This week’s Hand Of Pod is the eighty-sixth episode, and as Seba rightly points out early on, eighty-six is an important number for Argentine football, not least for being the year which saw the event from which we take our name. Sam, Joel and Seba discuss an ever-tightening title race, a thrilling showing from Racing’s young forward trio, more crowd trouble at Independiente and at the Santa Fe derby over the weekend, before explaining why San Lorenzo’s move back to their historic home of Boedo has repercussions far beyond football in Argentine society. As if all this wasn’t thrilling enough, we have a bit of a chat about River Plate’s latest financial results. It’s gripping stuff.
The eighty-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod sees us turn two years old, and to celebrate the fact that we’re still here we recorded in Seba’s very plush office. We discuss the likelihood of Juan Román Riquelme returning to action for Boca Juniors in the new year, and some of the local league action – but not much, since we were recording part way through the midweek round of matches – and the Argentine national team’s drab performance away to Saudi Arabia hours before we recorded. During our listeners’ Q&A session, crowd trouble caused Independiente v Belgrano to be abandoned, and we have some ‘as live’ coverage of that. Thrilling stuff as ever. Thanks for listening for the last two years, and here’s to two more…
In the eighty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Joel are joined again by that doyen of football journalism, Jonathan Wilson to look back on an eventful weekend in the Torneo Inicial title race which saw Newell’s Old Boys’ lead at the top cut to just one point ahead of Vélez Sarsfield, and two ahead of major surprise package Belgrano de Córdoba. We look at impressive performances from youngsters Leandro Paredes (Boca Juniors) and Facundo ‘Chucky’ Ferreyra (Vélez), and answer listeners’ questions ranging from how many languages Mr Wilson speaks to Julio César Falcioni’s greatest achievement as Boca Juniors manager. And we completely ignore the Supercopa Argentina, which was being played as we recorded (Arsenal de Sarandí beat Boca Juniors on penalties after a 0-0 draw, in case you care).
In the eighty-third episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Joel are joined by acclaimed football author and editor of The Blizzard, Jonathan Wilson, who helps us review Sunday’s superclásico, which ended in a 2-2 draw between River Plate and Boca Juniors thanks to a late equaliser from Julio César Falcioni’s teacher’s pet Walter Erviti. We also look at Newell’s Old Boys’ win over champions Arsenal de Sarandí, and at Racing’s away loss to Vélez Sarsfield, who are now second, three points behind Newell’s. All this, and listeners’ questions ranging from the national team to why you should keep watching Argentine football in spite of some horrendous crowd trouble in the Boca end on Sunday.