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.

You can subscribe to us on iTunesStitcher or TuneIn, and follow us on Twitter.

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.

You can subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and follow us on Twitter.

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.

You can subscribe to us on iTunes or Stitcher, and follow us on Twitter.