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Benfica

At the beginning of February, no one would have believed Benfica would fall from first place. The team was playing great football, impressing in the Champions League, and was sitting in first place. Then in the span of three games, first place was lost, and Benfica could not reach it again. For the 2012/2013 season, few changes have been made, knowing last season's squad will be even hungrier for the title. Much of the squad is the same, with coveted stars Axel Witsel and Nico Gaitan staying, while Carlos Martins, Eduardo Salvio, and Ola John have been added to strengthen the squad. This is the fourth year where manager Jorge Jesus has been in charge, and the expectations on him are higher than ever.

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