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Saturday, January 31, 2004 

Roger, André, Anders Andersson, Carlitos and Anderson Luiz Leave Benfica



Lack of ambition!!! That seems to be the position of the Eagles to the future. After the sad death of Feher Benfica is now seeing 5 more players depparting and they just so one arriving (Fyssas). If we join to this the fact that Mantorras is yet far from playing, Nuno Gomes, Luisão and Geovanni (crucial players) are suffering from injuries (Geovanni don t play for two months, Luisao manages only to play 1 months withous being injury and Nuno Gomes the same) then we can see that Camacho will hardly have 11 field players ready for the games. The solution seems to call youngsters from the B team but is this a solution to a team as Benfica??? It´s understandable that theclub is now suffering with the recent accident but the best way to deal with it would be to fight with honour and with ambition as an homenage to their former partner. Insteed the Benfica direction, prefer to cry and to give up sending away players that were being usefull to the club without bringuing alternatives.

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Benfica has announced that 5 players are leaving the squad in an effort to trim the club's payroll.

Brazilian playmaker Roger is joining Fluminense on loan until December 1st; the Brazilian club then holds the option of buying him.

Brazilian striker André never fit in at Benfica and rescinded his contract with the Lisbon club. He has signed on with Maritimo for the remainder of this season and all of the next campaign.

Swedish international midfielder Anders Andersson also rescinded his contract with Benfica and has signed on with rivals Belenenses.

Portuguese winger Carlitos will join Spanish second division outfit Poli Ejido for the remainder of this season.

Brazilian striker Anderson Luiz, who was playing with Benfica's B team, has been loaned to Portuguese second division side Naval.

These cost cutting measures will reportedly save Benfica 1.5 million euros.

Despite his immense talent, Roger has failed to make an impact at Benfica and will now find himself playing for Fluminense for the third time in his career.

Big things were also expected from Swedish midfielder Anders Andersson when he joined the club in 2001/2002.

He was rarely used by Jose Camacho this season and will now try to resurrect his career with Belenenses.

Carlitos has been at Benfica since the 2000/2001 season but has always been a fringe player at best.

Striker Andre joined Benfica at the same time as Roger did back in 2000/2001 but has never reached his potential in Portugal.

He rejoins Maritimo after spending the 2001/2002 season there on loan.

Source: Soccerage

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