Benfica Podcast - Talking to the Doll

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

Episode 309 - Kings of the Castle

On this week's podcast... Timo joins us do breakdown the second match against Guimaraes, offer us his thoughts on Lage, and the current state of the team, and we close it off by looking ahead to the League Cup final 4 where Benfica will clash with Porto for a ticket to the final.



Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: January 22, 2019, 4:52 am

Episode 308 - Lage for the season

On this week's podcast... We look back at Benfica's wins against Santa Clara for the league, and Guimaraes for the Portuguese Cup. We discuss the team's progress under Bruno Lage, discuss his appointment as coach for the rest of the season, and look ahead to the second clash with Guimaraes, this time for the league.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: January 17, 2019, 4:42 am

Episode 307 - Good things come in twos

On this week's episode... It's a new day, as Rui Vitoria is finally sacked and Bruno Lage takes over as caretaker. We wipe the slate clean and scrap the Aves and Portimonense poor performances recaps, and recap the new face Benfica which came out in a 4-4-2 with Lage at the helm. A come behind victory with two goals a piece by our two forward, imagine that. We then preview the Santa Clara match with a special rant to Proenca and the league for their ongoing scheduling snafus. Lastly we talk winter transfer window, and possible moves and close off looking to Benfica's match against Guimaraes for the Portuguese cup.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: January 9, 2019, 4:19 am

Special Episode - 302 Edited Replay

On this special episode, and in light of the recent Rui Vitoria sacking, we thought it would be interesting to replay the episode we recorded back on November 28th, where everything was set for Vitoria to be sacked, but a magical light appeared to Luis Felipe Vieira in the middle of the night, and made him change his mind. The episode was recorded in anticipation of an official announcement in the coming morning, which would never come. For as ridiculous as we felt the following morning, listening back to it now, brings a certain element of redemption. Enjoy


Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: January 4, 2019, 3:19 am

Episode 306 - Christmas is Red and White

On this week's podcast... we look back at the lackluster performance up north against third tier Montalegre, for the Portuguese Cup, contrasted by one of the best team performances under Vitoria by Benfica against Braga. We discuss the possible turning point this win can be, and how this type of performance should be the norm. Lastly we look ahead to the last game of the League Cup group stages against Aves, and the first game of 2019 down in Algarve against Portimonense.

Happy New Year!


Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: December 27, 2018, 3:56 am

Episode 305 - Naughty or Nice?

On this week's episode.... Alex Seixeiro drops in to talk Benfica. He helps us recap the AEK, and Maritimo games, discusses the poor form of the team, and helps us breakdown the crucial game against Braga this weekend, with serious undertones of future fortunes for both teams.

thanks for listening, and a Merry Christmas to everyone.


Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: December 19, 2018, 4:29 am

Episode 304 - Foul Play

On this week's episode... We recap both the P.Ferreira, and Setubal games, for the League Cup, and Liga Nos competitions, we also discuss Rui Vitoria's interview on Conversas a Benfica, and we preview the AEK game and the Maritimo games.


Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: December 12, 2018, 4:17 am

Episode 303 - Poof!! Ruidini Appearing Act

On this week's podcast... After all but saying goodbye to Rui Vitoria last week, we learned LFV had a change of heart during the night at the Seixal, and Vitoria stays after all. We recap the game against Feirense, and preview P. Ferreira and Setubal, in the December that may be Vitoria's litmus test.

thanks for listening


Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: December 5, 2018, 4:26 am

Episode 302 - Poof!! Ruidini Vanishing Act

On this week's episode.... We had the pleasure to welcome Antonio Magalhaes as We discussed Rui Vitoria's impending departure, recapped the Arouca and the Bayern games, looked ahead to Feirense and the month of December, and discussed possible options to take over the head coaching. 

thanks for listening

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: November 29, 2018, 4:28 am

Episode 301 - Did You Know?

On this week's podcast.... We recap both the Ajax, and Tondela games, Cris learns a a little more about Benfica's modalidades, and we tell you which Benfica players will be on International duty.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: November 14, 2018, 4:31 am

Episode 300 - Thank You

On this week's podcast.. we breakdown the Moreirense game, discuss the possibility of a return by JJ, preview Ajax and Tondela.

As we prepared to record our 300th episode, I can’t help but to think how big a part of my life the podcast has become. What started as a hobby on a Saturday afternoon in front of a microphone, hitting the record button,  I would have never imagined the podcast would be able to fill my life with experiences and stories of a lifetime. Through this journey, I have forged many friendships from near and far, many of them going past the common interest that is Benfica, that I know will endure for the rest of my life.

Through this journey, I have been able to experience unique moments, moments that will be forever entrenched in my memory, moments that filled both my heart and my eyes with emotions. I’m still taken back by the many of you that express how the podcast is a part of your weekly routine, and how much you value the content we put out, YOU are also part of those unique moments.


Almost seven years later and 300 episodes, I still find joy, and excitement to press the record button, much of that joy has been driven by your support, and your friendship. I am tremendously grateful for all your support, and for being one of the reasons that have allowed me to enjoy the experiences as a result of the popularity of the podcast; for that, I am eternally grateful.

One last word of appreciation to everyone who has, directly or indirectly, been part of this labor of love that is our podcast, thank you for your time, your attention, your consideration, and your dedication.   

Here’s to another 300!

Alfredo Fumacas

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: November 7, 2018, 4:48 am