Third Party Ownership ban to come into effect

FIFA's announcement to end third party ownership from May 1st 2015 will force changes for Portuguese clubs, especially Benfica.

Benfica began liquidating the Benfica Stars Fund which legally owned a handful amount of players that featured in the first team. The club anticipated FIFA's move and brought the fund to an end by buying all player rights in tranches, which included the likes of Maxi Pereira, Gaitán and Ruben Amorim.




Benfica players visit Hospital D. Estefania

The Benfica Foundation, a charitable initiative, has helped hundreds of disadvantaged children over the years and players from the B and junior sides played their role in visiting the largest paediatric hospital of Portugal 'Hospital Dona Estefania'.

This annual visit saw Rui Fonte (Benfica B forward) and André Ferreira (Junior goalkeeper) visit children at the hospital which brought a lot of smiles.




Benfica handed tough Liverpool test in UEFA Youth League

Despite the senior team not qualifying from the UEFA Champions League Group C, the youth team topped their group with 13 points, three above second placed Zenit St. Petersburg of Russia

In the Round of 16 Benfica were drawn with Liverpool (UK) who finished second behind Real Madrid in Group B.

Benfica's training complex Caixa Futebol Campus will host the one-legged match in mid-February 2015 where the winners will face either Shakthar Donetsk (UKR) or Olympiakos (GRE) in the Quarter-Final.




Benfica must hold on to Enzo

Enzo Pérez has been subject to rife transfer rumours for this January transfer window.

The Argentine was also on the spotlight during the summer where clubs such as Valencia were heavily linked with the midfielder.

Benfica have set a high release fee clause of EUR 30m for the 28 year-old and so far has been keeping clubs at bay.

Enzo was a pivotal member of Jesus' domestic triple last season and is looking to count with the midfielder after January for similar success.




Benfica drawn with Nacional, Arouca and Moreirense in League Cup


Benfica have been drawn in Group A of Round 3 League Cup (Taça da Liga) and will be looking to retain the Cup after having won their fifth last season in eight editions.

The top ten placed teams in the Primeira Liga 2013/14 joined eight teams who qualified from Round 2.

Group winners will qualify to the Semi-Final.




Flamengo representatives visit Estádio da Luz

Nuno Gomes with Flamengo representatives

Board members from Brazilian heavyweights Flamengo, including president Eduardo Bandeira de Mello, visited Benfica's Luz stadium this Thursday morning.

Ex-Benfica striker Nuno Gomes was in duty to receive Flamengo in their bid to link synergies and to view the general facilities and business model of the Lisbon club.




Jesus calls youngsters for Champions League encounter

With nothing but pride to play for in Matchday 6 of the UEFA Champions League against Bayer Leverkusen, Benfica manager Jorge Jesus has opted for numerous changes including call-ups of Benfica B players João Teixeira and Gonçalo Guedes.

Portugal international Sílvio makes the first squad list selection of the season after being sidelined since April this year with a fractured leg.

Lisandro López, César, Cristante, Tiago and Nélson Oliveira returned to options.




SL Benfica apply 360S technology

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Benfica enter Portuguese League Cup 2014/15

The draw for Round 3 of the Portuguese League Cup [Taça da Liga] will take place this Wednesday 10 December at 12:30 GMT in Porto at the Liga Portugal headquarters, where 5-time winners Benfica enter the frame.

The competition, which is now in its 8th edition, will feature eight winners from Round 2 and ten top-placed teams from last season's Primeira Liga. There will be four groups, two groups with four teams and two with five teams.




Benfica's schedule for the last European match of the season revealed

Benfica published their programme for their last European game of the season against Bayer Leverkusen.

The «águias» have already confirmed the last place in Group C and no matter the result this Tuesday they are sure to finish bottom.

Manager Jorge Jesus will lead the training session tomorrow morning at 10:05 GMT, where the first 15 minutes will be open to the press. He will conduct the usual pre-match interview alongside a player at 19:00 GMT.

The German side will be given the opportunity for a light session at the Estádio da Luz ground in the same evening.




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