Archive | November, 2014

Episode 167: Between superclásicos, a failed gamble by River, Racing go top and more

27 Nov

The hundred and sixty-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod is the first to fall neatly between two superclásicos, and Sam is joined by Andrés, Gustavo and Asli (and her canine companion Vinicius) to look back on last Thursday night’s disappointingly dull 0-0 in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana semi-final, and forward to this Thursday’s return leg between River Plate and Boca Juniors. At the weekend, River took a gamble with their team selection against Racing in the league, and it backfired – Racing snatched a 1-0 win to go top of the table with two games remaining. There were surprising wins away from home for Godoy Cruz and Arsenal de Sarandí, some promotions to next year’s top flight have been clinched, and there was a barra brava turf battle in the cafeteria of River’s stadium. We also give you the clearest idea we possibly can of what the 2015 Primera División is going to look like, because that seems to have been confirmed now (though further developments would surprise none of us).

As ever, Mystic Sam’s previews for this weekend’s matches are below. You can subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and follow us on Twitter.

Mystic Sam’s eighteenth round predictions
DyJ v Vélez
Gimnasia v Quilmes
San Lorenzo v Estudiantes
Independiente v Newell’s
Tigre v Atlético de Rafaela
River v Banfield
Lanús v Boca
Central v Racing
Godoy Cruz v Olimpo
Arsenal v Belgrano

Episode 166: Points dropped at the top, and a season-defining few days ahead for River Plate

19 Nov

In the hundred and sixty-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam is joined by English Dan for an afternoon espresso and a chat about an interesting week past and a thrilling one to come. We begin with some discussion of the latest declarations from the AFA, which shed a little (but just a little) light on how the Primera will look in 2015, but which fail to answer all the pertinent questions. After that, we move on to a quick review of last weekend’s top flight action, which saw River Plate and Lanús both drop points, allowing Racing and Independiente to gain ground. We then consider the coming week, with the Copa Argentina semi-finals to be played shortly after this episode goes online on Wednesday, followed on Thursday by the first leg of an epic Copa Sudamericana semi-final between Boca Juniors and River – sandwiched between which, league leaders River also visit second-placed Racing. These are going to be days which will define River’s campaign, so enjoy this episode while it’s relevant!

As ever, Mystic Sam’s previews for this weekend’s matches are below. You can subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and follow us on Twitter.

Mystic Sam’s seventeenth round predictions
Banfield v Quilmes
Atlético de Rafaela v San Lorenzo
Olimpo v Central
Vélez v Godoy Cruz
Lanús v Gimnasia
Estudiantes v Defensa y Justicia
Belgrano v Tigre
Boca v Independiente
Racing v River
Newell’s v Arsenal

Episode 165: We are four, River finally lose, AFA make more championship changes and more

15 Nov

The hundred and sixty-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod was recorded late in the week, because Friday was the fourth anniversary – one whole World Cup cycle! – of our first ever episode going online. Sam is joined by one of the HOPers from that first episode, English Dan, as well as by Andrés, Peter and Gustavo, to look back on a week which had just about everything in Argentine football; a highly controversial refereeing performance, a tightening title race as River Plate’s club record unbeaten run finally came to an end, the Argentine FA making more changes to the structure of the next few championships, football-related deaths in depressing quantities, and a lot more besides. We also asked you, the listeners, to tweet and email us some of your favourite Argentine football memories from the last four years. We hope you’ve enjoyed the ride so far, as we embark on our fifth year…

As ever, Mystic Sam’s previews for this weekend’s matches are below. You can subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and follow us on Twitter.

Mystic Sam’s sixteenth round predictions
DyJ v Atlético de Rafaela
Central v Vélez
Gimnasia v Banfield
San Lorenzo v Belgrano
Quilmes v Racing
Godoy Cruz v Estudiantes
Tigre v Newell’s
River v Olimpo
Arsenal v Boca
Independiente v Lanús

(at the time of uploading, the first two matches had already been played – Sam got the first one wrong, and the second one right)

Episode 164: Racing on a roll, rain halting play and River & Boca aim for the Sudamericana semis

6 Nov

Episode 164 of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by English Dan for a congenial afternoon espresso and a chat about the past week in Argentine football. No fewer than four Primera matches were rained off last weekend, including those of the top three in the table, which allowed Racing, with a fifth win in seven matches, to move into third place. Dan, of course, is eager to give them full credit for this, and Sam humours him. We cast our eye over some of the rest of the league as usual, before looking forward to the second legs of the Copa Sudamericana quarter-finals involving Argentine sides; Boca Juniors’ trip to Asunción to take on Cerro Porteño was kicking off shortly as this episode was uploaded, whilst River Plate v Estudiantes de La Plata gets underway in a few hours. This week’s episode is a short one – ideal for sharing with your friends if they’ve not listened before!

As ever, Mystic Sam’s previews for this weekend’s matches are below. You can subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and follow us on Twitter.

Mystic Sam’s fifteenth round predictions
Lanús v Arsenal
Olimpo v Quilmes
Atlético de Rafaela v Godoy Cruz
Belgrano v Defensa y Justicia
Independiente v Gimnasia
Estudiantes v Central
Racing v Banfield
Boca v Tigre
Vélez v River
Newell’s v San Lorenzo