President opens up on Luisão, Marković, Taarabt, Jesus and more

Besides discussing Benfica’s youth policy, Luís Filipe Vieira covered a number of controversial topics in his candid interview with TVI on Wednesday night. The Benfica President was quizzed about various players and coaches, both past and present, and he did not dodge a question. Read on for a selection of his most memorable quotes.

Vieira outlines bold plans for youth development

Benfica President Luís Filipe Vieira gave an extended interview to Portuguese television channel TVI on Wednesday night. In an incredibly frank and forthright discussion, the 67-year old real estate tycoon outlined his vision for the future of the club, ahead of this year’s presidential elections. What follows is a translation of his ambitious manifesto.

Departing Gaitán bares his soul in candid interview

Nico Gaitán delivered a man-of-the-match performance in Friday's League Cup Final victory over Marítimo, scoring one, assisting another, and tormenting the opposition's defence throughout the game. He was visibly emotional when he left the pitch to a standing ovation in the 78th minute, shedding tears as he sat down on the bench. It was immediately apparent that this had been Gaitán's final appearance for the club, and the Argentinean confirmed this fact after the final whistle.

The Iceman Cometh: Lindelöf discusses whirlwind fortnight

It is often said that 'things change quickly in football’, and for Benfica’s Victor Lindelöf, this phrase certainly rings true. Last summer, the young defender received a last-minute call-up to Sweden’s U21 squad for the European Championships in the Czech Republic. A few weeks later, he was lifting the trophy with his teammates, and was named in the team of the tournament.