Benfica B triumph over Oxford United

Benfica B beat Oxford United today by 4-0 at the English FA headquarters in Burton-upon-Trent for a pre-season friendly.

Benfica dismiss transfer rumours

Malaga CF midfielder Fernando Tissone is pointed towards Benfica by Italian media, however, the Lisbon side have dismissed the rumour and confirmed they are not pursuing the player.

The rumour was generated without any fundamental sources and quoted by the Portuguese press without questioning its validity.

The statement can be read here (in portuguese).

Four players confirmed out on loan

Benfica have confirmed that defender Sidnei has extended his loan with Deportivo de Coruña and will continue in the La Liga side. The Brazilian has been on Benfica's books since 2008 making over 45 league appearances, but has been deemed surplus to requirements on many occasions, featuring in Espanyol and Besiktas in loan moves too.

Derley, who signed from Marítimo last season, has also been confirmed with a loan move to Turkish side Kayeserispor for a season, accompanied by colleague Diego Lopes who returned to Benfica after 2 seasons with Rio Ave.

Benfica B stage pre-season in England

Benfica's B team will be in England between 20 and 28 July at the Football Association's St. George's Park in Burton-upon-Trent.

Hélder Cristóvão's team will face Oxford United first on 22 July at 17:00 local time, and then play Salford City and Birmingham City on 25 and 27 July  respectively.

The youth players will gain a new set of experience and are hoping to feature on the Premier League's International Cup for the second season running which also takes place in England and features the major European sides. 

First three league game dates confirmed

Liga Portugal has confirmed the first three matchweeks of Liga NOS starting in middle of August.

Benfica host Estoril on Sunday 16th August at 20:30 BST (live on BTV) and travel to Arouca on Sunday 23rd August, with kick-off scheduled at 19:15 BST (live on Sport TV).

August completes in Estádio da Luz against Moreirense on Saturday 29th August at 20:45 BST (live on BTV).

Four youth players earn new contracts

Nuno Santos, Nélson Semedo, Raphael Guzzo, and João Teixeira (left to right) renewed their contracts with SL Benfica until 2021 installing a belief that the club is ready to support their youth players.

All four have a €45m release fee clause and echoes a similar move made by the club in 2011 with the likes of Nélson Oliveira, David Simão, Ruben Pinto, and Miguel Rosa. However, none of them were able to prove themselves in the first team and would have a case of lack of opportunities given to them.

Semedo, 21 year-old defender, hopes this time it will be different.

Matic responds to questions from Benfica fans

Top Eleven interviewed former Benfica midfielder, and current Chelsea man, Nemanja Matic on his feelings about Lisbon and the club he represented in Portugal.

"Of course I still miss Lisbon. Benfica is a great club where I spent over 2 years, I have many friends there."

"I still speak some Portuguese with my colleagues in Chelsea as they understand it better."

"Carrega Benfica!" are the final words from the Serbian. Click play to watch the full video below:

Talisca in Top 20 most valuable

Anderson Talisca has been named in the Top 20 most valuable under 21 players by the Soccerex20 index.

The Benfica midfielder features at number 14 with €18m to his name.

The chart takes into account the player's natural position, age, contract length, the current club's selling power and even how many international caps, goals, and injuries he has.

Gaitán further away from Atlético Madrid

Nico Gaitán is the subject of much speculation in European football as Benfica look to continue their traditional selling spree of important players every summer to balance the books.

The Argentine seems to be the next target by both club and European powerhouses.

A Portuguese paper A Bola report that a deal with Madrid side Atlético is far from complete and perhaps further away than it has been after Benfica rejected to negotiate below the transfer release clause, fixed at €35m.

First training sessions begin for 2015/16

Benfica had their first training session for the upcoming 2015/16 season on Saturday 4th July at the Caixa Futebol Campus, and will be on their third by Monday 6th July which is scheduled for 09:30.

Most players returned from their holiday break to be lead by new coaching staff, headed by Rui Vitória who re-joined the club from Vitória de Guimarães, who seemed pleased with the way Benfica's new life began.

"It has been very positive and I am pleased with everyone's effort so far, not only today's session but all the work we have put together since the beginning."