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After a three year drought and many struggles, Benfica came back stronger than ever and won the domestic treble. Big teams came calling, and now only a fraction of the squad remains, leaving many fans hopes in their new signings. Disappointed by their third place finish, Porto invested heavily in the summer and completely changed the look of the team in order to regain the league title. Sporting returned to Portugal's top 3 after a two year absence and look to reestablish themselves as a heavyweight in Europe. Braga suffered one of their worst seasons in years, while their rivals Guimaraes are beginning to surprise everyone by promoting their youth players. There are also the Portuguese stars abroad; from 'El Especial' in José Mourinho, to one of the world's best in Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Benfica

It was a long wait, but Benfica fans finally got what they wanted: their 33rd league title. With a powerful squad, they also won the Portuguese Cup and League Cup to secure the domestic treble, and came close to winning the Europa League after making it to the final for the second year in a row. The following summer was not as satisfying, with key players and future stars like Rodrigo, Markovic, and Oblak being sold. Experienced players in Julio Cesar, Eliseu, and Jonas have been brought in to fill in the cracks, but Benfica's real hopes may lie in wild cards like Samaris and Anderson Talisca. Jorge Jesus continues for his fifth year at the club, still hesitant to promote youth players at a time when it could help the club.

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Porto

Porto may have an exciting season ahead of them following their disappointing third place finish under Paulo Fonseca and later Luis Castro. Julen Lopetegui has taken over, using his Spanish influence to bring in talented and established players from abroad. Among these new signings are Brahimi, an skillful winger who dribbled more times than Messi in 2013/2014, Bruno Martins Indi, a defender who impressed at the World Cup, and Spanish players Tello, Adrian, and Oliver Torres. Pinto da Costa then solidified his intent to win trophies by refusing to let top goalscorer Jackson Martinez leave. Will the team be as good on the field as they are on paper?

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Sporting

After another year of disappointment under Paulo Sérgio and later José Couceiro, a revolution took place at Alvalade. The new President Godinho Lopes, with the help of the experienced directors Carlos Freitas and Luis Duque, has spent like never before and signed 15 new players. The hopes of the 'Lions' have been placed in the hands of former Braga coach Domingos Paciência, who has exciting new talent like Diego Capel, Jeffren Suarez, Stjin Schaars or Ricky van Wolfswinkel at his disposal, in his quest to transform Sporting in a team capable of challenging for the league title once again or even shock the world in the Europa League.

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A Selecção Portuguesa

The post-World Cup period was full of drama in Portugal, which resulted in a disastrous start in the Euro qualification and the sacking of Carlos Queiroz. Former Sporting manager Paulo Bento took over and was able to stabilize the team, winning all the qualifiers and securing an emphatic 4-0 win in a friendly match against World Champions Spain. With the qualification for the Euro on the horizon of the Portuguese national team, can the captain Cristiano Ronaldo, aided by the likes of Nani, Helder Postiga or Fabio Coentrão, inspire his team-mates and seal the deal?

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