January 2015 Transfer Window so far...

Transfer views from Planet Benfica's Chris Santos

Enzo who? The sale in early January of one of the latest midfield pearls from Jorge Jesus' production line had threatened to put a dent into Benfica's title credentials, but two solid 3-0 victories in the first two games of the post Enzo Benfica mean we continue with our eyes firmly on lifting the bi campeonato.




Benfica host Arouca for League Cup

Jorge Jesus will hold a press conference tomorrow at 16:00 local time on Benfica TV to preview the second League Cup group round against Arouca FC.




Benfica Foundation to build school in Cabo Verde

A Benfica committee, led by president Luís Filipe Vieira, arrived in Cabo Verde (Cape Green Islands) this morning accompanied by the Benfica Foundation directors Carlos Móia and Jorge Miranda, and also ex-Benfica forward Nuno Gomes.

The committee were received in the Government's presidential headquarters where they were met by prime minister Jorge Carlos Fonseca.




Silvio returns after 8 month absence

Benfica's left-back Silvio is now available for manager Jorge Jesus after 8 months of hardship on the sidelines.

The Portuguese international was named on the squad list in December for the Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen and more recently last week against Penafiel for the Liga game.

The 27 year-old is on loan from Atlético de Madrid since 2013, who allowed him to continue at the Lisbon side after sustaining the long term injury, fracturing both the fibula and tibia on his right leg.




Bebé joins Córdoba CF on loan

Tiago Manuel Dias Correira, known as Bebé to those outside Benfica, has been loaned out by the club to Spanish side Córdoba CF until the end of the season.




Benfica's Dakar rider maintains 3rd position

Paulo Gonçalves, SL Benfica's talented motorbike rider, features once again in the Dakar Rally which is taking place in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile.

Paulo has been able to maintain his 3rd position today which connected Copiapo to Antofagasta in the 5th stage of this edition, totalling 174km.

The experienced rider is 22 minutes away from top spot with a time of 4h42m53s.

Tomorrow's stage will be a gruelling 320km for the Benfica man that links Antofagasta to Iquique.




Rúben Pinto loaned to Paços de Ferreira

Benfica B captain Rúben Pinto has moved to Primeira Liga side Paços de Ferreira on loan until end of season, confirmed the north Portuguese club via their official website.

Over 5 years ago the now 22-year-old travelled with the main team to Toronto (Canada) and scored in a friendly against Celtic (Scotland) with a pass from Di María as Benfica won 3-1.

This is Benfica's fourth confirmed exit of the winter transfer window.




Benfica B beat Sporting B away

Benfica's B team travelled this morning to Alcochete to face rivals Sporting B in the 21st matchweek of the Segunda Liga where the reds won 1-0.

Benfica scored in the first 3 minutes via a venemous shot by Fábio Cardoso, who lashed at the ball inside the area giving the opposition no chance at a block or a potential save.

Sporting were unable to react to the early goal and the match literally ended as it started.




Transfer window latest

The winter transfer window officially opened on Friday 2nd January and Benfica have already confirmed two exits, a permanent move for Enzo to Spain and a loan spell for Nélson Oliveira, with a further two in the pipeline. 

Confirmed exits

Enzo Pérez to Valencia (La Liga) for EUR 25m
Nélson Oliveira on loan to Swansea (Premiership) until end of season

Almost closed




Preparations for Guimarães underway

Jorge Jesus has called his players to the Caixa Futebol Campus training ground tomorrow at 17:00 GMT to begin preparations for the upcoming Liga game.

The champions will face Guimarães on Saturday 10th January at 17:00 GMT where the match will also be used to honour Eusébio, who had the stadium's street address named after this morning to remember his legacy. 

The change was approved and supported by the Lisbon municipality, who also marked their presence in today's proceedings.




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