João Cancelo joins Valencia on a permanent deal

Benfica and Valencia have reached an agreement for right-back João Cancelo. The Portuguese player, who will be 21 on May 27th, spent this season on loan with the Spanish club who have now made his contract permanent on a six-year deal until end of June 2021. The transfer fee was undisclosed.


Benfica received at the Lisbon city hall

The Câmara Municipal de Lisboa had the honour to receive champions SL Benfica this evening at the Praça do Município in Lisbon.

Players and staff arrived in suits on the Benfica bus from the Luz to downtown Lisbon and exchanged words and gifts with the President of the Lisbon council.

Both Supercup and Liga trophies arrived with the committee and was showed off to the thousands of Benfica supporters present, many making their way straight from work to celebrate with the squad.

Highlights: Benfica 4 - 1 Marítimo

Two goals each from Jonas and Lima closed the Liga 2014/15 curtains for the season as celebrations got underway after full-time. 

Jonas was one goal away from being crowned top Liga goalscorer and had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside. The team continued to work collectively to help the Brazilian striker until the end of the whistle.

Benfica will face Marítimo again on Friday 29th May at 19:45 BST in the League Cup final in Coimbra. 


Everyone invited for title celebrations

Jorge Jesus has selected the entire squad list ahead of this evening's home match against Marítimo.

All 27 players will be together in the bench though only 7 will officially be available to feature in the game. 

The manager stated in the press conference yesterday that Paulo Lopes, Sílvio and Hany Mukhtar could feature in today's 18:00 BST kick-off to be eligible for the winner's medal.

The club have also prepared a few 'visual' surprises for the attending fans.

We have the responsibility to win says Jesus

Jorge Jesus had his last Liga press conference ahead of tomorrow's match against Marítimo. Benfica were crowned back-to-back champions last Sunday after securing a draw in Guimarães, as title rivals Porto slipped against Belenenses.

"This week I felt a bit ill because I didn't feel the adrenaline or the pressure of the game, it's like I had a cold, and I am not used to it."

Emirates are the new club sponsors

Benfica have signed a 3 year deal with aviation giants Emirates on a contract reportedly worth €8m a year.

This move will see the current sponsors Portugal Telecom have their 'MEO' logo removed from the shirts and adorned with 'Fly Emirates', now likened with Real Madrid, AC Milan, PSG and Hamburg.

The contract with PT ended this season.

Emirates became Benfica's official aviation partner a mere 10 months ago offering a discount of 10% for all members for flights from Portugal.

England to host Benfica's pre-season

Benfica will make a trip to England in July as part of a pre-season package. The newly crowned Portuguese champions have received an invitation to train at the National Football Centre for 10 days, and will be facing Burton Albion and Derby County in friendlies.

Julie Harrington, St George’s Park Managing Director, said:

"This is another huge feather in the cap for St. George’s Park. 

Top 10 Jorge Jesus' quotes for 2014/2015

Top 10 Jorge Jesus quotes for 2014/2015

Jesus proud of his historical achievement in post-match presser

“We are the rightful champion, with a tight-knit group which has turned weaknesses into strengths. We were always aiming at this objective. Benfica has been leading since the 5th match day and there were two key games: the game against Porto at the Luz and the one against Sporting in Alvalade, where we knew that if we didn’t lose, one of our rivals would be kept out of the race to the title. And that’s what happened; we cancelled the first one, and then the other.”

BENFICA: Portuguese Champions for the 34th time

With the Marquês ready to host the celebrations of dozens of thousands of Benfiquistas this very night, the games Vitória Guimarães x Benfica and Belenenses vs Porto took the centre stage during this 33rd match day. Winning or at least matching Porto’s score would result in retaining the Title for the second consecutive year.