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

In a assertion revealed within the Annual Report for the 2021/2022 interval, which can 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 respect, privilege and nice accountability of serving Sport Lisboa Benfica, we should do not forget 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 at all times noble and demanding accountability of managing Sport Lisboa e Benfica, there are pressing challenges that must be answered and confronted which can be recognized to the members of Sport Lisboa e Benfica, once more, to dwell in accordance with circumstances and overcome difficulties.

The surprising departure of the earlier chairman required a strengthened unity and a sense of accountability, so I have to reward the colleagues for the calm proven, permitting the governing our bodies to make sure the every day administration, completion of the closing processes of the varied squads and ensures the success of the bond situation. 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, a on the largest worldwide stage. And that everybody is very proud.

But let me emphasize: our essence is to win and it is my agency conviction that each one our power and data – governing our bodies, athletes, staff – should be directed in the direction of success in sport, in a route primarily based on strong foundations that enable a excessive stage of competitors on the a part of our groups.

Under the motto “to win, at all times to win”, we give a new impetus to sports activities betting. The enhancements within the total efficiency of the lads’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 received a lot for the respect 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 robust that reality.

At the nationwide stage, 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 wish extra, in high quality and eclectic vary.

We additionally goal to protect the standing established by the feminine aspect of the game: to be the primary promoter and probably the most victorious. The rising function of ladies 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 recreation in Portugal makes us imagine that we’re strolling in the best route.

Also the scope of Olympic Benfica is to proceed and, if potential, deepen. Athletes resembling Telma Monteiro, Pedro Pichardo, Fernando Pimenta, Diogo Ribeiro and plenty 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 flexibility to lift revenue. A pattern, I emphasize with satisfaction, that has not unfold to the subscription, whose revenue stays steady, as a results of the dedication and loyalty of the companions, who deserve due reward. The full continuity of sports activities actions and industrial dynamics right now is a undeniable fact that makes us extra satisfied of a good future.

It has additionally been a yr stuffed 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 approach, 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 repeatedly and decisively devoted, assist for the wants ensuing from the implications of the pandemic has additionally absorbed important assets. However, confronted with the surprising battle in Ukraine, the Benfica Foundation performed an vital 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 is rightly praised internationally, which raises within the identify of Benfica which is very excessive.

We work on daily basis for Benfica that Benfica followers need. We proceed to construct extra strong foundations for the addition of the Club in several valences, with a explicit emphasis on the success of the sport and the strengthening of accomplice life.

We encourage a profitable Benfica, at all times a winner, that can make its tens of millions of followers proud. Our mission is to win. Now and endlessly.

Long dwell Benfica!

And pluribus unum.”

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