Planet Benfica was founded in March 2006 by a group of Benfica supporters based in England. Our aim was to make a news and information website about Benfica that would connect supporters in the UK and other English-speaking countries, and enable people who are not fluent in Portuguese to keep track of events at the club. Benfica have many followers in Canada, the USA and the UK that feel alienated by the club because there are very few English language resources available. It is our hope that Planet Benfica will help to raise the profile of the club in international circles.
Every regular contributor to Planet Benfica is a supporter of the club or Portuguese football in general. We are a site made by fans for fans. Our content is featured on the OneFootball app, an internationally renowned mobile app that has been downloaded over 20 million times worldwide. We are also a member of the Football Collective bloggers network, which allows us to bring you expert opinion on Benfica's European rivals and the club's rumoured transfer targets.
David Pritchett (Editor-in-Chief)
David is a self-confessed football addict. He has been a supporter of Portsmouth FC since the 2001/02 season, and has attended over 100 of their games, including the 2008 and 2010 FA Cup Finals. He became an honorary "Benfiquista" in 2010 after visiting the Estádio da Luz with his future wife, who grew up just a stone’s throw away from the stadium. David's favourite Benfica players, past and present, are Ricardo Rocha, Fábio Coentrão, Óscar Cardozo and Eduardo 'Toto' Salvio. Besides football, David is an avid follower of tennis and cricket. To fund his football addiction, he works as a research scientist in Cambridge. You can follow David on Twitter.
Jordan is a multimedia journalism student at Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland. He is a season ticket holder at Celtic Park, having supported "The Bhoys" since a very young age. Defining himself as a European and South American football fanatic, he has a particular interest in Italian "Calcio", as well as Portuguese and Brazilian "Futebol". Jordan found Jorge Jesus’ all-conquering Benfica side an absolute joy to watch. He is fascinated to see how Rui Vitória’s use of Seixal academy players evolves in the coming seasons, together with Benfica's productive use of the Balkan and South American markets. You can follow Jordan on Twitter, or read his personal blogs, The Fantasista and Futebol Planeta.
Meg is a student living in Los Angeles, California. She has been watching Benfica since the 2009/10 season, mostly due to Javi Garcia and Pablo Aimar. She is an avid football fan, thanks to her older brother's love of the game, which grew into a sibling bond. Since 2009, she has been addicted to Benfica, catching every game possible, no matter how hard that may be. Her favourite memories are winning the "Bicampeanato", and every win over Porto and Sporting! She hasn't seen a game at the Luz just yet, but hopes to make this dream a reality in 2017. Her favourite players include Nuno Gomes, Pablo Aimar, Javi Garcia, Fabio Coentrão, Oscar Cardozo, and more recently, Julio Cesar and Andreas Samaris. You can find Meg on Twitter and Instagram, and read her views on her personal Benfica-themed blog.
Neil works in the beer industry in Toronto, Canada. He became a Benfica fan when he was 14 years old, when his mother bought him a full Telcel sponsored kit. He began following the team in earnest in 2006 after their successful Champions League campaign, and he has barely missed a game since. In 2007, he witnessed his first Champions League game at the Luz when Benfica drew 1-1 with AC Milan. Neil has seen Benfica play São Paulo, Guimarães and Porto in Portugal, as well as Toronto, Celtic and Olympiakos in Toronto. In 2015, Neil attended Benfica's first outdoor practice at the Caixa Futebol Campus under new coach Rui Vitoria, and was interviewed by Portuguese TV channel SIC. He also got to meet Benfica's most famous fan, "Barbas". Neil is a former co-host of the Benfica Podcast, he is on Twitter, and he has his own blog, Benfica 416. His all-time favourite player is Pedro Mantorras.
Luís Filipe Amante
Filipe was born in 1984 in Viseu, Portugal, and has been a Benfica fanatic for as long as he can remember. He is currently living in Cambridge, UK, where he has been working as a dentist for over 5 years. The very first game he watched live was back in 1999, with his dad, when he saw Benfica beat Académica with his childhood hero João Vieira Pinto in the starting eleven, and a goal from the talented Karel Poborsky. In 2005, he had the privilege of being in the stands at the Estádio da Luz to watch the 1-0 victory over arch-rivals Sporting. A week later, in the hostile territory of the Estádio do Bessa, he saw the 1-1 draw with Boavista which ended Benfica's 11 year wait for a league title. He was also at the 2012/13 Europa League final in Amsterdam, when Jorge Jesus' side lost to Chelsea thanks to an injury time goal from Branislav Ivanovic. Filipe is the loving husband of FC Porto supporter Joana, and the proud dad of 1-year old Tomás, the youngest Benfiquista in the family. Filipe enjoys spending time with them as well as playing football and surfing. You can follow Filipe on Twitter and Instagram.