Rui Costa warns Coins: ‘You’ll have to take it with us more often’

The Benfica women’s team was received this Thursday by the mayor of Lisbon, Carlos Moedas, after the revalidation of the title of national champion.

The Red Entourage arrived at City Hall at 6:30 p.m., where dozens of fans were waiting. In addition to the players and their staff, the Eagles president, Rui Costa, went up to the main room and recalled the recent presence of the European Youth League champions in the same place, with a message to Coins.

“This is the second time in a week that he has welcomed us. You will have to take it with us more often. This is one of our main objectives. This project is four years old, where we started in Division II. Since then, we have won two championships and the third escaped us because of covid-19, when we were at the top of the championship”, began by saying the red leader.

Rui Costa also highlighted Benfica’s work in developing women’s sport.

“As the biggest institution in the country, we have paid attention to women’s sports. As president, I am proud to preside over the only club with six women’s sports. We also have the Olympic project and rugby. We intend to grow in gender equality,” he stressed.

Carlos Moedas, meanwhile, stressed the importance of diversity in the sport and the conquest of the second championship.

“Thank you to the whole team. It is a joy and a privilege to welcome you here. It is a place steeped in history. The history of Benfica intersects with the history of democracy. Your victory is the victory of “a generation and your emblem. The strength of the diversity and multiculturalism that you represent,” he said.

The mayor also highlighted the growth of women’s football in the country. “You are pioneers and it is a huge responsibility. They are the pioneers of a generation that will change everything. You take football to another level. In a few years, women’s football will be much more important.

After the speeches, the Benfica team offered a shirt signed by the players and a silver replica of the Estádio da Luz and received in exchange an image of Saint António, patron saint of the city.

Then Sílvia Rebelo, captain of Benfica, displayed the national champion trophy on the balcony.

Remember that the incarnated guaranteed the championship last Sunday, after beating Sporting 3-1. Two rounds from the end of the championship, Benfica have 36 points, nine more than the lionesses, who follow in second place.

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