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Benfica to play Sporting da Covilhã in Cup - 07 October 2014

Benfica have been drawn against Sporting da Covilhã in the 3rd Round of the Portuguese Cup.

Kick-off is set for 18th October at 19:45 local time, Benfica's first game after the international break.

Questions had arisen about Covilhã's stadium to cater for the thousands of Benfica fans who would like to attend the game, however the club's president José Mendes has now confirmed the match will be played at the town's Covilhã Sport Complex, with a capacity of 7,000 including temporary stands.

Covilhã's home stadium, the Estádio Municipal José Santos Pinto, is only adequate to receive 3,000 fans and had to be dismissed as a possibility. The Aveiro stadium was also considered as an alternative to receive Portugal's biggest club, but local pressure and town pride prevailed.

Benfica will receive double the minimum 1,774 tickets which is double the minimum requirement of 10%.

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Benfica players dominate Portugal U17 squad - 08 September 2014

Benfica will have 7 players representing the national side for the first phase of the 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.

Manager Filipe Ramos called up junior players Bruno Lourenço, Gedson Fernandes, Jorge Pereira, José Gomes, Pedro Pereira, Ricardo Mangas and Tiago Dias.

Portugal will play Northern Ireland on 19th September and Slovenia and Turkey on 21st and 24th October respectively.

> Also read:
2015 UEFA U17 Qualifying Round

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Benfica obtain Stars Fund investment - 08 September 2014

Sport Lisboa e Benfica have confirmed the investment of 28.9m Euros to buy the remaining rights of their current players from the Benfica Stars Fund.

The Benfica Stars Fund (ISIN: PTYEVLIM0004) was created by a subsidiary of the Banco Espirito Santo whose recent economic turmoil has been more than documented.

The total percentage of the players below has been transferred over to the club who now own 100% of their rights:

The exception lies with Nélson Oliveira, where Benfica retain 70%, and Urreta, who rescinded his contract on 1st September and now plays for Paços de Ferreira.

> Also read:
Sapo News - Benfica stars fund investment (PT)
Benfica Stars Fund on wikipedia

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Benfica secure AC Milan youth Bryan Cristante - 02 September 2014

Benfica secured AC Milan midfielder Bryan Cristante on the last day of the summer transfer window 2014/15.

The 19 year old has been part of Milan's youth set up since 2009 and saw in good terms a transfer to Lisbon, where he signed a long term 5 year contract for a reported €6m fee to the Italian giants.

Cristante made his Seria A debut in November 2013 but only managed to make two further appearances last season.

Portuguese defender Silvio was also confirmed for the next season and extended his loan deal by a further year to remain at Benfica from Atlético de Madrid. Silvio was an integral part of the treble winning team and is currently recovering from a serious knee injury.

> Also read:
Bryan Cristante profile on Wikipedia

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Boavista FC x SL Benfica Squad List - 24 August 2014

Benfica return to the Bessa stadium to face Boavista in the league for the first time since 2007/08.

Boavista have returned to Portugal's top division and have been reinstatement after their corruption allegations.

Brazilian international keepel Júlio César still isn't an option for Jorge Jesus and remains in Lisbon after last week's transfer from English side QPR.

Lisandro Lopez and Pizzi both feature after prolonged stays on the sideline due to injuries.

The 20 players called up are:

Goalkeepers: Artur Moraes and Paulo Lopes
Defenders: Maxi Pereira, Luisão, Jardel, Lisandro Lopez and Eliseu
Midfielders: André Almeida, Ruben Amorim, Enzo Perez, Talisca, Salvio, Gaitán, Pizzi, Ola John and Tiago
Forwards: Jara, Derley, Lima and Nélson Oliveira

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Benfica deny Manolas link - 07 June 2014

Benfica have released an official statement on to deny any links with Greek defender Kostas Manolas.

Read the translation of the statement below, the original version can be found here.

"The weeks pass and the press continue to link players to Sport Lisboa e Benfica."

"It's essential for us to stress that the squad for the upcoming 2014/15 season is being built under strict planning and in a timely manner. We cannot allow football agents or clubs to create rumours without foundation."

"There has been no offer made for Greek player Kostas Manolas for seven and half million euros or even one euro. No offer is expected to me made. There are limits to speculation and this time it was grossly misconducted."

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Jorge Jesus to continue at helm - 29 May 2014

Jorge Jesus will continue at Benfica's helm after he rebuffed any potential move to another European side.

Jesus joined Benfica in 2009 and is currently one of the longest serving Benfica managers in recent history. The three domestic titles won this season has only strengthened his ties with the club after a disastrous end last year.

The president also confirmed the continuation of the Portuguese manager for at least another year, when his contract terminates.

Currently there has been no suggestion extension talks are in place however the club are likely begin securing the most coveted manager in Portugal.

Jorge Jesus was linked to clubs such as Italian giants AC Milan and Spanish outfit Valencia who will get the backing of a Singaporean tycoon.

"It's true that I had various invites, but that only happened because of the great results Benfica obtained in Europe and the fact that I am managing a great club."

"I am a man of my word with a sense of responsibility, it has never crossed my mind to leave. Milan's projects did not satisfy me because there exists something stronger. I believe Benfica can better the recent results."

"The financial factor does not come in the way of my sporting ambitions."

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Rodrigo hopes to finish in a brilliant fashion - 11 May 2014

Rodrigo, taking part in a Coca Cola campaign, promised to give his all in the final remainder of the games and help Benfica lift the coveted Europa League title after last year's disappointment.

"A final is always a final, anything can happen and it doesn't matter which team plays. We hope to play a great game so we can win this title."

Benfica is still in flight to lift two more cups, the Europa League and the Portuguese Cup, after winning the League Cup and the domestic league.

"I think not many people believed in us at the start of the season, that Benfica could win all the competitions it was participating in."

"We, believed. It wouldn't make sense to come everyday to train if we didn't believe in our own work. We didn't start very well but we turned it around and we are going to finish the season in an brilliant fashion."

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Turin preparations underway - 11 May 2014

Preparations for the Europa League final are already under way with the Aguia's plan now released.

Jorge Jesus and his team will fly on Tuesday to Turin leaving on a chartered plane from Lisbon at 9:30 in the morning.

As 16:15 in the afternoon on the same day two players will join the manager for the usual press conference followed by pitch adaptation at the Juventus stadium.

Benfica qualified in Turin for the final when they beat Juventus 2-1 in aggregate.

The Europa League final will be played between Sevilla and Benfica on Wednesday May 14th at 19:45 BST.

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