Paris Saint-Germain obtained a clear victory in the home match against Benfica in the Champions League groups. Following the defeat, the Portuguese coach admitted that PSG was much better than his team.
Three goals in the first half were enough for the Parisians to ensure the three points at stake in the second round of the Champions League groups. Two goals from Ibrahimovic (5, 30) and one from Marquinhos (25) were placed team led by Laurent Blanc at the top of Group C, which also includes Benfica, Olympiakos and Anderlecht. 6 points in the first two matches have paved a qualification for the grouping at the Parc des Princes in the next phase of the competition. Read more
Portugal’s runner-up can boasts with a new Argentinian striker. Benfica get the signature of the 22 year old footballer from River Plate, Rogelio Funes Mori.
Portuguese teams are well known for importing overseas players. First league in Portugal is one of the leading providers of talent on the transfer market in Europe. FC Porto and Benfica are the clubs that have won the most money in this business after they brought young players from South America, and then to sell them for a lot of money to major European football clubs. Read more
Slowly but surely, the big football teams in Europe have begun to seriously handle transfers. The Premier League champions Manchester United, who have a new coach on the bench, in the person of David Moyes, who succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson, are not part of the team who transfers in number, but rely more on quality and rigorous selection.
United’s officials have reached an agreement with bosses at Benfica about the moving of Ezequiel Garay to Old Trafford. In exchange for the Argentine defender, those from Manchester will pay 20 million euros. However, half of this amount will go to the Real Madrid’s account, who held 50% of the rights to the player who played last season in the first league in Portugal. Read more
Manchester United FC and SL Benfica meet at Old Trafford on matchday five each looking to take a significant step towards the round of 16 in UEFA Champions League.
Nani started his career with Benfica’s Lisbon rivals Sporting Clube de Portugal. The United winger is a Portugal team-mate of Eduardo and Rúben Amorim.
Anderson was with Porto from 2005 to 2007. Signed from Grêmio Foot-ball Porto Alegrense, the Brazilian made three league appearances in his first campaign in Portugal but in the second featured 15 times, scoring twice and collecting a championship winners’ medal.
Patrice Evra and Javier Saviola played together at AS Monaco FC in 2004/05.
Benfica’s goalscorer against United on matchday one, Óscar Cardozo has a knack of finding the net against English clubs having struck six times in four matches against Everton FC and Liverpool FC in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League.
Pablo Aimar made his UEFA Champions League debut against United, playing for Valencia CF in home (0-0) and away (1-1) draws with the English side in the 2000/01 second group stage, before lining up against Ferdinand, then at Leeds United AFC, in the semi-finals.
Rodrigo made 17 league appearances (four starts) on loan at Bolton Wanderers FC last term, scoring once.