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Spain and Portugal ‘Liga Iberica’ mooted

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Lisbon (AFP) – The creation of a ‘Liga Iberica’ involving top clubs from Spain and Portugal has been targeted for 2019, the Portuguese League said on Wednesday.

The Liga Iberica would allow Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, Porto and the likes to measure up against Spanish giants like Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Spain and Portugal ‘Liga Iberica’ mooted

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Lisbon (AFP) – The creation of a ‘Liga Iberica’ involving top clubs from Spain and Portugal has been targeted for 2019, the Portuguese League said on Wednesday.

The Liga Iberica would allow Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, Porto and the likes to measure up against Spanish giants like Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Portugal replace injured Pizzi with Bruno Fernandes

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Lisbon (AFP) – Bruno Fernandes of Sporting Lisbon has been called up to the Portugal squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Hungary after the withdrawal of Pizzi, the Portuguese Football Federation announced Monday.

Benfica midfielder Pizzi, 27, was there as the European champions gathered near the capital Lisbon on Monday but was later released and allowed to go back to his club.

Portugal replace injured Pizzi with Bruno Fernandes

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Lisbon (AFP) – Bruno Fernandes of Sporting Lisbon has been called up to the Portugal squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Hungary after the withdrawal of Pizzi, the Portuguese Football Federation announced Monday.

Benfica midfielder Pizzi, 27, was there as the European champions gathered near the capital Lisbon on Monday but was later released and allowed to go back to his club.

Walcott shines as Arsenal trounce Benfica

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London (AFP) – Theo Walcott gave Arsene Wenger a timely reminder of his qualities with a brace in Arsenal’s 5-2 friendly thrashing of Benfica as Alexandre Lacazette made his Gunners home debut in the Emirates Cup on Saturday.

Walcott is in danger of being reduced to a fringe figure following a disappointing campaign that ended with the England winger being left out of Arsenal’s FA Cup final win against Chelsea in May.

Walcott shines as Arsenal trounce Benfica

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London (AFP) – Theo Walcott gave Arsene Wenger a timely reminder of his qualities with a brace in Arsenal’s 5-2 friendly thrashing of Benfica as Alexandre Lacazette made his Gunners home debut in the Emirates Cup on Saturday.

Walcott is in danger of being reduced to a fringe figure following a disappointing campaign that ended with the England winger being left out of Arsenal’s FA Cup final win against Chelsea in May.

Barcelona agree deal for Portugal’s Semedo

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo on a five-year deal, the Spanish club announced on Thursday.

Barcelona said Semedo would undergo a medical on Friday after Spanish press reports said they had agreed to pay a transfer fee of 30 million euros (£26.

Barcelona agree deal for Portugal’s Semedo

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo on a five-year deal, the Spanish club announced on Thursday.

Barcelona said Semedo would undergo a medical on Friday after Spanish press reports said they had agreed to pay a transfer fee of 30 million euros (£26.

Manchester City complete move for goalkeeper Ederson

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London (AFP) – Manchester City have completed the signing of Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson from Benfica, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.

The announcement came a week after Benfica said they had agreed to sell the 23-year-old to City for 40 million euros ($45 million, £34.

Manchester City sign goalkeeper Ederson: Benfica

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Lisbon (AFP) – Pep Guardiola’s summer recruitment drive continued apace on Thursday as Manchester City signed the up-and-coming Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes from Benfica, the Portuguese champions announced.

The 40-million-euro (£34.85m, $44.87m) deal makes the 23-year-old the most expensive goalkeeper since Juventus paid Parma 52 million euros for Gianluigi Buffon back in 2001.

Manchester City sign goalkeeper Ederson: Benfica

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Lisbon (AFP) – Pep Guardiola’s summer recruitment drive continued apace on Thursday as Manchester City signed the up-and-coming Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes from Benfica, the Portuguese champions announced.

The 40-million-euro (£34.85m, $44.87m) deal makes the 23-year-old the most expensive goalkeeper since Juventus paid Parma 52 million euros for Gianluigi Buffon back in 2001.

Benfica lift Portuguese Cup, secure double

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Lisbon (AFP) – Benfica won the Portuguese Cup on Sunday, beating Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1 in the final to clinch a domestic double after they had earlier retained the league title.

Mexican striker Raul Jimenez put the Lisbon giants ahead early in the second half at the national stadium at Jamor, near the Portuguese capital, following in to score after a Jonas shot had been saved.

Portuguese Liga

Leeds set to confirm attacker's signing this week, deal was agreed before transfer deadline

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Benfica forward Oliver Sarkic is all set to be confirmed as a Leeds United player soon.

The 20-year-old attacker has joined the Championship outfit on a half-season loan until the end of December.

Yorkshire Evening Post are reporting that the agreement was reached before the transfer window closed and Leeds have secured a clearance for the player as well.

Newcastle in talks to seal big money transfer, 28-yr-old midfielder would be perfect for Benitez

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Newcastle United are looking to improve their squad ahead of the new season and Benitez has identified the Greek midfielder Andreas Samaris as a target.

The highly talented defensive midfielder has just two years left on his contract at Benfica and the newly promoted Premier League outfit have begun talks to sign the 28-year-old.

SL Benfica 2017/18 adidas Home Kit

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Portuguese Primeira Liga champions for the last four seasons, Sport Lisboa e Benficahave released their 2017/18 adidas home kit. Las Águias' (The Eagles) will defend theirTaça de Portugal andPrimeira Liga in their traditional primary red. The new shirt will also season action in the UEFA Champions League.

Man Utd agree personal terms with highly talented star, player will undergo his medical soon

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Benfica defender Victor Lindelof has been linked with a move to Manchester United for a while now.

The Swedish international was expected to join the Old Trafford outfit last season but the move never materialised. It seems that the Red Devils are finally close to signing the highly talented centre-back now.

SL Benfica 2017/18 adidas Away Kit

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PortuguesePrimeira Liga champions of the last four consecutive seasons,Sport Lisboa e Benfica have dropped their 2017/18 away kit from longtime club outfitter adidas. Las Águias' (The Eagles) new away uniform will be worn as an alternate to their famous red home strip for next season's Liga NOS, Taça de Portugal and UEFA Champions League campaigns.

Man Utd closing in on £35m Real Madrid target, star will be Mourinho's first summer signing

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Manchester United are close to signing the Benfica centre back Victor Lindelof this summer.

The Swedish international was linked with a move to Old Trafford earlier this year as well and according to latest reports, he will be Mourinho’s first summer signing.

According to Daily Mail, the player is close to joining the Red Devils.

Man City seal another big money signing; Medical complete, star says he is very happy

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Premier League giants Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign the Benfica keeper Ederson.

Pep Guardiola signed Claudio Bravo last summer but the former Barcelona keeper failed to live up to the expectations. City struggled without a top class keeper this season and have decided to address the issue right away.

Victory Doughnut: Benfica Defender Eliseu Celebrates Winning League By Skidding Around Dressing Room On Moped (Video)

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Benfica stuck five unanswered goals past Vitoria de Guimaraes to wrap up a fourth straight Portuguese Ligatitlein emphatic style on Saturday evening.

The win was enough to open up an eight-point lead over Porto, who managed to beat Pacos de Ferreira the following day but still wound up in second, four points behind their Lisbon-based rivals with one match left to play.

Arsenal

Kolasinac impresses in positive Arsenal win over Benfica

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The new Arsenal signing Sead Kolasinac made a brilliant home debut yesterday against Benfica, and he came out of the traps in style and had a hand in three of Arsenal's five goals. He practically singlehandedly created the first goal for Theo Walcott and his forward runs gave him a hand in both Walcott's second [.

Arsenal v Benfica Emirates Cup confirmed teams – Who will impress?

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Arsenal have released the starting line-up for the Benfica clash at the Emirates Stadium today. The Gunners have two matches to play in 24 hours so you can't expect our strongest line-up, but it's definitely one to watch. The interesting selections are with summer signing Sead Kolasinac playing in the back three, as opposed to [.

ESPN Deportes to broadcast Emirates Cup featuring Arsenal, Benfica, Sevilla and RB Leipzig

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ESPN Deportes will broadcast the ninth edition of the Emirates Cup to viewers in the United States.

Hosted by Arsenal, this year’s tournament will feature three of the top teams from Europe including RB Leipzig (Germany), Benfica (Portugal) and Sevilla (Spain). The matches will be played across the weekend of July 29-30, live from Emirates Stadium in north London.

ESPN Deportes to broadcast Emirates Cup featuring Arsenal, Benfica, Sevilla and RB Leipzig

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ESPN Deportes will broadcast the ninth edition of the Emirates Cup to viewers in the United States.

Hosted by Arsenal, this year’s tournament will feature three of the top teams from Europe including RB Leipzig (Germany), Benfica (Portugal) and Sevilla (Spain). The matches will be played across the weekend of July 29-30, live from Emirates Stadium in north London.

Are Arsenal losing their touch with young future stars?

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Arsenal are believed to be close to losing highly-rated youngster Chris Willock at present, with Benfica believed to be closing in. The young midfielder has been mentioned on numerous occasions as one of the stand-out players from our academy, but was only promoted to the first-team squad to make two League Cup appearances.

Mbappe to Arsenal for….how much?

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  1. Mmmm, sounds like the answer is about 100M. Just been reading an article about Roberto Sanches. Remember him. Portuguese star of the Euros.
    Last May, at the age of 18, he moved from being the star man at Benfica to Bayern for a fee that will eventually hit €80M, and has started two games since December.

Manchester United

Victor Lindelof starter pack: all you need to know about Manchester United’s £31m ice man

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July 1st 2017 will mark the start of a new chapter in the life of Victor Lindelof. The Swedish international centre-back will formally complete his move to Manchester United and link up with the...

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Besiktas provide transfer update on Manchester United target Anderson Talisca

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Turkish side Besiktas have revealed that they have activated a clause to loan Benfica attacker Anderson Talisca for a further 12 months, the Sun report.

In an interview earlier this month, Talisca claimed that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is his long-term admirer and that he was hopeful of completing his potential move to Old Trafford later this summer.

Benfica’s Anderson Talisca hopeful of completing Manchester United move

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Benfica attacker Anderson Talisca has claimed that Jose Mourinho wants to sign him for Manchester United this summer.

The Red Devils have already completed the signing of Victor Lindelof from Benfica and could soon be raiding the Portuguese side for a second time with a move for their versatile star.

International football

Porto Director Claims Benfica Executives Spent €150,000 On ‘Tribal Witchcraft’ To Win Champions League Match

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Benfica are currently in the midst of an ongoing investigation into alleged corruption at the Lisbonclub.

Among many things, Benfica have been accused of 'spying' on the phone of Fernando Gomes, the president of the Portuguese Football Federation.

The accusations were levelledby Porto's communications director, Francisco Marques, who, according to Record,claimed to have seen an email exchange sent between Benfica executive Pedro Guerra andCarlos Deus Pereira,the former president of the LPFP(basically, the Portuguese equivalent of the Premier League board) during which the latter provided the former with 'content' from Gomes' text messages.

Just Like A Player: Madonna’s 11-Year-Old Son To Join Benfica Junior Academy

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Madonna's son is set to join the Benfica youth academy. Make of that what tou will.

According to the Mail on Sunday, Madonna's 11-year-old adopted son David Banda has accepted an invitation to play for Benfica Juniors.

As such, Madge is planning to "uproot her family" from their home in New York and relocate to the Portuguese capital over 3,000 miles away.

Benfica: Scooter Driven Around By Eliseu During Title Celebrations Inducted Into Club Museum (Photo)

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AfterBenfica had secured their 36th Portuguese Primeira Liga title over the weekend, full-back Eliseu celebrated in time-honoured fashion by zooming all around the Estadio da Luz on his Vespa.

He then steered his moped into the dressing room, where he proceeded to perform a succession of victory doughnutsin front of his teammates.

Videos

Champions League: Besiktas Striker Cenk Tosun Pips Mario Mandzukic To Land ‘Goal Of The Tournament’ Award (Video)

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The votes have been tallied and the results are in: Mario Mandzukic's absolutely incredible overhead kick against Real Madrid has not been named as the best goal scored during the 2015/16 Champions League tournament.

That honour has instead gone to Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, whose similarly acrobatic effort against Benfica in the group stages took a whopping 41% of UEFA's online poll.

Back To The Future: Match Ball Portuguese Cup Final Delivered To Referee By Man On Hoverboard (Video)

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Benfica secured the double in Portugal on Sunday, courtesy of a 2-1 cup final victory overGuimaraes at the National Stadium.

The game was preceded by an incredibly over the top spectacle which saw the match ball arriving from the skies via a man on a hover-board...

This is how they gave the ball to the ref in today's Portuguese cup final pic.

Transfers & Rumours

Official: Man City Finally Complete €40m Deal For Ederson, Snag Themselves Brand New Goalkeeper (Photo)

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Photo: Manchester City

Just one week after Benfica broke the news to the Portuguese Marketing Commission, Man City have formally welcomed Ederson unto their bosom.

The Brazilian goalkeeper has moved to the Etihad in a€40million deal that will see roughly 50% going to third parties such are the times in which we live.

Official: Benfica Confirm Man City’s €40m Purchase Of Ederson Has Now Gone Through (Photo)

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Benfica have emitted a short statement to confirm that Man City's purchase of goalkeeper Ederson has now gone through.

The Portuguese club have declaredthat the deal is worth€40million (around £35million), with 50% going to third parties.

The transaction was made public when Benfica announced it to the Portuguese Securities Market Commission.

Reports: Man City On Verge Of Making Benfica’s Ederson The Most Expensive Goalkeeper In History

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Man City are on the verge of procuring themselves a rather expensive new goalkeeper in the shape of Benfica's 23-year-old Brazilian stopper Ederson Moraes.

Sky Sports are reporting that the fee involved is £45million, which would make Ederson the most expensive goalkeeper in history.

However, BBC reporter Simon Stone is adamant that City will 'only' be paying £33million, thus making Ederson the second most expensive 'keeper behind Gianluigi Buffon.

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Local Soccer Notebook 7/15/17

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Benfica podcast checks in with C.J. dos Santos, Colton Storm scores first goal as a professional and more

Sporting Kansas City defender Colton Storm (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) scored his first professional goal for Swope Park Rangers in a 4-0 win over Rio Grande Valley FC Toros.

FC BARCELONA SIGNS NELSON SEMEDO FROM BENFICA

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9 underrated footballers around Europe whose stock rose dramatically in 2016/17

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With the 2016/17 season coming to an end, let's take a look at some players who started the season more in the background but have now become fundamental players for their clubs. Despite...

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