12 April 2022, 12h01
Note the presence of central defender Pedro Álvaro and also the absence of Rafa, who, due to a slight physical discomfort, was not included in this work session on the pitch.
Eternal Little Genius!
The ceremony honoring Fernando Chalana, the Little Genius, took place this Friday, August 12, at Estádio da Luz. Previously, Chalana's body had been in state in the Basílica da Estrela, from where the funeral procession departed. Filled with emotion and symbolism, this last farewell had the massive presence of supporters, Governing Bodies, Professional Football, Youth Football, athletes from the various sports of the Club and other personalities from the universe of Sport Lisboa e Benfica. Thank You, Chalana!
A heartfelt tribute to Chalana
Fernando Chalana's body lies in state in the Basílica da Estrela, in Lisbon, since late this Thursday afternoon, August 11. President Rui Costa, members of Sport Lisboa e Benfica's governing bodies, former teammates, and other figures from the universe of the Club and Portuguese society were present at the wake. The exequies continue on Friday, with the celebration of a mass at 2:15 pm, followed by a funeral procession to Estádio da Luz, where the stands will be open for a heartfelt tribute to Chalana (3:30 pm).
Thank you, Little Genius!
One of the most talented, bewildering, and exciting football players in the history of Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Fernando Chalana wore the Sacred Mantle for a total of 13 seasons (1974/75-1983/84 and 1987/88-1989/90). The Little Genius, who made his official debut for the first team on March 7, 1976, aged only 17 years and 25 days (at that time, no one so young had ever played in the Portuguese 1st Division), was six times National Champion with an eagle on his chest and also won two Portuguese Cups, two Super Cups, and three Honor Cups. Before his 18th birthday, Chalana, who would become one of the legends of the National Team, made his first international appearance for Portugal on November 17, 1976, at Estádio da Luz.
The images of the Midtjylland-Benfica match
Benfica qualified for the Champions League play-off this Tuesday , August 9, after beating Midtjylland by 1-3 in the 2nd leg of the 3rd qualifying round, at the Randers Stadium. Enzo (23'), Henrique Araújo (56') and Diogo Gonçalves (88') scored the goals of the triumph which, added to the 4-1 result in the first leg at Estádio da Luz, seals the passport!
Ready for the match in Denmark
With the match of the 2nd leg of the Champions League 3rd qualifying round against Midtjylland, in Denmark, in mind, SL Benfica's professional football squad trained this Monday, August 8, at the Benfica Campus. Neres, under treatment, does not participate in this work session, as well as Lucas Veríssimo and João Victor. The first 15 minutes of the training session were open to the Press, see here the best images...
The images from the triumph in the Lagoa Summer Cup
Benfica's women's football team beat Betis by 4-0 this Saturday, August 6, at Estádio Municipal da Bela Vista, in Lagoa, Algarve. After the nil-nil at half-time, Cloé Lacasse (2), Bibocas and Inês Simas scored the goals that allowed the Inspiradoras to win the 1st edition of the Lagoa Summer Cup. See here the best images...