Posted on September 23, 2016 by david_pritchett
Thursday marked the tenth anniversary of the inauguration of the Caixa Futebol Campus, Benfica's state-of-the-art training centre and youth academy. Over the past decade, the facility has produced a host of talented players, including Renato Sanches, Bernardo Silva, André Gomes, Ivan Cavaleiro, João Cancelo, André Horta, José Gomes and Gonçalo Guedes.
Posted on September 8, 2016 by david_pritchett
17-year old forward José Gomes has been thrust into the limelight this week after a minor injury crisis led to his first senior call-up by Rui Vitória. So just who is he?
Posted on March 8, 2016 by nylofernandes
Benfica were eliminated from the UEFA Youth League at the quarter-final stage today, succumbing to a 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stéfano. The goals came from Febas (66') and Salto (77'). Benfica played the last 20 minutes of the match with ten men after Pedro Amaral received a second yellow card.
Posted on November 2, 2015 by Planet Benfica
Benfica's Youth Team will go into Tuesday's match day #4 against Galatasaray with not only their heads held high (as they are first in the group) but a confident attitude as they have dominated this year's competition. Benfica have scored 21 goals in the first 3 of 6 Group stage matches in the 2015/16 UEFA Youth League competition. On match day #1 Benfica began the competition setting an all-time record defeating AS Astana 8-0. In this match Benfica managed to have 43 shots on net in which 20 of them were actually on target.
Posted on September 16, 2015 by _meg90_
Benfica youth team played against Astana in the UEFA Youth League, beating them with a hefty score of 8-0, making it the largest scoreline in the history of the competition. The team line up and the substitutions were as follows:
André Ferreira, Francisco Ferreira, João Lima, Yuri Ribeiro, Pedro Rodrigues, Gonçalo Rodrigues, João Carvalho (Bruno Lourenço, 67m), Diogo Gonçalves (Tiago Dias, 72m), Buta, Hildeberto Pereira, José Gomes (João Filipe, 56m).
Posted on July 22, 2015 by Planet Benfica
Benfica B beat Oxford United today by 4-0 at the English FA headquarters in Burton-upon-Trent for a pre-season friendly.
Posted on July 13, 2015 by Planet Benfica
Nuno Santos, Nélson Semedo, Raphael Guzzo, and João Teixeira (left to right) renewed their contracts with SL Benfica until 2021 installing a belief that the club is ready to support their youth players.
All four have a €45m release fee clause and echoes a similar move made by the club in 2011 with the likes of Nélson Oliveira, David Simão, Ruben Pinto, and Miguel Rosa. However, none of them were able to prove themselves in the first team and would have a case of lack of opportunities given to them.
Semedo, 21 year-old defender, hopes this time it will be different.
Posted on April 7, 2015 by Planet Benfica
Left to right: Renato Sanches, Ruben Dias, and Yuri Ribeiro
Benfica have been highly focused in developing young players and see them as long term goals for the future. With the transfer of André Gomes (€15m to Valencia) and Bernardo Silva (€15m to Monaco) this is clearly an area the club are looking to explore and to mitigate future FIFA action against third party owners.
Players like Gonçalo Guedes, Renato Sanches, Raphael Guzzo and João Teixeira are only a few who will be knocking on the doors of the senior squad in the near future.
Posted on March 17, 2015 by Planet Benfica
Benfica's youth team went out on penalties against Shakhtar and failed to make the Final Four in Nyon for the UEFA Youth League.
João Carvalho put the reds ahead on the 41st minute after complete domination in the first half.
Romário Baldé wasted a great opportunity to convert the penalty which would have seen João Trolhão's men two ahead, however his artistic effort was easily gathered by the Ukrainian keeper.
Shakhtar then equalised and forced the match into penalties, which they won by 5-4.
Benfica's president left a vote of confidence for the youngsters:
Posted on March 17, 2015 by Planet Benfica
The Benfica youth team is aiming to repeat last year's feat and reach the last 4 of the competition. They could be the only surviving team in respect to last season if they are able to beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home.
João Tralhão, the manager, gave his views to Benfica TV and stated they are wary of the Ukrainian's side's potential.
"This is another difficult game, similar to what we have been dealing with so far in this competition where the teams are very well balanced."