Football

15 July 2021, 19h00

João Mário with President Rui Costa

BTV INTERVIEW

João Mário is Sport Lisboa e Benfica's new number 20. He penned a contract until 2026 and in the official presentation this Thursday he visited the Benfica Museum — Cosme Damião and Estádio da Luz. 

Apresentação de João Mário

Feeling at home

"I was very well received by everyone. They made me feel at home and I adapted quickly to the team and the Club. I already knew a little of what Benfica's facilities were like, but I am very surprised with Seixal, with the organization that exists around the Club and the first team. I would like to thank everyone for the way they received me."

At Luz with high expectations

"I feel confident. Expectations are always high at Benfica. We already have a first big goal which is to qualify for the Champions League and I'm sure that the team will be prepared. I also know how important it is for Benfica to win the championship again."

Apresentação de João Mário

Special relationship with Jorge Jesus

"The coach was the one who managed to get the best out of my characteristics, he is someone I have always admired a lot for his professionalism and his work. Being as honest as possible, it was determinant in my choice to come to Benfica." 

Squad focused on a successful season

"I found the team preparing well for these upcoming Champions League qualifiers. We all know how important it is for Benfica to qualify for the Champions League. Above all, I found a group that wants to bring joy to Benfiquistas, who want to win the championship and I'm one more to help. I hope we can do it."

Apresentação de João Mário

A word of thanks to President Rui Costa

"I found a calm and serene group. It helps a lot that we always have the presence of President Rui Costa, the gaffer and Rui Pedro Braz [football general manager] with us. Everyone has helped the team to focus on these Champions League qualifiers in the best way. A word to President Rui Costa who was the first person to contact me to come to Benfica."

Camisola Benfica João Mário

Text: Marco Rebelo
Photos: Tânia Paulo / SL Benfica
Last update: Thursday, July 15, 2021

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