Benfica's Futsal team in Portuguese Cup Final

Today at 10:45am was disputed the much awaited first semi-final of the Portuguese Cup's Final Four (futsal), in Multiusos, Sines. With a full house to assist to the Lisbon derby, emotions were running high for a spot in the final, which will be played tomorrow at 6pm (BST).

Benfica's futsal team was created in 2001 and is already writing its history in golden letters in the Portuguese competition: a total of 6 championships, 6 supercups, 5 Portuguese cups and 1 futsal cup.


No Salvio and no Ola John as 19 players travel north

Jorge Jesus has taken 19 players to north of Portugal as Benfica face Gil Vicente in Barcelos this evening at 18:00 local time.

Argentine winger Salvio misses out once again due to injury whilst dutch player Ola John, who is normally selected in Salvio's absence, has also stayed in Lisbon.

Goalkeeper Paulo Lopes has been chosen ahead of Artur but it will be Júlio César named in the starting line-up.

Goalkeepers: Paulo Lopes and Júlio César

Defenders: Lisandro, Luisão, Jardel, André Almeida, Maxi Pereira and Eliseu

Midfielders: Talisca, Samaris, Ruben Amorim, Gaitán, Fejsa, Sulejamni, Cristante and Pizzi

Forwards: Derley, Lima and Jonas

Volleyball team disputes championship

Benfica's volleyball team overcame a 3-0 loss to win by the same result at home against Fonte do Bastardo last week at the Pavilhão Fidelidade.

Notable player Zelão spoke to BTV about how they turned the result around.

"We corrected our faults and worked hard to minimise their strong points so we could equalise the tie. We were slightly anxious but with our strength, courage and the home crowd behind us we turned it around."

The third match of this final will be played on Saturday 2nd May away to Açores and will kick-off at 18:30 BST (deferred on BTV1 HD at 21:30 BST)

"We want to retain the leadership" says Benfica's manager ahead of Gil Vicente clash

Although Jorge Jesus is conscious about the difficulties awaiting him and his team at the Estádio Cidade de Barcelos this coming Saturday, he also knows that every game is important in the race to the title. Here is a report from his latest press conference.

Gil Vicente vs Benfica preview

With four games left to play and the obligation to win three of them to be crowned Portuguese champions, Benfica has theoretically made a giant’s leap towards the title by drawing against Porto at the Luz last weekend. Out of the four games left, two will be against bottom league table clubs (Gil Vicente and Penafiel) and one mid-table, Maritimo. Furthermore, 2  of those games will be played at home, where the Eagles are unbeaten since March 2012 (Portuguese Liga only)

Highlights: Benfica 0 - 0 Porto

Benfica remain three points ahead of Porto after a goaless draw in Estádio da Luz, and have to obtain nine points from a remaining twelve to become champions.

Jorge Jesus previews title clash against Porto

Jorge Jesus press conference quotes ahead of the "title" dubbed match against second placed Porto in Estádio da Luz. 

After Porto's heavy quarter-final defeat at the hands of German champions Bayern Munich, the manager seemed unfazed at the psychological impact the visitors may have suffered. 

Salvio doubtful to face Porto

Jorge Jesus led another training session this morning in Seixal ahead of the all-important Clássico clash against FC Porto in Estádio da Luz. 

Influential argentine winger Salvio was a key absence as he continues his recovery from a muscle injury, which prevented the 24-year-old from featuring in weekend's Lisbon derby against Belenenses.

The session was open to the press for the first 15 minutes where goalkeeper Artur (right shoulder) and defender César (right thigh) trained under close watch.

Taça de Honra friendly tournament dates confirmed

Lisbon Football Association (AFL) have announced the dates for the 2015/16 pre-season Lisbon tournament friendly, which will take place in Belenenses' Estádio do Restelo.

The 67th edition of Taça de Honra de Lisboa is confirmed from Thursday 16th July to Saturday 18th July where Lisbon based clubs Benfica, Sporting, Belenenses and Estoril will participate, being the four best placed teams in the domestic league.

Highlights: Belenenses 0 - 2 Benfica

Benfica came away with all three points in the Lisbon derby against Belenenses with a Jonas brace in each half. The Brazilian striker continues his exceptional form and takes his Liga tally to sixteen goals (26 all competitions). 

Host keeper Ventura was found outside the 18-yard-box as he attempted to stop Lima but the rebound kindly fell to Jonas who finished into an empty net with a long range effort. The brace was completed half hour from time with an angled shot from inside the area after a chest controlled cross from Gaitán.

Ola John was named in the starting line up instead of Salvio who was in risk of missing the Clássico should he had played and seen a booking. Both Samaris and Jonas escaped unscaded and will be available next week.

Porto marginally won Académica at home and continue to chase Benfica just three points behind.