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Thursday Hoddle of Coffee, Soccer News and Notes, June 29, 2017

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Benfica hired a witch doctor. Really.

Benfica v Setubal: Primeira Liga Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images

Here’s your weird news story of the day:

FC Porto recently leveled explosive allegations of corruption against their rivals, SL Benfica. Porto’s communications director says that Benfica has been monitoring the text messages of Portuguese FA president Fernando Gomes and making improper contact with an ex-referee who told Benfica which officials would be favorable towards them. These are extremely serious accusations, which Portuguese officials are looking into.

While these are the most important accusations leveled against Benfica, they’re not the most interesting. What we’d like to focus on is the accusation that Benfica spent €150,000 on the services of a witch doctor.

In other soccer news:

Don’t miss these photos from a recent game in Argentina’s fourth division.

Real Madrid is set to sign Barça academy grad Sandro. Barça Blaugranes aren’t happy about it but I find it kind of hilarious.

StatsBomb on Wide Forwards

The Ringer reviewed this summer’s potential moves involving midfielders.