Episode 129: ¡San Lorenzo campeón!, Lanús claim the Sudamericana, and a general Inicial round-up

The hundred-and-twenty-ninth episode of Hand Of Pod is also the last of 2013, and Sam is joined by English Dan and Joel to look back over a Torneo Inicial that was settled in an entirely predictable manner; with all four of the title hopefuls failing to win, meaning San Lorenzo took the trophy by default with the lowest points total of the three-points-for-a-win era. Lanús have the consolation of the Copa Sudamericana, only the third major trophy in their history (and the second in the last six years), whilst River Plate, Boca Juniors, Racing and the rest of the pre-season supposed title hopefuls could only look on enviously. We consider Colón’s woeful last few months, look at how Independiente are going at the halfway point of their campaign in the B, and Joel gives us the lowdown on Rodolfo D’Onofrio, who as of Tuesday is the new president of River Plate, having won Sunday’s elections by a resounding margin. It only remains for us to say thanks for listening during 2013, merry Christmas if you’re celebrating it, and we look forward to entertaining (or at least bothering) you all again in 2014.

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Episode 128: Still no wiser about the champions, Lanús’ Sudamericana hopes & Colón in crisis update

The hundred-and-twenty-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod was recorded two days before the start of the final round of league fixtures, and we still have no idea who out of San Lorenzo, Lanús, Newell’s Old Boys and Vélez Sarsfield are going to be champions – Vélez host San Lorenzo and Newell’s host Lanús in the last round, but those matches won’t be played until Sunday the 15th. That’s due to Lanús’ participation in the Copa Sudamericana final (they drew the first leg 1-1 shortly after we recorded this episode). We also look at Racing’s continuing improvement, San Lorenzo bottling the job against Estudiantes, a five goal thriller between Gimnasia and Quilmes, and give updates on the situations at Colón (who could be forcibly relegated) and Independiente (going well in the B). The next episode of Hand Of Pod won’t be until after the league season is finally over, the week starting the 16th December.

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Mystic Sam’s final round predictions
Belgrano v All Boys (already finished – Belgrano won)
Racing v Godoy Cruz (already finished – Racing won)
Rafaela v Arsenal
Argentinos v Central
Boca v Gimnasia
Estudiantes v Tigre
Quilmes v River
Olimpo v Colón