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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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CD Nacional x SL Benfica Squad List - 16 November 2007

Benfica will face Nacional in Madeira tonight for a friendly match at 20:00 GMT. The occasion is the opening of Nacional's new training complex, and they have invited Benfica to join in with their celebrations.

José Antonio Camacho included David Luíz and Moreira from the senior team, both players need match practive in order to be fit for competitive games. The Spanish manager also called some junior players like Rúben Lima, David Simão and André Carvalhas.

The 18 players called up are:

Goalkeepers: Butt and Moreira
Defenders: David Luiz, Luís Filipe, Edcarlos, Luisão and Léo
Midfielders: Andres Diaz, Nuno Assis, Romeu Ribeiro, Rúben Lima, David Simão, Fábio Coentrão and Di María
Forwards: Bergessio, Yu Dabao, Mantorras and André Carvalhas




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Binya given 6-match European ban - 16 November 2007

SL Benfica midfielder Augustin Binya has been banned for six UEFA competition matches by UEFA for a tackle on Celtic FC's Scott Brown in the UEFA Champions League Group D match in Glasgow on 6 November.

Scotland international Brown avoided injury but was angry with Binya, who later issued an apology.

Binya was dismissed in the 85th minute of the match, which Celtic won 1-0, for a challenge that seriously endangered the physical health of the opposing player. He will miss the UEFA Champions League visit of AC Milan on 28 November and the trip to FC Shakhtar Donetsk on 4 December. The remaining four-match suspension applies to any future games in UEFA club competition, if Benfica bow out of the competition early, he will miss future games.

An appeal may be lodged against this decision within three days of the dispatch of the reasoned decision.

An official statement appeared on the official website and Benfica's reaction was not surprising:

"Binya didn't argue with the referee, was worried about the physical condition of his fellow footballer, and apologized publicly after the game. This isn't a similar punishment which UEFA implicate on other players with more 'known' names."




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Transfer update - 15 November 2007

As the January transfer window approaches rumours are beginning to take centre stage and according to OJogo Algerian forward Nasreddine El-Bahari is set to sign a contract with Benfica in December. The 21 year old has been training with Benfica at the Caixa Futebol Campus for the last week and has apparently impressed enough to be offerred a contract at the "Luz" according to an Algerian press conference, however, the MC Oran striker may be loaned to another Portuguese club before he gets his chance with Benfica.

In other news, Ivorian centre half Marc Zoro may be on his way out of Benfica after only 6 months. Despite being one of Benfica's first signings of the pre season, Zoro has been limited to appearances in the Taca da Liga with Camacho often preferring to play Katsouranis or Edcarlos alongside Luisao.




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Post Match Views: Benfica 6 - 1 Boavista - 13 November 2007

José Camacho paid tribute to the way Benfica played the game, and that goals would come naturally every time the performance was at this level.

"The team has to play football like we did and the goals will just appear. We played well and the goals we scored came naturally from a good game. There has been games where we have had more opportunities to score but haven't. But it seemed that all the shots were rolling in today [11th Nov]."

"We have to praise the previous manager and the other players that passed through here too. One year without defeat in the Liga is very important. Now we have to look for the 5th consecutive win."

Nuno Gomes seemed particularly happy about being in the first eleven and getting in the scoresheet.

"In the first half we were playing well but could have been winning by a higher margin. In the second part we stepped up our game: we have the responsibility to attack more playing at home and that's what we did. With the sending off of one of their players Boavista couldn't create more chances, except when they hit the post. And we, this time, made all of our chances count. Personally, I'm happy to be back on goalscoring terms, to start the match from the beginning and above all, to be physically fit to play.

"Normally it would have been Cardozo taking the penalties. But we decided to give Bergessio the opportunity because he still hasn't found his first goal. Unfortunately it was saved, but we will support him because any one can fail."




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