Episode 190 - Time to go to Work

9Feb

In this week's episode....

We open up the pod by looking at this past weekend's game against Belenenses.. We discuss Mitroglou's emergence as a starter, Pizzi's ever present influence and the debut of Lindelof.
In the second half, we preview the game against porto in detail, by discussing the timing of this classic, considering both teams' moments and how crucial this game is for both teams.
Lastly we look ahead to Benfica's UCL first leg game against Zenit. and answer your twitter questions.

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Episode 189 - Transfer window closed

2Feb

In this episode....

We start off by recapping Benfica's 4-1 win against Moreirense. An effective victory, and the sense that the team is coming into their best phase of the season. We discuss when Nelson Semedo will return to the starting 11, Mitroglou's worth, and Jonas Pistolas plight for the Golden Boot.

After the break, we take a look at Benfica's activity in the winter transfer window, and Carrillos signing for next season and how he will affect the team in terms of depth.
Lastly we take a look at Benfica's game at Belenenses this coming Friday, and answer some twitter questions.

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Episode 188 - Goals Galore

26Jan

In this episode....

We look back at Benfica's win against Arouca at Estadio da Luz. A comfortable win that started getting built early in the game. We discuss the importance of Gaitan, and how Renato Sanches and Pizzi have transformed this team. We also discuss Samaris emergence in the absence of Fejsa and the Jonas and Mitroglou incident in the third goal.

Next up, we look at Benfica's win against Moreirense for the League Cup that clinched Benfica a spot in the semis of the competition. We touch up on Semedo, Talisca, Grimaldo, Jimenez and Goncalo Guedes, who all got a chance to play.

Lastly we look ahead to Benfica's weekend fixture also against Moreirense, and also Benfica's calendar in the crucial month of February.

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Episode 187 - if IFS and ANDS were Pots and Pans

20Jan

On this week's episode....

We talk a look back at Benfica's win against Estoril,  a game that solidified the team's consistency, and that could very well have been the momentum builder the team has been working towards. We discuss Vitoria's recent game reads, and his key substitutions.

Next we discuss Benfica's game against lower tier Oriental, in a game in which Rui Vitoria gave playing time to some of the less used players, as well as promoting the return of Nelson Semedo, who missed most of the first half of the season because of injury.

Lastly we look ahead to Benfica's upcoming game against Arouca who are one of 3 teams that have taken all 3 points away from Benfica domestically. Twitter questions

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Episode 186 - Half Way Point

12Jan

In this week's episode...

We look back at both matches against the two Madeira teams, Maritimo and Nacional. Benfica beat Maritimo convincingly at the Luz by the score of 6-0, and then traveled to Madeira to face Nacional, in  game that was postponed to be played the next day due to the usual visibility problems created by the always present fog. We discuss the individual performances of Jonas, Almeida, Fejsa and the sudden emergence of Carcela, who is making a strong case for a starting spot on Vitoria's team.

In the second half of the podcast, we look at Benfica's first half of the season, and look ahead to this weekend's game against Estorial, as well as your twitter questions.

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Episode 185 - A Shot in the Castle

5Jan

In this week's episode...

In the first podcast of 2016 we start the podcast by looking at Benfica's first game of this year's league cup against Nacional at Estadio da Luz. An ugly game with the desired effect, as Jimenez grabs the winner as the game closed out. Following the League Cup game Benfica was in action in the birth city against Guimaraes, a crucial game considering that our direct opponents were also playing each other. A tough game from a Guimaraes team who was very physical. Benfica managed to unlock the Guimaraes defense, and get the 3 points, courtesy of a "bomb" from Renato Sanches.

In the second half of the podcast, we look ahead to the Maritimo and Nacional games, we discuss Rui Vitoria's unchaining with the media, Cristante's loan, and Pizzi's deal. We finish up by answering some twitter questions.

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Bonus Podcast - Highlights and Lowlights

30Dec

Some Highlights from the beginning of the season... enjoy

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Episode 184 - Santa Comes Early

22Dec

In this week's episode....

We recap the the Rio Ave win this past weekend, look ahead to the League Cup, and discuss the very busy month of January for Benfica.

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Happy Holidays

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Episode 183 12/16/15 - Castaway from Contention

16Dec

In this week's episode....

We start off the podcast by looking back at Benfica's game at Vitoria de Setubal. A 4 goal win over a good Setubal game, where the scoreline hides some of the team's deficiencies, nonetheless a win. We discuss Samaris' inclusion in the starting 11 and how that affected Benfica's midfield.
Next up, we look back at the make up game Benfica played in the Madeira island where Benfica were unable to beat mediocre Uniao da Madeira team. Benfica was unable to break down the defensive bus, and looked out of ideas to grab the important 3 points that would allow Benfica to stay in the race. We discuss Vitoria's choices and, the likelihood Benfica may have fallen out of title contention with the tie result. We offer some reality on would could very well be a transition year for Benfica and Rui Vitoria.

In the second half of the podcast, we briefly discuss Benfica's Champions League drawing of Zenit for the next round. Also in our look ahead, we preview this weekend's game at Estadio Da Luz against Rio Ave. To close out, we discuss the Euro 2016 drawing and the teams that were grouped together with the Selecao in the group stages of this upcoming summers competition.

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Episode 182 12/9/15 - Sanches Lovefest

10Dec

In this week's episode.....

We get things going by looking at Benfica's home game against Academica, We talk improvements, tactic changes and Renato Sanches' bomb.

In the middle segment we look back at Benfica's CL game against Atletico Madrid. It's hard to get away from talking about how Sanches is influencing this team. We take a look at the team's performance, analyze key moments of the game and look ahead to to possible opponents in the round of 16.

Lastly, We briefly discuss Benfica's new TV deal, and look ahead to Setubal this weekend, and answer some twitter questions.

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