Squad List: Benfica vs Penafiel

Salvio has returned to options as confirmed by Jorge Jesus in yesterday's press conference. In return, compatriot Argentine winger Nico Gaitán has been ruled out due to injury.

Serbian midfielder Fejsa, who recently returned from a lengthy spell on the sidelines and featured in the last couple of games, has not been included.

From the 19 selected one player will be left out.

Benfica are two games away from retaining the Liga crown with Penafiel (H), Guimarães (A) and Marítimo (H) left as opponents.

Goalkeepers: Artur and Júlio César

Defenders: Luisão, Maxi Pereira, Lisandro Lopez, André Almeida, Jardel and Eliseu

Midfielders: Salvio, Sulejmani, Pizzi, Samaris, Talisca, Cristante, Ola John and Rúben Amorim

Forwards: Derley, Lima and Jonas

Benfica x Penafiel Preview

Three games, six points to take to realise this old dream of winning two Ligas in a row. If manager Jorge Jesus has learnt from past euphoria gone sour by giving respect and not underestimating Saturday’s opponents Penafiel, the statistics are there to boost the morale of the Benfiquista nation.

Jesus confirms Salvio return

Jorge Jesus previewed tomorrow's game against relegation battlers Penafiel, but recognised the difficulties his side can face, given that there are only three games left in the season.

"Benfica have a very technical and fast tempo approach to their game. You can only stop this by either your tactical positional quality or with persistent fouling. And it becomes difficult for the defending team when you can't do either. Those clubs that commit many fouls are subject to finish the game with less than eleven players on the pitch."

Marítimo B 2 - 0 Benfica B

Benfica B starting 11:

Bruno Varela; Nelson Semedo, João Nunes, Marcos Valente, Pedro Rebocho; Dawidowicz, Renato Sanches (Nuno Santos, 46m), Elbio Alvarez (Sarkic, 46m); João Carvalho, Diogo Gonçalves, Gonçalo Guedes

Today was the perfect opportunity to catch up with rivals Sporting B ahead of Sunday’s derby -16:00 BST in Seixal-, in a game which should have easily been at Benfica’s grasp. Marítimo B had just come out from a long winning draught - having lost 5 of their last games and drawn 1 -, sitting at the bottom of the table, second last.

Hajduk Split sporting director invites Benfica for friendly

Hajduk Split's sporting director Goran Vucevic visited Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira.

The good relations between both clubs meant that the Hajduk director was able to make a short visit to Benfica's facilities and meet with the president, including an exchange of club shirts.

Goran handed over an invite for the Lisbon side to travel to Split and face the Croatian giants in a friendly, a potential match that has been talked about in recent years and seems imminent. 

Jesus cautious in his presser after crushing Gil Vicente 5-0

"We won 5-0 with a lot of quality, in a difficult pitch that had long grass [note: reports were made of mushrooms growing on the Barcelos ground]. We managed to create space through our movement and tactical quality to overpower a difficult opponent. Things got easy given Benfica's quality as well as some individual players'."

"I know best on which player is better suited to make the roster. I am the one working with them, I know who can play or not. Sometimes, it doesn't work out, however no one but the managers know who the best players to line up are.  

Title ambitions still alive despite second loss to Fonte Bastardo

Yesterday, Benfica men's volleyball team was once again shaken by a 3-1 loss at the hands of Fonte Bastardo. In a tight race for the title, the Azorians took control of the first two sets (27-25 and 25-20) whilst Benfica tried to overcome the result by imposing themselves on the third set (22-25). The fourth set was won by the home team by 25-20, leaving them one game away from holding the Championship trophy, four years after their last successful campaign.

Highlights: Gil Vicente 0 - 5 Benfica

Benfica are just six points away from retaining the Liga title with 3 games remaining, two of them at home to Penafiel (Saturday 9th May) and Marítimo (last game of the season).

Right-back and vice-captain Maxi Pereira scored his first ever brace for the club since moving from Uruguayan club Defensor in 2007. Defender Luisão also got his name in the scoresheet and now has four goals in the Liga, equalling his defending partner Jardel's number.

Lima netted his 15th of the season whilst striker Jonas continues his superb form and and is level with Porto's Jackson Martínez with 17 goals.


Benfica's Futsal team in Portuguese Cup Final

Today at 10:45am was disputed the much awaited first semi-final of the Portuguese Cup's Final Four (futsal), in Multiusos, Sines. With a full house to assist to the Lisbon derby, emotions were running high for a spot in the final, which will be played tomorrow at 6pm (BST).

Benfica's futsal team was created in 2001 and is already writing its history in golden letters in the Portuguese competition: a total of 6 championships, 6 supercups, 5 Portuguese cups and 1 futsal cup.


No Salvio and no Ola John as 19 players travel north

Jorge Jesus has taken 19 players to north of Portugal as Benfica face Gil Vicente in Barcelos this evening at 18:00 local time.

Argentine winger Salvio misses out once again due to injury whilst dutch player Ola John, who is normally selected in Salvio's absence, has also stayed in Lisbon.

Goalkeeper Paulo Lopes has been chosen ahead of Artur but it will be Júlio César named in the starting line-up.

Goalkeepers: Paulo Lopes and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Jardel, André Almeida, Maxi Pereira and Eliseu

Midfielders: Talisca, Samaris, Ruben Amorim, Gaitán, Fejsa, Sulejamni, Cristante and Pizzi

Forwards: Derley, Lima and Jonas