Rui Vitória succeeds to Jesus as Benfica's new manager

Benfica has reached an agreement in principle with Rui Vitória to coach the team for the next 3 years. Following Jorge Jesus’ departure to capital rivals Sporting, Luis Filipe Vieira has entertained the suspense for a week before officially releasing the statement this Thursday:

“Sport Lisboa e Benfica - Football, SAD, in compliance with article 248 of the Portuguese Securities Market Code, announces that it has reached agreement in principle with the coach Rui Vitória to carry out a sports employment contract, taking effect in the next three seasons”




BSC Young Boys take Sulejmani to Swiss League

Miralen Sulejmani has signed a 3-year deal with Swiss Super League side BSC Young Boys.

The Serbian winger arrived in Lisbon in 2013 on a free from Dutch side Ajax, and has lifted two Portuguese League titles, two League Cups and a Portuguese Cup in his short stay with Benfica.

The 26 year old found himself down in the pecking order behind Salvio and Ola John. His injury in the Europa League final against Sevilla didn't do him justice and the skills he possessed to bring a game to life.




Lindelöf signs a new 5-year deal

Victor Lindelöf has signed a professional contract with SL Benfica for a further 5 seasons until 2020.

The Swedish defender joined Benfica as a youth player in 2012/13 and apart from making countless of appearances for the B or lower sides, he has featured in first team football three times, twice in the Portuguese cup and once in the league against Porto away.

"I feel very proud to have this opportunity. I am happy to have signed a new deal because Benfica is a huge club."




Top 10 Summer Transfer Targets

Planet Benfica teamed up with OneFootball via Football Collective to bring you the Top 10 Summer Transfer Targets / Rumours in the summer window.




Jorge Jesus on his way out of Benfica

Confirmed. Jorge Jesus will no longer be Benfica's head coach for the 2015/16 season as the club released a statement where both parties could not reach an agreement.

Jesus has been at the helm of the «encarnados» since 2009, however his contract extension at the end of 2013 only lasted for a further two years and the manager was not ready to accept the new terms on the table.




Benfica, FC United, and FIFA

On the historic day of 29th May for FC United, Benfica were invited as FC's opponent and inaugurate their new fan built stadium Broadhurst Park.

In mainland Europe there was another important event, the much criticised FIFA were going to elect their new leader hoping to sail through the turmoil that surrounded the World Cup bids and allegations of corruption.

There couldn't be a stronger contrast between these two events; one promoting football against greed and the other fighting for it.




FC United 0 - 1 Benfica B

Diogo Gonçalves scored the winner against FC United 8 minutes from full time which saw the Broadhurst Park opening match end 1-0 to the away side.
 
FC United invited Benfica for the special occasion and the Lisbon side were able to send a mix of their B and youth squads, despite playing the League Cup final on the same day and hour in Coimbra.

The Manchester based club successfully hosted the event and created a spectacular atmosphere around the match in their first ever ground, boasting an all standing terrace at one end.




Gaitan out of Copa America

Nicolas Gaitán, who is heavily linked with a summer move away from Benfica, has failed to make the Argentina squad for the Copa America.

The creative midfielder has been touted to join Manchester United after winning back-to-back league titles for Benfica and making a couple of Europa League final appearances.

Former Benfica star Angel Di Maria has made the ranks whilst Enzo Pérez has been left out.

The Copa America will be played between 11th June and 4th July 2015 and will be hosted by Chile.




Salvio happy to remain with Benfica for 10 years

In declarations to Portuguese entertainment magazine Caras, Benfica's Argentine winger Salvio stated that he would be more than happy to remain in Lisbon.

"A player never knows what is going to happen at the end of the season, but this is our home, we are happy here and have a good life. Everyone seems to like us, every day I receive messages to wish us luck, and we greatly appreciate all the love they have given us since we arrived. I want to stay here one, two, three or even 10 years. We are happy here."




Salvio suffers setback

Benfica announced via their official website that Salvio suffered ligament injuries to his right knee against Marítimo last weekend and might be subject to surgery.

The 24-year-old Argentine winger has been highly coveted with a move away from the Portuguese capital in this summer transfer window, but the latest injury, has cast shadow over his immediate future.

It is the second time he suffers ligament injury to his right knee, the first, against Sporting in September 2013 making his return only five months later away to PAOK in February 2014 in the Europa League.




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