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Saturday, 26 April 2014 23:05

Three-way power game: Benfica end years of hurt to take the throne

BigThree.gifFor a generation Portuguese football has been dominated by Porto, but as Tom Kundert reports for FourFourTwo, new champions Benfica have rocketed back into pre-eminence, with Sporting also on the rise. Click here to read the story.
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@Mike, you're correct
8 Thursday, 01 May 2014 23:37
Tom Kundert / Lisbon
Thank you for pointing that out. I didn't write the graphics of photo captions but I should have noticed that. I've alerted the editors and hopefully it will be rectified soon.
@mark and federico
7 Tuesday, 29 April 2014 17:33
Mike/USA
the graphic says the below; which is incorrect:

TROPHIES SINCE 1983

•Porto
•League titles 20
•Portuguese Cups 12
•Champions League 1
•Europa League 2
Great Piece
6 Tuesday, 29 April 2014 15:24
NJ/USA/SLB
Great piece Tom.
If I was a Tripeiro, I would be most concerned with;
"The convoluted and illogical handling of the contract situations of senior players like Lucho González, Nicolas Otamendi and Fernando is further indication that all is not well."
Some of their transfers have also been suspect, mainly the overpaying for Danilo and Sandro and possibly Herrera. It should also be a concern that the transfers that are supposed to be key, are coming for free.
You would like to think that Porto's finances are in order, but I'm not sure where future transfer windfalls will come from. Jackson's value can't be as high as advertised. Fernando should bring a tidy profit, as would Mangala but...
You would like to think that pieces are in place, where heavy investment wouldn't be necessary.

Sporting's turn around has been incredible. I may dislike PdC, but his main focus was to galvanize the fans, and he's done that. Although I do feel that the current squad is being a bit over valued, so we'll see.

As for Benfica, it's been a great story and hopefully it will continue. As always we'll be sellers so we'll need the current crop of buys to step up.
The fact is that it will all start over next campaign. Hopefully we'll be coming off an even higher note than now, but we need to do it again.

The fact is that Benfica, Sporting and now Porto should be dominating the league and be forces in Europe. Shame on them if they aren't.
@Mike/usa
5 Tuesday, 29 April 2014 12:58
Mark/Benfiquista/Toronto
read the piece again. he says that in 11 year span they won the league nine times, Champions League and two Europa Leagues
Fantastic article but wrong conclusion
4 Tuesday, 29 April 2014 09:28
Frederico/Switzerland
Fantastic article Tom but Benfica need to win 3 seasons on a row before you can say it is the new cycle. If Benfica sell Garay Gaitán Enzo Rodrigo Markovic and JJ leaves it will be difficult for them. Interesting time in Portuguese football.

@Mike "In the last 11 seasons they won the league nine times, not to mention the Champions League and two Europa Leagues" not 1983.
442 article
3 Tuesday, 29 April 2014 01:12
Mike/USA
Tom, in your 442 article, you state that Porto have won one champs league since 1983 when in fact they have won two...1987 and 2004 as you know
Absolutely spot on
2 Monday, 28 April 2014 12:34
Vasco/Portugal
As a contributor to the site, I couldn't be prouder to work under the helm of Tom - and this piece is just one of the reasons why.
Perfect
1 Saturday, 26 April 2014 23:47
Golden/Porto
This is one of the most well-written pieces I've ever read, Tom! Outstanding.

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