Scout Report: Nabil Bentaleb

A new name to be linked with Benfica is Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, who is reportedly surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane. To learn more about the player, we spoke to English Benfiquista Pete Domican, who is also a Spurs season ticket holder.




Raúl becomes Benfica’s record signing

Benfica have broken their transfer record for the second time this year. After buying the remaining 50% of Pizzi’s economic rights back in January, the club have now done the same with Raúl Jiménez. Coincidentally, both players were signed from Atlético Madrid.




Gaitán completes Atlético switch

Nico Gaitán Atlético

Nico Gaitán was officially unveiled as an Atlético Madrid player at the Estadio Vicente Calderón yesterday afternoon. Fans of the Champions League Finalists flocked to the stadium to catch a glimpse of their new star.




Opinion: Seven players in need of a fresh start (Part II)

Adel Taarabt

In this three-part series, Neil Fernandes takes a look at seven players who are currently surplus to requirements at Benfica. This week, Adel Taarabt and Nélson Oliveira come under scrutiny.




Scout Report: Cyle Larin

Cyle Larin

The latest name to be linked with Benfica is Orlando City striker Cyle Larin, who is one of the hottest properties in the MLS at the moment. For more information on the player, we chatted with Orlando City photographer Nélson Lucindo, and Planet Benfica's Neil Fernandes.




Squad List: Sheffield Wednesday x Benfica

Benfica have taken 28 players to England for their preseason training camp at St. George's Park, home of the English national team. Victor Lindelöf, Jonas and Raúl Jiménez all return having been given extra time to recover from Euro 2016 and the Copa América.

Guillermo Celis, Andrija Živković and Reinildo are still awaiting visas to travel to the UK, but Benfica remain hopeful that they will be granted before the end of the week.

Marçal remains in Lisbon with a muscle strain, while Ederson continues to recover from knee surgery. Youth goalkeeper Miguel Santos drops out of the squad. Júlio César is unlikely to play but should be fit for the start of the season.

Sheffield Wednesday versus Benfica kicks off at 19:30 at Hillsborough on Wednesday night.

Goalkeepers: Júlio César, Paulo Lopes and Ivan Zlobin

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Lindelöf, Kalaica, Jardel, André Almeida and Nélson Semedo

Midfielders: Fejsa, Samaris, André Horta, Carrillo, Salvio, Gonçalo Guedes, Pizzi, Cervi, Benítez, Talisca, Carcela and João Teixeira

Forwards: Raúl Jiménez, Jonas, Mitroglou, Rui Fonte and Luka Jović




End of Term Report: Strikers

Jonas Pistolas and Mitrogolo

With Benfica's preseason schedule already well underway, we take a final look back at the 2015/16 season. In the last instalment of this six-part series, we assess the performances of the strikers that fired the Eagles to the Tricampeanato, and a record league goals tally of 88.




Season 2016/17 fixtures released

The Liga NOS 2016/17 draw took place this evening, with Benfica starting their season away to Tondela. The evening also included the awards ceremony for the 2015/16 season, with Benfica taking most of the accolades.




Opinion: Seven players in need of a fresh start (Part I)

On June 28th, Benfica announced a 32-man squad for the 2016/17 preseason calendar. Since then, the squad has grown even bigger with the arrivals of Guillermo Celis, André Carrillo, Andrija Živković and Óscar Benítez, and the promotion of Miguel Santos, Ivan Zlobin and Reinildo from Benfica B. Thus far, Vitaly Lystsov has been the only man to depart, joining Tondela on loan.

Neil Fernandes takes a look at seven players who did not make the preseason squad, and look destined to depart the Estádio da Luz this summer. In the first of this three-part series, Rúben Amorim and Steven Vitória come under the microscope.




Nuno Santos heading to the Olympic Games

Portugal under-21 and under-23 coach Rui Jorge revealed his Olympic squad this afternoon at the Cidade do Futebol in Oeiras. The ex-Sporting defender will take 18 players to Brazil this summer, including Benfica’s Nuno Santos, currently on loan at Vitória de Setúbal. Goalkeeper Bruno Varela, who left Benfica this summer, has also made the cut. One mystery player has yet to be named.




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