Benfica confirmed in Emirates Cup 2017

London club Arsenal have invited Benfica to the pre-season tournament at the Emirates Stadium in late July 2017.

Together with the Portuguese Champions, La Liga side Sevilla (ESP) and Bundesliga surprise package RB Leipzig (GER) are the remaining teams in the ninth edition of the Emirates Cup.

Four games will be played across the weekend of 29th July and 30th July, with kick-off times scheduled for 14:00 BST and 16:20 BST each day. 

Benfica and Santos pay homage to Léo

On Saturday afternoon, SL Benfica and Santos FC took to the field to contest a friendly in São Paulo, Brazil. The fixture was a testimonial match to honour retired full-back Leonardo Lourenço Bastos, otherwise known as Léo. The 41-year old, who is now retired, spent most of his career playing for Benfica and Santos.

Squad List: Santos x Benfica

Benfica have named an 18-man squad for their friendly with Santos in Brazil this Saturday. The game will serve as a testimonial for retired left-back Léo, who played for both sides. It will also commemorate the centenary of Santos' stadium, the Estádio Vila Belmiro.

With a number of senior players away on international duty, Rui Vitória has selected no less than seven B team regulars. Danilo should also make his long-awaited return from injury.

The action gets underway at 20:05 UK and Portuguese time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Eliseu, André Almeida, Rúben Dias, Benítez and Yuri Ribeiro

Midfielders: Carrillo, Salvio, Cervi, Celis, Danilo and Dálcio

Forwards: Luka Jović, José Gomes and Diogo Gonçalves

Benfica lift the Supertaça: Player and staff reactions

Benfica began the 2016/17 season in the best possible manner by winning the Supertaça in Aveiro on Sunday night. An early goal from debutant Franco Cervi set the Eagles on their way, before Jonas and Pizzi sealed the result in the closing stages. The match was a lot closer than the scoreline might suggest, and Braga played their part in a high tempo, end-to-end encounter. After the game, Rui Vitória and his players shared their thoughts on the victory.

Vitória previews Supertaça showdown

Rui Vitória

Benfica get their season underway on Sunday night at the Estádio Municipal de Aveiro, where they will dispute the Supertaça with last season's Taça de Portugal winners Braga. Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Rui Vitória revealed that his players are raring to go.

"According to plan, we arrive prepared for this game. It is the first official game that gives a trophy which we want to win. The players (have shown) really great commitment and determination for this game. It was a very good week, which bodes well."

Squad List: Benfica x Braga

Rui Vitória has named a 20-man squad for Sunday night's Supertaça against Braga in Aveiro.

Ederson is still recovering from knee surgery, and Jardel has been ruled out by a thigh injury. André Almeida is absent with a broken nose. Eliseu has been overlooked after missing much of preseason due to his involvement at Euro 2016.

Loan signing Danilo is unavailable as his registration was not completed in time. Andrija Živković (right leg) and Rui Fonte (right knee) remain sidelined.

The Supertaça kicks off at the Estádio Municipal de Aveiro on Sunday at 20:45 UK/Portuguese time. The referee is João Capela.

Goalkeepers: Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Lindelöf and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Celis, André Horta, Carrillo, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi and Benítez

Forwards: Jonas, Mitroglou, Raúl and Gonçalo Guedes

Why Eusébio Cup defeat could be a good omen for Benfica

Benfica hosted the ninth edition of the Eusébio Cup on Wednesday 27th July. 45,818 fans were in attendance at the Estádio da Luz for the game against Torino. Neil Fernandes summarises the action, and explains why Benfica's defeat could actually be a good omen!

Squad List: Lyon x Benfica

Benfica have taken 23 players to France for their final preseason friendly, against Lyon on Sunday night. New signing Danilo goes straight into the squad.

Ederson continues to recover from his knee surgery, while Jonas has been struck down with flu. Jardel (right thigh), Fejsa (left knee), Salvio (left ankle) and Živković (right leg) are all unavailable. Talisca and Carcela are both absent, and look set to leave the club in the coming days.

The game begins at 20:45 local time (19:45 UK/Portuguese time) at the Parc Olympic Lyonnais.

Goalkeepers: Júlio César and Paulo Lopes.

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Lindelöf, Kalaica, Marçal, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo.

Midfielders: Samaris, André Horta, Carrillo, Pizzi, Cervi, Benítez, Celis and Danilo.

Forwards: Raúl Jiménez, Mitroglou, Gonçalo Guedes, Rui Fonte and Luka Jović.

Squad List: Sheffield Wednesday x Benfica

Benfica have taken 28 players to England for their preseason training camp at St. George's Park, home of the English national team. Victor Lindelöf, Jonas and Raúl Jiménez all return having been given extra time to recover from Euro 2016 and the Copa América.

Guillermo Celis, Andrija Živković and Reinildo are still awaiting visas to travel to the UK, but Benfica remain hopeful that they will be granted before the end of the week.

Marçal remains in Lisbon with a muscle strain, while Ederson continues to recover from knee surgery. Youth goalkeeper Miguel Santos drops out of the squad. Júlio César is unlikely to play but should be fit for the start of the season.

Sheffield Wednesday versus Benfica kicks off at 19:30 at Hillsborough on Wednesday night.

Goalkeepers: Júlio César, Paulo Lopes and Ivan Zlobin

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Lindelöf, Kalaica, Jardel, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, André Horta, Carrillo, Salvio, Gonçalo Guedes, Pizzi, Cervi, Benítez, Talisca, Carcela and João Teixeira

Forwards: Raúl Jiménez, Jonas, Mitroglou, Rui Fonte and Luka Jović

Squad List: Algarve Cup

Rui Vitória has taken 29 players to southern Portugal for the Algarve Cup. The least familiar names in the squad are Portuguese goalkeeper Miguel Santos (21), Russian goalkeeper Ivan Zlobin (19), and Mozambican defender Reinildo (22).

Goalkeepers: Júlio César, Paulo Lopes, Miguel Santos and Ivan Zlobin.

Defenders: Nélson Semedo, André Almeida, Grimaldo, Reinildo, Luisão, Jardel, Lisandro López and Kalaica.

Midfielders: André Horta, João Teixeira, Fejsa, Samaris, Talisca, Gonçalo Guedes, Celis, Cervi, Salvio, Pizzi, Carrillo, Benítez, Carcela and Živković.

Forwards: Mitroglou, Jović and Rui Fonte.

Benfica face Vitória de Setúbal on Thursday and Derby County on Saturday at the Estádio do Algarve. Both games kick-off at 20:30 local time.