Archive | February, 2015

Episode 173: River held, Boca win again and a Copa Argentina discussion

26 Feb

The hundred and seventy-third episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Peter, Andrés and Jon Gilbert to discuss the second weekend of Argentina’s monster new Primera. River Plate were held in a lively 2-2 draw with Quilmes, Boca Juniors made it two league wins out of two and champions Racing have just one point from their first two matches, but there’s a long way to go yet. We also discuss the Libertadores games that have taken place since we last recorded (since we recorded this episode, Boca Juniors beat Montevideo Wanderers 2-1 on Thursday night), and have a brief conversation about the Copa Argentina. As ever, thanks to our friends at Argentina Independent – a fine English-language news site covering goings-on in Argentina and across Latin America – for providing the booze.

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Mystic Sam’s third round predictions (last week: 3/15!)
Godoy Cruz v Huracán
Arsenal v Chicago
Crucero del Norte v Rosario Central
Tigre v Olimpo
San Lorenzo v San Martín
Unión v Lanús
Quilmes v Independiente
Racing v Temperley
Boca v Atlético de Rafaela
Argentinos v Defensa y Justicia
Gimnasia v Estudiantes
Belgrano v River
Banfield v Colón
Sarmiento v Aldosivi
Newell’s v Vélez

Episode 172: The first round of 2015 Primera action & Argentine clubs’ Libertadores hopes

19 Feb

The 2015 Monster Championship has begun, and in the hundred and seventy-second episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Santi and Peter convene to look back on the first weekend of action. Champions Racing got off to a losing start, Independiente edged a five-goal thriller, whilst things were rather more pedestrian for River Plate, Boca Juniors and San Lorenzo, who all recorded routine wins. The first managerial casualty of the season has, faintly ridiculously, already occurred, with Reinaldo Merlo sacked by Colón. We also look at the Copa Libertadores and tell you exactly who will qualify from each group. Thanks again to folk at Argentina Independent – a fine English-language news site covering goings-on in Argentina and across Latin America – for providing the booze.

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Mystic Sam’s second round predictions (last week: 7/15 correct)
Atlético de Rafaela v Banfield
Huracán v Arsenal
Estudiantes v Godoy Cruz
San Martín v Gimnasia
Central v Tigre
Olimpo v Racing
Vélez v Crucero del Norte
Independiente v Sarmiento
Aldosivi v Newell’s
Chicago v Unión
River v Quilmes
Colón v Argentinos
Temperley v Boca
Lanús v Belgrano
Defensa y Justicia v San Lorenzo

Episode 171: Previewing the 2015 Monster Championship

12 Feb

Hand Of Pod returns from the summer break with our first episode of 2015. Sam, Andrés, Peter and Gustavo preview Argentina’s controversial new 30-team top flight in this episode. Which teams have done best and worst in the transfer market, who’s already had some form of competitive action to get warmed up for the task ahead, and should Argentine sides be expected to make waves in this year’s Copa Libertadores? All these questions are answered, along with some more, probably. We are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Argentina Independent starting in this episode – they pay for our fernet, we tell you that argentinaindependent.com is an excellent English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America. Check it out.

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Mystic Sam’s first round predictions
Vélez v Aldosivi
Racing v Central
Gimnasia v Defensa y Justicia
San Lorenzo v Colón
Godoy Cruz v San Martín
Newell’s v Independiente
Banfield v Temperley
Crucero del Norte v Tigre
Quilmes v Lanús
Unión v Huracán
Boca v Olimpo
Argentinos v Atlético de Rafaela
Sarmiento v River
Arsenal v Estudiantes
Belgrano v Nueva Chicago