This week Sam, English Dan, Santi and Andrés look back on the opening weekend of the 2022 Liga Profesional and Racing’s shocking (but not really that shocking, perhaps) Copa Argentina exit against Agropecuario Argentino. We also talk about Santi’s experience last week at Wembley for Argentina v Italy and look back on Argentina’s 5–0 win over Estonia, in which Lionel Messi scored all five goals, going past Ferenc Puskás in the all-time international goals list and Pelé in the all-time goals in official matches list in the process.
This week, Sam and English Dan look back on South American champions Argentina playing European champions Italy off the Wembley pitch on Wednesday night in the revived Artemio Franchi trophy match, look at the last sixteen draws of the Copas Libertadores and Sudamericana, and celebrate the fact that the long Argentine winter break is over after all of twelve days since the Copa de la Liga ended, because the Liga Profesional started a few hours before this episode was uploaded!
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.
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.
We’re back! In the first HOP of 2022 Sam and Santi preview Argentina’s World Cup qualifying double header, which will see a trip to Chile followed by a home match against Colombia. Lionel Messi isn’t involved, and nor are various others (even manager Lionel Scaloni will be missing against Chile due to COVID), but the team will have a familiar look all the same.
There are still a couple of matches left in Argentine football this year, but recording seems unlikely next week so Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Santi got together on Friday to look back on 2021. Which clubs enjoyed the year the most, which individuals stood out in the league campaign that’s just finished and, of course, do we think it was a successful year for the national team?
This week, Sam’s voice sounds ridiculous for the first half of the episode because Santi and Andrés didn’t say anything about it until the half-time break. The three of them discuss Argentina’s two recent World Cup qualifiers – a 1–0 win away to Uruguay and a 0–0 draw at home to Brazil – which (together with Ecuador claiming a 2–0 win away to Chile on Tuesday night) confirmed Argentina’s place at the 2022 World Cup.
This week Sam and Santi look back on three weeks of action (due to Sam first being on holiday and then being very busy) during which the title race seems to have swung decisively in River Plate’s favour. We wax lyrical about Julián Álvarez (Independiente fan Santi even compares him to a young Sergio Agüero) and answer some listeners’ questions. We also preview Friday and Tuesday’s World Cup qualifying double header, in which Argentina have their two biggest clásicos: first they travel across the Río de la Plata to face Uruguay, then they head to San Juan, where they’ll host Brazil.
Allow us one indulgent episode title about ourselves rather than the football we’re covering, because this week’s episode was the first since March 2020 to be recorded with all of us in the same living room. Sam, English Dan and Andrés get reacquainted with one another and discuss Argentina’s World Cup qualifying draw with Paraguay and wins over Uruguay and Peru before going over the last couple of rounds of action in the Liga Profesional.
This week’s Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Santi and Andrés review a couple of rounds of league action, including River Plate’s 2–1 win over Boca Juniors in Sunday’s superclásico, which sent River top of the table. We also preview the upcoming World Cup qualifying triple header, in which (as long as no health authorities invade the pitch this time) Argentina will take on Paraguay in Asunción and Uruguay and Peru in Buenos Aires.