Opinion: Bernardo Silva – Benfica Loses a Gem


Photo: AS Monaco

Photo: AS Monaco

Bernardo Silva

Benfica to Monaco

It was announced this week that Benfica had officially sold 20 year-old Bernardo Silva to Ligue 1 side Monaco for just under 16 million euros. Silva has spent the first half of the season on loan at Monaco, and has impressed in both the league and the Champions League. Some may have predicted this move from the start, as Monaco had the option to purchase the midfielder as a part of the loan agreement, but there were signs that Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira intended to bring Silva back for next season. Now, with the dust settled, all we can do is look back at what it could have been for Benfica. This is not to say that Silva’s career is over, by any stretch of the imagination. The midfielder is touted to have a bright future, and could very well be one of the most important Portuguese players of his generation, but this move has deep implications for the Portuguese game, and represents a trend currently occurring in Portugal. Continue reading

Bebe Loaned to Cordoba


Bebe - Cordoba

Photo: Córdoba Club de Fútbol

Bebe

Benfica to Cordoba (loan)

After days of speculation, Benfica confirmed yesterday the loan of Bebe to Cordoba until the end of the season. Bebe moved from Manchester United to Benfica in the summer and has found playing time non-existent at the club since his arrival. At Cordoba, Bebe will help the team fight for survival in La Liga, but the battle is an up-hill one, with the team currently sitting in 18th place.  Continue reading

Rúben Pinto Joins Paços Ferreira on Loan


Ruben Pinto - Benfica BBenfica B midfielder Rúben Pinto has joined Primeira Liga side Paços Ferreira on loan until the end of the season to fill the void left by Ruben Ribeiro, who has joined Gil Vicente on loan. Pinto played the first half of this season for Benfica’s B team, which competes in Portugal’s second tier, the Segunda Liga. A captain at Benfica B, Pinto will now get his first taste of top-flight soccer at Paços. Continue reading

Nelson Oliveira Joins Swansea on Loan


Nelson Oliveira - Benfica

Nelson Oliveira

Benfica to Swansea (loan)

Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira has agreed to a loan to Swansea City in the English Premier League until the end of the season. Much touted earlier in his career, Oliveira has stagnated. Having only made a handful of appearances for Benfica’s first team this season, a loan deal looked likely, and despite joining a team in such a challenging and difficult league, there’s every indication that Oliveira will see playing time.  Continue reading

Braga Youngster on His Way to France


Gil Dias - Braga U19

Gil Dias

SC Braga to AS Monaco

According to reports, Braga youth prospect Gil Dias has agreed to a January transfer to Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco for a fee believed to be around 5 million euros. Earlier in the season, there were hints that a deal had already been agreed between the two clubs, and that Dias would spend the first half of the season in Portugal before moving to France in January. More recent reports suggest that that rumor may turn out to be true, with Dias set to join fellow countrymen Bernardo Silva, Joao Moutinho, and Ricardo Carvalho at Monaco soon. Continue reading

Sporting Prospect Loaned to Brentford


Photo: Brentford Football Club

Photo: Brentford Football Club

Betinho

Sporting to Brentford (loan)

Sporting B’s Betinho has joined Championship side Brentford on loan until the end of the season, both clubs have confirmed. Betinho divided his time last season between Sporting B (in the Segunda Liga) and Vitoria Setubal (in the Primeira Liga). Despite impressing in the first half of last season for Sporting B, where he scored nine goals in the first half of the season, Betinho could not replicate those numbers after January while on loan at Vitoria Setubal. During his time in Setubal, Betinho did not even manage a single goal, and was mostly used in a back-up role.

Brentford returned to the second tier of English football this season after a 21 year hiatus, and appears to be a club that is willing to experiment. It is unclear as to what role Betinho will play at the club, whether it be as a starter or as a super-sub. One hopes that Betinho will thrive in the highly-physical league due to his body-build and playing style.

 

Granada Signs Luis Martins


Luis Martins - Gil Vicente

Luis Martins

Gil Vicente to Granada

Portugal U-21 captain Luis Martins has sealed a move abroad to Spain, signing for La Liga side Granada on a four-season deal. The left-back had been at Gil Vicente ever since January of 2013, when he arrived from Benfica. At Gil Vicente, Martins established himself as the team’s first-choice left back, a status that he held for his entire time at the club. There is no fee announced for the transfer, but it is expected that Luis Martins will be at least a regular team member at Granada. The Spanish team had been searching for a left-back for some time, and Martins is who they chose.