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Rodriguez to miss Académica game - 23 November 2007

The Uruguayan Football Federation advised Cristian Rodriguez not travel back to Portugal due to his health and is sure to miss 11th «jornada» match in Coimbra. Benfica are four points away from the leaders and will want to take all points from Académica to put pressure on Porto.

Versatile winger Rodriguez will now only be available for the crucial Champions League game against AC Milan at the Estádio da Luz on 28th November, he is Benfica's top assister in all competitions and has scored 3 goals this season too.




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Benfica face Académica in cup - 22 November 2007

In the draw for the fourth round of the Portuguese Cup Benfica were pit against a Liga BWIN side, but they will be playing at home on the December 9th 2007 at the Estádio da Luz.

Benfica also face Académica this Saturday for the 11th «jornada» and the game will be played in Coimbra at 21:15 GMT. Académica are 13th with 8 points winning only once this season in the league.




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Benfica sign Yartey for 18 months loan deal - 21 November 2007

Ishmael Yartey, the 17-year old midfielder of Ghana, has signed a loan contract valid for one and a half years starting from the 15th January 2008.

The player is already at Benfica's Seixal training camp with the junior squad. The left-footed attacking midfielder, much followed by international agents, contributed to great performances for Ghana in the Under-17 World Cup which was recently held in South Korea.

Benfica have the option to sign the player outright if he impresses the club.




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Luisão has faith in group - 19 November 2007

Luisão puts faith in the unity of the squad and with patience Benfica will start achieving what's expected in due time. The Brazilian defender is determined to get closer to Porto, but will not worry how far they are.

"We had a change in management early in the season, and the normal games served as adaptation for the players, but I think the team is growing now."

"When we started getting closer and winning games we felt like we were getting stronger. At the moment everything is running smoothly and we have to continue like this."

"We never worry with whoever is in front of us, be it Sporting or Porto. The manager always says to worry about ourselves only, no matter what the position of our opponents."




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Petit hopes to play in Coimbra - 18 November 2007

Petit has been sidelined for two months now and the Portuguese midfielder is eager to get back on the field. He hoped to be included in the Portugal squad but did not recover in time from his ligament injury occured early in the season against Naval.

"I have been training a lot, even shots on goal, which I couldn't do a week back. I don't feel pain and hope to be back in Coimbra, even though I have been out of action for two months. But I will be prepared to play a part against Académica if the manager wants."

"We are in a good run of form, we've had the results we wanted and some good games. I always said that we had to give some time for the manager to work with his ideas. Now we want to continue this level. It starts with Académica, then Milan and then the classic [Porto]. But the first thought is winning in Coimbra against Académica."




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Rui Costa pleased with team spirit - 18 November 2007

Rui Costa, who was talking at the inauguration of a 'bar & restaurant' in Centro Comercial Atrium Saldanha, underlined the importance of getting closer to the first place in the Liga, as he also considers the best team spirit in the team.

"Benfica has been playing well and we have recovered 4 points. The team spirit today is much better than it was before."

The «maestro» recognizes the good recent results and Porto slipping up along the way, but remembers that they will certainly react to it,

"FC Porto had a formidable start of the season, they won back to back games and gained distance from their rivals. Now they have drawn the last two games but I don't believe it's a bad phase for them, because you can't hope to win every single game. So, we aren't hoping that Porto will make it any easier for us."




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Post Match Views: Nacional 0 - 1 Benfica - 17 November 2007

The Benfica manager was pleased to see his team win against Nacional in a friendly. He underlined the importance of the team winning with seven junior players on the side.

"I liked what we did today, in a game where we had 7 junior players on the field. They are young players with great futures."

"It was important to win. All the players that came were meant to play, except for Léo."

Mantorras was decisive in Benfica's narrow victory, when his shot came off the crossbar to set up Yu Dabao. The striker said that a win is what everyone wanted regardless of who scored the goal. The Angolan enjoyed the reception he got when he came on like he usually does.

"That is normal now. The important was to get a win today against Nacional which will lift confidence and prepare the team for future challenges."

Speaking to RTP Madeira, David Luíz was very satisfied with his return to action.

"It's always good to be back and above all I didn't feel any pain. Now I will continue to work daily to help Benfica and to win my place back in the team."

Moreira thanked the people around him who gave their support during a difficult time.

"I returned to the squad and I'm very happy. I thank all the people who supported me, my family, the medical department and my friends. It was a tough period but fortunately I surpassed another hurdle in my life."




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Report: CD Nacional 0 - 1 SL Benfica - 16 November 2007

A late goal by Yu Dabao gave Benfica a victory over a friendly against Nacional in their new training complex commemoration.

Camacho's main objectives were to give the least used players a run and to bring back David Luíz to action from his injury. The first half lacked clear chances on goal but it was Nacional who got the closest through Rodrigo.

In the second half both managers made many changes to the team that spiced the game. Butt was called to save a couple of times and again because of danger man Rodrigo. Mantorras was substituted in for Bergessio with 20 minutes to go on the clock.

The Angolan striker could have scored himself, but he failed to put the ball in the net when André Carvalhas assisted him. Although he didn't score, he played an important part to get Benfica off the mark. His thunderous shot from outside the area hit the crossbar and Yu Dabao appeared to slot it in to an empty goal.

This game also saw Moreira making an appearance after 4 months in the sideline.

Date: 16th November 2007 20:00 GMT
Venue: Estádio da Madeira, Madeira
Referee: Marco Ferreira
Assistant Referees: -
Attendance: -

NACIONAL - Bracalli; Edu Sales (Adriano 73'), José Vítor (Lipatin 46'), Cléber (João Coimbra 46') Ávalos, David, Cássio (Rodrigo 29')

BENFICA - Butt (Moreira 82'); Luís Filipe, Edcarlos, David Luiz and Rubem Lima; Romeu Ribeiro and Andre Diaz (David Simão 68'); Nuno Assis (André Carvalhas 68'), Di Maria (Dabao 82') and Fábio Coentrão; Bergessio (Mantorras 68')

Goals: 0-1, Yu Dabao (86')
Disciplinary action: -

Highlights: CD Nacional 0 - 1 SL Benfica




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Benfica is Di María's future - 16 November 2007

The young Argentine is only 19 years old and has already conquered a World title when his national side won Nigeria in the FIFA u-20 World Cup in Canada. He helped Argentina reach that title with 3 goals in 13 appearances.

Although yet to score for Benfica, Di María has already assisted 4 times this season and assures the fans they haven't seen his true potential. In an interview with the official website, the versatile midfielder stated he wants to return to his old form when he played in Argentina, and he is fully motivated to keep working to show all the Benfica fans what he really is about.

"I want to stay here, my future is in Benfica and I have all the conditions I need to work here."

The Argentine takes pride in playing with Rui Costa, saying that the former Portuguese International gives him great advice and passes down his experience. The «maestro» was too a World youth champion during his time. Di María also enjoys playing Pro-Evolution Soccer with team mate David Luíz from time to time.

"I'm only a 'boy' and have a lot to learn. I have a long way to go and will continue moving forward so I can reach the place many talk about."

Di María made his professional debut at the age of 17 in 2005 at Rosário Central and is already adapting to life in Lisbon to establish himself as one of the great prospects in European football.




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Moreira back without fear - 16 November 2007

Moreira is welcomed back to the squad and has travelled to Madeira for a friendly against Nacional. The former Benfica nº 1 prefers to take things calmly and not rush straight away. It is assumed he will start in the bench as he just recovered from injury.

"I'm going to be patient, this was my first call up, we'll go to Madeira and will see what happens there. I will still continue to work hard so I can continue evolving."

Moreira was out for exactly 4 months, but he states that he is fully recovered and does not fear about future injuries.

"If I was scared I wouldn't train, would just stay in bed all day. But I want to play football, I have no fear for recurring injuries and I am feeling very good."




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