Benfica target Serbian winger Andrija Zivkovic


Benfica have apparently raised their interest in Serbian u-20 World Cup winner Andrija Zivkovic.

Zivkovic has been a target since December 2013 according to Sportmediaset where he was quoted saying "it is obvious that I'd like to go to Benfica."

Back then Benfica boasted Lazar Markovic and Nemanja Matic in their line-up which would have drawn the youngster to joining the «encarnados». However, compatriots Fesja and  Djuricic are still in Benfica's books and could lure the much wanted Zivkovic to the Luz.

Rui Vitória comences pre-season work

Benfica's new manager Rui Vitória returned from his holiday yesterday and was seen at the Caixa Futebol Campus.

The ex-Vitória de Guimarães manager conversed with the first team staff to begin and plan the pre-season, which officially begins on 2nd July.

Benfica have already booked their place in the International Champions Cup of North America and will play a number of fixtures on the other side of the Atlantic, starting in the USA.

Benito joins Sulejmani in BSC Young Boys

Twenty-three year old left-back Loris Benito has made a permanent move to Swiss Super League runners-up BSC Young Boys. 

The Switzerland under-21 international returns to his home country after signing an undisclosed 4-year deal. Benito, who made just a handful of appearances for the senior and B team this season, follows Benfica teammate Miralem Sulejmani who was confirmed in the same club on 9th June.

Loris Benito stated that he was looking forward to the new challenge. 

Jardel: My most important goal

Jardel was part of the "Secrets of the 34th" program that has been running frequently on Benfica's channel BTV.

The Brazilian spoke of his emotions in winning the title and summarised the low and high ends of his season.

"When the Garay rumours started I began preparing myself and was focused on giving my best so things would turn out well. Unfortunately it didn't happen immediately. I had a poor start to the first few games and an injury which didn't help."

Rui Vitória is officially presented as the new Benfica manager

Luis Filipe Vieira has presented the new manager in an official ceremony held at the Cosme Damião Museum this Monday 15th of June 2015 at 12:30 (BST). Find below the full statements.

“Time is always the best judge of our actions, of our decisions. I'm certain of that in the light of my experience in the last 14 years.

As I also know that there is never a big enough problem that does not result in an opportunity.

Taraabt leaves QPR and joins Benfica on a 5 year deal

Adel Taraabt was formally presented as a S.L. Benfica player the 12th of June, transferred from demoted QPR on a free. He signed a 5 year contract. The talented 26 year old Moroccan is at a career crossroads and this new opportunity could place him in the European spotlight again. Often described as a wasted talent with a lazy and characterial personality, manager Rui Vitória will have to inject the right dose of discipline and motivation to get him back to the top of his abilities.

Markovic set for a Benfica comeback?

Rumours are growing stronger that Markovic could be shipped back to Benfica in a one year loan deal. The talented 21 year old who was signed by Liverpool in the beginning of 2014-2015 for a 20 million fee has failed to impose himself in Anfield, making only 34 appearances (of which 23 in the starting line-up) in all competitions and scoring 3 goals.

Mehdi Carcela en route to Benfica

Benfica are pressing ahead to sign Moroccan midfielder Mehdi Carcela-González from Belgian side Standard Liege.

The Liege born player was spotted arriving at the Lisbon International Airport this afternoon and he confirmed he was on his way to speak to new manager Rui Vitória.

"I am very happy, I know Benfica well and I've also heard of Rui Vitória. This is the biggest challenge of my career."

It is thought the 25 year old will cost Benfica around €3 to €4 million.

Rui Vitória succeeds to Jesus as Benfica's new manager

Benfica has reached an agreement in principle with Rui Vitória to coach the team for the next 3 years. Following Jorge Jesus’ departure to capital rivals Sporting, Luis Filipe Vieira has entertained the suspense for a week before officially releasing the statement this Thursday:

“Sport Lisboa e Benfica - Football, SAD, in compliance with article 248 of the Portuguese Securities Market Code, announces that it has reached agreement in principle with the coach Rui Vitória to carry out a sports employment contract, taking effect in the next three seasons”

BSC Young Boys take Sulejmani to Swiss League

Miralen Sulejmani has signed a 3-year deal with Swiss Super League side BSC Young Boys.

The Serbian winger arrived in Lisbon in 2013 on a free from Dutch side Ajax, and has lifted two Portuguese League titles, two League Cups and a Portuguese Cup in his short stay with Benfica.

The 26 year old found himself down in the pecking order behind Salvio and Ola John. His injury in the Europa League final against Sevilla didn't do him justice and the skills he possessed to bring a game to life.