Episode 101: some awful refereeing, an enthralling title race and the return of Mystic Dan

The hundred-and-first episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and English Dan welcome Joel back from his holiday, and the three are joined by Santiago again. We’re also reunited with Australian Dan, making a brief return to say hello and to resurrect Mystic Dan as a late marker of HOP’s 100th edition last week. We talk about some major refereeing controversies in four different matches at the weekend, the tightening title race (the top two are now level, and third placed River Plate are just two points further back) and ask whether Boca Juniors might be gradually showing signs of life, as well as Argentina’s representatives in the Copa Libertadores, the knockout stage of which began on Wednesday evening as this episode was being uploaded. Enjoy.

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Episode 100: Brindisi, Bianchi, Boca’s historic thrashing… and a centenary!

Hand Of Pod is one hundred episodes old. And we’re celebrating in style; recording in an almost silent flat, with current and former regulars and guests. Sam, English Dan, Seba, Asli and Mariano are joined on Skype by Ed Malyon (Aussie Dan and Joel sadly couldn’t make it this week) for a podcasting landmark, and we’ve got plenty to discuss. Independiente unveiled a new manager, and the day after he was appointed he was held up at gunpoint and robbed… whilst conducting a radio interview on his mobile phone! Boca Juniors fell to one of the worst defeats in their history on Saturday, Lanús lead the league by two points ahead of Newell’s Old Boys, and there’s a lot, lot, lot more besides. We hope you enjoy this bumper edition, and we’d all like to thank our listeners very much for your support. Not too many independent, non-English-league-focussed podcasts get to be 100 episodes old. So, here’s to the next hundred!

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Episode 99: Independiente’s struggles, lower division structures, River’s return to form and more

In the ninety-ninth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and English Dan are joined by Santiago, the Arsenal de Sarandí fan, to discuss the big moves up and down the table(s) after last weekend’s results in the Torneo Final. Biggest of all was Independiente’s defeat to All Boys, which leaves them seriously compromised in the relegation table, needing some improbable point totals to now stay in the Primera. River Plate finally won a clásico – their first competitive win in one since returning to the Primera – 2-0 away to Racing, and we discuss that, and Manu Lanzini’s fine showing, among a lot more. We talk about the structure of Argentina’s lower divisions, the promotion races in the second and third tiers, and answer a lot of listeners’ questions.

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Episode 98: Lanús cling on at top, San Lorenzo goalie arrested for part in murder conspiracy & more

In the ninety-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and English Dan are introduced by World Cup final referee Horacio Elizondo, and joined by guest star Archie Whitworth for a bumper edition – there’s a lot to get through. We discuss the thrillers and fine goals scored during a weekend which left Lanús’ lead atop the Torneo Final cut to just one point over Newell’s Old Boys, question just how bad Independiente striker Juan Caicedo can get, and spend a good length of time talking about San Lorenzo goalkeeper Pablo Migliore, who was arrested after his side’s defeat to Newell’s on Sunday for his part in harbouring a friend suspected of murder. We answer listeners’ questions and talk about River Plate’s injury problems in defence and how they’ve affected the team’s building forward, and much more. Enjoy.

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