At least that was needed to turn the Luis Filipe Vieira page and bring the light back above the stadium of the same name. Child of the club, former right-hand man of the president who remained at the head of Benfica Lisbon for the longest time (2003 to 2021), Rui Costa was elected with 84.48% of the vote for this post he had held ad interim since July. An expected advent for the “maestro” who has known everything in this house: “I started there as a ball collector”, he recalled on Saturday, leaving the polling station, teary eyed when he saw his father in the audience.


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