Monday, July 31, 2023

Benfica end talks for Bento, looking at Madrid keeper

Benfica are said to have ended talks with Brazilian club Athletico Paranaense about acquiring keeper Bento, due to the high demands that the South American club has brought into the negotiations between the two sides.

Benfica still want to add an experienced keeper to back up and push current starting keeper Vlachodimos and the latest keeper on the clubs radar is Real Madrid back up Andriy Lunin.

The 24 year old Ukraine international has been in the back up role with Madrid for the past three seasons, only appearing in 17 games across all competitions. Benfica are said to have inquired about Lunin's availability with their Spanish neighbours. 

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Benfica should look within league for back up keeper

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With Benfica talks for keeper Bento at a standstill with Brazilian side Athletico Paranaense due to the club unwilling to budge on their asking price for the 24 year old, it is time that the Lisbon side look to within their league for a more experienced keeper to back up current starter Vlachodimos.

There are two keepers that the club could look to land for a relatively low price and that is Famalicao starter Luiz Junior and Gil Vicente starter Andrew. Both keepers have shown that they can play in the Portuguese League and both are an identical 22 years of age.

Junior is the more experienced of the two having already appeared in 105 games across all competitions for Famalicao while Andrew has appeared in 40 games across all competitions with Gil Vicente. The pair would have no issue stepping in for Vlachodimos if he were to go with an injury during the season and more importantly would provide Benfica with adequate goaltending during such a crucial time.

The time has come for Benfica to move pass Bento with the season just around the corner and into a smarter move for some league grown talent.


Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Super Cup date set for Benfica and FC Porto clash

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The Super Cup game between last seasons league champion Benfica and last seasons Taca de Portugal winner FC Porto has been set for Tuesday August 9th at 8:45pm WEST and will take place in the Estadio Municipal de Aveiro. The Super Cup will kick off another Portuguese League season with Week 1 to kick off on the weekend.

Benfica and FC Porto will meet for the thirteenth time in the competition with Porto dominating this cup competition over their arch rivals eleven to one in their head to head encounters. Benfica are hoping to end am eight game losing skid to Porto in the competition and capture their first Super Cup trophy since 2019.

Sunday, July 23, 2023

Feyenoord look to close the door on Benfica Gimenez move

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In the world of football, transfer rumors are a constant source of speculation and excitement for fans. One such rumour that has been making headlines recently involves Feyenoord's young striker, Santiago Gimenez, and Portuguese giants Benfica. 

However, Feyenoord is determined to close the door on any potential move for their talented forward as Benfica continue to be linked with the Mexican striker if they were to move on from Goncalo Ramos this summer. Feyenoord director Dennis te Kloese went as far as stating that in an ideal situation Gimenez would remain with Feyenoord, leaving the door slightly ajar that a move may still happen.

Benfica are set to take on Feyenoord during this pre-season, were they hope to get a better look at the 22 year old.

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Benfica continue fine form of pre-season with another win

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Benfica has continued their fine form from the pre-season with another impressive win earlier today over Cristiano Ronaldo's Al-Nassr, handing the Saudi side a 4-1 loss. The team's impressive performances have delighted fans and pundits alike, as they have showcased their skill and determination on the pitch.

With the victory over Al-Nassr, Benfica have now won all their three pre-season games. Their players continue to demonstrate a deep understanding of each other's strengths and weaknesses, resulting in seamless passing sequences. This cohesion has carried over into competitive matches, allowing them to dominate their opponents.

Furthermore, Benfica's recruitment strategy during the off-season has proven to be fruitful. With Angel Di Maria, Orkun Kokcu and David Jurasek all showing their worth since joining the club. These new additions have added depth to the team and provided healthy competition for starting positions, pushing existing players to perform at their best.

Another factor contributing to Benfica's success is their strong leadership both on and off the field. The coaching staff has instilled a winning mentality within the squad, emphasizing discipline and hard work as the club continues to move towards their opening season game against FC Porto in the Super Cup.

Monday, July 17, 2023

Benfica already said to have Ramos replacement

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Benfica have given agent Jorge Mendes the green light to find a suitor for current striker Goncalo Ramos, as they look to cash in big on the strikers rise last season. The 22 year old has already been heavily linked with PSG, Manchester United and Newcastle this summer and Benfica are said to be looking for a minimum sale price of €80M to allow the striker move on.

Benfica are said to already have their sights on Ramos' replacement in Feyenoord's Mexican striker Santiago Gimenez. Benfica and Feyenoord's transfer offices are already famaliar with one another, having completed two deals together over the last year. The first was acquiring midfielder Fredrik Aursnes last summer and this season the two clubs agreed on a move for midfielder Orkun Kokcu joining Benfica.

Gimenez is fresh off scoring the winning goal for his Mexican national side on their way to capturing the 2023 Gold Cup just yesterday. Gimenez joined Feyenoord last summer from Cruz Azul and scored 23 goals in 45 games across all competitions for the Dutch club. Feyenoord is said to be looking for €25M for the services of the 22 year old.

Saturday, July 15, 2023

Benfica in Basel for friendly tomorrow

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Benfica have departed England after spending the past week of their pre-season at St. George's Park and have arrived in Basel, Switzerland. Benfica are set for their second friendly tomorrow against the Swiss club after opening their pre-season with a 2-0 win over Southampton earlier this week.

Benfica are expecting 20,000 supporters to be in the stands at St. Jakob Park as they face Basel for the first time in Switzerland since an embarrassing 5-0 thrashing during the 2017/18 Champions League group stage when Rui Vitoria was at the helm.


Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Benfica being linked to another left back, this time from Spain

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Benfica are being linked to another left back just twenty four hours after acquiring David Jurasek for the position with reports out of Spain's Estadio Deportivo reporting that the club has interest in 23 year old Betis left back Juan Miranda.

Miranda appeared in 31 games across all competitions last season for Betis, scoring three goals while setting up five. Miranda came up through both Real Betis' and Barcelona's youth systems and has competed through out Spain's youth squads, a member of both the nations U19 and U17 Euro champions.

Miranda who had one year left on his contract with Betis is said to be valued at around €10M with AC Milan also having their eyes on the player.

Monday, July 10, 2023

Benfica move pre-season training to England

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Benfica have taken their pre-season camp to England as they get set to take on Southampton in a friendly on Wednesday, the club has taken 31 players to England with the club only set to return on Saturday. Angel Di Maria, Nico Otamendi and newly acquired right back David Jurasek joining the team later on in the trip with club President Rui Costa.

The 31 players in England are:

Keepers: Vlachodimos, Samuel Soares, Leo Kokubo, Andre Gomes and Marcel

Defenders: Alexander Bah, Luca Verissimo, Joao Victor, Mihailo Ristic, Tomas Araujo, Antonio Silva, Rafael Rodrigues, Morato

Midfielders: David Neres, Kokcu, Joao Mario, Paulo Bernardo, Joao Neves, Florentino, Martim Neto, Tiago Dantas, Chiquinho, Meite, Fredrik Aursnes

Forwards: Goncalo Ramos, Rafa Silva, Casper Tengstedt, Andreas Schjelderup, Henrique Araujo, Petar Musa, Tiago Gouveia

Saturday, July 8, 2023

Benfica set to close deal for Slavia Prague left back

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Benfica is set to acquire the services of Slavia Prague left-back David Jurasek for a reported fee of €13 million after the two clubs seem to have over come their remaining obstacles in getting this deal completed.

Benfica have been looking for a replacement for the now departed Alex Grimaldo and had been linked with a host of left backs around Europe but look to have finally landed an adequate replacement with the Czech international. 

The 22 year old Jurasek appeared in 45 games last season across all competitions, scoring twice while providing 13 helpers. Slavia Prague will retain 15 to 20 percent on any future sale.

Friday, July 7, 2023

Benfica considering €20M offer for Rafa Silva

Benfica are considering selling Rafa Silva to Qatari club Al-Sadd amid failing contract negotiations with the player that have both parties at an impasse. The news of selling their talented winger has taken many fans aback, amid the importance that Rafa provides to the club. The 30 year old is in the final year of his contract at Benfica and the club would prefer to not lose the talented player for free next summer.

Rafa joined Benfica in the summer of 2016 from Braga for €16M and has appeared in 273 games for the club across all competitions, scoring 72 goals while providing 63 helpers. His pace, skill and ability to score crucial goals has made him a fan favourite, however his contract situation has become increasingly problematic for both parties.

Benfica have already received an offer of €15M for Rafa from Al-Sadd but want €20M to even consider the move and while it may be disappointing for fans to see Rafa go, the situation highlights the complexities of modern football contacts.

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Benfica set to enter the crypto market

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Benfica will enter the crypto market later this month when it launches its first coin on July 24 for one euro each on the platform. The club will be issuing half a million coins but will cap the purchases of individuals to 100 coins in the first 24 hours to allow for as many fans as possible to be able to obtain the coins.

Fan tokens are a crypto asset with characteristics similar to cryptocurrencies, after Benfica's initial offering it is assumed that the token will then trade on the secondary market which may increase its value or decrease it. The club is hoping that the launch of the coin will add another valuable experience to its members and supporters around the world.

In preparation for the big launch will have 10 days of the flight of the eagle commencing July 6, 2023. Visit the site for more information.

Sunday, July 2, 2023

Benfica still searching for left back

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Benfica are still searching for a replacement for departed starting left back Alex Grimaldo for next season and the club has already been linked with a variety of left backs from around Europe but have yet to finalize a deal with any and are set to open camp this way unless a move is completed over the next few days.

Benfica have already been linked this summer with Atletico Madrid left back Renan Lodi, Sassuolo left back Rogerio and Twente left back Gijs Smal. The club currently has one left back Mihailo Ristic on their main squad outside of youngsters from their academy. 

The club would be wise to add a seasoned left back before the start of camp to integrate with the squad as it prepares to defend its league crown next season.