30 May 2021, 14h25
In an exclusive interview with BPlay, which you can see here, the Eagles' number 7 makes himself known under the title "a story of work and overcoming".
How did you hear about Benfica's interest?
I found out about it in the press and through my agents. They asked me if I was interested in being part of the project that Benfica had, and my eyes immediately shone because it is a great club, a club that is always fighting for European competitions. Is the most decorated club in Portugal and I wanted to be part of this roster, of this such big club.
Father of two children, you represent the best club in Portugal... Are you missing something?
No! Now I just need to win titles. I am a very fulfilled person, I have two healthy children, I am well married, I play in the biggest club in Portugal... I lack nothing! I want to win titles for Benfica and leave my name in the club's history.
To date, you have made many people smile. Are you proud?
Yes, I feel very proud of what I have done, personally and professionally. I was able to bring joy to the Brazilian fans, from Grémio, my former club, and I hope I can also bring joy to the Benfiquistas.
As you look around, at our dressing room, how does it feel to be here?
Pride! From the moment I set foot in Estádio da luz, the Training Center [Benfica Campus]... it was the moment a dream came true, to be able to play in a big club in Europe. Now it is time to enjoy.
Roger Schmidt: the future has already begun
"It's top, top, top!" These are Roger Schmidt's words, captured by BTV's report, and summarize the coach's first impressions about the quality of the resources and facilities available at Benfica Campus, where the team for 2022/23 will start to take shape as of June 27. "We will have to work very hard in pre-season to prepare ourselves for a long season", specified the Benfica coach, who confessed to be "very interested in the young players, in their development". "It's always great when clubs have players from the academy in the first team, it always gives them some new energy, some identification with the team", revealed Roger Schmidt.
The details of the Benfica Campus recognition made by the coach Roger Schmidt are in this video. Area by area, the new leader of the reds professional squad registered impressions and started to build knowledge from the spot where the 2022/22 Benfica will rise...
Passion and connections as bridges to success!
He arrived in Lisbon, penned his contract, was at Estádio da Luz and got to know the Benfica Campus. Roger Schmidt, to BTV, showed himself "excited" to start working and "eager to be part" of Benfica's history, a club with "great tradition" and where, definitely, "there is something special". As for the method, there it is: "Football is not only what happens on the pitch, it is also what happens in people's heads and how connected and passionate they are". And this is the only way to "show the best football and fight for trophies".
Four eagles called up for the U-18 National Team
Roger Schmidt at Benfica Campus
The gates of the Benfica Campus were opened to welcome Roger Schmidt. At Seixal, accompanied by President Rui Costa and Pedro Mil-Homens, general director of youth football, the coach visited the various areas of what will be one of his main workplaces in shaping the characteristics of Benfica 2022/23. "It is a really good structure, it has everything to develop the players, to improve them and to create the next generation of players for Benfica, for the first team", said Roger Schmidt, exclusively to BTV.