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Benfica Podcast - Talking to the Doll

Benfica Podcast - Talking to the Doll

By Alfredo Fumacas
An English Podcast about Sport Lisboa e Benfica. News, Game recaps, game previews and opinion.
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Episode 380- Until next time Captain

Benfica Podcast - Talking to the Doll

Episode 412 - First Look
On this week's podcast... Benfica played their first two televised pre-season games, and we have some initial thoughts to share. We also found out who our opponent will be in the UCL prelim, Spartak Moskow led by Rui Vitoria, cue the JJ vs RV narrative.  Lastly we look at the Liga Bwin season schedule and the jam packed month of August for Benfica
July 21, 2021
Episode 411 - Just when you thought is was safe
On our first podcast of the 21/22 season... We open up the podcast discussing the offseason, pre-season camp, ins and outs, and wrap it up by discussing this whole LFV bomb that has rocked Benfica world
July 14, 2021
Episode 410 - It's Over.
On the last podcast of the season....We briefly recap the Portuguese Cup final, give out our season awards, and finish off with the traditional sell, keep, loan segment. Thanks for your listenership, and your support throughout an extremely frustrating and sad season.  Have a good summer, see you in July.
May 26, 2021
Episode 409 - Derby duty
On this week's podcast... We recap the derby where Benfica ended Sporting's unbeaten season, recap the final regular season game against Guimaraes, and look ahead to the season curtain call against Braga in the Portuguese Cup Final. 
May 20, 2021
Episode 408 - 3 to go
On this week's podcast.. We start off by looking back at the porto game, but quickly tangent into roller hockey. We then discuss the game against Nacional, and the derby against newly crowned champion Sporting.
May 12, 2021
Episode 407 - Attitude checker
On this week's podcast... We recap the Tondela game, and the afternoon game time take us to the  afternoon games during our younger days following Benfica. We reminisce about what it was like to follow Benfica across the ocean pre-internet days. Lastly we look ahead to the Classico, which could be a test of who wants to continue to be a part of this team.
May 5, 2021
Episode 406 - Counting down the days
On this week's podcast... We look back at the wins against Portimonense and Santa Clara, reminisce about Joao Vieira Pinto, and look ahead to Tondela. thanks for listening.
April 28, 2021
Episode 405 - Cock blocked
On this week's podcast...We couldn't start without addressing the big topic in world football, the Super League, Cristiano offers his perspective. We then look at the Gil Vicente game where it was the same old Benfica, and if the hope was that perhaps we could still get second place, the reality is we have Braga on our ankles instead. We look ahead to the always memorable trip to Portimao where in the past years have provided to be the beginning of the end for former coaches.
April 21, 2021
Episode 404 - Clean Sheets-R-US
In this week's podcast.... We look back at Benfica's win over P. Ferreira, and look ahead to the Gil Vicente game.
April 14, 2021
Episode 403 - Easter Monday, PK miracle
On this week's episode.... After a prolonged absence due to international break we are back to recap all of the latest Benfica action. We take a brief look at the game against Braga where Benfica passed Braga to take over 3rd place. Discuss Vlachodimos' wish to leave Benfica, recap the Maritimo game where Benfica got their first penalty kick call of the season. Lastly, we look ahead to Pacos de Ferreira.
April 9, 2021
Episode 402 - Calming and relaxing
On this week's episode... AJ Duarte aka Negative Jorge joins us to recap the Boavista game, where Benfica had a relatively easy time against a 10 men Boavista, and for once provided for a relaxing watch, and we looked ahead to a crucial game against Braga at The Quarry where Benfica will have a change to move up to 3rd place with a win.
March 17, 2021
Episode 401 - A first half to B-Sad
On this week's podcast... We start by looking back at the second leg of the Portuguese Cup semi-final where JJ opted to rotate the squad, a convincing win against a good Estoril that despite being in Portugal's second tear, showed themselves at a good level through both legs. Next we look at the game against B-Sad, a first half to forget, a second half to remember, as the team showed signs of growth at both a playing and a confidence levels. Lastly we look ahead to Boavista at Luz when Benfica hopes to get revenge for the first round 3-0 loss a game that was the beginning of the season's derailment.
March 10, 2021
Episode 400 - Europa No More
On this week's podcast...We look back at the Arsenal and Rio Ave games, and look ahead to the second leg of the Portuguese Cup semifinal against Estoril, and the match up against B-Sad for the Liga Nos
March 3, 2021
Episode 399 - What If...
On this week's podcast... What if..... We recap Arsenal and look ahead to the second leg, we discuss the Leite for Vlachodimos change, penalties uncalled, and a look ahead to Rio Ave.
February 24, 2021
Episode 398 - Troopz from Barstool Sports
On this week's podcast... We welcomed Troopz to talk Arsenal, and the banter was very lively, so lively to the point that we decided to leave the depressing talk behind. Enjoy.
February 17, 2021
Episode 397 - 11 at the turn
On this week's podcast... We look back at the Guimaraes and Famalicao games, discuss if Ramos should be getting more time in lieu of the lack of goal scoring from both of our starting forwards. Look at Benfica's covid cases for the season and determine how it has effected the teams performance, and look ahead to Estoril and Moreirense.
February 10, 2021
Episode 396 - and then there were 9
On this week's podcast.... We start off by recapping the B-Sad win, which booked us a place in the semifinal round against Estoril. We then turned our attention to the derby, where Benfica had a chance to close the distance to Sporting, but instead we were left in a bigger hole. We discuss the approach to the game, and why Benfica needed to do more. We also discussed the transfer window, the Rui Costa interview, and looked ahead to Guimaraes and Famalicao.
February 3, 2021
Episode 395 - (No)Excuses
On this week's podcast.... We look back a Covid stricken Benfica, and our matches against Braga in the semifinals of the League Cup, and another league game in which we find a way to lose points. Covid has hit the team hard, but can Covid be an excuse for a Braga game which we could have won, and a Nacional game where we played for 15 minutes? We discuss both sides of the Covid coin, and try once again decipher what is going on with this team. In the second half, we look ahead to the Portuguese Cup quarter finals against B-Sad, and the Derby against Sporting at the Alvalade where a only a win is good enough. We discuss the scenario of a loss, and wonder if there is also a bad spell for Sporting, which could keep the league still within reach in the event of a loss.
January 27, 2021
Episode 394 - COVID Stricken
On this week's podcast... We look back at Benfica's game against porto; we discuss tactical changes, attitude, and where do we go from here. Benfica will play in the semifinal of the League Cup under the dark cloud of Covid after announcing that 17(!) members of technical staff, roster, and directive have tested positive for COVID. We look ahead to the match up against Braga, and consider some coincidences
January 20, 2021
Episode 393 - Clean Sheets
On this week's podcast... We recap the two clean sheets against Tondela, and CF Estrela for the Portuguese Cup, and look ahead to the match up at the dragao where Benfica hopes to end their 4 game losing streak against porto.
January 14, 2021
Episode 392 - Flooded in Azores
On this week's podcast.. We are running out of words, and logic to understand what is going on with Benfica. We look at the 3 parties to blame after another abysmal 45 minutes of football where we get pushed by minnows. Players, JJ, and front office all have their share of blame in the current situation. Before we turned off the mics we look ahead Tondela and Estrela games. Happy New Year everyone.
January 6, 2021
Episode 391 - Bye 2020
On the last podcast of 2020... We look back at the Super Cup game against porto, we discuss attitude, grit, commitment, all of which were probably part of Luisao's talk to the team at the end of the game. We also discussed the game against last place Portimonense, a tale of two halves, in opposite sides of the spectrum. 2020 has been and extremely unusual year, thank you for tuning in to us, we wish that 2021 is much better than 2020, both from a personal perspective, but also that Benfica can rise to glory in 2021. Happy New Year everyone
December 30, 2020
Episode 390 - A Welcome Gift
On this week's podcast... We look back at Benfica's win in Barcelos against Gil Vicente, preview another crucial match for Benfica under JJ in this season's Super Cup against Porto. We discuss the importance of the game against Porto and how it could set the stage for an extremely difficult January month. Lastly we look ahead to the next game of the Liga Nos against last place Portimonense.
December 23, 2020
Episode 389 - Resiliency
On this week's podcast.... It's a triple play of game recaps, first we looked back at the last match of the Europa League group stages, where Benfica had minimal hopes of finishing first in the group, then a game against Vilafranquense for the Portuguese Cup where Benfica exercised their logical domination against a second division team. The last recap was of the Portuguese League Cup against Guimaraes for a spot in the competition's final four, where Benfica struggled to be efficient in front of goal but were able to book a spot in the final four after the penalty shoot out.  Lastly we look ahead to this weekend's game against Gil Vicente.
December 17, 2020
Episode 388 - To the Wire
On this week's podcast... We look back at both the Lech Poznan and P. Ferreira games, and look ahead to Benfica's last game in the group stages of the Europa League
December 9, 2020
Episode 387 - Chasing Results
On this week's podcast.... We recap both the Rangers game and Maritimo  games, in which Benfica had to come from behind to salvage points. We  discuss Otamendi's play, the possibility of confidence being a big  factor in the team's current form, and we look ahead to the Lech Poznan  and P. Ferreira fixtures.
December 2, 2020
Episode 386 - Time for Debuts
On this week's podcast.... After the international break Benfica returned to action in this season's debut of the Portuguese Cup. None of the internationals made the game roster as JJ opted to include 9 "B" team players and 2 juniors in the game call up sheet. The score line is not indicative of Benfica's domination of the game, but of their lack efficiency in front of goal. We recap the game, discuss JJ's presser comments and wonder if there's a message behind it. We then look ahead to Benfica's Europa League fixture in Scotland against Rangers, and Liga Nos' next fixture against Maritimo in the Madeira island.
November 25, 2020
Episode 385 - OLÉ Defending
On this Week's podcast.. We look back at both the Rangers and Braga games, where Benfica struggled defensively. From wrong line up choices, players who are not at a level needed, or perhaps the universe's karma, we break it all down.
November 11, 2020
Episode 384 - Squad Freshness
On this week's podcast... We briefly touch up on the election results, recap Standard Liege, discuss the embarrassing performance against Boavista, and preview Glasgow Rangers, and Braga games.
November 4, 2020
Episode 383 - An Important Time
On this week's podcast...On the eve of the elections, Alfredo takes a moment to speak about the club's moment, the division, the hatred, and the ugly mutual disrespect among fans.  We get back to our regularly schedule program recapping the Lech Poznan game and the Belenenses SAD game, and look ahead to Standard Liege with the help from Scott Coyne of the Belgium Football Podcast and Benfica's domestic trip to the Bessa to face Boavista.
October 28, 2020
Episode 382 - Walk in the River
On this week's podcast... We open up by discussing Benfica's walk in the park win against Rio Ave; look ahead to Europa League match day 1 against Lech Poznan and close it out by previewing the Belenenses SAD match up this coming Monday.
October 21, 2020
Episode 381 - Market Close
On this week's podcast... We look back at Benfica's match against Farense where Benfica was able to come away with the three points, but also lots to review for improvements during the international break. We also discuss Benfica's activity in the transfer windo, who went out, who came in, and we offer our overall opinion on the window as a whole. Thanks for listening
October 7, 2020
Episode 380- Until next time Captain
On this week's podcast....We start off by discussing the Ruben Dias and Nicolas Otamendi deal.We then recap the Moreirense game, where Benfica could have smashed Moreirense had it not been for the many wasted opportunities. To wrap it all up, we look ahead to Benfica's match against newly promoted Farense at Estadio da Luz.
September 30, 2020
Episode 379 - Herzlich Wilkommen
On this week's episode.... Benfica opened up their domestic campaign against last year's Cinderella team, Famalicao. A handful of goals and 4 changes from the midweek match up against PAOK, ensured Benfica got the 3 points in the inaugural game of the season.  We recap the game, and discuss the performances of Waldschmidt, Everton and Darwin. Lastly we look ahead to Moreirense at Estadio da Luz this Saturday.
September 23, 2020
Episode 378 - Zivkovic Squared
On this week's episode..... We look back at Benfica's loss at PAOK, which saw Benfica out of playing Champions League ball, and the missing out on participation millions. We also looked ahead to the inaugural game of the Liga Nos 20/21 season against Famalicao.
September 17, 2020
Episode 377 - Let's Go!
On this week's podcast...we look recap Benfica's last pre-season match against Rennes, look ahead to UCL qualifier match against Paok, run through the Liga Nos domestic fixtures, and touch up on Darwin Nunez, and rumors of possible arrivals.
September 9, 2020
Episode 376 - A New Season
On the inaugural episode of the 20/21 season.... We look at the summer signings, discuss UCL pre-qualifier, touch up on rumors, and try to get back into the swing of things.
September 3, 2020
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.
August 5, 2020
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)
July 29, 2020
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.
July 22, 2020
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.
July 15, 2020
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.
July 8, 2020
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.
July 1, 2020
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.
June 24, 2020
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.
June 17, 2020
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.
June 10, 2020
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
June 3, 2020
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.
May 28, 2020
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. 
May 20, 2020
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.
May 13, 2020
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.
May 6, 2020
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.
April 8, 2020
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.
April 1, 2020
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.
March 26, 2020
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.
March 18, 2020
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.
March 11, 2020
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.
March 4, 2020
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.
February 26, 2020
Episode 354 - 7 to 1 in 7 days
On this week's episode.... We start this week's podcast by addressing  the sad situation that took place this past weekend. There was no way to  dribble around this topic, we offer our opinion and suggestions, on a  behavior that has no place in present or future society, racism. We then  recap Benfica's loss to Braga, preview the Shakhtar , and Gil Vicente  game that will take place this Thursday, and Monday respectively.
February 19, 2020
Episode 353 - Third time a charm?
On this week's episode...we take a deep and lenghty look at the  Classico, from the coin toss to lubed up walls, we got you covered. We  also recap the Famalicao game, and look ahead to another important game  at Estadio da Luz against SC Braga.
February 13, 2020
Episode 352 - Dirty Sheets
On this week's episode.. We recap both the Belenenses SAD and the  Famalicao, two games with the same scorelines in which Benfica struggled  to put the games away and showed some defensive frailties. Lastly we  preview the big Classico at the dragao where Benfica can decide how  close the championship race will be until the end of the season.
February 6, 2020
Episode 351 - Furniture movers
On this week's podcast... We recap Benfica's win at the Mata Real, look  ahead to Belenenses Sad at Estadio da Luz this friday, and the first leg  of the Portuguese semifinal against Famalicao.On this week's podcast... We recap Benfica's win at the Mata Real, look  ahead to Belenenses Sad at Estadio da Luz this friday, and the first leg  of the Portuguese semifinal against Famalicao.
January 29, 2020
Episode 350 - 7Up
On this week's episode... We record our 350th episode, and what an  episode, as we got to recap Benfica's win at the Alvalade, which allowed  us to go up 7 points on porto in the table. On the second half of the  podcast we look ahead to Benfica's next Liga Nos match away at P.  Ferreira.
January 22, 2020
Episode 349 - Ugly Ducklings Shine
On this week's podcast... We recap both the Aves, and Rio Ave games, and look ahead to the Lisbon Derby against Sporting. P.S. Our audio crapped out at the end of the podcast and we had to cut it short.
January 16, 2020
Episode 348 - One shot to rule them all
On this week's podcast.... We catch you up with a brief recap of the  League Cup and Portuguese Cup games that took place before the end of  the year. We then look back at the difficult game in Guimaraes against  Vitoria, where Benfica was able to come away with the 3 points, despite  not being the best team on the field. Nonetheless the first half goal by  Cervi and a solid defensive effort in the second half was enough to  prolong our 16 game winning streal away from Estadio da Luz. In the  second half of the podcast we discuss Julien Weigl's signing and  transfer rumors that included RDT's possible permanent exit to Spain.  Lastly we look ahead to the month of January and Benfica's next Liga Nos  game against Aves.
January 8, 2020
Episode 347 - Hitting stride
On this week's podcast... We start things off by looking back at  Benfica's home match against Famalicao, we then turn our attention to  the two cup games, Braga for the Portuguese Cup, and Setubal for the  League Cup. Before we go we discuss the rumors about Benfica being  interested in Julian Weigl from Dortmund, and the chance to bring back  Nic
December 18, 2019
Episode 346 - Too much, too late
On this week's podcast... We look back at the game against Boavista at the Bessa, where Benfica rode the away support wave to get the three points. We then discussed Benfica's last game of the UCL group stages, where Benfica stamped their entry into the Europa League.  We discuss the change in approach by Lage in Europe, and ponder what could have been had this approach been used from the start. Lastly we look ahead to Benfica's home match against this years cinderella team of the Liga Nos, Famalicao. thanks for listening
December 12, 2019
Episode 345 - Mountains and Valleys
On this week's podcast... We look back at the Leipzig, Maritimo, and Covilha games. throughout these 3 games Benfica hit peaks and valleys, the disappointing collapse in Germany after being 2-0 into the 90th minute, the trashing of Maritimo at the new pitch at the Luz, and the poor result against second division Covilha for the League Cup. We look at Lage's choices, and decisions, the affirmation of Vinicius as the #1 choice at forward, and Benfica's lack of competence to dispatch a second division team. In the second half of the podcast we look ahead to Benfica's visit to the Bessa, and UCL matchday 6 where Benfica will hope to get into the Europa League as a consolation prize for the miserable UCL campaign.
December 4, 2019
Episode 344 - Almost Black Saturday
On this week's episode... With Black Friday upon us, we recap the Vizela  suffered win, the trip to Leipzig that will dictate Benfica's future in  Europe. We also catch up with some renewal news, and cap it off by  looking ahead to Benfica's next Liga Nos game in the new pitch at  Estadio da Luz.
November 27, 2019
Episode 343 - Honey, we're Pregnant!
On this week's episode... We look back at Benfica's game in the Azores,  against Santa Clara, discuss the struggles this team has had outside of  Estadio da Luz, ponder what this team's identity is, and how the news of  Mrs Lage's expectancy galvanized the team at half time against Santa  Clara. We also discus the possible incursion by Benfica into the winter  market, talk about the rumors surrounding Yonny Gonzales, and players  who are free that could be a good fit.  We will pause for international  break, and will be back in 2 weeks.
November 13, 2019
Episode 342 - New improvements, and continued struggles.
On this week's episode... We go from positive to negative recapping the  visible improvements in the last two games of the Liga Nos against  Portimonense and Rio Ave, to the the continued frustration with the poor  showing's in Europe. We talk about line up changes, conventional  knowledge head scratchers, squad rotation, and youth versus experience.  We finish up by looking ahead by previewing Benfica's next league game  against Santa Clara.
November 7, 2019
Episode 341 - Keep it Moving
On this week's episode.... We look back at the Lyon and Tondela wins,  discuss the state of the pitch at Estadio da Luz, and look ahead to  Benfica's next games against Portimonense, Rio Ave, and matchday 4  against Lyon in France.
October 30, 2019
Episode 340 - Back Refreshed?
On this week's podcast... After a long international break, we are back  with another episode. This week we look back a Benfica's Portuguese Cup  match against Cova da Piedade, look ahead to UCL matchday 3 against  Lyon, where Benfica must win in order to keep their European hopes  alive, and we cap it off by previewing this weekend's Liga Nos match  away versus Tondela.
October 23, 2019
Episode 339 - Voice to the People
On this week's episode... We decided to give voice to the fans to discuss anything related to Benfica.
October 9, 2019
Episode 338 - Veni, Vidi, Vinicius
On this week's podcast.... We look back at Benfica's matches against  Guimaraes for the League Cup, and Vitoria de Setubal for the Liga Nos.  We discuss line up changes, the struggles in the final third, and  Benfica's moment of form. On the second half of the podcast we look  ahead to Benfica's match day 2 in Russia against Zenit, and discuss the  choking of a fan by Luis Felipe Vieira in the AG.
October 2, 2019
Episode 337 - Safourovic
On this week's episode... We look back at Benfica's tough game up in  Moreira de Conegos where a small pitch and a lack of imagination made  for a 90 minute nail biter. Employee of the month Seferovic grabbed the  winning goal in added time when Rafa had tied the game after being down  for most of the half. We also discuss some of Luis Felipe Vieira's  interview, and look ahead to Benfica's domestic matches against  Guimaraes(League Cup) and Setubal for the Liga Nos.
September 25, 2019
Episode 336 - Benxit
On this week's episode.... After International break, Benfica was back in action both domestically and in Europe. We recap the match against Gil Vicente, and match day one against Red Bull Leipzig at the Luz, and look ahead to this upcoming Saturday's game against Moreirense. In between we discuss line up choices, European approaches, and the 18/19 balance sheet. 
September 19, 2019
Episode 335 - Almeidinhos Returns
On this week's Benfica podcast.... We start off by recapping Benfica's  win at the Pedreira, discuss the transfer window, turn our attention to  the UCL and Allianz Cup draws and look at Benfica's September schedule
September 4, 2019
Episode 334 - Lessons to be Learned
On this week's episode..... We look back at Benfica's loss in the classico against porto. Steve breaks down the game tactically, and explains what when wrong. We also discuss the midfield pairing, and the forward pairing, and think it's time for some changes from Lage's part. Lastly we look ahead to another hard game this weekend, against Braga at the quarry. 
August 28, 2019
Episode 333 - Over / Under
On this week's podcast... We welcome  to help preview the Clasico against porto this weekend, but before  that, we recap the Belenenses game, discuss the RDT and Seferovic  partnership, and their lack of goal output. 
August 21, 2019
Episode 332 - League Opener
On this week's Benfica Podcast..... We look back at another 5 goal  result for Benfica in the opening match of the Liga Nos, look ahead to  Belenenses, and take a quick look at pot 2 where we will be in the UCL 
August 14, 2019
Episode 331 - 5uper 5tart
 On this week's podcast.. We welcome Adrian  from Rabona TV to help us break down the Derby in the Supercup against  Sporting, and to share his project as well as his trip to Santa Clara CA  to watch Benfica live for the first time. The Chalkboard Steve  also joined us to breakdown the game tactically. Lastly we look ahead  to Benfica's league opener against P. Ferreira this upcoming weekend. 
August 7, 2019
Episode 330 - Until Next Time
 On this week's episode... We take a look back at Benfica's last game of  the ICC against AC Milan, where Benfica capped of their participation  winning all 3 games. We welcomed Mike D  to talk about his special experience at Foxboro. We recap the ICC, and  look ahead to the official kickoff of the Portuguese domestic  competition with the match up against SPorting in the Super Cup.  
July 31, 2019
Episode 329 - United States of Benfica
 On this week's podcast... we look back at Benfica's first two games of  the ICC against Chivas and Fiorentina, look ahead to the last game  against Milan, and discuss some news items. 
July 26, 2019
Episode 328 - ICC Bound
On this week's podcast... We look back at Benfica's first two friendlies of the season, and offer our opinion on the new signings. Cristiano caught up with Keaton Parks for an update on how the Benfica loanee is doing in the MLS, and lastly we look at the travel roster for the ICC and discuss some news tidbits.
July 17, 2019
Episode 327 - The Boys are Back
On our first episode of the new season... We look at who is in and who is out, take a look at who is at camp, look at Benfica's pre-season schedule, and briefly discuss the domestic fixtures for the new season.
July 9, 2019
Off Season Bonus Episode - 18/19 Best of Part 5
On the last part of the best of the 18/19 season, we pick up back up on the first leg of Benfica against Eintrach, and revel on the Felix hat trick, only to contrast with the disappointment of the second leg. On the final stretch, we talk about the game at the pedreira, the final game of the season and thoughts on the team's performance under Lage.
July 3, 2019
Off Season Bonus Episode - 18/19 Best of Part 4
On another bonus episode...this time we go back to Lage's era in progress, right after the Benfica's trashing of Sporting at the Alvalade, the balls in Turkey, the 10-0 against Nacional, and the win at the dragao that put us in first place for good.
June 26, 2019
Off Season Bonus Episode - 18/19 Best of Part 3
On this bonus episode....we flash back to the time Rui Vitoria, was saved by a light, then finally sacked, to Lage's appointment. In between you can listen to our despair on Benfica's situation, our momentary happiness for Vitoria's almost sacking, the speculation on new coaches, Cristiano mentioning Taarabt may have a chance with a new coach, the huge let down of Vieira's about face, and the relief of Rui Vitorias sacking. featuring snippets from special guests, Joao Magalhaes, and Toronto's own Alex Seixeiro. Enjoy
June 18, 2019
Off Season Bonus Episode - 18/19 Best of Part 2
On another best of podcast... We take a trip down the 18/19 memory lane, as we cover the last week's of Vitoria, Episode 300, and the first mention of Bruno Lage.
June 11, 2019
Off Season Bonus Episode - 18/19 Best of - Part 1
While you're hopefully enjoying the off season and missing Benfica, we decided to put together some highlights of the early part of the season podcasts. From pre-season to Renato's goal at the Luz, enjoy the little snippets, and highlights of our podcast.
June 5, 2019
Episode 326 - Season Wrap
On this week's extra long podcast.. We wrap up the season by talking through some defining moments of the season, and our highs and lows. We also give our player awards with special distinction to Cristiano's Chicken Fingers award. Lastly we play the game of keep, sell, loan with the squad and tell you what we think Benfica should do with each of the players. thank you for listening, and for supporting us throughout the season.
May 29, 2019
Episode 325 - (32+5=37) Champions!
On this week's podcast... Benfica are Liga Nos Champions for the 37th time. We briefly discuss the Santa Clara game, talk about the championship, and the celebrations.
May 22, 2019
Episode 324 - 1 Point away
On this week's podcast.... We recap the Rio Ave game, discuss Samaris' renewal, and look ahead to the title game at Estadio da Luz this weekend where Benfica can claim their 37th championship title   thanks for listening
May 15, 2019
Episode 323 - Rafa to the rescue
On this week's episode.. We recap the Portimonense game, and look ahead to the tough trip up north to play Rio Ave, in the penultimate round of the Liga Nos. thanks for listening
May 9, 2019
Episode 322 - Second Half Dynamite
On this week's episode.... We recap the huge win at the Pedreira, and look ahead to Benfica's next match against Portimonense at Estadio da Luz. thanks for listening
May 1, 2019
Episode 321 - Back to Manco City
We look back at Benfica's second leg of the Europa League quarter finals, where Benfica lost a two goal aggregate advantage and got knocked out by Eintrach Frankfurt. We also recap Benfica's beating of Maritimo for the Liga Nos, and look ahead to the crucial game at the Pedreira against Braga this weekend.
April 24, 2019
Episode 320 - The fights continue
On this week's episode... We look back at the Eintrach and Setubal games, and look ahead to the second leg against Eintrach and this monday's Liga Nos match against Maritimo at Estadio da Luz.
April 17, 2019
Episode 319 - Usual Suspect
On this week's episode.... We look back at the Sporting and Feirense games, look ahead to Eintrach and Setubal, and answer your twitter questions.
April 10, 2019
Episode 318 - Swiss Quartz
On this week's podcast... We are back after international break, we break down the Tondela game, discuss VAR, look ahead to the second leg of the Portuguese Cup against Sporting, and this weekend's match against Feirense. We had Bruno Barros come in and talk about his Diabinhos project which you can find here
April 3, 2019
Episode 317 - We called, You answered
On this week's podcast... We look back at Benfica's second leg Europa League game against Zagreb, discuss the emphatic response in Moreira de Conegos, discuss international break thanks for listening
March 20, 2019
Episode 316 - Generosity killed the attack
On this week's podcast.... We recap a less than positive week for Benfica with a loss in Croatia, and a home time against Belenenses. We look ahead to the second leg against Zagreb at the Luz, and a tricky match up against this season's sensation team Moreirense, in Moreira de Conegos.
March 13, 2019
Episode 315 - Sliding into First
On this week's podcast....We look back at the Classico, and Benfica's win at the dragao. A personalized and confident Benfica team went into the dragao and won convincingly, we enlisted the help of Hugo who was in attendance at the dragao. We also preview the first leg against Dynamo Zagreb for the round of 16 for the Europa League, and Benfica's next domestic game against Belenenses . thanks for listening
March 6, 2019
Episode 314 - St George
On this week's podcast....We recap both the Galatasaray and the Chaves games. Consider our chance against Zagreb, and look ahead to the huge match up against Porto at the Dragao.
February 27, 2019