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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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Benfica squad reduced by Internationals - 12 November 2007

Cristian Rodriguez and Maxi Pereira have already left to Uruguay to represent their national side that will be playing Chile and Brazil.

Freddy Adu will join the United States squad for a friendly in South Africa, whilst Katsouranis will travel to Greece for games against Malta at home, and Hungary away. Greece have already qualified and will be defending their title at the Euro 2008 Championships in Austria and Switzerland.

Binya has been called by German manager Otto Pfister to be observed for his place in the Cameroon team which will take place in Nuremberg in Germany.

Quim and Nuno Gomes are the two players representing Benfica in the «selecção», who have crucial home matches against Amernia in Porto, and Finland in Leiria. Portugal will qualify if they win the last two matches of the group, although Serbia and Finland will definately want to have a say.




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Cardozo to remain in Lisbon - 11 November 2007

Óscar Cardozo will not be travelling to South America to face Ecuador or Chile to help Paraguay in their World Cup qualification group.

The striker will be sidelined for at least 10 days but should be back in time to travel to Coimbra for the Liga BWIN game against Académica. Cardozo was subject to a late challenge from Ricardo Silva and twisted his ankle.

He scored the opener against Boavista to mark his 5th goal for Benfica in all competitions.




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Report: SL Benfica 6 - 1 Boavista FC - 11 November 2007

Benfica ran ragged on ten men Boavista as Nuno Gomes grabbed a brace against his former club. Boavista's sole goal came from Jorge Ribeiro but became a consolation after the home side turned on the style for a one-sided goals galore. - Click here to watch goal highlights

Without having lost a single match in the Liga since Braga last year, Benfica aimed for the fourth consecutive domestic victory to propel them into a one year unbeaten run. It was the Lisbon side who got the best of the game early on with a few half chances coming by.

When it looked like Boavista were settling in, Cardozo scored his fourth goal in the competition as he toe poked a Rui Costa pass from 5 yards. Nuno Gomes and Rui Costa played a lovely one-two to break the defence and set up the Paraguayan.

The Porto side were looking to balance the game and started creating chances for themselves, although most of them from far range without testing Quim. Luís Filipe nearly gifted the visitors a goal after a nervous piece of clearance which rebounded off himself near the touchline and provided Boavista with an attack behind the defense. Fary then got clear in the far post and could have headered on goal but opted to put it back in the heart of the area but it favoured Benfica as it came to nothing.

Benfica were building on their scoreline patiently and began the second half in the same way. Nuno Gomes had a diving effort from a Maxi Pereira cross which should have been on target. Léo then made an ambitious run from the halfway line and nearly got his shot away in the opposition's area which was blocked by a defender.

A second yellow card to Zé Kalanga on the 54th minute followed with a red to take the «checkered» team down to ten men. With numeric advantage Benfica were feeling more than comfortable, it was not to be as an audacious run from Matheus left all the players behind as he cut back a pass across the area for J. Ribeiro to equalize. The Boavista man capitalized on the counter attack as he placed his shot into the top right corner to leave Camacho and his men bewildered.

The home fans were looking for an instant reaction and pushed the team on to be back on winning terms. Five goals for the home side in 30 minutes was not on the menu, but it was exactly what Boavista were about to taste.

Maxi Pereira initiated the massacre which was about to follow by striking the ball low into the left corner. It was his Uruguayan colleague who made it three by placing a header into the top corner after the ball rebounded off the keeper when Rui Costa tried to slot it in. The «maestro» was playing an important role in the team as his killer passes cut through Boavista like a hot knife on butter.

The visitors could have reduced the deficit but Laiomel's effort hit the post and ricocheted straight back to Quim's hand, a warning shot to show that they were still disputing the game.

Di María had been on for ten minutes now to provide acceleration in attack and to take advantage of a tired Boavista. The young Argentine extended the lead with an angled shot which beat the keeper and deflected home by Ricardo Silva to go down as an own goal. Five minutes later Nuno Gomes was brought down in the area and converted the penalty himself to make it 5-1. The Portuguese striker doubled his tally on the 90th minute when Rodriguez saw him call for the ball. The cross was inch perfect for the «number 21» to apply an acrobatic finish from close range.

As if Boavista weren't feeling demolished already, Bergessio missed a last minute penalty when Jehle took out Rodriguez in the area. Nuno Gomes could have had his hat-trick but sportingly let his team mate boost his morale with a much needed goal. It was not to be as Jehle saved not only a poor taken penalty, but Boavista from further humiliation.

This emphatic win got even better as Porto lost two points in Estrela de Amadora when the home side came back from 0-2 down. Lisbon rivals Sporting also stumbled as they suffered a heavy defeat in Braga.

Date: 11th November 2007 18:00 GMT
Venue: Estádio da Luz, Lisboa
Referee: Paulo Paraty (PORTO)
Assistant Referees: Alexandre Freitas, Serafim Nogueira and Marco Ferreira
Attendance: 35,379

BENFICA - Quim; Léo, Luisão, Katsouranis and Luís Filipe; Binya, Maxi Pereira (Di Maria 68'), Rui Costa (Romeu Ribeiro 86') and Cristian Rodriguez; Nuno Gomes and Cardozo (Bergessio 77')

BOAVISTA - Jehle; Rissut, Ricardo Silva, Marcelão and Bruno Pinheiro; Fleurival, Diakité and Jorge Ribeiro (Laionel 75'); Zé Kalanga, Fary (Edgar 62') and Mateus (Bangoura 80')

Goals: 1-0, Cardozo (18'); 1-1, J. Ribeiro (58'); 2-1, Maxi Pereira (62'); 3-1, Cristian Rodriguez (66'); 4-1, Ricardo Silva o.g.(79'); 5-1, Nuno Gomes pen. (85'); 6-1, Nuno Gomes (89')
Disciplinary action: Yellow card to Zé Kalanga (24' + 54'), Léo (48'), Marcelão (84') and Jehle (90'). Red card to Zé Kalanga (55')

Highlights: - SL Benfica 6 - 1 Boavista FC




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LF Vieira dismisses any takeover bid - 11 November 2007

Luis Filipe Vieira was talking to Radio TSF and explained that Benfica is not in the market to be bought and that the rumours about the value of the club are untrue.

"As long as I'm in Benfica Joe Berardo will fail along with any other Berardos. Every one will fail. Whoever is hungry to buy Benfica will not be able to."

The Benfica president also explained that the club is valued at approximately €220m and not the €300m people think.

"Curiously there are many that out there that believe the club's value is €300m. It's a lie. Benfica has a bank value of €120m. €100m are in suppliers, the stadium and the construction company Somague. The rest of the €80m Benfica isn't liable for."

With the transfer window closing in, Vieira might inject some money in Camacho's way for the Spaniard to get a quality player that will make a difference in the team.

"The first time Camacho was here Benfica could have signed Ronaldinho for ten million euros and that scared me a bit, because I know how Simão's transfer turned at that time, with a serious injury straightaway in Boavista..."

"If Benfica can find another Ronaldinho we now certainly have the financial capacity we need to make the acquisition."




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