Monday, August 3, 2020

Jorge Jesus move is official as former manager signs with club

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Jorge Jesus' has finally been announced as the next Benfica manager and will take over the reigns of the club as he "Officially" makes his return to Benfica after five years away from the club signing a two year contract. Jesus was convinced to leave Brazilian side Flamengo by current club President Luis Filipe Vieira with the promise of the club opening their purse strings and bolstering the current squad to Jesus' liking. The next week should see the club decide on who is departing via transfer and who will be loaned for next season from the current crop of players. Benfica have been linked to a flurry of players since the reports of Jesus' return to the club and have been in negotiations with several clubs and players as they attempt to strengthen the squad. Jesus is hoping that former club captain Luisao joins his current staff as an assistant as he looks to close the gap quickly between himself and the squad. The next several weeks will surely be busy for the Lisbon club as they mold the sculpture for next season.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

A flurry of moves could follow end of league season

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With Benfica set to take on FC Porto in the Taca de Portugal final, it marks the end of the 2019/20 season and many are expecting a flurry of moves to be announced next week by the club with the first being the not so secret return of Jorge Jesus as the clubs manager. Jesus' return does not come without a price as Benfica get ready to splash money around for the first time in years acquiring some top talent as they look to recapture the Portuguese crown as well as make a mark in European football. Benfica have been linked to the likes of Edinson Cavani, Cebolinha, Bruno Henrique, Leonardo Cabrera and Gerson to name a few. Benfica President Luis Filipe Vieira has promised Jesus that he will have a say on who stays and who goes within the current club while adding from abroad the players that the manager seeks to strengthen the squad. Expect Benfica to announce between three to five player signings in the next ten days with a couple of those signings sending shock waves across Portugal and Europe. Benfica has also opened dialogue with many Brazilian clubs as Jesus looks to bring over some of Campeonato's better players. The summer transfer season will have the attention of many Benfica fans as they await eagerly for the good news and some relevance once again in Europe.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Benfica will launch next seasons jerseys in Taca Final

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Benfica are set for their season ending encounter against FC Porto later today in the Taca de Portugal Final, as they hope to end the season on a high note after letting the league title slip away to their arch rivals. This game is also special because Benfica have decided they will unveil next seasons jerseys in this final game for all to see instead of waiting until the start of next year.

Benfica fans have lined up the streets of Coimbra chanting Benfica songs as they let their club know they are all behind them. The Taca game will also mark the last game by intern manager Nelson Verissimo as he gets ready to hand the reigns to incoming manager Jorge Jesus.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Benfica find out possible opponents in UEFA

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Benfica have found out who their possible opponents in the Champions League 3rd round qualifying stage will be and who they will avoid as they look to advance to the windfall of the group stage. Benfica will have the status of top seed and will avoid clubs Dynamo Kiev Gent, Besiktas in the stage with their possible opponents coming from Krasnodar, PAOK, Rapid Vienna, Rennes, AZ Alkmaar, Lokomotiv Zagreb and Viktoria Plzen. Benfica will still need a playoff to reach the group stage after the 3rd round qualifier but in a change from previous years due to COVID-19 the 3rd round qualifier will be a one off game while the playoff game will be the normal two legs.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Benfica wants to take Cabrera from Espanyol

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Benfica are being linked with Espanyol central defender Leonardo Cabrera according to reports coming from Portugal's dailies. With Espanyol's relegation for next season, Benfica are hoping to land the 29 year old defender from the squad at an affordable price tag with Espanyol's asking price said to be in the €15M range. Cabrera joined Espanyol from Getafe during the recent winter transfer window for €9M and appeared in 38 games across all competitions for both clubs. 
Newly appointed manager Jorge Jesus is said to be the driving force behind the clubs interest in landing the Uruguayan defender who he tried to bring unsuccessfully to former club Flamengo during the 2019 season. Cabrera's strength in aerial duels would be an asset at the club and he could just be the ideal partner for Ruben Dias next season.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Benfica needs to find out what to do with returnees

Benfica need to find out what to do with returnees
The seasons are ending around Europe and Benfica are set to receive an influx of players returning from loan spells at other clubs and will need to find out exactly what they will do with each player going forward.

With new manager Jorge Jesus on the horizon some players may fit into Jesus's plans while others may be sent off permanently. I take a look at some key players returning to the club and what may happen going forward.

Diogo Goncalves - returning from Famalicao

Total Appearances: 34; Goals: 7; Assists: 10; Minutes: 2510

The 23 year old Goncalves may be the most likely to remain with Jesus at the club, with high expectations over the past few years, Goncalves finally put it all together while at Famalicao this season.

Filip Krovinovic - returning from West Brom

Total Appearances: 43; Goals: 3; Assists: 4; Minutes: 2427

Krovinovic was a key contributor to West Brom's climb back to the Premiership but without a buy clause in his deal he returns to Benfica, look for West Brom to look to make the move permanent.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Benfica set to announce Cavani deal this week

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In a huge turn of events, a deal that went from being dead and not happening is now close to being finalized this week between Benfica and Uruguayan and former PSG striker Edinson Cavani. According to reports coming from Uruguay news outlet Subrayado, Cavani's agent has been in Lisbon negotiating a deal for the 33 year olds move to the club since Tuesday. The deal is said to be for three seasons with an annual salary of €5M per season and an additional €10M in objectives per season. The objectives should include the clubs performance in the Champions League, to the club winning the Portuguese League title. Jorge Jesus wants Cavani to be the benchmark of Benfica's attack next season and the move would be a huge scoop for President Luis Filipe Vieira in making a statement not only in Portugal but also in Europe. Cavani who spent the past seven seasons with French club PSG would be the first key piece added to the club with the arrival of Jorge Jesus but will not be the last.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Benfica final league season squad for Lisbon Derby

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Benfica finish the league season with a Lisbon derby against cross town rival Sporting with just pride on the line for the club as the club ends the season in second spot. Benfica will take on Sporting tomorrow at 9:15pm WEST at the Luz and will dress 20 players from the list below.

Keepers- Vlachodimos, Mile Svilar, Ivan Zlobin

Defenders- Tomas Tavares, Jardel, Ruben Dias, Ferro, Nuno Tavares, Andre Almeida, Joao Ferreira

Midfielders- Chiquinho, Pizzi, Rafa Silva, Samaris, Florentino, Zivkovic, Gabriel, Julian Weigl, Frano Cervi

Forwards- Carlos Vinicius, Jota, Dyego Sousa, Seferovic, Goncalo Ramos

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Benfica out of the Cavani race

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Uruguayan International Edinson Cavani's representatives have had discussions with Benfica over the potential move of the 33 year old free agent striker to the club next season and after the meetings ended, Benfica have come to the conclusion that Cavani's asking price of €20M per season is just to rich for the clubs coffers. The former PSG man is garnering interest from a variety of Europe's big clubs but his current salary demands will whittle the competition to just a rare few clubs. Benfica are looking to land a striker for next season with Sevilla's Carlos Fernandez and Rio Ave's Taremi's names also linked with the club.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Gilberto of Fluminense linked with move to Benfica

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Jorge Jesus arrival at Benfica has started the rumour mill of players that are linked with a move to the Lisbon side from Brazil's Campeonato. The latest player to be linked with Benfica is Fluminense's right back Gilberto. Brazil's Jornal O Dia is reporting Jesus was interested in moving the 27 year old Gilberto to his old club Flamengo and with his move back to Benfica for next season, Gilberto remains high on the coaches want list. Benfica President Luis Filipe Vieira has been given a list of reinforcements by Jesus and Gilberto's name is said to be near the top. Fluminense currently hold 50% of the players rights with Fiorentina holding the remainder and any move by Benfica would most likely involve the purchase of the player outright. Gilberto has spent the past three and a half seasons in Brazil after appearing in only 21 games in Europe split between Fiorentina, Hellas Verona and Latina Calcio. A move by Benfica for Gilberto would see current starter Andre Almeida move into a back up role with the club and have youngster Tomas Tavares shift down to play important minutes in his development with the clubs B squad. Gilberto joins the names of Bruno Henrique, Gerson, Leo Pereira and Lucas Verissimo as Brazilian league players linked with Benfica move.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Benfica announce squad for Aves clash

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Benfica who can not move from their current second spot in the league may have a different look when they take on Aves to their starting eleven and the club plays out the season. Benfica will take on Aves tomorrow at 9:15pm WEST and will dress 20 players from the list below.

Keepers- Vlachodimos, Mile Svilar, Ivan Zlobin

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

Midfielders- Chiquinho, Pizzi, Rafa Silva, Samaris, Florentino, Zivkovic, Gabriel, Paulo Bernardo

Forwards- Carlos Vinicius, Jota, Dyego Sousa, Seferovic, Goncalo Ramos

Slimani linked with a Jorge Jesus reunion

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The move of Jorge Jesus to Benfica has already started the rumours of the manager being linked to former players, with the latest player to be linked with joining Jesus is former Sporting striker Islam Slimani. Jesus has always been a big fan of a two striker system in which one of the strikers is a more mobile moving striker as was the partnerships of Jonas/Lima, Gabigol/Henrique from past Jesus clubs. Slimani who was sold by Sporting to Leicester City in the summer of 2016 has spent the past three seasons on loan at Newcastle, Fenerbahce and Monaco and has a valid contract which will not expire with City until the summer of 2021. The English side should have no issue loaning the player out for a fourth straight season if Benfica want to bring the player in but the main stumbling block will be Slimani's €4.5M annual salary and if Benfica would be open to pay that sum for the 32 year old striker.
Slimani appeared in 82 games for Sporting across all competitions, scoring 32 goals with 10 helpers and was a member of Sporting's 2016 Super Cup and 2015 Taca de Portugal winning sides.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Benfica dream of acquiring PSG striker Cavani

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A big name that is now being mentioned around Portugal with a link to Benfica is former PSG striker Edinson Cavani who is available on a free transfer after departing the Paris side. With big changes expected at Benfica next season with the arrival of Jorge Jesus, Benfica is looking to add a more established striker up front and Cavani's name is the dream that the club would like to make a reality. Jesus had Cavani on his short list while Flamengo's manager and his move to Benfica has not changed the managers plans to take a run at the Uruguayan international. The 33 year old striker has spent the past seven seasons with PSG where he has appeared in 301 games across all competitions, scoring 200 goals while setting up another 43. Cavani would require a large investment by Benfica with his salary demands being in the range of €10M per season, which is a huge stumbling block for the Portuguese side. Alternatively Benfica are also being linked with Sevilla's 24 year old striker Carlos Fernandez who spent the season on loan with Granada and the move would work better within the clubs budget.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Jorge Jesus reported to have signed three year deal to return to Benfica

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Reports from Portugal have Jorge Jesus set to leave Flamengo and rejoin Benfica to take over the managerial role at the club for next season. In true Jesus fashion the report states that Jesus agreed to terms with Benfica without informing Flamengo of his interest in leaving the Brazilian side. Benfica President Luis Filipe Vieira made Jesus one of  his primary targets to take over at the club next season and is set to give Jesus a war chest of close to €100M to overhaul the current squads roster. One of Jesus's first moves is said to be bringing in three of his current Flamengo players in Bruno Henrique, Gerson and Leo Pereira (Read Here) as his Benfica project gets underway. 

Jesus' Flamengo era was one of the more successful in club history with the Portuguese manager winning more titles (5) to total losses (4) in 56 games behind the helm of Flamengo. Jesus is set to depart Rio de Janeiro for Lisbon in the coming days and should be announced as the clubs new manager early next week.
Jesus is set to earn between €4M-€5M per year as part of his new three year contract and Benfica will pay Flamengo his release clause which is said to be in the €1M-€2M range. Jesus returns to a club which he lead to three league titles and ten total trophies during his six year reign from 2009 to 2015.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Benfica still have chance for trophy with Taca win

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With Benfica's slim title hopes dashed after FC Porto defeated Sporting yesterday to clinch the Portuguese League, the Eagles can still end the season on a high by defeating the league Champions in the Taca de Portugal Final which will take place on August 1st in Coimbra. Benfica will be looking to earn their 30th Taca and make amends after a disappointing run of form cost the club a seven point lead that they held at the end of January. The Taca could see the end of many players careers with Benfica as President Luis Filipe Vieira looks to name a new manager for next season and completely remake the squad.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Jorge Jesus return to Benfica could see trio of Flamengo players follow

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According to reports from TVI24, a move back to Benfica by Jorge Jesus could see a trio of current Flamengo players follow the former manager back to Portugal. Jesus remains Luis Filipe Vieira's first choice to manage the club next season with the Benfica President ready to spend on reinforcements to improve the club not only at home but on an international level as he looks to appease Jesus to make the move. TVI24 reports that central defender Leo Pereira, midfielder Gerson and winger Bruno Henrique are the three Flamengo players that would follow Jesus to Portugal if he elects to return back to Benfica.



Monday, July 13, 2020

Benfica call up 22 for the Guimaraes game

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Benfica get set to take on Guimaraes on their home turf as they look to keep what little title hopes they have left intact. After dropping points once again in last weeks draw against Famalicao, current league leaders FC Porto need just one point out of their last three games to claim the league title. Benfica will take on Guimaraes tomorrow at 9:30pm WEST and will dress 20 players from the list below.

Keepers- Vlachodimos, Mile Svilar, Ivan Zlobin

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

Midfielders- Chiquinho, Pizzi, Franco Cervi, Rafa Silva, Samaris, Florentino, Julian Weigl, Zivkovic, Gabriel

Forwards- Carlos Vinicius, Jota, Dyego Sousa, Seferovic

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Benfica in talks to bring back Garay

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Benfica are in talks with free agent and former Benfica center back Ezequiel Garay about a return back to the Lisbon club for next season. With the likely sale of center back Ruben Dias during the off season and with Jardel looking set to call it a career after this current season, Benfica are looking to add a veteran presence within the squad and are already familiar with the 33 year old center back. Garay was a member of Benfica for three seasons from the summer of 2011 until the summer of 2014, appearing in 136 games for the club across all competitions and was a key member of Benfica's 2013/14 league champion squad as well as a two time Europa League finalist. Garay has spent time with Zenit and Valencia since his departure and his veteran presence would be a key addition to the clubs new manager whoever that may be.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Benfica set to earn more cash from RDT sale

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Benfica are set to receive an additional €1.5M from Spanish side Espanyol from clauses that were added as part of the sale of Raul de Tomas by the Lisbon side in January. De Tomas has appeared in more then ten total games and scored five times since arriving, clinching Benfica the bonus money on top of the €20M that was paid to acquire the 25 year old striker. Benfica will also receive as part of the original deal an additional 20% on any future sale by Espanyol, which could actually come very soon with the Catalan club heading to the second division next season after being relegated. Espanyol are also set to return Facundo Ferreyra back to Benfica at the end of the season with the strikers 18 month loan spell coming to an end.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Benfica squad for Famalicao encounter

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Benfica travels north to take on Famalicao in Week 31 action as they look to build on last weeks impressive win over Boavista and continue the chase for top spot in Portugal as the season winds down. Nelson Verissimo will continue to manage the squad until seasons end on an intern basis and he has announced his second squad selection. Benfica will take on Famalicao tomorrow at 9:30pm WEST and will dress 20 players from the list below.

Keepers- Vlachodimos, Mile Svilar, Ivan Zlobin

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

Midfielders- Chiquinho, Pizzi, Franco Cervi, Rafa Silva, Samaris, Florentino, Julian Weigl, Zivkovic, Gabriel

Forwards- Carlos Vinicius, Jota, Dyego Sousa, Seferovic

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Benfica want French center back from Barcelona

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Benfica have added their name along with other European clubs who have interest in Barcelona's U20 French international Jean-Clair Todibo. Barcelona acquired Todibo from Toulouse in the winter of 2019 and loaned the center back to German side Schalke this past January were he appeared in 13 games across all competitions. Schalke declined to pick up the €25M buy option that was attached with the loan but Barcelona are still looking to move on from the youngster which could be had for around €18M. Benfica are weighting their options with the likely departure of current starting center back Ruben Dias during the summer transfer window and have also been linked to center backs Robin Koch of Freiburg and Ruben Semedo of Olympiakos.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Benfica not giving up on Jorge Jesus return

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Benfica who are looking for a manager to replace the departed Bruno Lage have been linked to a variety of available managers but the apple of Benfica President Luis Filipe Vieira's eye remains former Benfica man Jorge Jesus who is currently employed by Brazilian side Flamengo. Jesus managed Benfica from the summer of 2009 to the summer of 2015 leading the club to three League Titles, five League Cups, a Super Cup, a Taca de Portugal, two Europa League finals while managing to win 225 games from 321 managed games during his spell with the club. The stumbling block that Benfica face in acquiring Jesus is that he recently signed a new contract with Flamengo until the summer of 2021 that will pay him an annual salary of €4M but this has not stopped Vieira from sending club representatives to Brazil to discuss the possibility of bringing the 65 year old back home to Portugal. One of Jesus' main concerns with the current club is that he wants to have a squad that is competitive in Europe, Vieira will need to open the purse strings to appease the return of JJ.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Benfica linked with a move for Danilo

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Benfica are one of three clubs linked with a move for Ajax's 21 year old Brazilian striker Danilo with the other two clubs being mentioned by Italy's CalcioNapoli24 being Tottenham and Napoli. Danilo who joined Ajax from Santos in the summer of 2017 has made only four appearances for Ajax's main squad but that has not stopped the European clubs from inquiring about the youngsters services. Danilo has scored 24 goals in 42 appearances for Ajax's U21 side over the past two seasons and would be a welcome addition to Benfica who are looking to add talented youth to their squad as they look to bounce back from a disappointing season. No details at this time have been released of what it would take to land Danilo with the Lisbon side for next season.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Verissimo reveals first squad list for Boavista match

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Benfica goes into its new era post Bruno Lage as they get set to take on Boavista in Week 30 action looking to not only save what is left of their slim championship hopes but also to save face of a poor run of form that has cost the club in more ways then one. Nelson Verissimo leads the squad in an intern role as they get set to take on Boavista tomorrow at home at 9:15pm WEST. Benfica will dress 20 players from the list below.

Keepers- Vlachodimos, Mile Svilar, Ivan Zlobin

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

Midfielders- Chiquinho, Pizzi, Franco Cervi, Rafa Silva, Samaris, Florentino, Julian Weigl, Zivkovic, Gabriel


Forwards- Carlos Vinicius, Jota, Dyego Sousa, Seferovic

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Benfica will take on Porto in Coimbra for Taca Final

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The Portuguese Football Federation has announced that Coimbra's Estadio Cidade de Coimbra will host the Taca de Portugal Final between Benfica and FC Porto on August 1st to wrap up the 2019/20 Portuguese league season. This is the first time the Taca final will be played away from Jamor since the 1982/83 installment was held at Porto's Antas stadium. The FPF has also announced that the season commencing Super Cup which would also pit the same clubs is suspended and will not be played at the start of the 2020/21 season but the federation could consider holding the Final at a later date in the season.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The breakdown of Benfica's contract termination with Lage

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Benfica and Bruno Lage have come to an agreement over the remaining time left on Lage's contract after the club and manager agreed to part ways after a poor run of form by Benfica which looks to have cost the club the league championship this season. When Lage renewed his contract in December he was signed until the summer of 2024 with an annual salary of €2M, which means that the club is on the hook for €8M in wages owed to Lage over the next four years. Benfica will continue to pay Lage his salary until he is hired by another club but the agreement states that depending on Lage's salary earned at set club, the team will pay an difference under the €2M that was agreed in December. The agreement could end up costing Benfica zero dollars if Lage who is represented by Jorge Mendes' Gestifute agency is hired by another club with an annual salary of €2M or more euro and Lage continues to earn the €2M or more over the next 4 years ending his contract with the Lisbon side. Benfica have installed assistant Nelson Verissimo as intern manager of the club as it looks to find Lage's replacement over the coming weeks.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Luis Filipe Vieira accepts Bruno Lage resignation

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Benfica President Luis Filipe Vieira has accepted the resignation of manager Bruno Lage after the club suffered another devastating defeat at the hands of Maritimo earlier today. Benfica now sits six points behind league leaders FC Porto who defeated Pacos Ferreira also today and see their title hopes fade with five league games remaining and Porto holding the tiebreaker. Lage has been unable to right the clubs ship over the past few months amid the long break in between due to the world's current COVID-19 pandemic with the club having earned only eleven points in their last ten games of a possible thirty, with many of the dropped points coming against league minnows.

 

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Benfica squad for away game in Madeira against Maritimo

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Benfica travel over the ocean to Madeira to take on Maritimo in their Week 29 encounter as the squad continues to try to find their form in what is slowly turning into a lost season and championship after falling behind Porto by three points after a stunning home loss to Santa Clara in Week 28. Benfica will be without Ruben Dias and Gabriel due to yello card accumulation and Taarabt due to injury. Benfica will play Maritimo tomorrow at 6pm WEST and they will dress 20 players from the list below.

Keepers- Vlachodimos, Mile Svilar, Ivan Zlobin

Defenders- Tomas Tavares, Jardel, Ferro, Nuno Tavares, Andre Almeida, Morato

Midfielders- Chiquinho, Pizzi, Franco Cervi, Rafa Silva, Samaris, Florentino, Julian Weigl, Zivkovic, Paulo Bernardo

Forwards- Carlos Vinicius, Jota, Dyego Sousa, Seferovic, Goncalo Ramos

Former Inter Milan boss Spalletti latest name linked to Benfica post

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Benfica fans can add the name of Luciano Spalletti as someone that could replace current manager Bruno Lage at the club. According to reports out of Italy's Calciomercato, the 61 year old former Inter Milan manager who has been unemployed since the end of last season is under consideration by Benfica after discussions with Marco Silva hit a snag. Spalletti who has also managed Italian sides Roma and Udinese, spent five seasons with Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg from December 2009 to March 2014 were he led the club to two Russian league titles. Benfica have also had the names of managers Leornardo Jardim and Luis Castro linked as other possible managerial options as the club works feverishly behind the scenes as they look to salvage the season before it is lost.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Marco Silva lined up to take over at Benfica

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With Benfica looking to salvage their season and capture another league championship, the struggling club look to set to part ways with current manager Bruno Lage. The main candidate to replace him is said to be Marco Silva according to various reports coming from Portuguese papers in the last 24 hours. Lage has struggled to get the most out of his club since February, the struggles have seen Benfica blow a seven point lead atop the league to sitting three points behind current league leaders FC Porto. Benfica has only managed to win three of their last ten league games and earned a total of thirteen points out of a possible thirty. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Benfica squad for upcoming Santa Clara encounter

Benfica get set to take on Santa Clara with the chance to put some pressure on Porto with a victory as they play just ahead of their rivals in the battle of top spot. The club hopes to keep their winning ways going into Week 28. Benfica will play Santa Clara today at 7:15pm WEST and they will dress 20 players from the list below.

Keepers- Vlachodimos, Mile Svilar, Ivan Zlobin

Defenders- Tomas Tavares, Ruben Dias, Ferro, Nuno Tavares, Andre Almeida

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

Forwards- Carlos Vinicius, Jota, Dyego Sousa, Seferovic, Goncalo Ramos

Monday, June 22, 2020

Bayer Leverkusen interested in young Benfica right back

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Bayer Leverkusen have stepped up their interest in Benfica right back Joao Ferreira according to reports coming from Portugal. The 19 year old has spent the season toiling with Benfica's B squad appearing in 18 games amid high expectations for the Seixal made product. Leverkusen is said to be sending a representative to Lisbon to meet with the players agent after having kept an eye on the youngsters development this season. Benfica's price tag on Ferreira is a reported €10M, which would be a modest fee for a player linked in the past year to high profile clubs Juventus, Inter Milan and Barcelona. Leverkusen are hoping to succeed were these other clubs failed and take Portugal's U19 starting right back to Germany in time for the start of next seasons campaign.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Benfica manager Lage ready to give starting spot to Seferovic

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Bruno Lage is ready to hand the starting striker spot back to Swiss International Haris Seferovic after a strong performance as a substitute in the clubs last match against Rio Ave. With Benfica struggling to score goals, averaging just 1.25 goals per game over their last eight league games compared to 2.42 in their first 19 games of the season. Bruno Lage is desperate to find a striker to step into the role that Carlos Vinicius filled well for the club during the first half of the season. Seferovic who was last seasons golden boot winner in the Portuguese League with 23 goals got off to a slow start this season without last seasons strike partner Joao Felix giving Vinicius the opportunity to take over his starting role. 

The Brazilian striker who has scored 15 goals on the season has struggled with just one in his last seven games, opening the door for Seferovic to reclaim his starting role once again. Lage also has striker Dyego Sousa at his disposal who is on loan from Chinese club Shenzhen but Sousa has yet to score for the club in his 154 minutes of action. Bruno Lage knows that without a striker scoring regularly for the club, the teams chances of defending their league crown take a steep dive and this is why he is ready to give the reigns to Seferovic when the club takes on Santa Clara later this week.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Benfica being linked to Peruvian attacking midfielder

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Benfica is being linked to 18 year old attacking midfielder Yuriel Celi from Peruvian club AD Cantolao. According to reports from Italy, Benfica have yet to make a formal offer for the player but are currently investigating what it would take to land the player. Celi made the move to the main squad of Cantolao last season making 15 appearances while scoring once, he also featured for the Peru in the South American U17 Championship were he chipped in three goals. Benfica are not the only European club being linked to Celi with several Italian clubs interested in the youngster's services.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

League announces Taca de Portugal Final date

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The Portuguese Football Federation has finally announced a date for the Taca de Portugal final between Benfica and FC Porto. The final will take place on Saturday August 1 at a yet to be determined venue and time but the federation will announce this by months end. The Taca final which is normally played at Jamor is unable to meet the health and safety requirements that have been set due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Benfica will be looking to win their 30th Taca de Portugal in a Classico showdown against their northern rivals.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Benfica squad announced for Rio Ave Week 27 game

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Benfica travel to Vila do Conde to take on Rio Ave with the chance to go level again at the top of the league after FC Porto's scoreless draw against Aves earlier today. The club will be looking to right a wayward ship and snap a long streak of league draws. Benfica will go into Week 27 without injured starters Alex Grimaldo and Jardel plus Andre Almeida will miss the game due to suspension. Benfica will play Rio Ave tomorrow at 9:15pm WEST and they will dress 20 players from the list below.

Keepers- Vlachodimos, Mile Svilar, Ivan Zlobin

Defenders- Tomas Tavares, Ruben Dias, Ferro, Nuno Tavares


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

Forwards- Carlos Vinicius, Jota, Dyego Sousa, Seferovic, Goncalo Ramos

Monday, June 15, 2020

Benfica ready to go with a "Made in Seixal" back four

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Benfica's famed Seixal academy will be on display when the club gets set to face Rio Ave in Week 27 action as the club looks to right a wayward ship. With the season ending injury suffered by left back Alex Grimaldo, the almost season ending injury to center back Jardel and a suspension to right back Andre Almeida. Bruno Lage will turn to a "Made in Seixal" back four for the clubs upcoming league game. Regular starter Ruben Dias will be joined by his usual center back partner Ferro and two Tavares' on the flanks in Tomas and Nuno. The quartet will have an average age 21.25 years and it will be the first time that the club has featured four defenders from its Seixal academy as starters in a league play. Benfica is looking to salvage a season that has gotten away from them and hope that the youngsters can provide a spark with their energy going forward as the club looks to snap a run of four league draws in a row.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Benfica release update on injured defenders

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Benfica have released updates on injured defenders Alex Grimaldo and Jardel and the news is not good for the club or their fans. Grimaldo will miss the rest of the season after suffering ligament damage to his left knee and Jardel will miss the majority of what is left in the season possibly returning for the final couple of games due to a muscle injury in his left thigh. The two players were both injured in this weeks Portimonense encounter which will not open the door for a return to the starting eleven for Ferro and Nuno Tavares. Grimaldo has appeared in 41 games across all competitions for the club scoring once while setting up eight goals. Jardel who seems set to retire after this season has battled injuries all year and has appeared in only 12 games across all competitions.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Napoli interested in Benfica youngster Tavares

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Italian club Napoli are being linked with Benfica youngster Tomas Tavares according to reports coming from Sky Sports Italia. The 19 year old right back is seen as a possible replacement for current back up Faouzi Ghoulam. Tavares made his first team debut this season and is another product from the clubs fame Seixal academy. Tavares has appeared in 25 games across all competitions for the club this season but has yet to record a goal or an assist and has been forced into action due to regular starter Andre Almeida battling an injury bug on multiple occasions this season. Although no dollar values have been released, Benfica is notorious for wanting top dollar for their academy players and Tavares will be no different.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Benfica squad for Portimonense game released

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Benfica look to snap out of a funk that started in February as they travel south to take on Portiminense in Week 26 action. Benfica blew their chance to take sole possession of top spot in the league last week with a scoreless draw against Tondela which was then followed by harsh criticism from the clubs President. Bruno Lage has asked the players to dig deep for today's encounter. Benfica will play Portimonense today at 7:00pm WEST and they will dress 20 players from the list below.

Keepers- Vlachodimos, Mile Svilar, Ivan Zlobin

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

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


Forwards- Carlos Vinicius, Jota, Dyego Sousa, Seferovic

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Benfica linked to Independiente center back

Benfica are once again being linked with Uruguayan center back Gaston Silva who currently is with Argentinian club Independiente. The 26 year old center back is currently owed wages by the Argentinian club and is moving to void his current contract due to the situation, which in turn would make him available to sign with any club on a free transfer. The Uruguayan International last played in Europe in 2017 as a member of Italian club Torino and also appeared for Spanish side Granada. Silva has appeared in 20 games across all competitions for Independiente chipping in one assist. Silva is also a regular call up for his country's national side and was a member of the Uruguayan team that knocked out Portugal from World Cup 2018 in the round of 16.

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Benfica and Porto both being linked to Nordsjaelland defender

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Portuguese clubs Benfica and FC Porto are both being linked to Nordsjaelland central defender Abdul Mumin. The 22 year old Ghanaian looks to be a cheaper alternative for the clubs which have seen their finances effected by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Mumin's contract is set to expire this summer and would be available to both clubs for free. Mumin has applied his trade in Denmark since the summer of 2016 and has appeared in 24 games across all competitions for the Danish side, scoring on one occasion.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Benfica President lashes out at club for poor start

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Benfica President Luis Filipe Vieira lashed out at the club after another poor performance by the squad upon their return to action from a long layoff due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Benfica who at the end of January looked to be running away with the league title, took a turn for the worse and not even a break has gotten the club back in gear. The Benfica President addressed the club and let them know that he expects more commitment, desire and emotion in their play as he looks to win another league championship. Vieiria had a long conversation with manager Bruno Lage and expects some sort of changes to snap this funk.


Benfica players feel that the timing of the criticism are both unfair and untrue especially after the clubs bus was stoned, sending Julian Weigl and Zivkovic to hospital with minor injuries. The homes of manager Bruno Lage, Pizzi, Rafa Silva and Alex Grimaldo were also vandalized with vulgar graffiti spray painted on the property gates and walls. The world lock down due to COVID-19 has had emotional and psychological effects to many people across the world which could explain the extreme outbursts after only one game of action. Those responsible for this violence need to find better outlets or seek medical help to deal with any emotional trauma suffered during this unfortunate times and avoid harming the squad or their families.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Benfica blows chance to move into league lead

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Benfica's return to action after a long lay off due to the current COVID-19 pandemic did not present much of a change from when they last played with the club dropping points once again to Tondela in a scoreless draw, a club currently fighting relegation. Benfica have now dropped points in three straight league games with all those encounters ending in draws and have earned 6 of a possible 18 points in their last six league games but somehow still sit tied with FC Porto atop the Portuguese league.

Benfica can thank Famalicao who handed Porto a loss in their return to action yesterday for even moving into the tie for top spot, although Porto do hold the tiebreaker. Benfica's form has been so poor of late that some might wonder if Bruno Lage should renew his library card and get some books on tactics as last seasons all world manager doesn't seem to know the difference between a watermelon and a banana right now. Lage is slowly looking like a manager that made one right move last season and that was inserting Joao Felix into a regular role with the club.

Benfica roster for Tondela encounter

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Benfica return to action after a long lay off due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will play Tondela in Week 25 action at an empty Estadio da Luz. Benfica will be looking to take advantage of FC Porto's loss to Famalicao in their first game to leap frog the current league leaders for top spot in the league. Benfica will play Tondela today at 7:15pm WEST and they will dress 18 players from the list below.

Keepers- Vlachodimos, Mile Svilar, Ivan Zlobin

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

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

Forwards- Carlos Vinicius, Jota, Dyego Sousa, Seferovic

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Benfica's Estadio da Luz could host Champions League Final

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Thanks to the current COVID-19 pandemic effecting the globe, UEFA is looking at safer alternatives to host their Champions League Final and Benfica's Estadio da Luz has been mentioned as a potential host stadium to conclude the 2019/20 tournament. UEFA currently have security concerns with hosting the final in Istanbul as was originally the case and are thinking of condensing the tournament for the final eight with a one game elimination format all in one country. This would reduce travel and safety concerns as well as reducing the amount of games that are normally played. Lisbon is considered an ideal location with their newer stadiums, low COVID numbers and with no Portuguese clubs remaining in the tournament, no one club would have any type of advantage with no fans set to attend the games. Benfica's Estadio da Luz last hosted the Champions League final in 2014 which pitted an all Madrid showdown between Real and Atletico.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Benfica's potential starting line up against Tondela

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With Benfica set to return to action on Thursday at home against Tondela, reports out of Portugal have stated that Bruno Lage looks to have his starting eleven picked and ready when league play recommences. Lage is said to be looking to go with Vlachodimos, Andre Almeida, Ruben Dias, Ferro, Alex Grimaldo, Gabriel, Julian Weigl, Rafa Silva, Pizzi, Taarabt and Carlos Vinicius in the starting eleven against Tondela. The long layoff has benefited the club when it's come to it's injury list with the return to action of players Andre Almeida and Gabriel who were out of the lineup at the time of stoppage. Their return to the lineup will see Lage experiment with midfielder Taarabt in the secondary striker/attacking midfielder role along side striker Carlos Vinicius. Benfica have ten games remaining in the season and will look to kickoff their return to play with a win over Tondela.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Benfica to have a piece of members in stadium

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Benfica have let it be known through their social media channels that they will place a club scarf on all the stadium seats during their final five league home games. The initiative by the club wants the scarves to be sent in by the clubs members who can mail in their club scarves, drop them off at the clubs official stores or through Casas do Benfica. Benfica has labelled the campaign "We don't lower our arms" and look to replicate the chilling moment when the clubs hymn is sung by the fans by having a piece of every club member represented at the games.



Thursday, May 28, 2020

Tavares over Almeida as league gets ready to restart

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With Benfica set to return to action on June 4 at home against Tondela, Bruno Lage has a decision to make when it comes to the starting right back position. Andre Almeida the normal starting right back is recovery from an extended lay off due to an ankle injury and has not appeared in a game since the beginning of  February. Almeida is currently a step behind his teammates in pace during training sessions and Lage looks ready to name youngster Tomas Tavares as he clubs right back for next weeks restart game. Almeida has battled injuries all season having appeared in only 17 of the clubs games across all competitions this season while Tavares has appeared in 25. Lage hopes that Almeida will be up to speed as the training sessions continue and hope to have the vice-captain back in his regular spot after a couple of game into the restart.