi back heel and then Rafa returned the favour, assisting on  Pizzi's extra time goal. The tandem have been spectacular to start the season and Benfica managed to earn their second consecutive clean sheet to start the season. Next up for Benfica will be "O Classico" against FC Porto at the Estadio da Luz on August 24.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Benfica open to move of Franco Cervi

Benfica are open to the move of midfielder Franco Cervi before the transfer market closes this summer. Cervi has not been a first team option of manager Bruno Lage and on many occasions is not even included on the game day squad. Cervi joined Benfica in the summer of 2016 and has appeared in 116 games for the club across all competitions, Cervi has scored 16 times and assisted on another 22 goals in his Benfica career. Reports say that their are currently two European clubs interested in Cervi but no formal offers have been made for his services. Benfica would move Cervi for no less then €15M and would also be open at letting Cervi move on a season long loan with an option to buy.

Benfica name squad for away game at Belenenses

Benfica have released their squad for their upcoming away game today against Belenenses in a Lisbon Derby on August 17 at 2:00pm WEST. They will select 18 players from the list below at game time to dress.

Keepers- Vladchodimos, Ivan Zlobin

Defenders- Nuno Tavares, Ruben Dias, Ferro, Alex Grimaldo, Jardel, Joao Ferreira

Midfielders- Florentino, Samaris, Pizzi, Rafa Silva, Caio Lucas, Taarabt, Chiquinho

Forwards- Seferovic, Raul de Tomas, Jota, Carlos Vinicius

Friday, August 16, 2019

Benfica look at left back Elias Pereyra

Benfica continue to search for young talent to add to their squad and have now been linked with San Lorenzo left back Elias Pereyra. According to reports, San Lorenzo would be open to a loan move for the U20 International who is not a regular first team choice. Benfica would insist on a buy option if any move is to be made with the Argentinian club for the 20 year old.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Benfica move into pot 2 of Champions League draw

Benfica have moved into pot 2 of the Champions League group stage draw at the expense of country rivals FC Porto. Porto's elimination at the hands of Krasnodar earlier this week have guaranteed that Benfica will be placed in pot 2 along with Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Tottenham, Napoli, Dortmund and Shakhtar Donetsk with either Ajax or Lyon earning the final ball in the pot. Benfica's chances of moving on to the Round of 16 have also increased as pot 3 would have seen the club face one of the clubs mentioned along with some of Europe's power house clubs.
The Champions League group stage games will commence in September.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Mile Svilar sees some action with B side

Benfica keeper Mile Svilar who has been rumoured all summer with a loan move back to his homeland of Belgium, appeared in action with Benfica's B side during the opening weekend of the Portuguese second division. Svilar was the starter in the B sides 2-1 victory over Estoril to start off their campaign. It is unclear where Svilar will end up this season but a spot on the main squad looks to be highly unlikely barring an injury.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Benfica have announced the signing of 20 year old Nuno Santos

Benfica have announced the signing of 20 year old midfielder/forward Nuno Santos to a contract extension until 2024 with an €88M buy out clause. Santos who is the captain of Benfica's B squad in the second division, joined the club during the 2013/14 season from Boavista and trained with the main squad over the preseason. Santos scored 13 times last season in 41 games across all competitions and is one of those Benfica youngsters who is currently on the cusp of joining the main squad during the season.

Benfica being linked to Peru International

According to the agent of Peruvian International Miguel Araujo, Benfica have been in conversations with the 24 year old's club Alianza Lima to acquire the central defenders services for this season. Benfica have been linked to Araujo in the past as the Lisbon side looked to acquire his services a couple of years back but failed to come to an agreement then. Araujo spent last season on loan with Argentinian side Talleres and would like a move to Europe this summer with a couple of other European squads also being linked for his services. There is no report at this time of what it would cost Benfica to acquire Araujo but the speculation is that his agent is looking to drive the price up by releasing information to media.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Benfica ready to loan right back Ebuehi

Benfica are looking for a club that want to take right back Tyronne Ebuehi on loan for the season as they look to find the 23 year old Ebuehi some regular playing time this year. Ebuehi suffered a knee injury in pre-season last year with Benfica and has not appeared in an official game since April of 2018 when he was still a member of Den Haag. Andre Almeida will be the clubs #1 right back and with youngsters Tomas Tavares and Joao Ferreira set to be lingering around the club, Benfica feel it would be in the best interest of both parties for Ebuehi to play regular minutes.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Benfica open campaign with thumping of Pacos

Benfica opened defense of their Portuguese league title with a 5-0 thumping of newly promoted Pacos Ferreira in front of a home crowd of over 62,000 fans at the Estadio da Luz. Benfica opened the scoring with a "Golaco" from young right back Nuno Tavares who picked out the top corner from a good 40 meters out. Benfica was then awarded a kick from the penalty spot when Pacos defender Bruno Santos got his hand on a cross into the box for Raul de Tomas and Pizzi stepped up to the penalty spot, converting to double the lead and it remained this way until half time. Pacos Ferreira's 

Bernardo Martins then received his second yellow card with twenty five minutes left in the game, putting Pacos down to ten men. Benfica would capitalize on this with three goals in a fourteen minute span, as last seasons leading scorer Seferovic would get on the board finishing a nifty pass from substitute Chiquinho. Pizzi followed with his second of the game after a master class of passing from Nuno Tavares and Chiquinho set the midfielder alone on the keeper. Newly acquired Carlos Vinicius rounded out the scoring converting a pass from Nuno Tavares after entering the game six minutes prior. Benfica will next face Belenenses on the road next weekend in a Lisbon Derby.

Benfica loan striker Jose Gomes to Portimonense

Benfica have loaned 20 year old striker Jose Gomes to Portimonense for the season. The once highly regarded prospect has seen many of his teammates at Seixal pass him on the clubs ranking of prospects, but he will be looking for a fresh start on a Portimonense squad with some fire power up front. A member of Portugal's Euro U17 championship squad in 2016, Gomes lead the tournament in scoring with 7 goals and was named to the team of the tournament. That performance lead to him appearing in his first game for the main squad in September of that same year, Gomes appeared in a total of 5 games for Benfica during the 2016/17 season one of which included a Champions League appearance. Since then Gomes has not made an appearance for the main squad and his playing time has diminished over the years with him starting off most of the Benfica B games as a substitute. Benfica hope that Gomes can rekindle a once promising career with a bit more regular minutes at Portimonense.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Benfica name squad for Pacos Ferreira opener

Benfica have released their squad for their upcoming opening game today against Pacos Ferreira at the Estadio da Luz 21:30pm WEST. The will select 18 players from the list below at game time to dress.

Keepers- Vladchodimos, Ivan Zlobin

Defenders- Nuno Tavares, Ruben Dias, Ferro, Alex Grimaldo, Jardel, Joao Ferreira

Midfielders- Florentino, Samaris, Pizzi, Rafa Silva, Caio Lucas, Taarabt, Chiquinho

Forwards- Seferovic, Raul de Tomas, Jota, Carlos Vinicius

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Benfica loan Chris Willock to West Brom

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Benfica have loaned another player to English side West Brom, as winger Chris Willock will join Krovinovic with the second division side. Willock joined Benfica in the summer of 2017 from Arsenal and has been a member of the clubs B side for the majority of his time in Portugal. Willock who has yet to appear for Benfica's main squad will be returning to his homeland after playing 64 games in Portugal's second division where scored an impressive 14 times, 11 of those goals coming last season. Benfica and West Brom both have the option to review the loan deal in January.

Benfica lose midfielder Gabriel to injury for more then month

Benfica have received the injury prognosis on midfielder Gabriel and the reports are that he will miss the next 4 to 6 weeks with a sprained right knee and some damage to his external lateral ligament. Gabriel suffered the injury in Benfica's Super Cup victory over Sporting this past Sunday which saw the midfielder substituted in the 82nd minute of the game. Gabriel suffered a sprained left knee in April of the past season that ended his campaign early. Gabriel's second trip to the infirmary in less then 6 months have Benfica second guessing if they should let defensive midfielder Fejsa leave the club during the current transfer window and the club could hold on to the Serbian as insurance.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Benfica looking for youngsters, in talks with Gent about striker

Benfica are looking around for some value on young players around Europe and according to reports coming out of Portugal, they have inquired with Belgian side Gent about 20 year old striker Jonathan David. The Canadian player recently starred for his national team in the recent North American 2019 Gold Cup winning the golden boot of the tournament with six goals. Last season David scored 14 goals across all competitions for Gent in 43 appearances. Any signing by Benfica at this stage could cost Benfica around €12M to acquire him from Gent, David more then likely would join their B squad as he adapts to the Portuguese game.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Benfica looking at RB Leipzig keeper

Benfica continue their search for a keeper that will be able to battle with current number one Vladchodimos for starts between the posts. The latest reports from Portugal say that Benfica have spoken to RB Leipzig about their current starting netminder Peter Gulacsi but were not thrilled with the €22M asking price Leipzig are demanding. The Hungarian is 29 years old and this could be Leipzig's way of letting teams know that the prefer to keep their starting keeper instead of moving him this summer. Benfica are open to spending up to €10M on the keeper search and the lower the better for the Lisbon side.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Benfica interested in Serbian Pavlovic

Benfica are watching Partizan's 18 year old central defender Strahinja Pavlovic according to reports coming out of Portugal. Benfica are always open to adding and developing young talent, so this is not much of a surprise that they would be interested in a player who is considered one of the upcoming young talents in Serbian football. Pavlovic has represented Serbia as a member of the U19, U17 and U16 squads and it is also being reported that Partizan would be opened to departing with the player but have placed a €6M price tag on the player.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Benfica win their 9th Super Cup in rout of Sporting

Benfica kicked off the upcoming Portuguese season with a 5-0 rout of arch rivals Sporting in the Portuguese Super Cup at the Algarve stadium, winning their second trophy in the last 24 hours after being crowned the International Champions Cup winners yesterday. Benfica's Pizzi and Rafa Silva combined for three goals and three assists in the contest with the former scoring a brace and being named the player of the game. Alex Grimaldo chipped in a free kick goal when he just squeezed the ball between the post and Sporting keeper Renan's out reached hand. Benfica newcomer Chiquinho would end the scoring tapping in a Seferovic pass in extra time.
Sporting's best chances for a goal came from the foot of star midfielder Bruno Fernandes who made sure that Benfica keeper Vladchodimos made a couple of outstanding stops to keep Sporting off the scoreboard. The down side of Benfica's dominating performance is that midfielder Gabriel looked to may have picked up a knock during the game and was substituted, the seriousness of the injury is yet to be determined. Benfica will kick off defense of their league title on Saturday when they host last seasons division two champions Pacos Ferreira.

Benfica name squad for Super Cup game against Sporting

Benfica have released their squad for their upcoming game today against Sporting in the Super Cup at 20:45pm WEST. The will select 18 players from the list below at game time to dress. The notable omissions from the squad are midfielders Fejsa and Zivkovic.

Keepers- Odysseas Valdchodimos, Ivan Zlobin

Defenders- Tyronne Ebeuhi, Ruben Dias, Ferro, Alex Grimaldo, Jardel, Nuno Tavares

Midfielders- Pizzi, Gabriel, Florentino, Rafa Silva, Franco Cervi, Chiquinho, Taarabt, Samaris

Forwards- Seferovic, Raul de Tomas, Carlos Vinicius, Jota

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Benfica vs Sporting - Super Cup Where to watch

Benfica will take on Sporting in the Portuguese Super Cup on August 4, 2019 at Algarve's Stadium and for fans around the world we provide where you can watch the game in your home country.

Portugal - RTP 1
Canada - RTPi
France - RTPi
Switzerland- RTPi
Brazil - RTPi
Angola - RTP Africa
Cape Verde - RTP Africa
Mozambique - RTP Africa
Guinea-Bissau - RTPi
South Africa - RTPi
Australia - RTPi
Spain - RTPi
Germany - RTPi
Venezuela - RTPi

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Benfica send Dantas and Ferreira to B squad

Benfica have started shedding their main roster squad as the start of the season closes in. Benfica have sent youngsters Tiago Dantas and Joao Ferreira to their B squad. The two 18 year olds spent the majority of the preseason with the main squad and accompanied the team to America for the International Champions Cup. Ferreira was also linked with a move to Juventus as part of a deal that would see Benfica acquire keeper Mattia Peron but that deal did not materialize due to Perin's failed medical. Benfica B will count on both players to add some spark to the squad and Benfica will be counting on both players as vital members of the UEFA Youth League.

Benfica's player sales of past five seasons

Benfica and player sales is all the rage in the soccer world after their massive sale earlier this summer of Joao Felix to Atletico Madrid for €126M. Benfica has made a remarkable €657.55M in player sales since the winter transfer window of 2015 and here is who went where for what. These figures do not include any loan moves that had fees attached to them or any add on sales like Luka Jovic's move from Frankfurt to Real Madrid this summer that netted the club an additional €12M on top of their €7M sale.

Summer 2019

Joao Felix to Atletico Madrid for €126M
Raul Jimenez to Wolverhampton for €38M
Andre Carillo to Al-Hilal €9.2M
Luka Jovic to Eintracht Frankfurt for €7M
Eduardo Salvio to Boca Juniors for €7M

Winter 2019

Talisca to GZ Evergrande for €19.2M
Nicolas Castillo to Club America for €7M

Summer 2018

Joao Carvalho to Nottingham Forest for €15M
Andre Horta to Los Angeles FC for €5.7M
Bryan Cristante to Atalanta for  €5M
Joao Amaral to Lech Poznan for €1.5M
Salvador Agra to Legia Warsaw for €500K

Winter 2018

No Player Sales

Summer 2017

Ederson to Manchester City for €60M
Nelson Semedo to Barcelona for €35.7M
Victor Lindelof to Manchester United for €35M
Mitroglou to Marseille for €15M
Marcal to Lyon for €4M
Celis to Guimaraes for €1.75M
Hany Mukhtar to Brondby for €1.5M
Daniel Candeias to Rangers for €800K

Winter 2017

Goncalo Guedes to PSG for €30M
Helder Costa to Wolverhampton for €15M

Summer 2016

Renato Sanches to Bayern Munich for €35M
Nico Gaiten to Atletico Madrid for €25M
Nelson Oliveira to Norwich for €5.85M
Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalvez to Granada for €4M
Bebe to Eiber for €1.5M
Jorge Rojas to Cerro Porteno for €1M

Winter 2016

No Player Sales

Summer 2015

Rodrigo to Valencia for €30M
Andre Gomes to Valencia for €20M
Ivan Cavaleiro to Monaco for €15M
Joao Cancelo to Valencia for €15M
Lima to Al-Ahli for €7M
Sidnei to Deportivo for €6.5M
Rogelio Funes to Monterrey for €3.6M
Sulejmani to Young Boys for €3M
Loris Benito to Young Boys for €3M

Winter 2015

Enzo Perez to Valencia for €25M
Bernardo Silva to Monaco for €15.75M
Franco Jara to Olympiakos for €1.5M

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Benfica look to snag Uribe from FC Porto

According to reports coming out of Mexico, Benfica are looking to get the edge over FC Porto in acquiring Club America play making midfielder Mateus Uribe. The 28 year old Uribe had a strong performance in the recent Copa America for Colombia and has been gathering interest from a host of European clubs. Benfica most recently had a deal with Club America in January of this year when they sold striker Nico Castillo for €7.5M, part of that debt is still outstanding and Club America could look at a deal with Benfica as a way to settle the remaining debt. Uribe has been a member of Club America since the summer of 2017 and appeared in 40 games across all competitions last season scoring three times.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Benfica finish the ICC with a perfect record

Benfica have completed their participation in this seasons International Champions Cup, going a perfect three for three and on the cusp of winning this summers season title. Benfica opened the competition with a convincing 3-0 victory over Mexican side Guadalajara at California's Levi's Stadium.. Raul de Tomas, Rafa Silva and Seferovic scored the markers for the Lisbon side. Benfica next faced Italian side Fiorentina at Red Bull Arena the home of MLS club New York Red Bull, the club needed an injury time goal from newly acquired Caio Lucas to win 2-1, Seferovic opened the scoring early in this game. Benfica then travelled to New England Patriots' Gillette Stadium where they faced another Italian club in AC Milan. Benfica's slow start almost cost the club their perfect bid but a lucky second half goal by Taarabt that took a deflection into the goal off a Milan player earned Benfica the 1-0 victory. Benfica are at least guaranteed second spot and only a Manchester United victory over AC Milan by three or more goals would take the ICC title away from Benfica.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Wolverhampton make offers for two Benfica players

Wolverhampton have returned to Portugal were they have their eyes set on the pair of Benfica youngsters. The Wolves are said to have made offers to the Lisbon club for both central defender Ruben Dias and midfielder Gedson Fernandes. Benfica President Luis Filipe Vieira has no interest in letting either player go at this time and Wolverhampton would need to meet the players buy out clauses if they are to acquire either player. Ruben Dias' current buy out clause is €66M but Benfica are currently in negotiations with the player to sign a new contract with an increased salary and the new contract would include a buy out clause of €88M. Gedson Fernandes negotiated a new contract with Benfica last summer and holds a €120M buy out, it would be safe to say that Wolverhampton may not be looking to spend €186M to acquire both players and are hoping to negotiate a smaller buy price.

Benfica look to add another striker to the fold

Benfica look to not have closed their doors on adding another striker as the club has inquired about Freiburg's Luca Waldschmidt. Benfica have already acquired strikers Raul de Tomas, Jhonder Cadiz and Carlos Vinicius during the summer transfer window to date but are also interested in adding the 2018 Euro U21 leading goal scorer. The 23 year old Waldschmidt arrived at Freiburg last summer from Hamburger for €5.7M and scored nine times across all competitions while appearing in 32 games. The clubs have yet to have any serious discussions about the striker and any talks are at the preliminary stage at this time but Waldshmidt is valued at around the €12M mark.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Nuno Tavares looks set to remain with main squad

Benfica are about to completing their preseason schedule and will be heading back to Portugal from America to prepare for next weekends Super Cup were they will face arch rivals Sporting. Bruno Lage has said all pre-season that he prefers to work with a smaller main squad then what has been seen in seasons past. One youngster that looks set to open the season with the main squad is 19 year old wing back Nuno Tavares. Tavares has been used on both the right and left back positions during pre-season games and should be slotted in as the back up left back to starter Alex Grimaldo. Tavares split last season between Benfica B and the clubs under 19 entry in the UEFA Youth League. Tavares appeared in 19 total games, producing three helpers. Club fans need not worry as Tavares will be set up to play occasional games with the B squad to maintain his match fitness.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

The all time appearance leaders in Benfica history

This blog takes a look into Benfica's history of player appearances in all competitions, the Top 40 players of all time in Benfica's over 100 years of history are below.

  1.  Nene (1968-1986) Total Appearances: 575
  2.  Antonio Veloso (1980-1995) Total Appearances: 538
  3.  Luisao (2003-2018) Total Appearances: 538
  4.  Mario Coluna (1954-1970) Total Appearances: 525
  5.  Humberto Coelho (1968-1975) (1977-1984) Total Appearances: 498
  6.  Sheu (1972-1989) Total Appearances: 487
  7.  Manuel Bento (1972-1990) Total Appearances: 465
  8.  Antonio Simoes (1961-1975) Total Appearances: 447
  9.  Eusebio (1960-1975) Total Appearances: 440
  10.  Cavem (1954-1970) Total Appearances: 416
  11.  Francisco Ferreira (1938-1952) Total Appearances: 398
  12.  Nuno Gomes (1997-2000) (2002-2011) Total Appearances: 398
  13.  Toni (1968-1981) Total Appearances: 392
  14.  Bastos Lopes (1972-1987) Total Appearances: 391
  15.  Jose Aguias (1950-1963) Total Appearances: 383
  16.  Jose Augusto (1959-1970)  Total Appearances: 369
  17.  Alberto Pereira (1954-1967) Total Appearances: 359
  18.  Fernando Cruz (1959-1970) Total Appearances: 344
  19.  Francisco Albino (1932-1945) Total Appearances: 343
  20.  Maxi Pereira (2007-2015) Total Appearances: 333

  21.  Rodrigo Pipi (1942-1954) Total Appearances: 320
  22.  Gaspar Pinto (1934-1946) Total Appearances: 318
  23.  Carlos Manuel (1979-1988) Total Appearances: 318
  24.  Minervino Pietra (1976-1986) Total Appearances: 313
  25.  Fernando Chalana (1975-1984) (1987-1990) Total Appearances: 310
  26.  Diamantino Miranda (1978-1980) (1982-1990) Total Appearances: 302
  27.  Joao Pinto (1992-2000) Total Appearances: 302
  28.  Arsenio Duarte (1943-1955) Total Appearances: 299
  29.  Jose Henrique (1966-1979) Total Appearances: 299
  30.  Oscar Cardozo (2007-2014) Total Appearances: 293
  31.  Vitor Paneira (1988-1995) Total Appearances: 288
  32.  Angelo Martins (1952-1965) Total Appearances: 285
  33.  Artur Santos (1950-1961) Total Appearances: 284
  34.  Francisco Moreira (1944-1954) Total Appearances: 266
  35.  Eduardo Salvio (2010-2011) (2012-2018) Total Appearances: 266
  36.  Antonio Martins (1938-1947) Total Appearances: 265
  37.  Alfredo Valadas (1934-1944) Total Appearances: 264
  38.  Silvino Louro (1986-1994) Total Appearances: 263
  39.  Alvaro Magalhaes (1981-1990) Total Appearances: 261
  40.  Jose Torres (1959-1971) Total Appearances: 259

Benfica linked with Sevilla keeper

Benfica continue their search for a keeper and have now turned their attention to Sevilla netminder Sergio Rico. Rico spent last season on loan in the Premier League with Fulham appearing in 29 league games and posting five clean sheets on the second worst team in the English league. The 25 year old Rico has come through Sevilla's youth ranks and appeared in one game for the Spanish national side. Benfica have been looking to sign a goaltender all summer to battle with current number one Vladchodimos and were a failed physical away from acquiring Juventus' Mattia Perin Benfica have also been recently linked to Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet and Robin Olsen from Roma.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Benfica season opening game is set

The Portuguese league's first week schedule was released on Tuesday and Benfica's opening game time and date is now set. Benfica will open their Portuguese league season on August 10 at 9:30pm WEST at the Estadio da Luz against newly promoted Pacos Ferreira. Benfica will be looking to defend and win their league leading 38th championship this season as Bruno Lage looks to complete his first full season as the clubs manager. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Joao Ferreira move could still be on to Juventus

Benfica and Juventus are still discussing a move of right back Joao Ferreira to the Turin club even with the failure of the two clubs closing a move for keeper Mattia Perin due to his failed physical. Benfica are still open to moving the 18 year old Ferreira to Juventus for €5M but have insisted on maintaining 50% of the players rights for any future sale by Juventus. Ferreira is currently with Benfica in America as the club competes in the Internantional Champions Cup.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Benfica continue search for goalkeeper

Benfica though last week that they had acquired Juventus keeper Mattia Perin, that is until the Italian keeper arrived in Lisbon and failed a medical badly throwing the whole transfer situation into doubt. The original though was that Benfica would wait for Perin to recover from injury at Juventus and finalize the transfer in January but reports out of Portugal this week have Benfica back out in search of a goalkeeper to battle Greek International Vladchodimos for the starting role. Bruno Lage has been preaching this summer that he does not want his starters to feel comfortable and wants to have someone that is ready to take over a starting role if the starter under performs. Benfica are being linked with Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet and Robin Olsen of Roma.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Clubs circle Benfica for Franco Cervi

Benfica have had clubs contact them about the availability of midfielder Franco Cervi. According to reports in Portugal, Benfica have been contacted by Italian club Atalanta and Argentinian side Boca Juniors about a loan move for the 25 year old. Cervi is currently with the club in America as they participate in the International Champions Cup and has been a member of Benfica since being acquired from Rosario Central in the summer of 2016. Cervi has appeared in 116 games for Benfica since his arrival in all competitions and has scored 16 goals while adding 22 assists. Cervi is a hard working midfielder on both sides of the pitch and Benfica would require a format-table offer to part with Cervi.

The all time leading goal scorers in Benfica history

As the season slowly closes in for the 2019/20 season, I take a look at Benfica's all time leading scorers in all competitions since the inception of the club in 1904.

  1.  Eusebio (1961-1975) Games Played: 440 Goals: 473
  2.  Jose Aguas (1950-1963) Games Played: 383 Goals: 379
  3.  Nene (1968-1986) Games Played: 575 Goals: 360
  4.  Jose Torres (1959-1971) Games Played: 259 Goals: 226
  5.  Arsenio (1943-1955) Games Played: 299 Goals: 220
  6.  Rogerio (1942-1947) (1947-1954) Games Played: 320 Goals: 212
  7.  Julinho (1942-1951) (1952-1953) Games Played: 200 Goals: 205
  8.  Jose Augusto (1959-1970) Games Played: 369 Goals: 175
  9.  Oscar Cardozo (2007-2014) Games Played: 293 Goals: 172
  10.  Nuno Gomes (1997-2000) (2002-2011) Games Played: 398 Goals: 166
  11.  Alfredo Valadas (1934-1944) Games Played: 264 Goals: 158
  12.  Guilherme Santo (1936-1950) Games Played: 211 Goals: 152
  13.  Jonas (2014-2019) Games Played: 183 Goals: 137
  14.  Mario Coluna (1954-1970) Games Played: 525 Goals: 127
  15.  Vitor Silva (1927-1936) Games Played: 132 Goals: 108
  16.  Domiciano Cavem (1954-1970) Games Played: 416 Goals: 106
  17.  Artur Jorge (1969-1975) Games Played: 130 Goals: 105
  18.  Rui Aguas (1985-1988) (1990-1994) Games Played: 237 Goals: 104
  19.  Rogerio Sousa (1932-1940) Games Played: 168 Goals: 100
  20.  Francisco Rodrigues (1939-1942) Games Played: 88 Goals: 99

  21.  Simao Sabrosa (2001-2007) Games Played: 230 Goals: 94
  22.  Joao Pinto (1992-2000) Games Played: 302 Goals: 90
  23.  Mats Magnussen (1987-1992) Games Played: 164 Goals: 84
  24.  Diamantino (1978-1980) (1982-1990) Games Played: 302 Goals: 83
  25.  Rui Jordao (1971-1976) Games Played: 127 Goals: 81
  26.  Humberto Coelho (1968-1975) (1977-1984) Games Played: 498 Goals: 81
  27.  Joaquim Santana (1956-1967) Games Played: 161 Goals: 79
  28.  Michael Manniche (1983-1987) Games Played: 132 Goals: 75 
  29.  Antonio Simoes (1961-1975) Games Played: 447 Goals: 72
  30.  Isaias (1990-1995) Games Played: 178 Goals: 71
  31.  Lima (2012-2015) Games Played: 144 Goals: 70
  32.  Vitor Baptista (1971-1977) Games Played: 151 Goals: 63
  33.  Eduardo Salvio (2010-2011) (2012-2019) Games Played: 266 Goals: 62
  34.  Reinaldo Gomes (1978-1982) Games Played: 117 Goals: 59
  35.  Carlos Manuel (1979-1988) Games Played: 318 Goals: 58
  36.  Eduardo Corona (1946-1953) Games Played: 127 Goals: 57
  37.  Mitroglou (2015-2017) Games Played: 88 Goals: 52
  38.  Manuel Da Costa (1941-1945) Games Played: 74 Goals: 49
  39.  Antonio Pacheco (1987-1993) Games Played: 218 Goals: 48
  40.  Luisao (2003-2018) Games Played: 538 Goals: 47

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Andre Carrillo moving permanently to Al-Hilal

Andre Carrillo will become a permanent member of club Al-Hilal as the Saudi Arabian side gets set to acquire 70% of the players rights for €9.2M. Carrillo spent last season on loan with Al-Hilal where he appeared in 25 games across all competitions scoring four goals. Carrillo joined Benfica on a free transfer in the summer of 2016 from Sporting but has not appeared in a game with Benfica since May of 2017. Carrillo spent the 2017/18 season on loan at Watford before last seasons loan spell at Al-Hilal. Al-Hilal is said to be ready offer the Peruvian Carrillo a contract for four seasons.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Wolverhampton linked with Benfica defender Dias

Wolverhampton have been linked with Benfica defender Ruben Dias in the latest reports coming out of England. Dias has become one of the higher rated young central defenders in Europe and fits the mold of recent Wolves acquisitions, being young with a potential to increase in value. The clubs have started initial discussions about Dias who has a €66M release clause in his current contract and would join a squad that currently boasts six Portuguese players and a Portuguese manager. The 22 year old Dias is also a client of super agent Jorge Mendes who has brokered a number of deals in recent years with the Wolves. Benfica are said to be in no hurry to move on from Dias this season after their recent massive sale of forward Joao Felix.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Juventus looking at Benfica youngsters

Juventus are still in talks with Benfica when it comes to a move for Benfica right back Joao Ferreira, the youngster is said to be close to a move to Turin for €5M with Benfica retaining 50% of the players rights. Juventus are also talking to the Lisbon club about another made in Seixal youngster in 18 year old winger Tiago Araujo. Araujo who has come up through the ranks at Benfica, scored 16 goals last season in 31 appearances with Benfica's youth squad. No details have been disclosed at this time about what a move for Tiago Araujo would look like between the clubs.

Benfica deal all but done for Napoli striker

Benfica and Napoli have agreed to a deal that involves striker Carlos Vinicius for a reported €10M-€15M according to reports coming out of Italy. Vinicius was acquired last summer by Napoli for €4M from Real Sport Club but has never made an appearance with the Italian side being loaned twice since arriving. Vinicius spent the first half of the season on loan at Rio Ave where he appeared in 20 games across all competitions, scoring 14 times. He was then moved during the winter transfer window to French club Monaco were he appeared 16 times and scored twice. The Napoli deal with Real Sport Club also included a clause that any future sale of the Brazilian striker would be split 50/50 between the two clubs. This means that the small Portuguese club would earn a windfall for Vinicius of €5M-€7.5M on top of the €4M already paid last summer. Benfica have been looking for another striker since the retirement of Jonas and with the apparent arrival of Vinicius to join recent acquisition Raul de Tomas, the club has spent €37M on two strikers this summer.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Benfica move for an injured Mattia Perin

Benfica and Juventus are said to have postponed their deal which involved keeper Mattia Perin for the next few months after Perin failed his medicals in Lisbon today and reports coming from Portugal is that Perin would be out with an injury for the next four months. Perin will return to Juventus to recover from his injury and the clubs will look at completing the deal during the winter transfer window. This news should mean that current team number one Odysseas Vladchodimos would not be leaving the club anytime soon with Benfica's opening to the season just a couple of weeks away.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Biggest Transfer Purchases in Benfica History

I follow up my hugely popular blog post of Benfica's biggest transfer sales to take a look at the biggest transfer purchases by Benfica in the history of the club. Here is the Top 40 list of the clubs biggest purchase acquisitions in club history.

Updated July 21, 2019
  1.  Raul Jimenez from Atletico Madrid (SPA) - €22M (2015)
  2.  Raul de Tomas from Real Madrid (SPA) - €20M (2019)
  3.  Carlos Vinicius from Napoli (ITA) - €17M (2019)
  4.  Rafa Silva from Braga (POR) - €16M (2016) 
  5.  Pizzi from Atletico Madrid (SPA) - €14M (2013) 
  6.  Ola John from Twente (HOL) - €12M (2012)
  7.  Simao Sabrosa from Barcelona (SPA) - €12M (2001)
  8.  Oscar Cardozo from Newell Old Boys (ARG) - €11.67M (2007) 
  9.  Eduardo Salvio from Atletico Madrid (SPA) - €11M (2012)
  10.  Andreas Samaris from Olympiakos (GRE) - €10M (2014)
  11.  Lazar Markovic from Partizan (SER) - €10M (2013) 
  12.  Axel Witsel from Standard Liege (BEL) - €9M (2011)
  13.  Roberto from Real Zaragoza (SPA) - €8.6M (2013)
  14.  Roberto from Atletico Madrid (SPA) - €8.5M (2010) 
  15.  Nico Gaitan from Boca Juniors (ARG) - €8.4M (2011)
  16.  Gabriel from Leganes (SPA) - €8M (2018)
  17.  Filip Djuricic from Heerenveen (HOL) - €8M (2013)
  18.  Angel Di Maria from Rosario (ARG) - €8M (2007) 
  19.  Nicolas Castillo from Pumas (MEX) - €7.87M (2018)
  20.  Pablo Aimar from Real Zaragoza (SPA) - €7.5M (2008)
  21.  Ramires from Cruzeiro (BRA) - €7.5M (2009)
  22.  Roger from Fluminense (BRA) - €7.5M (2000)
  23.  Mitroglou from Fulham (ENG) - €7M (2016)
  24.  Sidnei from International (BRA) - €7M (2008)
  25.  Javi Garcia from Real Madrid (SPA) - €7M (2009)
  26.  Van Hooijdonk from Vitesse (HOL) - €6.8M (2000) 
  27.  Luka Jovic from Apollon Limassol (CYP) - €6.6M (2015) 
  28.  Rodrigo from RM Castilla (SPA) - €6M (2010) 
  29.  Franco Cervi from Rosario (ARG) - €5.7M (2016)
  30.  Maxi Pereira from Defensor (URG) - €5.7M (2007) 
  31.  Ezequiel Garay from Real Madrid (SPA) - €5.5M (2011)
  32.  Franco Jara from Arsenal FC (ARG) - €5.5M (2010)
  33.  Bruno Cesar from Corinthians (BRA)- €5.5M (2011) 
  34.  Bryan Cristante from AC Milan (ITA) - €5.2M (2014)
  35.  Mantorras from Alverca (POR) - €5M (2001) 
  36.  Javier Saviola from Real Madrid (SPA) - €5M (2009)
  37.  Nemanja Matic from Chelsea (ENG) - €5M (2011) 
  38.  Talisca from Bahia (BRA) - €4.75M (2014) 
  39.  Ljubomir Fejsa from Olympiakos (GRE) - €4.5M (2013)
  40.  Jardel from Desportivo Brasil (BRA) - €4.48M (2010)

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Benfica departs to America for International Champions Cup

Benfica have arrived in America as they prepare to compete in the International Champions Cup, Benfica will kick off their tournament campaign on July 20 against Chivas before facing Fiorentina on July 24 and concluding the tournament against AC Milan on July 26.

Benfica have brought 27 players with them to America which include injured members Andre Almeida and Gedson Fernandes, Jhonder Cadiz and David Tavares remain in Lisbon to recover from recent injuries, while Salvio and President LFV stayed to conclude Salvio's move to Boca Juniors.

Benfica roster for International Champions Cup

Keepers - Vladchodimos, Mile Svilar, Ivan Zlobin
Defenders- Ruben Dias, Ferro, Jardel, Conti, Alex Grimaldo, Nuno Tavares, Joao Ferreira, Tyronne Ebuehi
Midfielders- Pizzi, Samaris, Florentino, Gilberto, Rafa Silva, Fejsa, Chiquinho, Caio Lucas, Franco Cervi, Zivkovic, Taarabt, Tiago Dantas
Forwards- Raul de Tomas, Seferovic, Jota