Mile Svilar: Introducing Benfica's latest teen prodigy

Mile Svilar

At the end of August, Benfica announced the signing of a 17-year-old goalkeeper named Mile Svilar, who had yet to make a single senior appearance in his fledgling career. Many expected him to serve as backup to Júlio César and Bruno Varela, or even to start out with Benfica B. Less than three months later, he is Benfica's first choice stopper. @BlackRegista reveals all about the teen prodigy, in an article originally featured on FootyTalk.


UEFA Youth League Match Preview: PSV x Benfica

Benfica's UEFA Youth League team are aiming to advance to the quarter-finals once again in this season's edition of the prestigious under-19 tournament. They will play away for their round of 16 matchup with PSV at the Philips Stadion on Tuesday 21st February (kick-off 18:00 CET). Elijah Evans and David Pritchett preview the game.

Caixa Futebol Campus celebrates ten-year anniversary

Thursday marked the tenth anniversary of the inauguration of the Caixa Futebol Campus, Benfica's state-of-the-art training centre and youth academy. Over the past decade, the facility has produced a host of talented players, including Renato Sanches, Bernardo Silva, André Gomes, Ivan Cavaleiro, João Cancelo, André Horta, José Gomes and Gonçalo Guedes.

José Gomes: An introduction to Benfica's latest teen sensation

17-year old forward José Gomes has been thrust into the limelight this week after a minor injury crisis led to his first senior call-up by Rui Vitória. So just who is he?

UEFA Youth League: Real Madrid 2 - 0 Benfica

Benfica were eliminated from the UEFA Youth League at the quarter-final stage today, succumbing to a 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano. The goals came from Febas (66') and Salto (77'). Benfica played the last 20 minutes of the match with ten men after Pedro Amaral received a second yellow card.

Benfica Dominates UEFA Youth League

Benfica's Youth Team will go into Tuesday's match day #4 against Galatasaray with not only their heads held high (as they are first in the group) but a confident attitude as they have dominated this year's competition. Benfica have scored 21 goals in the first 3 of 6 Group stage matches in the 2015/16 UEFA Youth League competition. On match day #1 Benfica began the competition setting an all-time record defeating AS Astana 8-0. In this match Benfica managed to have 43 shots on net in which 20 of them were actually on target.

Benfica 8 - 0 Astana: UEFA Youth League

Benfica youth team played against Astana in the UEFA Youth League, beating them with a hefty score of 8-0, making it the largest scoreline in the history of the competition. The team line up and the substitutions were as follows:

André Ferreira, Francisco Ferreira, João Lima, Yuri Ribeiro, Pedro Rodrigues, Gonçalo Rodrigues, João Carvalho (Bruno Lourenço, 67m), Diogo Gonçalves (Tiago Dias, 72m), Buta, Hildeberto Pereira, José Gomes (João Filipe, 56m).

Benfica B triumph over Oxford United

Benfica B beat Oxford United today by 4-0 at the English FA headquarters in Burton-upon-Trent for a pre-season friendly.

Four youth players earn new contracts

Nuno Santos, Nélson Semedo, Raphael Guzzo, and João Teixeira (left to right) renewed their contracts with SL Benfica until 2021 installing a belief that the club is ready to support their youth players.

All four have a €45m release fee clause and echoes a similar move made by the club in 2011 with the likes of Nélson Oliveira, David Simão, Ruben Pinto, and Miguel Rosa. However, none of them were able to prove themselves in the first team and would have a case of lack of opportunities given to them.

Semedo, 21 year-old defender, hopes this time it will be different.

Premier League to recognise Benfica youth development

Renato Sanches, Ruben Dias, and Yuri Ribeiro

Left to right: Renato Sanches, Ruben Dias, and Yuri Ribeiro

Benfica have been highly focused in developing young players and see them as long term goals for the future. With the transfer of André Gomes (€15m to Valencia) and Bernardo Silva (€15m to Monaco) this is clearly an area the club are looking to explore and to mitigate future FIFA action against third party owners.

Players like Gonçalo Guedes, Renato Sanches, Raphael Guzzo and João Teixeira are only a few who will be knocking on the doors of the senior squad in the near future.