Episode 111 4/22/14

22Apr

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Benfica are CHAMPIONS!!!!
We break down the Portuguese Cup second leg against porto. If there were any doubts as to who the better team was this season, this game proved once and for all WE ARE. Battling a 2 goal deficit with 10 men, we outclassed porto in a game that will be remembered for quite sometimes. We look ahead to this weekend's League Cup semifinal at the dragao, and talk about the mental edge Benfica has over porto.

Next up, we talk about the title game. From the anxious start,  the explosion in the stadium, the players reactions to the Marques out pour to JJ's Ultra disguise, we got you covered.

Lastly we look ahead to Benfica first leg of the Europa League semifinal at home versus Juventus. We talk tactics, game approach and keys to the game.

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Campeoes, Campeoes, Nos somos Campeoes

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Episode 110 4/15/14

15Apr

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We start off by looking back at the second leg of the Europa League quarters against AZ Alkmaar. Benfica carried a 1-0 aggregate to Estadio da Luz and finished off the job against an AZ Alkmaar team who really didn't have the arguments to win this fixture. Silvio's injury was the low point of the night as he sees his season end early, and his World Cup hopes dashed.
Staying with the recaps, we look back at Benfica's win against Arouca in front of what closely resembled a Estadio de Luz crowd. Packed stadium in red, and an incredible out pour of Benfiquismo, and support, may have overwhelmed the players as the team looked anxious in the first half. A goal by Rodrigo in the dying minutes of the first half, and a calmer team in the second, was enough to shorten the points to the title to 2.

Next up, we look ahead to the second leg of the Portuguese Cup against porto at Estadio da Luz. Benfica has an 0-1 aggregate to turn around, but if we play like we can, we can easily book a place at the Jamor. We also look ahead to this weekend's game Olhanense which can seal the title. All the hard work during the season has come to this game, not much else to say.

To finish off, we brush up on the B team, and dedicate some time to Benfica Juniors, who lost in the final of the UEFA Youth Champions League final to Barcelona. Great accomplishment, that not even the loss in the final can take away from.

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Episode 109 4/8/14

8Apr

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We start off by looking back at Benfica's first leg of the Europa League Quarters against AZ Alkmar. A shaky first 20 minutes for Benfica who despite allowing AZ to have the initiative of the game, steadied the ship and played their style for the rest of the game, bringing a 1-0 lead to Lisbon. We look ahead to AZ Alkmar, make predictions, and talk game approach.

We recap Benfica's Monday match against Rio Ave, a game where Benfica recorded their best winning margin of the season. We talk Rodrigo, Andre Almeida, Silvio, and o Barbas.

Lastly we look ahead to Arouca, this coming weekend, and the decision for the game to be played in Aveiro instead of Arouca's home field. Neil brings us up to date on Benfica B, and Benfica's Juniors in the UEFA Youth Champions League.

To finish better than a Cardozo penalty, we do another edition of "Tas Doente, or Speak da Tru"

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Episode 108 4/1/14

1Apr

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We get the first half of the pod going by recapping the porto and Braga games, and how one affected the other. While in year's past porto would have punished us for the sub par performance, we came out of the dragao feeling the 0-1 deficit is very much within our reach. With key starters being rested against porto, it was back to full strength against Braga. Although the team can see the finish line from this point, you have to wonder whether the tiredness is finally starting to show, as Benfica got the 3 points but were far from the dominating, and controlling team.

In the mid section of the podcast we talk to Jeroem, who is not only a fan of the pod and Benfica but an Az Alkmar fan first. We talk about AZ Alkmar's history, current situation and the upcoming fixture.

To finish up, we look ahead to Rio Ave, in what will be another final for Benfica, we update everyone on the B team, and share good news for Benfica fans in Canada.

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Episode 107 3/25/14

25Mar

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Tottenham starts us off, as we discus the 165 minutes of total domination by Benfica and the unnecessary 15 minutes of suffering. Next up, we look at this past weekends game against Academica,and Benfica's sublime performance.

On the preview segment we look ahead to Braga this weekend at the pedreira and at the first leg of the Portuguese Cup against porto at porto.
The pedreira has often proved to be a difficult pitch for us to play in, and although Braga is far from being the consistent good team of years past, this fixture is another key fixture on the shortening road to the title. Our recent history at the dragao is not the best, but we have been head and shoulders over porto this year, but that's not to say that it wont be a difficult game, with porto playing for pride and for a competition where they can still take from Benfica.

Lastly, we look back and pinpoint what we think was this season's turning point for Benfica. From a team that looked lost and disconnected from its leader, to the best Benfica of the JJ era.

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Episode 106 3/18/14

18Mar

In this week's episode....

106pic.jpgThe Tottenham game starts us up, and with a brief mention to JJ's hijinks, we decide to spend more time on Benfica's solid, and impressive performance. We get right into the preview for the second leg, and touch up on, despite being very hard for Benfica to lose 3-0 at home, Tottenham may want to have the last word, most likely fueled by JJ's pathetic display of a dance move.

Next up, we discuss the windy game in Madeira, where Benfica overturned a 1-0 deficit and showed their character finishing the game with 4 goals, a first for this season.

We talk Oblak and Rodrigo before looking at Benfica's next 4 fixtures, the first one of which coming up this weekend against Academica. 4 games in 10 days, a period that will certainly not only test JJ's managerial skills but also the mettle of this team.

Lastly a fun game suggested by one of our twitter followers - Tas Doente or I speak the Tru
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Episode 105 3/11/14

11Mar

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We get the podcast started by breaking down the Estoril game. A serious and cynical Benfica was enough to win a very crucial game on the road to the title. We talk game approach, tactics, and offer our opinion on where this team is at.

Next up, we enlisted the help of podcast, Spurs and Benfica fan Pete Domican to help us breakdown Tottenham, We touch up on a few other Spurs related topics, such as AVBs sacking, their season so far, and Tim Sherwood. We also talk about Spurs' approach to this game, what the Europa League means to them, while raising our own questions as to what approach JJ will have to this fixture as a whole.

Lastly we look ahead to Benfica's next game for the Portuguese league in Madeira against 5th place Nacional, and talk about this game as being another final.To finish up, JJ's 9th best coach in the world, B team, and Sjalo to the MLS.

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Episode 104 3/4/14

4Mar

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We get things started by recapping Benfica's second leg of the Europa League against  Paok. Carrying a 1-0 aggregate into Estadio da Luz, Benfica was in complete control of the match and put a nail in the 2nd leg with a 3-0 win over Paok.

Next up, we recapped Benfica's visit to the Restelo. Perhaps Benfica's ugliest performance in recent memory, yet the team controlled the game and came out of this game with the 3 points, thanks to Gaitan's wonder strike.

Lastly, we preview the crucial game against Estoril at estadio da luz this coming weekend. Fresh off their win at the dragao against porto, Estoril has to be taken very serious, especially when the memory is still fresh from last season's game, when Benfica gave away the championship against Estoril.

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Episode 103 2/25/14

25Feb

In this week's episode....

We start off the pod by remembering Mario Coluna who passed this past tuesday. Eusebio may have been Benfica's most recognizable symbol, but Coluna was just as important to Benfica history.

Next up we get into the Paok game. A second line Benfica with 4 usual starters and 3 Portuguese players was enough to keep Paok at bay in their home stadium, we talk about squad rotation and look ahead to this thursday's game approach by JJ.

With the loss of porto this weekend, Benfica had a chance to go 7 points clear of our main rivals this past decade. We discuss the Guimaraes game, talk up Markovic, and wonder where Paulo Fonseca really is.

From the impression of having lost the team early in the season, to a man that seems in control of every aspect of this team, we talk up JJ, and offer our opinions on his transformation.

Lastly, we preview the game against Belenenses, which comes at a very important time. Belenenses one of the few teams to take points away from Benfica shouldn't be taken lightly despite their poor position in the table.

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Episode 102 2/18/14

18Feb

In this week's episode...

We start off with Benfica's away win against Pacos de Ferreira. It's never easy to play in the narrow pitch of the Mata Real, add a heavy pitch, and a very compact defensive opponent, and you have all the ingredients to a difficult and quite possibly very frustrating game. We talk up Amorim, and what he adds to the team in the absence of Enzo, who was serving a 1 game suspension.

Next up, we preview Benfica's inaugural game of the Europa League against Greek side PAOK. Regardless of the hostile environment, and a team that will go toe to toe with us, there's no reason why we shouldn't be leaving Greece with a positive result, we offer our opinion and game plan.

We get into the final stretch of the pod by previewing this Monday's Liga Zon Sagres match at home vs Guimaraes. Always a challenge coming up against Rui Vitoria, add Gaitan's and Maxi's absence due to suspension and it should be an interesting one.

Lastly, we talk about Enzo's contract extension, who despite seeing his salary doubled, he still makes less money than JJ.

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