Episode 102: Trying and failing to keep it short, & previewing the superclásico

2 May

In the hundred-and-second episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan and Joel have a running order for once, in an effort to get the show’s length down below an hour and a half. They succeed by a matter of seconds; don’t worry folks, we’ll get better at this, we promise. We discuss Independiente and Estudiantes finally winning matches, Boca Juniors equalling their worst ever domestic run (since we recorded, they’ve beaten Corinthians in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores tie), Newell’s Old Boys going out on their own at the top of the league and much more, including a preview of this weekend’s superclásico between Boca and River Plate in La Bombonera. Enjoy.

If you’d like to read about the superclásico, its history, its traditions and much more besides, Joel has a short (10,000 word-ish) ebook about it, published tomorrow by BackPage Press. It’s only £2.99 (GBP), so go on – treat yourself. (UPDATE: Now it’s past midnight in Argentina, I can see the Amazon UK page to download, so for our UK listeners, go here to buy the ebook. If you’re in most of the rest of the world, you’ll need to buy from Amazon.com; just do a search in their Kindle store for ‘Joel Richards Superclásico’, and you’ll find it.)

Mystic Sam’s predictions are below the line, and as ever if you want to sign up on iTunes you can do; here’s our page.

Mystic Sam’s round 12 predictions
Godoy Cruz v Colón
Quilmes v San Lorenzo
Unión v Belgrano
Argentinos v Lanús
Racing v Vélez
Tigre v Independiente
Boca v River
Rafaela v San Martín
All Boys v Estudiantes
Arsenal v Newell’s

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