Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Benfica want to land Alkmaar striker Pavlidis

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Benfica is reportedly interested in signing Vangelis Pavlidis from AZ Alkmaar according to reports from Greece's Sport24. The Greek striker has been in impressive form for his club this season, scoring 22 goals across 40 appearances while providing 14 helpers.

Pavlidis' performances have caught the eye of several top European clubs, but Benfica seems to be leading the race for his signature. The Portuguese giants are looking to bolster their attacking options and believe that Pavlidis could be a valuable addition to their squad.

The 24 year-old striker has shown great potential and could thrive under the guidance of Benfica's experienced coaching staff. His pace, dribbling skills and finishing ability make him a dangerous player in front of goal. Alkmaar are said to have already turned down an offer of €10M for the Greek international.

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Benfica win 38th League Crown on last day of the season

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Benfica, one of the most successful football clubs in Portugal, has won its 38th league title. The club secured the title with a 3-0 victory over Santa Clara in their final game of the season. This win not only ended their trophy less droguht but also cemented their position as the most successful club in Portuguese football history.

Throughout the season, Benfica displayed exceptional teamwork and skill on the field. They consistently dominated their opponents and maintained a strong lead throughout the competition. Their success can be attributed to their talented players, effective coaching strategies, and unwavering determination to win.

This latest triumph is a testament to Benfica's legacy as a powerhouse in Portuguese football. The club has a rich history dating back to its founding in 1904 and has since become an iconic symbol of national pride. With this latest victory, Benfica has once again proven that they are a force to be reckoned with on both national and international stages.

Congratulations to the club, the players and their fans in capturing another historic title in the 2022/23 season.

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Benfica look to MLS for potential keeper

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 Benfica is reportedly interested in signing New England Revolution keeper Djordje Petrovic to their club in the upcoming summer transfer window. The 23-year-old Serbian has caught the attention of many European giants with his performances during the Major League Soccer season for the Revolution.

Petrovic's move to Benfica would be a significant step up for him, as he would be joining one of the bigger clubs in Europe.

Petrovic's arrival at Benfica would be a significant boost to their squad as they look to acquire competition for current starting keeper Odysseas Vlachodimos. Petrovic possesses excellent reflexes and shot-stopping abilities that make him a formidable presence between the sticks.

Overall, Benfica's interest in Petrovic is a testament to his quality as a goalkeeper. If he does make the move to Portugal this summer, he could prove to be an essential asset for Benfica's success on both domestic and European fronts.

Monday, May 22, 2023

It all comes down to one game for Benfica

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The whole 2022/23 season will come down to the wire as Benfica will need at least one point in their final game of the season against last place Santa Clara to claim their 38th league title in front of their fans at the Estadio da Luz stadium.

Benfica can also claim the title if Porto does anything other then win in their final game but their arch rivals have been in sizzling form winning their last ten games across all competitions.

Benfica will capture the title even if both clubs are tied in points thanks to an eleven goal differential that the club has the advantage of on their rivals.

Benfica saved face yesterday with an injury time goal in the Lisbon derby with an inspirational second half, coming back from two goals down to draw Sporting and eliminate their city rivals from any chance of appearing in the Champions League next season.

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Benfica to return to River Plate for Enzo type deal

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Benfica are set to return to River Plate looking to land striker Lucas Beltran in an Enzo Fernandez type deal according to reports coming out of Argentina. The 21 year old striker has already scored eight goals while providing one helper across nineteen games of action this season.

Beltran is signed until the end of 2025 with a €25M buy out clause but Benfica could use the same formula that is presented to River Plate when they acquired midfielder Enzo Fernandez last summer. This formula saw the Argentinian club earn substantial percentage on the future sale of the player.

River Plate may be eager to go this route once again after earning €35M from the sale of Enzo Fernandez to Chelsea by Benfica during the winter transfer window, which was on top of the €15M that the club received from the Lisbon side up to that date. 

A similar deal could be in the works between the two sides after such a lucrative arrangement was completed less then a year ago.

Friday, May 19, 2023

Benfica can win title at Alvalade

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Benfica is currently in a strong position to win the title this season. With only a couple of games left to play, Benfica goes into Alvalade to take on Sporting needing just a victory to clinch the Portuguese League crown.

Their recent performances have been impressive, winning crucial matches while their attacking prowess has been on full display after a short spell were it looked to have abandoned them, all the while their defense has remained solid and organized.

The upcoming match against Sporting at Alvalade on Sunday is a very simple one, a victory in this match will not only give them three points but also the championship on their arch rivals grounds. Benfica  fans are hoping that they can add another title to their collection and there is no better joy then winning at the Alvalade in front of Sporting fans.

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Benfica look to replace departing Grimaldo

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Long time Benfica left back Alex Grimaldo has announced that he will be joining German side Bayer Leverkusen at the conclusion of the season on a free transfer after spending the past seven and a half seasons with the Lisbon side. Grimaldo will be joining a German club that is currently managed by fellow Spaniard Xabi Alonso.

The Spanish defender has been an integral part of the team for the past few years and his departure will leave a big void in the squad but Benfica are said to already have Grimaldo's replacement lined up in AZ Alkmaar left back Milos Kerkez. The rumours out of Portugal are that Kerkez wants to join Benfica and the two clubs are planning a sit down to discuss terms.

The 19 year old Hungarian international joined Alkmaar in the winter of 2022 from Milan's U19 squad and it is said the Dutch club is seeking €10M-€15M to allow Kerkez to join Benfica in the summer.

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Benfica one win away from League Title

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Benfica are on the verge of capturing their 38th Portuguese League title this season as the club is just one victory away from accomplishing the feat and would it not be something to win next week on the road versus arch rivals Sporting and celebrate capturing the crown on their rivals field.

The team has been in sensational form throughout the season with just a minor hiccup and has managed to maintain its lead at the top of the table. Benfica's success can also be attributed to their coach Roger Schmidt, who has instilled a winning mentality in his players.

However, they cannot afford to be complacent as their closest rivals Porto are hot on their heels. The final two games will be crucial for Benfica as they look to seal the deal and lift yet another league trophy. The fans will be hoping for a strong finish from their team and an exciting end to what has been an enthralling season.

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Benfica enter weekend with chance to clinch title

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Benfica go into this weekends game against Portimonense with the possibility of clinching the Portuguese league title if they are to win and their closest rivals FC Porto are to lose against Casa Pia. Benfica control their own destiny and need two wins in their final three games to win their 38th league title.

The clubs passionate and loyal fans have been eagerly awaiting all season for this moment, of capturing the Portuguese crown once again and the players are as equally determined to bring home the trophy and make their mark in Benfica's illustrious history. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Benfica following Chilean midfielder Valdes

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Benfica has been following 29 year old Chilean attacking midfielder, Diego Valdes who is currently playing in his second season for Mexican side CF America. Benfica sees Valdes as a potential addition to their team and has been closely monitoring his performances in Mexico.

However, signing Valdes would not come without its challenges as Benfica are not the only club monitoring the player as a host of Spanish sides are also said to be interested in acquiring his services. Despite these obstacles, Benfica will continue to evaluate him as a potential asset to their team.

Valdes has appeared in 55 games across all competitions with America since joining the club, scoring 18 goals while setting up an additional 15.

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Benfica two wins away from title after crucial victory

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Benfica are inching closer to yet another title after a crucial victory yesterday over Braga 1-0. The match was closer on the scoreboard then it was in actual play as Benfica dominated long stretches of the game but were unable to capitalize with goals.

The win puts Benfica seven points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand over closest rivals FC Porto, with three games remaining for them on the season. Benfica now need just two victories to clinch their 38th league title and further cement their status as one of Portugal's greatest football clubs.

Benfica's final three games are away at Portimonense and Sporting while hosting Santa Clara in the final game of the regular season.

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Benfica look to find competition for Vlachodimos this summer

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Benfica look set to bring in competition for current starting keeper Odysseas Vlachodimos in the summer months after recently extending the Greek Internationals contract until the summer of 2027. The 29 year old has been a key player for the club since his arrival in 2018, having appeared in 219 games across all competitions to date while keeping 91 clean sheets.

Benfica are hoping to find a younger keeper on the market with some experience who will challenge and support Vlachodimos next season as the club do not want to see a repeat of Vlachodimos appearing in 50 of 51 contests to date as has been the case this season. Benfica of course will see what funds are left over from their summer shopping as the club has more important positions to fill before looking at a backup keeper.


Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Benfica look to Argentina for another midfielder

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Benfica look set to turn once again to South America nation Argentina in the pursuit of a midfielder, this time the club is said to be interested in Boca Juniors 21 year old Ezequiel Fernandez Carballo.

Benfica's plan is to closely monitor the player's situation as he has yet to break into a regular role this season at Boca after spending last year on loan with Tigre. Fernandez can play both defensive and central midfield and would add depth to a squad currently a thin in the middle of the field. 

Fernandez is signed with Boca until the end of 2025 and his price is said to be currently in the €5M range. Benfica have a history of acquiring talent from the South America continent and hope Fernandez is not an exception to this rule.