Preview: Sporting aiming to end their winless streak at the Estádio da Luz
The Lisbon Derby always brings out the best of both these clubs. Sporting’s recent record at the Estádio da Luz should also give them some extra incentive to want to come out on top.
This meeting between Lisbon’s giants will involve a lot of passion, rivalry and love for the game. When Benfica and Sporting CP meet, it always means more than just a match, or even just the three points that are at stake. And on Sunday afternoon, both these sides will battle for the top spot in the Portuguese League.
Sunday’s match will be their 301st official meeting against each other.
Preview: Portuguese giants will need a memorable night to go through to the knockout round
Benfica's name has generally been one that is associated with European Football, for many years now. With the UEFA Champions League Final being hosted at their stadium, the Portuguese side's hopes of making it to that final are now in the balance heading into Tuesday night's match.
Jorge Jesus' side has not started the new season very well, despite a number of new acquisitions in the squad. Apart from that, no key figures left from last season's roster, which has caused fans to question the manager.
Preview: Hosts want to distance themselves, while Arouca tries to climb the league standings
Benfica is even on points with their same city rivals Sporting CP at the top of the table, but a victory on Friday would move them three points clear. Friday's match will also be Jorge Jesus' 400th match in the Portuguese League, but due to a suspension, he will have to watch the match from the stands.
Since his arrival at the club, the Portuguese manager has turned the Lisbon side into an offensive powerhouse.
Preview: Attack, attack, attack in do-or-die affair
Benfica opened up their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 victory over Anderlecht at the Estádio da Luz. Since then, they have lost to Olympiakos and PSG away from home, while they also drew with the Greek outfit in a very rainy affair in Lisbon.
That now leaves them third in the group, needing to win both their remaining matches, while also needing for Olympiakos to not win either of their remaining two match. If they fail to do that, a relegation to the Europa League could be probable, but they will need to get past Anderlecht first.
Preview: Lisbon Derby takes center stage in the Portuguese capital
For years now, Benfica and Sporting CP have been battling it out for supremacy in the Portuguese capital. Unfortunately for the Lions, they have not been able to jump ahead of their same city rivals. On Saturday, they will meet again in the Portuguese Cup, in a match that promises to have a lot of excitement.
Both sides have already met in the domestic league this season, with Benfica grabbing a 1-1 draw at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.
Preview: Environment in the stadium will play a big part
It is well known that the Olympiakos fans are very passionate, and on Tuesday, they will get another chance to prove that. After a 1-1 draw in Lisbon that could well have been a victory, the Greek side will be looking for the full three points on their home soil.
The Greek champions have not progressed to the knockout stage since the 2009/10 campaign, which should give them some extra motivation with three group matches remaining.
Another motivating factor for the hosts will be their latest meeting with the Lisbon side at the Georgios Karaiskaki. A 5-1 victory for the Greek side sent the Portuguese outfit home in complete disbelief, but with Jorge Jesus at the helm now, the Portuguese manager will know the importance of Tuesday's match.
Preview: This could be the key match for both clubs
Both Benfica and Olympiakos come into Wednesday's match at the Estádio da Luz with three points. And oddly enough, they both defeated Anderlecht, while they both lost to PSG by a three goal margin.
The Portuguese outfit struggled at times in their opening match against Anderlecht, but they were able to get the job done, with a 2-0 victory. Their second match in the group did not go so well, as they traveled to Paris to take on Ibrahimovic and his very talented PSG side.
Preview: PSG's high-flying offense could cause problems for Benfica
Since all the money was injected into PSG, they have not been able to establish themselves in European Football. While they've won Ligue 1, and came close to eliminating Barcelona in the Champions League, given the amount of talent they have, a European title should be expected.
On Wednesday they will take another step towards that, when they welcome Benfica to the Parc de Princes.
The Portuguese side has not started their domestic campaign off in the greatest form, but they were able to defeat Anderlecht 2-0 in Lisbon in their opening group match. Goals from Djuricic and Luisão lifted the Águias past the Belgian side.
Preview: Starting off with a victory in the opening match is very important
A defeat in their opening Portuguese League match against Maritimo had fans calling for Jorge Jesus' head.
Since then, the Águias managed to escape another embarrassing result at home against Gil Vicente, with two late goals. A draw away to Lisbon rivals Sporting CP, and their latest triumph over Paços de Ferreira now has their fans feeling more confident heading into their match against Anderlecht on Tuesday.
What will not have them happy is the large number of injuries they are dealing with so early in the season.
Preview: Benfica's dominance in the Lisbon Derby could be put to the test
These two Lisbon sides have been battling it out for years, but over time, Benfica's dominance in the Portuguese capital has been more than evident. The Águias have claimed a record 32 Portuguese League titles, to Sporting's 18.
And although Sporting finished outside of the European spots last season, the Leões seem poised to put themselves back in the discussion for the title race.
For years now they have struggled with poor management, a number of suspect signings, as well as lack of payment to their players. Since the arrival of their new president, things have changed at the Estádio José Alvalade. The players have more confidence, they have a squad that believes in themselves and their manager, and the fans can finally smile after a long road of disappointment.
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When Oscar Cardozo arrived at Benfica on June 21, 2007, fans had never heard of him. After six years with the club, Cardozo is not only a well known name, but he has managed to earn himself a spot in Benfica's history books.
He may not be the quickest, or the flashiest, but his ability to put the ball in the back of the net has made up for what ever he may lack. Missing the occasional tap in is something he can be accused of, but more often than not, he tends to bounce back from that let down.
From his 161 goals scored for the Lisbon side, all of that went out the window after the final whistle against Vitoria Guimaraes in the Portuguese Cup Final.
It was the summer of 2003 when a tall and somewhat unknown Brazilian central defender arrived at the Estadio da Luz, ready to begin his European Football career. Having played 62 matches for Cruzeiro, Luisao was considered to be a hot prospect, and Benfica just so happened to be the side that took a chance on him.
Since his arrival in Lisbon, the Brazilian international endured some tough times early on at the club. He was under performing and he really struggled to find consistency and confidence in his game. It had come to a point that he was on the verge of heading back to Brazil to play with more regularity, in an attempt to find his confidence once again.
The last decade has brought Benfica fans a handful of mixed emotions. From pure excitement to complete disbelief, the Lisbon club has been involved in some of the most thrilling matches, just as they have been on the end of some very disappointing results.
Leading up to the last month of their 2012/13 campaign, one would have thought that the Águias were heading for a historic finish. They were within reaching distance of the finish line, only to have tripped on their own feet, forcing them to watch their rivals cross the line before them.
As if that was not enough heartache, failing to finish things off in the Europa League Final and the Taça de Portugal Final left Jorge Jesus' side asking questions of themselves and their manager.
The final whistle at the Estádio dos Barreiros brought a certain confidence to Benfica, their players and their fans. Their celebrations in the center of the pitch after a 1-2 victory were those of a team that had fought long and hard all season, only to now be within reaching distance of the league title, with just three matches remaining.
What happened after Benfica's trip to Madeira will certainly go down in history, not only for the Portuguese League, but for Benfica as well.
How is it possible that a team with a four point advantage, heading into the final three matches of the campaign can throw that all away? Not to mention that two of those final three were at home.
"One victory is not going to save our season," were the words of Jorge Jesus in his press conference leading up to Sunday's match against V. Guimaraes.
The Portuguese manager has come under some fire over the last week or so after Benfica managed to lose the Portuguese League and the Europa League Final, but majority of Benfica fans and their President are confident that Jesus is still the the man for the job.
"All throughout the season we have said that the domestic league and the Taca de Portugal were our main priorities. This final is part of our objectives that we had initially set, but this one match will not save our 2012/13 campaign," Jesus told reporters.
Miami Beach, Florida (May 18, 2013) – FC Porto and Benfica are in a fierce contest to win the 2012/13 Portuguese Primeira Liga title. Only one of these two teams will be crowned champions when the final whistle blows all over Portugal this Sunday. At exactly 13:30 EST / 17:30 GMT / 19:30 CET, all eight final fixtures will kick off.
Paços de Ferreira vs Porto and Benfica vs Moreirense are the two encounters that will dominate viewership. Live Soccer TV reminds viewers in the United States to watch both fixtures on ESPN3 this Sunday. In addition to going live on ESPN3 in USA, the Pacos de Ferreira vs Porto match will also enjoy live broadcast on RTP Internacional and Sport TV Americas in Canada.
Three negative results in all competitions has Benfica on the verge of throwing away a second title in a week. With one point separating them from the top spot in the Portuguese League, the Águias will not only need to win their match, but they will also need a positive result at the Mata Real Stadium.
Needing the full three points at home against Moreirense is a given for the Benfica players, but what is not a given is the actual victory.
The last two league matches for the Lisbon side have not been all that impressive, although the final result may not tell the full story of the match.
Despite a last ditch goal at the Estádio do Dragão from Porto's Kelvin, Benfica fans thought they had seen it all. How much worst could it really get? After Wednesday's match in Amsterdam, things got much worst for the Lisbon giants.
Taking a look back at their season, Jorge Jesus looked destined to claim at least one title, if not maybe two, but after their last two matches, even their Taça de Portugal match against Guimarães does not look promising.
Fans will ask how it is possible to concede two decisive goals in the final minute of a match, and while there is not a specific answer to that question, lack of experience and focus may well have been a main contributor.
Miami Beach, Florida (May 14, 2013) – Football fans worldwide will be treated to their first taste of a European Cup final this year. The 2012/13 UEFA Europa League final showdown will hit millions of screens around the globe as some of the biggest names in the sport come head to head in Amsterdam, Holland. Check where to watch Benfica vs Chelsea live on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Live Soccer TV provides you with an unrivalled packed list of TV channels lined up to broadcast the UEFA Europa League final across the globe.
Champions will be crowned in Amsterdam on Wednesday. Benfica of Portugal and Chelsea of England are vying to succeed Atletico Madrid as UEFA Europa League winners. It has been a long road for both sides.