Archive | March, 2017

Episode 249: Previewing Argentina v Chile, and some league talk

23 Mar

The two hundred and forty-ninth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés discuss a week of domestic action which saw Boca Juniors lose for the first time since the opening weekend, San Lorenzo also defeated and an Ignacio Scocco hat trick for Newell’s Old Boys (surprisingly, his first) put the top of the title race back to how it was two weeks ago. River Plate impressed away to Lanús on Tuesday, and there’s plenty more to talk about besides. Not least, Argentina’s World Cup qualifying clash at home to Chile on Thursday evening, which we preview, and whether Mauro Icardi should maybe be in the squad given he appears incapable of entering a pitch without scoring at least one goal these days.

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Mystic Dez’s seventeenth round predictions (last week Mystic Sam got 4/15):
Patronato v Newell’s
Banfield v Unión
Central v Tigre
San Lorenzo v Quilmes
Gimnasia v Sarmiento
Racing v Godoy Cruz
Atl. Rafaela v Estudiantes
Colón v Lanús
San Martín v Boca
Temperley v Atl. Tucumán
River v Belgrano
Aldosivi v Arsenal
Vélez v Huracán
Talleres v Olimpo

Episode 248: Finally reviewing the first football of 2017

16 Mar

The first weekend of Argentine football this year has finally been played, and in HOP 248 Sam and Andrés are here to go over the main talking points, consider how many teams were affected by a long and hard-to-time-just-right pre-season (nearly all of them) and look at whether this factor also influenced performances in the Copa Libertadores (yes). Boca Juniors were the undoubted winners of the weekend, though San Lorenzo also took advantage. Listeners’ questions include Copa Libertadores qualification rules this year and our opinion of Lautaro Martínez. A series of technical errors befell this recording, so you might notice the odd slight jump in sound or speech as bits had to be cut slightly, but enjoy!

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Mystic Sam’s sixteenth round predictions (last time out Sam got 2/14, so, erm…)
Quilmes v Central
Unión v Colón
Tigre v Gimnasia
Newell’s v Vélez
Independiente v San Martín
Huracán v DyJ
Belgrano v Racing
Estudiantes v Patronato
Sarmiento v Temperley
Godoy Cruz v San Lorenzo
Olimpo v Banfield
Boca v Talleres
Arsenal v Atlético de Rafaela
Atlético Tucumán v Aldosivi
Lanús v River Plate

Episode 247: Summer madness

2 Mar

What on Earth is going on in the world of Argentine football? The season was supposed to get underway on the second weekend of February and was only finally scheduled at all last week, and now we have some dates and kick off times it’s still not been anything like clear whether this weekend’s matches will even be played. Sam, English Dan and Andrés are back for the first HOP of 2017, and even by the standards set by Argentine football since we started recording in 2010, this one might get eye-wateringly confusing. Allow us to guide you through the summer break in Argentina, the vested interests, the arguments and the recriminations, as we attempt to explain to the layperson just what the bloody hell is happening (and, indeed, work that out ourselves). This episode is out of date before it’s even online – there was no way we could avoid that – but the uncertainty over whether games will take place is still just as strong a mere 24 hours from the supposed start of action. The chaos is back.

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Mystic Sam’s fifteenth round predictions (assuming it happens…)
Central v Godoy Cruz
San Lorenzo v Belgrano
Temperley v Tigre
Vélez v Estudiantes
Aldosivi v Atl. Rafaela
Racing v Lanús
Atl. Tucumán v Sarmiento
Colón v Olimpo
Defensa y Justicia v Newell’s
Gimnasia v Quilmes
River v Unión
Banfield v Boca
Patronato v Arsenal
San Martín v Huracán