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




Squad List: Aves x Benfica

Rui Vitória has made five changes to his squad for the trip to CD Aves. Douglas has been ruled out with a sprained right ankle, and is replaced by André Almeida, whose two-match ban only applies to continental competition.

João Carvalho has been dropped in favour of Filip Krovinović, who was not registered for the Champions League group stage. Andreas Samaris is still serving a domestic suspension. Rafa Silva and Jardel are both fit, but have not been selected.

Sunday's match at the Estádio do Clube Desportivo das Aves gets underway at 18:00 local time.

Goalkeepers: Svilar and Júlio César

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

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

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas, Gabriel Barbosa and Seferović




Benfiquistas around the Globe: Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson

Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson

In this special edition of our 'Benfiquistas around the Globe' feature, we caught up with Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson, who recently completed his 23rd season as a professional footballer. The vastly-experienced goalkeeper has represented Iceland on 26 occasions, and was part of the squad that famously qualified for Euro 2016. We quizzed Gunnleifur about his own career, his love for Benfica, and his thoughts on Mile Svilar, Júlio César, Ederson and Jan Oblak.




Match Report: Benfica 0 - 1 Manchester United

Mile Svilar

Benfica’s miserable run in the UEFA Champions League continued as they were defeated 1-0 by former manager José Mourinho’s Manchester United side at the Estádio da Luz on Wednesday night.




Squad List: Benfica x Manchester United

With the exception of André Almeida (suspended) and Filip Krovinović (ineligible), Rui Vitória has had the luxury of a full-strength squad to pick from for the visit of Manchester United.

Lisandro López is back in favour after a lengthy absence, but Jardel and Rafa Silva have been left out by choice. Bruno Varela has been dropped, and is replaced by the fit-again Júlio César. Eliseu has recovered from a thigh strain, while Jonas has overcome his back complaint.

Andreas Samaris is also included, as his suspension only applies to domestic matches. Andrija Živković and Eduardo Salvio return to the fold, with Branimir Kalaica and Martin Chrien making way.

Wednesday's match at the Estádio da Luz begins at 19:45 local time, and will be officiated by German referee Felix Zwayer.

Goalkeepers: Svilar and Júlio César

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

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

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas, Gabriel Barbosa and Seferović




Highlights: Olhanense 0 - 1 Benfica




International Roundup: Mixed fortunes for Benfica contingent

Eduardo Salvio

The race to qualify for Russia 2018 reached a climax this week as the majority of nations played their final group games. As usual, there was a host of Benfica stars in action around the globe. We take a look at how each of them fared.




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