Archive | September, 2011

Episode 35: Tevez’s strop, Sabella’s latest test & Boca’s lead in the league

28 Sep

In the thirty-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod Sam, Dan, Dan and Seba begin with a discussion of just how much of a massive idiot Carlos Tevez is, and conclude with a reflection on Cristian Fabbiani’s suitability for the second division in Argentina. In between we discuss Wednesday night’s Brazil v Argentina friendly second leg, Seba wishes death on Diego Maradona (sort of), we wonder whether anyone can catch Boca Juniors at the top of the league, ponder San Lorenzo’s problems in the relegation zone and remark on what a lovely little player Olimpo number 10 Martín Rolle is. This weekend sees the clásico de Avellaneda between Racing and Independiente, and we also preview that, as well as answering a listener’s question on former Racing and Vélez Sarsfield star Maxi Moralez, now with Atalanta in Italy. Enjoy.

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Episode 34: Argentina’s first World Cup qualifying squad, and two rounds of Apertura matches

23 Sep

Alejandro Sabella has named his first competitive Argentina squad, in preparation for the big kick off at home to Chile early next month. In the thirty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan, Dan and Seba discuss that, as well as a lot more. Boca Juniors top the Apertura table, whilst Lanús have fallen away; we wonder whether Atlético Rafaela really can last the distance, English Dan tells us of a lost virgin in Colón (stop sniggering), and we talk about the organisation of the brand-spanking-new Copa Argentina, and the influence of the infamous barra bravas on Argentine football. All this and more is right here for your listening pleasure.

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Episode 33: Argentina v Brazil mini-preview, Ramón Díaz comes in at Independiente & more

14 Sep

The thirty-third episode of Hand Of Pod goes online just before the first leg of the double-header between Argentina’s and Brazil’s ‘domestic international’ teams, and Sam, Dan and Dan look at what Alejandro Sabella might reveal in these matches. We also speculate on how well former Oxford United boss Ramón Díaz will do in charge of Independiente, discuss bearded footballers (inspired by Diego Villar of Godoy Cruz) and give a thoroughly well-considered zoological discussion of the upcoming clash between joint-top of the table sides Lanús and Boca Juniors. The stupidity of Racing’s Colombian players in their goal celebrations is criticised, and we liken Racing to a herd of wildebeest. If the producers of the Discovery Channel are listening this week, do get in touch.

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Episode 32: Sabella’s start as Argentina manager, Mohamed out at Independiente and more

8 Sep

In the thirty-second episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan, Seba and Dan have plenty to get their teeth stuck into. Alejandro Sabella’s first two matches as Argentina boss are incisively dissected, and the conclusion is cautious optimism. Moving to the domestic side of things, the role of Independiente’s barra brava in ousting now ex-manager Antonio Mohamed is considered (since we recorded, Ramón Díaz has emerged as the favourite to take over), as is Gio Moreno’s long-awaited return from injury for Racing. There’s an update on how Nacional B is treating River Plate, and Seba goes a bit doolally at the end and starts making some funny noises, including an impersonation of River striker Fernando Cavenaghi. Enjoy.

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Episode 31: Everton’s new centre forward, and the Apertura finally takes off

1 Sep

In the latest episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and the Dans discuss Denis Stracqualursi, and what Everton fans can expect from him in the Premier League, and an interesting weekend of Torneo Apertura matches which saw the championship finally get going properly. We talk about Ricardo La Volpe’s possible return to Banfield (he’s since been confirmed as the new manager there), Alejandro Sabella’s possible first-ever Argentina starting XI, some animal nicknames which may or may not be used for Argentine players, and Gio Moreno’s probable return to the Racing team (via the subs’ bench) this coming weekend, among other subjects. Enjoy.

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