Benfica ventures into the world of E-Sports

Portuguese club signs Brazilian FIFA star and enters its first competition 

Sport Lisboa e Benfica has announced it has entered the world of esports, an industry which has attracted hundreds of millions of fans around the world. The move from the Portuguese club was confirmed on Thursday as the club announced the signing of Brazilian FIFA star Henrique Lempke, known as Zezinho in the world of gaming. 

Zezinho participated in the FIFA eWorld Cup in 2017 and 2019, reaching the quarter-finals which earned him a place in the TOP 8 World Cup. He is one of the best in the game, often being the best scorer in major tournaments. 

Miguel Bento, commercial and marketing director of SL Benfica, said “innovation is part of our DNA, Sport Lisboa e Benfica could not be indifferent to the growth of this virtual industry, and specifically esports. This is a first step in a bet for the future that will allow a greater involvement of our young fans in an activity that generates much passion and interest.” 

Zezinho says, “I’m very happy to represent the biggest club in Portugal and one of the biggest in Europe. I can’t wait to wear the colours of Benfica and I’ll do my best to win even more trophies for the club!”. Zezinho and SL Benfica kick off their participation in the FIFA20 Global Series Qualifiers today in Atlanta, USA.  

Zezinho says, “I’m very happy to represent the biggest club in Portugal and one of the biggest in Europe. I can’t wait to wear the colours of Benfica and I’ll do my best to win even more trophies for the club!”. 

Zezinho and SL Benfica kick off their participation in the FIFA20 Global Series Qualifiers today in Atlanta, USA. 

In early February the player will travel to Portugal and fans of Benfica, the player, FIFA and esports in general will be able to meet him in person at the Sport Lisboa e Benfica Stadium. 

The Benfica Esports team will be strengthened with more signings in the near future. This and other news will be communicated soon. 

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