Episode 30: Vélez lose another player, River Plate force changes in Nacional B, & much more

This week’s Hand Of Pod is a sensible length, so rejoice! Sam, Australian Dan and Seba meet again, and there are plenty of hot topics to get through. Santiago Silva has left Vélez Sarsfield for Fiorentina, seriously damaging the champions’ title defence. We discuss the relative economic strengths of the Argentine league with Europe (and Brazil), a listener asks why Estudiantes are so rubbish, we admire Racing’s tenacity under Diego Simeone, and talk about the return of visiting fans to the second division (Nacional B) after Independiente Rivadavia’s president forced the AFA’s hand in his club’s match against River Plate at the weekend. There’s also a call for your feedback on the pod (please send suggestions to sam [at] hastaelgolsiempre [dot] com), and a mention for an excellent new(ish) online football magazine, Man And Ball, whose second issue includes an Argentina-inspired piece of fiction.

As usual, Mystic Dan’s fourth round predictions are below. And don’t forget, you can subscribe to us on iTunes if you just can’t bear to visit this blog in order to get your weekly fix.

Mystic Dan’s fourth round predictions
Godoy Cruz vs Banfield
Estudiantes vs San Martín
Racing vs Arsenal
Lanús vs Tigre
Rafaela vs Olimpo
Vélez vs All Boys
Colón vs Unión
Belgrano vs Newell’s
Boca vs San Lorenzo
Argentinos vs Independiente

3 thoughts on “Episode 30: Vélez lose another player, River Plate force changes in Nacional B, & much more

  1. Feedback? Sound quality’s grand. Hadn’t listened for a while. Strangely comforting to hear ye again. Though maybe it’s just the perverse pleasure that comes with procrastination…

    Players going to Europe in the nest while? Most of Racing’s team, it seems, sadly. Aren’t Martínez, Toranzo and Yacob all but sold? And, the humanity, the club appears to have been upping its stake gradually in Gio & Teo in order to not be left with nothing when they’re sold on.

    Speaking of which, this Racing team appears to have been built almost entirely thanks to the investments of third-party owners, the spectre haunting football according to Davy-boy Conn’s piece in the Guardian today. In Racing’s case, at least lately, this appears to have been almost entirely positive. I daresay a well-run club can benefit from not having to put down large amounts of cash in order to get hotly-tipped players (due to the scarcity of the same and the considerable risk involved) and, I presume, reserve the option to increase their stake if their minor gamble looks like paying off. Win-win, no? Why it’s outlawed in more economically fluid lands (in sporting terms at leadt) is clear, but for Argieball it seems it can work.

    A litany of reasons with notorious cases of players, clubs and tea ladies getting screwed showing why this is not the case would be interesting to hear. Plus Seba’s hands-on bathroom exploits with el Diego, of course.

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