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Sport Lisboa e Benfica ComC MHIH OM, commonly known as Benfica, is a sports club based in Lisbon, Portugal. It is best known for the professional football team playing in the Primeira Liga, the top flight of the Portuguese football league system, where they are the most successful club in terms of titles won.

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Everton have stepped up their absorption in 22-year-old Serbian all-embracing Andrija Zivkovic advanced of the winter alteration window.

That’s according to Daily Mail announcer Dominic King, who claims that Toffees boss Marco Silva has been tracking the amateur for some time – with his versatility as both a accompaniment and as a playmaker abaft the striker axiological to the Merseyside outfit’s interest.

Zivkovic currently plies his barter in the Primeira Liga with Benfica area he operates mainly as a winger, and although he is yet to get on the scoresheet this campaign, some of his performances accept bent Silva’s eye.

The Everton bang-up is accepted for befitting an eye on his built-in Portugal accepting tracked the brand of Andre Carillo, Marvin Zeegelaar, Hernani and Felipe Pardo in his antecedent roles at Watford and Hull.

He isn’t the alone Premier League administrator to accept scouted Zivkovic though, with several clubs believed to accept taken absorption in the Benfica man. Arsenal have been heavily affiliated with a move for the accompaniment in accomplished alteration windows and they could reignite their absorption if Everton abode a bid.

King accepted Everton’s intentions via his Twitter account, claiming Benfica will authority out for £20m amidst absorption from added clubs. That fee may be a little sizeable for the Toffees, who accept spent about £275m on players back Romelu Lukaku ancient for Manchester United aftermost year.

Everton are acquisitive to acquisition added bendability afterwards an aloof alpha to the season, admitting they do lie in a adequate 9th abode in the Premier League and if King is to be believed, Zivkovic could be the man they about-face too in adjustment to bear a abiding aeon of form.

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Founded on 28 February 1904 as Sport Lisboa, Benfica is one of the “Big Three” clubs in Portugal that have never been relegated from the Primeira Liga, along with rivals Sporting CP and FC Porto. The Benfica team is nicknamed Águias (Eagles), for the symbol atop the club’s crest, and Encarnados (Reds), for the shirt colour. Since 2003, their home ground has been the Estádio da Luz, which replaced the larger, original one, built in 1954. Benfica is the most supported Portuguese club, with an estimated 14 million supporters worldwide, and the European club with the highest percentage of supporters in its own country. By the end of 2016, Benfica had 184,264 paying members. The club’s anthem, “Ser Benfiquista”, refers to its supporters, who are called benfiquistas. Águia Vitória is the mascot. Benfica is honoured with three Portuguese Orders: those of Christ (Commander), of Prince Henry (Honorary Member) and of Merit (Officer).

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With a total of 81 major trophies won – 82 including the Latin Cup – Benfica is the most decorated club in Portugal. They have won 79 domestic trophies: a record 36 Primeira Liga titles, a record 26 Taça de Portugal, a record 7 Taça da Liga, 7 Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira and 3 Campeonato de Portugal. Internationally, they won back-to-back European Cups in 1961 and 1962 – a unique feat in Portuguese football – and were runners-up at the Intercontinental Cup in 1961 and ’62, at the European Cup in 1963, ’65, ’68, ’88 and ’90, and at the UEFA Cup/Europa League in 1983, 2013 and ’14. Benfica’s ten European finals are a domestic record and ranked seventh all-time among UEFA clubs in 2014. Moreover, Benfica hold the European record for the most consecutive wins in domestic league and the record for the longest unbeaten run in Primeira Liga, where they became the first undefeated champions, in 1972–73.

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Benfica was ranked twelfth in FIFA Club of the Century and ninth in IFFHS Top 200 European clubs of the 20th century. Currently, Benfica is ranked 23rd in the UEFA club coefficient rankings and has the second most participations in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League (38). In this tournament, they hold the overall record for the biggest aggregate win, achieved in 1965–66.

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