Episode 129 10/15/14


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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 reason not to feel optimistic about the future of the national team. It may not be a golden generation but the talent pool is definitely rich in talent.

On the second half of the pod, we get back to Benfica, and look at Benfica's upcoming Portuguese Cup game against Sporting da Covilha. Perhaps a chance for some of the less used players to play, we take a stab at possible 11s.

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Episode 128 10/7/14


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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 same reputation.

In the middle segment of the pod, we look back at Benfica's game against Arouca, and discuss several of the debuts JJ promoted.

Lastly we look at the National team and Fernando Santos' first call up. We play a word association game with every player on that same list.

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Episode 127 9/30/14


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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 discuss the importance of a win, and the different scenarios to come out of the group stages.

Lastly, we look ahead to Benfica's next home fixture against a tricky Arouca, who grabbed a point from us last season at Estadio Da Luz.

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Episode 126 9/23/14


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Benfica hosted Moreirense and came back from a 0-1 deficit to get the 3 points with a 3-1 final result.We look back at Benfica's first half, Eliseu's important goal, and JJ's decision to make a very tactical substitution on the 35th minute. Steve breaks down the change and explains how it affected 3 different areas.

On the final segment, we look ahead to our away game versus Estoril this weekend, where the "Canarinhos" and their experienced coach - Jose  Couceiro, will be looking to stop Benfica. The game also takes on a different importance as porto and Sporting will play each other, and Benfica will have a chance to add more points two their current on either team.

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Episode 125 9/17/14


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After a one week absence, we are back and get right into things by looking back at Benfica's win against Vitoria Setubal. A Hat-trick from new signing - Anderson Talisca, and a fairly easy game. Among other topics, We get into Talisca, is he the real deal? Does his hat-trick prove he is a game changer, or is this merely a step in his evolution?

Next up, we look back at Benfica's debut in this year's Champions League versus Zenit. We reach the conclusion there are players that are not Champions League caliber, and we can't possible have a decent Champions League campaign if we keep insisting on their inclusion in the starting 11, surely there must be other alternatives. To finish off the Champions League segment, we look at the out pour of support for the team at the end of the Zenit game, who despite losing 2-0 put forth an effort that made the fans in attendance proud.

Lastly, we look ahead to Benfica's next domestic game against Moreirense

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Episode 124 9/2/14


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We look back at the derby, high's and lows, the good and the bad, and the opinion of Laura who was at the game. Next up, We take a look at the transfer window, and can't help to be happy with the Enzo staying. If there was a sector on this team Benfica strengthened was the midfield, after signing Samaris, we signed Italian prodigy, Bryan Cristante from AC Milan, and cant help but to be excited about his future at the club.

Lastly, we look at the Champions League draw and talk about difficult match ups and our opponents in general.

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Episode 123 8/26/14


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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; among other things.

On the second half of the pod, we turn our attention to this weekend's derby, and ponder if Benfica, at its current state, can actually open the door for the first win by Sporting since the 05/06 season. We still have enough individual quality, but it's the midfield that worries us, especially with Amorim's injury. We will have to see if new boy Samaris will step in and put our minds at ease.

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Episode 122 8/18/14


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We get the podcast going by looking back at Benfica's first season opening win in 10 years. A 2-0 win against Pacos Ferreira was enough to keep the momentum going and to break the season opener slump. A decent performance by Benfica, which doesn't mask the inability of our front line to put away the ball. We offer our opinions on the game, ponder a change up front and even a formation change.
Next up, we look back as LFV's interview to Benfica TV, where he touched up on the BES situation, and how it affects Benfica; Buys, sales, loans, and the club's future. We offer our takes on the interview, and call out LFV on a few things.
Lastly, we look ahead to the Boavista game, where Benfica will have to play in an artificial pitch, and cant be looking past newly promoted Boavista.
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Episode 121 8/12/14


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We open up the pod by talking about Benfica's dominant performance in the Super Cup against Rio Ave, a performance which falters by not having been one where the chances created didn't bear half the amount of goals. Winning the game in Pk's ends up being a just reward, but Benfica showed a lot more. Still on the the Super Cup, we talk about Enzo's importance to the team and the whole Artur situation.

In the middle section of the pod, we turn our attention to the loans of Ivan Cavaleiro and Bernardo Silva, and wonder if they will ever wear a Benfica jersey.

Lastly, we look ahead to Benfica's season opener against P. Ferreira this weekend. Benfica has yet to win a season opener under JJ, let's we this time around we break that trend.

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Episode 120 8/5/14


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We start off with Cardozo's exit, and discussing our own personal feelings about Cardozo. Not always a consensual choice among fans, Cardozo's numbers are hard to dispute. The best foreign goal scorer of all time at Benfica, and 9th overall in the club's rich history, Cardozo leaves behind numbers that will be hard to surpass not to mention unforgettable. We wish Cardozo the best of luck in his new adventure.

In the second half of the podcast, we take a general look at the pre-season as a whole, discuss planning, signings or lack thereof, and we finish up by discussing which players should stay and which players should go. To finish off, we take a quick look at the Super Cup and why a win is  so important, after this pre-season media burial of this team.

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