Opinion: Should Benfica resist Olympic call-ups?

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.




International Roundup: Copa América begins and Euro 2016 beckons

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.




Download our Euro 2016 and Copa América wallcharts

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.




International preview: Euro 2016, Copa América and Olympic Games

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.




Eliseu and Renato heading to Euro 2016

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.




International round-up: Debut joy for Sanches and Lindelöf

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.




Santos unlikely to fulfil Jardel’s international dream

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.




Jonas lauds Benfica’s squad depth

At 31 years of age, Jonas is enjoying his most productive season in European football. He has already bagged 31 goals this season, equalling his final tally from last year. Jonas has been rewarded with his first international call-up since September 2012, and is currently training with Dunga’s Brazil squad ahead of World Cup qualifiers with Uruguay and Paraguay. Benfica’s number 17 will wear the number 18 shirt for his country.

The ex-Valencia forward was interviewed at Lisbon airport before departing for Brazil, and took the opportunity to highlight Benfica’s strength in depth: “(We) have 27 or 28 players of a great level that can play at any moment, and we have demonstrated this. Injuries happen, but then another (player) comes in and does the job, and this will happen until the end of the championship, because we are a strong and united group.”




International preview: Sanches and Lindelöf set for debuts, Jonas returns

Benfica do not return to action until Friday 1st April, when they host Braga at the Estádio da Luz. Nonetheless, a host of their players could be in action this week, as the Liga NOS gives way to a full programme of international friendlies and World Cup qualifiers. Read on to discover who is playing where and when.




International round-up

Benfica's 18-year-old youngster Gonçalo Guedes was handed his first senior debut by Portugal manager Fernando Santos in a friendly away to Russia. Left-back Eliseu was also named in the starting line-up in a game that ended in a 0-1 defeat.




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