Posted on February 17, 2017 by david_pritchett
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.
Posted on December 5, 2016 by david_pritchett
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.
Posted on November 21, 2016 by david_pritchett
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.
Posted on October 26, 2016 by david_pritchett
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.
Posted on October 24, 2016 by david_pritchett
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.
Posted on July 4, 2016 by david_pritchett
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.
Posted on June 7, 2016 by david_pritchett
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.
Posted on May 31, 2016 by Planet Benfica
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.
FPF calendar season 2016/17 (pdf)
Posted on May 26, 2016 by david_pritchett
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.
Posted on February 29, 2016 by david_pritchett
On Sunday night, Benfica celebrated the 112th anniversary of their foundation with a gala event at the Camões Theatre in Lisbon.
In his presidential address, Luís Filipe Vieira praised the work done by everyone at the club, declaring that "innovation is present at the (Caixa Futebol Campus) in Seixal, at the Estádio da Luz, in marketing, in human resources, and throughout our organisation."
Before concluding his speech, the 66-year old could not resist taking a swipe at arch-rivals Sporting and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF).