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