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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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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Orlando City Vs Vancouver – Photo Report
Mar24

Orlando City Vs Vancouver – Photo Report

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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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