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.

BELGIAN BEGINNINGS




International Preview: Three involved in World Cup play-offs

Andreas Samaris

With Benfica eager to extend their seven-game unbeaten run in domestic competition, their momentum has been halted by the return of another international break. An array of Águias have been called up to represent their respective national teams, and will be hoping to return home injury-free ahead of Benfica's Taça de Portugal clash with Vitória de Setúbal on November 18th.




Highlights: Vitória de Guimarães 1 - 3 Benfica




Squad List: Vitória de Guimarães x Benfica

Filip Krovinović may not be registered for Champions League duty, but the Croatian has been selected for this weekend's trip to Guimarães. Luisão and André Almeida also return to the squad after missing Tuesday night's game with Manchester United through suspension.

Álex Grimaldo has shaken off the knock that forced him to be substituted at Old Trafford. Filipe Augusto is unavailable with a left thigh injury, while Júlio César, Lisandro López, Rafa Silva and Gabriel Barbosa have all been dropped.

Sunday night's game at the Estádio D. Afonso Henriques kicks off at 18:00 local time.

Goalkeepers: Svilar and Bruno Varela

Defenders: Grimaldo, Luisão, Douglas, Eliseu, Jardel, André Almeida and Rúben Dias

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, Živković, Salvio, Krovinović, Pizzi, Cervi and Diogo Gonçalves

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas and Seferović




Match Report: Manchester United 2 - 0 Benfica

Mile Svilar

Benfica’s hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League were dealt an almost fatal blow as they were defeated 2-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.




Squad List: Manchester United x Benfica

Rui Vitória has named 22 players in his preliminary squad for Matchweek 4 of the UEFA Champions League. André Almeida and Luisão are both suspended, so Eliseu, Douglas and Jardel have been brought in to bolster Benfica's defensive options.

Filip Krovinović is not registered for European competition, and is replaced by Rafa Silva, who returns to the squad after an absence of three games. Bruno Varela is also included after three matches in the wilderness.

Tuesday night's game at Old Trafford begins at 19:45 local time, and will be officiated by Lithuanian referee Gediminas Mažeika.

Goalkeepers: Svilar, Júlio César and Bruno Varela

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Douglas, Eliseu, Jardel and Rúben Dias

Midfielders: Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Samaris, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Rafa Silva and Diogo Gonçalves

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas, Gabriel Barbosa and Seferović




Scout Report: Marc-Oliver Kempf

Marc-Oliver Kempf

After an underwhelming start to the 2017/18 season, Benfica look set to strengthen their squad in the January transfer window. One player that has been heavily linked with the club in recent weeks is German youth international Marc-Oliver Kempf. To learn more about the SC Freiburg defender, we spoke to Bundesliga Fanatic columnist Adrian Sertl.




Highlights: Benfica 1 - 0 Feirense




Squad List: Benfica x Feirense

Rui Vitória has made just two changes to his preliminary squad this week: Eliseu is rested, while Andreas Samaris returns after serving his domestic suspension.

Douglas has been left out, presumably to ensure he is 100% fit for the trip to Manchester in midweek, when André Almeida will be suspended. Bruno Varela, Jardel and Rafa Silva remain out of favour.

Friday's match at the Estádio da Luz will commence at 19:00 local time.

Goalkeepers: Svilar and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, André Almeida and Rúben Dias

Midfielders: Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Samaris, Živković, Salvio, Krovinović, Pizzi, Cervi and Diogo Gonçalves

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas, Gabriel Barbosa, Seferović




Highlights: Aves 1 - 3 Benfica




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