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Benfica clinch double with Portuguese League Cup win

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Lisbon (AFP) Benfica beat Maritimo 6-2 in the Portuguese League Cup final in Coimbra on Friday, less than a week after also sealing a third straight league title.

It was also the Lisbon outfit's third consecutive League Cup win, and the match itself was a repeat of last year's final.

The season culminates Sunday with the Portuguese Cup final between Porto and Sporting Braga.

Benfica clinch double with Portuguese League Cup win

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Lisbon (AFP) Benfica beat Maritimo 6-2 in the Portuguese League Cup final in Coimbra on Friday, less than a week after also sealing a third straight league title.

It was also the Lisbon outfit's third consecutive League Cup win, and the match itself was a repeat of last year's final.

The season culminates Sunday with the Portuguese Cup final between Porto and Sporting Braga.

Benfica retain Portuguese title

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Lisbon (AFP) Benfica held off the challenge of bitter rivals Sporting to win a third straight Portuguese title by beating Nacional 4-1 on the final day of the season on Sunday.

Captain Nico Gaitan scored twice with top scorer Jonas, with his 32nd league goal of the season, and Pizzi also on target for Rui Vitoria's side before Salvador Agra got one back at the death.

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Mitroglou makes Benfica move permanent

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Lisbon (AFP) Greek international striker Kostas Mitroglou has completed a permanent transfer to Benfica from English second-tier side Fulham, the Portuguese champions announced on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old Mitroglou, who has spent this season on loan at Benfica, has signed a four-year deal through to 2020 with Portuguese press reports putting the transfer fee at seven million euros ($7.

Mitroglou makes Benfica move permanent

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Lisbon (AFP) Greek international striker Kostas Mitroglou has completed a permanent transfer to Benfica from English second-tier side Fulham, the Portuguese champions announced on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old Mitroglou, who has spent this season on loan at Benfica, has signed a four-year deal through to 2020 with Portuguese press reports putting the transfer fee at seven million euros ($7.

Bayern Munich

Official: Bayern Munich Sign Renato Sanches For €35m From Right Underneath Manchester United’s Noses (Photo)

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Looks like Bayern Munich are moving to get their summer transfer business tied up early with the announcement today that the Bavarians have spent €35million on procuringRenato Sanches from Benfica.

Sanches, a highly-rated, all-action midfield-y type of player, was known to be on Manchester United's radar, but Bayern have beaten their sluggish English counterparts to the punch.

Favourites crash out as Madrid and Bayern power through to Champions League semis

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The UEFAChampions League quarter-final second legs came to a conclusion last night with Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid the four teams who cemented their place in the semi-finals.

Bayern see off Benfica to reach Champions League semis [VIDEO]

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Bayern Munich came out on top in an entertaining Champions League last-eight clash with Benfica, reaching the semi-finals with a 3-2 aggregate victory, after a second-leg 2-2 draw in Lisbon on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola took his German champions to the Estadio Da Luz with a 1-0 first-leg lead thanks to Arturo Vidal's early strike at the Allianz Arena last week.

Bayern see off Benfica to reach Champions League semis [VIDEO]

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Bayern Munich came out on top in an entertaining Champions League last-eight clash with Benfica, reaching the semi-finals with a 3-2 aggregate victory, after a second-leg 2-2 draw in Lisbon on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola took his German champions to the Estadio Da Luz with a 1-0 first-leg lead thanks to Arturo Vidal's early strike at the Allianz Arena last week.

UCL Rewind: Atletico takes down Barca, Bayern top Benfica

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In a game that turned out to be as controversial as it was entertaining, Atletico Madrid toppled Barcelona to reach the Champions League semifinals.

After dropping the awayleg, 2-1, Atleti held on at the Vicente Calderon to take down Barcelona by a 2-1 scoreline and 3-2 on aggregate. The victory pushes Atletico Madrid into the Champions League semifinals for the second time in three years after previously slipping past Barca in 2014.

Benfica worried about fitness of Nicolas Gaitan ahead of Bayern Munich match

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With their leading scorer Jonas already suspended, Benfica are sweating on the fitness of their biggest creative threat Nicolas Gaitan ahead of their Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Bayern Munich.

The teams meet at the Estadio da Luz on Wednesday with German champions Bayern defending a 1-0 first-leg lead after an early Arturo Vidal goal last week.

Benfica worried about fitness of Nicolas Gaitan ahead of Bayern Munich match

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With their leading scorer Jonas already suspended, Benfica are sweating on the fitness of their biggest creative threat Nicolas Gaitan ahead of their Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Bayern Munich.

The teams meet at the Estadio da Luz on Wednesday with German champions Bayern defending a 1-0 first-leg lead after an early Arturo Vidal goal last week.

Champions League 2016: Scores, Analysis, Fixtures & Live Stream

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The second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals are upon us and the likes of Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, PSG, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid will be fighting it out to make it to the last four of the competition.

Benfica v Bayern Munich, Champions League 2016: Team News, Lineups, Live Stream

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Benfica vs Bayern Munich
UEFA Champions League
13 April 2016, 19:45 pm BST
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon

Benfica host Bayern Munich in the return leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals tomorrow and the Portuguese giants will be looking to maintain their outstanding home form against the German champions.

Gabriel Jesus: The Brazilian wonderkid on everyone’s radar

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Gabriel Jesus, following in the footsteps of Neymar and Oscar, is another Brazilian wonderkid who has put every big club in Europe on alert with his immense rise in stature.

Palmeiras’ young hot-shot Gabriel Jesus’ incredible performances both at club and international levels has sparked the interest of a host of European clubs including Arsenal, Juventus, Benfica and Roma among others.

Bayern win to go eight points clear in Bundesliga [VIDEO]

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Bayern Munich warmed up for Wednesday's crucial Champions League quarter-final at Benfica with a 3-1 win at Stuttgart on Saturday to maintain their iron-grip on the Bundesliga title race with five games left.

An own goal from Stuttgart defender Georg Niedermeier and a second-half David Alaba strike put Pep Guardiola's Bayern 2-0 up.

Bayern win to go eight points clear in Bundesliga [VIDEO]

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Bayern Munich warmed up for Wednesday's crucial Champions League quarter-final at Benfica with a 3-1 win at Stuttgart on Saturday to maintain their iron-grip on the Bundesliga title race with five games left.

An own goal from Stuttgart defender Georg Niedermeier and a second-half David Alaba strike put Pep Guardiola's Bayern 2-0 up.

Champions League Review: Bayern Edge Benfica 1-0

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An early goal from Arturo Vidal proved enough to give Bayern Munich a slender win at home to Benfica in their Champions League quarter-final first leg, although their failure to add to that lead means the Germans will face a nervy trip to Portugal.

Ahead of the tie, Pep Guardiola had warned that Benfica were a dangerous side and that they had the best defence of all the teams left in the Champions League.

Arturo Vidal gives Bayern slender lead against Benfica [VIDEO]

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Arturo Vidal gave Bayern Munich a slender 1-0 lead for their Champions League quarter-final return leg at Benfica next week, after hitting the winner just 109 seconds into Tuesday's first leg.

Bayern produced an off-key display at Munich's Allianz Arena and their fifth straight appearance in the Champions League semi-finals is far from assured.

Arturo Vidal gives Bayern slender lead against Benfica [VIDEO]

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Arturo Vidal gave Bayern Munich a slender 1-0 lead for their Champions League quarter-final return leg at Benfica next week, after hitting the winner just 109 seconds into Tuesday's first leg.

Bayern produced an off-key display at Munich's Allianz Arena and their fifth straight appearance in the Champions League semi-finals is far from assured.

UCL Rewind: Suarez lifts Barca; Bayern slips past Benfica

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Barcelona looked to be in early trouble in Tueday's UEFA Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid until the Spanish La Liga winners were saved by a brace from their star forward.

Luis Suarez netted two second-half goals, lifting Barca to a 2-1 win over Atleti in their Champions League quarterfinal clash at the Camp Nou.

UCL Preview: Barca-Atletico battle at Camp Nou; Bayern hosts Benfica

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UEFA Champions League action returns, and a Spanish La Liga battle headlines the start of the quarterfinals.

Barcelona hosts Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou, while Bayern Munich welcomes Portuguese club Benfica to the Allianz Arena for their first leg of the round.

Many stars are set to compete in Tuesday's two games, including Lionel Messi, Neymar, Antoine Griezmann, Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and more.

Bayern Munich wary of Champions League slip-up against Benfica

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Bayern Munich are eager to avoid suffering another Champions League slip-up to Portuguese opposition when they host Benfica for the quarter-finals first leg on Tuesday.

Pep Guardiola's Bavarians were humbled 3-1 away to Porto at the same stage of the competition last season in the first leg before roaring back with a 6-1 victory in Munich to reach the semi-finals with a 9-2 aggregate win.

Bayern Munich wary of Champions League slip-up against Benfica

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Bayern Munich are eager to avoid suffering another Champions League slip-up to Portuguese opposition when they host Benfica for the quarter-finals first leg on Tuesday.

Pep Guardiola's Bavarians were humbled 3-1 away to Porto at the same stage of the competition last season in the first leg before roaring back with a 6-1 victory in Munich to reach the semi-finals with a 9-2 aggregate win.

Bayern Munich v Benfica, Champions League 2016: Team News, Lineups, Live Stream

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Bayern Munich vs Benfica

UEFA Champions League

5th April 2016

Allianz Arena, Munich

19:45 pm BST

Live Stream: Watch Bayern Munich vs Benfica live online

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola will be desperate to win the Champions League in his last season and the Spaniard will be relatively happy with the Quarter final draw.

Franck Ribery’s wonder goal keeps Bayern on title track [VIDEO]

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Franck Ribery's spectacular bicycle kick sealed Bayern Munich's 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday as the Bundesliga leaders warmed-up for their Champions League quarter-final, first leg against Benfica.

The 32-year-old Ribery produced a magic moment on 20 minutes by drilling his overhead kick into the top corner of the Frankfurt net at Munich's Allianz Arena.

Franck Ribery’s wonder goal keeps Bayern on title track [VIDEO]

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Franck Ribery's spectacular bicycle kick sealed Bayern Munich's 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday as the Bundesliga leaders warmed-up for their Champions League quarter-final, first leg against Benfica.

The 32-year-old Ribery produced a magic moment on 20 minutes by drilling his overhead kick into the top corner of the Frankfurt net at Munich's Allianz Arena.

Champions League 2016 Quarter Final: Barcelona face Atletico Madrid

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The UEFA Champions League Quarter Final draw was made in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday, and we have some intriguing ties on our hand.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER FINAL FIXTURES

Wolfsburg (Ger) vs Real Madrid (Spain)

Bayern Munich (Ger) Benfica (Portugal)

Barcelona (Spain) vs Atletico Madrid (Spain)

PSG (France) vs Manchester City (England)

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER FINAL DATES

The first leg of the quarter-final round will held on 5th and 6th April, 2016 while the return leg with take place a week later, on 12th and 13th April, 2016.

Manchester United

United Spend Big To Land Renato Sanches

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It is viewed by some as a welcome present for incoming Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho as United have reportedly landed Renato Sanches from Benfica in a deal that could be worth up to £63m. Mourinho and Sanches share the same super agent Jorge Mendes

United have been heavily linked with a move to sign Benfica teenager Sanches for months.

Club official flies in as Man Utd agree €80m deal, star will sign by this date

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Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches is on his way to Manchester United if the latest reports are to be believed.

Recently it was reported that the Benfica president is in Manchester to iron out the details of the transfer and now the Portuguese media (via Sportwitness) are claiming that an agreement has been reached.

Mendes and Woodward negotiating marquee transfer, club president in Manchester

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Manchester United are looking to seal the transfer of Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches.

The highly talented Portuguese midfielder has been a target for the Red Devils since last summer and the Old Trafford outfit were linked with a move for him during the January transfer window as well.

Recently it was reported that Manchester United have agreed a deal with Benfica for the talented teenager and now it is being reported that the Benfica president Luis Felipe Vieira was in Manchester to discuss the transfer.

The €60m midfielder Manchester United must sign

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Manchester United are reportedly leading the race to sign Benfica’s highly talented young midfielder Renato Sanches. Several heavy weight European clubs like Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona have also shown an interest in him, but it seems Manchester United have made the first move in securing his services.

Man Utd reach transfer agreement; Star will be Mourinho's first marquee signing

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Manchester United have been linked with a move for the highly talented Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches and it seems that the Old Trafford outfit have finally agreed on a deal with the Portuguese giants.

Reputed Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio tweeted last night that Manchester United will pay around 60 million Euros for the Benfica midfielder and the payment will be spread over four years.

Man Utd's interesting transfer plan, prodigious target already secured

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Manchester United have been linked with a move for Renato Sanches over the last few months.

The talented Benfica star was tipped to join Manchester United during the January transfer window but the move never happened.

Man Utd's £40m transfer imminent, star currently 'best player of his age'

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Manchester United have been linked with a move for the highly talented Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches.

The 18-year-old star has been a target for the Old Trafford outfit since last season and it seems that he might complete the move to Manchester soon.

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo are reporting through their live blog that a deal is very close and that Manchester United will sign the prodigiously talented central midfielder in the summer.

Man Utd agree deal for £47m midfielder; PL winner heading to OT as well

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Manchester United were reportedly closing in on the signings of Jose Mourinho and Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches.

Now reports are claiming that a deal has been struck for both targets and they are heading to Old Trafford this summer.

The former Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho is expected to take over from Louis Van Gaal at the end of this season.

Man Utd have agreement for £60m transfer, star hints at Old Trafford move

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Manchester United closing in on the highly talented Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches.

The young midfielder was linked with a January move to Old Trafford after it was reported that Manchester United are keen to avoid a bidding war in the summer.

The 18-year-old midfield sensation has a release clause of £60m but Manchester United are confident of signing him for less.

The Rest

Benfica retain Portuguese title

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Lisbon (AFP) Benfica held off the challenge of bitter rivals Sporting to win a third straight Portuguese title by beating Nacional 4-1 on the final day of the season on Sunday.

Captain Nico Gaitan scored twice with top scorer Jonas, with his 32nd league goal of the season, and Pizzi also on target for Rui Vitoria's side before Salvador Agra got one back at the death.

Arsenal make contact for Benfica striker

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By 1970's Gooner Kostas Mitroglou is going through a terrific season on loan to Benfica. He has certainly been amongst the goals scoring 19 in only 28 appearances. That's 0.7 goals per game which is considered high. The player belongs to Fulham having signed a lucrative contract back in January 2014.

Atletico in festa, matato il Barcellona. Bayern avanti, fuori il Benfica

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Fuori il Barcellona, tra le polemiche per la direzione dell'italiano Rizzoli (definito "vergonzoso" dalla stampa catalana, ndr). Questa la notizia della serata di Champions. La corazzata di Luis Enrique cede 2 a 0 al Vicente Calderon contro lo strepitoso Atletico di Simeone ed esce dalla competizione.