Zaftig monkey...a home of their back - Tradução em português

Speaking of Corinthians, they have had quite the year. They won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A last December, two points ahead of Vasco da Gama, but most importantly, for the first time in their history, they managed to behead that pertinacious and zaftig monkey that had made a home of their back and claim the Copa Libertadores de América, beating Boca Juniors 3-1 on aggregate.

A tradução da primeira parte destacada seria "tiveram um ano e tanto"?

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3 respostas
PPAULO 6 48 1.1k
a) yes, your description fits well there.

b) Maybe the monkey was (by way of imagery/in a way of speaking) the difficulty in the championship, it stubbornly refused to left the team, giving it a hard time.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=zaftig


So, the monkey was plump/chubby and to carry a chubby monkey on its back wasn´t/isn´t an easy task. If you think of it.
Henry Cunha 3 18 183
pertinacious and zaftig monkey = um fardo pertinaz e pesado
Telma Regina 9 62 593
"...they managed to behead that pertinacious and zaftig monkey that had made a home of their back and claim the Copa Libertadores de América..."
...eles conseguiram se livrar do peso nas costas e reivindicar o título da Copa Libertadores da América...

A monkey on somebody's back (American & Australian)

a serious problem that will not go away
http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/monkey

É uma expressão, exemplo:
Palermo-Milan Preview: Sicilian Monkeys

I hate having monkeys on my back. Milan have a big fat monkey on their back. They have not won at the Stadio Renzo Barbera in 5 straight tries between the league and Coppa Italia matches. Whatever it is about that cursed place that has our number, I say it’s time we break the curse. We beat them in October in our house, with Nocerino scoring against his former team. Now it’s time to take the big monkey off our back and take full points, too.
http://www.milanobsession.com/2012/03/p ... nkeys.html