Episode 194: A Copa Argentina roundup, Argentine FA election talk and more

The hundred and ninety-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam joined by Andrés and English Dan to discuss what little football has been played since our last episode – namely, the last few games of the last 32 of the Copa Argentina. There were wins for Racing and Independiente, whilst Atlanta also advanced. As well as that, we also discuss another trophy for River Plate, albeit a rather less meaningful one than the one they picked up last week, and explain who Marcelo Tinelli is (at least within the context of football) and why so many people are currently getting so exercised at the prosect of his becoming president of the Asociación del Fútbol Argentino. All this and Mystic Sam’s twentieth round predictions – we might be a day later than normal, but we couldn’t leave those out… HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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

Episode 57: The Avellaneda clásico, Clausura title race, and two cup competitions

Episode 57 of Hand Of Pod is a long ‘un, because Sam, English Dan and Seba have a derby to preview. It doesn’t help, then, that Seba has decided he’s going to watch QPR instead of Racing on Saturday morning. We look at the roles of both managers going into Saturday’s Avellaneda derby between Independiente and Racing, and also at Tigre’s slump in form, the qualifications of Boca Juniors and Vélez Sarsfield in the Copa Libertadores and of Tigre and River Plate in the Copa Argentina, and answer your questions on everything from Pablo Mouche, Jorge Sampaoli, Gerardo Martino, Arsenal de Sarandí and Club Atlético Douglas Haig (yes, there really is such a club). Australian Dan will return next week.

Mystic Dan may be in Ecuador, but he’s still emailed us his predictions for this weekend, and you can read them below. Also, don’t forget you can subscribe to us here on iTunes.

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