Join Matthew Marshall and Tom Kundert who discuss the latest goings-on across Portuguese football.

As ever, first on the agenda is the Primeira Liga, with all the top-half teams analysed as well as the best of the rest. The recent bad fan behaviour in Portugal is also deliberated on.

The podcast ends with a look at the Portugal squad ahead of the decisive Nations League matches against the Czech Republic and Spain, and also the shock decision by Rafa Silva to retire from the Seleção just two months before the World Cup. 

To listen to the podcast click on the play button below. 

 

Related: Rafa Silva announces international retirement two months ahead of World Cup

Related: PortuGOAL Podcast: Early season report card – all 18 Primeira Liga teams analysed

 

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Very enjoyable podcast gents. Matthew, I got a chuckle out of your not-so-veiled comment about people taking things personally. I assure you, while I disagree with some of your statements, I take absolutely none of your opinions personally...

Very enjoyable podcast gents. Matthew, I got a chuckle out of your not-so-veiled comment about people taking things personally. I assure you, while I disagree with some of your statements, I take absolutely none of your opinions personally despite disagreeing.

It's obvious that in listening to your thoughts on all topics covered, you're a passionate fella. I am equally passionate, so perhaps our earlier discussion was just 2 passionate fans of the game having a spirited disagreement.

I always enjoy hearing Tom's thoughts on things and I think you balanced each other perfectly on the topics. The fan behaviour issue is a real problem in the game, not just in Portugal. Not sure if either of you gents ever watched the docu-series "Real Football Factories", with Danny Dyer.

Dyer himself and his narration can be a little aggravating, but the content on the series was really good, and it looked at the tribalism and violence associated with the game. Stand-out episodes for me were Argentina, Brasil and Turkey (in Turkey, they have a big knife culture and it was not uncommon for supporters to sneak them into the stadium).

Regarding the Seleccao, yes, Santos can say he has a hard time picking players, but my issue with him is that it doesn't matter who he picks if they have no clear instructions or identity. We saw some of that improve in the play-offs for the WC, but I still have doubts leading up to the WC.

That said, I do believe that Santos has a streak of luck and that luck seems to pay off every 3 years.
2016: European Champions
2019: Nations League Champions
2022: World Cup Champions???

Let's hope so!

Cheers.

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