Squad List: Arouca x Benfica

New singning Carcela makes his debut on the manager's squad list and may feature against Arouca, however there is a guarantee two names from the below list will not be on the first XI or substitute bench.

Except for the inclusion of Carcela, Jardel (injury) and João Teixeira (dropped by option) are the only changes since last week.

Benfica will travel to Aveiro for the second matchweek of the Liga NOS. Beira Mar's stadium will act as the home ground for Arouca due to the larger capacity than their own and the potential for increased revenue for the modest northern club.




Benfica to loan Jonathan Rodríguez

Benfica have reached an initial agreement with Real Club Deportivo de La Coruña to loan Jonathan Rodríguez for the season according to the Spanish club's official website.

The striker arrived last season from Uruguay and made an immediate impact for the Benfica B side, earning him a promotion to the senior squad that saw him play a handful of pre-season games.




Highlights: Benfica vs Estoril

Benfica left it late in the game to overcome a difficult Estoril side who had chances of their own in Estádio da Luz. The floodgates opened when new signing Mitroglou scored with a placed header from Gaitán's cross. Jonas scored a brace shortly after and senior team debutant Nélson Semedo sealed the win after a string of good passes from Victor Andrade and a backheel assist from Gaitán.

Attendance: 53,285

Full-time Highlights: Benfica 4 - 0 Estoril




Rui Vitória wants an auspicious start

Rui Vitória carried out his pre-match conference in front of the media and made conclusive comments on how he wants to approach the opening match.

"The expectations are huge and the will to win too. We need to respect the opponent, Estoril is a good side. We hope we can begin the new league season with a win."

"Estoril are currently in good form and will want to play eye to eye. We need to be focused and concentrate on ourselves. My players are aware of what they need to do and how we want to play, with pride, commitment and professionalism."




Squad List: Benfica x Estoril

Rui Vitória revealed his first squad list for the 2015/16 opening league game against Estoril tomorrow evening at 20:30.

Victor Andrade was 'promoted' for this weekend from the B side and trained with the first team, allowing him to feature on the manager's list.

New signings Carcela and Taarabt are injured and on the sidelines alongside Cristante and Salvio.

Raul Jiménez, who just joined Benfica a couple of days ago, will not be making an appearance by choice.

Goalkeepers: Júlio César and Ederson




Benfica sign Jiménez from Atlético Madrid

Benfica confirmed the signing of 24-year-old Mexican striker Raúl Jiménez until season 2020 for an undisclosed fee. 

The 38 time capped Mexico international joins Greek striker Konstantinos Mitroglou as the latest face added to Rui Vitória's squad.

Jiménez began his senior career in his home country with Club América before moving to Spain with Atlético Madrid on a six-year deal. His venture across the border lasted just the one season and ended with the sole goal against Sevilla. 

The striker is hoping to reignite his European dream with Benfica and in declarations to BTV he aimed to "fight for the starting line-up".




Mitroglou joins Benfica for 2015/16 season

Greek forward Konstantinos Mitroglou has signed for a season long loan from English side Fulham FC.

The 27 year-old is a former colleague of Samaris and Fesja at Olympiakos and is delighted to have the opportunity to play at the Estádio da Luz.

"Benfica is a very big club, I really liked it when I played here 2 years ago. The fans are incredible and the eagle stayed in my memory."

"I didn't think twice to sign when this opportunity came by and I knew where I was heading immediately."




Benfica B invited to the Premier League International Cup 2015/16

The Premier League International Cup 2015/16 kicks-off this month with similar format to the inaugural competition last season, with four groups made up of sixteen teams, eight from England and eight from Europe.

All matches will be played in England and each team will play each other once only. The winners and runners-up from each group will progress to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, all to be played as single-leg ties.

Benfica have been drawn in Group A with Chelsea, Liverpool and Scottish side Celtic. All teams must field under 21 players though three outfield players and goalkeeper can be over the maximum age.

Read more to see confirmed fixture dates, venues and kick-off times.

Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
ChelseaEvertonNorwichManchester City
LiverpoolTottenhamLeicesterSunderland
Celtic (SCO)Porto (POR)PSV (NED)Bilbao (ESP)
Benfica (POR)Schalke (GER)Villarreal (ESP)B. Mönchengladbach (GER)

 

 

 

 

 




Bilal Ould-Chikh confirmed as a Benfica player

Sport Lisboa e Benfica have reached a deal to sign Bilal Ould-Chikh from FC Twente.

The youngster, who just turned 18 two days ago, arrived in Lisbon today and is eager to learn and grow at Benfica.

Speaking to BTV, the Dutch u-19 international had only positives to say about the club.

"I know that Benfica is a huge team with great players, champions of Portugal, and regularly play in the Champions League."

"It's a dream come true for a youngster like me to play in this stadium. I'm here to learn with experienced players that have technical quality."




Lima continues career at Al-Ahli

Benfica striker Rodrigo Lima will represent the United Arab Emirates club for the next 2 seasons.

The Brazilian was a back-to-back champion for Benfica and has decided to earn his last big contract in the middle east for Al-Ahli in Dubai.




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