Opinion: What a European Super League would mean for Benfica

Rumours continue to swirl about the formation of a European Super League. But what would this actually involve, and what would it mean for a club like Benfica? Jordan Russell investigates.




Benfica pay homage to Luisão after historic 500th appearance

On Wednesday night, Benfica staged a gala event in their European Champions lounge to commemorate Luisão’s remarkable achievement of completing 500 competitive matches for the club. The Benfica captain was the guest of honour, accompanied by his wife and two daughters. Also in attendance was an array of treasured ex-players, including António Veloso, Nuno Gomes, Petit, Vítor Paneira and Shéu.




Vieira contests fine and suspension

Luís Filipe vieira

On Wednesday 16th November 2016, it was revealed that Benfica President Luís Filipe Vieira had been handed a fine and a sixty-day suspension by the Disciplinary Council of the Federação Portuguesa de Futebol (FPF), in response to his criticism of Portuguese referee Manuel Oliveira.




Benfica and Millionarios announce sporting partnership

Benfica Milionarios

Last Wednesday, SL Benfica and Millonarios FC, a football club based in Bogotá, Colombia, signed a 'cooperation protocol' that they claim is designed to promote the success of both teams. Carla Pereira explains all.




Presidential Election Preview: Vieira set for fifth term

Luis Filipe Vieira

Benfica will stage a presidential election this Thursday 27th October, and current incumbent Luís Filipe Vieira is running unopposed. Barring some wildly unprecedented rejection by the paying members of the Benfica organisation - known as sócios - he will win a fifth term as President. Ahead of the big day, David Pritchett and Carla Pereira explain all.




Renato Sanches wins 2016 Golden Boy award

Former Benfica starlet Renato Sanches has been chosen by Italian publication Tuttosport to receive the prestigious Golden Boy award, an annual prize bestowed upon the best player under the age of 21 in the whole of Europe. Filipe Amante tells us more.




'Safe Standing' to be introduced at the Estádio da Luz

Benfica have revealed that the Lower Tier of the Sagres Stand will be converted into a 'Safe Standing' zone for domestic games from the 2017/18 season. This area will be designated solely for the use of the club's supporters' groups, and fans who currently hold season tickets in this part of the Estádio da Luz are being urged to switch to alternative seats as early as possible.




Opinion: What's in a stadium name?

Benfica President Luís Filipe Vieira found himself in the eye of a storm recently, when Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã alleged that Benfica had sold the naming rights of the Estádio da Luz to an unnamed Chinese company for €100 million. The club swiftly denied these rumours, but the story still sparked some heated debate amongst Benfica fans on social media. Of the 177 Benfiquistas that participated in our 24-hour Twitter poll, 59% said that they would be angry if the club were to rename their stadium. In this article, Jordan Russell and David Pritchett explore this emotive issue.




Season 2016/17 schedule released

The Portuguese Football Federation has published an indicative fixture list for the upcoming 2016/17 season, for all domestic competitions.

Benfica's season gets underway on Sunday 7th August against SC Braga in the 2016 Portuguese Supercup (venue and kick-off time to be confirmed).

The Primeira Liga (Liga NOS) kicks off a week later on the weekend of 13/14 August, with the last game of the season scheduled for the weekend of 20/21 May 2017.

The Second Division (Ledman Liga Pro), in which Benfica B confirmed their participation on the final day of the 2015/16 season, is set to start on the weekend of 6/7 August, and will end at the same time as the Liga NOS.

Related Links
FPF calendar season 2016/17 (pdf)




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.




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