Episode 45: Boca Juniors’ title win, more melodrama at River and romantic tales from the Copa

The forty-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod is introduced by Queens Park Rangers star Alejandro Faurlín, and sees Sam, Seba and English Dan reflecting on Boca Juniors’ title win – the media bias, the key players, the impressive record and more. We reflect on Racing’s failure to satisfactorily challenge them, Teo Gutiérrez’s chances of getting a transfer to Europe, the political machinations behind the postponement of San Lorenzo v Tigre and the challenges awaiting Tigre during the coming Clausura. There’s an aside on the stupidity of the three different tables used in Argentina to decide the title, continental qualification and relegation, and we also talk about River Plate’s ‘hilarious’ weekend loss to Boca Unidos and subsequent midweek recovery in the Copa Argentina. We finish with a fairytale story from the Copa, about the president of fourth division Atlético Policial, who on Wednesday beat Nacional B (second division) leaders Instituto 4-1.

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Episode 43: Verón’s argument with the barras, Teo’s idiocy, media bias and more

In the forty-third episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan, Dan and Seba begin with a look at Juan Sebastián Verón’s stand against Estudiantes’ barra brava, who on Monday caused their match with Banfield to be abandoned after only thirteen minutes. We then move on to talk about Boca Juniors’ 0-0 draw with Racing on Sunday, a result that edges Boca a tiny bit closer to the league title, and Racing striker Teo Gutiérrez’s idiocy in getting himself sent off, and the effect it’s likely to have on Racing’s squad for the rest of the season. Sam mentions River Plate’s first ever competitive match in Patagonia (a 4-1 win away to Guillermo Brown of Puerto Madryn), we talk about San Lorenzo’s woes as they change managers, and after Mystic Dan’s predictions we close with a discussion of media bias towards the two giants, and especially Boca.

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Episode 41: Boca edge closer to the title, Racing win again at last, & upcoming World Cup qualifiers

The forty-first episode of Hand Of Pod is introduced by a real-life professional Argentine footballer, Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julián Speroni. After his dulcet tones, we discuss Boca Juniors’ continuing march to the league title, and Racing’s first win in six matches on Saturday night, as well as other weekend action including a hideous broken leg at Unión, and a derby win for Lanús (which means they need just a point to completely ensure qualification for next year’s Copa Libertadores). Attention then shifts to the upcoming round of World Cup qualifiers and Alejandro Sabella’s squad selection, which is starting to annoy us a bit. Towards the end, Ralph Hannah tells us about why he’s going to be meeting Paraguay and Vélez legend José Luis Chilavert on Friday, and we discuss some of the great man’s finest moments (you’ll find a couple of videos below).

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Juan Ramón Fleita’s bicycle kick against Chilavert

Chilavert’s halfway line goal against River

Episode 40: Boca’s huge title lead, police violence in Rosario, and our opinion of John Terry

Hand Of Pod turns 40 episodes old this week, and once again we’re discussing violence (at Newell’s Old Boys’ weekend match) and the threat of it (at Boca Juniors). From the latter, we seamlessly segue into talking about Boca Juniors’ huge lead in the Torneo Apertura, which has now stretched to nine points with just eighteen to play for. Some of that is because Racing are endeavouring to become the first ever side to go unbeaten through a league campaign whilst being really, really rubbish, and Diego Simeone, their manager, comes in for criticism for that. We field questions on Arsenal de Sarandí’s Copa Sudamericana chances, Javier Pastore’s future importance to the national team, and whether Juan Román Riquelme will marry one of our listeners. Sam also gives his opinion on John Terry, who we’re assuming isn’t a regular listener.

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Episode 39: San Lorenzo players we’d punch & Argentina’s latest World Cup qualifying squad

There’s been violence in the air in Argentine football this week, and it’s infected us at Hand Of Pod. Sam, Dan, Dan and Seba begin this week’s podcast with a discussion of which San Lorenzo players we’d fancy our changes against in a fight, and move on to discuss World Cup winner Mauro Camoranesi – the most patriotic Italian who ever lived – kicking Racing’s Patricio Toranzo in the face during a game. As well as this, we wonder whether anyone can stop Boca Juniors as they storm towards their first title in ages, discuss the Panamerican Games (not just the football tournament) briefly, and look at both the Copa Argentina draw and (silly) format, and Alejandro Sabella’s squad for the next World Cup qualifying double-header against Bolivia and Colombia.

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Episode 38: Grondona’s inevitable election win & Chelsea’s young transfer target

Julio Grondona was named Argentine FA President for another four years as we recorded this episode, a development slightly more inevitable than the sun rising tomorrow. Sam, Seba, Dan and Dan look into the reasons behind FIFA Vice-President Grondona’s grip on Argentine football (by 2015 he’ll have been AFA President for 36 years), and why a hidden camera sting which caught him boasting about bribes and much more the day before the elections had no effect. We also run the rule over Lucas Ocampos, River Plate’s 17-year-old star who’s reportedly wanted by Chelsea, consider Boca Juniors’ options in replacing injured forward Lucas Viatri, and look at Independiente’s slowly improving form, before embarrassing ourselves by trying to list, off the tops of our heads, every football club whose stadium lies within the City of Buenos Aires.

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Episode 36: the Avellaneda clásico, the standard of the Apertura, Argentina v Chile and more

In episode 36 of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Dan, Dan and Seba are joined by Asli Pellit and her lovely new (and very quiet) dog Vinicius. We discuss Asli’s trips to Córdoba and Porto Alegre, on the latter of which she met and interviewed Andrés D’Alessandro, as well as the reasons Brazil’s championship is better off than Argentina’s at present. We look back on the Avellaneda clásico on Sunday which saw a 1-1 draw between Racing and Independiente, and argue about whether it’s a boring league season or not. As well as this, Aussie Dan and Sam consider Ferro v River last Saturday, and we look forward to the start of the South American World Cup Qualifiers, which will be more competitive than ever this time round. Enjoy.

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