The former Benfica Luisão footballer said today that the Lisbon club is trying to build a European project based on training and that, if the Champions League group stage is passed, “anything can happen”.
“Training is at the heart of our project and we want to be able to retain most of the talent we have formed. After reaching the [Champions League] eighth or quarter finals, anything can happen,” said the former captain of the Benfica, participating in the Web Summit, taking place in Lisbon.
The ambassador of the eagles also said that “Benfica will continue to be successful in Portugal”, but stressed that the ambition is also to cement a prominent position in Europe, making Seixal its recruiting base.
Also present at the technology conference was Pedro Marques, technical director for the ‘incarnated’ formation football, who ensured that the strategy of the national champions was to keep ‘eagle to the chest’ most of the players leaving the formation towards the team. main.
“Seixal Academy is the foundation of the first team. We have to strike a balance between the financial benefit and the sporting benefit we get from the players we train, but the challenge we have today is to keep the players longer in order to take away from it a bigger sports party. That’s what the fans want “, stressed the ‘incarnate’ leader.
About the “secrets” that have guaranteed Benfica to form in recent years some of the most promising players in national football, Pedro Marques explained that everything is based on four pillars.
“We want to have the best, so we build a scouting network that identifies this potential, we have an individual work methodology for each player, we seek to fit them at the right competitive level and ultimately ensure that there is opportunity and opportunity.” right time to debut for the first team, “he concluded.
Founded in 2010 by Paddy Cosgrave, Daire Hickey and David Kelly, Web Summit is considered one of the world’s largest technology, innovation and entrepreneurship events and has evolved in less than six years from a team of just three to a company of over 150 employees.
The technological summit, which was born in 2010 in Ireland, will be held in Lisbon since 2016, and will be held in the capital until 2028, after last November it was decided to stay in Portugal for more 10 years after a successful application.
The event will take place in Lisbon between November 4th and 7th.