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.

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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