After winning the International Champions Cup and the Super Cup, it is all set for the kick-off of the Liga NOS. Benfica sets off on a long journey where the goal is clear: to defend the title won in 2018/19. The first opponent is Paços de Ferreira and the encounter is scheduled for August 10, at 9:30 pm, at Estádio da Luz.
The first opponent of the 2019/20 Liga NOS
Paços de Ferreira is back in the Portuguese top flight and the players, now coached by Filipe Rocha, known as Filó in the world of football, had a different preseason from the one that was carried out by Bruno Lage's squad.
Paços de Ferreira played eight matches, won three, drew four and lost one.
Matchweek 1 of the championship will take place with the transfer window underway (the market closes on August 31), and Paços de Ferreira has already signed several players for this return to the 1st Division. One of those players is Bernardo Martins, the 21-year-old player represented Benfica B last season.
Transfer market: Arrivals
|Bernardo Martins||Benfica B|
|André Micael||Gaz Metan|
|Oleg Reabciuk||FC Porto B|
|Yago César||Atlético Paranaense|
|Hélder Ferreira||V. Guimarães B|
|João Nóbrega||Sampdoria (Under-19)|
|Rafael Gava||S.E.R. Caxias do Sul|
|Diogo Almeida||Paços de Ferreira (Under-19)|
|André Silva||Paços de Ferreira (Under-19)|
|Simão Rocha||Paços de Ferreira (Under-19)|
|Abbas Ibrahim||Paços de Ferreira B|
|Diego Medeiros||(return from loan spell)|
|Francisco Afonso||(return from loan spell)|
|Pedro Marques||(return from loan spell)|
|Vasco Rocha||(return from loan spell)|
|Raúl Almeida||(return from loan spell)|
|Héctor Quiñónes||(return from loan spell)|
|Lucas Cunha||(return from loan spell)|
|Lucas Cunha||Casa Pia|
|Rui Correia||CD Nacional|
|Gonçalo Gregório||SC Braga B|
|Sodiq Fatai||CD Chaves|
|Marcos Valente||(end of loan spell)|
|Carlos Henriques||(end of loan spell)|
|Elves Baldé||(end of loan spell)|
|Bruno Leite||(end of loan spell)|
|Rafael Barbosa||(end of loan spell)|
Benfica and Paços de Ferreira face at Estádio da Luz this Saturday (August 10), at 9:30 pm, to play matchweek 1 of the 2019/20 Liga NOS.
Text: Diogo Nascimento
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