Vieira takes swipe at Sporting and FPF at 112th anniversary gala

Luis Filipe Vieira

On Sunday night, Benfica celebrated the 112th anniversary of their foundation with a gala event at the Camões Theatre in Lisbon.

In his presidential address, Luís Filipe Vieira praised the work done by everyone at the club, declaring that "innovation is present at the (Caixa Futebol Campus) in Seixal, at the Estádio da Luz, in marketing, in human resources, and throughout our organisation."

Before concluding his speech, the 66-year old could not resist taking a swipe at arch-rivals Sporting and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF).




Benfica continue relationship with Repsol

Global energy corporation Repsol has renewed its ties with Sport Lisboa e Benfica this morning at the Estádio da Luz.

The Spanish company has sponsored the Lisbon club since 1986 and will continue to support Benfica for a further 10 years.

President Luís Filipe Vieira showed his satisfaction to BTV.

"To be associated with a great brand like Repsol leaves us really satisfied. We have history together, and who knows if in 10 years we aren't back here to renew once again."




Benfica in Guinea-Bissau to open school

A comittee from Sport Lisboa e Benfica traveled to Guinea-Bissau to sign a new protocol and open a Benfica school in the country.

Rui Gomes da Silva was joined by ex-stars Nuno Gomes and Mantorras in this trip that caused much excitement in the western African country.

Hélder and his Benfica B side also traveled to play a game against Sport Bissau e Benfica, which they won 4-3 last Thursday, goals coming from Francisco Vera (2), Hildeberto, and Sarkic.




Nélson Semedo undergoes surgery

Promising Portuguese right-back Nélson Semedo underwent knee surgery in Hospital da Luz (Lisbon) this afternoon announced the club via their official website.

The youngster returned from International duty with an injury following Portugal's win away to Serbia, where he played the full 90 minutes. Benfica informed the player was operated due to an osteochondral fracture on his right knee.




Mitroglou's first interview

 

Benfica

"I am very impressed. Benfica is in fact a huge club and it is also a family. I am totally amazed at what I found and my first impression of the club was excellent. I had a lot of conversations with other Greek players of Benfica and they all told me the best things about the club. This summer, when Benfica showed interest in me, I didn't have to ask anybody anything. I knew almost everything. Fernando Santos had also told me the best things about Benfica and therefore, I was fully informed." 

"The atmosphere in the stadium at the Supertaça was excellent. I knew the clubs had a great rivalry. It was a great derby between two great teams which unfortunately we lost. It was a great experience however, to participate in the game.  To take part was important as it helped me to adapt to Portuguese football." 




Rui Vitória Promotes Seven More Youth Players

Rui Vitória

With many absentees due to the current International break, Benfica coach Rui Vitória continues to prepare and train his team for the following fixtures in the 2015/16 Liga NOS. Vitória has called up seven youth and B-squad players to train and work with Benfica's main team. Goalkeeper Miguel Santos (Age 20), Defenders Rúben Dias (Age 18) and Alexis Scholl (Age 19), Midfielders Renato Sanches, Diogo Gonçalves and João Carvalho (All age 18), and Forward Clésio (Age 20).




Salvio hopes to return in February

Salvio was operated on his right knee this month in Rome and is hoping to return early next year in February 2016.

The player's agent, Agustín Jiménez stated to Portuguese paper Abola that his recovery is going according to plan.

"If everything plans out as it's supposed to the doctors believe Salvio could return this season in February."

Salvio's chief doctor who reconstructed the ligament, Italian Pier Paolo Mariani, validated the claims.




Players remember Salvio

After the 6-0 win in Estádio da Luz against Belenenses, all Benfica players posed for a photo around Salvio's shirt in the dressing room. The Argentine, who is the only player in the injury list, underwent surgery to his right knee after being stretchered off in the penultimate Liga game last season against Marítimo at home. 

Salvio, alongside his family, watched the game from the hospital in Rome where he had his second operation in as many months.




Vieira talks 'youth development' in latest interview

Luís Filipe Vieira was invited by Portuguese daily sports paper Abola to give an interview and the Benfica president touched on many points about the club, from the youth formation, the new manager, and Benfica TV.

With back-to-back league titles conquered the president confirmed the main objective for this season is to win the third consecutive title.




Matic responds to questions from Benfica fans

Top Eleven interviewed former Benfica midfielder, and current Chelsea man, Nemanja Matic on his feelings about Lisbon and the club he represented in Portugal.

"Of course I still miss Lisbon. Benfica is a great club where I spent over 2 years, I have many friends there."

"I still speak some Portuguese with my colleagues in Chelsea as they understand it better."

"Carrega Benfica!" are the final words from the Serbian. Click play to watch the full video below:




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