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Thursday, 24 April 2014 22:45

Lima rocket gives Benfica lead to take to Turin

lima-juventus-20140424.jpgBenfica 2-1 Juventus

In a predictably tight game at the Estádio da Luz tonight Benfica earned a narrow lead to take to Italy in the second leg against an impressive Juventus side.
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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 08:06

Juventus – the expert lowdown

In-depth look at Benfica’s Europa League semi-final opponents

download__1_.jpgOn Thursday night one of the most eagerly awaited matches of the club season will take place in Lisbon, as the newly crowned Portuguese champions take on Juventus in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final. PortuGOAL enlisted the help of Juventus expert Adam Digby for a detailed look at the Italian champions elect.
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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 20:25

Benfica vs Juventus: Tactical preview

Portuguese champions in for a treat

download_3.jpgNext Thursday Benfica and Juventus will be fighting for one of the two places in the Europa League final. In fact, it will probably be one of the best dress rehearsals UEFA could have possibly wanted, since the stadiums of these two teams are the venues for the Champions League and Europa League finals in a few weeks' time.
 
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Monday, 21 April 2014 09:12

Ten reasons why Benfica became champions of Portugal

Benficafans2.jpgIn no particular order, Tom Kundert lists ten key factors that fuelled Benfica’s conquest of the 2013/14 Liga ZON Sagres title.
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Sunday, 20 April 2014 22:00

Lima double clinches title for Benfica

Eagles see off Olhanense to trigger massive celebrations

benfica-champions-201314.jpgBenfica beat Olhanense 2-0 at the Estádio da Luz tonight to clinch the Portuguese title with two rounds to spare. In front of a 64,000 capacity crowd a quick-fire double from striker Lima in the second half earned the Eagles the three points and their 33rd national championship.
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 21:50

Benfica 3-1 FC Porto: Tactical breakdown

Eagles prove their mettle

taca-de-portugal.jpgNot unlike Atlético Madrid and Barcelona over in neighbouring Spain, Benfica and FC Porto met once again this season for the first of three upcoming Clássicos over the upcoming weeks, with the soon-to-be Portuguese champions resiliently (and enthusiastically) overcoming the incumbents for the Portuguese Cup.

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Friday, 11 April 2014 23:27

PortuGOAL Podcast: More joy for Benfica, more despair for Porto

How are Sporting set for next season?

portugoal-square-logo.jpgIt was joy for Benfica in the Europa League last night, as two Rodrigo goals gave the Eagles a 2-0 win over AZ Alkmaar to set up a mouth-watering semi-final against Juventus. Porto, on the other hand, crashed out after being beaten 4-1 at Sevilla. And can Sporting maintain their momentum with new challenges next season? Vasco Mota Pereira and Tom Kundert attempt to make some sense of it all in the latest PortuGOAL podcast.
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Thursday, 10 April 2014 23:30

Europa League: Benfica waltz into semi-final, Porto crash out

Sílvio double fracture mars Benfica win

salvio-smiles-20130412.jpgTwo identical Rodrigo goals gave Benfica a comfortable win in Lisbon tonight to complete a 3-0 aggregate victory over AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League quarter-finals. It was a sad night for Portugal full-back Sílvio though, who fractured his tibia and fibula robbing him of a probable place in Portugal's World Cup squad.

FC Porto crashed out of the competition with a heavy defeat in Spain against Sevilla. An awful decision from the referee to award a penalty for a blatant dive gave the Spaniards the perfect start on 5 minutes, but the Dragons proceeded to fall apart. The tie was all but over on the half hour mark, with Sevilla 3-0 up, and the final 4-1 scoreline is one of Porto's heaviest defeats in Europe.
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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 22:28

FPF renew Paulo Bento's contract

Portugal coach signs on dotted line until 2016

bento-contract-extension-20140409.jpgThe Portuguese Football Federation has extended the contract of Portugal coach Paulo Bento until the end of Euro 2016. The move is a show of faith for Bento ahead of the summer World Cup in Brazil.
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Monday, 07 April 2014 21:34

Liga round-up: Benfica close in on title

Top spots all but defined

cardozo-celebs-20140407.jpgThe top four in the Liga ZON Sagres all won this weekend and it now looks certain that the top positions in the 2013/14 season are defined. Benfica's resounding 4-0 demolition of Rio Ave tonight - the 9th successive Liga victory for Jorge Jesus' men - means the Eagles need just five points from their final four matches to claim the title.
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