Hajduk Split sporting director invites Benfica for friendly

Hajduk Split's sporting director Goran Vucevic visited Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira.

The good relations between both clubs meant that the Hajduk director was able to make a short visit to Benfica's facilities and meet with the president, including an exchange of club shirts.

Goran handed over an invite for the Lisbon side to travel to Split and face the Croatian giants in a friendly, a potential match that has been talked about in recent years and seems imminent. 

Jesus cautious in his presser after crushing Gil Vicente 5-0

"We won 5-0 with a lot of quality, in a difficult pitch that had long grass [note: reports were made of mushrooms growing on the Barcelos ground]. We managed to create space through our movement and tactical quality to overpower a difficult opponent. Things got easy given Benfica's quality as well as some individual players'."

"I know best on which player is better suited to make the roster. I am the one working with them, I know who can play or not. Sometimes, it doesn't work out, however no one but the managers know who the best players to line up are.  

Title ambitions still alive despite second loss to Fonte Bastardo

Yesterday, Benfica men's volleyball team was once again shaken by a 3-1 loss at the hands of Fonte Bastardo. In a tight race for the title, the Azorians took control of the first two sets (27-25 and 25-20) whilst Benfica tried to overcome the result by imposing themselves on the third set (22-25). The fourth set was won by the home team by 25-20, leaving them one game away from holding the Championship trophy, four years after their last successful campaign.

Highlights: Gil Vicente 0 - 5 Benfica

Benfica are just six points away from retaining the Liga title with 3 games remaining, two of them at home to Penafiel (Saturday 9th May) and Marítimo (last game of the season).

Right-back and vice-captain Maxi Pereira scored his first ever brace for the club since moving from Uruguayan club Defensor in 2007. Defender Luisão also got his name in the scoresheet and now has four goals in the Liga, equalling his defending partner Jardel's number.

Lima netted his 15th of the season whilst striker Jonas continues his superb form and and is level with Porto's Jackson Martínez with 17 goals.


Benfica's Futsal team in Portuguese Cup Final

Today at 10:45am was disputed the much awaited first semi-final of the Portuguese Cup's Final Four (futsal), in Multiusos, Sines. With a full house to assist to the Lisbon derby, emotions were running high for a spot in the final, which will be played tomorrow at 6pm (BST).

Benfica's futsal team was created in 2001 and is already writing its history in golden letters in the Portuguese competition: a total of 6 championships, 6 supercups, 5 Portuguese cups and 1 futsal cup.


No Salvio and no Ola John as 19 players travel north

Jorge Jesus has taken 19 players to north of Portugal as Benfica face Gil Vicente in Barcelos this evening at 18:00 local time.

Argentine winger Salvio misses out once again due to injury whilst dutch player Ola John, who is normally selected in Salvio's absence, has also stayed in Lisbon.

Goalkeeper Paulo Lopes has been chosen ahead of Artur but it will be Júlio César named in the starting line-up.

Goalkeepers: Paulo Lopes and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Jardel, André Almeida, Maxi Pereira and Eliseu

Midfielders: Talisca, Samaris, Ruben Amorim, Gaitán, Fejsa, Sulejamni, Cristante and Pizzi

Forwards: Derley, Lima and Jonas

Volleyball team disputes championship

Benfica's volleyball team overcame a 3-0 loss to win by the same result at home against Fonte do Bastardo last week at the Pavilhão Fidelidade.

Notable player Zelão spoke to BTV about how they turned the result around.

"We corrected our faults and worked hard to minimise their strong points so we could equalise the tie. We were slightly anxious but with our strength, courage and the home crowd behind us we turned it around."

The third match of this final will be played on Saturday 2nd May away to Açores and will kick-off at 18:30 BST (deferred on BTV1 HD at 21:30 BST)

"We want to retain the leadership" says Benfica's manager ahead of Gil Vicente clash

Although Jorge Jesus is conscious about the difficulties awaiting him and his team at the Estádio Cidade de Barcelos this coming Saturday, he also knows that every game is important in the race to the title. Here is a report from his latest press conference.

Gil Vicente vs Benfica preview

With four games left to play and the obligation to win three of them to be crowned Portuguese champions, Benfica has theoretically made a giant’s leap towards the title by drawing against Porto at the Luz last weekend. Out of the four games left, two will be against bottom league table clubs (Gil Vicente and Penafiel) and one mid-table, Maritimo. Furthermore, 2  of those games will be played at home, where the Eagles are unbeaten since March 2012 (Portuguese Liga only)

Highlights: Benfica 0 - 0 Porto

Benfica remain three points ahead of Porto after a goaless draw in Estádio da Luz, and have to obtain nine points from a remaining twelve to become champions.