Bryan Cristante under Italian radars


Italian midfielder Bryan Cristante, who joined SL Benfica from AC Milan is being watched by Italian champions Juventus FC, according to Tuttosport.

The 19 year-old youngster has not featured heavily in the first team due to the presence of Enzo, Samaris and Talisca in midfield, and Juventus may be looking to nurture him in Pirlo's role.

Benfica parted with EUR 6m to bring Cristante to Lisbon this summer.




Belenenses match moved to Saturday 6th December

Benfica's home game against Belenenses, which was initially confirmed for Friday 5th December at 19:45 GMT, has now moved to Saturday 6th December at 17:00 GMT.

Benfica's disqualification from European football after the narrow loss in Russia against Zenit was the motivating factor.

It is likely the final Group C match against Leverkusen on 9th December will now feature non-first-team players.

Tickets can still be purchased for both games at the Estádio da Luz, Casas do Benfica or online at slbenfica.pt.




André Almeida renews until 2019

Benfica have announced that the club and player have reached an agreement to a contract renewal to 2019.

André Almeida has been a vital player for Jorge Jesus due to his versatility as he is able to play as a defensive midfielder and right and left back when called upon.

"I appreciate the confidence Benfica have shown in me. I will do everything I can to correspond to the faith shown and help the club that has always believed in me."

The 24 year-old joined Benfica from Lisbon side Belenenses.




BTV begins broadcasting in HD abroad

Available in nine countries, BTV is being broadcasted since last Friday in high definition by all international operators, another factor strengthening the channel’s position as a high quality product.

Being a strategic objective to provide a gradually better service to the subscribers of packages with BTV1, which is accessible outside of Portugal, Sport Lisboa e Benfica thus materialises another step in the internationalisation of its official television channel, whose regular broadcasts started on the 10th of December 2008, under the name Benfica TV.




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