Club: Sport Benfica E Castelo Branco
City: Castelo Branco
Title Odds: 15-1
Board Expectations: Mid Table
Or, more accurately but much less Wallace and Gromitty, the Curses of Sport Benfica E Castelo Branco. Indeed, there are not just two Belenenseseseses and more than one Sporting, but there are also TWO Benfica's.
Now, us LLaMa's know a bit about what it means to REALLY suffer. So it must be particularly grating for the 150 odd season ticket holders at Benfica CB to constantly hear about the "curse" that poor old SL Benfica were put under in the 1960's, having just won back to back European Cups under Manager Bella Guttman (I can name him, he's been dead 40 years so is unlikely to sign for your Bergnäsets AIK side, chill).
True, they've not been able to win a European Competition since that fateful day, but they've won 37 league titles and 26 cups. Boo hoo. It must be SO difficult for their poor fans.
Compare that to Benfica CB. They have never won the league. They've never even played in the top flight. They've also never won the cup. They won the third tier outright in 1960 but that's about it. So, lets be honest about things, who is really cursed here? In fact, forget just the one curse. There are a number of curses to break here;
1- Win the third tier again (if you can work out how) - the "other Benfica" were still being managed by Guttman the last time Benfica CB did this. And bear in mind you start in the fourth tier, so you've got to get up first.
2- Get to the top division for the first time in the clubs history.
3- Win the Cup
4- Finish above SL Benfica
5- Win the League
6- Win the European Champions League before Benfica do.
Your board have reasonable expectations, they want youth development, players sold for a profit and will finance you with a pretty decent wage budget to start with. You've got a decent squad too, promotion shouldn't be a million miles away to start with. But - and here's the twist - at some point, you're going to have either a decision to make, or a decision made for you.
You could stick with Benfica CB. Or, if you do well and are offered a job higher up the league, you might choose to take it. Or, of course, you could be sacked. And if so, then the challenge isn't over - if you are sacked, or if you fancy a bit of a change having been offered another job, there is always the option of lifting the curse of SL Benfica as an alternative, having worked you way up to do so.
Imagine Benfica CB sacking you only to see you lifting the Champions League with their namesakes a decade later - the ultimate revenge!
Good Luck, Legendary, Twisted Llama!