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

Episode 173: River held, Boca win again and a Copa Argentina discussion

26 Feb

The hundred and seventy-third episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Peter, Andrés and Jon Gilbert to discuss the second weekend of Argentina’s monster new Primera. River Plate were held in a lively 2-2 draw with Quilmes, Boca Juniors made it two league wins out of two and champions Racing have just one point from their first two matches, but there’s a long way to go yet. We also discuss the Libertadores games that have taken place since we last recorded (since we recorded this episode, Boca Juniors beat Montevideo Wanderers 2-1 on Thursday night), and have a brief conversation about the Copa Argentina. As ever, thanks to our friends at Argentina Independent – a fine English-language news site covering goings-on in Argentina and across Latin America – for providing the booze.

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Mystic Sam’s third round predictions (last week: 3/15!)
Godoy Cruz v Huracán
Arsenal v Chicago
Crucero del Norte v Rosario Central
Tigre v Olimpo
San Lorenzo v San Martín
Unión v Lanús
Quilmes v Independiente
Racing v Temperley
Boca v Atlético de Rafaela
Argentinos v Defensa y Justicia
Gimnasia v Estudiantes
Belgrano v River
Banfield v Colón
Sarmiento v Aldosivi
Newell’s v Vélez

Episode 172: The first round of 2015 Primera action & Argentine clubs’ Libertadores hopes

19 Feb

The 2015 Monster Championship has begun, and in the hundred and seventy-second episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Santi and Peter convene to look back on the first weekend of action. Champions Racing got off to a losing start, Independiente edged a five-goal thriller, whilst things were rather more pedestrian for River Plate, Boca Juniors and San Lorenzo, who all recorded routine wins. The first managerial casualty of the season has, faintly ridiculously, already occurred, with Reinaldo Merlo sacked by Colón. We also look at the Copa Libertadores and tell you exactly who will qualify from each group. Thanks again to folk at Argentina Independent – a fine English-language news site covering goings-on in Argentina and across Latin America – for providing the booze.

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Mystic Sam’s second round predictions (last week: 7/15 correct)
Atlético de Rafaela v Banfield
Huracán v Arsenal
Estudiantes v Godoy Cruz
San Martín v Gimnasia
Central v Tigre
Olimpo v Racing
Vélez v Crucero del Norte
Independiente v Sarmiento
Aldosivi v Newell’s
Chicago v Unión
River v Quilmes
Colón v Argentinos
Temperley v Boca
Lanús v Belgrano
Defensa y Justicia v San Lorenzo

Episode 171: Previewing the 2015 Monster Championship

12 Feb

Hand Of Pod returns from the summer break with our first episode of 2015. Sam, Andrés, Peter and Gustavo preview Argentina’s controversial new 30-team top flight in this episode. Which teams have done best and worst in the transfer market, who’s already had some form of competitive action to get warmed up for the task ahead, and should Argentine sides be expected to make waves in this year’s Copa Libertadores? All these questions are answered, along with some more, probably. We are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Argentina Independent starting in this episode – they pay for our fernet, we tell you that argentinaindependent.com is an excellent English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America. Check it out.

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

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