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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Episode 124 9/2/14

2Sep

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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

26Aug

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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

18Aug

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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

12Aug

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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

5Aug

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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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Episode 119 7/29/14

29Jul

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We look back at Benfica's games against Marseille and Ajax. Putting away the results, we look at the team's progress as a whole and how they are assimilating JJs ideas. We also offer some more impressions on the new signings as well as some of the other players that are at camp.
Following our squad breakdown, we discuss a bit of Benfica news. The Fly Emirates deal, Farinas loan, Eliseu and Bebe's signings, and Benfica TV in the UK.
Lastly we look at the 28 players that made the trip to Switzerland to play against Sion and Athletic Bilbau this weekend. More chances to impress for some players, as the squad will be trimmed very soon.

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Episode 118 7/22/14

22Jul

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We offer our first impressions on the new signings, the returning players, and some of the B players that have been promoted. Next up we enlist the help of Pedro to explain Benfica's obligations to BES and what that means for the immediate future of the club.
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Episode 117 7/15/14

15Jul

In this week's Podcast....

We are back, and we get right into Benfica's Pre-Season. Who's at camp, who left, and new signings.

We get things started by reading off the extensive list of who is at camp. B team players, returning players and new signings.

Staying with new signings, we look at every new signing, with complete stats of what each player did this past season, and we offer our opinion on each one of them. Some of them from what we have seen, others from the not so reliable You Tube Scouting.

Next up we talk about the players who have been confirmed as leaving. From Garay to Oblak, we discuss the deals, and look at Benfica's business sense. We also spend sometime talking about the strange Garay transfer and Oblak's less than popular actions.

Lastly we look ahead to Benfica's first pre-season matches for the Lisbon Honor Cup, a competition that may bring us the first derby of the season.

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National Team Pod #5 7/2/14

2Jul

In this week's episode...

We wrap up Portugal's participation in the World Cup. First we look back at Portugal's game against Ghana, where Portugal created enough chances to erase their negative goal differential, ye,t were not able to put the chances away. Next up, we look at Portugal's World Cup showing, while referencing some of what Paulo Bento said in this week's  interview to Portuguese TV. Lastly we look ahead to the National team's supposed renewal as mentioned by Paulo Bento.

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