Episode 22 6/21/12

21Jun

pod22pic.jpgWith Pedro, Eric and Mike

On this episode,

We stay with the national team, as we wrap up the group stage by running down the Denmark and Holland game.

Ronaldo has massive show up against Holland, but we can't give him all the credit.

We select our Portuguese MVP of the group stage, as well as our surprise player. Who would have thought that Varela and Nelson Oliveira would be Bento's first options off the Bench?

We discuss things that grabbed our attention during these first 3 games.

Finally we wrap up the pod by previewing the Czech Republic game, and discussing some of the keys to a game where Portugal are favorites, and it's not the game from 1996 that will make us less favorites, yet, Portugal mus approach this game in a serious manner and continue their steady climb to the top.

** I apologize for the abrupt ending to the podcast.  For the second night in a row I had problems with my audio recording software, 5 minutes were missing from the tail end of the  podcast which i relaized during editing, but the important content is all there.

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Episode 21 6/13/12

12Jun

Episode #21 with Pedro and Ericpod21.jpg

On this episode, We discuss Portugal's first game of their Euro 2012 campaign versus Germany. Paulo Bento's starting 11 and the team's game plan against one of the favorites of the tournament.  We touch up on a multitude of topics  including : The national anthem - to sing or not to sing. "Miguel" the player formerly known as Veloso. Ronaldo does his best Lady Gaga impression  and changes looks for the second half.

We take a quick look at Bento's changes for the second half, Golden Boy Nelson Oliveira makes his major tournament debut, and does well, but should he be starting?  Bento's last attempt to turn things around with Varela's substitution, and our one clear chance to tie the game.

In the second half, we look at Denmark, and the possible scenarios, that will allow Portugal into the next phase of the competition.

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Episode 20 6/6/12

5Jun

With Eric Krakauer @bigsoccerheadny Editor in Chief of Worldstriker.compod20pic.jpg

On this episode,  Eric and I break down Portugal's last tune up game against Turkey. A much better performance by a Portugal side that will closely resemble the side that will open up against Germany.  Still room for improvement, but a lot of positives in this game.

In the second segment, We breakdown Portugal's first opponent and Euro favorites Germany. Depth and tons of talent, will prove to be a huge challenge to Portugal if we are to advance to in the group of death.

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