Archive | August, 2012

Episode 74: Tax dodging and whining about the opposition – and that’s just River Plate…

30 Aug

In the seventy-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan, Joel and Dan are joined by Mariano, our tamed San Lorenzo fan, once again as we dissect an underwhelming weekend of Primera División action marked mainly by River Plate’s somewhat tiresome reaction to their own incompetence in last weekend’s 0-0 draw against San Lorenzo. We also look at a tax scandal involving player transfers (not only involving River, in case that headline confused you), consider Independiente’s ongoing turmoil, and run the rule over the latest national team squad, which includes Hernán Barcos, a player you could be forgiven for not having heard of if you don’t live in South America.

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Episode 73: Racing’s clásico win, San Lorenzo’s pressing concerns and more

22 Aug

The seventy-third episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Dan and Dan welcome tamed San Lorenzo fan Mariano back to the podcast for his third appearance. We take the opportunity to ask him to get us up to date on San Lorenzo’s current very confused off-pitch situation, as well as getting his thoughts on how the team have started the season. We look at a thumping win for Racing in the Avellaneda derby against Independiente, consider wins for both River Plate and Boca Juniors, and discuss two stunning long-range goals, from Newell’s Ignacio Scocco and Lanús’ Víctor Ayala.

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Episode 72: What we didn’t learn from Argentina v Germany, and a low-scoring weekend in the league

16 Aug

In the seventy-second episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan, Dan and Joel look back on Argentina’s 3-1 friendly win over Germany hours before, and consider just how little we learned about Argentina from it. We have a Lionel Messi stat-off, before moving on to consider the lowest-scoring round of football in the Argentine Primera División in just over a decade. We wonder who owns Ignacio Piatti, exactly (he’s signed for San Lorenzo since the episode was recorded), and consider Lucas Ocampos’ move to AS Monaco, and briefly preview the coming weekend’s clásico de Avellaneda among other things. Enjoy.

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Episode 71: River and Boca both lose, are Vélez back? and Joel Richards is free again!

8 Aug

In the seventy-first episode of Hand Of Pod, we celebrate Joel Richards’ liberation from his building after he was locked in during last week’s episode. We also look back at an eventful first weekend of action in the Torneo Inicial, which included opening weekend losses for both Boca Juniors and River Plate, as well as a very impressive win – against very poor opposition – for Vélez Sarsfield. We recap Boca’s and All Boys’ hilarious journey back to Argentina from Venezuela, and preview the Copa Argentina final which – because producer/uploader Sam got the kick off time mixed up for – is being played as I type these words.

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Episode 70: Previewing the 2012 Torneo Inicial, and a live video Q&A!

3 Aug

The seventieth episode of Hand Of Pod brings a preview of the new season, which for the first time sees the Torneos Apertura and Clausura renamed Inicial and Final, and will see only one champion at the end of the season. Well, that was how it was going to be when we recorded. AFA have since decided there will be a champion at the end of each. Hmm. We discuss the main transfer ins and outs of the winter break, as well as new boys Quilmes’ and River Plate’s chances of surviving in the Primera, among other things. And this week’s Q&A section was conducted live on Twitcam! It’s a bumper episode for the season, so enjoy.

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