Archive | August, 2015

Episode 196: San Lorenzo and Boca extend their lead, Gerardo Martino isn’t happy and more

27 Aug

In the hundred and ninety-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés look back on a weekend which saw San Lorenzo and Boca Juniors extend their (joint-)leadership of the title race, as they both won and River Plate slumped to a second straight defeat. Even more amazingly, Nueva Chicago won for the second week running – though we suspect both they and the team they beat, Crucero del Norte, will still be the two sides ultimately doomed to relegation. Argentina manager Gerardo Martino had some choice words for the Argentine FA’s schedulers, and River are entering the transfer market after Ramiro Funes Mori’s sale to Everton leaves them with a slot to fill in the defence and the cash to do so. 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 twenty-second round predictions (last week: 6/15)
Newell’s v Colón
Argentinos v Crucero del Norte
Sarmiento v Atl. Rafaela
Vélez v Defensa y Justicia
Quilmes v Temperley
Arsenal v Tigre
San Lorenzo v Banfield
Independiente v Estudiantes
River v Huracán
Unión v Central
Aldosivi v San Martín
Belgrano v Olimpo
Godoy Cruz v Racing
Lanús v Chicago

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Episode 195: San Lorenzo and Boca both win as River lose ground, and sell Ramiro Funes Mori

21 Aug

The hundred and ninety-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and English Dan discuss an eventful round of action in the Primera last weekend, with San Lorenzo and Boca Juniors both claiming 2-1 wins to remain joint top, and their closest pursuers River Plate surprisingly lose to San Martín de San Juan, to fall behind in the title race – had River won that game and the one they still have in hand, they’d have been joint top. We also run the rule over Everton’s new signing, River defender Ramiro Funes Mori, and consider a promising performance from Racing and more political discussions at the Argentine FA. Enjoy. 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 twenty-first round predictions (last week: 7/15)
Atlético de Rafaela v Newell’s
Banfield v Gimnasia
Racing v Arsenal
San Martín v Independiente
Olimpo v Quilmes
Argentinos v San Lorenzo
Colón v Vélez
Central v Belgrano
Boca v Godoy Cruz
Estudiantes v River
Huracán v Lanús
Tigre v Unión
Crucero del Norte v Chicago
Defensa y Justicia v Aldosivi
Temperley v Sarmiento

Episode 194: A Copa Argentina roundup, Argentine FA election talk and more

14 Aug

The hundred and ninety-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés and English Dan to discuss what little football has been played since our last episode – namely, the last few games of the last 32 of the Copa Argentina. There were wins for Racing and Independiente, whilst Atlanta also advanced. As well as that, we also discuss another trophy for River Plate, albeit a rather less meaningful one than the one they picked up last week, and explain who Marcelo Tinelli is (at least within the context of football) and why so many people are currently getting so exercised at the prosect of his becoming president of the Asociación del Fútbol Argentino. All this and Mystic Sam’s twentieth round predictions – we might be a day later than normal, but we couldn’t leave those out… 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 twentieth round predictions
Sarmiento v Olimpo
Belgrano v Tigre
Independiente v Defensa y Justicia
Chicago v Huracán
Godoy Cruz v Banfield
Aldosivi v Colón
Unión v Racing
Lanús v Estudiantes
San Lorenzo v Crucero del Norte
Gimnasia v Argentinos
Vélez v Atlético de Rafaela
Newell’s v Temperley
Arsenal v Boca
River v San Martín
Quilmes v Central

Episode 193: River Plate win the Copa Libertadores, and plenty of goals in the league

7 Aug

The hundred and ninety-third episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés, Peter, Joel and special guest Richard Martin to talk about River Plate’s 3-0 win over Tigres UANL on Wednesday night, and the third Copa Libertadores title it gave the club. The role of Marcelo Gallardo in using and adapting River’s tradition and expectations, the key players in the win and where the squad might go next are all discussed, before we move on to talk about a goal-packed weekend in the Primera División which ended with Boca Juniors and San Lorenzo tied on points at the top (River, three points behind them, didn’t play at the weekend and have a game in hand). There’s no football this weekend in Argentina due to primary elections, but Mystic Joel instead tells you what to bet on in the political sphere (not really). HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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