Episode 27: The Copa América review special with Jonathan Wilson

The twenty-seventh episode of Hand Of Pod is our look back on an eventful and historic Copa América Argentina 2011, and Sam, Australian Dan, English Dan and Seba are joined by award-winning author, journalist and editor and co-founder of The Blizzard, Jonathan Wilson, who shares his thoughts on the tournament with us over some fernet and empanadas. Jonathan gives us a tactical breakdown of why Brazil’s defence isn’t what it once was, why Argentina will never be able to replicate Barcelona, and we discuss the importance of silly hair to the Argentine footballing psyche. There are players of the tournament, praise for Uruguay and their brilliant manager Óscar Washington Tabárez, and Mister Wilson’s thoughts prior to the World Youth Cup, which he’s since travelled on to Colombia to cover. And of course, we kick it all of by discussing the AFA’s frankly ludicrous plans for the Primera División. We couldn’t ignore that.

Episode 26: the season review with special guest Tim Vickery

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The end of season special of Hand Of Pod is an epic – an hour and three quarters – for which I apologise, but there’s good reason: South American football broadcasting legend Tim Vickery was talking to us in person over a glass (okay, several glasses) of wine, and dinner, and we simply couldn’t bring ourselves to cut anything. We discuss River Plate’s relegation, where ‘Tricky’ Ricky Álvarez could fit into Arsenal’s system (if of course he does go there), our favourite players of the Torneo Clausura just gone, and the differences between Pelé and Diego Maradona as players, as well as looking forward to the upcoming Copa América. Enjoy.

Tim’s blog is linked to above, but you can also find all our own sites with these links: Sam runs Hasta El Gol Siempre, Aussie Dan is webmaster of Argentina Football World, and Seba is the head honcho at Mundo Albiceleste. English Dan is the South America editor for Goal.com. We also shouldn’t forget enormous thanks to our host, Turkish TV presenter Asli Pelit, whose Twitter profile you’ll find here.

Copa América preview special: Argentina

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The Argentine national side will be powered by Fernet Branca energy drink at the Copa América

The final installment of Hand Of Pod’s Copa América preview special editions is here! Recorded a week ago, the HOP team discuss the hopes of the host nation and most people’s tournament favourites, Argentina. It’s eighteen years since the last Argentine triumph, so can Lionel Messi, Javier Zanetti and company finally end the wait for a title? Seba gives us his thoughts and fears as an Argentine fan, and suggests a way that Brazil could be countered, and at the end we all give our predictions, so you can laugh when we’re all proved wrong as Ecuador and Peru face off in the final. The Copa kicks off this Friday; here’s what you need to know about the hosts.

Copa América preview special: Uruguay

In this Copa América special preview edition of Hand Of Pod, English Dan and Sam are joined via Skype by Nicholas Rosano, of Goal.com and SouthAmericanFootball.co.uk, who discusses Uruguay’s cautious optimism, tactics, and chances in the tournament with us, as well as telling us who else to look out for aside from Edison Cavani, Diego Forlán and Luis Suárez. We also find a few minutes to discuss Peñarol’s 0-0 draw with Santos in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores, ahead of this Wednesday night’s second leg.

Copa América preview special: Chile

In this second special edition of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Australian Dan Daniel Colasimone are joined from across the Andes by the voice of lovely Chilean journalist Cecilia Lagos. She fills us in on her nation’s hopes for the 2011 Copa América, what she thinks of former Boca Juniors manager Claudio Borghi as Marcelo Bielsa’s replacement, and tells us of a positively John Terry-esque scandal involving national team stars Mauricio Pinilla and Luis Jiménez. We also ask her about European transfer hot property Alexis Sánchez, and how likely he is to shine in the Copa.

As ever, keep your ears open later in the week for the full length pod dealing with the latest goings-on in the Argentine league, and if you’ve not already done so, you can subscribe to us on iTunes here.