Benfica and the Race for the 34th title
Apr08

Benfica and the Race for the 34th title

As it stands, Benfica leads the Liga NOS 3 points and 3 goals ahead from Porto. The third classified Sporting being too far behind to create a surprise come-back, the title is being disputed by the rivals – a North-Capital battle which has shaped the last 20 years of Portuguese football. The numbers are striking, and should one ignore the history behind Porto’s dominance and Benfica’s trouble to assert themselves as the undisputed...

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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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Podcast #129  10/15/14
Oct15

Podcast #129 10/15/14

On this week’s episode…. Since Benfica was off we turn our attention to the national team. We look at Fernando Santos’ first 11 and new tactical look. Also on the table, the 4 shunned players, and their effect on the national team. We spend a little time talking about the game before turning our attention to Portugal’s U21 squad who qualified to the European Championship. Looking at this squad, there’s no...

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Podcast 128 10/7/14
Oct07

Podcast 128 10/7/14

In this Week’s installment…. We get things going by looking back at Benfica’s game against Leverkusen for the Champions League. We look at JJ’s starting 11, and discuss where his priorities are this year. We also look back at his choices and wonder if this was the right game to make that many changes. Lastly we talk about Benfica’s reputation in Europe, and if these types of choices are in line with that...

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Podcast 127 9/30/14
Sep30

Podcast 127 9/30/14

In this week’s pod….. We start off by looking back at Benfica’s game against Estoril. 2 early goals gave us confidence, but our lackadaisical attitude almost cost us the 3 point as we allowed Estoril to get back into the game. We talk about Talisca, Jardel, and Samaris. On the next segment we look at Benfica’s fixture against Bayern Leverkusen for the Champions League. Steve breaks down Leverkusen, and we...

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