Episode 408: What happened in Brazil v Argentina and catching up on the rest

This week, Sam and English Dan catch up with what’s been going on in the three weeks since we last recorded. The main focus is on trying to unpick exactly what went on in São Paulo a couple of weeks back when the Brazil v Argentina World Cup qualifier was called off – and what do we think will happen next? We also give you a quick overview of the other World Cup qualifying matches (including yet another record for Lionel Messi) and give you a Liga Profesional update.

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Episode 407: Argentina v the Premier League

On this week’s HOP Sam, English Dan and Santi preview the upcoming World Cup qualifying triple-header, and have a rant at the (partially successful) attempt by English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese clubs to distort the World Cup qualifying process.

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Episode 379: Boca’s COVID-19 outbreak as the Libertadores returns

This time on Hand Of Pod, Sam is joined by English Dan, Tony and Santi to discuss how preparations are going for the return of the Copa Libertadores next week – in particular at Boca Juniors, whose plans have been somewhat hamstrung by almost the entire first team and a bunch of coaches testing positive for COVID-19. Will Argentine clubs be at a disadvantage due to not having played football in six months? What’s happening to the women’s game in the country? These questions and more are answered here.

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Episode 378: CONMEBOL strongarm the AFA

In this week’s HOP, Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Santi discuss CONMEBOL’s recent strongarming of the AFA – and, perhaps, the Argentine government – into opening football in Argentina before they wanted to, with the rather sudden announcement that the Copas Libertadores and Sudamericana will be kicking off again later in the year.

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Episode 349: San Lorenzo win again, River thrash Lanús, and more

This week, Sam and Andrés look back on the second week of action in the 2019–20 Superliga, which saw Arsenal and San Lorenzo both pick up their second wins in as many league games, while River Plate and Boca Juniors also both won, and Independiente aren’t too happy with CONMEBOL. We also take a look at Argentines in the European transfer window, particularly those who’ve been linked with English clubs as the English window closed.

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Episode 309: the Copa Libertadores suspension shitshow

The three hundred and ninth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés discussing a chaotic week of Copa Libertadores administration which saw much-publicised disciplinary decisions regarding River Plate’s Bruno Zuculini and Santos’ Carlos Sánchez in their ties against Racing and Independiente, respectively. As well as this, we’ve a roundup of the third round of Superliga action, which saw Rosario Central maintain their 100% record, and a number of belting goals.

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Last week, Mystic Laurence thrashed Mystic Sam 6-2. This week, Mystic Jimmy is back.

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

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

Episode 249: Previewing Argentina v Chile, and some league talk

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 186: The Argentine reaction to the FIFA arrests, Argentina’s Copa América squad and more

In the hundred and eighty-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam is joined by Andrés to discuss another lively week. There’s talk about the reaction in Argentina to this week’s FIFA arrests in Zurich, and how they affect Argentina (oh, how we wish Julio Grondona had lived long enough to have been bundled into the back of one of those electric cars), though we’re sceptical about how much will change. We then cover last weekend’s league action, during which Aldosivi dismantled Boca Juniors’ unbeaten league record and San Lorenzo beat Sarmiento to move joint top – River Plate’s chance to join them didn’t come, as their game away to Tigre was the only Primera game of the weekend to be delayed by the AFA decision to cancel the remainder of the weekend’s matches out of respect for Cristian Gómez, the Paraná defender who died of a heart attack during his side’s game against Boca Unidos on Sunday afternoon. We were deeply pessimistic about River’s chances of Copa Libertadores progression just after this episode was recorded, but as it happened we should have been more cheery – River got a 3-0 second leg win to qualify for the semi-final. 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 fourteenth round predictions (last week: 3/14)
Quilmes v San Lorenzo
Newell’s v Banfield
Belgrano v Gimnasia
Unión v Godoy Cruz
Independiente v Tigre
Sarmiento v Argentinos
Chicago v Temperley
Vélez v Boca
San Martín v Defensa y Justicia
Estudiantes v Colón
Aldosivi v Racing
River v Central
Arsenal v Crucero
Huracán v Atlético de Rafaela
Lanús v Olimpo

Episode 185: The fallout from Boca Juniors’ Copa Libertadores disqualification and more

The hundred and eighty-fifth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Peter talking about the only thing anyone in Argentine football has been discussing in the last few days – the pepper spray-and-acid attack by the Boca Juniors barra brava (or a ‘dissident faction’ thereof) on River Plate’s players which saw the second half of the Copa Libertadores quarter-final superclásico called off, and Boca disqualified from this year’s competition. The political ramifications at the club and for Argentine Security Secretary Sergio Berni (who claimed the security operation had been a roaring success), Boca’s protestations and appeals, whether CONMEBOL were too lenient with their punishment and more are all on the table. The tragic death of Emanuel Ortega which caused the calling-off of last weekend’s league fixtures means Mystic Sam remains almost unchanged in his predictions this time, though there has been one adjustment compared to last week’s readings; he now thinks Estudiantes can win away to Atlético de Rafaela. HOP is sponsored by Argentina Independent, a fine English-language source of news from Argentina and across Latin America.

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