Seven Games that defined #34
May21

Seven Games that defined #34

Vitoria Setubal 0-5 Benfica The first Liga match in September would be remembered for many things – but most of all the emergence of (initial) goal machine Talisca. It wasn’t a vintage 5-0 by any means though.  Setúbal weren’t particularly effective and their defensive transitions offered several counter attack opportunities that Benfica failed to leverage.  This wasn’t a fluid Benfica team by any means.  Lima didn’t seem capable of...

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Back to the Future for Benfica?
Oct27

Back to the Future for Benfica?

Benfiquistas, cast your minds back for a moment. It’s the 29th August, 2004. There’s a new head at the Benfica table, in the form of Italian tactician Giovanni Trapattoni. After a flying start at the Municipal de Aveiro with a brace from the not-so-prolific Norwegian Azar Karadas and defensive midfielder Petit, Benfica make heavy weather of their victory over Beira Mar, eventually finishing 3-2 winners. It turns out to be an...

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The Bad, The Ugly, & the Not So Good – Pre Season 14/15
Aug10

The Bad, The Ugly, & the Not So Good – Pre Season 14/15

  When 1954 World Cup winning coach Sepp Herberger coined the phrase, “the ball is round”, he hardly could have been aware of the chrysalis the phrase would take on over the consequent years. Some 60 years later, the phrase’s nucleus still remains the simplest and most compelling way to describe the sport’s cruel yet submissive manner of being notoriously unpredictable, often in the most dramatic of ways.   12 months ago,...

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