Archive | July, 2015

Episode 192: Boca stay top of the league, River’s Libertadores final first leg and more

31 Jul

In the hundred and ninety-second episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam is joined by Andrés and Remi to look back on a week which saw Boca Juniors strengthen their position at the top of the league with a backs-to-the-wall win away to Belgrano after San Lorenzo had dropped points against Godoy Cruz. River Plate’s reserves beat Colón, but the main focus of River’s week was Wednesday night’s Copa Libertadores final first leg away to Tigres, from which they took a 0-0 draw. Other topics up for discussion are the relegation battle (which increasingly looks rather an easy one to predict the outcome of) and a large variety of listeners’ questions, ranging from Nueva Chicago’s politicised fanbase to Racing’s chances of defending their title. 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 nineteenth round predictions (last week: 6/15)
Atlético de Rafaela v Aldosivi
Estudiantes v Chicago
Argentinos v Godoy Cruz
Colón v Independiente
Central v Sarmiento
Racing v Belgrano
Boca v Unión
San Lorenzo v Gimnasia
Olimpo v Newell’s
Temperley v Vélez
Crucero v Huracán
Banfield v Arsenal
Tigre v Quilmes
San Martin v Lanús & Defensa y Justicia v River are both postponed.

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Episode 191: River Plate reach the Copa Libertadores final, Boca stay top of the league and more

23 Jul

The hundred and ninety-first episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés in a good mood after River Plate’s qualification for the final of the Copa Libertadores for the first time in 19 years. A 1-1 draw with Guaraní in Asunción, with Marcelo Gallardo signings Tabaré Viudez and Lucas Alario combining for the crucial goal, proved decisive and next week River will face Tigres of Mexico in the first leg (we didn’t know this when we recorded). As well as River in the Copa, there’s also a full weekend of Argentine league action to look back on, including River reserves’ 5-1 tonking of Atlético de Rafaela, and wins for San Lorenzo and Boca Juniors (on Carlos Tevez’s return to La Bombonera) which mean it’s still Boca-San Lorenzo-River in a 1-2-3 at the top of the league table. Andrés also has a preview of this weekend’s biggest league match, the clásico rosarino between Newell’s Old Boys and Rosario Central. 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 eighteenth round predictions (last week: 7/15)
Aldosivi v Temperley
Gimnasia v Crucero del Norte
Sarmiento v Tigre
Unión v Banfield
Independiente v Atlético de Rafaela
Vélez v Olimpo
Huracán v Estudiantes
Newell’s v Central
Quilmes v Racing
Godoy Cruz v San Lorenzo
River reserves v Colón
Lanús v Defensa y Justicia
Belgrano v Boca
Chicago v San Martín
Arsenal v Argentinos

Episode 190: Boca top the table ahead of Tevez’s return & River take a first leg Libertadores lead

16 Jul

The hundred-and-nintieth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés, Fede and long-time HOP listener but first-time HOP contributor Johnny to look back over an eventful week. Boca Juniors leapfrogged San Lorenzo into top spot in the league, getting a gritty 1-0 win away to Sarmiento after both San Lorenzo and River Plate had been held to draws earlier in the weekend. For River, at least, there was the consolation of a fine performance and 2-0 win on Tuesday night in the first leg of their Copa Libertadores semi-final against Guaraní of Paraguay – the second leg will be next Tuesday in Asunción. On Monday, as well as a Vélez Sarsfield v Tigre match which saw a dramatic finish, there was Carlos Tevez’s unveiling at La Bombonera, to which around 40,000 people showed up – Boca fans Fede and Johnny give us their thoughts on Carlitos’ return and what it means for the team. As well as all this, we have a look at a few managerial debutants, including Gabriel Heinze, who Sam believes is the first graduate of both the Ferguson and Bielsa schools of football management (i.e. he played under both of them). 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 seventeenth round predictions (last week: 9/15)
San Lorenzo v Arsenal
Banfield v Belgrano
Atlético de Rafaela v River
Carlos Tevez FC Boca v Quilmes
Defensa y Justicia v Nueva Chicago
Colón v Lanús
Olimpo v Aldosivi
Racing v Sarmiento
Crucero del Norte v Estudiantes
Temperley v Independiente
Tigre v Newell’s
Central v Vélez
San Martín v Huracán
Gimnasia v Godoy Cruz
Argentinos v Unión

Episode 189: reviewing Argentina’s Copa América campaign and previewing the return of the Primera

8 Jul

Hand Of Pod returns as the Argentine Primera gears up to enter the second half of 2015. Sam and Andrés are here to review Argentina’s Copa América campaign, which saw a second major final in a year, but a second disappointment at the last hurdle. Where do the national team go from here, which players matched up to expectations, who fell short and which younger stars should perhaps be given a chance to shake things up in the coming months? As well as this we look at Carlos Tevez’s return to Boca Juniors and Javier Saviola’s and Lucho González’s to River Plate, consider the other main moves in the transfer market, and answer a few questions from our wonderful listeners, as ever. 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 sixteenth round predictions
Arsenal v Gimnasia
Estudiantes v San Martín
Lanús v Atlético de Rafaela
Quilmes v Banfield
Belgrano v Argentinos
Huracán v Defensa y Justicia
River v Temperley
Unión v San Lorenzo
Sarmiento v Boca
Godoy Cruz v Crucero del Norte
Independiente v Olimpo
Newell’s v Racing
Chicago v Colón
Aldosivi v Central
Vélez v Tigre