Episode 306: previewing the 2018–19 Superliga season

In the three hundred and sixth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés preview the 2018–19 Superliga season, which kicks off on Friday evening, and also have a look at the Copa Libertadores round of sixteen, which began on Tuesday evening with Estudiantes’ surprise win over defending champions Grêmio.

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Mystic Sam’s opening round predictions (winners in bold; where neither team is bolded, the prediction is a draw)
Vélez v Newell’s
Tigre v San Lorenzo
Gimnasia v Argentinos
Unión v Aldosivi
Patronato v Colón
Belgrano v San Martín
Boca v Talleres
Godoy Cruz v Estudiantes
Lanús v Defensa y Justicia
Central v Banfield
Huracán v River
Atlético Tucumán v Racing
Independiente v San Martín is postponed, so Sam hasn’t predicted it.

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Episode 305: the new season is just around the corner

The three hundred and fifth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés all excited because there are fewer than ten days remaining until the start of the 2018–19 Superliga season, and we’ve got some kickoff times to tell you about. We discuss which teams still have some work to do in the transfer market (including a bit of a fuss about whether Boca Juniors should be allowed to sign the left back they want), River Plate’s rather lovely kit, which is free of sponsors on the chest until December, and the AFA’s apparent decision to wait until December before deciding on a new manager; it seems youth team managers Lionel Scaloni and Pablo Aimar will be in charge of the Argentina team who will head to the United States for friendlies against Colombia and Guatemala next month.

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Episode 304: Getting into our cups

The three hundred and fourth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés catching up with what’s been going on in the Copa Argentina, which has seen a number of shocks this year but notably not in Independiente’s or River Plate’s matches since we last recorded – those two scored fifteen goals between them in seeing off Central Ballester and Central Norte respectively. There’s also a look at the round of 32 of the Copa Sudamericana, which is well underway (indeed, for Lanús it’s finished) and listeners’ questions ranging from the national team to Argentines abroad to the structure of the Superliga and the mysterious Copa de la Superliga.

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Episode 303: Replacing Sampaoli, and the Superliga season to come

The three hundred and third episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés to discuss where the Argentine national team go next after parting ways with Jorge Sampaoli, and also to look forward to the upcoming Superliga season (the fixtures for which were released on Thursday, after we recorded this episode) and go over the main transfer business of the window so far.

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Episode 302: picking over the bones of World Cup elimination against France

The inevitable has happened: Argentina are out of the 2018 World Cup after a 4-3 defeat to France in the second round. In the three hundred and second episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam is joined by Andrés and English Dan to pick over the bones of the defeat, and of the chaotic campaign that led to it. Listeners’ questions cover what the next steps should be, who might come into the team in the next few years, whether Jorge Sampaoli should remain as manager, and much more besides.

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Episode 301: Sweet relief as Argentina scramble out of their World Cup group

For the three hundred and first episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés are celebrating after Argentina’s last-gasp 2-1 win over Nigeria saw them through Group D of the 2018 World Cup in second place behind Croatia, and into a second round tie against France. Were the players really picking the team? Was Javier Mascherano awful or amazing? Is Marcos Rojo the greatest footballer of all time? All these questions and more are up for consideration.

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Episode 300: Argentina’s Croatian collapse, and how to get out of the rut

The three hundredth episode of Hand Of Pod is a less celebratory affair than we’d hoped for such a landmark, with Sam and English Dan picking over the bones of Argentina’s second half catastrophe against Croatia, which leaves them needing to beat Nigeria – possibly comfortably – on Tuesday if they’re going to advance. We ask what needs to change, when these problems first took root.

Thanks to all our listeners for sticking with us through 300 episodes. We hope you continue to enjoy the show!

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