Episode 249: Previewing Argentina v Chile, and some league talk

23 Mar

The two hundred and forty-ninth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés discuss a week of domestic action which saw Boca Juniors lose for the first time since the opening weekend, San Lorenzo also defeated and an Ignacio Scocco hat trick for Newell’s Old Boys (surprisingly, his first) put the top of the title race back to how it was two weeks ago. River Plate impressed away to Lanús on Tuesday, and there’s plenty more to talk about besides. Not least, Argentina’s World Cup qualifying clash at home to Chile on Thursday evening, which we preview, and whether Mauro Icardi should maybe be in the squad given he appears incapable of entering a pitch without scoring at least one goal these days.

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Mystic Dez’s seventeenth round predictions (last week Mystic Sam got 4/15):
Patronato v Newell’s
Banfield v Unión
Central v Tigre
San Lorenzo v Quilmes
Gimnasia v Sarmiento
Racing v Godoy Cruz
Atl. Rafaela v Estudiantes
Colón v Lanús
San Martín v Boca
Temperley v Atl. Tucumán
River v Belgrano
Aldosivi v Arsenal
Vélez v Huracán
Talleres v Olimpo

Episode 248: Finally reviewing the first football of 2017

16 Mar

The first weekend of Argentine football this year has finally been played, and in HOP 248 Sam and Andrés are here to go over the main talking points, consider how many teams were affected by a long and hard-to-time-just-right pre-season (nearly all of them) and look at whether this factor also influenced performances in the Copa Libertadores (yes). Boca Juniors were the undoubted winners of the weekend, though San Lorenzo also took advantage. Listeners’ questions include Copa Libertadores qualification rules this year and our opinion of Lautaro Martínez. A series of technical errors befell this recording, so you might notice the odd slight jump in sound or speech as bits had to be cut slightly, but enjoy!

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Mystic Sam’s sixteenth round predictions (last time out Sam got 2/14, so, erm…)
Quilmes v Central
Unión v Colón
Tigre v Gimnasia
Newell’s v Vélez
Independiente v San Martín
Huracán v DyJ
Belgrano v Racing
Estudiantes v Patronato
Sarmiento v Temperley
Godoy Cruz v San Lorenzo
Olimpo v Banfield
Boca v Talleres
Arsenal v Atlético de Rafaela
Atlético Tucumán v Aldosivi
Lanús v River Plate

Episode 247: Summer madness

2 Mar

What on Earth is going on in the world of Argentine football? The season was supposed to get underway on the second weekend of February and was only finally scheduled at all last week, and now we have some dates and kick off times it’s still not been anything like clear whether this weekend’s matches will even be played. Sam, English Dan and Andrés are back for the first HOP of 2017, and even by the standards set by Argentine football since we started recording in 2010, this one might get eye-wateringly confusing. Allow us to guide you through the summer break in Argentina, the vested interests, the arguments and the recriminations, as we attempt to explain to the layperson just what the bloody hell is happening (and, indeed, work that out ourselves). This episode is out of date before it’s even online – there was no way we could avoid that – but the uncertainty over whether games will take place is still just as strong a mere 24 hours from the supposed start of action. The chaos is back.

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Mystic Sam’s fifteenth round predictions (assuming it happens…)
Central v Godoy Cruz
San Lorenzo v Belgrano
Temperley v Tigre
Vélez v Estudiantes
Aldosivi v Atl. Rafaela
Racing v Lanús
Atl. Tucumán v Sarmiento
Colón v Olimpo
Defensa y Justicia v Newell’s
Gimnasia v Quilmes
River v Unión
Banfield v Boca
Patronato v Arsenal
San Martín v Huracán

Episode 246: Rounding up the last weekend of 2016 action

22 Dec

The two hundred and forty-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod is the last one of the year. Sam, Andrés and English Dan round up the last week of Primera action this year, which included two good results for River Plate (who claimed the Copa Argentina last week), another big win for Boca Juniors, who thus end the year at the top of the table, more dropped points for Estudiantes and plenty of other talking points, including a number of emotional farewells to players and various managers either resigning or being fired. As well as all this, there’s also time to take a brief look at the current situation regarding TV rights for next year – which is currently up in the air. You’ll be hearing from us again at the end of the summer break – if you’re celebrating over the next week or two, enjoy!

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Episode 245: reviewing the Superclásico and preparing for the end of the year

15 Dec

The two hundred and forty-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod is the penultimate one of 2016, and Sam and Andrés meet to discuss Boca Juniors’ 4-2 away win over River Plate in what – even as River sympathisers – we cant deny was a tremendously entertaining Superclásico. Carlos Tevez was superb, and as well as praising his performance we also look at the reports he might be off to China soon. For River, there’s a chance for some compensation in the form of the Copa Argentina final against Rosario Central, which is played on the evening this podcast goes live, and could see one – or both – of the managers, Marcelo Gallardo for River and Eduardo Coudet for Central, leave their club. All this, and there’s still one more round of league action to preview, thanks to the one-week delay to the season kicking off back in August. As a result of that, we’ll be back next week with an unusually festive edition.

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Mystic John’s fourteenth round predictions (last week Mystic Sam and Mystic Peter got 7/15)
Huracán v Talleres
Godoy Cruz v Gimnasia
Sarmiento v Aldosivi
Estudiantes v Defensa y Justicia
Unión v Racing
Atl. Rafaela v Patronato
Independiente v Banfield
Belgrano v Central
Lanús v San Lorenzo
Arsenal v Vélez
Boca v Colón
Newell’s v San Martín
Olimpo v River
Quilmes v Temperley
Tigre v Atl. Tucumán

Episode 244: Boca impress again, Independiente get a win and previewing the Superclásico

8 Dec

The two hundred and forty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Peter meet to discuss Independiente’s first win in a while, against River Plate’s reserve side, and look into some of the struggles Gabriel Milito faces as manager. We have praise for Boca Juniors after an impressive win over Racing, ask whether Estudiantes’ grip on first place is slipping, and look at Banfield’s remarkable upturn in form, as a week after beating the league leaders they’ve now claimed a win over second placed Newell’s Old Boys. All this, and some pre-superclásico thoughts too, as River Plate prepare to host Boca Juniors this Sunday. Enjoy!

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Mystic Sam’s and Mystic Peter’s joint predictions for round 13 (last week Mystic Gav got 5/15)
Aldosivi v Patronato
Sarmiento v Tigre
Temperley v Godoy Cruz
Vélez v Atl. Rafaela
Talleres v Newell’s
San Lorenzo v Unión
Gimnasia v Belgrano
Racing v Olimpo
River v Boca
Banfield v Huracán
Colón v Independiente
San Martín v Estudiantes
Central v Lanús
Atl. Tucumán v Quilmes
Defensa y Justicia v Arsenal

Episode 243: The Argentine response to the Chapecoense crash, and some less important stuff

1 Dec

The two hundred and forty-third episode of Hand Of Pod couldn’t be solely about Argentine football, given events earlier in the week. Sam, Andrés and guest Lex meet up to discuss some of the Argentine reaction to the tragic plane crash on Monday night, with tributes planned across Argentina – and the rest of the continent – this weekend. There’s also a look at a surprisingly entertaining clásico de Avellaneda, a very good performance from Boca Juniors and a rather fortunate win for River Plate, as well as Estudiantes’ first defeat of the season, among much more.

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Mystic Gav’s twelfth round predictions (last week Mystic Michael got 4/15)
Quilmes v Sarmiento
Huracán v Colón
Newell’s v Banfield
Atl. Rafaela v Defensa y Justicia
Tigre v Aldosivi
Godoy Cruz v Atl. Tucumán
Olimpo v San Lorenzo
Estudiantes v Talleres
Unión v Rosario Central
Patronato v Vélez
Boca v Racing
Belgrano v Temperley
Independiente v River
Arsenal v San Martín
Lanús v Gimnasia