Episode 273: Lessons to learn for Jorge Sampaoli after two uninspiring friendlies

16 Nov

The seventh anniversary episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés get together for a chat about two friendlies which brought more problems to light than reason for optimism for the Argentine national team. A 1-0 win over Russia on Saturday was rather dull, and a 4-2 defeat to Nigeria on Tuesday has set alarm bells ringing well and truly regarding what the best tactics and formation are, and whether certain players ought to still be playing for Argentina at all. We also have a quick look over the Copa Argentina semi-finals, which resulted in a River Plate v Atlético Tucumán final, and discuss the FIFAGate fallout after Alejandro Burzaco’s first two days of testimony in New York.

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This week, Mystic Sam takes on Mystic Youssef in the prediction competition.

Youssef
Argentinos vs Colón
Atl. Tucumán vs Arsenal
Newell’s vs Belgrano
Banfield vs Temperley
Defensa vs Lanús
San Martín vs San Lorenzo
Independiente vs River Plate
Unión vs Chacarita
Tigre vs Estudiantes
Boca vs Racing
Talleres vs Central
Gimnasia vs Patronato
Olimpo vs Godoy Cruz
Huracán vs Vélez

Sam
Argentinos vs Colón
Atl. Tucumán vs Arsenal
Newell’s vs Belgrano
Banfield vs Temperley
Defensa vs Lanús
San Martín vs San Lorenzo
Independiente vs River Plate
Unión vs Chacarita
Tigre vs Estudiantes
Boca vs Racing
Talleres vs Central
Gimnasia vs Patronato
Olimpo vs Godoy Cruz
Huracán vs Vélez

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Episode 272: Boca beat River to maintain their 100% start, and national team talk

9 Nov

In the two hundred and seventy-second episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés discuss a dark week for River Plate, as elimination at the hands of Lanús in the Copa Libertadores last week was followed by defeat in an entertaining superclásico against Boca Juniors on Sunday. That win meant Boca still have a 100% record and are now seven points clear at the top of the Superliga table, with Unión in second place. As well as league talk, we also look at the main issues Jorge Sampaoli has to deal with as Argentina prepare to play Russia on Saturday and Nigeria on Tuesday in friendlies.

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Episode 271: Lanús qualify for their first Libertadores final, and previewing River v Boca

2 Nov

In episode 271 of Hand Of Pod, Sam and English Dan have an afternoon conversation about two big continental ties: the all-Argentine Copa Libertadores semi-final which saw Lanús come back from 3-0 down on aggregate to beat River Plate 4-3 and advance to the first Libertadores final in the club’s history, and Racing’s Copa Sudamericana exit at the hands of Paraguayan giants Libertad, which it’s fair to say was somewhat less thrilling. Independiente should keep the Argentine flag flying (their Copa Sudamericana quarter-final second leg was going to plan as this episode was uploaded), and Boca Juniors extended their lead in the Superliga, winning as River and Lanús (who both fielded reserve sides) both lost; they’re now six points clear of second-placed San Lorenzo, ahead of this weekend’s visit to River Plate, which we of course preview.

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Last week, Mystic Sam beat Mystic Gav 7-4 in the predict-off. This week, no-one volunteered and Sam forgot to tweet a challenge out, so here are Mystic Sam’s eighth round predictions on their own.

Chacarita v Gimnasia
Godoy Cruz v Huracán
Colón v San Martín
Lanús v Olimpo
San Lorenzo v Banfield
Central v Atl. Tucumán
Racing v Talleres
Temperley v Defensa y Justicia
Estudiantes v Argentinos
Belgrano v Independiente
River v Boca
Arsenal v Tigre
Patronato v Newell’s
Vélez v Unión

Episode 270: a Copa Argentina and Copa Libertadores roundup

26 Oct

There was no league football in Argentina over the weekend, so episode 270 of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Andrés and English Dan discussing knockout competitions instead – we have a review of the Copa Argentina quarter-finals, which saw second tier Morón make it to the semi-finals, where they’ll play River Plate, and a review of the first leg of the Copa Libertadores semi-final between River and Lanús, as well as a look at the Copa Sudamericana quarter-final first legs so far.

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This week, Mystic Jimmy takes on Mystic Sam in the prediction battle. Two weeks ago, in the last round of matches, Mystic Gav beat Sam 6-5.

Gav
Banfield v Colón
Argentinos v Arsenal
Huracán v Lanús
Unión v Godoy Cruz
San Martín v Estudiantes
Atlético Tucumán v Racing
Talleres v River
Newell’s v Chacarita
Gimnasia v Vélez
Temperley v San Lorenzo
Boca v Belgrano
Independiente v Patronato
Defensa y Justicia v Olimpo
Tigre v Rosario Central

Sam
Banfield v Colón
Argentinos v Arsenal
Huracán v Lanús
Unión v Godoy Cruz
San Martín v Estudiantes
Atlético Tucumán v Racing
Talleres v River
Newell’s v Chacarita
Gimnasia v Vélez
Temperley v San Lorenzo
Boca v Belgrano
Independiente v Patronato
Defensa y Justicia v Olimpo
Tigre v Rosario Central

Episode 269: Boca pull clear at the top as River are held again

19 Oct

In episode 269 of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés look back on (what they saw of) a weekend which saw Boca Juniors move six points clear at the top of the Superliga, keeping their 100% record whilst River Plate were held to a draw for the third match in a row. Boca’s ability to dig in, River’s carelessness and the relegation battle are among the subjects up for discussion. Listeners’ questions cover the Copa Argentina and the national team.

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And here is Darren’s photo of Martin O’Neill with an Atlanta shirt.

Episode 268: Argentina are off to Russia. It was never in doubt

12 Oct

The two hundred and sixty-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Peter and Andrés discuss Argentina’s qualification for the Russia 2018 World Cup, in spite of a 0-0 draw at home to Peru last Thursday and owing rather more to a hat trick from Lionel Messi in Quito which brought a 3-1 win away to Ecuador on Tuesday, in the last match of the campaign. What comes next, what needs to be tweaked, and what should remain the same are all up for discussion.

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Last week, Dan beat Sam in the World Cup qualifying predict-off. This week, Mystic Gav takes Sam on at predicting the next round of Superliga action.

Gav
Lanús v Unión
San Lorenzo v Defensa y Justicia
Colón v Temperley
Central v Argentinos
Estudiantes v Banfield
Vélez v Newell’s
Racing v Tigre
Chacarita v Independiente
Godoy Cruz v Gimnasia
Belgrano v Talleres
River v Atl. Tucumán
Patronato v Boca
Olimpo v Huracán
Arsenal v San Martín

Sam
Lanús v Unión
San Lorenzo v Defensa y Justicia
Colón v Temperley
Central v Argentinos
Estudiantes v Banfield
Vélez v Newell’s
Racing v Tigre
Chacarita v Independiente
Godoy Cruz v Gimnasia
Belgrano v Talleres
River v Atl. Tucumán
Patronato v Boca
Olimpo v Huracán
Arsenal v San Martín

Episode 267: Previewing Argentina’s two final World Cup qualifiers

4 Oct

The two hundred and sixty-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod is a look at the Argentine national team as they approach two high-pressure World Cup qualifiers at home to Peru and away to Ecuador, which will either see them finally make it to Russia 2018 or not (all right, or end up in the playoff). Sam and English Dan give their thoughts on the four(!) lineups tried by Jorge Sampaoli in training on Tuesday, and discuss what needs to change from last month’s disappointing double header if the selección are to make it over the line at last. We also look at the weekend in the Superliga, where Boca Juniors kept up their 100% record – just – and Arsenal de Sarandí stunned Banfield to record their first points of the season.

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Last week, Mystic Sam and Mystic Chris drew 7-7 in the prediction battle. This week, Sam and Dan give their predictions for the last two rounds of CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying action.

Dan
Bolivia v Brazil
Venezuela v Uruguay
Colombia v Paraguay
Chile v Ecuador
Argentina v Peru

Paraguay v Venezuela
Brazil v Chile
Ecuador v Argentina
Peru
v Colombia
Uruguay v Bolivia

Sam
Bolivia v Brazil
Venezuela v Uruguay
Colombia
v Paraguay
Chile v Ecuador
Argentina v Peru

Paraguay v Venezuela
Brazil v Chile
Ecuador v Argentina
Peru v Colombia
Uruguay v Bolivia