Benfica Podcast - Talking to the Doll

An English Podcast about Sport Lisboa e Benfica. News, Game recaps, game previews and opinion.

Episode 365 - Light at the end of the tunnel

On this week's episode.....As the season nears its' return we bring you up to speed on all the latest on the return of the Liga Nos including actual days and times for the next 10 fixtures. Yes, you read correctly, days and times. We also review all the stadiums that have already been approved to hold games on the return. Turning our attention to Benfica, we discuss a variety of topics: midfield shuffle, forward situation, depth of squad to accommodate injuries, among other topics.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: May 28, 2020, 4:43 am

Episode 364 - Sergiu Anton

On this week's podcast....We welcome Romanian born Sergiu Anton, who had a brief stint with Benfica juniors, training and playing along side players like, Ferro, Ruben DIas, Joao Carvalho, Diogo Goncalves, Alfa Semesdo among others. Sergiu talks about his experience at the Seixal, Braga, and Nacional da Medeira. Sergiu, who is the founder and currently  runs Roca Technical Soccer in Canada, also offers some advice to young players who want to make football their life. 

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: May 20, 2020, 2:35 am

Episode 363 - T-minus 3 weeks

On this week's episode.. We discuss the new information from the Portuguese government to restart the Liga Nos. Testing, monitoring, rules, regulations all have been established to provide safe conditions for the return. We also discuss the possibility of the league being played in only 6 stadiums upon the return. Few transfer rumors also.  Stay Safe.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: May 13, 2020, 3:35 pm

Episode 362 - The Return

After a short absence we are back doing what we love. On this episode,  we discuss the league's eminent return, as the Portuguese government has  authorized the return to training for Liga Nos teams. We discuss the  current situation in Portugal, the return of Benfica to training, the  plan to restart the league, among other things.  We hope you are all  staying safe.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: May 6, 2020, 2:06 pm

Episode 361 - Keaton Parks

On this week's episode... We welcome Keaton Parks to talk about his young career. From the days in Frisco, to the Big Apple,  we discuss his arrival in Portugal, signing with Benfica, making his first team debut, and his return to the United States to play in the MLS. We still had some time to play the player name word association game.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: April 8, 2020, 4:00 am

Episode 360 - Sports Talk

On this week's episode.... We welcome Alex Seixeiro from Canada's The Fan and Sports Net to talk through what has been the impact, and the direction of sports talk, in a time where all sports are on pause. Alex also happens to be a big Benfica fan, we discuss last season's success with Bruno Lage, how he's seen this season so far, how he thinks should be the future of this season, and we play a player-word association game with Alex.

Thanks for listening, stay safe.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: April 1, 2020, 1:04 am

Episode 359 - Loan List

On this week's podcast.... We look at Benfica's players that are on loan, what they have done this season, and our opinion on whether they will return or not. We will also discuss how this stoppage affects both the progression of young players on loan, and the one's that are on the shop window, that Benfica hope sell.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: March 26, 2020, 1:51 am

Episode 358 - Impact COVID

On this week's podcast....No way to get around the global pandemic that is COVID-19, this week we welcomed back friend of the pod Patrick Kendrick to get a first person account of what has taken place in Italy, and how it as effected both society and  calcio. We then turn our attention to Portugal and discuss what will happen to the 19/20 season, how Benfica has approached this pandemic, and the possibly damaging financial consequences.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: March 18, 2020, 2:01 am

Episode 357 - Quaranteamed

On this week's episode.....We answer a couple fan questions, we recap the Setubal game, and look ahead to the Tondela game, which will be played behind closed doors as a precaution to the COVID-19.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: March 11, 2020, 2:54 am

Episode 356 - Crisis Mode

On this week's podcast.... It's hard to find the positives, after all  Benfica was on the verge of going 10 points clear, but fast forward 4  weeks and we see ourselves out of Europa League, and trailing by 1 point  in the championship race. We recap Shakhtar and Moreirense, while  offering our opinion on the team's moment. We also look ahead to the  Setubal game, Cristiano awards his Chicken Fingers award, and we share  what we learned on this week's episode.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: March 4, 2020, 4:00 am

Episode 355 - Failbruary?

On this week's episode.... We recap the Shakhtar and the Gil Vicente  games, introduce a new feature called "Cristiano's Chicken Fingers  Award". We then discuss what we can take away from a decisive month of  February, look ahead to the second leg against Shakhtar. Lastly we  preview the Moreirense game, and look ahead to the month of March.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: February 26, 2020, 4:12 am