Episode 311: A quietly successful mini tour for the national team, and a Copa Argentina roundup

In the three hundred and eleventh episode of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés give a quick roundup of the Copa Argentina, before taking a deep dive into the lukewarm pool of the national team, whose two clean sheets against Guatemala and Colombia – with two different goalkeepers! – were arguably the brightest thing about their first two games under caretaker manager Lionel Scaloni.

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No one challenged Mystic Sam this week, so here are his predictions for the fifth round of Superliga action.
Estudiantes v Aldosivi
Atlético Tucumán v Tigre
Independiente v Colón
River v San Martín de San Juan
Belgrano v Newell’s
Argentinos v Boca
Patronato v Gimnasia
Vélez v San Martín de Tucumán
Unión v Talleres
Lanús v Racing
Godoy Cruz v San Lorenzo
Huracán v Banfield
Central v Defensa y Justicia

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Episode 304: Getting into our cups

The three hundred and fourth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés catching up with what’s been going on in the Copa Argentina, which has seen a number of shocks this year but notably not in Independiente’s or River Plate’s matches since we last recorded – those two scored fifteen goals between them in seeing off Central Ballester and Central Norte respectively. There’s also a look at the round of 32 of the Copa Sudamericana, which is well underway (indeed, for Lanús it’s finished) and listeners’ questions ranging from the national team to Argentines abroad to the structure of the Superliga and the mysterious Copa de la Superliga.

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Episode 277: Independiente win the Sudamericana, Boca end the year top of the table

The final episode of Hand Of Pod in 2017 brings together Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Peter to discuss Independiente’s entertaining run to the Copa Sudamericana title, after they beat Flamengo 4-2 on aggregate in an enthralling final which saw its second leg in the Maracanã on Wednesday night. Why they deserved the title, and how Ariel Holan has turned the team around are among the topics for discussion. Will Holan stay? How good is Ezequiel Barco? These questions are also considered. We also have a look at the Superliga weekend which saw Rosario Central beat Newell’s Old Boys in the clásico rosarino, and Boca Juniors claim a win which ensures they end 2017 top of the league. Oh, and River Plate won the Copa Argentina! It’s a lot to cover, and this is an extended episode as a result. Enjoy.

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Episode 276: Boca keep their noses ahead, and two upcoming cup finals

The two hundred and seventy-sixth episode of Hand Of Pod sees Andrés join Sam to look back on a weekend of Superliga action which saw yet another disappointing showing from River Plate, while Atlético Tucumán got an encouraging win ahead of their trip to Mendoza to play River in the Copa Argentina final on Saturday. Boca Juniors got back to winning way to keep their noses in front of San Lorenzo in the title race, and Defensa y Justicia won a five-goal thriller against Godoy Cruz. As well as all this, we’ve another continental final to look forward to, with Independiente preparing to take on Flamengo in the Copa Sudamericana showpiece, whose first leg is in Avellaneda on Wednesday night.

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Mystic Sam lost 7-4 in last week’s prediction battle against Phil. This week, Youssef is back.

Mystic Youssef
Temperley v Tigre
Patronato v Olimpo
Belgrano v Huracán
Banfield v Argentinos
Arsenal v Independiente
Central v Newell’s
Colón v Talleres
Racing v Gimnasia
Estudiantes v Boca
San Martín v Defensa y Justicia
Chacarita v Lanús

Mystic Sam
Temperley v Tigre
Patronato v Olimpo
Belgrano v Huracán
Banfield v Argentinos
Arsenal v Independiente
Central v Newell’s
Colón v Talleres
Racing v Gimnasia
Estudiantes v Boca
San Martín v Defensa y Justicia
Chacarita v Lanús

Episode 273: Lessons to learn for Jorge Sampaoli after two uninspiring friendlies

The seventh anniversary episode of Hand Of Pod sees Sam and Andrés get together for a chat about two friendlies which brought more problems to light than reason for optimism for the Argentine national team. A 1-0 win over Russia on Saturday was rather dull, and a 4-2 defeat to Nigeria on Tuesday has set alarm bells ringing well and truly regarding what the best tactics and formation are, and whether certain players ought to still be playing for Argentina at all. We also have a quick look over the Copa Argentina semi-finals, which resulted in a River Plate v Atlético Tucumán final, and discuss the FIFAGate fallout after Alejandro Burzaco’s first two days of testimony in New York.

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This week, Mystic Sam takes on Mystic Youssef in the prediction competition.

Youssef
Argentinos vs Colón
Atl. Tucumán vs Arsenal
Newell’s vs Belgrano
Banfield vs Temperley
Defensa vs Lanús
San Martín vs San Lorenzo
Independiente vs River Plate
Unión vs Chacarita
Tigre vs Estudiantes
Boca vs Racing
Talleres vs Central
Gimnasia vs Patronato
Olimpo vs Godoy Cruz
Huracán vs Vélez

Sam
Argentinos vs Colón
Atl. Tucumán vs Arsenal
Newell’s vs Belgrano
Banfield vs Temperley
Defensa vs Lanús
San Martín vs San Lorenzo
Independiente vs River Plate
Unión vs Chacarita
Tigre vs Estudiantes
Boca vs Racing
Talleres vs Central
Gimnasia vs Patronato
Olimpo vs Godoy Cruz
Huracán vs Vélez

Episode 270: a Copa Argentina and Copa Libertadores roundup

There was no league football in Argentina over the weekend, so episode 270 of Hand Of Pod sees Sam, Andrés and English Dan discussing knockout competitions instead – we have a review of the Copa Argentina quarter-finals, which saw second tier Morón make it to the semi-finals, where they’ll play River Plate, and a review of the first leg of the Copa Libertadores semi-final between River and Lanús, as well as a look at the Copa Sudamericana quarter-final first legs so far.

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This week, Mystic Jimmy takes on Mystic Sam in the prediction battle. Two weeks ago, in the last round of matches, Mystic Gav beat Sam 6-5.

Gav
Banfield v Colón
Argentinos v Arsenal
Huracán v Lanús
Unión v Godoy Cruz
San Martín v Estudiantes
Atlético Tucumán v Racing
Talleres v River
Newell’s v Chacarita
Gimnasia v Vélez
Temperley v San Lorenzo
Boca v Belgrano
Independiente v Patronato
Defensa y Justicia v Olimpo
Tigre v Rosario Central

Sam
Banfield v Colón
Argentinos v Arsenal
Huracán v Lanús
Unión v Godoy Cruz
San Martín v Estudiantes
Atlético Tucumán v Racing
Talleres v River
Newell’s v Chacarita
Gimnasia v Vélez
Temperley v San Lorenzo
Boca v Belgrano
Independiente v Patronato
Defensa y Justicia v Olimpo
Tigre v Rosario Central

Episode 269: Boca pull clear at the top as River are held again

In episode 269 of Hand Of Pod, Sam and Andrés look back on (what they saw of) a weekend which saw Boca Juniors move six points clear at the top of the Superliga, keeping their 100% record whilst River Plate were held to a draw for the third match in a row. Boca’s ability to dig in, River’s carelessness and the relegation battle are among the subjects up for discussion. Listeners’ questions cover the Copa Argentina and the national team.

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And here is Darren’s photo of Martin O’Neill with an Atlanta shirt.