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Portugal's Great Divide (feat Feliks)

A dual story, detailing the epic battle in Portugal between the 2 biggest clubs - SL Benfica and FC Porto.
Started on 16 March 2015 by Xander
Latest Reply on 3 May 2015 by Xander

Arsenal Snap Up Salvio

  • Argentinian winger makes multi-million pound move from Benfica
  • Believed to be in the vicinity of £10,000,000
  • "Signing of Rotariu pushed me out," says Salvio

  • Accustomed to transfers, Eduardo Salvio has made the third big money move of his career, joining Premier League side Arsenal for an undisclosed fee. The 24 year old, who started at Argentine club Lanus, will now play in his third elite league in Europe after stints at Atletico Madrid and SL Benfica.

    Salvio made 60 league appearances across his 3 seasons at Benfica, often interrupted by injury and poor form, and many may argue fans never saw the best of him. Salvio will now attempt to kickstart his career for the third time, joining English heavyweights Arsenal on a £52,000 per week contract.

    Salvio's international career has stagnated and will be hoping it can be reignited with this latest move

    A talented and established right winger, Salvio has made a name for himself as a skillful dribbler with great speed and a knack for attacking positions. Despite all this, Salvio believes the signing of wonderkid Doran Rotariu contributed to his sale.

    "I don't think [Jesus] saw much in me after he signed Doran, he knew there was interest abroad and decided to cash in. I'm not trying to complain however, and I'm optimistic about my new chapter at Arsenal."

    In Other News

  • Benfica's winger Gaitan is target for AS Roma
  • Wonderkid Jose Gaya makes £13.5m move to Chelsea
  • Dutch dynasty continues at Man U, Sneijder joins

  • He was not that good anyway, we will win regardless of who is on your team
    Xander Pah! Rotariu will destroy you!

    Portugese Premier League - Season Preview

    The Liga ZON Sagres season opener is drawing ever closer, with the Supertaca in just 2 weeks followed by the first round of action. Ahead of these crucial games, Sky Bet have released the title odds for the Primeira Liga.

    The international betting agency has sprung no surprises by branding FC Porto and SL Benfica equal favourites to take out the title at odds of 4-5. Sporting Lisbon trails behind at Evens, whilst Braga at 3-1 rounds out the top 4 after which there is a severe gulf in class.

    However, more often than not it is a 2 way battle between SL Benfica and FC Porto (with Sporting the eternal headache) and this year does look to be any different. Last season, Benfica broke a 3 year streak by Porto and although the latter is the most successful of the pair in recent times, Benfica always challenges for the title.

    After Sporting Lisbon and Braga, there is a significant drop in class, with Rio Ave, Maritimo and Vitoria Guimaraes expected to be battling it out for positions 5 to 7. The mid table log jam of 7 teams follows, whilst at the other end of the spectrum, Vitoria Setubal, Moreirense, Boavista and Penafiel are likely to be scrapping to survive relegation.
    Manager Dish Talk!! Think I'm going to put my Money on FC Porto.
    Putting twenty dollars on Benfica.
    Putting my life savings, house and car on Porto winning the league

    Youth Policy At Benfica Continues

  • Lucas Romero joins Primeira Liga club from Velez Sarsfield
  • 20 year old central midfielder commands £8.25m fee
  • Fee could rise to £11.25m based on performance

  • Promising Argentinian midfielder Lucas Romero has made a landmark move to Europe, leaving boyhood club Velez Sarsfield for SL Benfica in the Liga ZON Sagres. The 20 year old, touted as the next Javier Mascherano, is reportedly eager to impress at Benfica with the lure of regular game time on the cards.

    Romero faces competition from the likes of Andre Almeida and Bryan Cristante, with the latter perhaps the biggest competition. At 19, Cristante is a similar player to Romero and younger so it should be interesting to see who has a better breakout season, the Argentinian or the Italian.
    Cristante vs Romero - the battle for game time

    Selling tried and trusted talent (Salvio) for an untested young player (Rotariu) is a big risk. Hopefully it pays off.
    Maximus Certainly is, but Rotariu is such a promising youngster I just had to have a crack

    SL Benfica Make Surprise Purchase

  • Santos right back Cicinho moves for a fee of £6m
  • The 25 year old makes his first move out of Brazil
  • Roma's Maicon was originally linked with the club

  • SL Benfica has added to it's depleted right back stocks with the capture of Brazilian speedster Cicinho. The ex-Ponte Preta full back played just 11 games for Santos and just 48 games in the Brazilian top flight before his move to Europe. At 25, Cicinho is highly inexperienced at the elite level but Jorge Jesus has put plenty of hope into his newest addition.

    "I think Cicinho has the potential to really surprise this season, he's not very well known in Portugal but in Brazil he's one of the best right backs in the business. I saw footage of him and was really impressed with his footwork and speed, as well as his tenacity in defence. I think this will be a marvelous capture for the club."
    Cicinho training for Santos

    With Silvio on the long term injury list and Maxi Pereira perhaps past his peak, Jorge Jesus was clear on his intentions to sign a right back and Cicinho is certainly the fruit of his spoils. However, it is rumoured that Roma right back Maicon was days away from signing for the Liga ZON Sagres outfit. Speaking with La Gazetta Del Sport, the 33 year old did confirm contract talks were held between himself and Benfica. A £5 million bid was enough to pry him away from Roma but it is believed agent fees were the final and impossible hurdle.

    Cicinho is the latest addition to a huge Brazilian culture at Benfica, joining the likes of Talisca, Luisao and Jonas. The right back's arrival brings the tally up to 10 Brazilians, and Benfica fans will hope he can settle in quickly and put out a strong season for his new club.

    great signing for you man; he should do a good job in Portugal!

    nice clean update as usual too!
    Nice, good quality updates I like it!
    Awome start guys, I will definitely be following. :)
    Thanks everyone. Unfortunately I won't have internet for a while so the story will have to go on hold. Hopefully we can return with some top notch updates!

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