Episode 184: One more superclásico, Independiente’s Europe-bound players, Argentina squads and more

UPDATE: Sadly, since we recorded this episode on Wednesday night, Banfield youngster Emanuel Ortega (on loan to San Martín de Burzaco) died early on Thursday morning of head injuries sustained in a match last week when he collided with a perimeter wall. The AFA have suspended all domestic football across Argentina this weekend. Hand Of Pod’s thoughts are with Ortega’s family and friends. QEPD.

In the hundred and eighty-fourth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam, Peter and Andrés look back on a goal-laden weekend of Primera División action, and on last week’s Copa Libertadores last sixteen first leg between River Plate and Boca Juniors. We consider what River’s 1-0 win means for Thursday night’s return leg, and domestically we discuss Crucero del Norte’s uselessness, Belgrano’s and Rosario Central’s good campaigns, and Independiente’s chances of losing three players to various European clubs, as well as Federico Mancuello’s hilarious red card on Sunday night against Boca, and why he won’t be suspended for this Sunday’s clásico away to Racing, which we also preview. Listen before Thursday’s Libertadores second leg between Boca and River for the full experience, but there’s plenty more in store if you don’t get here until afterwards! HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America. And you can listen to Sam’s live ‘commentary’ on Boca Juniors v River Plate for Rabble TV over here – mute the commentators on your TV/stream, and tune in here instead. He might be drunk by the end of the game, but he’ll probably make at least as much sense anyway.

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Mystic Sam’s thirteenth round predictions (last week: 7/15)
Argentinos v Newell’s
Temperley v Huracán
Arsenal v Unión
Olimpo v Chicago
Banfield v Vélez
San Lorenzo v Sarmiento
Atlético de Rafaela v Estudiantes
Racing v Independiente
Crucero v Defensa y Justicia
Central v Lanús
Godoy Cruz v Belgrano
Boca v Aldosivi
Tigre v River
Gimnasia v Quilmes
Colón v San Martín

Episode 137: Colón still lead the way, Independiente in meltdown & previewing Boca v River

The hundred-and-thirty-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Peter and Andrés joined by German Dan to discuss an interesting weekend of matches, at the end of which Colón were still top of the Torneo Final pile, and looking increasingly likely to avoid relegation, points deduction or no points deduction. There were surprising results on Saturday and more predictable ones on Sunday, which concluded with a dire goalless draw between Quilmes and Boca Juniors. Boca’s next match is of course at home to their arch rivals River Plate, so as ever we dedicate a chunk of this week’s pod to previewing the superclásico; will River get their first win in La Bombonera in a decade? Can Boca lift their game? We also discuss Dan’s side Argentinos Juniors, and what’s gone wrong for them, and Peter tries to give us a quick lowdown of what mentalness is happening at Independiente this week. All this and more awaits…

As ever, Mystic Sam’s predictions for superclásico weekend are below. You can subscribe to us if you like: here on iTunes, or here on Stitcher. And you can also follow us on Twitter.

Mystic Sam’s tenth round predictions
All Boys v Godoy Cruz
Estudiantes v Olimpo
Belgrano v Argentinos
Vélez v Gimnasia
Newell’s v Quilmes
Rafaela v Racing
Lanús v Central
Arsenal v Colón
Boca v River
Tigre v San Lorenzo