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

Goncalo Guedes Attracting Interest


Photo: Getty Images Europe

Photo: Getty Images Europe

17 year-old Benfica prospect Goncalo Guedes is attracting strong interest from abroad, with the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal, PSG, and AC Milan all said to be following the youngster. Guedes plays mainly as a striker, which is a position that the Portuguese National Team has not had filled adequately since Pauleta retired in 2006. Much is expected of young Guedes, so much so that he is seen as a possible replacement for Franck Ribery at Bayern. Those are some big shoes to fill, which begs the question: who is Goncalo Guedes? Continue reading

U-21s Qualify in Rollercoaster Match


Portugal U21 - After Playoff with Netherlands for 2015 U-21 Euro qualification

Portugal 5-4 Holland

2015 U-21 Euro Qualifying Playoff Leg 2

The Portuguese Under-21 team defeated the Netherlands yesterday 5-4 in the second leg of a playoff for qualification to the 2015 UEFA U-21 European Championship. With the 2-0 victory in the first leg, Portugal qualified comfortably by a margin of 7-4. Goals yesterday came from Ricardo (2), Ruben Vezo, Ruben Neves, and Bernardo Silva, and although the scoreline appears close at 5-4, the match was much more one-sided (as was the case in the first leg). Continue reading

U-21s Roll Past the Dutch


Photo: Portuguese Football Federation

Photo: Portuguese Football Federation

Netherlands 0-2 Portugal

2015 U-21 Euro Playoff 1st leg

The Portuguese Under-21 team claimed a potentially priceless away victory over the Netherlands, defeating them 2-0 in the Netherlands. This win puts the Portuguese in the driver’s seat ahead of the return leg, which will be played on October 14th in Portugal. Goals tonight from Sergio Oliveira and Carlos Mane, one in each half, were enough for Portugal to earn the victory. Continue reading

Rui Jorge Names Squad of 23 for Playoff Matches


Rui JorgePortugal Under-21 coach Rui Jorge named yesterday a 23 man squad to face the Netherlands in the playoff for the 2015 UEFA U-21 European Championship. The playoff is a two-match series, with first played in Netherlands on the 9th and the other in Portugal on the 14th.  Needless to say, these two matches are of great importance. This is the closest the U-21 team has come to qualification to a major tournament since 2007, which is the last time the team appeared in a U-21 Euro.  Continue reading