Benfica's squad provides 11 players to the different national teams that will compete between October 11 and 17.
Seferovic (Switzerland), Zivkovic (Serbia), Cervi and Salvio (Argentina), Rúben Dias, Gedson, Pizzi and Rafa (Portugal), Castillo (Chile), Yuri Ribeiro and João Félix (Portugal U-21) are the benfiquistas called up to dispute the official matches and/or friendly matches on the agenda of the respective national teams.
Representing Argentina, Cervi and Salvio will be options for the two friendly matches in Saudi Arabia: the first against Iraq (October 11), the second against Brazil (Oct 16).
With Rúben Dias, Gedson, Pizzi and Rafa the roster set by Fernando Santos, Portugal visits Poland to play the second encounter in the Nations League (October 1) and next travels to Glasgow to carry out a friendly match against Scotland (Oct 14).
Portugal U-21's, with Yuri Ribeiro and João Félix among the players named by the national coach Rui Jorge, play their last cards in the qualification for the 2019 European Championship in the matches against Liechtenstein (October 11, away) and Bosnia (Oct 16, in Madeira).
Zivkovic is part of the trump suit of Serbia's national coach for the two away matches in the Nations League: Montenegro (October 11) and Romania (Oct 14).
Seferovic's Switzerland also has two Nations League matches on the horizon: one in Belgium (October 12), the other in Iceland (Oct 15).
Across the pond, Chile relies on Castillo for the two friendly matches against Peru (October 13 ) and Mexico (Oct 17).
National team matches with benfiquista presence
|Opponent||Date and time||Competition||Location|
|Belgium||October 12, 7:45 pm||Nations League||King Baudouin Stadium|
|Iceland||October 15, 7:45 pm||Nations League||Laugardalsvöllur Stadium|
|Montenegro||October 11, 7:45 pm||Nations League||Gradski Stadium|
|Romania||October 14,2 pm||Nations League||National Stadium (Bucharest)|
|CERVI and SALVIO (Argentina)|
|Iraq||October 11, 6:45 pm||Friendly||Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium|
|Brazil||October 16, 6:45 pm||Friendly||King Abdullah Sports City|
|RÚBEN DIAS, GEDSON, PIZZI and RAFA (Portugal)|
|Poland||October 11, 7:45 pm||Nations League||Slaski Stadium|
|Scotland||October 14, 5 pm||Friendly||Hampden Park|
|Peru||October 13, 01:00 am||Friendly||Hard Rock Stadium (Miami)|
|Mexico||October 17, 3:45 am||Friendly||Estadio Corregidora|
|YURI RIBEIRO and JOÃO FÉLIX (Portugal U-21)|
|Liechtenstein||October 11, 5:30 pm||U-21 European Championship Qualifiers||Rheinpark Stadium|
|Bosnia||October 16, 7 pm||U-21 European Championship Qualifiers||Estádio dos Barreiros|
Text: João Sanches
Pics: Isabel Cutileiro and João Paulo Trindade / SL Benfica