The end of season special of Hand Of Pod is an epic – an hour and three quarters – for which I apologise, but there’s good reason: South American football broadcasting legend Tim Vickery was talking to us in person over a glass (okay, several glasses) of wine, and dinner, and we simply couldn’t bring ourselves to cut anything. We discuss River Plate’s relegation, where ‘Tricky’ Ricky Álvarez could fit into Arsenal’s system (if of course he does go there), our favourite players of the Torneo Clausura just gone, and the differences between Pelé and Diego Maradona as players, as well as looking forward to the upcoming Copa América. Enjoy.
The final installment of Hand Of Pod’s Copa América preview special editions is here! Recorded a week ago, the HOP team discuss the hopes of the host nation and most people’s tournament favourites, Argentina. It’s eighteen years since the last Argentine triumph, so can Lionel Messi, Javier Zanetti and company finally end the wait for a title? Seba gives us his thoughts and fears as an Argentine fan, and suggests a way that Brazil could be countered, and at the end we all give our predictions, so you can laugh when we’re all proved wrong as Ecuador and Peru face off in the final. The Copa kicks off this Friday; here’s what you need to know about the hosts.
There’s only one topic for this week’s Hand Of Pod, and we make no apologies for that. Dan, Dan, Seba and River fan Sam try to make some sense of what none of us quite thought would come to pass: the news that River Plate endured the worst day in their 110-year history on Saturday, and will have to play the playoff against Belgrano de Córdoba to avoid relegation. Who’s to blame? And how do the playoffs work? There’s also praise for a magnificent afternoon’s league action on Saturday, and Sam has a rant at Twitter. It’s all cathartic.
There’s no Mystic Dan this week, but next week will see the ‘Clausura as it would look had his predictions all come true’ presented to the world. Oh, and if you’ve not already subscribed to us on iTunes, here’s where you need to click.
In this Copa América special preview edition of Hand Of Pod, English Dan and Sam are joined via Skype by Nicholas Rosano, of Goal.com and SouthAmericanFootball.co.uk, who discusses Uruguay’s cautious optimism, tactics, and chances in the tournament with us, as well as telling us who else to look out for aside from Edison Cavani, Diego Forlán and Luis Suárez. We also find a few minutes to discuss Peñarol’s 0-0 draw with Santos in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores, ahead of this Wednesday night’s second leg.
In the 24th episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan and Dan discuss Vélez’s title win on Sunday, and offer their commiserations to Lanús. Sam gives an impromptu history lesson about Alumni, the first side to dominate the Argentine top flight, English Dan tells us about an amazing comeback from Godoy Cruz away to Racing, and we take a look at the weekend to come, when five games will be played at the same time due to the relegation situation. There’s praise for Godoy’s Mariano Donda and Huracán’s Javier Cámpora, and we end by looking at Martín Palermo’s highly, um, moving farewell to La Bombonera.
As usual, Mystic Dan’s final round predictions are below the ‘Continue reading’ line. And here’s where to click if you like us so much you want to subscribe on iTunes.
In the third of our special Copa América previews, the Hand Of Pod crew welcome Caetano to English Dan’s Caballito abode, and much hilarity ensues. He endears himself to the listeners of this Argentine football-based podcast by slagging off Argentine football (well, he is Brazilian), and at one point actually kicks our resident Argentine, Seba (though this sadly wasn’t picked up by the dictaphone). Ahead of this week’s first leg of the Copa Libertadores final, we also get a few brief thoughts from Caetano, who’s a Santos fan. Click play to find out more about the defending Copa América champions, and how they’ve changed under Mano Menezes since Dunga left as manager following last year’s World Cup.
In the 23rd episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan, Seba and Dan return to guide our listeners into the closing rounds of the Torneo Clausura. We cover the Nigeria v Argentina match last week which is being investigated by FIFA, Sam suggests Daniel Passarella might like to sell his body to help fund River Plate’s transfers this winter, and Seba learns a couple of new English words. English Dan teaches us about a Mexican hairless dog, and Australian Dan gets all mystic on us as usual. Oh, and we talk about some football as well! Vélez and Lanús are left fighting it out for the Clausura crown with two games to go (thouh Vélez exited the Copa Libertadores last week), and River are sweating on relegation. All this and much more lies in wait…
In this second special edition of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Australian Dan Daniel Colasimone are joined from across the Andes by the voice of lovely Chilean journalist Cecilia Lagos. She fills us in on her nation’s hopes for the 2011 Copa América, what she thinks of former Boca Juniors manager Claudio Borghi as Marcelo Bielsa’s replacement, and tells us of a positively John Terry-esque scandal involving national team stars Mauricio Pinilla and Luis Jiménez. We also ask her about European transfer hot property Alexis Sánchez, and how likely he is to shine in the Copa.
As ever, keep your ears open later in the week for the full length pod dealing with the latest goings-on in the Argentine league, and if you’ve not already done so, you can subscribe to us on iTunes here.
This week in Hand Of Pod, Sam, Seba, Dan and Dan give their opinions on Javier Mascherano’s sterling job at centre back in recent weeks for new European champions Barcelona, and discuss whether he might also be a good option in the role for Argentina. We run the rule over Carlos Tevez and the other names in Argentina’s Copa América squad – announced right before we started recording – and consider the latests developments in the domestic league as usual. We also want your votes in a poll to find the man our listeners feel has been the best Argentine in a foreign league during 2010-11. Please send them (just the one each, please) to email@example.com. We’ve suggested a few names for you, but the list is by no means limiting.
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