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2017/2018 Season

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1 FC Porto 28 4 2 88
2 Benfica 25 6 3 81
3 Sporting 24 6 4 78
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Benfica, Sporting Lisbon and Celta Vigo fined by FIFA for breaking transfer regulations

Benfica's Estadio da Luz
Benfica, who play at Estadio da Luz, have been fined by FIFA for breaking transfer regulations.

FIFA have fined Benfica and Sporting Lisbon, as well as Celta Vigo and Rayo Vallecano, for third-party involvement in transfer deals.

The organisation announced on Thursday the sanctions given to several clubs and federations who have breached FIFA regulations but did not reveal which transfers had led to the punishment.

Benfica, second in the Primeira Liga, were fined 150,000 Swiss francs (approximately £109,000 or $155,000) for entering into two contracts that enabled a third party to influence...

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LAFC seals signing of Benfica's Andre Horta as designated player

Diego Rossi orchestrated a dominant attacking display from LAFC put five goals past Real Salt Lake in their second straight win.
The FC crew discuss Carlos Vela's performances early on at LAFC and whether he can make the case for a spot on Mexico's World Cup squad.

LAFC have completed their long pursuit of Portuguese midfielder Andre Horta by signing the 21-year-old to a designated player contract on Tuesday, though his arrival date is still uncertain.

The midfielder comes to the MLS club from Benfica, with sources telling ESPN FC this week that LAFC will pay a transfer fee of about $7 million, while Horta will earn just over $1m per year in salary.

However, Horta's current loan at Portuguese club Braga lasts until June, and though LAFC said he would...

Benfica's Andre Horta set to join LAFC - sources

Diego Rossi orchestrated a dominant attacking display from LAFC put five goals past Real Salt Lake in their second straight win.
The FC crew discuss Carlos Vela's performances early on at LAFC and whether he can make the case for a spot on Mexico's World Cup squad.

LAFC's pursuit of Portuguese midfielder Andre Horta has finally paid off, with the player signing a multi-year designated player contract worth just over $1 million per year in salary, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.

Metro's Kristian Dyer was the first to tweet the news that Horta has signed with Major League Soccer. An announcement from LAFC could come early this week, with the transfer fee standing at $7m.

Horta, 21, is currently on loan to SC Braga from reigning...

Authorities raid Benfica facilities amid corruption probe

Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira is the subject of a corruption investigation.

Portuguese authorities have raided Benfica facilities as part of an operation to investigate corruption allegations involving club officials.

The club say they are fully cooperating with local officials.

The raid came as Portuguese media said Benfica legal adviser Paulo Goncalves was detained after being accused of obstruction of justice.

The club says it is confident that Goncalves will be allowed to prove his innocence during the judicial process.

Prosecutors earlier this year named Benfica president...

Ex-Brazil keeper Julio Cesar rejoins Flamengo, plans to retire soon

Julio Cesar has had a decent World Cup but is too old to lead Brazil forward.
Former Brazil international Julio Cesar has returned to boyhood club Flamengo.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Former Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar says he will return to boyhood club Flamengo and end his career there in three months.

The 2010 Champions League winner with Inter Milan said on Monday: "I return happy, with a lot of desire to be a champion and end my career in a wonderful way. If today I am who I am, Flamengo played a part in my formation as a man."

Julio Cesar, who has been given a "symbolic contract" by the club, left no doubt he doesn't intend to play past the conclusion...