PAOK scored the first goal of their Champions League qualifying match against a superior Benfica team off of a neat little coordinated free-kick routine. Watch the goal above, because it’s cool, and then ponder the following: What is it about free goals that have the big tough soccer boys afraid of a little innovation?
Perennial Deadspin punching bag Benfica did the first thing worthy of our praise in years today early in its match against GD Chaves when Jonas sliced in a half-volley to open the scoring:
When we last saw 18-year-old Benfica keeper Mile Svilar all of two weeks ago, he was becoming the youngest-ever Champions League keeper in his match against Manchester United. That day quickly turned into one to forget, however, as Svilar backed into his own net while holding the ball to provide United with the 1-0…
Poor, poor, 18-year-old Mile Svilar made his debut for Benfica today in a game against one of the scariest teams in England. He became the youngest-ever Champions League keeper in the process, but more to the point, he made himself a target for Manchester United’s more experienced scorers.
I don’t know much about Dimitri Oberlin other than he is a forward who plays for Basel and he has the kind of unlimited stamina and electric speed that can only be compared to superheroes. Here he is demonstrating this with a jaw-dropping run in yesterday’s Champions League match against Benfica:
Porto and Benfica are the two biggest clubs in Portuguese soccer, and as such harbor a fierce rivalry. There is no step these clubs wouldn’t take in their never ending struggle to best the other. Including, according to Porto’s communications director, resorting to witchcraft.
Borussia Dortmund lost 1-0 to Benfica in Lisbon, Portugal two weeks ago, necessitating a strong performance today in the second leg of their Round of 16 Champions League tie to advance. They needn’t worry, because the wonderteen was there.
Top of the table Benfica routed Feirense 4-0 yesterday, with the final goal coming on a stoppage time free kick by Alejandro Grimaldo. As shown on TV, there was some pre-free kick shenanigans, but nothing too special.
This weekend, Benfica fan José Magalhães attended an away match against Vitória Guimarães with his son and father. Outside of the stadium, he was thrown to the ground and repeatedly hit by a nightstick before being arrested by police. While the police allege he behaved in an unruly fashion, Magalhães denies any…
Spanish side Sevilla played Portuguese side Benfica today in the Europa League final. It was the worst match ever.
[Outside SL Benfica's Estádio da Luz, there stands a statue of the club's and Portugal's greatest ever player, Eusébio. Today, the day of the Mozambique-born Portuguese legend's funeral, the monument is wrapped in the scarves of some of the thousands of fans on hand to commemorate the life of "o Rei." Photo by…
Oh man. These Portuguese parents, who trolled their Benfica-supporting daughter by giving her a shirt from rival team Porto, will think twice before crossing their kid again. That ice grill she hits them with is something fierce.
Benfica remains unbeaten in domestic play, and all but sealed a Portuguese Liga title yesterday with a 2-o win over Sporting Lisbon that featured this stunning piece of teamwork.
Benfica defender Luisão (wearing number four in black) punched or shoved or hit referee Christian Fischer during a match between Fortuna Dusseldorf and Benfica which resulted in the match being abandoned. Sure, the officials should never be physically battered, or assaulted for that matter, but this is pretty funny,…
Last night's O Classico battle between Portugal's two top teams didn't disappoint, and with a late goal off a free kick FC Porto downed Benfica 3-2. But it was the opening goal that was most impressive, as Brazilian forward Hulk launched a rocket early in the match that broke 60 miles an hour. [ESPN3]