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Algerian player trains with Benfica - 10 November 2007

Nasreddine El-Bahari, an ex-forward from NRB Béthioua, has been attending Benfica's Seixal camp for the past week. He integrated training sessions with the youth team and played against Camacho's main eleven.

El-Bahari is 21 years old and 1,85m in height. The Algerian could make a potential transfer to the Portuguese side if the Spanish manager feels he has the quality he needs. Although it is yet unknown if the player is already undergoing a medical.

Binya is an example of a player who made a successful move from the Algerian league to the Liga BWIN.




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Cardozo called up for Paraguay - 10 November 2007

Striker Óscar Cardozo will travel to South America to join the Paraguayan squad, for qualifying matches against Ecuador and Chile for the World Cup 2010 in South Africa. The games are set to be played in November on the 17th (home) and 20th (away) respectively.

Paraguay are third placed with two games played having won and drawn a piece alongside Brazil. Argentina top the group with 6 points in the South American table.




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Quim and Nuno Gomes make Portugal squad - 09 November 2007

Luiz Felipe Scolari announced his latest list yesterday and included Quim and Nuno Gomes in the Portugal squad.

Portugal will be facing Armenia and Finland on the 17th and 21st of November respectively. Both games will be played at home and that may be a crucial factor as the «Selecção» stand on second place in Group A, one point behind Poland. Two wins will see Portugal qualified for the Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland.

Ex-Benfica players Simão and Manuel Fernandes also earn a call up to defend the colours of their National team. The latter had been out of action for Portugal for over 2 years, but Scolari opted to call the now Valencia player as he has similar attributes to Petit, who did not make it as he has not yet recovered from his injury.




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Nuno Gomes wants gap minimized - 09 November 2007

Nuno Gomes is convinced his side can come out with a victory on Sunday after closing the gap on the leaders during the last «jornada». The ex-Boavista player knows they are hard opponents but with the fans backing the team he sees no reason why Benfica can't win.

"We want to win so we can continue chasing FC Porto. It's going to be hard because Boavista isn't just another team."

"We are convinced we can beat them when we are at our level. Either easily or difficultly, with the fans backing the team at the stadium there is no reason why we shouldn't win this game."

Nuno Gomes took the chance to defend teammate Binya following a late challenge on Brown during the Celtic match, in which the Cameroon player was sent off late in the game.

"They are making Binya as an assassin. He has already showed his regret and there is no doubt it will not be happening again. It was an ugly tackle, but those challenges occur unfortunately."

"He has a great will to win, those are the types of players Benfica needs."




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Benfica prepare Boavista reception - 09 November 2007

The squad returned to work this Friday morning at the Estádio da Luz. José Antonio Camacho continued the preparation training with physical exercises and high tempo running. The players also had time to circulate the ball around, in which Petit and Nélson also joined.

Léo and Rui Costa had to leave the session earlier as precautions, but it was Miguelito who suffered an injury to his right thigh during training, leaving Camacho with a slight headache if both left-backs fail to recover.

David Luíz was declared fully fit from his metatarsal on his right foot and will soon be making an appearance for the first team.

Benfica will face Boavista on sunday at 18:00 GMT for the 10th «jornada» of the Liga BWIN.




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The return of David Luíz - 08 November 2007

David Luíz returned to normal training in today's morning session. The Brazilian integrated with the squad and took part in a mini-game against the junior players.

The defender had been out for two months when he fractured a toe during training and is now fully recovered from his injury. Although José Camacho can recall the player, David Luíz may not feature in the squad list against Boavista due to lack of match fitness.

Nélson and Petit are the only unavailable players for the manager at the moment, but both have been steadily gaining rhythm and should be participating in training soon. The players who made an appearance against Celtic were limited to gym work.




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Post Match Views: Celtic 1 - 0 Benfica - 07 November 2007

After Benfica's dissapointing loss in Glasgow, Camacho thought the team played with the correct attitude and could have come out with another result.

"Defeats are always there in competitions. We had the intention to win, worked hard and lost, but we had the chances to win. I didn't feel any pressure coming from the home crowd. It's very difficult to win here, but Benfica silenced the public many times. We will play with the same character and attitude in the next Champions League match."

Rui Costa believes the team may have produced one of the best Champions League games since his arrival.

"Celtic have their own way of playing, which involves the aerial route and use a lot of strength, but today I think Benfica were a great team and maybe it was our best game in the Champions League. We created numerous opportunities to score but without doing so we payed the price. It's a heavy defeat for us, in the Champions League it costs to lose."

The Brazilian left-back Léo feels the result did not translate the team's work rate at Celtic Park.

"It wasn't a fair result for what we did. We knew the grade of difficulty we would have in this stadium but we worked and created many chances, only for the opposition to score a lucky goal. After that they explored the counter attack whilst we were looking for the equalizer. From today's game we can take the positives like dedication and honouring Benfica above everything else. We still have games to dispute and we will try to secure victories."




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Report: Celtic FC 1 - 0 SL Benfica - 07 November 2007

Benfica left Scotland with nothing to show despite a good effort by the Lisbon side. Chances came by and the best ones fell to the Paraguayan striker who failed to find the net. Celtic scored just before the half-time whistle getting a deflection of Luisão to trait Quim the wrong way. - Click here to watch match video highlights

Benfica looked to get off the mark early on with an organized attack and passed the ball well. The visitors relied on the wings to try and break the Celtic defense and create opportunities. The first chances came Benfica's way and they could have easily gone ahead if it wasn't for Artur Boruc steering them far from the net.

With Benfica keeping the home crowd rather quiet for forty odd minutes, Celtic's goal couldn't have come at a worse time. The ball was deflected off the Benfica captain Luisão as McGeady cut inside from the left and shot from outside the area. Benfica had suffered just before the half-time whistle which changed Camacho's team talk in a split second.

In the second half Cardozo had a golden chance to equalize but his effort wasn't cleanly taken with his head and it whistled past the right post. Celtic were holding firm to deny the visitors any more clear opportunities on goal and Benfica couldn't find a reply.

Five minutes from full-time Binya decided to make a cynical tackle on Brown which earned him a straight red from the Swedish referee. The difficult job turned to a mammoth climb with very little time on the clock left to take something back to Lisbon. And it was surely over when the home crowd celebrated a mirror score of the last encounter at the Luz.

Benfica plunge to bottom of Group D with only 3 points as qualification seems to be slipping away. AC Milan lead the group with a three-nil win over Shakhtar Donetsk. Check the Champions League for full table statistics.


Date: 6th November 2007 19:45 GMT
Venue: Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland
Referee: Martin Hannson (SWE)
Assistant Referees: Stefan Wittberg (SWE), Kenneth Petersson (SWE) and Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)
Attendance: 52,000

CELTIC - Boruc, Naylor, Caldwell, Brown (Sno 88'), Vennegoor (Donati 67'), Hartley, Jarosik (Killen 67'), McDonald, Kennedy, McManus and McGeady.

BENFICAQuim; Luís Filipe, Edcarlos, Luisão and Léo; Binya and Katsouranis; Maxi Pereira (Di María 60') Rodríguez, Rui Costa (Bergessio 76') and Cardozo (Nuno Gomes 76').

Goals: 0-1 McGeady (45')
Disciplinary action: Yellow to Maxi Pereira (41'). Red card to Binya (84')

Highlights: Celtic 1 - 0 Benfica




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Camacho urges team to play with character - 05 November 2007

Camacho was present at the usual press meeting before the adaption process at Celtic Park. The Spanish manager made aware of the difficulties they will face and has urged his team to play with strength and character.

"When Celtic plays at home it's always different, they will want to have 6 points by the end, but so will we. They play with strength and great power, that is why it will be a game for men. We will have to put our foot down and work as hard as them. Everything will depend on the rhythm we play at when we have the ball."

Benfica will be playing their 6th game in 17 days tomorrow, but Camacho is satisfied with the current condition of the squad.

"We will play to win and we will do our best for it. The team is OK even though we play every 3 days. We are winning games and scoring at the last minutes, this shows our physical and mental strength."

Nuno Gomes, who was sitting alongside Camacho at the conference, played 30 minutes at Paços de Ferreira and is ready to help the team face Celtic, stating that only a win matters, although a draw would leave things wide open.

"At this moment I feel prepared for whatever is to come. the could be on the bench, in the starting XI, or maybe I won't even get to play. I'm just another player here to help the team."

Benfica need one more goal to become the seventh team to score 500 in European matches. The first was on 19 September 1957, scored by Francisco Palmeiro.




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A win is fundamental for Rui costa - 04 November 2007

The Benfica commitee departed this afternoon to Glasgow, Scotland, to face Celtic on Tuesday for the Champions League Matchday 4 and Rui Costa took some time out to answer the press before boarding.

"We know Celtic because we played them before and the atmosphere we will be facing. And we know that it will be a very complicated game, but we will have to try for a victory."

"The match may not be decisive, but it will be pivotal. Because of the position we find ourselves in we have to win and can't even think about a draw."

Benfica and Celtic are three points behind both AC Milan and Shakhtar, who play each other in Ukraine at 19:45 GMT too.




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