Benfica received at the Lisbon city hall

The Câmara Municipal de Lisboa had the honour to receive champions SL Benfica this evening at the Praça do Município in Lisbon.

Players and staff arrived in suits on the Benfica bus from the Luz to downtown Lisbon and exchanged words and gifts with the President of the Lisbon council.

Both Supercup and Liga trophies arrived with the committee and was showed off to the thousands of Benfica supporters present, many making their way straight from work to celebrate with the squad.

Emirates are the new club sponsors

Benfica have signed a 3 year deal with aviation giants Emirates on a contract reportedly worth €8m a year.

This move will see the current sponsors Portugal Telecom have their 'MEO' logo removed from the shirts and adorned with 'Fly Emirates', now likened with Real Madrid, AC Milan, PSG and Hamburg.

The contract with PT ended this season.

Emirates became Benfica's official aviation partner a mere 10 months ago offering a discount of 10% for all members for flights from Portugal.

Benfica to inaugurate Monterrey stadium

Mexican club CF Monterrey have invited Benfica to play a friendly on 2nd August 2015.

The match will serve to inaugurate their new stadium, Estadio BBVA Bancomer, to replace their current Tecnológico Stadium, and increase their capacity by 15k to 51,000.

Monterrey, also known as Rayados, have four Mexican league titles and currently sit in 12th place in the Mexican top divison.

The match will be broadcasted live on BTV and will also count with the attendance of the President of Mexico.

Hajduk Split sporting director invites Benfica for friendly

Hajduk Split's sporting director Goran Vucevic visited Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira.

The good relations between both clubs meant that the Hajduk director was able to make a short visit to Benfica's facilities and meet with the president, including an exchange of club shirts.

Goran handed over an invite for the Lisbon side to travel to Split and face the Croatian giants in a friendly, a potential match that has been talked about in recent years and seems imminent. 

Salvio doubtful to face Porto

Jorge Jesus led another training session this morning in Seixal ahead of the all-important Clássico clash against FC Porto in Estádio da Luz. 

Influential argentine winger Salvio was a key absence as he continues his recovery from a muscle injury, which prevented the 24-year-old from featuring in weekend's Lisbon derby against Belenenses.

The session was open to the press for the first 15 minutes where goalkeeper Artur (right shoulder) and defender César (right thigh) trained under close watch.

International round-up

Benfica players were in action all over the world during the international break:

Left-back Eliseu played the full 90 minutes as Portugal overcame Serbia 2-1 at the Estádio da Luz. Former Benfica player Fábio Coentrão got on the scoresheet as well as defensive midfielder Matic for the away side. This win leaves Portugal at the top of Group I with 9 points, two more than second placed Denmark.

Benfica Supporters' Club in London, UK

Benfica have over 245 supporter club "homes" spread across the world, a vital connection between the club and the local Benfiquista community. You will find these "casas" across Europe, including Portugal, as well as USA, Canada, Australia, Cape Verde, Macau, and many more.

International break looms for Benfica players

The dreaded International break looms and one thing we can look forward to is the Benfica players in action, however, as long as they remain injury free and in good match fitness when they return.

A total of 7 first team players have received a call up for their respective international teams, where games will be played in and around the weekend of 28th and 29th March.

Left-back Eliseu will join Fernando Santos' squad, but will remain in Lisbon as Portugal face Serbia in the Euro 2016 qualifier at the Estádio da Luz.

Samaris relishing Braga encounter

Benfica's new summer signings Talisca and Samaris were present at the Benfica Megastore in the Estádio da Luz yesterday to connect with the fans and sign autographs.

Samaris, the Greek midfielder who joined form Olympiacos stated that he is enjoying playing for the club and sees the supporters as vital to team's strength.

"This is great to practice my Portuguese [laughs]. I am very happy to be here with the fans. They are our pillar and with them we are stronger whether it's at home or away."

Sport Lisboa e Benfica: 111 years!

Benfica, 111 years

Tomorrow, 28th February 2015, Sport Lisboa e Benfica celebrates its 111th year of glory and the club has an event filled weekend.

Founded in 1904, Benfica was led by president José Rosa Rodrigues who was chosen to head the club at an agreement in a local pharmacy where the paperwork was signed, straight after the first training session which took place at 11:00 until 12:30 all those years ago.

Early morning tomorrow at 10:00 local time the club will hand out special celebratory rings to commemorate members who have reached their 25th, 50th and 75th year.