2015/2016 Season Preview: Sporting


Jorge Jesus's arrival at Sporting has been one of the most interesting storylines of Portuguese football for some time.

Jorge Jesus’s arrival at Sporting has been one of the most interesting story lines of Portuguese football for some time.

The 2015/2016 Primeira Liga season is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in recent memory. Here at PortugalFutbol, we’ve highlighted what fans can expect from Benfica and Porto this season. To shed light on Sporting’s chances, PortugalFutbol has brought in Sporting expert SportingSoul (@Sporting_Soul).


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The Portuguese Managerial Merry-Go-Round: Summer 2015 Edition


Jorge Jesus, seen here as Benfica's coach, has taken over at Sporting

Jorge Jesus, seen here as Benfica’s coach, has taken over at Sporting

With the Portuguese domestic season now officially over, some of the country’s top clubs have wasted no time in looking for new leadership. As it stands now, Sporting, Benfica, Vitória Guimarães, Braga, and Paços Ferreira will all have new coaches for next season. And at the heart of all of this upheaval is Jorge Jesus, who scandalously chose to leave Benfica to coach their cross-town rivals Sporting Lisbon. Continue reading

João Cancelo’s Valencia Loan Made Permanent


Photo: Valencia CF

Photo: Valencia CF

João Cancelo

Benfica to Valencia

Valencia CF announced today their definitive purchase of Benfica’s João Cancelo. Cancelo played in Spain all season at Valencia, where he was on loan from the Portuguese giants. As part of the loan deal, Valencia had the option to purchase Cancelo outright for 15 million euros, and though the final price of the deal has not been announced, it is believed to be 15 million.

This deal represents yet another sale of a talented young player for big profit, following in the footsteps of André Gomes and Bernardo Silva. Gomes was at most a bench player at Benfica, but has since thrived at Valencia. Silva had yet to even break into the first team at Benfica, but his 15 million euro move to Monaco has proven a tidy bit of business for the French club, after some increasingly impressive performances. If this deal is to be compared to that of Gomes and Silva, we can expect big things from João Cancelo in the near future.

Of the deal, Cancelo said: “[I am] very happy to continue at Valencia CF, whom I hope to help for a long time to come. I will always carry Benfica in my heart, but now my biggest dream is to continue giving my best for Valencia CF, growing with the team and repaying the great confidence that the club have shown in me.” (Valencia CF) His deal runs until 2021.

Jonathan Rodriguez to be a Revelation for Benfica?


Jonathan Rodriguez, pictured at right, is highly touted as a star for the future. Photo: SL Benfica

Jonathan Rodriguez, pictured at right, is highly touted as a star for the future. Photo: SL Benfica

Peñarol’s twenty-one year old Uruguayan striker, Jonathan Rodriguez has been the hot topic for Benfica transfer news since the departure of Enzo Perez to Valencia and has now been confirmed to be joining, awaiting his medical. With a misfiring Lima leading the line for Benfica, it could be the perfect time for the fresh legs of the young Uruguayan. Continue reading

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

How Benfica Will Suffice Without Enzo Perez


Perez has already become an integral member of Valencia's first team. Photo: Alberto Saiz/Associated Press

Perez has already become an integral member of Valencia’s first team. Photo: Alberto Saiz/Associated Press

On the 2nd January, Benfica’s talisman Enzo Perez was confirmed to joining Spanish team Valencia, who have already taken the talents that were Rodrigo and Andre Gomes off them in addition to loaning promising Portuguese rightback Joao Cancelo. Huge question marks were brought up as to how Benfica would now replace the Argentine who had just come off the back of a sensational season, helping Benfica to a historical domestic treble and winning the Primeira Liga Player of the Year. 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

Week in Review – Portuguese Football Highs and Lows


Julen Lopetegui's Porto side have been dominant in Europe so far this season.

Julen Lopetegui’s Porto side have been dominant in Europe so far this season.

It was an interesting week in Portuguese Football with the Big 3 winning and Guimaraes keeping their top of the table form going. Porto and Sporting both won handily in their matches, Porto putting 5 goals past Rio Ave in the second half at the Dragao to win 5-0. Marco Silva’s Sporting came on with 2 strikers in their starting line-up and it paid dividends as they scored all the goals running out to a 3-0 victory at home to Setubal. Benfica travelled to Academica and two first half goals from Gaitan & Luisao made it an easy trip keeping them 3 points ahead of Porto in the Premeira League Table. There was also many a headline made by the Tres Grandes in the English press, with news and transfer rumours so let’s round-up the week’s news. Continue reading

Week in Review – Portuguese Football Highs and Lows


Vitoria Guimaraes have been excellent under head coach Rui Vitoria, and currently find themselves at 3rd in the league.

Vitoria Guimaraes have been excellent under head coach Rui Vitoria, and currently find themselves at 3rd in the league.

It was an interesting week in Portuguese Football with the Big 3 in action. Porto kept pace with Benfica and Sporting had a rough game that ended their unbeaten run. Definitely many a headline made by the Tres Grandes in the English press, so let’s round-up the week’s news. Continue reading