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Benfica away section: Guide for Rangers fans

This season could not be going better for Rangers as things stand. The Gers giants currently sit at the top of the Scottish Premiership, two points clear of city rivals Celtic. Rangers have gone since the 2020/21 season without taking home the SPL title.

The Scottish giants topped their Europa League group consisting of Spanish side Real Betis, who Rangers managed to beat in the final group game to secure their passage through to the knockout stages, eliminating Betis oin the process. The Gers will travel to Portugal to face Benfica at the incredible Estádio da Luz.

How many Rangers fans are going to the Estadio da Luz?

Rangers have been allocated 3,250 tickets for the game at the Estadio da Luz, Lisbon. The incredible Rangers fans have snapped all of these up.

It is expected that a lot more than 3,000 Rangers fans in Lisbon, with the majority of those supporters travelling just to enjoy some time in the city before watching their team in one of the many bars in the capital of Portugal. This video shows just how many Rangers fans usually travel to a European fixture despite not having a ticket.

Where will the Rangers fans sit in the Estádio da Luz?

Rangers fans will be located in the north-east corner of the stadium which is used for away fans during European fixtures. The northeast corner is opposite to where the Benfica ultras sit with the No Name Boys and the Diabos Vermelhos gathering in the southern corner of the Estadio da Luz.

Full fans’ matchday guide for Benfica vs Rangers

Rangers met Benfica last in 2020 in the Europa League group stage with neither side managing to find a win. Yet both matches were incredibly entertaining, with Rangers fans in Lisbon seeing a 3-3 draw and the return to Glasgow ending with a 2-2 stalemate. Rangers have been in Portugal more recently however, with a trip to Braga in the quarterfinal of the Europa League in 2022 when the club made it to the final, ultimately losing out to Frankfurt on penalties.

Where to eat and drink for Rangers fans in Lisbon

Portugal, and especially Lisbon is home to some of Europe's best restaurants, best bars and best beers. There is no shortage of pubs and bars for visiting fans in the beautiful city.

The Couch, which is located at Rua Do Alecrim 21A, is one of the best bars in Lisbon for football fans with matches  available to watch on one of the bar's many television screens. The Couch opened its doors for the first time in 2017 and in such a short time has been a favourite spot for football fans who live in the city or are visiting the city. The bar has around 30 screens with thousands of channels to choose from, allowing you to watch football worldwide. Food can also be purchased from The Couch.

The George is another favourite in Lisbon. Located at Rua do Crucifixo 58, The George is a traditional British pub and offers a brilliant atmosphere. The food has been ranked as one of the best food spots for sports bars in the capital.

If you are looking for some more exclusive then you have to try out the CR7 Corner Bar which is situated inside Cristiano Ronaldo's Lisbon-based hotel, located at Rua do Comercio 54. The price at the CR7 Corner Bar is a little bit more expensive than the options mentioned above but if you want to try out a place that will be a little less rowdy and a little bit more upmarket then this is your spot.

Ticket collection info for Rangers fans at the Estadio da Luz

All tickets for this fixture are in physical form with supporters being sent to their home addresses or to be collected from the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland. Fans will be emailed all information in regards to when to collect their tickets, if they have not already received one.

How to get to the Estadio da Luz: Guide for Rangers fans in Lisbon

The Estadio da Luz is located at Av. Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, 1500-313 Lisbon. Getting to the stadium by public transport is very easy and is also the recommended way of getting there.

The closest Metro station to the Estadio da Luz is the Colegio Militar or the Luz Station. The stadium is well connected to the incredible Metro system in Lisbon. If you take the Blue Line to the Colegio Militar or the Luz Station then you just have a short walk from either of those before reaching the Estadio da Luz.

If you prefer a busy journey, the buses run from 5 AM to 1 AM. There are several buses which will take you to the Estadio da Luz with those being the 726, 729, 765, 767, 786, 750 and 799 which come every few minutes.

If a train journey is your pick, then you can take a direct train to Benfica Station from the main station in Lisbon. The journey takes around 15 minutes, with just a short walk from the station to the stadium once you depart the train.

Although driving to the stadium is not recommended, it is still doable. You can park up at the Estadio da Luz but there is a hefty parking charge that comes with that. You can take the R. De Done Estefania to Av. Casal Ribeiro, you then need to drive along the Av. Lusiada and get on to the ramp to IC17/CRIL/Pontinha/A9/Crel from R. Ernani Lopes. You would then have to take the second exit at Rotunda Cosme Damiao, from there you will spot the magnificent Estadio da Luz.

There is a third option for getting to the stadium and that is a bicycle. Bikes can be rented in Central Lisbon and you can park it up at the Parque de Estacionamento ao Ar Livre which is located next to the Estadio da Luz. To rent a bike, you can rent an E-Bike for around £30 or a standard bike for around £15.

Callum Jones-Bowman

Callum is fairly new to writing having been a football scout since 2019 but since having a baby with his wife in late 2022, he has chosen this new career path to ensure he can be a hands on father while still being involved in his biggest passion - football.

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