It’s a Taça de Portugal special on this week’s episode of Long Ball Futebol, as Albert and Barney discuss some of the best moments from a weekend of cup football.

There’s a strong focus on Leça and USC Paredes, the two Campeonato de Portugal (fourth tier) clubs who progress to the next round, with Leça knocking out their second Primeira Liga opponent of this year’s campaign.

Plus, there’s discussion of Benfica, Braga, Casa Pia, and Farense in the Cup, as well as a quick chat about who could be the next Portugal national team manager from the current crop of Primeira Liga coaches. 

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Fifth-round draw

The fifth-round draw took place on Thursday afternoon. Curiously the two teams that were the focus of the podcast, Leça and USC Paredes were drawn against each other, however there is no doubt about the tie of the round, with FC Porto hosting Benfica. 

FC Porto v Benfica
Leça FC v USC Paredes
CD Tondela v Estoril Praia
Rio Ave v B-SAD
Casa Pia v Sporting CP
FC Vizela v SC Braga
Mafra v Moreirense
Famalicão v Portimonense

Ties to take place on 21, 22 and 23 December. 


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“These players continue to surprise me every day.”

Rúben Amorim
(Sporting coach after 3-1 Lisbon derby victory against Benfica at the Estádio da Luz)