Episode 180: Four joint-leaders, River up against it and a trip to Temperley

16 Apr

The hundred and eightieth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés joined by new boy Remi, who brings a continental European air of sophistication (and a typically Dutch manner of speaking against received wisdom) to the podcast. We discuss the results over the weekend which led to Boca Juniors, River Plate, San Lorenzo and Rosario Central to all be tied on 21 points at the top, look at an emotional clásico del Sur in which Lanús beat Banfield 2-1, and explain how River Plate were up against it in the Copa Libertadores as we recorded (we returned afterwards to let you know how that turned out). Remi also tells us about his visit to Temperley on Friday, where he watched the hosts beat Colón 2-1. This week’s history section is a tribute to Uruguayan journalist, historian and football writer Eduardo Galeano, who died on Monday. HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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Mystic Sam’s tenth round predictions (last week: 5/15)
Estudiantes v Central
Sarmiento v Arsenal
Huracan v Tigre
DyJ v Temperley
Independiente v Argentinos
Vélez v Gimnasia
Belgrano v Crucero del Norte
Chicago v Racing
Aldosivi v San Lorenzo
River v Banfield
San Martín v Olimpo
Lanús v Boca
Quilmes v Unión
Colón v Atlético de Rafaela
Newell’s v Godoy Cruz

Episode 179: Video refereeing controversy, Boca go top and Banfield join the race

9 Apr

The hundred and seventy-ninth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés discuss referee Germán Delfino’s decision to rescind a penalty and red card seemingly on television evidence during Vélez Sarsfield’s 2-1 win over Arsenal de Sarandí on Saturday – what happened, and how have the Argentine media tried in places to twist the story? Other topics on this episode are River Plate’s weekend clásico win, 1-0 over San Lorenzo, and Boca Juniors’ 2-0 victory away to Huracán which took Boca top of the nascent league table. We also find time for a six-goal thriller between Defensa y Justicia and Rosario Central, the end of Unión de Santa Fe’s unbeaten record, and much more besides. This week’s history section is devoted to Omar Sívori, the great former River and Juventus striker who made his debut 61 years ago last Saturday. HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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Mystic Sam’s ninth round predictions (last week: 8/15)
Crucero del Norte v Atlético de Rafaela
Temperley v Colón
Gimnasia v Aldosivi
Godoy Cruz v Vélez
San Lorenzo v Independiente
Racing v Huracán
Central v San Martín
Banfield v Lanús
Boca v Chicago
Olimpo v Defensa y Justicia
Argentinos v River
Unión v Sarmiento
Arsenal v Newell’s
Belgrano v Quilmes
Tigre v Estudiantes

Episode 178: San Lorenzo go top, a new history bit and is Federico Mancuello better than Harry Kane?

2 Apr

The hundred and seventy-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod is a whopper, but with off-pitch trouble, plenty of goals in a week when the league leadership changed hands, Daniel Osvaldo’s on-pitch trolling, two national team friendlies and a new regular Argentine football history section to include, how could it be any other way? We discuss San Lorenzo’s thrashing of Lanús and River Plate’s last-gasp win over Gimnasia, as well as Boca’s canter against Estudiantes, before changing our focus to Argentina’s recent friendly victories over the Isle of Man – sorry, I mean, El Salvador – and Ecuador, in the first of which Federico Mancuello did a Harry Kane by coming on as a second half substitute and scoring shortly after. The subject of our first history section is a man who would have turned 100 years old on Monday – Arsenio Erico, the Paraguayan who is the all-time top goalscorer in the history of Argentina’s Primera División. HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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Mystic Sam’s eighth round predictions (last week: 2/14)
Sarmiento v Belgrano
Estudiantes v Racing
Vélez v Arsenal
Atlético de Rafaela v Temperley
DyJ v Central
Independiente v Gimnasia
Aldosivi v Godoy Cruz
Lanús v Argentinos
Colón v Olimpo
Quilmes v Crucero del Norte
River v San Lorenzo
San Martín v Tigre
Huracán v Boca
Chicago v Banfield
Newell’s v Unión

Episode 177: Late goals, Central’s 100% start ends, and River and Independiente keep clean sheets!

26 Mar

The hundred and seventy-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés discussing a weekend of Primera action that was notable for late goals deciding the outcomes of matches, and for Rosario Central’s perfect start to the campaign coming to an end with a draw away to the bottom club, Atlético de Rafaela (Central remain top, though). Argentinos Juniors’ unbeaten record came spectacularly undone, Aldosivi and Unión produced a 3-3 draw and Boca Juniors goalkeeper Agustín Orión is in hot water after breaking San Martín forward Carlos Bueno’s shin (though we say it was accidental). Perhaps most surprisingly of all, both Independiente and River Plate managed to keep clean sheets! All this and more awaits, though we’ve almost no discussion of Argentina’s upcoming internationals, since they’re only friendlies. HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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Mystic Sam’s seventh round predictions (last week: 6/15)
Quilmes v Sarmiento
Central v Colón
Olimpo v Atlético de Rafaela
Banfield v Huracán
San Lorenzo v Lanús
Crucero del Norte v Temperley
Belgrano v Newell’s
Boca v Estudiantes
Gimnasia v River
Godoy Cruz v Independiente
Racing v San Martín
Unión v Vélez
Arsenal v Aldosivi
Tigre v DyJ
Argentinos v Chicago

Episode 176: Central’s perfect start continues, River’s six-goal thriller and more

19 Mar

In the hundred and seventy-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Andrés and Santi look back over a goal-packed weekend of Primera action in which only four sides out of the thirty managed to keep clean sheets (and two of those were in the same game). River Plate’s problems continued but they battled back to a 3-3 draw with Arsenal, whilst Rosario Central remain top of the league with a 100% record courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Temperley. And for Lanús, Santiago Silva’s exit seems to have lifted some of the weight from their remaining attackers’ shoulders, because they got a thumping 5-1 win away to Godoy Cruz. All of this is covered, as well as the Argentine sides in the Copa Libertadores and a look at the three local league players who’ve been called up to the national team for next month’s ‘tour’ of the USA. HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, providing English-language news and cultural pieces from Argentina and across Latin America.

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Mystic Sam’s sixth round predictions (last week: 8/15)
Newell’s v Quilmes
Lanús v Gimnasia
Colón v Tigre
Vélez v Belgrano
Independiente v Arsenal
Huracán v Argentinos
Sarmiento v Crucero del Norte
Atlético de Rafaela v Central
Estudiantes v Banfield
Defensa y Justicia v Racing
River v Godoy Cruz
San Martín v Boca
Chicago v San Lorenzo
Aldosivi v Unión
Temperley v Olimpo

Episode 175: Central’s fine start, Newell’s search for identity & one third of the league are awful

12 Mar

In the hundred and seventy-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Andrés and Peter discuss another weekend of action which included an amazing 53-yard lob from San Lorenzo’s Pablo Barrientos, River Plate throwing away a 2-0 lead to draw with Unión, and Boca Juniors being held away to Colón. Rosario Central, meanwhile, have won four out of four under rookie manager Eduardo Coudet, whilst their cross-city rivals Newell’s Old Boys still don’t look the finished article, though they defend with the ball well. Also, a third of the league are bloody awful – to no-one’s surprise – with Crucero del Norte the unwilling poster boys for the shortcomings of most of the ten newly-promoted sides. Hand Of Pod is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a wonderful source of English-language news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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Mystic Sam’s fifth round predictions (last week: 6/15)
Crucero del Norte v Olimpo
Racing v Colón
Banfield v San Martín
Boca v Defensa y Justicia
Gimnasia v Chicago
Unión v Independiente
Sarmiento v Newell’s
Central v Temperley
Tigre v Atlético de Rafaela
Argentinos v Estudiantes
Godoy Cruz v Lanús
Quilmes v Vélez Sarsfield
San Lorenzo v Huracán
Arsenal v River
Belgrano v Aldosivi

Episode 174: Laferrere’s barra cause trouble, San Lorenzo lose and more

5 Mar

The hundred and seventy-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Peter and Andrés begin with a discussion of yet more violence affecting Argentine football, after a weekend marred by a running street battle involving the barra brava of fourth division club Laferrere which left 2 policemen seriously injured. We then move on to review last weekend’s action in the Primera División and the last few Argentine games in the Copa Libertadores. San Lorenzo lost at home to San Martín – and just after we recorded this episode, also lost at home to Corinthians – but things look less gloomy for the rest of the Big Five, whilst Estudiantes and Rosario Central are also doing well. Hand Of Pod is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a wonderful source of English-language news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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Mystic Sam’s fourth round predictions (last week: 5/15)
Huracán v Gimnasia
Atlético de Rafaela v Racing
Newell’s v Crucero del Norte
Aldosivi v Quilmes
Independiente v Belgrano
Chicago v Godoy Cruz
Olimpo v Rosario Central
Vélez v Sarmiento
River v Unión
Lanús v Arsenal
San Martín v Argentinos
Defensa y Justicia v Banfield
Colón v Boca
Estudiantes v San Lorenzo
Temperley v Tigre

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