Episode 320: Summer transfers, the Sudamericano Sub 20, and Messi’s return?

Hand Of Pod is back for 2019, and in episode 320 Sam is joined by English Dan, Andrés, Tony and Mariano to review … well, no football at all, obviously. But we do have talk of some of the early moves in the transfer window, including the shocking news of Luis Rodríguez’s move from Atlético Tucumán to Colón (Colón!), as well as discussion of the possibility of Lionel Messi returning for Argentina, and a look at Argentina’s squad for the upcoming Sudamericano Sub 20.

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Episode 314: Racing extend their lead, River advance to the Libertadores semis and more

The three hundred and fourteenth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés and Tony to discuss a weekend on which there was less football than normal, due to a rainstorm which resulted in only one match being played on Saturday. Racing won that game to extend their Superliga lead (pending Atlético Tucumán’s game in hand), while Boca returned to winning ways and River’s reserves tonked Lanús, before beating Independiente 3-1 on Tuesday to qualify for the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores. We also have a look at Lionel Scaloni’s latest Argentina squad. HOP will be a little less frequent for the next few weeks, because Sam is going on holiday, but we’ll still have occasional episodes, and normal service will be resumed towards the end of November.

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Last week, Mystic Lee and Mystic Liam drew 5-5. This week, as Sam won’t be totting the scores up next time out, he’s predicting on his own. Here are his picks for this weekend (Huracán v Argentinos and River v San Martín de San Juan are postponed due to the start of the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires this weekend).

Aldosivi v San Martín de Tucumán
Gimnasia v Godoy Cruz
San Martín de San Juan v Vélez
Patronato v Independiente
Banfield v San Lorenzo
Atlético Tucumán v Lanús
Rosario Central v Unión
Talleres v Belgrano
Racing v Boca
Tigre v Estudiantes
Colón v Newell’s

Episode 311: A quietly successful mini tour for the national team, and a Copa Argentina roundup

In the three hundred and eleventh episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés give a quick roundup of the Copa Argentina, before taking a deep dive into the lukewarm pool of the national team, whose two clean sheets against Guatemala and Colombia – with two different goalkeepers! – were arguably the brightest thing about their first two games under caretaker manager Lionel Scaloni.

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No one challenged Mystic Sam this week, so here are his predictions for the fifth round of Superliga action.
Estudiantes v Aldosivi
Atlético Tucumán v Tigre
Independiente v Colón
River v San Martín de San Juan
Belgrano v Newell’s
Argentinos v Boca
Patronato v Gimnasia
Vélez v San Martín de Tucumán
Unión v Talleres
Lanús v Racing
Godoy Cruz v San Lorenzo
Huracán v Banfield
Central v Defensa y Justicia

Episode 310: A Superliga summary, and an interesting international break

The three hundred and tenth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés meet to discuss the action from the fourth round of Superliga 2018–19 action, which saw Racing leapfrog Rosario Central into the top spot by beating their visitors 2-0 in Avellaneda. River Plate and San Lorenzo drew yet again (with each other), Boca Juniors got back to winning ways, and Tigre once again scored two goals, but managed not to concede any this time. All this, and we’ve a preview of Argentina’s two upcoming friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia, as the national team begins a delicate rebuilding process after the trauma of the World Cup.

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Episode 307: A less than thrilling first round, and national team news

The three hundred and seventh episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, English Dan and Andrés look back on a Superliga opening round that was notable for three teams only drawing after going 2-0 up, and not an awful lot else apart from Huracán’s atrocious pitch. There’s some Copa Libertadores action to review as well, and we also tackle some of the likely names in Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina squad, which was announced about 14 hours after we finished recording.

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Last week, Mystic Sam correctly predicted four of the thirteen results. This week, we have a full complement of fourteen fixtures to be played, and Mystic Jimmy is the first challenger of the season.

Mystic Jimmy
Talleres v Central
Newell’s v Independiente
Defensa y Justicia v Atl. Tucumán
Banfield v Gimnasia
Argentinos v Godoy Cruz
River v Belgrano
San Martín (SJ) v Patronato
Colón v Tigre
Aldosivi v Huracán
San Lorenzo v Lanús
Racing v Vélez
Estudiantes v Boca
San Martín (T) v Unión

Mystic Sam
Talleres v Central
Newell’s v Independiente
Defensa y Justicia v Atl. Tucumán
Banfield v Gimnasia
Argentinos v Godoy Cruz
River v Belgrano
San Martín (SJ) v Patronato
Colón v Tigre
Aldosivi v Huracán
San Lorenzo v Lanús
Racing v Vélez
Estudiantes v Boca
San Martín (T) v Unión

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 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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