Archive | September, 2012

Episode 78: River and Independiente’s troubles, Newell’s title chances and more

27 Sep

In the seventy-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan and Joel return to discuss last weekend’s Torneo Inicial action, and the fallout. Racing beat River Plate in the derby, and Matías Almeyda’s job security – as well as the bit of a non-story about quotes from his autobiography finally reaching Europe – are up for discussion. We also look at Newell’s Old Boys’ excellent form as they top the table, ask when Independiente, Tigre and Unión will finally manage to win a match, and discuss a second straight 4-0 home win for San Martín de San Juan. All this, and much more.

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Episode 77: Matías Almeyda gets a vote of confidence, Riquelme gives a press conference & much more

20 Sep

In the seventy-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan and Joel begin life without Australian Dan with another bumper episode, during which we look at the increasing impatience towards River Plate and Racing managers Matías Almeyda and Luís Zubeldía ahead of the clásico between the two clubs this weekend. We also recount last Friday’s hilarious press conference at La Bombonera in which Juan Román Riquelme led everyone a merry dance, and look back at last weekend’s results, as well as considering the importance of the Superclásico de Las Américas, a friendly double-header between the domestic national sides of Argentina and Brazil (Brazil won the first leg 2-1 shortly after we recorded this episode). And as of this week, Mystic Dan is replaced by Mystic Sam. Enjoy.

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Episode 76: Australian Dan says good bye… and some stuff about the national side & league

14 Sep

The seventy-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod is a sad affair, being as it is Australian Dan’s final appearance as a full HOP-er. As well as discussing this momentous event, we also find time for less important things, such as Argentina’s latest World Cup qualifying double-header and last weekend’s league action, which saw none of the top NINE win their matches, and in particular a brilliant 3-3 draw between River Plate and Newell’s Old Boys. We also, of course, have the last ever Mystic Dan. Enjoy.

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Episode 75: Tactical confusion at River, and an Argentina v Paraguay preview

7 Sep

The seventy-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod is a bumper one ahead of Friday evening’s World Cup qualifier in Córdoba between Argentina and Paraguay. Gearing up for that match, we’ve got Asunción resident Ralph Hannah on to tell us what’s been going on with the Paraguayan national team, and also take a look at the Argentine side and their chances. There’s a full weekend of league games in Argentina as well, and we look back on the last round which included a draw for River Plate seemingly in spite of their manager, a hat-trick from a potential Next Big Thing at Racing, an enormous number of red cards, and no shortage of goals. Enjoy.

As usual, Mystic Dan’s predictions can be read below. And don’t forget, we’re on iTunes here, and Twitter here.

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