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SC Braga: A Hero's Return

Started on 14 April 2014 by Jack
Latest Reply on 17 September 2014 by Jack
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That is a brilliant signing for quite a low fee considering his talent! He will tear up the league for you :D
ASR-PSV: Thanks! :D

Neal: I was extremely happy when I saw €13.5m was his value, can't wait for him to start

January Update


We managed to win against some of the best teams like Porto and Sporting very comfortably this month which sets our teams morale sky high before the big clash against Barcelona next month. As normal in January, clubs make signings and we have made 2 of the biggest of the window as you'll find out. We signed ten players this transfer window, two of which are on loan and three have either been moved down to Braga B or loaned out.

Braga 3 - 0 Sporting Lisbon

Taca de Portugal 5th Round
Estádio AXA
Attendance: 12,368



Federico Pardini (17)
Michy Batshuayi (25)
Bruma (89)


Braga 5 - 0 Sporting Lisbon

Liga Zon Sagres
Estádio AXA
Attendance: 19,244



Federico Pardini (7)
Michy Batshuayi (38, 40, 87)
Bruma (45+2)


Vitória Guimarães 0 - 2 Braga

League Cup 3rd Phase Group Stage
Estádio D. Afonso Henriques
Attendance: 7,191



Bruma (34, 56)

FC Porto 0 - 5 Braga

Liga Zon Sagres
Estádio do Dragao



Federico Pardini (17, 63, 88)
Bruma (31, 56)


Marítimo 3 - 2 Braga

League Cup 3rd Phase Group Stage
Estádio dos Barreiros
Attendance: 1,395



Pedro Carmona (1)
Bruma (27)
Lima (own goal 55)
Michy Batshuayi (60)
Proenca (88)

Braga 6 - 0 Estoril

Liga Zon Sagres
Estádio AXA
Attendance: 18,832



James Rodríguez (28)
Bruma (29, 35)
Michy Batshuayi (40, 45, 80)





The Month Ahead

February


It's the big one. Braga vs Barcelona at the Estádio AXA next month. Where we are the underdogs for once, our young team will try overcome the titan that is Barcelona. Also in February, we play first placed SL Benfica in the League Cup Semi-Final and our dearest rivals, Vitória Guimarães in the league so I hope they're in for another thrashing at the hands of their rivals.

Player of the Month

Bruma


A brilliant month from the four-time Portuguese international as he has had to fight for his place in our side following the arrival of James Rodríguez and another great signing I will show you in the next part. He scored NINE GOALS this month and he will surely be keeping his place in the side.

Transfers

We had to sign some great quality players before our clash with Barcelona and by that, we also needed to send some out of the door the contrast the fees we were splashing out in January.



Really nice work Jack.. Keep going mate.. I'm sure that both James and Nem will shine ;)

Braga Pull Off Historic Win


In what was the single biggest match in the ninety-five year history of Sporting Clube de Braga, they surely delivered the goods against Spanish giants FC Barcelona as they defeated Los Culés 2-0 at the Estádio AXA in what was a near sellout at Braga's home ground.



It was a dull first-half to start with, as Braga dominated the shots tally, taking nine shots in the first half compared to Barcelona's five attempts, however, the Catalans dominated the possession throughout the match, having 52% at the end of the match.

As soon as the teams were out for the second half and the referees whistle screeched across the stadium, Braga fans were about to witness the single biggest forty-five minutes in the clubs history, as ten minutes after the second half began, January signing Wellington Nem glided past a Deulofeu challenge on the half-way line. He then went onto dribble down the wing, with Dani Alves making no attempt at trying to tackle his fellow Brazilian teammate. Nem, sent in what looked like a cross towards Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi, but caught German keeper ter Stegen far off his line as it lobbed over the helpless keeper into the far side netting much to the delight of the twenty-eight thousand Braga fans packed into the stadium.

With just ten minutes remaining, more joy was about to erupt in the ground as a Michy Batshuayi shot was tipped around the post by Marc-André ter Stegen, leading to a corner. Portuguese winger Bruma took the corner for Braga, he took it with his right foot, meaning it would outswing away from the goal. The inward curve of the cross caught ter Stegen well offguard as he was already off of his line, ready to grab hold of the ball ahead of anyone else, but it found Brazilian defender André Ramalho, who had been loaned out to Brazilian side Botafogo for the first part of the season, and headed it home, inserting his name into Braga's history books in a win that would be remembered for many years to come.

"I'm so happy for the fans for all their support over the years, and this win is us paying back those fans for sticking with us throughout all the misery of recent years. They've been superb and deserve a huge night out tonight. I know that's what me and the team will be doing, as unprofessional as it sounds but they deserve it after tonight, it was like a dream. I've always wanted to help the club since I fell in love with here as a child, and I think I might have fulfilled that dream tonight. You would not believe the happiness going through me right now." Said the gaffer Azevedo before being sprayed by his team with bottles of champagne, you can see how much it means to everyone involved at Braga, and certainly signals to a new era of domination for the club.
Superb wiiin! Well done! :D
Amazing win mate!
Barcelona suck balls. Forza Braga! In your face Barcelona!
Spectacular victory...Braga will always remember this night.
Zogra: Thanks :D I hope so with the fees I've paid out!

Arran: Cheers m9

AAN: Thanks mate! :D

TheMS99: That's one way to put it ;)

Neal: We definitely will Neal :D
Meh, it's JUST Barca. I keed. Francisco Gomes SS is in Capezzi's, btw! Anyways, some awesome sales and even better signings. BRAGA is over the 'hurdle' called the Portuguese League and will probs win the Champions League! I mean, from losing 3-0, to 4-3 ;). Fantastic.

February Update


A very memorable month as we put our name of Braga firmly in contention for Europe's top team after that win against Barcelona in the Champions League Knockout Round First Leg. We also defeated Benfica in the league which brings us a win away from catching up with the league leaders, and if we managed to beat Nacional da Madeira we would be top of the league. The title race is still a three horse race in my opinion with Porto level on points with us.

Vitória Setúbal 2 - 5 Braga

Taca de Portugal 6th Round
Estádio de Bonfim
Attendance: 3,138



Federico Pardini (9, 15)
Michy Batshuayi (28, 73)
Wellington Nem (36)

Pintassilgo (69)
Diogo Rosado (43)


Académica 0 - 3 Braga

Liga Zon Sagres
Estádio Cidade de Coimbra
Attendance: 4,601



Michy Batshuayi (1)
André Ramalho (23)
Bruma (33)


Braga 3 - 1 SL Benfica

League Cup Semi Final
Estádio AXA
Attendance: 21,197



Federico Pardini (7, 64, pen 68)
Ola John (49)

Braga 2 - 0 FC Barcelona

Champions League First Knockout Round 1st Leg
Estádio AXA
Attendance: 29,829


Wellington Nem (55)
André Ramalho (80)


Braga 3 - 0 Vitória Guimarães

Liga Zon Sagres
Estádio AXA
Attendance: 22,403



Wellington Nem (5)
Michy Batshuayi (36, pen 69)


Braga 1 - 1 Nacional da Madeira

Liga Zon Sagres
Estádio AXA
Attendance: 18,862



Wellington Nem (20)
Mário Rondon (66)

SL Benfica 0 - 4 Braga

Liga Zon Sagres
Estádio de Luz
Attendance: 45,855



Rodrigo (3)
André Ramalho (13)
Michy Batshuayi (74, 75)





The Month Ahead

March


In March we play the two teams at the bottom of the table, Olhanense and Portimonense, which will be two easy victories in my eyes as well as a mid-table Gil Vicente to play. We have the obvious one as well, Barcelona at the Nou Camp where I will be elated to get a draw or even a goal just so we have that confidence of an away goal if it becomes necessary. Also at the end of the month we play Benfica yet again but this time in the Taca de Portugal Semi Final 1st leg where we look to complete the treble of the league, League Cup and Taca de Portugal, with the unlikely possibility of the Champions League.

Player of the Month

Wellington Nem


Since signing from Bayern Munich, Wellington Nem has gone onto become a fan favourite just a month into his career at Braga! He's scored four goals in five matches with three assists and one Man of the Match. He's settled into Portuguese football brilliantly, whether it's because he speaks Poruguese? I don't know but he's been playing at the top of his game already.
Well done

Braga Go Through, Draw Man City



Following the defeat of Barcelona in the First Knockout Round on away goals, Braga have to face their next challenge in their path. Manchester City in the Quarter Finals.

Braga and Barcelona fans were both on the edge of their seats as Barcelona took a 4-2 lead in the actual game after a goal from young winger Gerard Deulofeu in the sixty-ninth minute for Los Culés had both sets of fans worrying. In the end Braga got through on away goals as the aggregate score read 4-4.

Unfortunately for Barca fans, there were 93,000 people and more packed into the Camp Nou, including several thousands of Braga fans who made the 1,394 mile round trip across the Spanish-Portuguese border who left to party well into the night in front of many angry and disappointed Barcelona fans.

Although, Manchester City had a much easier draw, they played Bundesliga side Freiburg, who former Braga player Sadio Mané plays for after completing his €19m move to Germany. City managed winning 5-1 on aggregate after a 3-1 win at the MAGE SOLAR Stadion and a 2-0 win at The Etihad two weeks after. Mané couldn't play for Freiburg due to him being cup-tied after playing for Braga in the Champions League
Good luck, you can win

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