Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Benfica share the spoils in Champions League

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Benfica commenced their Champions League group stage campaign with a scoreless draw in Kiev against Dynamo as the two clubs who sit atop their leagues were unable to decide a winner. Some may say Benfica escaped Kiev with a draw after a late flurry by the hosts, who had an injury time winner reversed by VAR for offside but the Lisbon side was the better club on this night and were just unable to finish their chances.

Benfica had the ball on their feet for 68% of the match while both clubs produced just one big chance each in the game with Benfica's coming when striker Yaremchuk was unable to score against his former club, taking a point blank shot right at the legs of the Dynamo keeper. Benfica will take the away draw and the €900K that comes with it as they look to their second group game against group favourites Bayern Munich at the Luz on September 29.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Benfica win fifth straight league game

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Benfica have maintained their perfect start to the season after a convincing 5-0 victory over Azorian club Santa Clara earlier today and are now 5-0-0 and sit atop Portugal alone. Benfica have had one of the busier schedules since the start of the season with their league play and their qualification games for the Champions League and have played a total of nine games since their first official game on August 10th against Spartak Moscow.

Benfica fans should not get excited just yet as the club had the same exact start to the season last year before being handed a week six 3-0 drubbing by Boavista that sent the clubs season spiraling. Boavista will look to mimic what they did last season as they will once again be Benfica's Week 6 opponents but will this time have to travel to Benfica's home ground to complete the task. The Lisbon side will be looking to squash any chances of a deja vu by the Porto club and continue on their league run but not before heading to Kiev to take on Dynamo for their opening game of Champions League play.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Benfica turned away Zenit before window closed

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Benfica decided during the transfer window that they preferred to keep Portuguese International forward Rafa Silva with the club as opposed to agreeing to terms with Russian side Zenit. Benfica turned down a move for the 28 year old that would have saw the club pocket €30M but with Benfica qualifying for the Champions League and a guaranteed €37M to start by making the group stage it was easy to turn away the lucrative offer.

Rafa has been with Benfica since the summer of 2016 and has appeared in 188 games for the club across all competitions. Rafa in that time has scored 49 goals while setting up an additional 32, the speedy winger has yet to play outside of Portugal during his playing career. It was Zenit's second failed attempt to lure Rafa to Russia after failing to come to terms with Braga in 2016 and losing out on the player to Benfica then.

Monday, September 6, 2021

Rostov trying to close Gabriel loan move

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Benfica are in talks with Russian side FC Rostov on a potentially loan move for midfielder Gabriel, which would need to be closed quickly with the Russian transfer window set to close tomorrow. The two clubs are still discussing financial terms and a medical would still need to be done. The 27 year old is not in manager Jorge Jesus' plans for the season and Benfica are hoping to move out the Brazilian on a cash loan to Rostov.

Gabriel joined Benfica in the summer of 2018 from Leganes for €9.6M and has appeared in 100 games for the club across all competitions, scoring five goals while setting up another seven goals. Gabriel was a member of the Bruno Lage squad that came back with a magical run to capture the clubs last league title during the 2018/19 season. Gabriel also won the 2019 Portuguese Super Cup and has spent a good chunk of his youth career in Italy.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Benfica announce Champions League squad

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Benfica have announced their Champions League squad for the 2021/22 group stage campaign which is set to kick off later this month. Jorge Jesus has announced a squad of players that he will have to chose from on game days baring any injuries. * is B List player

The squad looks as follows:

Keepers: Vlachodimos, Helton Leite, Mile Svilar

Defenders: Andre Almeida, Gilberto, Jan Vertonghen, Otamendi, Ferro, Lucas Verissimo, Alex Grimaldo, *Morato

Midfielders: Pizzi, Joao Mario, Julien Weigl, Meite, Taarabt, Diogo Goncalves, Gedson Fernandes, Everton, Radonjic, Lazaro,*Paulo Bernardo

Forwards: Darwin Nunez, Yaremchuk, *Goncalo Ramos, Rafa Silva, Haris Seferovic, Rodrigo Pinho

Thursday, September 2, 2021

The Ins and Outs for Benfica during the summer transfer window

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It as was a busy summer of moves for Benfica as they looked to improve their squad for the 2021/22 season. Benfica made over twenty moves from the arrival of striker Roman Yaremchuk to the departure of striker Luca Waldschmidt among the many ins and outs moving aroung the Lisbon side. When all was said and done Benfica earned €24M from all their moves along with an additional €37M for qualifying for this seasons Champions League. I take a look at the moves made by the Encarnados during this summer transfer window.

Arrived at Benfica

Roman Yaremchuk - Purchased from Gent for €17M
Soualiho Meite - Purchased from Torino for €6M
Gil Dias - Purchased from Monaco for €1.5M
Nemanja Radonjic - Loaned from Marseille for €1M
Valentino Lazaro - Loaned from Inter Milan
Joao Mario - Free Transfer
Rodrigo Pinho - Free Transfer

Departed Benfica

Pedrinho - Sold to Shakhtar Donetsk for €18M
Luca Waldschmidt - Sold to Wolfsburg for €12M
Nuno Tavares - Sold to Arsenal for €8M
Franco Cervi - Sold to Celta Vigo for €4M
Caio Lucas - Sold to Sharjah FC for €2M
Filip Krovinovic - Sold to Hadjuk Split for €1.5M
Alfa Semedo - Sold to Guimaraes for €1.5M
Carlos Vinicius - Loaned to PSV for €2.5M
Florentino Luis - Loaned to Getafe for €500K
Jota - Loaned to Celtic
Chiquinho - Loaned to Braga
Tomas Tavares - Loaned to Basel
Tiago Dantas - Loaned to Tondela
Nuno Santos - Loaned to Pacos Ferreira
Ilija Vukotic - Loaned to Boavista
Pedro Pereira - Loaned to Monza
Joao Ferreira - Loaned to Guimaraes
Tyronne Ebuehi - Loaned to Venezia
Jardel - Free Agent Departure
Andreas Samaris - Free Agent Departure

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Benfica has a busy deadline day

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Benfica had a busy deadline day to follow up a busy second last day yesterday that saw more players heading out the exit door then into the Lisbon club. Benfica moved Chiquinho, Tomas Tavares and Joao Fereira on loan to Braga, Basel and Guimaraes respectively, while the club and midfielder Andreas Samaris came to an agreement on rescinding the 32 year olds contract.

Benfica did see the arrival of midfielder Valentino Lazaro on loan from Inter Milan for the season in what turned into a very busy 48 hour window. Chiquinho's loan move to Braga does not include any purchase option, while Basel can purchase 50% of Tavares rights at the conclusion of the season for €5M. Guimaraes also have a buy option on Joao Ferreira for the same €5M but it is unknown what percentage of the player the Minhoto club would acquire.

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Benfica's loan move for Lazaro from Inter Milan does include an option to make the move permanent at seasons end and it is reported to be for around €8.5M. Benfica did not move on from midfielder Gabriel who was linked with a move to Brazil to join Sao Paulo and the club was also in discussions with Gil Vicente on loaning keeper Mile Svilar but that move failed to materialize before the window closed.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Benfica moving out players before the deadline

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Benfica continue to work on moving out players that Jorge Jesus has no intention of utilizing this season and with the transfer window set to close tomorrow the club is hard at work. Today saw Benfica send out striker Carlos Vinicius on a two year loan to PSV in which the club will receive €2.5M up front and PSV have an option to make the move permanent for a reported €10M for 50% of Vinicius' rights.

Benfica moved Florentino Luis to Getafe also on loan for the season in which Benfica will receive €500K for the loan and Getafe have the option to buy 50% of Florentino's rights for €10M at seasons end. The moves didn't stop there as forward Jota is reported to have completed his medical and will join Celtic for the season on loan, Celtic will have the option to make the move permanent at seasons end for €7.5M of 75% of Jota's playing rights.

Although Benfica had a busy day they are still looking for homes for Chiquinho, Gabriel, Samaris and Ferro before the deadline window shuts until January but have yet to agree to terms with any clubs to move the players. Chiquinho has been linked in recent days with Italian side Torino, while Gabriel is linked with a move to Brazilian side Sao Paulo.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Taarabt suspended until October by league

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The Portuguese League has announced the suspension of Benfica midfielder Adel Taarabt for 23 days and 2 games for an incident that took place in the Taca de Portugal final against Braga back in May. The incident involved a red card that Taarabt received at the end of the encounter in which he was unhappy by a tackle received at the hands of Braga's Lucas Piazon and proceeded to initiate a melee that saw several players on both sides push and shove one another.

Taarabt will first serve his 23 day suspension which would end on September 19 and then serve his two game suspension. In total Taarabt will miss five league games and due to International competition in both September and October will not be available again until October 24 when the club travels to take on Vizela. Braga's former keeper and technical team member Eduardo was also suspended for 30 days for his part in the incident.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Benfica Champions League group revealed

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Benfica have learned their fate when it comes to their UEFA Champions League campaign and will be a part of Group A along with Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Dynamo Kiev in a very competitive group as the club looks to advance to the round of 16 campaign in the new year. Benfica's group schedule looks like this

 

Game 1- September 14  - at Dynamo Kiev

Game 2- September 29 - vs Barcelona

Game 3- October 20 - vs Bayern Munich

Game 4- November 2 - at Bayern Munich

Game 5- November 23 - at Barcelona

Game 6- December 8 - vs Dynamo Kiev

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Benfica move into Champions League group stage

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Benfica will join Sporting and FC Porto in the Champions League group stage this season after holding off a persistent PSV to a scoreless draw in their second leg encounter. Benfica went down to ten men at the 32nd minute mark of the game after Lucas Verissimo received his second yellow card in what was a bit of a questionable decision but it turned the game on it's head with Benfica providing little to no attack the rest of the way, but the club put on a superb defensive clinic with a little luck on the side.

Benfica will now receive around €37M from UEFA for qualifying for the group stage and are guaranteed six games in the Champions League to add more to that total. UEFA will pay out €3.28M for every group stage win and €1.09M for each draw in the competition. The qualification will also keep the club away from selling important pieces, unlike last season when their failure to make the group stage saw defender Ruben Dias depart before the summer transfer window closed.

Benfica will be placed in pot 3 for Thursday's group stage draw along with FC Porto, Ajax, RB Leipzig, Atalanta, Zenit and two of Shakhtar Donetsk, RB Salzburg, Besiktas or Dynamo Kiev depending on the results of tomorrow's final playoff games. A group of death featuring previous champions is very likely this season with the potential of a Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and AC Milan joining Benfica when the draw takes hold.

 

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Benfica making mistake with Waldschmidt potential move

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Benfica are close to agreeing to a move away from the club of German striker Luca Waldschmidt with the reported destination looking to be Bundesliga club Wolfsburg. The move is said to be for €12M and could be announced next week after Benfica's Champions League playoff game against PSV. Benfica paid just last summer €15M for the 25 year old to join from German club Freiburg and looks to be a bad business deal with the club taking a hit of €3M on the negotiation.

It is said that Waldschmidt is looking for a move back to his homeland in search of regularly playing time and with Benfica stacked at the striker position, a few strikers are expected to move before the transfer window closes. Benfica currently have strikers Haris Seferovic and Rodrigo Pinho on the sidelines with injury but will see the return of Darwin Nunez after a 3 month lay off, throw in recently acquired striker Roman Yaremchuk with Goncalo Ramos and Carlos Vinicius and that is too many strikers for one or two positions in the starting eleven.

The 25 year old German International has appeared in 43 games across all competitions for Benfica, scoring 12 goals while setting up 4. Benfica would be wise to hang onto the left footed striker and look to capitalize on the older Seferovic who caught the eye of many clubs after his performance at this summers Euro tournament. While 2019-20 top scorer Carlos Vinicius also looks ready to depart the club again, as manager Jesus seems to have no interest in giving the Brazilian playing time. Benfica need to move strikers but Waldschmidt is the wrong one to move on from but what can you expect from a club that seems to have lost it's way.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Benfica with toe in Champions League group stage

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Benfica are a win or a draw away from qualifying for the Champions League group stage after their 2-1 first leg victory at the Estadio da Luz over Dutch side PSV Eindhoven earlier today. Benfica got a pair of first half goals from Rafa Silva and Julian Weigl before Cody Gakpo cut into the lead early into the second half but that would be as close as PSV would get in this game with the second leg set to take place next Tuesday in the Netherlands. Thanks to a rule change by UEFA this season, the away goal is not as important as previous seasons as any one goal loss would see the game go into additional time to decide the winner but a two goal loss would see Benfica miss out on the Champions League group stage for the second season in a row.


Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Benfica want to move on from striker Vinicius

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Benfica are looking to find a place to move striker Carlos Vinicius before the transfer window closes and would prefer to cash in on the 26 year old as opposed to another loan move, that saw the striker spend last season in England with Tottenham. Vinicius is not one of manager Jorge Jesus' preferred choices up front and is behind a handful of strikers at the club.

Vinicius has been linked with German side Eintracht Frankfurt over the past couple of weeks and it has been reported that Frankfurt are intensifying their pursuit but are only open to a loan move at this time with a €25M option to buy at seasons end. Benfica are said to be pushing for a compulsory buy option at the same price tag based on the appearances made by Vinicius.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Andre Almeida set to return after long layoff

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Andre Almeida makes his long awaited return to the Benfica lineup after spending 10 months on the sideline recovering from a rupture to both his cruciate ligament and internal lateral ligament, which he suffered in Week 4 of the 2020/21 season against Rio Ave. Almeida who has appeared in 282 games for Benfica across all competitions has been included in Jorge Jesus' roster list for today's Week 2 game at home against Arouca but will need to compete with current right backs Diogo Goncalves and Gilberto for playing time going forward. It has been a long and difficult road for the 30 year but it is good to see him back healthy.


Thursday, August 12, 2021

Benfica landing Barcelona's Umtiti not happening

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Europe sports dailies have had a field day the last 24 hours reporting on a Benfica move for out of favour Barcelona center back Samuel Umtiti. Benfica are reported to have offered the financially strapped Catalan side €10M to land Umtiti on a permanent move to Lisbon as the club looks to add depth to their center back core. An injury to starting center back Jan Vertonghen suffered during the clubs Champions League qualifier against Spartak Moscow earlier this week got the rumours rolling on the clubs move to land an experienced center back.

Benfica manager Jorge Jesus has used a 3-5-2 formation in all games to date this season and the Vertonghen injury has seen the club turn to an inexperienced fourth option in 20 year old defender Morato. As much as Benfica fans would like to see the Barca defender apply his trade at the Estadio da Luz this season, it is an unrealistic acquisition due to the fact that the 27 year old defender currently earns roughly €12M per season and has a contract with Barcelona until the summer of 2023.

Although the French international has already been informed that he will not see much playing time if he remains with Barcelona, a move away would more then likely not see the defender join Benfica due to the fact that he would need a drastic pay decrease to fit into Benfica's current budget. Benfica's top earner this season Joao Mario, earns slightly under €4M per season so we can all see why this move is not going to work. Benfica does need an experienced fourth option center back but Umtiti will not be it, so the search will continue.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Benfica win to move into Champions League playoff

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Benfica have moved one step closer to the Champions League group stage after their convincing 2-0 victory of Spartak Moscow in the second leg of their Champions League qualifier and have advanced 4-0 on aggregate. Benfica will now face Dutch side PSV for a spot in the Champions League and a windfall of millions. This game saw the return of fans to the stands as the club hosted 15,000+.

Benfica scored a pair of second half goals from deflections with the first at the 58 minute mark by newcomer Joao Mario and the second which was awarded as an own goal in injury time from another new comer Roman Yaremchuk, who's shot deflected off two Spartak defenders into the net. Benfica and PSV will play their two leg playoff on August 17 and 24, with Benfica hosting the first leg.

Friday, August 6, 2021

Benfica need one more center back to join club

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The season is ready to get underway and Benfica could use one more center back for the season, especially if they will continue to play in a three center back system each and every game. The starting three of Nicolas Otamendi, Jan Vertonghen and Lucas Verissimo are currently backed up by Morato and Ferro, two players that Jorge Jesus is not super excited to use regularly if one of the starting three is injured.

The likely hood of injury is always present and with Otamendi and Vertonghen pushing close to their mid thirties, Benfica could use a center back with a little experience to shore up the fourth center back position. Benfica should look within the league to keep the cost low and a name that comes to mind is Moreirense's captain Lazar Rosic. 

The Serbian has been in Portugal since the summer of 2016, spending time at Braga and Nacional before joining Moreirense. Rosic has appeared in 117 games since arriving in Portugal across all competitions, scoring 5 goals while setting up a pair. Rosic has the league experience to step in if one of the starting three were to go down with injury and would end up being a good insurance policy for the season.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Benfica win over Spartak in first leg

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Benfica opened their Champions League group stage quest with a victory in Moscow over Spartak 2-0 earlier today. Benfica opened the scoring in the second half when Rafa Silva scored in the 51st minute on a neat give and go with midfielder Joao Mario. Benfica then doubled their lead when Lucas Verissimo feed a pass through to right back Gilberto in the 74th minute.

Benfica will kick off their league season on the weekend against Moreirense before hosting Spartak in the second leg on Tuesday August 10th. If Benfica hang onto their advantage they will move onto the final playoff were they will take on the winner of PSV and Midtjylland were PSV have the advantage after posting a 3-0 victory on Tuesday.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Benfica find out path to Champions League group stage

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Benfica have found out their path today to the Champions League group stage and all the riches that it entails, it commences this week with a game in Moscow against Spartak. Benfica will play the two leg series in the Champions League 3rd qualifying round this Wednesday with the return leg back in Lisbon on Tuesday August 10th.

If Benfica advance past Spartak then they will face off against the winners of PSV and Midtjylland in the final playoff to land a spot in the coveted Champions League group stage. The final playoff will have the first leg take place on August 17 or 18 at home with the second leg away on August 24 or 25.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Benfica to land Yaremchuk from Gent

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Ukrainian striker Roman Yaremchuk arrived in Lisbon late last night with Benfica director Rui Pedro Braz to finalize his move to Benfica after weeks of speculation. Benfica are said to have agreed to pay Belgian club Gent €15M for the 25 year old's rights and will sign Yaremchuk to a contract for five seasons. The signing should see Benfica cash in on current strikers Haris Seferovic and Carlos Vinicius as they look to whittle down the congestion in the forward position. Yaremchuk has spent the past four seasons with Gent were he has appeared in 152 games across all competitions, scoring 61 goals while setting up an additional 18.


Friday, July 30, 2021

Benfica release Champions League roster

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Benfica have announced their roster for their upcoming first leg Champions League game against Spartak Moscow on August 4 at 6pm WEST. Benfica have left Ferro, Gabriel, Samaris and Jota off the squad while Andre Almeida and Darwin Nunez are out with injuries.

Keepers- Helton Leite, Vlachodimos, Mile Svilar

Defenders- Gilberto, Jan Vertonghen, Nicolas Otamendi, Morato, Lucas Verissimo, Alex Grimaldo

Midfielders- Julian Weigl, Pizzi, Taarabt, Joao Mario, Chiquinho, Gil Dias, Florentino, Gedson Fernandes, Meite, Diogo Goncalves

Forwards- Seferovic, Carlos Vinicius, Rodrigo Pinho, Everton, Rafa Silva, Waldschmidt

Extras B List - Goncalo Ramos, Paulo Bernardo, Tomas Araujo

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Benfica linked to Utrecht winger

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The Dutch press are reporting that Benfica are interested in landing Utrecht winger Gyrano Kerk during this transfer window as the Lisbon side continues their search to bolster their squad for the upcoming season. The 25 year old has also been linked with a move to Anderlecht who are said to have already had a €4M offer rejected by the Dutch club.

Kerk has been with Utrecht since joining their U19 club during the summer of 2012 and became a regular member of the main squad during the 2016/17 season. Kerk has appeared in 173 games across all competitions for Utrecht, scoring 42 goals while setting up an additional 43. Benfica will need an offer of around €10M for Utrecht to part ways with the winger. 

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Benfica and Roma inquire about Getafe midfielder

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According to Spanish page MARCA both Benfica and Roma have spoken to Getafe officials about the current status of Serbian midfielder Nemanja Maksimovic but neither club has yet to make a formal offer for the 26 year old's services. Any negotiations for Maksimovic won't be easy as Valencia still hold 30% of the players rights and Getafe is looking for a knockout offer to proceed with any sale.

Maksimovic joined Getafe in the summer of 2018 for €10M and has appeared in 118 games across all competitions, scoring four goals while setting up one in his time with the club. Maksimovic has also seen time with Valencia, Astana and Verona's U19 side in his playing career and has earned 31 caps for the Serbian national side.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Pedro Pereira returns to Italy on loan

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Benfica right back Pedro Pereira will be returning to Italy to join Serie B side Monza on loan with a mandatory option to make the move permanent in January for €3M. The 25 year old has a tonne of experience playing in Italy already having appeared with Sampdoria, Genoa and last season as a member of Crotone. 

Benfica acquired Pereira in the winter of 2017 from Sampdoria for €2.66M but he has appeared in only one league game with the club, spending the majority of his time as member away on loan. Pereira joins U21 international Danny Mota at Monza as the Italian side looks to earn promotion to Serie A.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Rui Vitoria's Spartak first test in Champions League qualification

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Benfica's quest to land in the Champions League group stage and all the millions that are involved for qualifying for UEFA's premier club event is set to kick off against former bench boss Rui Vitoria's Spartak Moscow. Benfica found out their opponents in the 3rd qualifying round of the Champions League earlier today in Nyon, Switzerland and are set to face the Russian side on either August 3/4 in Moscow and August 10 in Lisbon.

A win by Benfica will move them into the final playoff which will put them one tie away from the group stage while a loss will see the club fall into the Europa League group stage for a second straight season. Rui Vitoria managed Benfica from the summer of 2015 until he was let go midway through the 2018/19 season. Vitoria won two Portuguese League titles along with a Taca de Portugal, League Cup and Super Cup in his time at the helm.

Benfica and Spartak's only other encounter in UEFA action came in the Group Stage of the 2012/13 Champions League which saw both clubs win at home in their two games played. Benfica finished 3rd in the group that year and went all the way to the Europa League finals were they lost 2-1 to Chelsea on a heartbreaking additional time goal.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Benfica linked to yet another midfielder

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With the struggle in obtaining Braga midfielder Al Musrati, Benfica are looking for alternatives to add to their midfield and are now linked to Torino midfielder Soualiho Meite who spent the second half of last season on loan at AC Milan. Having secured Joao Mario earlier in the week, Benfica are hoping to land one more midfielder for Jorge Jesus' squad who can play in the number 6 position.

Meite is just another name on a long list of midfielders linked to the club this summer which has included Willian Arao, Steven Nzonzi along with Musrati. Meite has been a member of Torino since the summer of 2018 when he joined from Monaco for €11.5M. Meite appeared in 37 games across all competitions last season between Torino and AC Milan, scoring once while setting up four goals.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Benfica linked to Diego Costa once again

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Benfica are once again being linked with Spanish striker Diego Costa who has been without club since January of this year after mutually agreeing to part ways with Atletico Madrid. According to Spanish publication AS, Costa is intrigued by a return to Portugal, were he spent time in 2006 and 2007 as a member of Braga and Penafiel.

The 32 year old striker prefers a move to join Benfica and although reports state that Benfica reached an agreement with the striker months ago, it is said to depend on the clubs qualification for the Champions League this season. The Brazilian born Spanish International has spent most of his playing career in Spain with a spell in between in England with Chelsea, but has spent a lot of time the past few seasons injured.

Benfica might be wise to avoid a move for Costa due to this fact, as the club currently has Haris Seferovic, Carlos Vinicius, Luca Waldschmidt, Rodrigo Pinho and the currently injured Darwin Nunez along with youngster Goncalo Ramos in a crowded striker position. The club would be wise to use its resources to fill more important needs in the left and right back positions.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Benfica linked to Gent striker from Ukraine

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Benfica continue to shop around as they look to strengthen their line up for the 2021/22 season and reports from Belgian site Voetbal24 have the club linked to Gent striker Roman Yaremchuk. Yaremchuk joined Gent in the summer of 2017 from Dynamo Kiev for a mere €2M and has since appeared in 152 games across all competitions for the club, scoring 61 goals. 

Voetbal24 reports that Yaremchuk has given Gent the go ahead to make a move this summer and although AC Milan and West Ham have also been linked with the striker, Yaremchuk is said to prefer a move to Benfica. The only obstacle in place is Gent's price tag on Yaremchuk which is set at €25M but Benfica are currently working on negotiating a lower fee.

The 25 year old was recently a member of Ukraine's 2020 Euro squad, scoring twice in his nations quarter-final run and any move for Yaremchuk would certainly see Benfica move out a striker or two from its current line up with Haris Seferovic and Carlos Vinicius the two most likely to depart the club with his arrival.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Jorge Jesus tired of waiting on Al Musrati wants Arao

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Benfica bench boss Jorge Jesus has asked the club to go after one of his former Flamengo players in defensive midfielder Willian Arao according to reports from Portugal. Jesus is frustrated with the progress that the club has made on Braga's Al Musrati and wants to shore up his midfield with the season less then a month away.

Jesus is a fan of Arao's characteristics and what he can bring to the number six position, the move would also cost substantially less then the acquisition of Musrati. Jesus asked the club for two new midfielders this off season and with Joao Mario close to joining the club, Arao would be the second midfielder.

Arao has been with Flamengo since January 2016 and has appeared in 231 games for the club across all competitions, scoring 19 goals while setting up an additional 19. Arao has spent his entire playing career in Brazil and a move to Benfica would be the first time playing abroad for the 29 year old. Arao was a member of Jesus' 2019 Copa Libertadores squad.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Benfica 2021/22 season schedule released

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The Portuguese League released the 2021/22 season schedule earlier today and Benfica have learned their path to reclaiming glory during the upcoming campaign. Benfica will open the season on the road against Moreirense in August and kick off their home league schedule the following week against recently promoted Arouca at the Estadio da Luz.

Benfica will face Sporting in the Lisbon Derby in Week 13 when they host last seasons league champions. Benfica will travel to Porto for the Classico in Week 16 facing FC Porto at the Dragao, other notable encounters are a Week 5 match up in the Acores against Santa Clara, they host Braga in Week 11 and end the season on the road at Pacos Ferreira.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Benfica interested in Werder Bremen midfielder

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Benfica's search for midfield help has them now linked with Werder Bremen's attacking midfielder Leonardo Bittencourt according to German publication Bild. The 27 year old looks set to head elsewhere after the historic German club was relegated to the second division for the coming season. Bremen are said to be open to moving Bittencourt for a mere €5M.

Benfica have previously been linked to Bittencourt during the summer of 2018 but the German born midfielder declined to leave Germany instead opting for a move from Cologne who he was with at the time and joining Hoffenheim. Bittencourt appeared in 29 games across all competitions last season, scoring five goals while setting up two.

Monday, July 5, 2021

Benfica's Seferovic the apple of English clubs eyes

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Benfica striker Haris Seferovic has gained the attention of various clubs mostly from the English Premiership after a terrific performance at Euro 2020 were the 29 year old Swiss International scored 3 goals with a pair coming in a round of 16 clash against France that saw the Swiss advance on penalties. Seferovic has been linked with Tottenham, Everton, West Ham and Wolverhampton over the past couple of weeks.

Seferovic finished the 2020/21 season as Benfica's top scorer with 26 goals across all competitions and has scored 69 goals since joining the Lisbon side in the summer of 2017 on a free transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt. Seferovic has won one league championship and two Super Cups in his time at the club, along with the golden boot during the 2018/19 campaign. 

Benfica are said to have increased their price tag on Seferovic to around €30M after his Euro display, Seferovic is signed with the club until the summer of 2024. Benfica has an abundance of strikers at their disposal and the sale of Seferovic this summer could see the club hang onto Carlos Vinicius who spent the 2020/21 season on loan at Tottenham but returned to the club after the English side decided to not activate the buy option of €40M on the player.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Benfica reach agreement with Electronic Arts (EA)

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Benfica announce that it and video game maker Electronic Arts (EA) have reached an agreement to renew their partnership going forward. Electronic Arts is the maker of the hugely popular series FIFA which is released under it's label EA Sports. Benfica CEO Domingos Oliveira released a statement during the announcement that stated the two companies are committed to technology as a driving force for their development and it is natural that they should stay together. The renewal demonstrates the value of Benfica by global leading partners in their industries. Benfica also stated that they will soon announce joint actions with EA Sports which may include the clubs stadium the Estadio da Luz being added to the FIFA series of games.


Friday, July 2, 2021

Benfica and Sporting to battle for Algarve Cup

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Benfica and Sporting are set to battle in a pre-season tournament taking place in the Algarve between July 14 to 18 at the Algarve Stadium near Faro. Benfica and Sporting will be joined in the competition by Boavista and Belgian side Gent. Benfica and Sporting will not actually meet in the four game tournament but will both play Boavista and Gent with the first place team awarded the Algarve Cup.

July 14 Sporting vs Gent

July 15 Sporting vs Boavista

July 16 Benfica vs Gent

July 18 Benfica vs Boavista

 

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Benfica linked to Serbian International

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According to Portuguese daily Record, Benfica have been linked to Marseille winger Nemanja Radonjic who spent part of last season on loan at German club Hertha Berlin. Marseille have set a price tag of €10M for the Serbian International as Benfica look for reinforcements with the recent departure of Pedrinho and the upcoming departure of Franco Cervi. Benfica have yet to make an official bid for Radonjic's services.

The 25 year old appeared in 27 games across all competitions for Marseille and Hertha Berlin last season, scoring three goals while also setting up three goals in 1,145 minutes of play. Radonjic joined Marseille in the summer of 2018 from Red Star Belgrade for €12M but with the pandemic crisis having hit many clubs hard financially, Benfica may still get Marseille to lower the asking price.

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Tiago Dantas close to loan move to Belenenses SAD for season

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Benfica youngster Tiago Dantas is on the verge of another loan move this summer but this time the 20 year old is keen to remain in Portugal as he searches for regular playing minutes which he lacked in his recent loan spell with Bayern Munich during the 2020/21 season. Dantas only appeared in two games with Bayern's main squad, totaling 69 minutes of action and was returned back to Benfica when German Champions decided not to trigger the €7.5M buy on clause at season end.

Belenenses SAD manager and former Benfica player Petit has made Dantas his main target this summer and although a deal for the central midfielder has not yet been finalized between the two clubs, there is an agreement in place that would see Dantas play the 2021/22 season at Belenenses SAD. Benfica manager Jorge Jesus has no plans to use Dantas this season and the only real stumbling block from Dantas' move to Belenenses SAD is if another Portuguese side come in with a more intriguing offer.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Benfica open camp for the 2021-22 season

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Benfica officially opened camp today as the club looks to turn around their disappointing 2020-21 season, manager Jorge Jesus was the first person to arrive on campus at around 7am followed shortly after by members of his technical staff. Players were set to arrive for 8am WEST to begin their physicals and meetings. Benfica will open the season with an onset of games in August that will see the club play four league games and potentially four Champions League qualifier games if they are to make the group stage of UEFA's premier event. Benfica are awaiting reinforcements with striker Rodrigo Pinho the first to arrive and are expecting departures from players currently in camp.


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Benfica bringing in Portuguese winger

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Benfica continue their search for players who will strengthen the club for next season and are closing in on bringing in Portuguese winger Gil Dias from Monaco. Dias has spent the majority of his time at Monaco on loan since joining from Braga at the age of 18 and has seen stops at Nottingham Forest, Olympiacos, Fiorentina, Rio Ave, Granada and most recently Famalicao.

Benfica are said to have offered Monaco €4M to land the 24 year old and bring him back to Portugal on a permanent basis. Dias appeared in 33 games across all competitions for Famalicao last season, scoring twice while setting up three goals in 2,539 minutes of action. Dias is a client of super agent Jorge Mendes' Gestifute agency which has a close connection to the Portuguese club.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Ajax and PSV latest clubs linked with Benfica's Chiquinho

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Benfica midfielder Chiquinho has been linked with a variety of clubs across Europe with Dutch sides Ajax and PSV adding their names to a long list. The 25 year old has already been linked with Italian side Torino, Turkish club, Galatasaray and Russian sides, Spartak Moscow, Dynamo Moscow and Krasnodar, with the former headed now by former Benfica manager Rui Vitoria.

Chiquinho joined Benfica in the summer of 2019 from Moreirense for €5.25M and has appeared in 65 games across all competitions, but is not in the plans of manager Jorge Jesus for the upcoming season. Chiquinho who appeared in 27 games for Benfica last season scored four goals while setting up another but only started in seven of those appearances. Chiquinho won a Super Cup as a member of the club in 2019 were he scored his first goal after coming on as a substitute.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Benfica could open 2021/22 with new left backs

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Benfica left backs Alex Grimaldo and Nuno Tavares have both been linked with moves away from the Estadio da Luz this summer which could see Benfica commence the 2021/22 season with a completely new look on the left side of the field. Grimaldo has been recently linked with a move to Barcelona, while Tavares has been linked with Italian clubs Napoli and Lazio. The move of both players could bring in €40M-€50M to the club.

Benfica have been heavily linked with Wolverhampton's Ruben Vinagre over the past few months after he spent the second half of last season at Famalicao were he had an impressive campaign. Benfica have most recently been linked with Sevilla left back Guilherme Arana who also just spent a season on loan in Brazil with Atletico Mineiro. Benfica are looking to improve their squad from their terrible 2020/21 season and all options are on the table to reach this goal.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Fenerbahce interested in Antwerp right back

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Turkish side Fenerbahce have been linked with a move for Royal Antwerp right back Aurelio Buta who's sale would profit Benfica as the cluv still owns 50% of the players rights after allowing the 24 year old to depart the club for Belgium in the summer of 2018. Antwerp are said to be looking for a minimum of €3.5M to allow the move of their starting right back.

Buta appeared in 34 games for Antwerp across all competitions last season, failing to score a goal but he did set up five goals. In his career with Antwerp, Buta has appeared in 107 games across all competitions with the Belgian side, scoring twice while setting up another 18 goals. Buta spent his youth career at Benfica's famous Seixal academy but never made an appearance with the main club before his departure. 

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Benfica looking at return of former player

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Benfica continue their off season search to find players that fit the mold of manager Jorge Jesus and their latest inquiry has led them to a former academy player in Santa Clara's central defender Fabio Cardoso. The 27 year old played his youth football at Benfica's famous Seixal academy before departing in January 2016 for a loan spell at Pacos Ferreira. Cardoso would then make a permanent move to Setubal during the summer of 2016 before departing Portugal to spend a season with Scotland's Rangers prior to joining his current club in the summer of 2018.

Cardoso appeared in 32 games across all competitions last season, scoring three goals while setting up another, he has been a constant presence in his three seasons with the Azorian club appearing in 97 games across all competitions. Santa Clara are said to be open to move their captain for around €3M-€4M, a price tag that can be easily negotiated with Benfica. Jorge Jesus is looking to play with three center backs in his starting eleven on a regular basis next season and is interested in adding Cardoso to add to his depth options at the back line.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Benfica captain says good bye to club

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Benfica captain Jardel has recently stated to Brazilian journalist Cristian Delo Santos @cdelosantos on his blog that his time at Benfica has come to an end after eleven seasons once his contract expires at the end of this month. Jardel hopes to continue his career in Europe but is uncertain at this time where that might be and with who. The 35 year old joined Benfica from Desportivo Brasil in the winter of 2011 for €4.48M after spending time on loan with Portuguese clubs Estoril and Olhanense.

Jardel appeared in 285 games for Benfica across all competitions, scoring 16 goals and adding 17 assists in a Benfica career that saw the veteran center back spend a good amount of time on the injury list the past three seasons. Jardel won five Portuguese League Championships during his Benfica tenure and also added five League Cups, three Super Cups and two Portuguese Cups for a total of 15 titles. Jardel was named the clubs captain in September 2018 after the retirement of country man Luisao. 

Jardel Benfica Highlights:

- Joined club from Deportivo Brasil on January 2011
- Appeared in first game on February 11, 2011 against Guimaraes
- Scored first goal on April 28, 2011 against Braga in Europa League
- Won first Portuguese League title during the 2013/14 season
- Scored first league goal on January 4, 2015 against Penafiel
- Named club captain in September 2018
- Won first League title as captain during the 2018/19 season
 

Thank you Jardel for your time at the club and wishing you the best wherever your career takes you next.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Simao Sabrosa joins Benfica ranks

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Former Benfica winger Simao Sabrosa has been announced as the clubs new director of international relations a position that he took with the club at the start of this month. The 41 year old will be tasked with expanding the Benfica brand across the globe a position previously held by another former player in Nuno Gomes. Simao will represent Benfica at draws for European competitions as well as travel to the clubs schools across the globe. Simao spent six seasons with Benfica were he won three trophies, including a league championship, he was named the Portuguese League player of the year for the 2006/07 season.


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Benfica continue to analyze market for reinforcements

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As the off season continues Benfica are looking around for reinforcements to the squad as they look to improve from last seasons debacle. The latest player linked to the club is Colombian winger Duvan Vergara who applies his trade in his homeland with CD America de Cali. Benfica is currently preparing for the departure of various players during the summer transfer window and are counting on their acquisitions to produce more for the club for this upcoming season so need to get it right.

Vergara has appeared in 64 games across all competitions since his loan spell from the summer of 2019 and scored 16 goals, while setting up an additional ten. Vergara's loan from CA Rosario was made permanent at the start of the 2020 year and CD America de Cali are said to be asking for €8M to let go of the 24 year old. Portuguese rivals Sporting have also been linked with the services of Vergara and have made him a target for the summer months as both Lisbon clubs try to seal a move for the player.