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Benfica Podcast - Talking to the Doll
77 minutes | Oct 27, 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.
41 minutes | Oct 20, 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.
70 minutes | Oct 6, 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
54 minutes | Sep 29, 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.
51 minutes | Sep 22, 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.
46 minutes | Sep 16, 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.
54 minutes | Sep 8, 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.
67 minutes | Sep 2, 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.
95 minutes | Aug 4, 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.
83 minutes | Jul 28, 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)
89 minutes | Jul 21, 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.
82 minutes | Jul 14, 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.
46 minutes | Jul 7, 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.
76 minutes | Jun 30, 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.
84 minutes | Jun 23, 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.
64 minutes | Jun 16, 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.
57 minutes | Jun 9, 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.
93 minutes | Jun 2, 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
79 minutes | May 27, 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.
86 minutes | May 19, 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.
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