Tag Archives: AFA

Episode 250: What’s wrong with Argentina, and how to fix it, with Jonathan Wilson

30 Mar

This week’s episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Tony joined by the man who literally wrote the book on Argentine football, because Jonathan Wilson’s in town just for our two hundred and fiftieth episode (okay, not just for that). We have two awful performances from the Argentine national team to discuss – a win over Chile and a defeat away to Bolivia – as well as Lionel Messi’s suspension for saying some naughty words to a linesman, Edgardo Bauza’s future job security now the AFA (hours before we began recording) finally has a new president and board of directors, and a nearly full round of Primera División matches, since the summer delay meant the AFA is obliged to play through the international break in order to catch up the season a bit in terms of how far it ought to have progressed by now. Enjoy.

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Mystic Vincent’s eighteenth round predictions (last week Mystic Dez got 10/14!)
Atl. Tucumán v Gimnasia
Independiente v Vélez
Newell’s v Atl. Rafaela
Temperley v Aldosivi
Quilmes v Racing
Belgrano v Colón
Boca v Defensa y Justicia
Estudiantes v Arsenal
Lanús v Banfield
Sarmiento v Central
Tigre v San Lorenzo
Huracán v Patronato
Godoy Cruz v River
Olimpo v San Martín
Unión v Talleres

Episode 237: Tearing up the formbook, and yet more AFA nonsense

20 Oct

The two hundred and thirty-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés convene on a rainy evening in Buenos Aires to discuss a weekend in which a storm blew through the Argentine formbook: three previously unbeaten members of the Big Five lost for the first time this season, as did Colón – who also conceded for the first time in this campaign. Estudiantes’ defence was finally breached as well, although they managed to win anyway in a wildly entertaining 3-2 romp over Rosario Central, whilst Boca Juniors and San Lorenzo both made clear their title ambitions are for real with wins of their own. Off the pitch there’s yet more chaos at the AFA, with people accusing other people of failing to comply by FIFA directives in spite of a) the people in question having been put in place by FIFA and b) the directives in question being NINE YEARS OLD. There’s never a dull moment in the world of Argentine football administration…

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

Episode 230: Previewing the new season & Jonathan Wilson on his new book

25 Aug

At long last, the Hand Of Pod 2016-17 season preview is here! Sam is joined by Andrés and Tony to look over the main transfer moves and some of what we can expect from the main contenders on the pitch in the coming months, as well as explaining why we can only be definitely assured of football until December, for the moment. We also preview Argentina’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers at home to Uruguay and away to Venezuela, since there will be no HOP next week as Sam’s off to Mendoza to cover the former. And there’s a chat with Jonathan Wilson, who tells us a bit about his new book on the history of Argentine football, Angels With Dirty Faces – why he wrote it, some of the things he uncovered and more.

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Mystic Sam’s first round predictions
Sarmiento v Arsenal
Godoy Cruz v Huracán
Gimnasia v Vélez
Central v Defensa y Justicia
Racing v Talleres
Atlético Tucumán v Atlético de Rafaela
San Lorenzo v San Martín
Tigre v Estudiantes
Quilmes v Newell’s
Belgrano v Independiente
Unión v Olimpo
River v Banfield
Lanús v Boca
Aldosivi v Colón
Temperley v Patronato

Episode 229: a review of all the winter madness

18 Aug

Hand Of Pod is back from a long, dark, at times a little bit chilly winter break! Rejoice! We were planning to preview the upcoming season this week, but since it’s been put back by a week, Sam and Fran instead take the opportunity to bring you up to speed with at least some of the stuff that’s happened off the pitch in Argentine football in the last couple of months – and there’s a lot to get through, from Lionel Messi’s international retirement (and decision to keep playing after all) to Gerardo Martino and his coaching staff standing down en masse, and from the introduction of a FIFA Normalisation Committee to run the AFA to the temporary hiatus on the introduction of the long-awaited SuperLiga because they couldn’t get a statute written and approved in time. We’ve got all this and more this week, so enjoy!

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Episode 228: ¡Lanús campeón!, and previewing the Copa América Centenario

3 Jun

The two hundred and twenty-eighth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés look back on a weekend of two entertaining games in which Estudiantes saw off Godoy Cruz for third place (and thus don’t have to wait to find out whether they’ll be in the Copa Libertadores next season) and Lanús thrashed San Lorenzo 4-0 in the Monumental in the championship final to be crowned kings of Argentina for the second time in their history. We ask what’s next for various clubs, look at Boca Juniors’ Copa Libertadores reinforcements so far, and have a discussion of the ridiculous (even by their standards) goings-on at the Argentine FA in the last week or so, before previewing Argentina’s hopes in the Copa América Centenario and answering listeners’ questions. We’ll be back after the international competition, so enjoy it!

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Episode 226: Everything you need to know about relegation, final and Libertadores qualification

19 May

This coming weekend wraps up the group stage of the 2016 Primera championship, and Hand Of Pod 226, with Sam, Andrés and Fede, contains all you need to know about the permutations. Godoy Cruz and San Lorenzo remain separated only on goal difference in their quest to qualify for the championship final against Lanús; one of them will take on either Estudiantes or Atlético Tucumán for a place in next year’s Copa Libertadores group stage, whilst Argentinos Juniors and Sarmiento are the two sides involved in the relegation battle – although others need to keep racking up points too, because for reasons we go into in the second half of the podcast, we still don’t know how many teams will be relegated next season. Rosario Central’s and Boca Juniors’ chances in the Copa Libertadores quarter-finals are also up for discussion.

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Mystic Alex’s sixteenth round predictions (last week Mystic Latam Football got 7/15)
Newell’s v Atlético Tucuman
Vélez v Patronato
Tigre v Aldosivi
Atlético de Rafaela v Argentinos
Arsenal v River
San Lorenzo v Banfield
Belgrano v Central
Boca
v Defensa y Justicia
Gimnasia v Colón
Unión v Estudiantes
San Martín v Godoy Cruz
Lanús
v Huracán
Quilmes v Independiente
Olimpo v Sarminento
Racing v Temperley

Episode 210: River’s Club World Cup campaign, AFA elections, playoff results and more

24 Dec

The two hundred and tenth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Andrés and Gustavo meet for a post-Hannukah (and pre-Christmas) podcast roundup of the last month in Argentine football, starting with River Plate’s runners-up spot in the Club World Cup – and some alternative ideas for a format which could produce a more equitable tournament – and then looking back at the Argentine FA’s hilarious/disastrous attempt to elect a new president earlier this month. We then give an overview of the final playoff results for the Copa Libertadores and Sudamericana qualification places, and have a quick look at Tuesday’s Libertadores group stage draw. Merry Christmas to all our listeners, and you’ll hear from us again in 2016! HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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