The Copa de la Liga knockout stage has begun, and after Tuesday’s two matches brought the expected home wins for Racing and Boca Juniors, who’ll meet in the first semifinal on Saturday, Wednesday saw two shock results, as Argentinos Juniors outplayed Estudiantes before putting them out on spot kicks and Tigre took advantage of a howling defensive error to beat River Plate, in spite of a Puskás Award contender from Enzo Fernández. Sam, English Dan, Santi and Andrés are on hand to talk you through it all.
This week, Sam and English Dan look back on last week’s action and (most of) the midweek Sudamericana and Libertadores results, as well as looking forward to this weekend’s last group stage matches in the Copa de la Liga.
This week’s HOP sees the return of a prodigal son, as Sam, English Dan and Andrés welcome Seba back to the studio, and it’s an epic chat taking in Racing’s fine form, the Estudiantes machine, racism in Argentina (including a very brief history lesson on the colonisation of Patagonia) and more.
We’ve got plenty of catching up to do now Sam and Dan are back from their (separate) holidays, and they’re joined by Andrés, Tony and Santi to dive deep into the waters of the Copa de la Liga, including Racing’s magnificent form, a surprising win for Talleres against River Plate and Independiente’s deep, abiding, lustful love of a sweet, sweet draw.
This week, Sam and English Dan review the weekend of clásicos, which saw away wins for … well, quite a lot of teams actually, including Boca Juniors over River Plate and Racing over Independiente. We then switch our attention to Thursday night’s upcoming CONMEBOL WORLD CUP QUALIFYING FIGHT TO THE DEATH which, erm, actually probably won’t finalise things, but Uruguay v Peru should be tremendously entertaining for the neutral all the same.
This week on HOP, Sam, English Dan and Andrés discuss last weekend’s matches and look forward to this weekend’s glut of clásicos, including most notably Saturday’s clásico de Avellaneda and Sunday’s superclásico.
In this week’s episode Sam, English Dan, Santi and Andrés are back in the same room. We look back on last weekend’s Copa de la Liga action, with Estudiantes dropping points for the first time. It’s hard not to admire Lionel Scaloni trolling Italy and (especially) Spain by calling up a plethora of dual nationals for Argentina’s final two World Cup qualifiers, too.
On this week’s Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Santi look back on a weekend which saw two all-Big Five clásicos both end 2–2: Independiente v Boca Juniors, which was played in a deluge of Biblical proportions (and saw some atrocious refereeing) and River Plate v Racing, which was a classic game of two halves. There’s plenty of love for Defensa y Justicia and Estudiantes, as well, as their good starts to the season continue (Estudiantes made it through to the Libertadores third qualifying round shortly after we finished recording), and some Argentina travel tips for one of our listeners!
This week’s HOP is the first since the 2022 domestic Argentine season began, so Sam, English Dan and Tony look back on the first three rounds of the Copa de la Liga. Unión, Platense and Estudiantes have started well, Racing aren’t looking terrible and most importantly for everyone who likes sexy football, Juan Fernando Quintero is BACK.
Domestic Argentine football is back! In this week’s HOP Sam, Andrés and Tony look back on the main transfer moves (and one big transfer remaining-in-place-for-now) and ask which clubs, if any, will be able to keep up with River Plate this year.