The Ball – “European Benfica is an increasingly concrete actuality” (Benfica)

In an announcement printed within the annual report for the 2021/2022 season, which might be introduced to members for approval on the normal assembly scheduled for September 30, Rui Costa highlighted the brand new impetus for the membership’s sporting dedication, noting “the achievement of unprecedented worldwide titles – the UEFA Youth League in soccer and Evidence that the EHF European League in Handball – European Benfica is an increasingly concrete actuality».

Here is Rui Costa’s full assertion:

“Dear Members,

Benfica’s aim is to win. For all of us who’ve the consideration, privilege and immense duty of serving Sport Lisboa Benfica, we should at all times bear in mind the distinctive attribute of the membership: the iron and indomitable will to win of all Benfica followers.

In the season that simply ended, in an effort to perform the at all times very noble and demanding duty of directing Sport Lisboa e Benfica, there have been some critical challenges that needed to be answered and the members of Sport Lisboa e Benfica knew as soon as once more, to stay as much as the state of affairs and overcome adversity.

The sudden departure of the earlier chairman necessitated a bolstered sense of unity and accountability, so I need to commend the companions for the serenity proven, in order that the governing our bodies can guarantee day-to-day administration, full the method of termination of assorted groups and assure. Success of Bond Issue. All culminated in a humiliating electoral course of, the place we as soon as once more confirmed the world the incomparable greatness of Sport Lisboa e Benfica and the indomitable dynamism of its collaborative life: a report participation, one of many largest ever at worldwide stage. And everybody is pleased with it.

But enable me to emphasise: our essence is to win, and I’m satisfied that every one our vitality and data – administrative our bodies, athletes, workers – have to be directed in direction of sporting success, in a manner based mostly on robust foundations that enable for a excessive stage. The competitiveness of our groups.

We gave a brand new impetus to sports activities betting beneath the motto “To win, at all times to win”. The enchancment within the total efficiency of the boys’s groups and the consolidation of Benfica’s energy on the ladies’s facet was evident: Benfica’s ladies had by no means earlier than received for the consideration and glory of the membership. The UEFA Youth League in soccer and the EHF European League in handball – the glory all of us stay and vibrate with – proof that European Benfica is an increasingly tangible actuality.

At the nationwide stage, we renewed the title of volleyball champion, we returned to the highest of Portuguese basketball and had been within the choice of the remainder of the video games. But we wish extra in high quality and selective scope.

We intend to protect the standing created by the ladies’s facet of the sport: the primary movers and essentially the most winners. The rising position of girls within the sporting, cooperative and organizational lifetime of Sport Lisboa e Benfica is irreplaceable, unsurpassed success: soccer titles, handball – 29 years later! -, basketball, curler hockey, futsal and water polo. Attendance from 16 of one of the best groups in Europe and the massive satisfaction of attendance report at an official ladies’s soccer match in Portugal provides us confidence that we’re transferring in the suitable route.

Also Olympique Benfica’s sky is to be maintained and, if potential, deepened. Telma Montero, Pedro Pichardo, Fernando Pimenta, Diogo Ribeiro and lots of different gamers are on the forefront of Sport Lisboa e Benfica’s choice and worldwide affirmation.

Repeated sporting ambitions with out ever compromising the financial and monetary stability of its subsidiaries, together with Sport Lisboa e Benfica and SAD.

The impression of the pandemic was nonetheless felt within the first half of the season, with reflections on supporter involvement in membership life and the power to lift income. A development, I proudly emphasize, that has not unfold to subscriptions, whose earnings has remained steady, because of the dedication and loyalty of companions, deserves due appreciation. A full resumption of sports activities actions {and professional} mobility is a actuality in the present day that offers us extra assurance of an auspicious future.

The 12 months was additionally full of massive challenges for Casas do Benfica, together with a gradual return to exercise post-Covid. Persistence, initiative and enthusiasm on the a part of Benfica and Benfica followers, briefly, the soul of Benfica, unites them, in a steady, indelible manner, to be integral to the expansion of the membership.

2021/22 was additionally marked by an extraordinary contribution from the Benfica Foundation. In addition to the initiatives to which it is continuously and decisively devoted, assist for the wants arising from the implications of the pandemic additionally absorbs vital sources. However, within the face of the sudden battle in Ukraine, the Benfica Foundation took on an necessary position in serving to the Portuguese group construct solidarity with the folks of that nation. The “Together for Ukraine” initiative, which had dozens of volunteers and 1000’s of supporters, raised a ton of important items for supply to the refugees, an motion that was praised internationally and raised the profile of Benfica even increased.

We work day-after-day for the Benfica that Benfica followers need. We are constructing a powerful basis for rising the membership in varied contexts, with a particular emphasis on the success of the sport and the strengthening of collaborative life.

We assist the winner Benfica, who is at all times a winner, which makes his thousands and thousands of followers proud. Our aim is to win. Now and by no means.

Long stay Benfica!

and pluribus unum.”

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