16 December 2021, 17h45
Present at the launch, which took place this Thursday, at the Benfica Official Store at Estádio da Luz, were members of the Club's governing bodies, former players, several well-known faces of the Benfiquista Family, with President Rui Costa leading the red delegation.
Garrafeira Benfica is starting with a selection of national reference wines, but it is planned in the short term to widen the scope to wines from the most important wine regions in the world. At this stage 22 wines are available, all with customized labels featuring images that are part of the club's life. Developed with national producers, highlighting Authentic Wines (Lisbon), Quinta de Santiago (Minho), Herdade do Rocim (Alentejo), Caves Messias (Bairrada), Cascas Wines (Beira Interior), Breijinho da Costa (Setúbal) and Quinta dos Avidagos (Douro).
Miguel Bento, Benfica's Commercial and Marketing Director, said that "the Club deepens its connection to the world of wines by making available to its Members and fans a portfolio of exclusive, high-quality wines. The project relies on the participation of renowned national producers and, just like Benfica, the Wine Shop is present in all regions of the country, expanding in the future to other international regions".
"It was a project thought out by both parties. The vinha.pt curates several wines in Portugal to include them in the Garrafeira Benfica, to make available the best Portuguese wines. These are tailor-made batches for Garrafeira Benfica and will not be for sale elsewhere", claims Cláudio Martins, one of those responsible for vinha.pt.
The Garrafeira Benfica is available online at slbenfica.pt/loja/garrafeira and at the Club's Official Stores – Stadium, Colombo, Baixa (Jardim do Regedor), Strada and MAR Shopping. The Benfica branded wines will also be on sale at https://www.vinha.pt/.
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".
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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.