Benfiquistas around the Globe: Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson

Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson

In this special edition of our 'Benfiquistas around the Globe' feature, we caught up with Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson, who recently completed his 23rd season as a professional footballer. The vastly-experienced goalkeeper has represented Iceland on 26 occasions, and was part of the squad that famously qualified for Euro 2016. We quizzed Gunnleifur about his own career, his love for Benfica, and his thoughts on Mile Svilar, Júlio César, Ederson and Jan Oblak.

Match Report: Benfica 0 - 1 Manchester United

Mile Svilar

Benfica’s miserable run in the UEFA Champions League continued as they were defeated 1-0 by former manager José Mourinho’s Manchester United side at the Estádio da Luz on Wednesday night.

Squad List: Benfica x Manchester United

With the exception of André Almeida (suspended) and Filip Krovinović (ineligible), Rui Vitória has had the luxury of a full-strength squad to pick from for the visit of Manchester United.

Lisandro López is back in favour after a lengthy absence, but Jardel and Rafa Silva have been left out by choice. Bruno Varela has been dropped, and is replaced by the fit-again Júlio César. Eliseu has recovered from a thigh strain, while Jonas has overcome his back complaint.

Andreas Samaris is also included, as his suspension only applies to domestic matches. Andrija Živković and Eduardo Salvio return to the fold, with Branimir Kalaica and Martin Chrien making way.

Wednesday's match at the Estádio da Luz begins at 19:45 local time, and will be officiated by German referee Felix Zwayer.

Goalkeepers: Svilar and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Grimaldo, Luisão, Douglas, Eliseu and Rúben Dias

Midfielders: Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Samaris, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, Cervi, Diogo Gonçalves and João Carvalho

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas, Gabriel Barbosa and Seferović

Highlights: Olhanense 0 - 1 Benfica

International Roundup: Mixed fortunes for Benfica contingent

Eduardo Salvio

The race to qualify for Russia 2018 reached a climax this week as the majority of nations played their final group games. As usual, there was a host of Benfica stars in action around the globe. We take a look at how each of them fared.

Squad List: Olhanense x Benfica

Rui Vitória has named a much-changed squad for Benfica's Portuguese Cup clash with third tier Olhanense. The Eagles are without Júlio César (back pain), Eliseu (right thigh strain), Jardel (fatigue), Jonas (back pain) and Andreas Samaris (suspension).

Eduardo Salvio is also absent; the Portuguese press report that he picked up a knock whilst on international duty, although he does not appear on Benfica's official injury list. Andrija Živković is rested, while Lisandro López remains out of favour.

Mile Svilar and Douglas are both expected to make their debuts. Branimir Kalaica, Diogo Gonçalves, Martin Chrien and João Carvalho have all been drafted in to bolster the squad. 

Saturday's game at the neutral Estádio Algarve commences at 19:00 local time.

Goalkeepers: Svilar and Bruno Varela

Defenders: Grimaldo, Luisão, Douglas, Kalaica, André Almeida and Rúben Dias

Midfielders: Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Krovinović, Pizzi, Cervi, Chrien, João Carvalho, Rafa Silva and Diogo Gonçalves

Forwards: Raúl, Gabriel Barbosa and Seferović

International Preview: World Cup qualification reaches a climax

Bryan Cristante

Benfica’s miserable start to their title defence takes a backseat this week as attention turns to the latest international break. Nations from Europe, North and South America will all play their final group games as they attempt to qualify for next summer's World Cup. Read on to find out who still has a chance of making it to Russia 2018.

Highlights: Marítimo 1 - 1 Benfica

Squad List: Marítimo x Benfica

Rui Vitória has made two changes to his Benfica squad ahead of the Eagles' trip to Madeira this weekend. Brazilian right-back Douglas - on loan from Barcelona - is included for the first time, replacing Eliseu.

Andreas Samaris is unavailable due to suspension, despite earlier reports that he could continue to play until his appeal had been heard. The Greek midfielder is replaced by Filip Krovinović.

Sunday night's match at the Estádio do Marítimo kicks off at 21:30 local time.

Goalkeepers: Svilar, Júlio César and Bruno Varela

Defenders: Grimaldo, Luisão, Douglas, Jardel, André Almeida and Rúben Dias

Midfielders: Fejsa, Filipe Augusto, Živković, Salvio, Pizzi, Krovinović, Cervi and Rafa Silva

Forwards: Raúl, Jonas, Gabriel Barbosa and Seferović

Match Report: Basel 5 - 0 Benfica

André Almeida

Benfica’s disappointing start to their UEFA Champions League campaign continued as they were thrashed 5-0 by Group A opponents Basel at St. Jakob-Park on Wednesday night.