O site oficial do Derby County anuncia um jogo particular entre os ingleses e o Benfica no dia 28 de Julho. O Derby terminou em 8º lugar no campeonato da 2ª divisão inglesa, o Championship. Ficou de fora da luta pela subida à Premier League que tentará de novo na próxima temporada. É o regresso do Benfica a Derby depois de os ter defrontado em 1972 na Taça dos Campeões. Foi na 2ª eliminatória e passaram os ingleses.
Derby County will face Portuguese giants SL Benfica as part of their preparations for the 2015/16 season in a mouthwatering pre-season friendly fixture.
Benfica, who were confirmed as the Portuguese Champions for the current season last weekend under the management of Jorge Jesus, will take on the Rams at the iPro Stadium on Tuesday 28th July (7:45pm).
The game will see the two sides meet for the first time since Derby’s maiden venture into Europe as First Division Champions in the 1972/73 season, when they overcame Benfica over two legs in the Second Round of the European Cup under Brian Clough.
The Rams recorded a 3-0 home victory at the Baseball Ground in October 1972 – courtesy of goals from Roy McFarland, Kevin Hector and John McGovern before a crowd of over 38,000 – prior to progressing to Third Round after a goalless draw in the return leg two weeks later.
Benfica are the most successful professional team in Portuguese history. They have won the Primeira Liga on a staggering 34 occasions, as well as the European Cup (now the UEFA Champions League) twice.
Their current squad – who will be staying at St George’s Park prior to the game - boasts a number of international stars, which means Derby’s squad will pit their wits against the likes of Argentina’s Lisandro López & Eduardo Salvio, Brazil’s Luisão, Jonas & Júlio César, Uruguay’s Maxi Pereira, Portugal’s Rúben Amorim, Greece’s Andreas Samaris and Serbia’s Ljubomir Fejsa & Miralem Sulejmani.
Ticket prices for the match have been confirmed as £15 Adults, £10 Senior Citizens & Under 18s and £5 Under 12s. Sales will commence on www.WeAreDerby.com in the near future.