Friday, May 22, 2020

Benfica return to action June 4 as League restarts

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Benfica get set to resume play in the 2019/20 season with a home game against Tondela on June 4 at the Estadio da Luz. Benfica currently trail FC Porto by one point for top spot in the league with ten rounds of games to go as the Liga Nos looks to finish the season and decide a champion during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Benfica's remaining league games will go as follows:

June 04 vs Tondela
June 23 vs Santa Clara
July 04 vs Boavista
July 14 vs Guimaraes
July 26 vs Sporting

June 10  at Portimonense
June 17  at Rio Ave 
June 29  at Maritimo
July 09  at Famalicao 
July 21  at Aves

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Benfica has exclusive Eusebio trademark until 2028

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Benfica have officially registered the Eusebio trademark with the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) and has exclusive rights to commercialize various products and services of the "Black Panther" until August 14, 2028. Benfica filed for the trademark on May 30, 2018 but nine months after the application was filed a formal challenge was made against Benfica owning those rights which stalled the officially registration but the club was awarded the decision to the rights in 2019.
Benfica will now proceed with using the Eusebio rights to make various products with the players likeness and name from video games, luggage, clothing, wrapping paper, Christmas ornaments and even animal products like leashes and collars to name a few. Eusebio's family will also reap financial benefits from the proceeds of sales by the club of all Eusebio trademarked products and the club has stated that they would be open to returning the brand back to the Eusebio family before the trademark expiry date if this is what the family wishes in the future.

Eusebio played for Benfica from 1961 to 1975 and appeared in 440 games for the club across all competitions, scoring an astonishing  473 goals to sit atop Benfica's all time goal scoring list. Eusebio won one European Cup and eleven Portuguese League titles in his time with the club and was named the Ballon d'Or winner in 1965.
Eusebio also won the European golden boot on two occasions (1968 and 1973) and was the golden boot winner of World Cup 1966 scoring nine goals in the competition. Eusebio passed away at his home on January 5, 2014 of heart failure he was 71.  

Monday, May 18, 2020

Benfica academy players that could debut with main squad when league resumes

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With the Portuguese league set to resume on June 4 and with FIFA having approved that a league may use up to five substitutes per game to close off the season, Benfica academy players could see their first set of action with the main club before seasons end.

We take a look at the most likely candidates that could make their debuts when the resumes.

Academy Players:

Tiago Dantas- Dantas made his first team appearance in the League Cup this season but has yet to play a league game for the main club, the talented 19 year old midfielder has been in the Benfica system since 2008.

Goncalo Ramos- The 18 year old striker has moved up the charts into one of the clubs better academy players and has been with the club since 2013, Ramos could add a Joao Felix type of play to the clubs attack.

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