In this week’s HOP, Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Santi discuss a week which has seen Argentina’s last two representatives – River Plate and Rosario Central – dumped out of the Copas Libertadores and Sudamericana, and look back on last weekend’s Liga Profesional action.
In this week’s HOP Sam, English Dan and Santi catch up on what’s been going on in the two weeks since we were last able to record. It’s been an OK couple of weeks for Independiente (who at least one their clásico), an underwhelming one for Boca Juniors (even though they won their clásico … well, a shootout), a poor one for River Plate and a manager-sacking one for Racing. Much happier, though, are league leaders Colón and Lanús striker José Sand, who just can’t stop scoring goals. Oh and apparently Lionel Messi moved clubs? We’re surprised no one’s really been talking about it.
In this week’s HOP Sam, English Dan, Andrés, Santi and Tony look back on the first three rounds of action in the 2021 Liga Profesional de Fútbol, as well as on both legs of the last sixteen ties in the Copas Libertadores and Sudamericana, which have left just River Plate (in the Libertadores) and Rosario Central (in the Sudamericana) flying the flag for Argentine football in the quarters.
In the four hundredth episode of HOP, Sam, English Dan, Andrés and Tony discuss Colón’s deserved victory in the final of the Copa de la Liga – their first ever national title – before reviewing the recent World Cup qualifying double header and previewing the 2021 Copa América, which kicks off in Brazil on Sunday having been moved from Argentina and Colombia for Reasons.
This week’s HOP was meant to be a quick affair but ended up being a full-length episode, as Sam and Santi looked back on the final weekend of group stage action in the Copa de la Liga, look forward to this weekend’s quarter-finals, including the third superclásico of the year as Boca Juniors host River Plate on Sunday afternoon, and round up the Copa Libertadores and Sudamericana action.
This week on Hand Of Pod, Sam, English Dan, Tony, Andrés and Santi bring you up to date with the Copa de la Liga as the group stage enters its final weekend, and also look at the Copa Libertadores group stage so far. It’s news to Sam, but this year the Copa Sudamericana also has a group stage!
This week, Sam is joined by English Dan, Tony and Andrés to look forward to Sunday evening’s Copa Diego Armando Maradona final between Boca Juniors and Banfield (and at how they got there) and to review Boca’s and River Plate’s eliminations from the Copa Libertadores.
Happy new year! In this week’s HOP Sam is joined by English Dan and Santi for a quick roundup of the most relevant action in the Copa Diego Maradona over the Christmas and new year period (including a very entertaining 2-2 draw between Boca Juniors and River Plate), and a look back on the first legs of the Copa Libertadores semi-finals, which saw River get humped by Palmeiras and Boca involved in a cagey draw at home to Santos (since we recorded it’s been reported that Santos goalkeeper John was positive for COVID-19 during the match).
This week’s HOP is our last episode of 2020, but Argentine football isn’t quite done yet – unusually, matches continue throughout the summer in the Copa Diego Armando Maradona, Copa Sudamericana and Copa Libertadores. Sam, English Dan, Santi and Andrés look back on the action since we last recorded and set the scene for what’s to come. We’ll be back in the new year to update you on what’s transpired between now and then, but our Patreon supporters will be getting short updates from Sam every week during our break – if you’d like to join them (or to give someone a subscription for Christmas?) get on over to our Patreon. See you in the new year!
Alejandro Sabella, who managed Argentina to the final of the 2014 World Cup, died on Tuesday. In this week’s Hand Of Pod, Sam, Santi, Tony, English Dan and Andrés begin by looking back on his life in football, before reviewing the action over the last week in the various Copas – Diego Maradona, Libertadores and Sudamericana – that Argentine sides are involved in at present.