Posted on June 25, 2016 by david_pritchett
Franco Cervi has given his first extended interview since touching down in Lisbon, speaking exclusively to BTV. The Argentinean arrives at Benfica from Rosario Central, treading an identical path to Ángel di María in 2007.
Posted on June 24, 2016 by david_pritchett
The club versus country debate has always been a source of controversy in football, and it is particularly pertinent this summer, as up to seven Benfica players could be selected for the Olympic Games in Brazil. The men’s tournament runs from August 4th to 20th, coinciding with the first three competitive fixtures of the 2016/17 season. According to Goal.com’s Bruno Andrade, Benfica are considering blocking all of their players from participating in the tournament. But is that fair? David Pritchett and Jordan Russell discuss both sides of the debate.
Posted on June 23, 2016 by david_pritchett
Posted on June 21, 2016 by david_pritchett
In the penultimate instalment of our player-by-player season review, we take a look at the 8 wingers fielded by Rui Vitória in his first season as Benfica coach.
Posted on June 19, 2016 by david_pritchett
Benfica have announced the signing of 18-year old Croatian defender Branimir Kalaica. The commanding centre-back arrives from Dinamo Zagreb and has penned a six-year contract.
Posted on June 17, 2016 by david_pritchett
Posted on June 16, 2016 by david_pritchett
Posted on June 11, 2016 by david_pritchett
Benfica have sold their 22-year old Uruguayan striker, Jonathan Rodríguez, to Mexican side Santos Laguna.
Rodríguez began his career with Uruguayan giants Peñarol, and caught Benfica's eye by scoring 20 goals in his first 49 games as a professional. The Eagles snapped him up in January 2015, paying around €2 million for 40% of his economic rights. Santos Laguna are rumoured to have paid €3.5 million for the forward, meaning that Benfica will receive €1.4 million and Peñarol stand to earn €2.1 million.
Posted on June 10, 2016 by david_pritchett
Eliseu’s contract expires at the end of this month, and although the press have speculated that his contract has been automatically renewed, there has been no confirmation from the player or the club. If Eliseu departs this summer, he could be replaced by Empoli’s Mário Rui, or Werder Bremen’s Santiago García. We learn more about the latter from Niklas Wildhagen of Bundesliga Fanatic.
Posted on June 9, 2016 by david_pritchett
On the eve of the opening game of Euro 2016, we take a look at which Benfica players were in international action over the past fortnight.