Benfica had their first training session for the upcoming 2015/16 season on Saturday 4th July at the Caixa Futebol Campus, and will be on their third by Monday 6th July which is scheduled for 09:30.
Most players returned from their holiday break to be lead by new coaching staff, headed by Rui Vitória who re-joined the club from Vitória de Guimarães, who seemed pleased with the way Benfica's new life began.
"It has been very positive and I am pleased with everyone's effort so far, not only today's session but all the work we have put together since the beginning."
Sport Lisboa e Benfica have issued a corporate bond open to the public in hope to raise €45m in debt which matures in 2018.
Supporters will be able to invest in Benfica and gain a 4.75% return before tax through high-street banks such as Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Novo Banco, Montepio, Milenium BCP, Best Bank and ActivoBank.
The minimum value per investment is €100 which equals to 20 shares.
Portuguese Channel SIC aired Part 1 of a special report on the running of the Sport Lisboa e Benfica, focusing on current president Luís Filipe Vieira, as well as various off the pitch matters. (Audio: Portuguese)
Benfica channel BTV created a half-hour special report of season 2014/15 leading up to the second consecutive title, or simply known as "bicampeonato" in Portuguese, with previously unseen footage of title celebrations, players day-to-day training, and more.
Jardel was part of the "Secrets of the 34th" program that has been running frequently on Benfica's channel BTV.
The Brazilian spoke of his emotions in winning the title and summarised the low and high ends of his season.
"When the Garay rumours started I began preparing myself and was focused on giving my best so things would turn out well. Unfortunately it didn't happen immediately. I had a poor start to the first few games and an injury which didn't help."
Benfica has reached an agreement in principle with Rui Vitória to coach the team for the next 3 years. Following Jorge Jesus’ departure to capital rivals Sporting, Luis Filipe Vieira has entertained the suspense for a week before officially releasing the statement this Thursday:
“Sport Lisboa e Benfica - Football, SAD, in compliance with article 248 of the Portuguese Securities Market Code, announces that it has reached agreement in principle with the coach Rui Vitória to carry out a sports employment contract, taking effect in the next three seasons”
Confirmed. Jorge Jesus will no longer be Benfica's head coach for the 2015/16 season as the club released a statement where both parties could not reach an agreement.
Jesus has been at the helm of the «encarnados» since 2009, however his contract extension at the end of 2013 only lasted for a further two years and the manager was not ready to accept the new terms on the table.
On the historic day of 29th May for FC United, Benfica were invited as FC's opponent and inaugurate their new fan built stadium Broadhurst Park.
In mainland Europe there was another important event, the much criticised FIFA were going to elect their new leader hoping to sail through the turmoil that surrounded the World Cup bids and allegations of corruption.
There couldn't be a stronger contrast between these two events; one promoting football against greed and the other fighting for it.