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

In an announcement printed within the annual report for the 2021/2022 season, which shall be offered to members for approval on the common 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 purpose is to win. For all of us who’ve the respect, privilege and immense accountability 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, with a view to perform the at all times very noble and demanding accountability of directing Sport Lisboa e Benfica, there have been some severe challenges that needed to be answered and the members of Sport Lisboa e Benfica knew as soon as once more, to reside 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 varied 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 document participation, one of many largest ever at worldwide stage. And everybody is happy with it.

But permit me to emphasise: our essence is to win, and I’m satisfied that every one our power and information – administrative our bodies, athletes, workers – should be directed in the direction of sporting success, in a method primarily based on robust foundations that permit 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 general efficiency of the boys’s groups and the consolidation of Benfica’s energy on the ladies’s facet was evident: Benfica’s girls had by no means earlier than gained for the respect and glory of the membership. The UEFA Youth League in soccer and the EHF European League in handball – the glory all of us reside 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 have 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 principle movers and probably the most winners. The rising position of ladies 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 the most effective groups in Europe and the large delight of attendance document at an official girls’s soccer match in Portugal provides us confidence that we’re shifting in the fitting route.

Also Olympique Benfica’s sky is to be maintained and, if attainable, 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 influence 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 boost income. A development, I proudly emphasize, that has not unfold to subscriptions, whose revenue has remained steady, as a result of dedication and loyalty of companions, deserves due appreciation. A full resumption of sports activities actions {and professional} mobility is a actuality immediately that provides us extra assurance of an auspicious future.

The 12 months was additionally full of huge 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, in brief, the soul of Benfica, unites them, in a steady, indelible method, 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, help for the wants arising from the results of the pandemic additionally absorbs important assets. However, within the face of the surprising 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 hundreds 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 greater.

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

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

Long reside Benfica!

and pluribus unum.”

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