Episode 55: Crisis in Avellaneda, Dybala the wunderkid, and a live Q&A session

The fifty-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Dan, Seba and Dan meet again to discuss yet more crisis in the business of Avellaneda’s two giant clubs, Racing and Independiente, as well as how Newell’s Old Boys and Estudiantes were the big winners of last weekend. We run the rule over another great performance for second division starlet Paulo Dybala, talk about the ‘Law of The Ex’, one of the Argentine football media’s favourite curses, and when all appears to be heading towards a most disorganised conclusion, answer some listeners’ questions tweeted during the podcast. This is revolutionary stuff, right here. Also, Mystic Dan’s being even dafter than usual this week, and has actually tried to predict exact scorelines for the eight round of the Clausura.

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Episode 54: Refereeing controversy, an Avellaneda revival and Tigre’s enduring hope

The fifty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod takes in quite a lot. We begin with Colón’s highly controversial equaliser against San Lorenzo at the weekend, a goal which will see referee Diego Abal miss at least a couple of rounds of the Torneo Clausura. After getting some of the weekend Primera scores mixed up, we then take in the revival in the fortunes of both Avellaneda sides in the last two weeks, Tigre’s climb out of the automatic relegation places for the first time this season, and discuss whether Estudiantes are finally back, and whether Racing at last have a high enough arsehole quotient in their squad. As well as all this we ask whether Atlético Rafaela and Godoy Cruz are losing it, run a fine-toothed comb over hot European transfer targets Paulo Dybala and Matías Suárez, and discuss why everyone suddenly seems to want Argentine second division players anyway. There’s even time for Seba to insult us, when we were only trying to help him with his English.

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Episode 53: Boca finally lose (twice), Messi’s genius and more, with Jonathan Wilson

The fifty-third episode of Hand Of Pod sees Seba return along with Sam, Dan and Dan, and a special guest appearance from football journalist, author and editor of The Blizzard, Jonathan Wilson. Topics up for discussion include Boca Juniors’ two straight defeats (after an eleven-month unbeaten run), Racing suddenly clicking against All Boys, and how Lionel Messi’s brilliance is so consistent we’ve almost stopped fully appreciating it. Jonathan has a bit of a rant about Juan Román Riquelme, we consider the tactics being used by Alejandro Sabella for the national team, and much more. Enjoy.

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Episode 52: An amazing own goal, Tigre’s continued battle and more

The fifty-second episode of Hand Of Pod begins with Sam, Dan and Dan in discussion of Diego Sosa’s ridiculous own goal which gifted Estudiantes a win over San Martín last weekend, and continues to take in topics including a double managerial sending-off in the Santa Fe derby, River Plate’s latest league result in the second division and Tigre’s increasingly impressive battle against relegation, which just might start to look possible if results this coming weekend go the way Mystic Dan predicts. Racing are still rubbish, so for a change we don’t spend too long on them this week. Oh, and this week’s episode was recorded a few hours before Boca Juniors’ 11-month unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end. Enjoy.

Episode 51: Messi’s Argentina hat trick, Boca’s regulation flouting and more

The fifty-first episode of Hand Of Pod sees the end of a bit of a break in recording, so it’s a bumper edition. Seba is once again, lamentably, unable to attend, but Sam, Dan and Dan are joined by the one and only Joel Richards to bring some sobriety to proceedings. Topics up for discussion include just how high up Argentina’s pantheon Lionel Messi will continue to rise, why on earth Boca Juniors are being allowed to use Santiago Silva in league matches all of a sudden, the start of a golden era for Avellaneda football (that’s sarcasm, in case you were wondering), why Argentine women’s football isn’t more visible, and much more. We should be back to something like a normal schedule as from next week.

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