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

Episode 170: ¡Racing campeón! and a report from Morocco on San Lorenzo’s Club World Cup semi-final

19 Dec

The hundred and seventieth episode of Hand Of Pod is our last of 2014, and we leave on an unexpected note: Racing Club managed not to racinguear on Sunday, and are the new champions of Argentina. Sam and Andrés, River Plate fans, are for once outnumbered by Racing fans; English Dan, Ilan and the prodigal son of Hand Of Pod, Seba García. We discuss Racing’s fine end-of-championship form to lift the trophy, and where the side go from here. We also have a special appearance from Marrakesh by San Lorenzo fan Mariano, who’s travelled to watch his team at the Club World Cup; what did he make of the semi-final extra time win over Auckland City, and what does he expect for Saturday’s final against Real Madrid? You’ll have to listen to find out. The 2015 Primera fixture list has already been released, too, and we discuss that and look back on a memorable 2014 for Argentine football, which has seen Argentine clubs win both South American club cups, a highly entertaining championship all round during the second half of the year, and the small matter of the national side reaching the World Cup final. Good luck to San Lorenzo on Saturday, and may 2015 be every bit as memorable. Merry Christmas (or happy celebration of your choice) to our listeners, and we’ll be back in the new year!

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Episode 169: River win the Copa Sudamericana, and Racing hope to take the league on Sunday

14 Dec

The hundred and sixty-ninth episode of Hand Of Pod is going online rather late this week, mostly because Sam’s computer was out of order for a while, delaying the editing process. In it, Sam and Andrés discuss River Plate’s long-awaited return to international glory, after they claimed their first international trophy in seventeen years by winning the Copa Sudamericana (the continent’s second most important competition) on Wednesday night. What should River aim at next year, and would this highly successful 2014 have been possible had the club not been relegated in 2011, among other considerations? We then move our focus to preview Sunday’s two league title deciders, as leaders Racing host Godoy Cruz and second-placed River (them again) visit Quilmes. Is there any chance at all that Racing will do a Racing and cock it up? Could River complete an unlikely double? Sunday’s matches both kick off at 8:30pm Argentine time (11:30pm Greenwich Mean Time), and we’ll be back late next week to fill you in on what happens.

As ever, Mystic Sam’s previews for this weekend’s matches are below. You can subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and follow us on Twitter.

Mystic Sam’s final weekend predictions
Racing v Godoy Cruz
Quilmes v River

Episode 168: A decent week for River Plate, Racing close in on the title and more

5 Dec

The hundred and sixty-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Andrés and Peter recording in Sam’s new living room, with the traffic noise of Avenida Santa Fe drifting in through the (closed) windows. There’s plenty to discuss, because it’s been a week since River Plate saw off Boca Juniors 1-0 in an epic Copa Sudamericana semi-final clash, and just a day (at the time of recording) since they secured a 1-1 draw in Medellín against Atlético Nacional to give themselves a decent chance in their home leg of the final, next Wednesday. We also look back on the three most important games of last weekend, which saw Lanús drop out of the title race as Racing stayed top with a 3-0 win away to Rosario Central, and River clung to their coat-tails to take the title race to a postponed last weekend with a thrilling 3-2 win over Banfield, which included Fernando Cavenaghi’s 100th and 101st goals for the club. All this, and much more…

As ever, Mystic Sam’s previews for this weekend’s matches are below. You can subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and follow us on Twitter.

Mystic Sam’s nineteenth round predictions
Estudiantes v Tigre
Vélez v San Lorenzo
Atlético de Rafaela v Arsenal
Olimpo v Defensa y Justicia
Banfield v Central
Belgrano v Independiente
Boca v Gimnasia
Newell’s v Lanús

Episode 167: Between superclásicos, a failed gamble by River, Racing go top and more

27 Nov

The hundred and sixty-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod is the first to fall neatly between two superclásicos, and Sam is joined by Andrés, Gustavo and Asli (and her canine companion Vinicius) to look back on last Thursday night’s disappointingly dull 0-0 in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana semi-final, and forward to this Thursday’s return leg between River Plate and Boca Juniors. At the weekend, River took a gamble with their team selection against Racing in the league, and it backfired – Racing snatched a 1-0 win to go top of the table with two games remaining. There were surprising wins away from home for Godoy Cruz and Arsenal de Sarandí, some promotions to next year’s top flight have been clinched, and there was a barra brava turf battle in the cafeteria of River’s stadium. We also give you the clearest idea we possibly can of what the 2015 Primera División is going to look like, because that seems to have been confirmed now (though further developments would surprise none of us).

As ever, Mystic Sam’s previews for this weekend’s matches are below. You can subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and follow us on Twitter.

Mystic Sam’s eighteenth round predictions
DyJ v Vélez
Gimnasia v Quilmes
San Lorenzo v Estudiantes
Independiente v Newell’s
Tigre v Atlético de Rafaela
River v Banfield
Lanús v Boca
Central v Racing
Godoy Cruz v Olimpo
Arsenal v Belgrano

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