Taça de Honra friendly tournament dates confirmed

Lisbon Football Association (AFL) have announced the dates for the 2015/16 pre-season Lisbon tournament friendly, which will take place in Belenenses' Estádio do Restelo.

The 67th edition of Taça de Honra de Lisboa is confirmed from Thursday 16th July to Saturday 18th July where Lisbon based clubs Benfica, Sporting, Belenenses and Estoril will participate, being the four best placed teams in the domestic league.

Highlights: Belenenses 0 - 2 Benfica

Benfica came away with all three points in the Lisbon derby against Belenenses with a Jonas brace in each half. The Brazilian striker continues his exceptional form and takes his Liga tally to sixteen goals (26 all competitions). 

Host keeper Ventura was found outside the 18-yard-box as he attempted to stop Lima but the rebound kindly fell to Jonas who finished into an empty net with a long range effort. The brace was completed half hour from time with an angled shot from inside the area after a chest controlled cross from Gaitán.

Ola John was named in the starting line up instead of Salvio who was in risk of missing the Clássico should he had played and seen a booking. Both Samaris and Jonas escaped unscaded and will be available next week.

Porto marginally won Académica at home and continue to chase Benfica just three points behind.

Squad List: Belenenses x Benfica

Eliseu has returned from a one-match suspension following accumulation of yellow cards and in turn vice-captain Maxi Pereira misses out on the Lisbon derby.

Jonas, Salvio and Samaris are in risk of missing out on the dubbed title-decider match against Porto in the Clássico next weekend if booked this evening.

Benfica manager Jorge Jesus will equal former four-time Primeira Liga manager Otto Glória with 179 Liga matches, whilst the ever-present defender Luisão, will equal Mário Coluna's 328 games with the captain's armband.

Squad List:

Jesus critical of loanees playing against parent club

Belenenses striker Rui Fonte, who is on loan from Benfica, has been left out altogether from the host’s squad list, and Jorge Jesus insisted that the laws in football must change to dissallow loanees featuring against their parent club. 

Manager Preview: CF Belenenses vs SL Benfica

Benfica take on Belenenses this evening in Estádio do Restelo, located a short distance from Estádio da Luz, and at the press conference Jorge Jesus restated his belief in the quality of his side but expects a tough game.

“Being a week away from the clássico [Benfica vs Porto], the difficulties do not increase. This is a Lisbon derby which will not be easy. Belenenses are having a good season, they can qualify to the Europa League and have good players. We know our opponent well and believe in our work.”

Highlights: Benfica 5 - 1 Académica

Benfica cruised past Académica in Estádio da Luz with an intensive start with three goals in the first 20 minutes.

Jardel scored his fourth goal in the Liga with an early header on the 6-yard line from Pizzi's cross. Jonas doubled the lead with another header at far post from André Almeida's cross, who later provided a second assist early in the second half for the Brazilian's brace. Lima added the third 19 minutes into the game from the spot kick after he was fouled on the edge of the area. 

Académica pulled one back with their only shot on target through Rafael Lopes ten minutes from end. Fejsa, who made his first appearance of the season due to a prolonged injury, sealed the scoreline with a well taken shot from 16 yards.

Jonathan Rodríguez made his senior debut with five minutes left on the clock as he replaced Jonas.

Benfica now face Belenenses in Estádio do Restelo next Saturday at 18:00 local time.

Match Highlights

Squad List: Benfica x Académica

Captain Luisão has returned to options after having served a one-match suspension last weekend against Nacional after seeing a straight red in the defeat away to Rio Ave the previous week.

In return, Portuguese left-back Eliseu is suspended this afternoon after receiving his fifth yellow card at home to Nacional and André Almeida is the likely replacement.

Samaris, Jonas, Salvio and Maxi Pereira are also in risk of suspension in the game away to Belenenses should they receive a booking in today's game.

Jorge Jesus previews Académica encounter

Benfica manager Jorge Jesus previewed Saturday's clash against Académica de Coimbra in the club's training centre in Seixal.

"Académica are normally a difficult side to face, a club with history in Portugal. They are a team that interest fans to turn up and I hope it will be the same tomorrow."

Gonçalo Guedes renews until 2021

Benfica's youth hope Gonçalo Guedes has renewed with the club until the end of the 2021 season, with a €60m release fee clause stamped on his contract.

Guedes, 18, has been with Benfica since 2006 and has played at all youth levels until reaching Jorge Jesus' senior squad, making his senior debut against Sporting da Covilhã in the Portuguese Cup before appearing a handful of times in the domestic league.

"It's a great sentiment and I feel really proud. I would like to thank my dad and the Benfica president for all the support. This is a huge step in my career."

Premier League to recognise Benfica youth development

Renato Sanches, Ruben Dias, and Yuri Ribeiro

Left to right: Renato Sanches, Ruben Dias, and Yuri Ribeiro

Benfica have been highly focused in developing young players and see them as long term goals for the future. With the transfer of André Gomes (€15m to Valencia) and Bernardo Silva (€15m to Monaco) this is clearly an area the club are looking to explore and to mitigate future FIFA action against third party owners.

Players like Gonçalo Guedes, Renato Sanches, Raphael Guzzo and João Teixeira are only a few who will be knocking on the doors of the senior squad in the near future.