Archive | April, 2015

Episode 182: Previewing three superclásicos and catching up on other bits and pieces

30 Apr

In the hundred and eight-first episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Andrés and Joel are joined by new boy – and Boca Juniors fan – Julian in an exciting week in Buenos Aires, as we gear up to watch three clashes between River Plate and Boca Juniors in just eleven days; two in the Copa Libertadores last 16, and first of all one in the league this Sunday. We discuss how both sides have come to be sitting joint first after ten matches, how recent superclásicos have gone and what we expect in the upcoming clashes – as well as why the choice of referees, especially for Sunday’s encounter, has caused such a big fuss. Prior to that, we have a round-up of the other recent action in Argentina, including a Copa Argentina catch-up and a look at the other sides in the Copa Libertadores knockout stages, because apparently there are some. HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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Mystic Sam’s eleventh round predictions (round ten: 6/15)
Godoy Cruz v Sarmiento
Olimpo v Estudiantes
Argentinos v Aldosivi
Gimnasia v Newell’s
San Lorenzo v Vélez
Racing v Lanús
Central v Huracán
Atlético de Rafaela v Defensa y Justicia
Banfield v Independiente
Tigre v Chicago
Boca v River
Unión v Belgrano
Arsenal v Quilmes
Crucero v Colón
Temperley v San Martín

Episode 181: River and Boca are joint top, the problem with Independiente & more

24 Apr

In the hundred and eighty-first episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Peter look back on a weekend of action that left River Plate and Boca Juniors joint top of the table as they prepare to head into their clash at La Bombonera on the 3rd May (there are no matches this weekend). The two will also clash twice after that in the last 16 of the Copa Libertadores, but we’ll do a full preview of those matches next week; this time round we look at Racing and Independiente, who both drew their matches 0-0 last weekend, and consider some of the league’s less heralded heroes so far. This week’s history bit has Dan telling us about the time Alfredo Di Stéfano was kidnapped by a Venezuelan group of political protesters. HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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There’s no Mystic Sam this week, but as a team we’re predicting a River win over Huracán in Saturday’s Supercopa Argentina, and for Aldosivi to turn their 1-0 advantage with an hour to play into a win away to Arsenal when that match is finished (which is what Sam originally predicted for that game anyway), also on Saturday.

Episode 180: Four joint-leaders, River up against it and a trip to Temperley

16 Apr

The hundred and eightieth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés joined by new boy Remi, who brings a continental European air of sophistication (and a typically Dutch manner of speaking against received wisdom) to the podcast. We discuss the results over the weekend which led to Boca Juniors, River Plate, San Lorenzo and Rosario Central to all be tied on 21 points at the top, look at an emotional clásico del Sur in which Lanús beat Banfield 2-1, and explain how River Plate were up against it in the Copa Libertadores as we recorded (we returned afterwards to let you know how that turned out). Remi also tells us about his visit to Temperley on Friday, where he watched the hosts beat Colón 2-1. This week’s history section is a tribute to Uruguayan journalist, historian and football writer Eduardo Galeano, who died on Monday. HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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Mystic Sam’s tenth round predictions (last week: 5/15)
Estudiantes v Central
Sarmiento v Arsenal
Huracan v Tigre
DyJ v Temperley
Independiente v Argentinos
Vélez v Gimnasia
Belgrano v Crucero del Norte
Chicago v Racing
Aldosivi v San Lorenzo
River v Banfield
San Martín v Olimpo
Lanús v Boca
Quilmes v Unión
Colón v Atlético de Rafaela
Newell’s v Godoy Cruz

Episode 179: Video refereeing controversy, Boca go top and Banfield join the race

9 Apr

The hundred and seventy-ninth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés discuss referee Germán Delfino’s decision to rescind a penalty and red card seemingly on television evidence during Vélez Sarsfield’s 2-1 win over Arsenal de Sarandí on Saturday – what happened, and how have the Argentine media tried in places to twist the story? Other topics on this episode are River Plate’s weekend clásico win, 1-0 over San Lorenzo, and Boca Juniors’ 2-0 victory away to Huracán which took Boca top of the nascent league table. We also find time for a six-goal thriller between Defensa y Justicia and Rosario Central, the end of Unión de Santa Fe’s unbeaten record, and much more besides. This week’s history section is devoted to Omar Sívori, the great former River and Juventus striker who made his debut 61 years ago last Saturday. HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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Mystic Sam’s ninth round predictions (last week: 8/15)
Crucero del Norte v Atlético de Rafaela
Temperley v Colón
Gimnasia v Aldosivi
Godoy Cruz v Vélez
San Lorenzo v Independiente
Racing v Huracán
Central v San Martín
Banfield v Lanús
Boca v Chicago
Olimpo v Defensa y Justicia
Argentinos v River
Unión v Sarmiento
Arsenal v Newell’s
Belgrano v Quilmes
Tigre v Estudiantes

Episode 178: San Lorenzo go top, a new history bit and is Federico Mancuello better than Harry Kane?

2 Apr

The hundred and seventy-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod is a whopper, but with off-pitch trouble, plenty of goals in a week when the league leadership changed hands, Daniel Osvaldo’s on-pitch trolling, two national team friendlies and a new regular Argentine football history section to include, how could it be any other way? We discuss San Lorenzo’s thrashing of Lanús and River Plate’s last-gasp win over Gimnasia, as well as Boca’s canter against Estudiantes, before changing our focus to Argentina’s recent friendly victories over the Isle of Man – sorry, I mean, El Salvador – and Ecuador, in the first of which Federico Mancuello did a Harry Kane by coming on as a second half substitute and scoring shortly after. The subject of our first history section is a man who would have turned 100 years old on Monday – Arsenio Erico, the Paraguayan who is the all-time top goalscorer in the history of Argentina’s Primera División. HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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Mystic Sam’s eighth round predictions (last week: 2/14)
Sarmiento v Belgrano
Estudiantes v Racing
Vélez v Arsenal
Atlético de Rafaela v Temperley
DyJ v Central
Independiente v Gimnasia
Aldosivi v Godoy Cruz
Lanús v Argentinos
Colón v Olimpo
Quilmes v Crucero del Norte
River v San Lorenzo
San Martín v Tigre
Huracán v Boca
Chicago v Banfield
Newell’s v Unión