End of Term Report: Full-backs

In the second of this six-part series, we analyse the performances of the six full-backs fielded by Benfica this season.




Club refute stadium speculation and transfer rumours

Benfica have issued a strongly-worded statement denying several rumours that have been widely reported in the Portuguese press. This morning, Correio da Manhã claimed that President Luís Filipe Vieira had sold the naming rights of the Estádio da Luz to an unspecified Chinese company, in a 10-year deal worth €10 million per year.




Júlio César inks two-year contract extension

Following the signing of Kostas Mitroglou last Tuesday, veteran goalkeeper Júlio César has committed his future to the club by signing a new two-year contract. The 36-year old stopper, who has won 87 caps for Brazil, announced his desire to finish his career at the Estádio da Luz. His new contract expires in the summer of 2018.




End of Term Report: Goalkeepers

Now that the curtain has fallen on a hugely successful season for Benfica, we take stock and assess the performances of the 32 players utilised by Rui Vitória in his first year at the club. In the first of this six-part series, we take a look at Benfica’s goalkeepers.




International preview: Euro 2016, Copa América and Olympic Games

Benfica’s season may be finished, but many of the current squad cannot relax just yet, with Euro 2016, the Copa América and the Olympic Games just around the corner. We reveal who is playing where and when in the coming weeks.




Salvio in contract negotiations with Benfica

There has been plenty of speculation about which players will be leaving Benfica this summer, but one player that is likely to remain is Eduardo Salvio. In declarations to the radio station ESPN 107.9, the Argentinean winger revealed that Boca Juniors are interested in acquiring his services, but that he is happy in Lisbon, and is currently negotiating a new contract with Benfica.




Scout Report: Walace

Benfica have a Renato Sanches-shaped hole to fill in their midfield this summer. One name that has been recurrently linked with the club is that of Grêmio youngster Walace. We find out more about the Brazilian midfielder from Jordan Russell of Futebol Planeta.




Departing Gaitán bares his soul in candid interview

Nico Gaitán delivered a man-of-the-match performance in Friday's League Cup Final victory over Marítimo, scoring one, assisting another, and tormenting the opposition's defence throughout the game. He was visibly emotional when he left the pitch to a standing ovation in the 78th minute, shedding tears as he sat down on the bench. It was immediately apparent that this had been Gaitán's final appearance for the club, and the Argentinean confirmed this fact after the final whistle.




Benfica retain League Cup: Player and staff reactions

Benfica ended the season in style on Friday night, putting Marítimo to the sword in the League Cup Final in Coimbra. Jonas, Mitroglou (2), Gaitán, Jardel and Raúl Jiménez all found the net as Benfica put six past the Madeiran side for the second time this season. Luisão lifted the club's second major trophy in the space of a week, and afterwards, Rui Vitória and his players shared their emotions with BTV.




Vitória targeting “beautiful” end to the season

On Friday, Benfica take to the field for the final time this season, as they go head-to-head with Marítimo in the League cup final. In his pre-match interview at the Estádio da Luz, Rui Vitória confirmed that lifting the trophy would be the perfect finale to the current campaign.

“It’s a final, and whenever this word comes up, the focus has to be even greater. It’s a final that has everything we want: harmony and a party. But it’s a final that we want to win. Whoever represents this club, whoever has made the journey that we have made, wants a beautiful end to the season.”




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