FOOTBALL – “Benfica of Europe is really robust” (Benfica)

In the assertion printed within the Annual Report for the 2021/2022 season, which might be submitted for approval by the members of the General Meeting to be held on September 30, Rui Costa exhibits a brand new motivation to decide to the game of the membership, contemplating that ” The achievement of worldwide titles – UEFA Youth League in handball and EHF European League in handball – proof that European Benfica is really robust”.

Here is Rui Costa’s assertion in full:

“Dear Members,

Benfica’s objective is to win. For all those that have the consideration, the privilege and the nice duty to serve Sport Lisboa Benfica, we should all the time do not forget that membership’s id: metal and the will to win all Benfica followers.

In the interval that has simply ended, for the distinguished and necessary position of managing Sport Lisboa e Benfica, there have been issues that needed to be addressed and within the presence of which the members of Sport Lisboa e Benfica additionally knew, to behave in line with the scenario and to unravel the issues.

The surprising departure of the previous chairman required a strengthened cooperation and a way of duty, so I have to thank the companions for the calmness that has been proven, permitting the governing our bodies to make sure every day administration, finishing the closing procedures of numerous teams and ensures. success of the bond problem. It all culminated in an unimaginable choice, the place we as soon as once more confirmed the world the incomparable greatness of Sport Lisboa e Benfica and the unstoppable energy of its membership life: participation, one of the most important occasions ever on this planet. And that everybody is very proud.

But let me emphasize: our precedence is to win and it is my agency conviction that every one our vitality and information – governing our bodies, athletes, staff – have to be centered on the success of the sport, on a path based mostly on strong foundations that permit excessive ranges of sports activities. concerning the competitors on the half of our groups.

Under the motto “win, all the time win”, we gave a brand new enhance to sports activities betting. The enchancment within the success of the boys’s groups and the consolidation of Benfica’s power on the ladies’s aspect was evident: the ladies of Benfica had by no means been extra profitable for the consideration and glory of the Club. The glory that all of us reside and tremble, in frequent, with the success of unprecedented worldwide titles – the UEFA Youth League in soccer and the EHF European League in handball – proof that European Benfica is actually sustainable.

Internationally, we regained the title of the volleyball event, returned to the highest of Portuguese basketball and had been within the finals for the remainder of the event. But we wish extra, higher and higher.

We additionally wish to keep the tradition that is constructed on the aspect of ladies’s sports activities: to be inspirational and to be very profitable. The rising position of ladies in sports activities, related to the Sport Lisboa e Benfica organizations is irreplaceable, incomparable success: soccer titles, handball – after 29 years! -, basketball, curler hockey, futsal and water polo. Being among the many 16 greatest groups in Europe and the proud historical past of ladies’s soccer in Portugal makes us imagine that we’re shifting in the appropriate route.

Also the ambiance of Olympic Benfica is to maintain and, if doable, depth. Athletes akin to Telma Monteiro, Pedro Pichardo, Fernando Pimenta, Diogo Ribeiro and plenty of others are main the worldwide willpower of Sport Lisboa e Benfica.

The want for repeated sports activities with out compromising the financial and monetary stability of Sport Lisboa e Benfica and its subsidiaries, together with SAD.

The results of the epidemic had been nonetheless seen within the first half of the season, contemplating the participation of supporters within the life of the Club and the flexibility to earn cash. A behavior, I emphasize and satisfaction, that didn’t unfold to subscriptions, whose revenue remained secure, due to the dedication and loyalty of buddies, worthy of correct reward. The full resumption of sports activities and business actions is a incontrovertible fact that makes us assured of a shiny future.

This was additionally a 12 months full of nice challenges at Casas do Benfica, with a gradual return to submit-covid actions. Persistence, motion and fervour for Benfica and Benfica followers, briefly, the spirit of Benfica, is what motivates them, persevering with, in an countless means, to be irreplaceable in selling the Club.

2021/22 was additionally marked by the fantastic donations of the Benfica Foundation. In addition to the initiatives with steady and decided dedication, assist for the wants attributable to the epidemic additionally took precedence. However, within the face of the surprising battle in Ukraine, the Benfica Foundation performed an necessary position in encouraging the Portuguese individuals to hitch the individuals of the nation. The objective of “Together in Ukraine” concerned 1000’s of volunteers, elevating tons of important items to offer to refugees, which was deservedly appreciated around the globe, elevating the title of Benfica loads.

We work on daily basis at Benfica needed by Benfica followers. We try to construct a powerful basis for the event of the membership in its numerous varieties, with a powerful emphasis on sporting success and selling social life.

We assist the perfect Benfica, all the time the winner, which makes thousands and thousands of followers proud. Our objective is to win. Now and eternally.

Long reside Benfica!

And pluribus unum. “


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