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BALL – Analysis of the Benfica group: Renato and Di Maria in Luz … and also Messi, Neymar and Mbappe (Champions League)



BALL - Analysis of the Benfica group: Renato and Di Maria in Luz ... and also Messi, Neymar and Mbappe (Champions League)

After beating Midtjylland and Dynamo Kyiv in qualifying, Benfica were placed in Group H of the Champions League. And it cannot be said that the Eagles were lucky, because they fell out along with the multimillionaires Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Maccabi Haifa.

One of Benfica’s strongest teams emerged from Pot 1: long-running to win the competition, Paris Saint-Germain seem to have cheered up this season and came out on top with a 4-0 thrashing of Nantes in the Super Cup and overtaking the jumper over Lille (7-1) in the last round of Ligue 1. After much criticism of Mauricio Pochettino’s style of play, Christophe Galtier arrived on the PSG bench and appeared to have injected an injection of team attacking football.

The brightest stars are, of course, the intimidating Messi, Neymar and Mbappe in a team that now has four Portuguese players. Nuno Mendes, Vitinha and Danilo will return to Portugal, and for Renato Sanches, the return to Luz will certainly be special. Pablo Sarabia, Sporting’s star last season, will also return to Lisbon. In the 2013/2014 season, Benfica and PSG also met in the Champions League group: a 3-0 victory for the French in Paris and a 2-1 victory for the Reds at home.

In Pot 2, Juventus edged out Benfica to allow one more return to the Estadio da Luz, in this case Angel Di Maria of Argentina, who played for the Eagles from 2007 to 2010. are closed, as is Paul Pogba, but the French midfielder is injured and it is not known when he will return to the field.

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Massimo Allegri’s team started Serie A with a 3-0 victory over Sassuolo, but in the last goalless match at home with Sampdoria, they drew. Benfica’s last duel with the Italians had great memories, with an epic passage to the 2013/2014 Europa League semi-finals (2-1 in Luz, 0-0 in Turin).

Finally, defending champions of Israel Maccabi Haifa came out of the last pot, having reached this stage after they eliminated Olympiacos (4-0 loss to the Greeks in Athens, in the game in which Pedro Martins left Olympiacos), Apollo Limassol. and Estrela Vermelha in qualifying.

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Ndur still hasn’t agreed on a contract extension with Benfica



Ndur still hasn't agreed on a contract extension with Benfica

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An Italian player, winner of the Youth League and the Intercontinental Cup with the Eagles, he is the undisputed starter of Team B and is in talks for a new contract with Napoli in search.

The list, which Rui Costa has announced he has pending renewal files for young players, includes the name of Cher Ndur, one of the most promising players on the Red B team, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

O JOGO has discovered that the Eagles president is indeed trying to keep the young Italian international – he made his under-20 debut on Friday against Portugal – but the process continues with no apparent agreement.

The one who is one of the champions of the Youth League and the winner of the new Intercontinental Cup for Benfica is discussing a new contract for five seasons.

If no agreement is reached, the 18-year-old will be able to link himself to another emblem as early as January at no cost, a situation that responsible incarnations want to avoid, not least because training reports point to Ndur as a talent to keep in Seixal.

While his contract situation, labeled as urgent by SAD, is not evolving, and even because of that, there is already news in Italy of Napoli’s interest in the player that the Eagles hired for free in 2020 from Atalanta. already assigned to Barcelona, ​​Juventus, Chelsea and Bayern. This season, the jersey number 73 has made seven bases appearances and has been a starter in the Intercontinental Cup final and two Youth League rounds.

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René Simões: “If Luis Castro were Brazilian, he wouldn’t be here” – Brazil



René Simões: "If Luis Castro were Brazilian, he wouldn't be here" - Brazil

Former Botafogo coach notes the “rigidity” of the work of the Portuguese coaches

René Simões worked at Botafogo as one of his last jobs, especially in 2017. The Brazilian coach, who was Coritiba’s football coordinator until last August, expressed regret that the directors were more understanding of the Portuguese coaches and cited Luis Castro’s case. “I see that the Portuguese coaches are very strict in some things that they do not refuse. The fact that they don’t “rock the waist” makes this adaptation a bit more difficult. [Luís Castro] If there was a Brazilian coach and the direction would be Brazilian, the coach would not be here for a long time,” René Simões assured in a statement to the Samba que é goal program, quoted by Lance. The 65-year-old Coach even showed ignorance towards Luis Castro, who was the champion of Ukraine with Shakhtar Donetsk.

“I don’t know much about the Botafogo coach. It seems to me that he did not coach any team. I think he has always been a coordinator or director, and these are completely different positions. In addition, they attracted many players at the same time. It’s all very complicated, but Brazilian human culture has to adapt to it. It is necessary to adapt to the culture of the country,” he stressed.

In the second season at Brasileirão, Botafogo Luis Castro is in 10th place with 34 points from 27 rounds.

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BOLA – Benfica beats Bamberg and guarantees historic Champions League presence (basketball)



BOLA – Benfica beats Bamberg and guarantees historic Champions League presence (basketball)

Benfica beat Germany’s Brose Bamberg 87-73 this Sunday to guarantee qualification to the Basketball Champions League group stage for the first time in history.

The atmosphere was ultimate and, determined to advance in the competition, the eagle performed with an impressive record.

The defensive aggressiveness of Benfica forced the opponent to make mistakes, including with turnovers, but the first period remained uncharacteristic, with a very low percentage of performance.

On the German side, Justin Wright-Foreman scored with threes and even under the basket, which allowed Bamberg to negate a good run by Benfica and take the lead (10-6) followed by alternating marker command.

Bamberg ended the first period at forward, but José Barbosa’s ‘ringing gong’ trio reduced it to a minimal margin at the start of the second quarter and soon turned it into an eagle to a favorable result.

Competitive position and spectacular moments in the mix ensured an eleven-point lead, which was recorded at half-time. On his return, Iván Almeida, the player with the most minutes used in the first half, started the third quarter to shoot, scoring from 10 to 24 in a few minutes, with Benfica continuing their excellent collective play. and stored the difference in two digits.

Despite Bamberg’s efforts to get closer to the result, the Reds did not slow down, led by Ivan Almeida, who, encouraged by the launches, almost reached four dozen points.

The winger, rocked by a crowd well over a thousand spectators, shone at high altitudes with interceptions and even a slam dunk, earning the MVP title…and an eagle with a guaranteed place in the Champions League.

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In the group stage, Benfica will play with BAXI Manresa (Spain), Limoges (France) and VEF Riga (Latvia). The Eagles’ first game will take place on October 4 in Latvia.

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