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.

FC Penafiel x SL Benfica Squad List

Jorge Jesus has named his squad list for tonight's away game to FC Penafiel, Matchday 15 of the Primeira Liga.

Jesus renewal talks for end of season

Portuguese daily sports paper interviewed Benfica's president Luís Felipe Vieira where he stated the manager's renewal talks will only happen once the season is over.

"Before this season began I said that Jorge Jesus could renew now, maintaining his current contractual conditions. He didn't think it was the right time so I had to respect that, and therefore we will bring this up again at the end of the season, like we always have done. There is no taboo here."

Eusébio to be honoured against Guimarães

One year on, after Benfica's most legendary player and the man who we call 'the King' passed away, the club will honour his life at the match against Guimarães on Saturday 10th January.

Eusébio da Silva Ferreira was also mentioned on FIFA's obituary article humbly titled "Gone but not Forgotten":

Point of View: Enzo seals Valencia move

by Planet Benfica's Chris Santos

Transfer windows used to be a time for dreaming. Your clubs in the hunt for the answer to all its problems. One, or possibly more, players are going to arrive, signalling the birth of a new era, a new epoch. Or if you're like me and you support Benfica, then you'll be biting your nails at the prospect that half your team will be whisked away by the offer of better financial renumeration in high flying leagues such as Spain, Russia or the United Arab Emirates.

SL Benfica x CD Nacional Squad List

Jorge Jesus has named his squad list for tonight's League Cup game against CD Nacional, Matchday 1 of Group A.

Numerous changes were made by the manager in the 19 player selection, namely the call ups of Benfica B players Bruno Varela and Lindelöf.

Enzo Pérez (Valencia) and Nélson Oliveira (on loan to Swansea) have both left the club ahead of the January transfer window.

Sulejmani is picked for the second time after an injury in the Europa League final kept him sidelined for months.

Goalkeepers: – Bruno Varela and Júlio César