Saturday, September 21, 2019

Leicester City foiled in bid to watch Almeida

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Leicester City scouts made the trip to Lisbon this week for the Champions League encounter between Benfica and RB Leipzig with the intentions to have a look at Benfica right back Andre Almeida. Unfortunately for Leicester, Benfica manager decided to give Almeida the night off and youngster Tomas Tavares got the start for Benfica. Leicester City who already have a Portuguese right back in Ricardo Pereira may be looking at Almeida as a potentially replacement for Pereira who will be sold to gather funds for the club in the future. Almeida has been a member of Benfica since the 2011 season.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Benfica announce squad for Moreirense game

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Benfica have released their squad for their Week 6 upcoming game against Moreirense after coming off a midweek Champions League loss at the hands of RB Leipzig, Benfuca will look to get back to their winning ways. The game is September 21 at 8:30pm WEST. They will select 18 players from the list below at game time to dress.

Keepers- Vlachodimos, Ivan Zlobin

Defenders- Ruben Dias, Ferro, Alex Grimaldo, Jardel, Andre Almeida, Tomas Tavares

Midfielders- Pizzi, Rafa Silva, Caio Lucas, Taarabt, Franco Cervi, Fejsa, David Tavares, Gedson Fernandes

Forwards- Seferovic, Raul de Tomas, Jota

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Benfica being linked with Peruvian winger

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Benfica are being linked with Alianza Lima winger Kevin Quevedo according to reports coming out of Peru. The Libero a Peruvian news edition reports that Benfica are preparing an offer to sign the 22 year old on a free transfer when the youngsters contract runs out at the end of this year. Quevedo has appeared in 25 games across all competitions for Alianza this season and scored an impressive 14 goals while adding 3 helpers. The wingers fine form has also caught the attention of the Peru National side which just this month called up Quevedo earning the player his first cap in a friendly against Ecuador on the 6th. Benfica are always in search of young talent and are hoping that their offer will entice Quevedo to join the Lisbon side.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Why Bruno Lage was missing from sidelines in Champions League

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Bruno Lage was noticeably absent on the Benfica sidelines in yesterdays Champions League encounter against RB Leipig. This had many fans wondering where the Benfica manager was as assistant Nelson Verissimo trolled the sidelines at the Luz. Lage for those fans that did not know was serving a one match ban handed down by UEFA for his behaviour in last seasons second leg to Eintracht Frankfurt in Europa League play. Lage's ban was the result of him berating of an official during Benfica's controversial second leg loss were a clear offside goal was allowed to stand. Lage will return to the bench for Benfica's next Champions League game against Zenit on October 2.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Benfica drop opener in Champions League against Leipzig

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Benfica opened their Champions League campaign at home against current German league leaders RB Leipzig. Benfica who were without manager Bruno Lage who was serving a one match ban came out with a very different starting eleven then what we have become accustomed to this season. Benfica started youngster Tomas Tavares at right back, while Franco Cervi got into his first action of the season. Benfica also decided to split the struggling strike pair of Raul de Tomas and Seferovic with the latter being replaced by another youngster in Jota. The first twenty minutes of the game was a scrappy affair with both sides looking a bit nervous, it wasn't until the 26th minute mark that the first real good scoring chance of the game fell to the feet of Leipzig's Timo Werner but Benfica netminder Vladchodimos was up to the task denying the striker with a low shot stop. Benfica would get their first shot and scoring chance on net as the first half came to a close when striker Raul de Tomas' peeled away at the far post and headed the ball towards the goal, but that effort was cleared safely away by Leipzig keeper Gulacsi. The first half ended as it started with both clubs scoreless.

Leipzig opened the second half in a frenzy with Benfica keeper Vladchodimos making a pair of stops in the first five minutes of the second half to keep the game scoreless. Raul de Tomas then fired a shot just wide after a solo run as he continues to search for his first goal in Benfica colours. As the half got to its midpoint Benfica debuted another academy player as David Tavares entered the game in place of Jota. Benfica then came oh so close to opening the scoring at the 68th minute mark when Pizzi burst in to the box to meet a cross, his first touch was outstanding but he fired just across the goal. Leipzig would then open the scoring just a minute later as Poulsen teed a pass for on coming striker Timo Werner who's low shot got pass Vladchodimos into the far left corner. Benfica would respond immediately as a Grimaldo curling free kick was tipped away for a corner by Gulacsi. Benfica kept committing more bodies forward looking to even the score but it would be Leipzig's Timo Werner who would find the back of the net again on a goal that was first called offside before being over turned by a VAR review. Benfica would cut Leipzig's lead in half at the 84th minute as Rafa Silva's cross was converted by Seferovic. The two substitutes would link up once again just a couple of minutes later but Rafa would see his shot go wide of the far post. Benfica would get one more chance to bring the game even in extra time but Taarabt's header from a set piece would end up over the bar. When the final whistle was blown Benfica would find themselves at the bottom of Group G suffering a 2-1 home defeat to RB Leipzig as the groups other participants Zenit and Lyon's drew 1-1. Benfica's next Champions League game will be played in Russia against Zenit on October 2.

Benfica name squad for Champions League game against RB Leipzig

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Benfica have released their squad for the upcoming opening game in the Champions League as they get set to take on RB Leipzig at the Estadio da Luz on September 17 at 8pm WEST. They will select 18 players from the list below at game time to dress.

Keepers- Vlachodimos, Ivan Zlobin

Defenders- Nuno Tavares, Ruben Dias, Ferro, Alex Grimaldo, Jardel, Andre Almeida, Tomas Tavares

Midfielders- Samaris, Pizzi, Rafa Silva, Caio Lucas, Taarabt, Franco Cervi, Fejsa, David Tavares

Forwards- Seferovic, Raul de Tomas, Jota

Monday, September 16, 2019

Bruno Lage says key for International breaks is to stay sharp

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Benfica manager Bruno Lage says that his main concern during the International breaks is keeping the players that have not been called up to their national sides sharp as the club could be out of action for 10 to 14 days. Lage has experienced International breaks as an assistant manager but admits that managing Benfica sees many of the clubs main players away and in this time he focuses on the players at hand, Benfica played Estoril in a friendly during the recent International break.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Benfica continue chase for top spot with win over Gil Vicente

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Benfica continued their chase for top spot from surprise league leaders Famalicao as they took on Gil Vicente who opened the season with a victory over one of the big three, a 2-1 win over FC Porto. Benfica started the game pressing Gil Vicente and were awarded a penalty at the ten minute mark when Pizzi was taken down inside the box. The penalty also taken by Pizzi was stopped by Gil Vicente keeper Denis but Benfica's constant attack would finally cash in when a cross into the box by Andre Almeida ended up deflecting in off center back Nogueira to give the Eagles the lead just before the half. Pizzi doubled Benfica's lead early in the second half off of a corner kick from Alex Grimaldo, adding to his league leading six goals and making amends for the missed penalty earlier. That would be all that Benfica would need resulting in a 2-0 win over Gil Vicente, Benfica will be on the road next week as they get set to face Moreirense and currently sit one point behind top spot in Portugal

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Florentino suffers injury and could be out more then a month

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Benfica defensive midfielder Florentino Luis has sustained a right knee injury missing the clubs Week 5 game this weekend and could miss potentially more. Florentino looks to have suffered a slight tear to his meniscus according to reports coming out of Portugal, an injury that he picked up in his last appearance at Braga. The club announced that the 20 year old will not have a minor surgical procedure done to clean his right knee and could be out for more then a month. Florentino has appeared in every game this season for Benfica and the injury is a major blow to a club set to open their Champions League campaign. Florentino joins a growing list of Benfica casualties with Chiquinho, Carlos Vinicius, Gabriel and Gedson already in the infirmary.

Benfica name squad for home game against Gil Vicente

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Benfica have released their squad for their upcoming home game today against Gil Vicente after the International break, the game will take place on September 14 at 7:00pm WEST. They will select 18 players from the list below at game time to dress.

Keepers- Vlachodimos, Ivan Zlobin

Defenders- Nuno Tavares, Ruben Dias, Ferro, Alex Grimaldo, Jardel, Andre Almeida, Tomas Tavares

Midfielders- Samaris, Pizzi, Rafa Silva, Caio Lucas, Taarabt, Franco Cervi, Fejsa

Forwards- Seferovic, Raul de Tomas, Jota

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Gabriel ready to return to Benfica roster

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Benfica midfielder Gabriel is closing in on returning to the squad after missing the last four weeks with a knee injury suffered in the Super Cup on August 4 against Sporting. Gabriel has began training with the club this week and could be an option for Bruno Lage in this weekends encounter against Gil Vicente. Lage may also chose to hold off in inserting the midfielder into the lineup as the club kicks off their Champions League campaign next week.

Bruno Lage looks to Serbian amid injury woes

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Benfica over the past couple of weeks have lost two offensive weapons that have been part of Bruno Lage's main squad on game days, Chiquinho and Carlos Vinicius are both currently on the clubs injured list with both players set to miss an extended period of time. Lage now looks set to turn to little used Serbian international Andrija Zivkovic to help fill some of the offensive void lost to injuries. Zivkovic who has not dressed for Benfica this season, was all but set to leave the club on loan as he looked for regular playing time elsewhere this summer but Lage was quick to put a halt to any move out by the Serb after Chiquinho suffered his injury.

Lage's attacking options were handed another blow last week when newly acquired striker Vinicius joined the clubs infirmary which also includes Gabriel and Gedson. The contexts in the world of soccer can change over night and a non used Zivkovic now looks set to be a utilized player going forward for Benfica when they release their game day squads as an option of attack. Benfica's schedule will include a flurry of games over the next little while with the Champions League ready to commence and Zivkovic will get his chance to show Benfica or any other clubs that may have their eye on the 23 year old that he has the skill and talent to play on a regularly basis, time will tell if he is up to the task at hand.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Andre Alemida hopes for a future move to Premiership

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Benfica right back Andre Almeida was recently interviewed by Mega Hits radio and during the interview Almeida revealed that he has always dreamt of going to the Premier League one day. Almeida is a fan of English clubs Liverpool and Manchester United for their historic achievements and the stories behind both clubs. The 29 year old recently signed a two year extension with Benfica that contains a buy out clause of €30M. Almeida has been a member of Benfica since the summer of 2011, joining the club from Lisbon rival Belenenses and has appeared in 251 games across all competitions scoring 6 goals and assisting on 35. A converted midfielder, Almeida has been the starting right back at Benfica since the departure of Nelson Semedo in the summer of 2017.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Benfica dominated best XI of 2018/19 season

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The Portuguese League had their annual Gala Quinos de Ouro on September 2, 2019 for the 2018/19 season and announced the best XI of the league season. Benfica who were last seasons league champions dominated the best XI with six selections.

The Best XI for the 2018/19 season:

Keeper: Iker Casillas (FC Porto)

Defenders: Alex Grimaldo (Benfica) Ruben Dias (Benfica), Eder Militao (FC Porto), Alex Telles (FC Porto)

Midfielder: Pizzi (Benfica), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting), Danilo (FC Porto)

Forwards: Joao Felix (Benfica), Rafa Silva (Benfica), Seferovic (Benfica)

Monday, September 9, 2019

Benfica suffer another set back with Vinicius injury

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Benfica have suffered another injury blow with recently acquired striker Carlos Vinicius going down with a muscle injury to his left thigh. The injury will sideline the Benfica striker for up to four weeks and he will miss Benfica's opening game of the Champions League. Bruno Lage already has regulars Gabriel, Chiquinho and Gedson out with injury and Vinicius adds another player in Lage's rotation to the list. Vinicius joined Benfica this summer from Napoli and has appeared in four league games, scoring once in 37 minutes of play.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Manchester United interested in Benfica pair

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Manchester United scouts were recently spotted in Braga at Benfica's most recent league game and the English side are said to have had an eye on not one, but two of Benfica's youngsters. United's manager Ole Gunner Solskjaer is said to be intrigued with both Benfica defender Ruben Dias and defensive midfielder Florentino Luis. Solskjaer would like the players sooner then later and is keen on acquiring the pair when the winter transfer window opens in January. Dias and Florentino currently have buyout clauses of €88M and €120M between the two of them and after a summer that saw the club infused with cash from player sales Benfica would be less inclined to sell either player in January if their buy out clauses are not met by United. The youngsters are current main stays in Benfica's starting eleven and key members of the squad as they look to push for another league title.

Ruben Dias who is 22 years of age and Florentino who is 20 years of age both came through Benfica's much talked about Seixal academy, the academy has produced the likes of Bernardo Silva, Goncalo Guedes, Joao Felix and Renato Sanches to name a few players.  Benfica will one day line their pockets with cash when they are ready to sell each player but that time may not be in January 2020 much to the disappointment of the Manchester club. United and their deep pockets will more then likely need to hold off until next summer if they are interested in acquiring the youngsters from Benfica, as the club would be more open to discussing a move at that time. Benfica fans should enjoy watching Dias and Florentino this season as United are the first but not the last of Europe's elite that will be knocking on the door for each player come January.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Benfica players called up for International duty

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The worlds national team squads are in action this week and that means that many clubs are practicing without their full squads as players get called up to their national sides, the Under 20 sides and more. These are the current Benfica players away with their national sides.

National Teams

Portugal - Pizzi, Rafa Silva, Ruben Dias, Ferro

Switzerland - Seferovic

Greece - Vlachodimos, Samaris

Morocco - Taarabt


Under 21 Teams

Portugal- Jota, Nuno Tavares, Florentino

Belgium- Mile Svilar

Under 19 Team

Portugal - Tomas Tavares 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Benfica submit player list for Champions League

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Benfica have submitted their player list to UEFA for the upcoming Champions League tournament. Benfica submitted their main A list squad and a secondary B List squad in which players can replace players that are removed from the A list squad. Benfica will start their Champions League campaign after the International break against RB Leipzig at home on September 17, 2019.

Benfica A List Squad

Keepers: Vlachodimos, Zlobin

Defenders: Ruben Dias, Andre Almeida, Ferro, Alex Grimaldo, Conti, Tyronne Ebuehi, Jardel

Midfielders: Pizzi, Florentino, Gabriel, Rafa Silva, Gedson, Fejsa, Samaris, Chiquinho, Taarabt, Franco Cervi

Forwards: Raul de Tomas, Seferovic, Carlos Vinicius, Caio Lucas, Zivkovic

Benfica B List Squad

Keepers: Svilar, Celton Biai, Fabio Duarte

Defenders: Nuno Tavares, Joao Ferreira, Kalaica, Tomas Tavares, Pedro Alvaro

Midfielders: Tiago Dantas, David Tavares, Goncalo Ramos, Rafael Brito

Forwards: Jota, Nuno Santos

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Franco Cervi turns down Boca Juniors, next stop Mexico?

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Benfica midfielder Franco Cervi remains with the Lisbon club after most of the major transfer windows closed Monday and reports coming out of Portugal and Argentina indicate that the 25 year old declined a move to his homeland and the chance to play for Boca Juniors. The reports also state that Cervi is close to moving to Mexico and joining an unnamed club. The Mexican league's transfer window remains open and with Cervi out of manager Bruno Lage's main roster it is a move the midfielder is open to accept. Cervi joined Benfica in the summer of 2016 from Rosario and has yet to appear for the club this season.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Benfica bounce back with win over Braga

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Benfica bounced back after their Classico loss to Porto and defeat Braga 4-0 on the road at Estadio Municipal. Benfica was awarded a penalty to open the scoring in the first half and Pizzi stepped up and converted to put the Eagles ahead at the 25 minute mark and that score remained until the half ended. Pizzi then scored his second of the game a couple of minutes into the second half to double the Benfica lead. Braga then extended Benfica's lead to three as Bruno Viana deflected a Seferovic cross into the box and into his own goal. Ricardo Esgaio followed Viana's lead deflecting a Jota pass into his goal also to increase the score to 4-0. Benfica would cruise the rest of the way on their way to victory. Pizzi's brace now has the midfielder at 5 league goals in his first four games, while Benfica's striker duo continue to struggle to get on the scoresheet. Benfica will next face Gil Vicente after the International break in two weeks time.

Benfica loan Cadiz to French side Dijon

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Benfica have loaned recently acquired striker Jhonder Cadiz to French side Dijon for the 2019/20 season. Benfica acquired Cadiz earlier this summer from Setubal for €3M, signing the player until the end of the 2024 season but Cadiz suffered an injury early in training camp and with the acquisitions of strikers Raul de Tomas and Carlos Vinicius, he became expandable. Dijon who currently play in Ligue 1 have an option to purchase the 24 year old Venezuelan but terms of the loan have yet to be disclosed. Cadiz appeared in 34 games for Setubal last season across all competitions. scoring 10 goals and setting up two others.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Benfica acquire Sao Paulo defender for €6M

Benfica have acquired 18 year old central defender Morato from Sao Paulo as the transfer window gets set to close. Benfica have paid Sao Paulo a reported €6M for 85% of the players rights while Sao Paulo will keep the remaining 15% from any future sale by the Lisbon side. Morato will join Benfica's B squad immediately which play in the second division of Portugal, as the club will look to groom him for a future role with the main squad. Morato has been playing with Sao Paulo's B squad this season and signs a contract with Benfica valid for the next five seasons.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Benfica name squad for away game at Braga

Benfica have released their squad for their upcoming away game today against Braga after last weeks disappointing loss in Classico, game will take place on September 1 at 9:00pm 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, Andre Almeida, Tomas Tavares

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

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