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#1   Cowić

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 05:28 AM

The official website revealed our preseason schedule. There are some difficult teams in here, so it should be an interesting pre-season.

PROGRAMA DA PRÉ-ÉPOCA
Estágio de 9 a 16 de Julho
9 de Julho – Início do estágio em Evian

Dia 13 de Julho
SL Benfica - Marselha
Local: Estádio Tourbillon (Sion, Suíça)

Dia 15 de Julho
SL Benfica - RH Hamm
Local: Estádio Hesperange (Luxemburgo)

Dia 16 de Julho
SL Benfica - Lille
Local: Estádio Saint Symphorien (Metz)

Dia 18 de Julho – Jogo “Um Gesto Contra a Fome”
SL Benfica- Selecção “Luís Figo & Resto do Mundo”
Uma organização conjunta Fundação Benfica, Fundação Luís Figo e o ACNUR
Local: Estádio da Luz

Dia 21 e 22 de Julho
Participação no Torneio de Masters de Wroclaw
Local: Estádio Miejski (Polónia)
Equipas participantes: SL Benfica, Atlético de Bilbau, PSV e Slask Wroclaw

Dia 27 de Julho – Eusébio Cup
SL Benfica – Real Madrid
Local: Estádio da Luz

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:42 AM

28 players were presented only missing Maxi and Nelson who will return on a later date.

Guarda-redes: Artur Moraes, Paulo Lopes e Mika;
Defesas: Luisão, Garay, Miguel Vítor, Jardel e Luisinho;
Médios: Javi García, Bruno César, Nolito, Pablo Aimar, Matic, Witsel, Carlos Martins, Melgarejo, Ola John, Yannick Djaló, Gaitán, Enzo Perez e Yartey;
Avançados: Cardozo, Rodrigo Moreno, Saviola, Hugo Vieira, Rodrigo Mora, Alan Kardec e Michel.

Happy to see Melgarejo and Yartey, hope they will be given a good look this preseason. Surprised with Perez though with the bs last season.
No Capdevila and Emerson (thank god) as they have been given permission to start looking for other clubs.


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Posted 03 July 2012 - 09:10 AM

I hope Carlos Martins stays this season, if Jesus isn't going to use Bruno Cesar in the center. Having Martins to rotate with Aimar like he did in the past would be a big help. And there are games where he can save us with his long shots and passing ability.
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Posted 03 July 2012 - 01:06 PM

I really hope Hugo Viera isn't being considered a forward. He was at his best playing just behind the striker as more of a number 10.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 07:04 AM

Ugg Rodrigo is gonna miss some pre season because of the Olympics. Also feel Vieira played best behind the striker. Also i think to get the best out of Martins, i think he'd play best where Witsel plays, think he'd be a good backup.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 08:49 PM

Looks like we'll have a friendly with Juventus on August 1.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 11:38 PM

Roderick will now be going joining the team in France while Yartey is cut. A bit disappointed to see Yartey cut, always wanted to see him get a look, problem is that we have way to many wingers especially on the lw.

Guarda-redes: Artur, Paulo Lopes e Mika;

Defesas: Maxi Pereira, Luisão, Garay, Jardel, Miguel Vítor, Roderick e Luisinho;

Médios: Javi García, Matic, Carlos Martins, Witsel, Bruno César, Nolito, Enzo Pérez, Pablo Aimar, Nico Gaitán, Ola John e Melgarejo;

Avançados: Cardozo, Saviola, Rodrigo Mora, Yannick, Hugo Vieira, Michel e Kardec.

Maxi is back. Nelson will join in a later date. Sucks Rodrigo will miss these matches.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 06:55 AM

I really hope Hugo Viera isn't being considered a forward. He was at his best playing just behind the striker as more of a number 10.


I don't think he'll have problems as a forward, if he plays as a deep-lying forward like Saviola in his first season here. He has similar qualities with his pace, dribbling, and goalscoring. Saviola in his best form linked up great with Cardozo so if we could get Hugo Vieira doing that with Cardozo or Rodrigo it could help our playstyle.

Also back in his days playing in the Regionals, he scored 37 goals in 30 games during a season. If he has a hunger for goals, I'd like to see how he does with Aimar, Witsel, and others behind him supplying passes.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:45 AM

First match tomorrow, hopefully will get to see Roderick, Vieira, Michel, Melgarejo, Ola John, etc.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 02:59 PM

Pictures from the trainings.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 04:58 PM

JJ said that it'll either be Luisinho or Melgarejo at LB, not sure why we may move Melgarejo to defense, smh.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 05:24 PM

There's only 1 LB in the squad right now so they had to throw someone in there. Hopefully it's just until we get a main LB signed because it'd be a waste using Melgarejo as an LB when he can be contributing with goals playing in his normal position.
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 09:17 PM

We beat Marseille 2-0 with a Cardozo goal (PK) and Carlos Martins goal.

Luisinho looked pretty good at LB and sent in more crosses in 45 minutes than Emerson did in the whole season. He also made a few nice tackles. The only negative is that he isn't used to dealing with long balls to pacey players like Remy, but that was expected from someone who is still adapting to the LB position.

Melgarejo played LB in the 2nd half but Marseille barely attacked so he wasn't tested much.

I preferred having Nolito and Ola John as our wingers over Gaitan and Bruno Cesar. They get into the box much more naturally. Gaitan and Cesar stay too deep sometimes leaving 1 striker against 4 defenders. This was a problem last season when we faced teams with 10 men defending. John was constantly a nuisance to defenders with his dribbling and pace and he looks for the cross.

Bruno Cesar was tried in the center 2nd half. I'd rather see him used there because of what I mentioned above.

I like what Martins adds to the team. He can get us goals from midfield which will be needed against teams that park the bus. Beautiful goal today.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 09:21 PM

What a strike from Carlos Martins!

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 09:47 PM

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Wtf is going on with Nolito's hair?