Episode 140: Managers making foolish declarations & Argentine Libertadores hopes

20 Apr

Episode 140 of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Peter welcome not one but two special guests – Jonathan Wilson returns to HOP and Rupert Fryer finally makes his long-awaited debut. We discuss Ramón Díaz and Ricardo Caruso Lombardi embarrassing themselves to varying degrees, two managerial changes, as Newell’s Old Boys and more surprisingly, Arsenal de Sarandí both changed bosses, consider the title race and the relegation battle and ask how Argentine sides will do in the Copa Libertadores – four of Argentina’s five representatives are in the knockout stage, with only Newell’s failing to get out of their group. We also look at whether Fernando Gago’s injury is really bad news for either Boca Juniors or Argentina, and have a bit of a laugh at Racing, who’ve been rubbish again lately.

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Mystic Sam’s fifteenth round predictions
Central v Estudiantes
Quilmes v Olimpo
San Lorenzo v Newell’s
Colón v Belgrano
Arsenal v Lanús
Argentinos v Racing
River v Vélez
Tigre v Boca
Godoy Cruz v Atlético de Rafaela
Gimnasia v All Boys

Episode 139: Looking back on the clásico rosarino, summarising Argentine Libertadores hopes and more

11 Apr

Hand Of Pod episode 139 is a bumper edition, featuring Sam, Santi, Andrés and Peter. They discuss not one but two rounds of Torneo Final action, including a 3-3 thriller between Racing and Estudiantes which no-one saw coming, and a 2-1 away win for Rosario Central in Sunday’s Rosario clásico against Newell’s Old Boys. Three sides lead the Torneo Final on 21 points, with two more just behind them on 20, and the top nine are separated by just three points. We also look at Argentine hopes in the Copa Libertadores – at the time of recording, Lanús, Vélez Sarsfield and Arsenal had all confirmed their places in the knockout stage. A couple of hours after recording ended, San Lorenzo joined them, but just as this episode was uploaded on Thursday night, Newell’s Old Boys crashed out. Santi’s not been on for a while and has grown jealous of HOP new boy Gustavo hugging the lower league limelight, so we also let him give a roundup of Ascenso action, and look at the frankly slightly silly notion that Boca Juniors might be in relegation trouble next season.

Since we recorded, following Newell’s Copa Libertadores exit, their manager Alfredo Berti has resigned.

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Mystic Sam’s thirteenth round predictions
Central v Belgrano
Tigre v All Boys
Quilmes v Estudiantes
Argentinos v Vélez
v Olimpo
San Lorenzo v Lanús
Gimnasia v Arsenal
Godoy Cruz v Newell’s
River v Atlético de Rafaela
Colón v Boca

Episode 138: reviewing River’s first win away to Boca in a decade, a Libertadores overview and more

1 Apr
L-R: Sam, Will and English Dan. Photo taken more for Mother Kelly's benefit than anything else.

L-R: Sam, Will and English Dan. Photo taken more for Mother Kelly’s benefit than anything else.

The hundred-and-thirty-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod was recorded at lunchtime on Tuesday, over mate, in order for us to get it to you ahead of (most of) the eleventh round of Torneo Final action. It features Sam, English Dan and a brief guest appearance from Sam’s brother, Will, who tells us what it was like watching – or rather, trying to watch – Boca Juniors v River Plate from a cafe on the Bolivian border with a small child who was more interested in cartoons. We dissect River’s 2-1 away win in the superclásico as no other English-language Argentine football podcast can, as well as considering the other results from the weekend and how they affect the title and relegation races. We also take a look at how Argentine sides are doing with one match each of the Copa Libertadores group stages left, give a mention to some very good news for San Lorenzo fans, and much more. Enjoy.

As  ever, Mystic Sam’s eleventh round predictions are below. He’s already got Quilmes v Belgrano right at the time of uploading. You can subscribe to us here on iTunes, or here on Stitcher, and click here to follow on Twitter.

Mystic Sam’s eleventh round predictions
v Belgrano
Olimpo v Vélez Sarsfield
Argentinos v Atlético de Rafaela
Racing v Estudiantes
Godoy Cruz v Lanús
Central v Boca
Colón v All Boys
River v Newell’s
Gimnasia v Tigre
San Lorenzo v Arsenal

Episode 137: Colón still lead the way, Independiente in meltdown & previewing Boca v River

27 Mar

The hundred-and-thirty-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Peter and Andrés joined by German Dan to discuss an interesting weekend of matches, at the end of which Colón were still top of the Torneo Final pile, and looking increasingly likely to avoid relegation, points deduction or no points deduction. There were surprising results on Saturday and more predictable ones on Sunday, which concluded with a dire goalless draw between Quilmes and Boca Juniors. Boca’s next match is of course at home to their arch rivals River Plate, so as ever we dedicate a chunk of this week’s pod to previewing the superclásico; will River get their first win in La Bombonera in a decade? Can Boca lift their game? We also discuss Dan’s side Argentinos Juniors, and what’s gone wrong for them, and Peter tries to give us a quick lowdown of what mentalness is happening at Independiente this week. All this and more awaits…

As ever, Mystic Sam’s predictions for superclásico weekend are below. You can subscribe to us if you like: here on iTunes, or here on Stitcher. And you can also follow us on Twitter.

Mystic Sam’s tenth round predictions
All Boys v Godoy Cruz
Estudiantes v Olimpo
Belgrano v Argentinos
Vélez v Gimnasia
Newell’s v Quilmes
Rafaela v Racing
Lanús v Central
Arsenal v Colón
Boca v River
Tigre v San Lorenzo

Episode 136: a thirteen team title race and more

22 Mar

In episode 136 of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Peter, Andrés and some bloke called Joel who wandered in wanting to record discuss last weekend’s Torneo Final action. There are thirteen teams within six points of the top after half the championship has been played, and in spite of an unexpectedly thrilling defeat to All Boys, River Plate are one of them. Boca Juniors are also up there, also in spite of themselves, whilst the table is still lead, oddly, by Colón (who before this episode was uploaded, beat Tigre 1-0 to ensure they’ll be joint top for another week on Friday night). Circumstances prevented this one being edited and uploaded before early Saturday morning, but it was recorded on Wednesday evening.

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Episode 135: A tightening title race as frontrunners drop points, and Argentine Libertadores hopes

13 Mar

In the hundred-and-thirty-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Peter look back over a weekend which saw two of the title frontrunners – league leaders Colón and their pursuers Estudiantes – drop points, allowing the race to become even more congested; even River Plate, who picked up seven points in three games last week, are only three points off the lead, despite now not having scored more than once in a league game for more than half a season. We run the rule over each of the Big Five, particularly Boca’s distinctly un-crisis-like form, and ask how Argentina’s sides are getting on (or were, as of Wednesday evening) in the Copa Libertadores. Listeners’ questions range from how a ‘local national team’ would do at the World Cup to the future of Argentine full backs.

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Mystic Sam’s eighth round predictions
Rafaela v Vélez
Belgrano v Olimpo
San Lorenzo v Colón
Tigre v Godoy Cruz
All Boys v River
Boca v Argentinos
Arsenal v Central
Gimnasia v Estudiantes
Newell’s v Racing
Lanús v Quilmes

Episode 134: The title race takes shape, Argentina’s draw in Romania & a lower division chat

8 Mar

In the hundred-and-thirty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam is joined by Peter, English Dan and Andrés, as well as Gustavo Malamud, an Atlanta fan. We discuss another double round of matches – we’re a third of the way through the Torneo Final already – in which it was a decent week for Colón and Newell’s Old Boys among others, a poor one for Racing (obviously) and Arsenal, and a more mixed one for other sides, including the two giants River Plate and Boca Juniors. We consider where the Argentine national side are in relation to where they’d like to be ahead of the World Cup, Gustavo gives us a primer on the Primera B – that’s the THIRD division – and we reveal what this season’s English Premier League relegation battle would look like if the Football Association decided to adopt the Argentine relegation system (many thanks to Tim Venables for that!).

Mystic Sam’s seventh round predictions are below. Don’t forget, you can subscribe to us on iTunes here – and starting this week, Android and iOS users can also subscribe on Stitcher. You’ll find our page here. And please, if you like us, leave a review on either service!

Mystic Sam’s round seven predictions
v Gimnasia
Argentinos v Lanús
v Rafaela
Vélez v Belgrano
Olimpo v Newell’s
Godoy Cruz v San Lorenzo
River v Arsenal
Racing v Boca
Quilmes v All Boys
Central v Tigre


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