THE BALL – “European Benfica is a stronger actuality” (Benfica)

In a assertion revealed within the Annual Report for the 2021/2022 interval, which will likely be submitted for the approval of the members of the General Assembly scheduled for the thirtieth of September, Rui Costa highlighted the brand new impetus for the dedication to the sports activities of the membership, which is thought of ” the achievement of unprecedented worldwide titles – UEFA Youth League in soccer and the EHF European League in handball – proof that the European Benfica is a stronger actuality ».

Here is Rui Costa’s full assertion:

“Dear Members,

Benfica’s mission is to win. To all who’ve the glory, privilege and nice duty of serving Sport Lisboa Benfica, we should keep in mind that the Club’s distinctive character: the iron and unstoppable want to win for all Benfica followers.

In the interval that has simply ended, within the all the time noble and demanding duty of managing Sport Lisboa e Benfica, there are pressing challenges that have to be answered and confronted which are identified to the members of Sport Lisboa e Benfica, once more, to dwell based on circumstances and overcome difficulties.

The surprising departure of the earlier chairman required a strengthened unity and a sense of duty, so I have to reward the colleagues for the calm proven, permitting the governing our bodies to make sure the day by day administration, completion of the closing processes of the assorted squads and ensures the success of the bond subject. Everything culminated in an irreproachable election course of, the place we as soon as once more confirmed the world the incomparable greatness of Sport Lisboa e Benfica and the unstoppable dynamism of its associative life: report participation, one on the largest worldwide degree. And that everybody is very proud.

But let me emphasize: our essence is to win and it is my agency conviction that every one our vitality and data – governing our bodies, athletes, workers – have to be directed in direction of success in sport, in a route based mostly on strong foundations that enable a excessive degree of competitors on the a part of our groups.

Under the motto “to win, all the time to win”, we give a new impetus to sports activities betting. The enhancements within the total efficiency of the boys’s groups and the consolidation of Benfica’s energy within the ladies’s aspect are evident: by no means earlier than have the ladies of Benfica gained a lot for the glory and glory of the Club. A glory that all of us dwell and tremble, equally, with the conquest of unprecedented worldwide titles – UEFA Youth League in soccer and the EHF European League in handball – proof that European Benfica is a very sturdy that fact.

At the nationwide degree, we renewed the title of champion in volleyball, we returned to the highest of Portuguese basketball and are within the selections of the remaining video games. But we would like extra, in high quality and eclectic vary.

We additionally purpose to protect the standing established by the feminine aspect of the game: to be the primary promoter and essentially the most victorious. The rising function of girls within the sporting, associative and institutional lifetime of Sport Lisboa e Benfica is irreversible, in an unparalleled success: titles in soccer, handball – after 29 years! -, basketball, curler hockey, futsal and water polo. The presence of 16 of the perfect groups in Europe and the good satisfaction within the report of attending an official ladies’s soccer sport in Portugal makes us imagine that we’re strolling in the correct route.

Also the scope of Olympic Benfica is to proceed and, if potential, deepen. Athletes similar to Telma Monteiro, Pedro Pichardo, Fernando Pimenta, Diogo Ribeiro and lots of others lead the eclectic and worldwide affirmation of Sport Lisboa e Benfica.

A recurring sporting ambition that by no means compromises the financial and monetary sustainability of Sport Lisboa e Benfica and its subsidiaries, together with SAD.

The results of the pandemic are nonetheless felt within the first half of the season, with reflections on the participation of supporters within the lifetime of the Club and the power to lift earnings. A development, I emphasize with satisfaction, that has not unfold to the subscription, whose earnings stays secure, as a results of the dedication and loyalty of the companions, which deserves due reward. The full continuity of sports activities actions and industrial dynamics at the moment is a undeniable fact that makes us extra satisfied of a good future.

It has additionally been a 12 months filled with many challenges for Casas do Benfica, with the gradual return to put up-covid exercise. Consistency, initiative and enthusiasm in favor of Benfica and the Benfica followers, in brief, Benfica spirit, is what drives them, continues, in an indelible manner, that can not be moved for the enlargement of the Club.

2021/22 was additionally marked by the extraordinary contributions of the Benfica Foundation. In addition to the initiatives to which it is constantly and decisively devoted, help for the wants ensuing from the implications of the pandemic additionally absorbed essential sources. However, confronted with the surprising battle in Ukraine, the Benfica Foundation performed an essential function in mobilizing Portuguese society across the unity of the folks of that nation. The initiative “Together for Ukraine” has many volunteers and 1000’s of supporters, elevating tons of important gadgets for the supply of refugees, an motion that has been rightly praised internationally, which has raised the identify of Benfica is very excessive.

We work every single day for Benfica that Benfica followers need. We proceed to construct stronger foundations for growing the Club in its completely different valences, with explicit emphasis on sporting success and strengthening associative life.

We cheer for a successful Benfica, all the time a winner, making its tens of millions of followers proud. Our mission is to win. Now and without end.

Long dwell Benfica!

And pluribus unum.”

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