15 June 2021, 14h09
The "Daily Mail" spoke with Nélson Veríssimo, coach of the Club's B team, and Pedro Marques, technical director of the Benfica Campus.
The Benfica B coach highlighted the confidence of Rúben Dias (one of the pillars of the National Team), who always believed and had "the strong conviction that he would play in the first team".
About Bernardo Silva [in the photo below] and João Cancelo, Nélson Veríssimo remembered the influence that these two names have in the projection of the Club's academy system since to the fact that they play in Manchester City and the Premier League.
"They left for good clubs. This also values the 'Made in Benfica' brand and our youth development project", he recognized.
The "Daily Mail" writes that "four of Benfica's last five major transfers have involved academy graduates: Rúben Dias [Manchester City], João Félix [Atletico Madrid], Renato Sanches [Bayern Munich] and Ederson [Manchester City]".
" We try to instill emotion, Benfica is the biggest in Portugal. It's important that the players grow with that feeling. They are representing a lot of people", emphasized Pedro Marques, technical director of Benfica Campus.
"We're different. We develop them in different positions. We want them to be adaptable", claimed Pedro Marques.
In addition to the names mentioned in the "Daily Mail" – João Cancelo, Rúben Dias, Renato Sanches, Bernardo Silva and João Félix –, Nélson Semedo, Danilo andGonçalo Guedes were also nurtured at Benfica and are representing the Portuguese National team.
Roger Schmidt's new Family
The Sport Lisboa e Benfica coach arrived at Lisbon's Humberto Delgado airport late this morning, answered a few questions from journalists and traveled to the Estádio da Luz to get in touch with his new reality. At the Cathedral he was welcomed, met some of the Club's departments and was able to interact with the employees, all in an environment of total proximity with the Benfica Family.
Roger Schmidt's first day at Benfica!
The new coach of Sport Lisboa e Benfica's professional football team, Roger Schmidt, arrived at Lisbon this Tuesday morning, May 24, penned a contract with contract with Benfica valid for two seasons at the Benfica Museum – Cosme Damião and continued the planning and preparation for the 2022/23 season, duly articulated with President Rui Costa and General Manager Lourenço Coelho. The German coach met some of the Club's departments, interacted with employees at Estádio da Luz and participated in several work meetings.
Contract signed for two years
Roger Schmidt, the new Sport Lisboa e Benfica's professional football team coach, signed a contract valid for two seasons and received the membership card at the Benfica Museum– Cosme Damião.
Roger Schmidt already working at Benfica
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