18 January 2022, 12h07
"I am very proud to sign my first professional contract with this great club. I have been at this club for many years and I want to stay here longer. It is an inexplicable feeling. It makes me want to work harder, to dedicate myself to make Benfica proud. The Club trusted me a lot and I want to repay that trust. The expectations of all players is to reach the professional squad", confessed the young footballer to BTV.
An international with the U-17 Romania national team, Miguel Constantinescu has 13 matches and four goals in the U-17 National Championship this season (2021/22).
The 26-year-old left-back Mihailo Ristic has joined Sport Lisboa e Benfica. In the presence of President Rui Costa, the Serbian international footballer signed on Thursday, May 26, a contract valid for the next four seasons (until 2026).
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".
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.
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.