Episode 134 11/18/14

18Nov

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With Benfica being off, we dedicate this week's podcast to the National Team.
We discuss call ups, Santos' tactical ideas and Raphael Guerreiro.

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Episode 133 11/11/14

11Nov

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We gets started by looking back at Benfica's game against Nacional da Madeira. It wasn't pretty but Benfica got the all too important 3 points, which ended up being crucial as our direct rivals both tied. We talk about the left back situation, the defensive midfield situation and some of the positional holes this team has.

On the second segment, we look at the Fernando Santos call up sheet for the Euro qualifier match against Armenia, and the exhibition against Argentina in Manchester.

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Podcast # 132 11/4/14

5Nov

In this week's podcast..

We review the game against Rio Ave, Champions League Monaco match,and look ahead to this upcoming weekend's fixture against Nacional.

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Episode #131 10/28/14

29Oct

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We start up the podcast by discussing Benfica's game at Monaco for the Champions League. Against what looks like to be the weakest team of this group, Benfica failed to grab maximum points, and we find ourselves last in the group. We discuss the team's approach and future intentions, and if the Europa League will be more of a distraction than anything else in our plight to the "bi".

In the second segment of the pod, we turn our attention to the match at the Pedreira, where Benfica usually have issues with local Braga. We debate the attitude in this game versus the Monaco game, and we get into a JJ debate,as well as our bench quality.

Lastly we look ahead to Benfica's next home game versus Rio Ave.

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Episode 130 10/21/14

21Oct

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We look back at Benfica's game against Sporting da Covilha for the Portuguese Cup, We discuss JJ's complete overall of the starting 11 and offer our opinion on the debutantes - did they impress or disappoint?

In the middle  segment of the podcast, we look ahead at to the Champions LEague Match against Monaco. Steve breaks down Monaco, and we talk about possive 11,s and Bernardo Silva.

Lastly, we look back at this week's upcoming match against Braga at the Pedreira.

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Episode 129 10/15/14

15Oct

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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

7Oct

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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

30Sep

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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

23Sep

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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

17Sep

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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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