Posted on July 14, 2016 by david_pritchett
Portugal under-21 and under-23 coach Rui Jorge revealed his Olympic squad this afternoon at the Cidade do Futebol in Oeiras. The ex-Sporting defender will take 18 players to Brazil this summer, including Benfica’s Nuno Santos, currently on loan at Vitória de Setúbal. Goalkeeper Bruno Varela, who left Benfica this summer, has also made the cut. One mystery player has yet to be named.
Posted on July 12, 2016 by david_pritchett
Renato, Eliseu and the rest of the Portugal squad arrived in Lisbon to a rapturous reception on Monday, after winning Euro 2016. They weren't the only Benfica players in international action this summer, although Lindelöf, Jonas, Raúl and Gaitán were decidedly less successful.
Posted on July 11, 2016 by david_pritchett
Renato Sanches may have played his last game for Benfica, but he still had some work to do this summer before heading to Bayern Munich. The 18-year old capped his stunning breakthrough season by lifting the Euro 2016 trophy with Portugal, as Fernando Santos' side edged past France in a tense final at the Stade de France. He was also named young player of the tournament after a string of mature performances.
Posted on June 24, 2016 by david_pritchett
The club versus country debate has always been a source of controversy in football, and it is particularly pertinent this summer, as up to seven Benfica players could be selected for the Olympic Games in Brazil. The men’s tournament runs from August 4th to 20th, coinciding with the first three competitive fixtures of the 2016/17 season. According to Goal.com’s Bruno Andrade, Benfica are considering blocking all of their players from participating in the tournament. But is that fair? David Pritchett and Jordan Russell discuss both sides of the debate.
Posted on June 9, 2016 by david_pritchett
On the eve of the opening game of Euro 2016, we take a look at which Benfica players were in international action over the past fortnight.
Posted on June 7, 2016 by david_pritchett
The domestic season may be over, but plenty of Benfica players will be on international duty this summer. You can keep up with all of the action with the help of these fantastic wallcharts, designed by Anita from the Arsenal fansite Daily Cannon.
Posted on May 25, 2016 by david_pritchett
Benfica’s season may be finished, but many of the current squad cannot relax just yet, with Euro 2016, the Copa América and the Olympic Games just around the corner. We reveal who is playing where and when in the coming weeks.
Posted on May 18, 2016 by david_pritchett
Eliseu and Renato Sanches will both represent Portugal at Euro 2016 this summer. The 23-man squad was announced on Tuesday night at the Cidade do Futebol, the national team’s brand new training complex in Oeiras.
Posted on March 30, 2016 by david_pritchett
Benfica’s players travelled far and wide to represent their national teams during the latest international break. We reveal who got valuable pitch-time, and who was left warming the bench.
Posted on March 29, 2016 by david_pritchett
11 weeks before the start of Euro 2016, Benfica defender Jardel has reminded Portugal coach Fernando Santos of his willingness to play for his adopted homeland this summer. The Brazilian first mooted the possibility of switching allegiances last June, and reiterated the desire this week in an interview with Sport TV Brasileira.