Júlio César vows to come back stronger

Benfica's first choice keeper suffered a leg injury during the win against Boavista on Saturday 31st January.

Júlio César has expressed his desire to return stronger in an injury that will see him sidelined at least until March.

"I'm with my colleague João Silveira en route to Seixal for more treatment. Hope to come back stronger than before! Focused and determined."

The ex-Inter Milan shot stopper joined Benfica this summer after stints in QPR and Toronto FC. Júlio is Brazil's former number one keeper and has lifted the Champions League with the Italian club.




Benfica's costliest transfer mistakes?

Chris Santos looks at Benfica's biggest transfer mistakes in recent histoty. Photo (left to right) Freddy Adu, Emerson, Kikin Fonseca and Bruno Cortez

There are certainly enough recent examples of bewildering transfer activity at our beloved club to write an article, probably enough to fill a small book. The Pesaresi's, the Luis Filipe's (x2), the Keirrison, Paulo Almeida, the Filipe Menezes’, the Jara’s.. et al. But who could we consider the most costly? Well here's my wooden spoon awards for Benfica's worst transfer mistakes.




Jonathan Rodríguez and Elbio Álvarez finally arrive

Benfica's latest signings, which had been confirmed by the club as imminent arrivals, finally signed and are now available to train with the team.

Both Rodriguez (forward) and Álvarez (midfielder) arrived together from Uruguayan side Peñarol. The manager commented that the players must show their potential to earn a first team spot.

"In relation to the new players, one has already trained with us. They are young players and have come to add quality to the side."




Jesus previews Boavista encounter

Benfica will host Boavista this Saturday at the Estádio da Luz at 17:00 local time.

Jorge Jesus previewed this difficult match where former Benfica midfielder Petit is the manager of the Porto based club.

"Boavista return to our stadium 7 years later. We will face an opponent that has been improving consistently with a manager that has a beautiful history with Benfica."




Youngsters line-up for bright future

Point of View by Chris Santos. Above, Gonçalo Guedes in the UEFA Youth League final against Barcelona

Benfica in the era of Jorge Jesus have become a conveyor belt for taking the raw unfinished players and moulding them into the finished article ready to move onto one of Europe’s elite clubs for big money.




Referee to decide ticket price

Benfica has opted for a bizarre marketing campaign where the referee will indirectly decide the price of a ticket for an upcoming Benfica match at the Luz.

The game in question is Benfica x Boavista this Saturday 31st January, where the amount of injury time given will equate to the price of a ticket in Euros for the following home game when Benfica receive Setúbal.

The conditions are that it only applies to members who are between 13 and 25 years of age and will be limited to the first 24 hours, solely for the 3rd tier on the Coca Cola stand.




Title objectives remain on target

Point of View by Chris Santos

Benfica had the luxury of lifting all domestic silverware last season and after the summer's inevitable exodus of players going to the big leagues for the big money it was always going to be tricky to match that performance.

Indeed, early exits from Europe and the Portuguese Cup mean last seasons heroics already seem so long ago. Nonetheless, even in spite of Monday nights disappointing 1-0 reverse against FC Porto sympathisers Paços de Ferreira, the Liga has been a happier story so far.   




FC United to host Benfica for 10-year anniversary

Benfica have been called as the guest opposition to face FC United in their commemorative 10 year anniversary on May 29th 2015.

The Manchester based club will welcome the B team at Broadhurst Park which is expected to be fully completed before the match, which will have a capacity of over 4,000.

“FC United of Manchester is delighted to be playing Benfica as one of the first games in our new ground at Broadhurst Park in Moston, north Manchester,” Andy Walsh, Club general manager




Miklos Fehér: Forever 29

It's 11 years since Benfica forward Miklos Fehér passed away and left eternal memories for his colleagues, Benfica supporters and football fans across the world.

Fehér passed away during a game against Vitória de Guimarães in the 03/04 season, and left the world with a smile which no one in the Benfica universe will forget.




January player exodus continues

Both Benfica and Greek side Olympiacos have confirmed the transfer of Argentine forward Franco Jara from Lisbon to Athens on an undisclosed fee.

The transfer of the 26-year-old to Benfica was confirmed on January 2010 shortly after his first appearance for the national team on a 5 year deal from Arsenal de Sarandí (ARG). The player joined at the start of season 2010/11 but never cemented his place in the starting line-up and was eventually loaned to promoted La Liga side Granada (ESP) the following year. 




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