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Episode 254: Newell’s close the gap in a weekend of fine matches

27 Apr

In the two hundred and fifty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés take you through a weekend of thoroughly entertaining matches, including two that ended 4-3, a convincing win (combined with a very unconvincing draw) that took Newell’s Old Boys to within three points of league leaders Boca Juniors, and a frustrating draw that meant River Plate failed to go third. We consider Rodrigo Bentancur’s form now his mega-money move to Juventus has been confirmed, and ask whether he (for Uruguay) or Ezequiel Barco (for Argentina) will be travelling to South Korea for the Under-20 World Cup. All this, as well as listeners’ questions, and some predictions for the weekend to come from Mystic Andrés.

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

Episode 253: Tragedy in Córdoba, and River join the title race

20 Apr

The two hundred and fifty-third episode of Hand Of Pod features Sam and Andrés, who are joined via Skype by Luke Smith, who’s able to give us a Córdoba-dweller’s perspective on the tragedy that struck Argentine football over the weekend when Belgrano fan Emanuel Balbo was murdered in the stands at half time of the Córdoba clásico on Saturday. What exactly happened, and what the punishment might end up being for Belgrano are among the topics discussed. We also look over a weekend of football which saw River Plate – in somewhat controversial circumstances – become the only member of the top five to win  their match, and in so doing arguably join the title race, although they still have some distance to make up on Boca Juniors. As well as all this, there are listeners’ questions on the second tier and on the most southerly clubs in Argentina’s pyramid (which also happen to be the most southerly clubs in the world).

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Mystic Luke’s twenty-first round predictions (last week Mystic Chris got 3/15)
San Lorenzo v Temperley
Aldosivi v Newell’s
Racing v Atlético Tucumán
Banfield v Quilmes
Defensa y Justicia v Lanús
Vélez v Unión
Central v Gimnasia
Estudiantes v Huracán
Atlético Rafaela v Boca
San Martín v Belgrano
River v Sarmiento
Talleres v Godoy Cruz
Arsenal v Independiente
Patronato v Olimpo
Colón v Tigre

Episode 252: Bye-bye Bauza, Sampaoli next? And a domestic roundup

13 Apr

The two hundred and fifty-second episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Andrés and Peter meet to discuss the AFA’s sacking on Tuesday of Edgardo Bauza as Argentina manager, and who might the next candidate be – with news filtering out shortly after we’d recorded that, as suspected, Jorge Sampaoli is the only serious candidate. Is he the right man for the job? Would he take it? And if he doesn’t, who might the other options end up being? All these questions and more are debated. As well as this, we’ve got a look at a Primera weekend which was so action-packed, even Independiente found their shooting boots – and how!

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Mystic Chris’s twentieth round predictions (last week Mystic Sam got 8/14, with Racing v Tigre postponed due to rain):
Huracán v Arsenal
Lanús v San Martín
Newell’s v Estudiantes
Belgrano v Talleres
Independiente v Atl. Rafaela
Olimpo v Vélez
Sarmiento v Racing
Godoy Cruz v Banfield
Atl. Tucumán v San Lorenzo
Boca v Patronato
Quilmes v Colón
Tigre v River
Unión v Defensa y Justicia
Temperley v Central
Gimnasia v Aldosivi

Episode 251: Boca extend their lead, River hit form, and more stuff on Bauza’s future

7 Apr

The two hundred and fifty-first episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, English Dan and Andrés discuss a weekend with a fair number of thrillers, including a 4-2 clásico win for Lanús over Banfield, a 3-2 win after being 2-0 and one man down for Racing away to Quilmes, and a controversial 4-3 victory for Tigre at home to San Lorenzo. That last result means Boca Juniors are now five points clear at the top of the league, and we also look at their 1-0 win over Defensa y Justicia (who are involved in continental football for the first time ever) and at River Plate’s 2-1 away win over Godoy Cruz which seems to confirm that River are rediscovering their best form under Marcelo Gallardo. All this as well as the first machinations of Claudio Tapia as AFA president, in the form of him desperately hoping Edgardo Bauza resigns some time soon as national team manager.

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Mystic Sam’s nineteenth round predictions (last week Mystic Vincent got 8/15)
Aldosivi v Estudiantes
Central v Atl. Tucumán
Colón v Godoy Cruz
Arsenal v Newell’s
San Lorenzo v Sarmiento
Atl. Rafaela v Huracán
Racing v Tigre
Talleres v Lanús
Banfield v Belgrano
Patronato v Independiente
San Martín v Unión
River v Quilmes
Vélez v Boca
Defensa y Justicia v Olimpo
Gimnasia v Temperley

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 249: Previewing Argentina v Chile, and some league talk

23 Mar

The two hundred and forty-ninth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés discuss a week of domestic action which saw Boca Juniors lose for the first time since the opening weekend, San Lorenzo also defeated and an Ignacio Scocco hat trick for Newell’s Old Boys (surprisingly, his first) put the top of the title race back to how it was two weeks ago. River Plate impressed away to Lanús on Tuesday, and there’s plenty more to talk about besides. Not least, Argentina’s World Cup qualifying clash at home to Chile on Thursday evening, which we preview, and whether Mauro Icardi should maybe be in the squad given he appears incapable of entering a pitch without scoring at least one goal these days.

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

Episode 248: Finally reviewing the first football of 2017

16 Mar

The first weekend of Argentine football this year has finally been played, and in HOP 248 Sam and Andrés are here to go over the main talking points, consider how many teams were affected by a long and hard-to-time-just-right pre-season (nearly all of them) and look at whether this factor also influenced performances in the Copa Libertadores (yes). Boca Juniors were the undoubted winners of the weekend, though San Lorenzo also took advantage. Listeners’ questions include Copa Libertadores qualification rules this year and our opinion of Lautaro Martínez. A series of technical errors befell this recording, so you might notice the odd slight jump in sound or speech as bits had to be cut slightly, but enjoy!

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Mystic Sam’s sixteenth round predictions (last time out Sam got 2/14, so, erm…)
Quilmes v Central
Unión v Colón
Tigre v Gimnasia
Newell’s v Vélez
Independiente v San Martín
Huracán v DyJ
Belgrano v Racing
Estudiantes v Patronato
Sarmiento v Temperley
Godoy Cruz v San Lorenzo
Olimpo v Banfield
Boca v Talleres
Arsenal v Atlético de Rafaela
Atlético Tucumán v Aldosivi
Lanús v River Plate