Benfica Podcast - Talking to the Doll

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

Episode 375 - Ready for what's next

On this week's podcast... We look back at the last game of the 19/20 season, discuss the abysmal performance by Benfica, We then turn our attention to the unveiling of Jorge Jesus which we hope will usher in a new era of glory for club. We go through the roster and our loanee list and play our "Sell, Keep, Loan" game, and discuss signings, start of next season and UCL qualifiers.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: August 5, 2020, 3:58 am

Episode 374 - 1,000 miles to Jamor

On this week's podcast... We welcome Filipe D'Avillez the author of "1,000 miles to Jamor" a book about the road to the Portuguese Cup final, that follows the minnows of Portuguese football, and the passion that surrounds Portugal's second biggest trophy.  We also recapped the last game of the season against Sporting, and looked ahead to the season's curtain call against porto in the Portuguese Cup

You can buy Filipe's book from Prime books  (Portuguese) or from Pitch Publishing (English)

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: July 29, 2020, 3:22 am

Episode 373 - The second coming of Jesus

On this week's podcast...We recap Benfica's game against Desportivo das Aves, a match surrounded by factors that expose the bad side of Portuguese football, and of small teams being run by outsiders. We then get to the juicy part of the podcast with Cristiano and Alfredo discussing the appointment of Jorge Jesus, from opposite ends of the spectrum. Lastly we look ahead to Benfica's last game of the regular season against our eternal rivals - Sporting.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: July 22, 2020, 3:58 am

Episode 372 - It is, what It is

On this week's episode... We look back at Benfica's tie against Famalicao, the win against Guimaraes, and we look ahead to Desportivo das Aves match up.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: July 15, 2020, 4:09 am

Episode 371 - Verissimo until the end

On this week's podcast.... With Lage gone, and Verissimo at the helm, Benfica recorded their 3rd win in 14 games. We discuss what has changed; was it the attitude? or was just the fact that balls went in? We also look ahead to two difficult matches against Famalicao and Guimaraes.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: July 8, 2020, 3:24 am

Episode 370 - End of the Lage

On this week's podcast....It's the end of the line for Bruno Lage. After Benfica's latest and second consecutive loss, Lage and LFV reached the conclusion that there were no longer conditions for Lage to continue at the helm of this team. We briefly recap the game, and get into the team's current abysmal situation. We discuss guilty parties, possible candidates, and approach to the remaining 6 games of the season. Lastly, we look ahead to Benfica's next game at Estadio da Luz against Boavista.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: July 1, 2020, 3:35 am

Episode 369 - Vietnam Flashbacks

On this week's episode...Timo joins us as we recap the Rio Ave game where Benfica struggled once again, but ended up sealing the 3 points, perhaps with the help of two opposition red cards.  We also recap Benfica's loss to Santa Clara at Estadio da Luz by the score  of 3-4. Last time Benfica gave up 4 goals at the Luz was in 1997, in the middle of the "Vietnam" era. We are now 4 points off the pace for the championship with 6 games left, and playing horrible, non-committal, uninspiring football. The result against Santa Clara may have dictated the end of the championship for Benfica barring some kind of a miracle. We touch up on a lot of points, from Lage, the lack of leadership, to players probably setting the coach up for failure. Nothing has gone right for Benfica this season, and the most upsetting thing is the lack of accountability from the players all the way to the top.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: June 24, 2020, 4:14 am

Episode 368 - Tourism in Algarve

On this week's podcast we look back at Benfica's game against Portimonense, where Benfica decided to take the second half off, and squander a 2 goal advantage. We discuss the possible disconnect between team and coaches, lack of leadership, and Lage being out-coached. We also look ahead to this Wednesday's match where Benfica will once again benefit from a Porto slip up, and can go even on points.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: June 17, 2020, 3:50 am

Episode 367 - Benfichism

On this week's episode...As the Liga Nos returned, Benfica was presented with a golden opportunity to take over first place. Entering the game against 14th place Tondela knowing Porto had lost their game, Benfica couldn't muster enough creativity, ideas, and intensity to beat Tondela at an empty Estadio da Luz. We look back at the game, discuss the team's performance, Lage's substitution choices, and wonder why we can see things in the game that Lage misses. We touch up on the the latest "scandal" story featuring the club so many love to hate, Benfica. Lastly we look ahead to the Portimonense game where Benfica will need an answer to the fans increasingly louder murmurs

Thank you for listening.

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: June 10, 2020, 3:34 am

Episode 366 - Carlos dos Santos - Playmaker 10

On this week's episode.... We welcome Carlos dos Santos, who is not only CJ Santos' dad, but also the co-creator of Playmaker 10 a company that helps your kids navigate the European football waters as a young kid trying their luck abroad.  We also spoke to Carlos about CJ's upbringing and trajectory until he got to Benfica. Luis Felipe Vieira was on BTV this past Monday, we pulled out a few statements from the 90 minute interview and we offer our opinion. Lastly, the Liga Nos is back! Benfica returns to the pitch this Thursday against Tondela at an empty Estadio da Luz

Author: Alfredo Fumacas
Posted: June 3, 2020, 4:17 am

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