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 #123  8/26/14
Aug26

Podcast #123 8/26/14

In this week’s episode… We open up the pod, talking about Benfica’s game against Boavista. A tough win, in a scrappy game, in a terrible artificial pitch. It wasn’t a stellar performance, but we walk away with the all important 3 points ahead of the derby. We talk about about JJ’s starting choices, his insistence in playing Jara, and Talisca, the lack of output from Lima, and Ruben Amorim’s injury;...

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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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