Archive | May, 2012

Episode 64: Two five-goal thrillers, Boca’s Libertadores and Clausura chances & more

30 May

In the sixty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod there’s a lot to get through. Sam, Dan and Dan take you through two five-goal thrillers from last weekend, both of which affected the relegation battles, with Olimpo now down with three matches left of the season. We look at Boca Juniors’ chances in the league (they’re now three points clear at the top) and Copa Libertadores, and briefly look forward to this Saturday’s World Cup qualifying match in the Estadio Monumental between Argentina and Ecuador – Sam and Aussie Dan will be there. We’ve a lot of listeners’ questions to answer on everything from how positions are decided in the event of a tie on points to Alejandro Sabella’s team selection in the national side.

Since we recorded, Boca Juniors put Rosario Central out of the Copa Argentina on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the quarter-final.

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Episode 63: Tigre’s escape act, Boca leading the way and much more

24 May

The sixty-third episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Dan and Dan joined by Joel Richards to discuss another action-packed week in Argentine football. Tigre, astonishingly, might finally manage to climb out of the relegation zone this coming weekend if they beat Atlético Rafaela; Boca Juniors’ reserves dispatched Racing 2-0 on Sunday to go top of the league, whilst Tigre, Newell’s Old Boys and Arsenal de Sarandí are all only a point behind, and All Boys are probably the most amusing of the potential champions, only two points off the lead. Questions include Boca Juniors’ proposed plans for a new stadium, River Plate’s likely squad changes if they gain promotion back to the Primera División and more.

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Episode 62: Streetfighting managers, Newell’s lead the way & Libertadores hopes

17 May

The sixty-second episode of Hand Of Pod was recorded by candlelight, after an epic climb up many, many flights of stairs from Sam and English Dan. In it, along with Australian Dan, we discuss San Lorenzo manager Ricardo Caruso Lombardi’s streetfight with the assistant of his predecessor, Newell’s Old Boys new position alone at the top of the Primera División, River Plate’s position in the second division title race, and Boca Juniors’ and Vélez Sarsfield’s chances in the Copa Libertadores on Thursday night, following their 0-0 draw with one another on Sunday evening. Listeners’ questions this week include how much Sam weighs, and which club has the nicest looking female fans.

As usual, Mystic Dan’s predictions are below, and you can click here to subscribe to us on iTunes.

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Episode 61: Battling the barra bravas, tragedy at Banfield, Boca’s (lack of) controversy and more

10 May

In the sixty-first episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan and Dan are joined by the wonderful Joel Richards to discuss yet another weekend of controversy. There was controversy (though there shouldn’t have been) in Rafaela at the end of an incredibly dramatic 2-2 draw between Rafaela and Boca Juniors, a youth player for Banfield shot dead by a policeman, and Independiente’s president has declared war on the club’s barra brava. We answer questions ranging from Fabián Monzón’s chances at future call-ups for Argentina to Manchester City target and River Plate midfielder Ezequiel Cirigliano. Enjoy.

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Episode 60: A nicely laid-out league table, the Copa Argentina quarter-finals and more

5 May

The sixtieth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Dan and Dan discuss Boca Juniors’ narrow lead in the Clausura, thanks to a spectacular Santiago Silva effort last weekend, and Racing’s pitiful performance away to Lanús last weekend. We also give the Copa Argentina a once-over, now that all four quarter-finals are known, and discuss Argentina’s sides in the Copa Libertadores, before moving on to listeners’ questions which range from books on Argentine football and culture to Argentina’s WAG culture. This was recorded on Wednesday but not uploaded until now because Sam, who does the production and uploading, hasn’t been well. Sorry.

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