Benfica capture Brazilian full-back Marcelo Hermes

Benfica have completed the signing of Brazilian left-back Marcelo Hermes. The 22-year old joins on a free transfer after the expiry of his contract with Grêmio. The full-back has agreed a contract until 2021 and will wear the number 38 jersey. You can read more about the player's credentials here.

Highlights: Benfica 4 - 0 Vizela

Squad List: Benfica x Vizela

Rui Vitória has named a heavily rotated squad for tonight’s League Cup clash with second division Vizela. Branimir Kalaica, Yuri Ribeiro and Luka Jović have been promoted from the B squad, while Luisão, Victor Lindelöf, Ljubomir Fejsa and Franco Cervi have all been rested.

Júlio César (shoulder), Eliseu (thigh), Álex Grimaldo (abdomen), Eduardo Salvio (shoulder) and Raúl Jiménez (groin) are currently unavailable through injury. Pizzi returns after serving his one-match suspension, and Danilo gets a rare call-up.

The game at the Estádio da Luz begins at 19:15 local time.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Paulo Lopes

Defenders: Lisandro, Kalaica, Jardel, André Almeida, Nélson Semedo and Yuri Ribeiro

Midfielders: Samaris, André Horta, Carrillo, Živković, Pizzi, Rafa Silva, Celis and Danilo

Forwards: Jonas, Mitroglou, Gonçalo Guedes and Jović

Vitória calls on supporters to continue their backing

After a record-breaking 2016, Benfica begin their New Year with a League Cup game against Segunda Liga outfit Vizela. The northern side, managed by former FC Porto assistant coach Rui Quinta, currently occupy eleventh place in the Liga Ledman Pro. Vitória de Guimarães required an injury time winner to overcome Vizela in their Group D opener last week, so Rui Vitória is expecting no easy task on Tuesday night.

Match Report: Benfica 1 - 0 Paços de Ferreira

Benfica have participated in every edition of the Portuguese League Cup since the competition was launched in 2007/08, lifting the trophy on seven out of nine occasions. The Eagles began their latest campaign on Thursday 29th December, in their last match of 2016. Benfica hosted Paços de Ferreira at the Estádio da Luz in the opening match of Group D.

Vitória: "We ended the year with a fantastic record"

Benfica ended 2016 with a narrow 1-0 win over Paços de Ferreira in the Taça CTT. The football was not spectacular, but the result was nonetheless significant, enabling the Eagles to equal Porto’s Portuguese record of 44 competitive wins in a calendar year. It also brought them level with Barcelona as the European team with the most victories in 2016, and gave them the highest win percentage in Europe for the calendar year (81.5%), eclipsing Juventus (78.4%), Shakhtar Donetsk (75.5%) and Barcelona (74.6%).

Highlights: Benfica 1 - 0 Paços de Ferreira

Vitória will not rotate for rotation's sake

Benfica begin their League Cup campaign tonight at the Estádio da Luz, in what is their final fixture of the calendar year. The Eagles will contest Group D with Thursday’s opponents, Paços de Ferreira, along with Vitória de Guimarães and second division Vizela.

Squad List: Benfica x Paços de Ferreira

Rui Vitória has selected 20 players in his final squad of 2016. Benfica are still without Júlio César (shoulder), Eliseu (thigh), Álex Grimaldo (abdomen) and Eduardo Salvio (shoulder).

Pizzi is suspended, while Danilo is still out of the first team picture. André Horta returns after recovering from his thigh injury.

Thursday's League Cup clash with Paços de Ferreira gets underway at 21:15 at the Estádio da Luz.

Goalkeepers: Ederson and Paulo Lopes

Defenders: Nélson Semedo, Luisão, Lindelöf, Jardel, Lisandro and André Almeida

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, André Horta, Cervi, Celis, Rafa Silva, Carrillo and Živković

Forwards: Mitroglou, Jonas, Gonçalo Guedes and Raúl Jiménez

Scout Report: Haris Seferović

Benfica were heavily linked with a move for Swiss international striker Haris Seferović in November, and now, on the eve of the January transfer window, the rumours have resurfaced. Read on for a report on the Eintracht Frankfurt forward, compiled with the help of Brian M Sanders, Bundesliga columnist for Prost Amerika.

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