Champions League draw: Who could Benfica face?

The draw for the group stage of the 2016/17 Champions League takes place in Monaco on Thursday at 18:00 local time (17:00 UK and Portuguese time). Benfica are in Pot 1, which consists of the reigning champions, Real Madrid, along with the champions of Europe’s top seven domestic leagues.

Talisca loaned to Turkish Champions Beşiktaş

One of the summer’s longest-running transfer sagas has finally come to an end, with Anderson Talisca agreeing a loan move to Beşiktaş. The 22-year old received a hero’s welcome at Istanbul's Atatürk Airport on Monday night, and his transfer was officially confirmed today.

John, Dawidowicz, Marçal and Fariña finalise loan exits

Four more players have left Benfica on loan, as the club continues to clear the decks before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

Coach and goalscorer philosophical over dropped points

Benfica were held to a frustrating draw by Vitória de Setúbal at the Estádio da Luz on Sunday night. The home side were not at their best, but the game was marred by some appalling officiating and blatant time-wasting from the visitors. Frederico Venâncio beat the offside trap to head home in the 66th minute, before Raúl rescued a point with an 82nd minute penalty after Gonçalo Guedes had been felled in the box.

Highlights: Benfica 1 - 1 Vitória de Setúbal

Vitória: "It is a pleasure to play at home"

Benfica will play their first competitive home game of the 2016/17 season on Sunday when they entertain near-neighbours Vitória de Setúbal at the Estádio da Luz. The match is already a sell-out, much to the delight of Rui Vitória.

Squad List: Benfica x Vitória de Setúbal

Benfica are without six players for the visit of Vitória de Setúbal on Sunday night. Luisão is absent after straining a muscle in his right leg during the win over Tondela.

The captain is joined in the treatment room by André Almeida (broken nose), Jardel (right thigh), Andrija Zivković (right leg), Rui Fonte (right knee) and Jonas (right ankle).

On a positive note, Ederson has now recovered from knee surgery, and is fit to take his place in the squad. Danilo is also available after his registration was finally completed this week.

Three players will be cut from the squad on the day of the game. Benfica versus Vitória de Setúbal kicks off at 20:15 on Sunday at the Estádio da Luz.

Goalkeepers: Ederson, Júlio César and Paulo Lopes

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Lindelöf, Eliseu and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, André Horta, Carrillo, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Benítez, Celis and Danilo

Forwards: Raúl Jiménez, Mitroglou and Gonçalo Guedes

Benfica pull the plug on Delgado move

Benfica released a statement late on Friday night denying the signing of Portuguese youth international Pedro Delgado from Inter Milan. The news comes almost a week after the Italian giants had announced the completion of the transfer on their own official website.

Steven Vitória to start afresh in Poland

Steven Vitória has left Benfica on a permanent basis, sealing a move to Polish side Lechia Gdańsk. The Luso-Canadian centre-back has agreed a 3 year contract with his new club, who finished 5th in Poland's top division last season.

Pedro Delgado returns to Portugal with Benfica

Benfica have snapped up Portuguese youngster Pedro Delgado from Serie A giants Inter Milan. The news was announced on the Italian club’s official website on Monday night. The Eagles have yet to comment, but Record report that the 19-year old has signed for around €300,000, penning a 5-year contract. He can operate as an attacking midfielder or a winger.